Sunday, August 30, 2015

Blogger Interview | Patrick of The Bookshelves!

Hey guys! Today I have an awesome interview with Patrick of The Bookshelves to share with all of you! :)

My name is Patrick Castro and I'm currently 17 years old and a senior in high school. I have been blogging for 3 years solid and currently I transitioned my book blog to more of a lifestyle blog. So in addition to all the YA book reviews, bookish memes, and interviews you'll also see DIYs, fashion, and inspiration. I started blogging because I absolutely loved reading and I wanted to share my love of YA books to others! Be sure to follow me on social media, I always update!

Hardcover or paperback? 

Book or e-copy? 
Book, I tried doing e-books I just can't! I need a physical book in my hands, who also has this problems?!

Library or book store? 
Both! Libraries are my to-go to pick up new books but I love browsing the bookstore to pick up any books I greatly enjoyed recently for my shelves. 

New books or used books? 
I looovvee new books, just the fresh, clean pages and new covers make me excited to read!

If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.) 
I think I would be the sidekick because I like helping but being a sidekick always has perks!

Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? 
Who would play you? Ummm...yeah! Hopefully I am alive to watch it! LOL I actually wouldn't know who would play me, but I'm open to anyone!

If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why? 
YA! I love YA, it's literally my home because it's a genre that is always expanding. Every year, there is so many new, exciting books that are just so unique and interesting who wouldn't want to live in YA?!

If you could meet any one author, who would you meet any why? 
I would definitely love to met Veronica Roth! The Divergent series is one of my all time favs and it would be amazing to meet her!

If there was a book about your life, what would it be called? 
Possibly ... The Adventures of Patrick Castro because I am adventures person and I love exploring new places! If you asked anyone that knows me, they'll know that I always exploring my home of LA to it's vivid street art to small, cozy cafes!

Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why? 
Hmm ... kind of a tough one because I read so much books recently I can't seem to find one! 

How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again? 
One of my favorite books (because I just don't have one favorite book ;) would be Richelle Mead's Bloodlines! I absolutely love that book, Sydney Sage is such an amazing protagonist and the whole series is mind - blowingly epic! 

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all of the questions, Patrick! 

Patrick's Links:
The Bookshelves


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (75)

For Review:
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall (I'm reading this one for a blog tour!)

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
I found this one for only $8 hardcover at a little shop!

What books did you get this week?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Everything Everything!

18692431This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean, wearing all black-black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking at stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything will be released on September 1 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Book Review: A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher

24612579Title: A Little in Love
Author: Susan Fletcher
Publisher: Chicken House
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: ARC

Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic, Les Miserables, A Little in Love beautifully conveys the heartbreaking story of street girl Eponine.
Paris, 1832
A girl lies alone in the darkness, clutching a letter to her heart.
Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree, and the baby brother she loved. But mostly she remembers being miserable. Taught to lie and cheat, and to hate the one girl, Cosette, who might have been her friend.
Now, at sixteen, the two girls meet again, and Eponine has one more chance. But what is the price of friendship--the love of a boy?

**Thank you so much to Scholastic for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

In middle school, I was lucky enough to see an off-Broadway production of Les Miserables in Boston with my French class. It was such a wonderful play, though at the time I was quite young and didn't understand much of what was going on. A few years later, the movie version came out, and I could finally understand what was happening. It instantly became one of my favorite movies of all time. 

The one thing I love about A Little in Love is that it shows another side of Eponine. From watching the movie and seeing the play, all I could get was that she was a little annoying because she just kept pining over Marius. This novel made me see her in another light, which made me actually feel a little understanding towards her. I get why she was the way she was; it all makes sense. I also found that Gavroche was actually a Thernardier, which I never knew before! I loved that little guy!

From watching the movie and seeing the play, it was evident that Eponine definitely had a huge crush on Marius, and I liked how this novel gave more depth to that. Poor Eponine grew up in a life that was filled with thieving and stealing, all to make do in life. It wasn't even her choice; it was all because her parents told her to. Even as a young child she knew that what her parents were doing wasn't right. Her poor sister always went along with it though. The sister was truly a Thernardier at heart. 

I'm definitely glad that I got the chance to read this book, because it's made me fall in love with the story all over again. Next time I cuddle up in bed with hot chocolate and watch Les Mis, I'm going to be able to picture Eponine's life a little better. A Little in Love is heartfelt and shines light on Eponine, making the reader finally understand all the troubles she's endured through life.

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Dystopian 101 Syllabus!

So, since my favorite genre is dystopian, I decided to make a list of the books I'd have on my dystopian syllabus if I was teaching a class!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Blogger Interview | Kristelle of Amiabooklover

Hey guys! Today I have an awesome interview with Kristelle of Amiabooklover!

Anyway, I'm Kristelle of Amiabooklover. I started blogging some time in February of last year! I am totally clueless on how blogs work but I ignored my 'cluelessness' and continued on creating a blog in blogger. Haha! I don't even know how or what codes I should use. I don't have anybody to ask for help. So sad LOL! I don't even know anyone in this blogosphere! BUT! I'm so glad I went against my initial 'don't blog, you're noob' feeling because I get to meet warm hearts out of bloggers and virtual cutie friends I met and befriended. Haha! Cheesy~ Anyway, I blog almost about anything else but I very much had IT with YA, HORROR, SUPERNATURAL and SCIFI.

1. Hardcover or paperback?
OMG! Hardcover!!!! 

2. Book or e-copy?
I prefer print copies, actually. But ecopies are much easier to get.

3. Library or book store?
I don't like to spend money so... BOOKSTORE! Hahaha. Damn, the irony.

4. New books or used books?
Both. Both. Both.

5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be?
I want to be a kickass character! You know the type who looooks so tough outside but freaking soft inside. :3 Haha! 

6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?

7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
I like to live in a fantasy! I want to wield a sword or a staff or a wand.. OMG! 

8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet and why?
I want to meet JK Rowling! Even back then, when I was still a kid who thought HP movies re real.

9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
I'll go with, 'Happy Tears, Sad Smiles'.

10. Which character in a novel most resembles you and why?
I haven't met or read a character that resembles me, actually. 

11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
Yes! Once I freaking love a book, I'll reread it many times.

12. Besides reading, what are some of your other favorite hobbies?
I also watch anime and films.

13. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Favorite? Harry Potter movies and Maze Runner!!!

14. What's your favorite book cover color?
White and Blue!

15. How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?
My books are stacked by sizes.

16. What's your favorite genre of music? Your favorite bands?
Pop? Actually, I have no particular favorite as long as I like the music, that's enough reason to have it as my favorite. ;)

17. What are some of your favorite bloggers or booktubers?
Will you believe me if I say, Pewdiepie is my favorite booktuber? OMG. Just between us, okay? :3

18. What's your least favorite genre and why?
Anything historical romance without any added elements of fantasy or science. It's hard for me to get hooked to these stories.

19. Do you like to listen to music or snack on food  while you read, or do you like it really quiet?
I sometimes read while listening to classical music. Haha! But I prefer reading in silence while on my bed.

20. How many books do you usually read at a time?
When a book is actually really good that it makes my mind look for books to read for more, I usually take 2-3 books in one day. But that's really rare and depends on the book I picked up.

21. If you were allowed to have a party and you could invite any three book characters, which three book characters would you invite and why?
I'll invite Fred and George of Harry Potter and Tinkerbell! Just for fun? Can you imagine how they will interact with each other? Haha!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of the questions, Kristelle!
Kristelle's Links:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Guest Post Featuring Greg Hickey!

Hi guys! Today I have an awesome guest post for you, from author Greg Hickey.

The Popularity of Dystopian Film and Its Effect on Dystopian Literature
By Greg Hickey

The past few years have seen a huge growth in dystopian films, from The Hunger Games franchise to an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. In a March article for The Guardian, Joe Queenan went so far as to call it “a golden age,” while lamenting the fact that these films always portray “a grim, totalitarian nightmare.” So why this cinematic dystopian explosion, and why do we think the future will be so tragically depressing?

As far as I can tell, there is certainly a glut of dystopian films in the current marketplace. I also believe there is a glut of superhero films (do we really need Ant-Man?). I’m not sure we should take popular culture’s fascination with dark futuristic scenarios as evidence for a collective death wish any more than we should take the abundance of superhero films as evidence that the majority of society believes there are mutants among us with superhuman powers.

First and foremost, I believe dystopian fiction, whether literary or cinematic, serves as a form of social criticism. A critic does not necessarily believe society is utterly hopeless, merely that certain aspects of the social order warrant improvement. I doubt The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins truly believes we are destined for a future in which we force our children to fight to the death; this plot was simply a convenient vehicle for her bigger message. (Perhaps superhero films likewise point to a desire for pure, honest heroes in a society of corrupt politicians, abusive celebrities and performance-enhancing athletes.)

But why now? Is there something about our current society that is so demanding of such criticism in comparison to past eras? In the first place, we should distinguish between dystopian fictions targeted toward a younger audience and those targeted toward adults. YA dystopian fiction like The Hunger Games tends to focus on totalitarianism as a way to inspire younger readers to think critically and independently about the world and ideas in general. Such themes are especially relevant in today’s age of information overload. In contrast, while totalitarianism may have been a theme of earlier adult dystopian fiction such as George Orwell’s 1984, those stories were typically produced during the post-World War II/Cold War era when totalitarian states were far more prevalent than they are today. Much of contemporary adult dystopian fiction focuses more on environmental issues and the side effects of continued advances in technology (see Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy as an example).

The film and book industry are also inextricably linked in this genre, since most dystopian films are adaptations of novels. I can’t think of a highly successful original dystopian film since The Matrix trilogy, released in 1999 through 2003. Entertainment on the big screen necessarily differs from entertainment on the page, with films relying more heavily on visual effects, elaborate costumes and breathtaking scenery. The Hunger Games looks impressive on film in part due to Collins’ creation of a nation divided into distinct groups, customs and physical appearances, and set against the backdrop of the technological wizardry of the capital city and the Hunger Games battlefields. In contrast, many 20th century dystopian novels describe simpler, starker worlds, and the film adaptations that exist, such as 1984 and A Clockwork Orange, don’t quite live up to the authors’ descriptions of those societies.

The result is a reciprocal effect in which the current success of dystopian films influences the growth and visual style of the corresponding literary genre, while the fact that modern film technology can faithfully depict increasingly elaborate futuristic worlds creates greater opportunities to adapt dystopian literature to cinema. 21st century problems might not actually be more calamitous or more deserving of criticism than those of previous eras, but greater technological advancements provide more opportunity for cinematic examination through parables of dystopian futures.

Ultimately, the short answer to Queenan’s question, “why is the [dystopian] future on film always so grim?” is the same reason horror films are scary and comedies are funny. Dystopia just is “a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding” ( Dystopian fiction magnifies these issues, which we observe on a limited scale in our own society. The answer to the more stimulating question of why we find miserable futures so compelling at this point in history is a combination of new social challenges such as the proliferation of information and the awareness of the environmental costs of human progress, along with advanced cinematic technology that allows for realistic depictions of the future on the big screen, in turn inspiring new authors to enter this genre.

Greg Hickey is a writer, forensic scientist and endurance athlete. He is the author of the dystopian fiction novel Our Dried Voices and writer of the screenplay Vita. You can view more of his work on his website

Stacking the Shelves (74)

For Review:
Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs (Thank you Entangled Teen!)
Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley (Thank you Entangled Teen!)

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light (Thank you to FFBC and Macmillan!)
What's Broken Between Us (Thank you to HarperCollins and FFBC!)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: Awake by Natasha Preston

22881022Title: Awake
Author: Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: eARC

Scarlett doesn't remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it's from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they've created for her without question-until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering parts of an unfamiliar past.
When a new guy moves to town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett's past, and he's determined to shield her from it... because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.
And they want her back. 

**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I was a bit worried going into this book because I had heard so many negative reviews, though I honestly enjoyed this book.

Awake follows Scarlett, who happens to be the daughter of two crazy people who started this cult. The people she's living with now, whom she calls mom and dad, are not her actual parents, though she doesn't know this. The second that Noah moves to town (which is literally within the first five pages of the book), she falls for him. Basically this book follows Scarlett as she realizes what her family history really is.

I can definitely see why some people didn't enjoy this book much, because there were a few things I was a bit iffy about as well. First of all, the insta-love. They literally fall in love with each other right when they meet, which was a bit annoying. I'm sure that some people do fall in love with each other as soon as they meet, but it's not exactly realistic and common. Secondly, I didn't find it that odd that Scarlett didn't remember anything from before the age of five. I'm pretty sure I don't really remember anything before the age of five, besides faint memories. I just think that it's not something that's uncommon and not something that should be freaked out about.

However, it's not often that I read a thriller/mystery without being able to find out what's going to happen next, like this book. I didn't exactly know what was going to happen, so that was something new for me that I actually liked. I did enjoy the multiple view points as well, between Noah and Scarlett. I do wish that the cult wasn't mentioned in the summary though, because that made me know what was somewhat part of the mystery. I wish that at least the point of it being run by her biological parents wasn't mentioned.

Despite some of the downfalls, I fairly enjoyed this book and that's why I'm giving it three stars.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on Your Voice is All I Hear!

22082098Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he'd rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.
April isn't surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls falls for her too.
But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah's unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can't explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds no one else can hear. still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she'll always stand by him.
Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.
Until schizophrenia changes everything.
Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him.

Your Voice is All I Hear will be released on September 1 by Sourcebooks.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book Review: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

13455099Title: Mechanica
Author: Betsy Cornwell
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Edition: eARC

Nicolette's awful stepsisters call her "Mechanica" to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother's knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there-and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules-be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince... but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

**Thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

First off, I'd like to say that I'm a huge fan of Cinderella. I was obsessed with her when I was younger, and to this day she is still my favorite princess. I will read absolutely any retelling about her, because I love the story so much! It's basically every child's dream.

Mechanica was a very original approach to retelling the story, which was something I absolutely adored. A steampunk version of Cinderella is just what this world needs. The book starts off with Nicolette finding her mother's workshop where she used to invent things, and then Nicolette decides to invent something herself. She decides she should do this for the Exposition. 

I absolutely loved the side characters in this book. When Nicolette first goes to the market to try to sell her things, she meets Caro (short for Caroline) and Fin, both of whom actually live and work in the castle, which is pretty awesome. The three of them become good friends which is excellent because all Nicolette needs is a friend or two. 

I honestly thing that this is one of the best retellings I've read, just because it was a retelling but in its own way where it wasn't completely similar. The world that Mechanica lived in was a completely different world than the actual Cinderella, as everything was so mechanical and steampunkish. It was literally so cool to read. 

I'm currently waiting for Mechanica to become a movie directed by Tim Burton. In the meantime, you should all give it a read!

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors!

Monday, August 17, 2015

ARC August Update! (Week 2)

arc august
This week, I've mostly been focusing on finishing up my summer reading homework for school, so I feel I would've read more ARCs had it not been for that! I've been trying to read Tess of the D'urbervilles for school and it's kind of hard to get through. Have any of you read it before?

I did make it through four ARCs. 

Here's what I read this week:
Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon ★★★★☆
After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco ★★★★★
Lumiere by Jacqueline E. Garlick ★★★★☆
Awake by Natasha Preston ★★★★☆

I'm hoping to read Noir by Jacqueline E. Garlick and the rest of the Mister Max trilogy next week, since I failed to do that last week. What do you plan on reading next week? How's your ARC August been?

Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan

13262783Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 18, 2012
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Library
Edition: Paperback (322 pages)

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It's all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with-day in, day out, day after day. 

I had my eye on this book for the longest time. I mean, the cover is breathtaking and the synopsis is just so intriguing. The idea of someone waking up as someone new every day is just amazing, and then throw in the romantic aspect of the story and I'm completely sold. I'm so glad that I did finally pick this one up from the library, because it was so worth it.

Basically, A wakes up in a different body every day. One day he wakes up as this guy named Justin, who has this wonderful girlfriend named Rhiannon. He realizes that she is so surprised when Justin/A agrees to go on a date with her for the day, because apparently Justin normally doesn't do that so often even though they're dating. A ends up falling for Rhiannon, even though she's in love with Justin.

Each day after waking up as Justin, he's still in love with Rhiannon even though he's in the body of someone else. He seeks out ways to visit her as other people, and she doesn't even know until finally A tells her about himself. The thing is, how is Rhiannon meant to learn how to love someone who doesn't even have his own body?

I have to say that I felt so bad for not only A, but Rhiannon too. She is in such a crappy relationship with Justin and she knows she is. Plus, she has some guy (A) who loves her and actually tries to prove it to her every day, and then poor Rhiannon is just like this:
the most beautiful movie the most beautiful gif 
Yeah. It's tough stuff.

The ending of this book was such a cliff hanger. I need to know what happens next! I can't wait until book two is released.

Notable Quotes

This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it's just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.

If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.

I notice you, I want to say. Even when no one else does, I do. I will.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Blogger Interview | Olivia of Fluttering Pages!

Hey guys! Today I have an interview with the amazing Olivia from Fluttering Pages here on my blog! I highly suggest checking her out. Her blog is awesome and I've actually been following it for a while now! :)

Hi!  I'm Olivia from Fluttering Pages.  I love to read and review Young Adult books, and some of my favorite genres are Dystopian, Fantasy, Contemporary and Sci-Fi.  I always have my nose in a book and love to talk books with fellow book lovers.  Come by and say hi!
And a huge thank you to Kyrstianna for letting me hang out here today!

Book or e-copy?
I’m definitely a real book gal.  Even though I read e-books sometimes, there’s nothing like a real book.  

Library or book store?

Definitely book store.  For as much as I’ve always read, I’ve never gone to the library much.  I just love having the book and knowing that I can reread it over and over again.  

If you were in a book, which type of character would you be?
I feel like this is a really hard question to answer about yourself.  So, I asked a close friend of mine what kind of character I would be.
“You're a super sweet nice person.  You would always try to do the right thing. So you're either the heroic MC or you die early on.”
That was a totally sweet answer!  In that case, I hope I’d be the MC.    

If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?

I’m going to surprise myself with this one and say Sci-Fi.  You get to live in a cool world and still experience awesome stuff and have SOME chance of survival.  If you pick Fantasy, as awesome as it is, it pretty much guarantees death and destruction.  I could totally picture myself living in the Lunar Chronicles world.  

If you could meet any one author, who would you meet and why?

Ally Carter.  She’s not a super popular author like Sarah J. Maas or Marissa Meyer.  But, I’ve been reading her books for so long and they mean a lot to me.  I feel like I would have the most to say to her and to thank her for.

Besides reading, what are some of your other favorite hobbies?
I like Sewing and Knitting.  I also LOVE listening to music and going to concerts.  Also, Shopping (of course).   

What's your favorite genre of music? Your favorite bands?
Okay.  I like a lot of music.  And my music taste is probably different from most teenage girls.  My favorite genre would have to be Rock.  My all-time favorite band is Linkin Park.  I also love Three Days Grace, Seether, Papa Roach, and Evanescence. 
But I also love Maroon 5, Paramore, and Fall Out Boy. 

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Definitely the Hunger Games.  The movies are just so amazing.  I feel like they’ve taken the characters even farther than the book and done so many amazing things for this series.  They haven’t just made a good “adaptation” but they’ve taken the characters, the world, and made brilliant movies.  They’ve not just adapted it, they’ve expanded it.

Who's your favorite author?
I have a lot of favorite authors, and one of them is definitely Ally Carter.  Her books just have a lot of sentimental value for me. 
But I also love Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer, Jennifer L. Armentrout and Rick Riordan. 

Do you like to listen to music or snack on food  while you read, or do you like it really quiet?

I like to have music on in the background.  I have three younger siblings, so I’ve learned to do pretty much anything amidst chaos.  Nowadays, I prefer to do things with something going in the background, whether it’s music or the TV. 
I usually don’t eat while I’m reading just because then I have trouble holding the book and turning the pages and eating at the same time.   I’m not opposed to it though, as long as it’s just a snack and not anything too messy.  

If you were allowed to have a party and you could invite any three book characters, which three book characters would you invite and why?
Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass, because Celaena is awesome and I love her.  She’s so strong an independent and kick butt.  We definitely share a mutual love of reading and honestly, Celaena really needs a friend. 

Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games because I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.  This is my party and I can invite anyone I want.  When I first read The Hunger Games, I really liked Finnick but I wasn’t obsessed with him.  Now, the more time has passed, the more I grow to love Finnick.  I am a total Finnick fangirl now.   

Percy Jackson.  I just love Percy so much.  If I was having a party, I couldn’t NOT invite him! 
Also, this is my party, so I’m making a rule.  Everyone can bring a plus one.  Celaena would bring Sam (because ANY book character), Finnick brings Annie, and Percy would bring Annabeth.  BAM.  Now I get to meet Sam, Annie, and Annabeth too.

I would also really love to invite Cammie, Bex, Macey, and Liz from the Gallagher Girls series so they could teach me awesome kick butt spy stuff. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of the questions, Olivia! :)

Olivia's Links:
Fluttering Pages

Google Plus


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (73)

For Review:

Press Start to Play (Thank you so much Penguin Random House!)
Blackmail Boyfriend (Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours & Entangled Teen!)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Book Review: After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco

18588738Title: After the Red Rain
Author: Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli, Robert DeFranco
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Genre: Dystopian
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river--a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet.
But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate's son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.

 **Thank you so much to Little Brown for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

To start of this review, I thought I'd be pretty honest with you guys. I've barely read dystopians this year, and that's mainly because I was getting a bit bored with them. Don't worry, it's still my favorite genre, but the few that I had been reading had just gotten a bit repetitive! After the Red Rain has rekindled my love for the fantastic genre. 

The novel follows a young girl named Deedra, who lives in one of the Territories. She works every day building, but she has no idea what it is she's actually building along with the other workers. All she knows is that if she works, she gets food, which she needs to survive. A long time ago this thing called the Red Rain wiped out half of the world's population, so pretty much everybody lives in fear that it could happen again, even though it was so long ago. Nobody really goes outside either because it's "safer inside" and there's not a lot of air left outside anymore. 

One day while scavenging with her friend, Deedra saves a boy named Rose near the river. She automatically feels a connection with him and he feels the same towards her. The two of them find friendship, and Deedra comes to see that Rose is more than he lets on. 

This book was just so perfect in so many ways! I absolutely adored Deedra. She was such a strong character. Not once did I think that she was a wuss because she stood up for what she believed was right, which is totally badass. I mean, the girl even goes to places that others haven't been during scavenges. It's pretty intense, especially because she could be attacked at any moment. 

Rose was probably my favorite character, just because he was so sweet. There is more to him than meets the eye, but it's a good thing. Everything that I learned about him just made me like him more. I also liked how strong of a character that he was, just like Deedra. He's from the outside though he carries himself very well. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it, though he refuses to injure people so he's a very innocent guy.

After the Red Rain is jam-packed with suspense, lovable characters, and a very in-depth futuristic world that I just couldn't get enough of. If you have even the smallest inkling of interest in this book, I suggest giving it a read, because you won't regret it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blog Tour | Blackmail Boyfriend!

Hey guys! Today I'm part of the Blackmail Boyfriend blog tour! I'm so excited to share my review with all of you!

Blackmail Boyfriend
by Chris Cannon
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Entangled Teen: Crush

Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has...
Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But then when she hears a rumor-Bryce is telling everyone that he hooked up with her. With Haley's reputation taking a nosedive, she gives Bryce a choice: be her boyfriend for a month or face the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with to show other guys that she's dateable-despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers-or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.
Bryce didn't know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he's being blackmailed by an honor student. His new "girlfriend" has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's... well, difficult. And different.
Besides, everyone knows that perfect boys never fall for imperfect girls... Sometimes, giving in is all a boy can do... Can something so fake turn into something real?

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As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of all of Entangled Crush's books. They're just so adorable and fun to read! They're literally perfect for any fan of young adult fiction. Blackmail Boyfriend was absolutely no exception.

The story follows a girl named Haley Patterson, who finds out that there's a rumor going around about her sleeping with the most popular guy in school. She can't believe it, especially because he's been her crush for the longest time. She meets up with him and asks him if he started it, and finds that there's another girl named Haley who happened to sleep with him but she gave him her name. Turns out the other Haley actually has a boyfriend, so Haley Patterson blackmails Bryce (the popular guy) into dating her for a few weeks so that she doesn't come off as a girl who sleeps around, because she doesn't.

I honestly found this book to be so great! I loved the relationship between Bryce and Haley. Haley was just so down to earth while Bryce was very much into his money and his belief that money brings happiness, since that's the way he was raised with his parents. He's pretty positive that his father only married his mother because her family was so wealthy. Haley definitely cracked him down and made him realize that there's more to life than money. She even brings him to the local shelter where she volunteers all the time. She even has some animals from there at her house.

The side characters were wonderful too. I loved Jane and Nathan. Jane was a pretty funny best friend and I did like that she was always there for Haley. Her little infatuation with Nathan at the beginning was funny too. Nathan is Bryce's best friend, who owns the country club that Haley's father always goes to in order to mow the lawn. It's just so wonderful that they all ended up becoming friends.

If you're looking for a fun, quick read, I highly suggest checking out Blackmail Boyfriend!

About the Author

Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or snarky romantic comedies.

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