Top Ten Tuesday | Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.

This weeks topic is: “Titles That Would Make Good Band Names”


Love & Gelato
Falling Kingdoms
Geekerella

Splintered
The Raven Boys
Every Heart A Doorway

None of the Above
Paranormalcy 
Wanderlost
The Deepest Roots 

Book Review | Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Favorite Quote:

“The nature of hate is mysterious. It can gnaw at the heart for an eon, then depart when one expected it to remain as immobile as a mountain. But even mountains erode.”

Thoughts:

I don’t… I don’t know what to feel right now. My heart is bleeding from my chest. I feel so pained but I also feel so much love. I have not felt this way toward a book in a very long time. I don’t know how to properly express my love for this story. This book was so full of life. I felt like I was in the story. It’s magical and fast-paced.

This book has a cinderella feel to it with a whole lot of Mexican mythology. I loved the characters so much. Hun-Kamé is such a complex character but so lovable and silly. Casiopea is probably one of my favorite leading ladies this year. She’s been through so much but she’s so strong, stubborn, and full of love and life. I could not help but root for her since page one. I’ve never been one for historical novels but I could not put this book down.

I love it so much. I can’t form a proper review right now because I loved it that much. I highly recommend it. It’s so good. I’m now in a book hangover. WOO

Two Mini Reviews

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren\\
This book was beyond adorable. Hazel is my spirit animal. This book was full of all kinds of humor and cuteness and just the right amount of cheese. I’m still struggling with my thoughts on this book because I loved it so much! Josh and Hazel are complete opposites but the author made them connect so well. I really enjoyed the writing. I felt like I was Hazels BFF while reading! I’m going to check out another Christina Lauren novel because her writing was SO GOOD!

The Proposal by Jasmine Gullory\\
I was enjoying this book for the most part. Until the end when the “conflict” happened. These characters were suppose to be in their mid 30’s or so but they acted like they were in relationship for 12 year olds. Carlos was really sweet. I liked the Nik was a strong female character with strong female friends but the ending ruined the whole book for me, sadly. I’m still glad I read it though! It was an interesting story. Their is a lot of diversity in this story though. That was super fun! 😀

5 Book Releases for January 2019

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Hello friends! I’m trying to do more things for my blog by posting 5 releases every month just so some people have a small idea as to what books will be coming out. I thought 5 books would keep it short and sweet! I want to try and keep a few different genres in these posts. If you want me to continue with them, please let me know!


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The Gilded Wolves by Rashani Chokshi

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s traveled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

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curseA Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

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Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Goneand What is the What

When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia’s ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi’s duplicity is discovered, he will be killed.

For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he’s even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber’s vest, which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, sleeping nights in empty alleyways, wondering what’s become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi’s picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he’s been trying to forget.

In this riveting, unflinching tale of sacrifice and hope, critically-acclaimed author Natalie C. Anderson delivers another tour-de-force that will leave readers at the edge of their seats. laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

somedayySomeday We Will Fly by Rachel Dewoskin

Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn’t understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?

Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourished. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a “gentlemen’s club” without her father’s knowledge.

But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesdays spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases, and was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Since Jill is no longer hosting, I’m now joining up with Can’t Wait Wednesday at Wishful Endings.laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

ShoutA searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Expected Release Date: March 12th, 2019


I love everything Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m not 100% sure why. She writes such beauty books. I’m sure this memoir will be incredibly sad but I’m still beyond excited to read it ❤ 

Currently Reading…

A Man Called Ove

 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I’m currently listening to this story on audiobook. The narrator is great. I’m not far into this book at all but it’s absolutely adorable. The book was originally published in Sweden. Ove is known as the “grumpy neighbor”; however, the more you read the book, the more you realize there is way more to Ove than what meets the eye. I’m so excited to continue listening to this! After I finish it, I’m hoping to go back and watch the movie (again) so I have a better understanding as to what’s happening. I think the movie is in Swedish.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

This has Hank Green written all over it. The way he tells the story sounds exactly like Hank Green. I’m not super sold on the characters yet, but I like the writing a lot. I’m kind of surprised the characters aren’t making me put this down. Good characters is my go to but I just, ugh, I love the writing style. The story also is super unique and interesting. 🙂

 


Have you read either of these? What do you think? Did you like them? Hate them? Did you write a review? Let me know 😀

Down the Rabbit Hole #4

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

The Books:

The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny\\ I’m kind of biased, but I really want to read this simply because the name “Amber” is in the title. It’s some kind of fantasy with an island called Amber. The great book of Amber has books 1-10 in them. It sounds really good  so I think I’m keeping it!  VeridictKeep

Grim by multiple YA authors\\ This book has a lot of good authors such as Rachel Hawkins, Ellen Hopkins, and Julie Kagawa. I was debating on getting rid of this book then I read some of the sample pages and really liked the writing of several\ authors such as Rachel Hawkins. I’m not sold on the cover so I might end up reading it from the library some day but I think I’m going to keep this one as well! At least for the time being since it’s been on my TBR since 2014…. VeridictKeep

Life As We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer \\ I read this synopsis again and it doesn’t sound remotely interesting. Honestly, I’m not even sure why it’s on my TBR?? I remember thinking the writing style was good when I read some of the sample, but being 24, I can’t see myself reading this anymore. VeridictGo

Minders by Michelle Jaffe\\ I remember loving this cover when it first came out; however, I’m not sold on the story line anymore. It sounds interesting, but it doesn’t sound like something I would really enjoy anymore. VeridictGo

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss\\ I’m not a big fantasy fan but this book sounds amazing. The writing sounds amazing. Everything seems to really enjoy the story. I bought it for my boyfriend over the summer. He read it and enjoyed it so I think I’ll borrow his copy one of these days… for now I’ll keep it! VeridictKeep

Phoenix Island by John Dixon\\ Why did I add this as a want to read book?? I honestly have no clue. I really don’t. It doesn’t sound like anything I’d be even remotely interested in. VeridictGo

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay\\ This book is a keep for sure. The cover is gorgeous. It’s been on my TBR for ages because I haven’t gotten around to reading it but still sounds amazing. I also really trust Jamie’s opinion at The Perpetual Page Turner and she really enjoyed the book. That’s what really sold it for me! VeridictKeep

Plus One by Elizabeth Pama\\ At first, I really enjoyed this cover but now it just seems… cheesy? The synopsis sounds really interesting and unique. I might end up reading it some day but it’s not at the top of my list. I think I’m going to have to let this one go for the time being. Veridict: Go

Something Real by Heather Demetrios\\ This sounds like a book about a celebrity who isn’t a celebrity anymore and tries to live a normal life. It sounds interesting but the cover, to me, is absolutely hideous. Honestly, I don’t think I’d read this for the mere fact of how much I hate the cover. I am a terrible person. Maybe on day I’ll get it from the library! Veridict: Go

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica\\ This sounds like an interesting story. A girl that leaves with a stranger and gets kidnapped? For some reason, this books always make me want to read them. I love a good mystery novel. I’m hoping to read this some day. Hopefully sooner rather than later! VeridictKeep

 

Book Review: The Deepest Roots (ARC)

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

The Deepest RootsSeries: Standalone
Published by: HarperTeen
Genre: Contemporary, Magic  Realism, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

Contemporary with the slightest twist of magic, this stunning debut YA novel is a fresh and heartwarming story about the power of friendship.

Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.

Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent or make it any easier to confide in Lux and Mercy about what’s going on at home. And Rome isn’t the only one. Lux has been hiding bigger, more dangerous secrets.

As Rome struggles to keep her friendships close, she discovers the truth about life in Cottonwood Hollow—that friends are stronger than curses, that trust is worth the risk, and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.

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Favorite Quote

“We were more than girls from Cottonwood Hollow. We were blood sisters. Sworn to never turn away from each other.”

Thoughts

This book was extremely interesting. It was kind of like a contemporary novel with a little paranormal and magic, if you will, intertwined. I really enjoyed the friendship in the story. The relationship between 3 friends, 3 girls was really refreshing. I don’t read many stories with a lot of girl friends. There’s usually a best guy friend and the mean girls.

I also enjoyed that this book had a small town feel. Everyone knew everyone. I can relate because I, too, grew up in a small town where everyone knows everyone. It’s so powerful when you see people in a small town come together as a community, a family. I love that!

This book was very easy to read. The story flows really well. From page one, I was hooked. The characters were really relatable. Miranda did a nice job making the characters feel like sisters instead of just best friends.

However, I felt that some aspects of the story felt a little pointless. One being the romance in the story. The romance felt non existence. The chemistry just wasn’t there. The relationship felt really rushed and felt like it was just put in the story for the sake of being in the story.

This was a very unique spin with magic and contemporary and sisterhood. It was very empowering. I highly recommend it!

10 Bookish Facts About Me

Why hello there!

Today I thought it would be fun for you guys to get to know me so here are a few bookish facts about myself 🙂


  1. I am a MASSIVE Harry Potter  fan. Honestly, I have a whole shelf for just my Harry Potter things. I own multiple copies of the series in different covers. I love to collect them all!
  2. I actually use to hate Harry Potter. Weird, I know. I don’t even remember when I started to enjoy it or why. I just remember my mom buying me the book and I thought they were boring. I also saw the first movie in theater and hating it.
  3. Twilight got me into reading. I was never a fan of reading because I didn’t like being told what to do (we had to read in middle school). However, a friend of mine was reading it, I thought it sounded good, I read the books.
  4. Booktube was actually how I got really into reading. I enjoyed Twilight but I wasn’t sure what else seemed like a good book to read. Twilight was honestly the only YA book I owned at the time. I was curious if people made book hauls on youtube like they did clothes and that’s when I discovered the book community!
  5. I have anxiety so I’m terrified to go to a library by myself. However, I do have a library card and I love using reading apps for ebooks! It has saved me a ton of money!
  6. I get crabby if someone interrupts my reading. I just find it very rude. People can see I’m very focused on something but they still try to have a conversation with me. Why? Why? WHY!?
  7. I’m not a fan of books over 300+ pages. Okay, that’s kind of lie; however, the book has to be really good if it’s going to capture my attention for 400 or more pages. And I mean like really, really, really good. It needs to be the best book I’ve ever read!
  8. Clothes shopping makes me uncomfortable but I can spend hours in a bookstore. My boyfriend has literally had to pull me out of the bookstore because I was looking at books for an hour still deciding what I wanted to buy. I get lost in my own little world.
  9. I own a kindle but I rarely ever use it. I know, it’s terrible. I keep buying physical books that I tend to put my kindle to the side. I think it’s because I want to relax and be away from technology for awhile. Although my kindle doesn’t have other apps on it, I still consider it technology that I would like the get away from.
  10. I cannot reading and tan at the same time. I don’t understand how people can do it. One, I have to read with sunglasses on because I get blinded from my book via the sun and then I get paranoid that I’m going to get suntan lines on my face from my sunglasses while lying on my back. I do; however, enjoy reading on a swing outside in the shade. It’s so peaceful listening to it rain or listening to the birds.

My Favorite Bookish Quotes

Favorite Quotes

Hello friends! I don’t know about anyone else but I live for quotes in books. I absolutely adore them. It doesn’t matter if it’s impactful, funny, or romantic, I love to save them on goodreads! So I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you lovely people ❤


“I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?”
“A regrettable choice of words,” muttered Magnus.”   ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“And why did he have to call me “quiet”? I hated being called quiet. People always said it like it was some kind of deficiency—like just because I didn’t put everything out there right away, I was unfriendly or arrogant. My mom had understood. You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room” ― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” ― Veronica Roth, Insurgent

“We do not start as dust. We do not end as dust. We make more than dust.That's all we ask of you. Make more%2

“Here’s what’s not beautiful about it: from here, you can’t see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It’s not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.” ― John Green, Paper Towns

“She decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation. He would be so worth it.” ― Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

“It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite Quotes

“Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, books had no real existence in our world. Like seeds in the beak of a bird waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. they lie dormant hoping for the chance to emerge. They want us to give them life.” ― John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

“It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said. “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.” ― Bill Konigsberg, Openly Straight

“I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own.”
― Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger.” ―Carrie Jones, Entice

“It’s superb to be out in the early, early morning before the sun comes up. There’s this sense of being super-alive. You’re in on a secret that all the dull, sleeping people don’t know about. Unlike them, you’re alert and aware of existing right here in this precise moment between what happened and what’s going to happen.” ― Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

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