Waiting On Wednesday: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopia; Romance
Pages: Hardcover, 336
Publication: April 23, 2013

Synopsis:
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

I’m SUPER excited for this book. I loved the first book in the series, The Selection, so much. It had all the things that I love in a book: romance, dystopia, and hot guys. Plus, one of the best things about this series is that I have no idea what’s going to come next. These covers are gorgeous, and I can’t wait to get this book on my shelf.


In My Mailbox #10/ Stacking the Shelves #4

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Fragments by Dan Wells (from Pitch Dark)
Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (from YA Reads)
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (from YA Reads)
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini (from ARCycling)
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Rumors by Anna Godversen
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Les Miserables DVD
The Hobbit DVD
So, for the past two weeks or so, I’ve been MIA. The reason for that is that I just got back from New York this week, and I’ve been having drill team try-outs all week. So, sorry for being absent from the blog, but I’m back and ready to start working again! Hope you guys had a fantastic bookish week! 🙂

Blog Tour: Twisted by Amity Hope!

Title: Twisted
Author: Amity Hope
Genre: YA Romance, Mystery
Pages: 209, Kindle Edition

Twisted Synopsis:

 Maya Anderson has faced more than her share of tragedy and heartbreak. For the past six years she’s constantly been on the move with her mom. When another disaster strikes, she finds herself back in her childhood hometown of Beaumont, living with her older sister for her senior year.

A chance meeting reacquaints her with Ben McCaffey, a long-forgotten classmate from her past. After the death of his girlfriend, Ben has become a social outcast. He’s despised by some and feared by most.
Determined to become Ben’s friend, Maya begins to break through his layers of emotional protection. It isn’t long before they realize that they both have secrets in their pasts. As the line between dealing with grief and struggling with a desire for revenge begins to fade, the secrets that draw them together may be what will ultimately tear them apart. Because the closer Maya gets to Ben, the more dangerous her situation becomes.

*Purchase book (Just click the links below):* 
                                  Amity Hope is going to drop the price to 99 cents for a “Blog Tour Price!”
                                                                 ~ Twisted on Amazon!
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About The Author: 
I live in Minnesota with my two sons, two cats and our Rottweiler named Daisy.
 I have been a book-addict my entire life. I have always enjoyed reading and writing stories just for fun. In 2012 I decided to try self-publishing. To my delight and dismay, my debut novel took off. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to write full-time.
 If I’m not writing or spending time with my kids, I’m most likely reading.       
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Waiting On Wednesday: If I Should Die by Amy Plum!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we share new releases we are looking forward too.

Title: If I Should Die
Author: Amy Plum
Pages: 405, Hardcover
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Goodreads Synopsis:
I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

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So, ever since I first read Die For Me I have been completely obsessed with this series! Also, I am about 99.99% sure that the second book in this series, Until I Die, was my first review ever on this page. But, the release of this book is kind of bittersweet for me, on one hand in SO excited because Amy Plum let me an complete emotional wreck at the end of Until I Die, but on the other hand this is the end of a truly amazing series that I wish would never end. So, I guess its kind of true when people say “All good things must come to an end.” But one thing is for sure, this book is going to be one serious emotional roller coaster and I cant wait! 




Top Ten Series I Would Like To Start But Haven’t

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic: Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t
There are SO many books I’ve wanted to read, but most of them, I never get to. I have all the lovely books on my shelf, but I always find an excuse to read something else before I get to that. So here’s my list:

1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I loved the first book in the Vampire Academy series, but I never got around to read the rest. I’ve heard that this series is amazing, so I’m really anxious to actually get to read it. I have all the books on my shelf, waiting to be read…

2. Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore: Yet another series I’ve heard great things about. I’ve been meaning to read it since the movie came out, but I never got around to it. (Plus, if I read them, one of my friends will read The Mortal Instruments series!)

3. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini: I owe this series to a friend, so I’m kind of required to read it. She says that it’s amazing, so I’ll take her word for it.
4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: It seems that everybody who reads YA has read this book… except me. I mean, I have both of these books on my shelf! I should’ve read them months ago.

5. Lunar Chronicles (Cinder) by Marissa Meyer: Guess what? I have this series on my shelf too! But I haven’t read it yet, and I have no idea why. I’ve heard fantastic things about it.

6. Fallen by Lauren Kate: I got the first book for Christmas, and it’s been sitting on my shelf since then.

7. Revenants (Die For Me) by Amy Plum: I’ve been wanting to read this for so long. It has everything I like: Paris, love, hot fictional boys, and special powers. So, I have no idea why I haven’t read it.

8. Hourglass by Myra McEntire: This really caught my eye because of one thing: FREAKING TIME TRAVEL. Plus, my friends over at Book Nerds Across America have said it’s fantastic.

9. Hundred Oaks (Catching Jordan) by Miranda Kenneally: I first came across this book on Mundie Moms, and it sounded like a really great/cute story. From what I’ve seen, there’s been nothing but great reviews of this series.

10. The Diviners by Libba Bray: I LOVE historical fiction, so this book is right up my ally. I’ve heard great things about Libba Bray’s books, so I definitely need to read them.

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: Hardcover, 423
Publication: September 20, 2011

Synopsis:
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one. 

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will. 

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

I hadn’t read a fantasy book in a long time. So, this book was a refreshing way to get back into the genre. It was action and plot packed in a way that kept me completely invested the entire time.

The characters in this book were absolutely amazing. I LOVED Elisa. I related to her so much, which is one of the best thing about this book. I felt the same exact things as she did, and I connected to her, and grew attached to her. Rae Carson writes this story so well, that I felt that I was Elisa. I felt what she felt, I loved who she loved. What I loved most about this book, was that Elisa wasn’t the stereotypical princess. She wasn’t stick thin, and she wasn’t perfect. Elisa was someone just like me, despite her powers. She progressed in this book so much, that this book could be a stand alone. She became a confident women who finally became comfortable in her own skin.

But let’s not forget the boys! I LOVED Humberto and Alejandro SO. DARN. MUCH. They were both great, developed characters, who provided fantastic love interests for Elisa. The love triangle (that wasn’t really a love triangle) was brilliant, yet very very sad. (I mean, RAE CARSON, how could you do this to me!)

The story was fantastic. I loved how Carson threw us right into the story, and didn’t bore us with numerous details, but instead, ingrained them into the story. Also, it developed very well, and what I loved most about it, was that it was realistic. With fantasy books, it’s hard to consider anything as realistic, but Carson manages to pull it off. The violence, the war, it’s just so very real, and our heroine realizes that. People die. Casualties happen.

Another great thing about this story, is the fantasy element itself. Not only is it set in a world that is so different from our own, but I love the concept of magic and religion co-existing with each. The Godstone is both a religious and magical item in this book, and I love it. I love how Elisa learns to cope with these great powers, and still remain religious, which is quite strange. 

Rae Carson won me over completely in her story. It was beautifully written, funny, heartbreaking, and overall, just a brilliant story. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the fantasy genre as much as I do. I can’t wait to read the second book!

4.5 stars out of 5

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme is hosted by Book Journey where each Monday, we say what we’re reading, what we read last week, and what we will read.

Read Last Week:
Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (review coming soon)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (review coming soon)

Currently Reading:
Megan Meade’s Guide to McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

What I Will Read:
Wombstone by Jessica Roscoe (for review)
I had a pretty decent week in books this past week! The only exception to that was probably Fractured Light. I could NOT get through that book! 

What are you reading?

In My Mailbox #9/ Stacking the Shelves #3


In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren; Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.



This week, we found out that we were nominated for the Noob award, which is best start-up blog. You can vote for us here!

Friday’s Five (A Day Late)

Friday’s Five is a weekly meme hosted by Book Nerds Across AmericaJacque’s Book Nook, and Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared where they ask a bookish question and we give our top five answers

This week’s topic: favorite fictional musicians. I love music, so this topic was absolutely FANTASTIC.

1. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices
Instrument: Violin

2. Aiden St. Delphi from the Covenant series
Instrument: Guitar

3. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Instrument: Voice

4. Aria from Under the Never Sky
Instrument:Voice

5. Edward Cullen
Instrument: Piano

As you can see, the voice is definitely my favorite instrument. I love singing, so it only makes sense. 😉 

Who are your favorite book musicians?

WE’RE FREXING NOMINATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi fellow book addicts! Haylie and I (Halee) have some SUPER exciting news! We’ve been nominated for the Noob Award, which is the best start-up blog, over at Parajunkee for the Book Blogger Twitter Convention!


We’re super honored to be nominated. I love our blog, and I love working on it, and it seems all that hard work has payed off SO MUCH. I love you guys so much! We would love if you would vote for us here. (We’re listed under Book Addicts Blog).

All I want to do is do my happy dance 😀