Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

 


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine   that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 
 
 
Title: The Ruby Circle
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: The Bloodline series #6
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: February 10 2015
 
 
The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world
 
Why am I Waiting?
I FREAKING LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The way the last book ended is probably one of the biggest cliff hangers I have ever read and I need to know what happens NOW. I am so excited that the release date is almost here. It cannot come soon enough!
 
What are you guys waiting on this lovely Wednesday? Let me know in the comments or leave me a link to your blog post =)
As always if you are a new follower make sure to let me know so you can make my day =)
Happy reading ya'll!
Ashley
 
 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Audio Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Series: Nope, it is a standalone!!!
Author: Holly Black
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Overall Goodreads Rating: 4.04
Genre: YA Fantasy
Hours long: 8 HRS 39 MINS
Published: Published January 13th 2015 by Hachette Audio
My Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!
 
 
In A Nut Shell
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! These fairytale retelling was everything I was hoping for and more. A heroine who works hard to protect others, a brother who melted my heart with how much love he had to offer, and a horned boy who sleeps in a glass castle in the middle of the woods. This book was so magical and Blacks writing was fantastic! I HIGHLY recommend the audio book because Lauren is beyond talented and kept my interest at all times, which can be difficult for me while listening to audio books. This book made me remember how much I LOVE a creative fairy tell retailing sometimes better than the original story. You don't want to miss out on this epic read!   

 
"Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they're destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she's found the thing she's been made for."""Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.Until one day, he does...As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?"
 
I want to live in Fairfold! I literally could not stop thinking about how creative Black has to be to come up with a town like Fairfold. I couldn't help but wish I could book us a flight and cross our fingers the faeries wouldn't take us. This was my first Black book and now I feel cheated that I waited this long to read her work. I loved the new twists to the fairytale and the writing was beautiful. Black has a way of making the reader feel like they are truly in the story. I listened to the audiobook while cleaning the house, driving, and working-out. There was NOTHING that happened that took my attention away from the story. My house could have caught on fire, Chris carry me out to the yard and I would have not had any idea what happened until the story was over. I loved the world, the main characters, how relevant the story is to the present day and still has old magical myths blended beautifully. There were some characters that I didn't feel too attached to but that happens to me in stand alones some times, does that happen to anyone else? Regardless I loved this book and I highly highly recommend it if you like action, romance, fairytale retellings, fantasy, or just a good book.

What are your thoughts on this book? Do you guys have any recommendations on some fairytale retellings? Share you thoughts down below =)
Happy reading ya'll!
Ashley

The Sunday Post


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @
Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them! 
 
Recap of the Past Week on Books To The Tea
 
 
Books I bought This Week
 
 
 
 
 
 
What I am Currently Reading
 
 
 
Inspiration For Teachers 
These words were said to me and I needed to hear them, maybe some of you do too.
It is hard to see why we want to be teachers sometimes. Hard to say, but true. Classrooms are made now to run like businesses and children are forgotten. How do we find the time to reach all the children in our classrooms?  How do we reach all our students and let them know we truly care?
We FIGHT for our students. We remember them when the "man" tells us to run our classrooms like a business. We go that extra mile to remember that it is harder work to reach every student and make sure the material being learned really "clicks" and we never forget the students are the reason we decided to go on this journey.
After these words were told we were then shown this video....easy to say there wasn't a dry eye in the room. What Teachers Make
It is a really short poem that truly helped me remember why I chose this profession. I really felt the need to share that with you guys.
 
 
So what books did you buy this week? I would love to know what you are currently reading, and to catch up on some blogs =)
OHH and I know that last week I wasn't too great on commenting like I have been in the past. I am so sorry for that. I believe I have caught up on all the comments, and I promise I will be better this week =)
 
 
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Feature and Follow



Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted
by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read  This is a fun way for bloggers to get more exposer and followers. Best part is meeting new friends and bloggers! =) Feel free to join in all the fun just go to Parajunkee's or Alison Can Read blogs to sign up and learn the rules
 
This Week's Question: Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog? Where else do you post reviews? – A Great Read
 
YAY congrats Jessica for getting your question picked this week! If you guys have not checked her blog out than you need to! She has great reviews and is posting ALL the time. Seriously I don't know how the girl does it. And then on top of all that she is the sweetest because she really takes the time to go around the blog world and comment on many many many blogs. She's a great blogger!
 
I have some old reviews on goodreads that I posted before I started my blog. I will posts short reviews, thoughts while reading the book on my status, and then a link to the full post that takes the reader to my blog. I have thought about just writing my reviews out on goodreads as well because I know many people really enjoy reading reviews on goodreads.
If you don't follow me on goodreads I have a link on the side bar that takes you to my account I would love it if you guys followed my account =) *closes shameless plug*
 
I cant wait to see everyone's answer to this one. Make sure to leave your links to your blog down below so I can check your post out =) As always if you are a new follower make sure to let me know so I can do a happy dance =)
Happy reading ya'l!
Ashley 

Tea Talk: The Hype Monster

Tea Talk posts give me a chance to have conversations with you guys and I love these posts. Thank you for you guys who comment and talk to me about the topic of the week.
This Weeks Topic:
Does the hype monster get to you, and make books less enjoyable because your expectations are too high? How do you keep it from getting the best of you?
 
I will be the first to say that yes the hype monster gets me about 80% of the time. I hate it and I don't know how to stop it. I enjoy looking at other blogs and normally when a new book comes out the book is reviewed by many bloggers at the same time. When they ALL rave and the goodread rating is super high I cant help but think "okay I need to clean my schedule for the weekend because I have to read this amazing book." And then I will read the book and really not get into it because my expectations were too high. I know that it is very likely that I will not enjoy the book with such expectations but I cant make myself stop thinking about the reviews and I let the hype monster win every time.
If you have any tips on how to beat the hype monster please share! I really wish that I could figure out a way to not let the hype get to me.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine   that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 

Title: Tracked
Author: Jenny Martin
Genre: YA Sci-fy
Release Date: May 5th 2015
 
 
 
The Fast and the Furious gets a sci-fi twist in this action-packed debut


On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her daring new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It's up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?  
 
 
Why am I Waiting?
Fun fact about me: The Fast and the Furious movies are some of my favorite movies ever. Another fun fact: Paul Walker was my first Hollywood crush.
When I found out there was a book that was going to be like these movies with a sci-fi twist... well this was my reaction:
 
 
What are you guys waiting for? Let me know in the comments below or leave a link to our blog so I can see your WoW post. As always if you are a new follower please let me know so you can make my day =)
Happy reading ya'll!
Ashley

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Poison Princess


Title: Poison Princess
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Ya Apocalyptic, Fantasy/Paranormal
Goodreads Overall Rating: 4.17
Pages: 369
Published: October 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
 
 

In A Nut Shell
This book is full of creative and original fantasy/paranormal aspects that I LOVED. I found this book to be different than most books I have read before, but sadly it had one downfall that I just could not get past and made my rating flip flop between 3.5 and 4 stars. I normally enjoy romances, but this book had such potential to be beyond original and I felt like the love interest over shadowed the main story line. I felt like the romance was more of just sexual tension between a confused girl and a obsessive boy that was unstable even before the apocalypse. He also wants in Evie's pants so bad he cant stand it. We get a fantastic play on tarot cards being more than just a stack of cards and powers that are wildly interesting. I will be reading the second book in hopes there will be more writing about the world and not so much the insane attraction between the two main characters.
 

"She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can't do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side."

I did really enjoy this book and found many original concepts such as the tarot cards playing a specific and interesting role in this book. The powers that are introduced in this book are fascinating and kept me wanting to read as fast as I could to see what these powers could really do when put to the test. When we first start reading we are introduced to a psychotic man who traps people in his cabin and abuses them in the name of science, and he has just received a new victim, and that is how our story begins. I loved this because it left my mind wondering like crazy and that is how I felt about many situations in this book. I enjoyed our main character Evie who seemed to have the perfect life; cheerleader, nice house, expensive clothes, popular, hot football player boyfriend who drives a nice car, and she is the nicest girl ever. What isn't to love right? What made me really like her were her imperfections...oh and her kick butt powers. like I have said I loved this world and I feel like this book had the complete opposite problem that most fantasy books have. I LOVED the world building and found it to be what kept me going. What left me confused was the love interest weird I know. I feel like the love connection in this book was kinda off. Jackson is unstable and has emotional problems that need to be worked on. Evie has the wait of the world on her shoulders. These two are thrown together and shocker there is a love connection. But for me this connection was odd and I wasn't pulling for it at all. I felt like instead of it being a subtle part of the story it was distracting and jumpy. Evie would have something huge happen and she would stop and waste time arguing or lusting over Jackson. I didn't like that at all and found it unrealistic for the circumstances. It happened often and left me frustrated and annoyed. This is why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. Did anyone else have this problem? I loved the ending and found it empowering, creepy, and wanting the second book. I just really hope that the next book has less romance that gets on my nerves. I hope that the second book makes me change my mind and become a Jack fan.

What were you thoughts on this book? I know many people liked the romance in this book, what did you think about it? Did you find the fantasy/paranormal aspect as interesting as I did? Leave your thoughts down below =) 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Review: World After by Susan Ee


Title: World After
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: YA Apocalyptic
Goodreads Rating: 4.29 
Pages: 438
Published: November 21st 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton
 
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
 
 

In A Nut Shell
This sequel was AMAZING I couldn't put it down. I have nothing bad to say about this book. If you are worried about this book not being as good as the first one do not worry! I was blown away by all the dark twists and turns this book took. Penryn Steps up her game and some how becomes even more fierce in this book. We get to learn more about Raffe's history as well as other characters> No rock is left uncovered in this sequel and it is so refreshing. The questions we had at the end of Angelfall were answered, and Ee gave us more questions to ponder over while waiting for the next and final book. I am beyond shocked with how creative Susan Ee is and what a page turner this book was for me.

 
 
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?
 
I cannot get over how blown away I am by this series. Like I have said before this book is so dark and I don't normally enjoy these types of books but Susan Ee does not give you a choice she MAKES you become intrigued by this world. There were so many questions answered in this book and I felt like every unanswered question was answered which I was Beyond happy about. I hate when there are unanswered questions in the first book, and the answers are not answered until the LAST book. Which sometimes makes the last book too overwhelming. Ee did a fantastic job with answering our questions and then giving us more to ponder about. Am I the only one that appreciates when authors do that? I feel like we get a better understanding of Raffe and his way of life. We also get to see more of the other angles and understand their thoughts and belief system. This book was just so fantastic I cannot help but gush over it!!!!! I am beyond ready for the next and final book!
 
So tell me, did ya'll love think this book was as good as the first? How about how she answered most of the questions we all had at the end of Angelfall in World After instead of waiting till the last book to answer all the questions at once? Share all your thoughts in the comments below =)
Happy reading ya'll
Ashley 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tea Talk: Reviewing Books I Didnt Enjoy

 
Tea Talk's are posts where I ask questions and have discussions with you guys =)
MANY of you guys requested more tea talks so I plan on doing more of them! I am so glad you guys like Tea Talk because I really enjoy these posts.
This weeks tea talk I want to discuss books that you give bad ratings to. Do you still review them on your blogs or Goodreads? Does it depend if the author contact you and asked you to read it, or if you bought the book with your own money? If you are just a reader of blogs do you think bloggers should talk about books they do not like?
 
For me when I started this blog I had a hard time with reviewing books I didn't like IF I was contacted by the author to read and review their book. I have read a few books that were sent to me for review that I just couldn't finish or didn't like at all, and I didn't review them because I didn't want to hurt feelings.
Now that I have been blogging for awhile my feelings have changed. I feel like I owe it to my readers to tell them if I have read a book I didn't like. My readers trust me with my reviews and I feel like if I only post about the books I enjoyed I am not being fully truthful.
Some people come to my blog and look at books I have reviewed to see what their next read should be. I let them know the books I loved and hope they pick them up. I also feel obligated to share my thoughts on books that I did not like and maybe they should just borrow that book from the library and read it before they buy it.
As a reader of other bloggers I LOVE when they have mixed ratings. There are some reviewers that I trust completely because our interest in genres are almost exactly the same. So when I see that they did not like a book I was interested in, I decide to borrow the book from the library instead of buying it.
What are your thoughts on reviewing books you don't like? Do you just simply not review them? Have you had mixed feelings like I have in the past? What about the readers, Do you guys like seeing mixed reviews? I would really love to know your opinion on this topic. Share your thoughts down below.
Happy reading ya'll
Ashley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
THIS WEEK ON TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To 
 
 

 
I am so disappointed in myself that I haven't read this yet, but I need to reread Pivot Point before I read it. Which by the way is one of the best books I have ever read!
 
 
Currently reading =)
 
I think I am just really afraid to read this book, because I loved The Burning Sky so much. I am afraid the second book will not be as amazing. Does anyone else get these fears?
 
 
 

 
The good thing is I have most of these books already I just haven't got around to reading them yet. So tell me your thoughts on these books if you have read them. What books did you mean to read in 2024 but didn't? Let me know in the comments below or leave a link to your blog so I can see your list =)
Happy reading ya'll,
Ashley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Champion by Marie Lu


Title: Champion
Series: A Legend Novel #3
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopian
Goodreads Rating: 4.40
Pages: 369
Published: November 5th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
My Rating: 5/5 Stars 
 
 

In A Nut Shell
This was a fantastic ending to this amazing series! I held off on this book for so long because I was afraid of how it would end, and I wasn't ready for this story to be over. I hate that I waited so long to read this book I feel like I truly cheated myself. This book had my heart racing just as much as the first book, if not more. This series truly is one of the most constantly amazing series. I HIGHLY recommend this series for women and men. If you are wanting to get your boyfriend, friend, hubby into reading then this is the series to get them. Mine finished before me he couldn't put them down!

 
 

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
 
 
Oh my gosh this book was everything! I was terrified to read this book with how Prodigy ended, and I just couldn't pick up Champion for the longest time. I was BEYOND tore up after Prodigy and I just wasn't ready. I remember my husband sat there and watched me finish Prodigy (he had already finished and wanted to see my reaction.) I moved the book AWAY from me like it burnt me and just kept shaking my head and crying. DO NOT JUDGE ME!!!! I am so emotionally connected to these characters. I waited A LONG time to read this book, and I really feel like I cheated myself in waiting so long. Yes this book made me cry but oh my gosh I really forgot how amazing Marie Lu's writing is. She truly makes you feel like you are in the story. Your mind NEVER wonders off in this book because she doesn't give your mind time to. This book was everything that made me love this series. Action packed, emotional, raw, and unpredictable. If you are like me and have not read Champion yet bite the bullet and go for it. I know you may be scared because Marie Lu is not afraid to take chances and well lets be honest she does some crazy heartbreaking things that we didn't see coming, but isn't that one reason that we love reading her books in ways? The not knowing what is going to happen is kind of half the fun, and is one of the reasons you cannot put her books down. This book was beautiful and one crazy ride that I don't regret taking.
 
So tell me, did you guys have to wait to read this book after Prodigy? Did you react to Prodigy as bad as I did? (Probably not I know I have problems.) Were you happy with Champion and the ending we got for this amazing series? Share your thoughts down below =)
Happy reading Ya'll
 Ashley 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @
Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them! 
 
 

Recap of the Past Week on Books To The Tea
 
Books That Came in the Mail!!!
I AM WAY TOO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!
 

 
 
Audio Book
 
 
What I am Currently Reading
 
 
 
 
 
So tell me what books you got this week and what book you are currently reading =)
If you are new to the blog let me know so you can make my day!
If you are a blogger make sure to leave your link so I can check out your Sunday Post as well =)
Hope you guys are having a great weekend!
Happy reading ya'll,
Ashley
 
 
 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review: Blythewood


Title: Blythewood
Series: Blythewood #1
Author: Carol Goodman
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 3.86
Published: October 8th 2013 by Viking Juvenile

Pages: 496
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
 
 


In A Nut Shell
Overall I felt like this was a fun read with interesting twists on historical events, I enjoyed the fantasy aspects and some of the surprising twists this book had, but to me this book was just okay, not fantastic or blow you away kind of read. I enjoyed the plot and the creative world that Goodman made. I was fascinated with he creatures and the school, but the main character to me was unlikeable who had little emotion and when she did it was just random cruel words to her friends. Other characters seemed pointless to bring in and had no need. The romance was iffy and just happened. If you do read this book I recommend borrowing it from the library.
 
 
Welcome to Blythewood.

At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.   

But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.   

Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.
  
 
UGHHHHH I WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK SO BAD!!!!!! When I started the book I really enjoyed it. I got excited because I was seeing interesting twists to historical events and I loved that! Anytime they mix fantasy with history it gets my mind wondering in the best way. I say the first 200 pages I was really enjoying it, but as the story went on I started to get annoyed. Avaline was so hard to like She was cruel to friends and it was always so random. She was just out of the blue say hateful things and it left everyone dumbfounded. She had suffered so much and not once did she have a breakdown. This book was almost 500 pages I am pretty sure a few pages could have been spared to make us feel like Avaline was not a robot. Some characters like her grandmother and her grandmothers maid? Helper? Assistant? I'm still not sure just appeared, took Avaline in and then just as soon as they appeared they were gone again and were not heard from basically until the very end.
Most of the time the problem in fantasy books would be world building and things of that nature, but that was what kept me going in this book! I LOVED the world that was built and found in interesting and creative. As I said before the historical twists were great, the monsters were interesting, and I loved the classes that they had. The school was so interesting every girl had a different "characteristic" that can help fight the evil in their world. I wish that we could have learned more about that. There is a character named Daisy that I loved! She was independent in her thoughts and stood up for what she thought was right. I truly want to read more about the world, but I don't know if I can put up with Avaline and the sporadic romance anymore then I already have. Just FYI the romance did not really build, it's just there.
So you be the judge. Have you read this book? What did you think, did the fantasy elements keep you going like me, or did you actually like Avaline and the romance?
Leave your thoughts down below and as always,
Happy reading Ya'll
Ashley


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday


 
 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine   that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 
 
 
Author: Maggie Hall
Genre: YA Thriller
Pages: 336
Expected Release Date: January 13th 2015
 
 

To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war.

They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead.

To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all.
 
WHY I AM WAITING
dangerous sercret society
Ancient puzzle in a DEADLY race across Europe
Forbidden love
Masked balls and dark secrets
WHO WOULDNT BE INTERESTED IN THIS BOOK???
 
 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
 
Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What books are on your list? I am so excited I feel like there are going to be ALOT of great debut novels this year!






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Happy reading ya'll!
Ashley
 


Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

 
Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Author: Rea Carson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 3.83
Published: September 20th 2011 by Greenwillow
Pages: 423
Favorite Quote: “Honor from death,” I snap, “is a myth. Invented by the war torn to make sense of the horrific. If we die, it will be so that others may live. Truly honorable death, the only honorable death, is one that enables life.”
My Rating: 4/5 stars
 
 


IN A NUT SHELL
For you who are getting your feet wet in the fantasy genre I believe this is a great book for you!
This is a great YA fantasy book with a fantastic female role and a unique concept This book has plenty of action and I think would be a great book for both woman and men. I want to praise Carson for giving us a female character who is not the standard drop dead gorgeous female lead, but instead a woman who shows her beauty by loyalty and courage. I would think that I had this book figured out and just when I thought I was about to get bored Carson came in and REALLY shook things up!

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.
 
I really want to let you guys know how refreshing it was to have a realistically described female character. She wasn't the skinniest girl in the world and she liked to eat. It was nice to have an author have a true description and let readers know that you do not have to be this sexy little thing to be powerful and save the day. Elisa learns that beauty is not skin deep and that power comes from within and you get to see her struggle with finding that out and I found it absolutely refreshing!!!!!
She proves to everyone that beauty is not what should be praised but a woman who takes control, makes sacrifices, and does not hide in her tower is what should be praised and wanted.
Now on to the story this book was amazing and I think it is a great book for those who are just now getting into fantasy. It was not hard to follow and I didn't have to struggle with the complex story line it simply flowed which was lovely. We have a fast paced story line that had me at times feeling like I was in the story with Elisa. At times I thought I knew what was going to happen and found myself getting board because I THOUGHT I knew how it was going to play out, and I was beyond wrong!You never know who truly is a friend, an enemy, a cowered, or a lover in this book.
This story grips you and pulls you in, and toys with you and your emotions.
 
Share your thoughts on this book. How did you like Carson's lead role Elisa? Did you find her character refreshing as much as I did? Leave your thoughts down below =)
Happy reading Ya'll