Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin Review

Expected Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: ARC
Page Count: 352 pages
Source: Publisher

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

Sarah starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when a procedure to eliminate her memory goes awry and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her destruction?

The answers lie trapped within her mind. To access them, she'll need the help of the teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, and a pill that's blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . .


I don't know about  "The Bourne Identity meets Divergent.. with a Katniss-espue" part. I mean, it was definitely fast paced and had lots of action but it wasn't any of those above. 

Basically, tabula rasa is a blank state. Sarah, if that is her name because that's what the people tell her, is in this program at a hospital/prison-like. There she's lucky to have a "second chance at life", but honestly she's there for brain surgery. There's this halo thing that holds her skull while the doctor drills into her skull, injecting substances in her brain to wipe out her memories and turn her into a blank state.

On her last surgery/ the starting point of the story, the power goes off and a mysterious figure shoves pills and a not into her hand. The hospital is being attacked and Sarah escapes.

While running, she runs into a hacker. Technically she punches him in the face first. His name is Thomas and he's with his father to take down Tabula Rasa... only if he knew where his dad is. His dad, 8-Bit us missing and their team doesn't show up.

I loved the romance in this. Thomas was really likeable. He wasn't stupid or a douche. He cared for Sarah and he was really funny at times and I think that what made the book a little less deep into it. What was even better was that the whole book wasn't taken over by the romance.

Like I said before, this book went really fast! I'm pretty sure this is a standalone book and I expected a little more but overall it was still amazing.

ARC provided by Edelweiss and EgmontUSA


I Went to San Diego Comic Con! (Update #10)

It's been a while, again. This time I had a very good excuse, I went to freaking comic con! I lived in San Diego for my whole entire life and FINALLY yesterday was the day I went.

To some up everything, it was insane! I went on a Saturday and it was so packed. Especially the trolley.

All day I looked for Smosh Games and it was a partial success. I got to meet Joven and Lasercorn. Unsuccessfully, Wes was no where to be found until I found out that he was at Petco Park with the Borderlands laser thing.

I also met the Fine brothers and iJustine. I did see Scott from Superfruit and Pentatonix and KassemG but I didn't get a picture with them.

For celebrities, I didn't meet any but one. I met Danny ( Keahu Kahuanui) from Teen Wolf. I got his autograph but not a picture. He was really funny! I saw Shailene Woodley and Theo James, Paul Wesley, Orlando Bloom. the cast of American Dad and the actors from Ant-Man.

For books and authors, I met the author Jonathan Maberry who wrote Rot & Ruin and I got his book Patient Zero signed! Plus I got a lot a free books and ARCs. One ARC I'm really proud of was the Bad Magic book by P.B. The guy at the booth was so nice enough to give me a copy and he was really cool too. Sadly he wouldn't tell me the author's real name! Damn it, so close!

And lets not forget what I had to deal with all day yesterday, free shit. The people at comic con will literally give you a giant bag and almost every booth, there will be free stuff. I mostly got pins, books, some comics, and these bookmark / postcard things. It was so heavy, I'm still sore.
The best thing after comic con though was to finally sleep. I was so tired and I'm still tired, plus I have school tomorrow.  

My first comic con was a success and I now have more knowledge, like to remember to bring a freaking charger, not even afternoon yet, my phone was dead. I'm probably going to go to comic con again next year and HOPEFULLY Wes will be there.

A book review will be up very soon, I promise.

Jessie x

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Next week is Booktube-A-Thon and last year was a total bust for me. I failed so bad and I probably only read like two books then quit. BUT NOT THIS YEAR... hopefully. There's more info where Ariel Bissett gives you all the info -->

The Reading Challenges:
  1. A book with pictures.
  2. Start and finish a series.
  3. A book with red on the cover.
  4. A book someone else picks out for you.
  5. A book from the genre you've read the least this year.
  6. A book to movie adaptation
  7. Read seven books.

Even though I already read Clockwork Prince, this is the manga version so it has pictures in it. Since I haven't done any TID reviews I'll use this to review the original CP.

I am terrible at starting and finishing books. So I'm pulling a Christine here. It's like a start of a novella series/collection and ends with it.. yeah I'm not making sense. Basically watch her video and I'm just gonna pull a Christine.

This has the color red and I already read this but I'm up to rereading it again.

My bestest friend Arianna choose this book for me. She says it's because of the cover.


Last year, half if not most of the books I read was New Adult and this year I only read like one. I love Jennifer Armentrout's books and I'm really excited for Jase's story.

I already started it like a week ago but stopped and this is going to be a movie, so why not pick it up? But when Ariel said to read it and then watch it, I wasn't so sure anymore because this doesn't come out yet. So I might read The Great Gatsby, The Perks, Silver Linings, or something like that.

Okay, so reading 7 books AND reading books for the challenges above for a week can be intimidating. So I'll try to read these (most are ARCs I got a few months back) :

Friday, July 4, 2014

Monsters-themed Asks! (Tumblr)

Another Tumblr thing! :D


Vampire:Someone offers you a chance at immortality. Do you take it, and why or why not? 
Werewolf:If you had to spend your life with just one person, who would it be? 
Witch:If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? 
Ghost:Do you have any regrets? 
Frankenstein:Is someone telling you how to live your life, or are you an independent person? 
Mummy:If you were to fall into an eternal sleep, do you think anyone would miss you?
Zombie:Do you miss anyone right now? 
Faerie:If you could get away with anything, what would you do? 
Nymph:What are you like when you’re by yourself? 
Mermaid:How far would you go to keep the one you love? 
Shapeshifter:What would you change about yourself? 
Banshee:If you knew one of your loved ones/best friends had only one day left to live, how would you spend that last day with them? 
Siren:If you could make anyone do anything, what would you make them do? 
Genie:If you had one wish that would come true and couldn’t be reversed, what would you ask for?     Fury:What is a word/phrase that you dread to hear? 
Incubus:What would someone have to do to get in your pants? 
Succubus:What’s one thing you can’t live without?


Vampire: No, and I don't have a good enough reason why. BUT if vampires were so real and I had a vampire boyfriend then maybe.
Werewolf: My soul-mate, whoever he is. If it was fictional, probably Noah Shaw or William Herondale or ... yeah the list goes on.
Witch: Hatred. Yeah, nuff said.
Ghost: Too many that I can't even count
Frankenstein: As of right now, my parents and basically the government, society, and education
Mummy: Yeah but maybe it'll start to fade
Zombie: Yes  
Faerie: Not having to pay for gas. I mean, HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICES IN CALIFORNIA?!  
Nymph: An introvert
Mermaid: Probably get injured or die but if I found out he was a murderer, etc., siyonara, I'M OUT, YOU'RE ON YOU'RE OWN DUDE! 
Shapeshifter: Probably my weight but if you'd ask me again in a year, my habits
Banshee: Party, junk food, Netflix, reminiscing, etc. 
Siren: My taxes, pay the bills, my chores  
Genie: Happiness
Fury: "I'm sorry but you've failed", etc. something along those lines 
Incubus: Date, dinner, trust, and time.  
Succubus: To be realistic here: food and water but probably the internet

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Fall by Bethany Griffin Review

Expected Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Format: ARC
Page Count: 400 pages
Source: Publisher

Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.


After reading this book, the only conclusion that makes sense to me is I have been deceived.

The author played with my emotions, my sanity, and my decision making.

It starts out with the main character, Madeline, who is eighteen at that time and she’s buried alive. Then it tells her story from age nine-nineteen. Madeline is an Usher and Ushers teen to die young, cursed, and have a haunted house. She desperately wants to escape from it with her twin brother Rodrick but the house has a mind of its own.

When I first read it, it was somewhat bumpy. Like it didn’t really flow. Like some books, there’s alternating point of views, in this book instead of alternating POVs, there’s alternating ages. Like in one chapter, Madeline is age eleven and the next page is age fifteen and then another chapter she’s age ten. It wasn’t until maybe 20% in where the flow started to get better and the story really starts.

This is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Fall of the House of Usher. I have not read it so I didn’t know what was going to happen or how it was going to end. Let’s just say a little after half of the book, I was very deceived. Like maybe a lot. It was a twist I did not expect to happen.

Definitely a psychological thriller that will keep you reading ‘till the end. Really recommend it.

ARC provided by Edelweiss and Greenwillow