Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Authors You Would Like to Meet | Top 5 Wednesday

Here are some authors I would like to meet off the top of my head:

1. Romily Bernard
I would like to say Romily is a good friend of mine. We first started messaging each other the moment I finished reading her debut novel "Find Me" as an ARC and I tweeted her 'Will there be a sequel?'. To be honest, I bug her so much on Twitter about when her next book will release.

Just saying: when I want something, I WANT something. #teamgriff









2. Jennifer L. Armentrout
I love Jennifer's books and I think she's crazy talented and funny. I have a whole shelf dedicated to her books. Also, she's a Supernatural fan so that's a bonus.















3. Cassandra Clare
The first question I think if I meet her would be, "Do you like playing with our emotions" and "Can I take a picture with you?" I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with her. Like I love her and her books but then her books tears me apart and I sometimes imagine Cassandra just standing by watching the whole Shadowhunter fandom cry hysterically while she just gives herself a high-five.

Am I the one who feels this way? And if you feel nothing, I dare you to read The Infernal Devices. Gosh, that series messed me up both in a good and bad way.





4. Michelle Hodkin
Now, of course I would LOVE to meet the creator of Noah Shaw. Noah Shaw is like my number one book boyfriend, all thanks to Michelle. I feel like she would be a pretty rad person to meet.















5. George R.R. Martin
Similar to Cassandra Clare, I would ask, "Do you like breaking our hearts" and "Where can I find the nearest dragon?" For people who never watched Game of Thrones or read it, long story short, go watch/read it and lets cry together. 






So authors, coming to San Diego anytime soon? ;)





What author would you like to meet? Let me know in the comments, Goodreads, Tumblr, Instagram, or Twitter ;)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Series You Want to Start This Year | Top 5 Wednesday

Some series I've been meaning to start:

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 

Yup. I never read Twilight nor I ever felt like I wanted to but it's a new year and I deserve to know what actually happens in the books because I honestly saw the first three movies then quit.















2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I tried to read this last year but I could not get through the first chapters but I really want to try and see what's the hype with this book.















3. The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts

I got an ARC of this at Comic Con and it's been sitting on my shelf since then. The synopsis of this seems really interesting and hopefully I'll start this really soon.















4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book seems creepy and the description is confusing - which is great. I love photography and books, and this is a mix of both. I can't wait to dive into this book.















5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

This is another really hyped book that I never read before and I probably should read ASAP.
















Again this is all off the top of my head. Let me know what series you want to start this year in the comments, Goodreads, Tumblr, Instagram, or Twitter ;)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking Review

Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: E-book
Page Count: 321 pages
Source: Borrowed
Series: The Kanin Chronicals #1


Synopsis:

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?


                                                              Review:

Frostfire is the first book of the Kanin Chronicles, which is a spinoff of the Trylle trilogy. You don’t really have to read Switched, Torn, and Ascend to understand the Kanin Chronicles but I would recommend it since there are character crossovers and it’s from the same universe. Also, it’s a really good series that I very much enjoyed.

This features a different type of troll, the Kanins. The Kanins are the most powerful of all the troll tribes. They have their specially trained guard known as the Högdragens meaning that they are most definitely powerful. The Kanins also have a special ability that can change their skin color to blend into their surroundings, like a chameleon.

The main character, Bryn, is half Skojare, half Kanin. She's alway been an outcast because of who she is and how she looks. Other tribes tend to be darker: olive skin, usually brown, green, or grey eyes, brown to black wavy hair, but he Skojare are pale skinned with blue eyes and blond hair. She also doesn't have Kanin abilities but eventually she overcomes them and turns into a successful tracker.

It starts out four years ago when one of the Högdragens, Konstantin Black, the youngest in recorded history who is the Queen's personal guard, almost killed Bryn's father. Now, Bryn always had a little crush on Konstantin for a while. He was her role model and hero but when he tried to kill her dad, she's out for his blood. Later on Konstantin reappears again from hiding and Bryn feels as if Konstantin is actually innocent in all of this and something bigger is happening. When she thinks of this, no one believes her and especially her boss, Ridley.

Ridley is a few years older than Bryn, but not by a lot. He is a retired tracker and is now the Rektor who is in charge of trackers, organizing placements, assigning changelings, and keeping everything in order. There's an apparent attraction between him and Bryn but it's totally forbidden.

There's, I guess, an apparent love triangle between Ridley, Bryn, and Konstantin. I like Ridley but I kind of like Konstantin more because we don't know much about him and he's the blame of everything but I think there's more to what's going on and we don't know what his motives are. He gives me this mysterious, broken soul kind of vibe. Either way, Bryn is attracted to both characters.

Reading this book, it goes by really fast and it's a different twist to the troll world. I would recommend it and bless Amanda Hocking for being a fast writer because the sequel is coming out really soon.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Anticipated 2015 Releases | Top 5 Wednesday

Here are some of my top anticipated releases this year:

1. Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout
THIS BOOK! I'm still waiting for this book to come out. It's the last book of The Dark Elements series and I need to find out what happens and how it ends!















2. Trust Me by Romily Bernard
This is another last book in a trilogy. Romily has been torturing me with all this suspense and sense of incompleteness. It's just that, I  JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! IT'S ALL I ASK FOR.














3. Sweet Temptations by Wendy Higgins
My boy Kaiden is getting his own book and can I just say, he is one of my first book crushes. Just to see what his mind went through in the Sweet Evil trilogy, already makes me want to cry and I hope it's over 500 pages.














4. Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
Bless Amanda Hocking for being a fast writer. I know her newest book came out yesterday but I need to know what happens next. May seems too far away.














5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
For people who knows me, they know Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie and my favorite retellings. So this mixed with faeries = explosion.














This isn't even half of my list of anticipated releases but it's something I did off the top of my head. Let me know what your anticipated releases are in the comments, Goodreads, Tumblr, Instagram, or Twitter ;)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Cage by Megan Shepherd Review

Expected Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Format: ARC
Page Count: 400 pages
Source: Publisher
Series: The Cage #1 


Synopsis:

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?


Review:

I really wanted to like this book but I just can't. I usually never hate all the main characters in a book but nope, this book proved me wrong. There were so many annoying characters and it's not a one time thing. They were annoying throughout the book. I liked the story behind it and the plot, but those damn characters ruined it for me. Like if I was there with them, I would just slap everyone and save only myself because they cannot open their eyes and realize that weird things are happening.

It starts out with Cora waking up in a desert with a mix of different environments. She doesn't know who out her there or how she got there. Cora then realizes she's not the only one there and there are four other teens. It wasn't until this solider who has no irises, no pupils, and eyes entirely black comes into the story. He is called a "Caretaker" whose name is Cassian.

The group of teens realizes they are not on earth. Instead, they are on a space station far away from earth and the solar system.

Cassian is obviously not human from the way he looks but his kind are called the Kindred. They are advance species that take responsibility for overseeing lesser races and endangered species, like in this case, humans. The Kindred can also read people's minds.

Now here's the rant about the characters, so warning.

So the main characters/group of teens are Cora, Leon, Lucky, Rolf, and Nok. Two girls, Cora and Nok, and three guys, Leon, Lucky, and Rolf. It's told in third person so you get to see every character. Also, in my opinion, the main character really in this book is Cora. There's also Cassian and Mali.

I'm just gonna start off and say, these characters were annoying as heck and irrational. Like if I was to rank these characters from most annoying to least, it would be: Nok, Rolf, Lucky, Mali, Leon, Cassian, and Cora. Cora in my opinion was the most logical one out of all of them and it says a lot because Rolf is basically a genius. Then my least favorite, Nok. Nok was so damn irritating like she is such a bitch. Lucky, I was alright with. Mali was just weird and creepy but it didn't bother me. Leon was good and Cassian wasn't annoying.

I think that this book will have mixed feelings, like I HATED the characters but I liked the concept of it. Maybe others will tolerate the characters more than I did, but really, who knows? If the characters wasn't so annoying, this could've been a much higher rating for me.

 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Blazer + Bray

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