Friday, December 30, 2016

The 100 by Kass Morgan | Review

17332969Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The 100 #1
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Edition: audiobook (7 hours)

No one has set food on Earth in centuries--until now.
Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents--considered expendable by society--are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life.. or it could be a suicide mission.
CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves--but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.
Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
warning: this review contains spoilers for the television show 

So, after marathoning seasons two and three of The 100 television show in two days, I knew that I had to check out the book series. I had heard that they were really different than the television show, which is completely fine. I just wanted more of the characters to hold me over until season four released! Clarke was just like she was in the show. Extremely caring and a kind of leader. Except her parents were both killed, instead of just her father. Yeah, I didn't see that coming!

I really liked that Wells was actually alive in the book series. I had always wondered what the story would've been like if he hadn't died within the second episode of the television series! I'm not the biggest fan of him, mainly because it was his fault that Clarke's parents were floated, but it it creates an interesting storyline with him still alive and well. It's also really cool that he and Clarke actually had a relationship in the book. As in, they dated. I felt like Wells was kind of selfish at times too. He kept mentioning how everything he did was for Clarke to the point where it wasn't really romantic at all, just annoying and creepy.

Octavia is so young now! I'm not sure if I'm recalling correctly, but I'm pretty sure that she wasn't fourteen in the television show. She is in the book! It definitely makes the relationship between Bellamy and Octavia slightly different, but in an okay way. I was a little annoyed that it was randomly thrown in that Octavia has drug issues. She did pretty well at hiding it because when it was revealed, it seemed so out-of-place.

Glass is a really interesting character. She is absolutely nonexistent in the television show, so it's interesting learning about a new character that was meant to be there! I think that she's pretty great because she is still on the ship, thus showing the reader what is happening there. In the television show, we see through Jaha on the spaceship.

Bellamy is my favorite, though he's my favorite in the show too. It seems like Bellamy and Clarke might actually get together in the books! I'd be so happy if they did, because I've been rooting for it through the television show endlessly. The only thing that bothered me about the book version of Bellamy is that he really wasn't much of a leader. He basically just kept trying to help Octavia.

In the end, I really liked The 100 and I'm excited to continue on with the series!

Notable quotes:

That was the thing about secrets-you had to carry them with you forever, no matter what the cost.

You couldn't expect anyone else to share your suffering. You had to carry your pain alone.

You need to let yourself be happy. Or else, what's the point of anything?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Everyday Magic by Emily Albright | Review

29894480Title: Everyday Magic
Author: Emily Albright
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Edition: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Publisher: Merit Press

For once, Maggie McKendrick just wants to control her own life. Her overbearing Hollywood director father has it all planned out for her: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. But Maggie has other, more creative-spirit friendly, plans. Namely, Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England, and then onto becoming a designer, preferably a wildly successful one. The big snag in her plan? Getting it past her dad.
A movie shoot takes the family to the Scottish Highlands for the summer, and closer to Maggie's dream school. While there, she runs into the charming Preston Browne. Maggie is intrigued and decides to bend her no guys rule-instituted after her ex used her to get close to her dad. Forced to keep secrets from Preston in order to protect the future plans she's made, Maggie finds herself falling for the tall Brit. And for once in her life she knows that he's interested in her, not her Hollywood connections. When Maggie's father blackmails her into dating his lead actor, she isn't left with a choice. The biggest problem isn't having to date hunky, mega-hottie, Ben Chambers. No, it's praying she doesn't lose Preston in the process.
Excelling at her dream school, Maggie's personal life is a tangled mess. She needs to decide if living a lie is worth losing Preston or chance going against her father and facing his wrath. When the tabloids expose the truth of her fake relationship with Ben, Maggie's world is thrown into a tailspin. Ultimately, Maggie must find the courage to take risks and forge ahead on her own path.

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review!**

As soon as I heard that Emily Albright, the fantastic author behind one of my all-time favorite novels The Heir and the Spare, was writing another book, I knew that I was going to do anything to have the chance to read it. That's why I was so extremely excited when I was given the chance to review this lovely new novel of hers!

Everyday Magic follows a girl named Maggie whose father is a huge director in Hollywood. He kind of got famous overnight and ever since he has not been the same person. Her mother is a Director of Photography. She also has a brother named Marc who is a few years older than her. Maggie's family goes to Scotland for the summer in order to shoot her father's movie. In Scotland she meets a lovely British guy named Preston (who was in The Heir and the Spare!) and she and him start to hang out quite a bit. However, Maggie's father's leading actor, Ben, is starting to fall for Maggie too, and her father keeps pushing her into dating him and making him happy. 

I loved Everyday Magic! Maggie was a fierce character. She changed a lot throughout the book, which I really loved to see. She was struggling a lot with garnering up the courage to tell her father where she wants to go to College and also just standing up to her father in general in order to make herself happy. I also thought it was awesome that Maggie wanted to go into fashion design. When I was younger, that was definitely something that I wanted to do, so I find her incredibly relatable in that aspect. It was awesome to see more of Preston again. He was Edmund's best friend in The Heir and the Spare. I loved seeing him slowly fall for someone like Maggie. 

Compared to The Heir and the Spare, this novel went into a little bit of darker substances with the abusive relationship of Maggie's father. He was a huge bully to everyone in the family and they just hid it because of how popular and famous he was. He had so much money and respect in Hollywood that it would have been difficult to do anything, but the whole family is slowly learning to stand up to the father to do something about it. 

I also really liked that this book took place in Scotland. I have never actually read that many books that take place there, so it was awesome reading about such a lovely country. 

I was extremely impressed with Everyday Magic. I don't think that you have to read The Heir and the Spare first, because the two novels are companions, so even if you haven't read that one, I highly suggest checking out Everyday Magic today!

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography | Mini Review

24848328Title: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Author: Neil patrick Harris, David Javerbaum, Antony Hare
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Edition: Paperback
Source: Blogging for Books

Seeking an exciting read that puts the "u" back in "aUtobigraphy"? Look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this entertaining and innovative memoir, Neil Patrick Harris shares intimate and hilarious series about everything from his early days in LA, life on the How I Met Your Mother set, secrets from backstage at award shows, and family life with David, Harper, and Gideon. In a fresh spin on the typical celebrity narrative, he lets you, the reader, choose which path you want him to follow. All this plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from his time as a child actor, and even a closing song!

**I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.**

I have been a fan of Neil Patrick Harris ever since I got the chance to watch How I Met Your Mother many years ago. It instantly became my favorite television show, so I was excited to be able to read more about him in an autobiography form!

I don't know about you, but I've always been a fan of those books as a kid that let you choose your own adventure. I think that's what made this autobiography so interesting. You actually got to make choices that chose what parts of the autobiography you read and in what order. I thought that was so awesome! I've never read an autobiography like that.

I really liked learning more about Neil and it even touched a bit on How I Met Your Mother. I'll for sure be recommending this book to many people!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top Ten Books of 2016

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I picked this one up after seriously LOVING Illuminae last year. I'm so glad that I did. I really loved this one too! I didn't like it as much as Illuminae though, mainly because I'm a huge fan of Ezra and Kady. It was interesting to see the story in this world continue though through eyes of different characters!

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
I actually read this one for an online class that I took last spring on Young Adult Literature. I ended up seriously loving this one. It was hard to read at times because it deals with a school shooting, but it's one of those books that has a huge twist at the end that you honestly just don't see coming. 

Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
This one was on my most-anticipated list for a while, and I only just got around to reading it this year. The book absolutely blew me away. I knew that I was going to like it, but I loved it even more than I thought I would. I seriously loved the characters and it had such a bittersweet ending.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Wow, I'm already up to two adult books on this list! I picked this one up because I knew that the movie was going to be coming out. I was on the waitlist for what seemed like FOREVER at the library just to get my hands on this one. I ended up really liking it, even though I basically cried for the last one hundred pages.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie is one of my all-time favorites. That's why I finally got around to picking up Sinner, which follows one of my favorite characters of all-time: Cole St. Clair. I was really pleased with this book and I was so glad to read more about him!

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
I got this one for review and I absolutely ate it up because I'm a major geek. If you're into comics and superheroes, then this is the book for you, my friend!

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
I had been hearing really good things about this one but only just got around to reading it this year. I thought that it was so intriguing because the main character actually works on movie sets! It's definitely a unique read that will stick with you.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This was my first Morgan Matson book and I was so surprised. I ate it up. I loved how fun of a read it was, and the love interest was AMAZING.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I picked this one up after hearing so many awesome things. Wow, I'm realizing that seems to be a pretty common theme for most of these books. This is why I love the blogging community. I get so many awesome recommendations! Anyways, I seriously loved Simon and the fact that this book included a whole lot of OREOS.

With Malice by Eileen Cook
This one was quite a pleasant surprise. I had requested it and expected not to love it as much as I did. It was one of the few thriller/mysteries that I couldn't guess what was happening!

What were your favorite books of 2016?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Read-a-Thon Wrap Up (Day 7)

I ended up reading five books in total for this readathon, which I'm pretty impressed with! I had gone quite a few months without really reading much, so I think that I definitely met my goals in this readathon because I finally got back into reading! Here's what I read:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5 stars, of course)
Tandem by Anna Jarzab (2 stars, I think I had too high of hopes for this one)
The 100 by Kass Morgan (4 stars)
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (3 stars)
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (4 stars)

My ratings were a little all over the place for these books, as you can see. My reviews for all of these will be coming up in the next month! 

Overall, I'm really glad that I participated in this readathon. It made me want to participate in more in the future!

Did you do this readathon? Did you meet your goals?

Book Haul (September-December)

Hey guys! I haven't done a book haul in the longest time. I have been super busy and actually haven't even purchased many books until a few weeks ago when I finally made it to the book store. Other than that, I did get sent a few books in the mail from publishers, and also got some books for review from Netgalley. Here's what I got the past few months!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (already read this one and LOVED IT)
Replica by Lauren Oliver

From publishers/Netgalley:
Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas (Bloomsbury)
Everyday Magic by Emily Albright (Thank you so much to Bethany!)
Frost Blood by Elly Blake (Little Brown)

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury. I can't wait to read this one! I love this series.)
Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz (Penguin Random House)

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (Random House Children's)

From the library:
The 100 by Kass Morgan 
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

All of the books that I got from the online library were audiobooks. I had never listened to audiobooks before, but for some reason they've all I've been listening to lately!

What books have you gotten recently? 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Update (& Bingo!)

I'm back again today with some updates on the Baby It's Cold Outside Read-a-thon. I've read a lot so far!

Here's what I've successfully read: 
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Tandem by Anna Jarzab
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Most of The 100 by Kass Morgan (by midnight tonight I'll for sure have this one finished!)

There was also a bingo challenge for today so I thought I'd show you guys what I've successfully done!

I was so close to getting a bingo! Tandem is kind of silvery, but I don't think it's silvery enough to be counted as a silver/grey cover because it is slightly blue, too. :(

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Readathon | Day 2

Hey guys! Today I'm here to participate ind ay two of the Baby It's Cold Outside read-a-thon hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. 

Teaser Tidbits Challenge
-Grab the book you're currently reading (or recently read)
-Open to a random page
-Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. NO spoilers allowed! Choose passages void of spoilers. The goal is to entice, yet not ruin the book for others! 
-Share the title & author, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

So, the book that I'm currently reading is Tandem by Anna Jarzab.

Here are my two teaser sentences!

He had entered this universe through a door that wasn't there.

It was hard to get used to the sky without the aurora in it.

Page 99 Test Instructions: 
Pick a book you haven't read, turn to page 99 and read that page. Then give a synopsis of that page and tell us if, based only on that page, do you still want to read this book?

I picked up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. The page that I turned to was a little confusing, since this was a book I hadn't even read! However, I guess that's the point of this challenge! The protagonist kept listing facts about someone named Queenie. Someone named von Linden showed up and the protagonist had to then translate what she had written during the day to him. She kept talking about how alone she was as well. 

I definitely still want to give this book a read! I'm really curious about all these characters and I want to know why the protagonist has to translate things. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Readathon

So, while visiting blogs today, I came across this awesome read-a-thon! Since I haven't been reading that much lately, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to jump back into the blogosphere and the reading world. Without further ado, here's what I'm hoping to read!

This read-a-thon is hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat.

On day 7 there is a bingo challenge, so I just planned out a book for every square and we will see what happens!

A sci-fi: Fear by Michael Grant
Last in series: Light by Michael Grant
sweater on cover (I have a few options for this): Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Cover: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Just read this one today!
2016 Debut: The Girl From Everywhere by Helen Heilig
Illustrated cover: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Published in 2016: Replica by Lauren Oliver
Mystery/Thriller: The Girl With All The Gifts
Fantasy: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Romance:  Everyday Magic by Emily Albright
First in series: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Paranormal/Horror: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen
White Cover: Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Silver/Grey cover: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Historical: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Hat, gloves, or scarf on cover: My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors
LGBTQIA+ MC: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
#OWNVOICES: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
"Winter" in title: Winter Town by Stephen Emond 
Black cover: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
"Cold" in the title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Novella: Never Never by Colleen Hoover

Are you participating in this readathon? What are you reading?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Past Few Months

Hey guys! I am here to apologize for not posting the last few months. I recently started college (yes, I'm a freshman) and a lot has been going on! I've been super busy between working, playing sports, and doing homework. I have actually been too busy to even sit down and read a book! I haven't fully read a book that wasn't assigned since last August.

However, that's all about to change in a few days! I will be getting back into blogging over winter break and will also be reading tons! I'm so excited to get back into this because I've been missing all my fellow book nerds so much.

Besides all that, I want to hear about you guys! What have you been reading? Are there any good books that have come out in the past few months that I've missed out on?