Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Audiobook Review: Red Queen

 
Title: Red Queen
Series: Red Queen #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Narrator: Amanda Dolan
Overall Goodreads Rating: 4.10
Length of Audiobook:  12 hrs and 40 mins
Published: February 10th 2015 by Orion
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars  
 
 


IN A NUTSHELL
First do you see what I did here? Red and Silver...get it? Anyway this book was a fantastic listen. I really enjoyed the original twist on how characters are ranked in this fantasy world. The characters are ranked on what color they bleed. If you bleed silver you are ranked like royalty and live comfortable. You also get epic powers such as controlling fire, being able to read peoples minds, controlling metal awesome things like that. If you bleed red well than you are SOL and end up having a crappy job or going off to war. In this book we learn that not everything is as black and white....or red and silver as they thought. This book was fast paced and had so much twist that I didn't see coming at all! I can normally tell when something big is going to happen, but I was blindsided in this book and I loved it! The narrator was great! Dolan did a great job with playing out the emotions of the characters I truly felt like I was listening to them. She did a great job with transitioning her voice and kept my attention the entire time. I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook, and if you are not into audiobooks get the regular book because I am telling you this book is great! The only down fall I had was the ending felt rushed and choppy, and that is why I couldn't give it 5 stars.
 
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
 

Wow this book was totally worth the wait! I know that ALOT of bloggers were dying to get their hands on this one. Any time there is a lot of hype I get nervous, but this one didn't let me down. I loved the world that was built, and even though we didn't get to see as much as the world I was hoping, I have come to learn that happens a lot in YA fantasy. I felt like this book truly slapped me in this face at times with all the twists I didn't see coming. I would be thinking everything was just trucking along and then BAM something crazy would happen and I loved it! I think that was what I loved the most about this book. It was unlike any other YA book I have ever read in the way I couldn't grasp what was going to happen next. I was really intrigued by the political and magical aspects of this book. Anytime politics are brought in there is drama and excitement to read about. It was crazy to see what sides people choice and it really showed the true colors of our characters.The magic that the silver bloods could do was fantastic and I have to say that if I had to pick what I could control I may pick metal. What would you pick? There are so many fun and unique magical/control aspects I loved it!
 There were sadly some downfalls to this book and the main problem I had was the ending. I felt like it was rushed and choppy. I felt like the end of the book just stopped. I understood that the end was suppose to be the cliffhanger, but after all the surprise the ended fell dual for me. The romance was not my favorite. There was no steady burn and at times it just felt pushed and forced which was very disappointing because it had the potential to be truly epic. Those were the main reasons I couldn't give this book 5 stars. The biggest problem being the ending.
Even with that being said I am beyond excited for the next book, and will be listening to it on audio for sure! I just loved Dolan as a narrator she did a fantastic job and I highly recommend listening to books that she has narrated.
So tell me, have you listened or read Red Queen yet? What were your thoughts? If you have not read it is it on your TBR? Let me know your thoughts =)
Happy reading!
Ashley 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Feature & 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: Have you come up with any special memes or features on your blog that you’d like people to visit more?
 
Well every now and then I will do inspired posts. Such as books that made me want to work out, outfits inspired, and I did a "Into The Book" post that I am VERY proud of where I did outfits, books that were mentioned, recipes, and more! I am very proud of these posts and hope to do more in the future...so I guess you could call them features. Here are the links =)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I do Tea Talk where I pick topics and have discussions on them. I love my tea talks because it is a way to not only let you guys get to know me a little better, but I LOVE to learn others opinions as well. Doing discussion posts is something that has been HIGHLY requested so I am beyond glad I started them.
 
(This isn't a "Tea Talk", but it is a problem I discuss with you guys that I have been having trouble with. It was the hardest post I have ever wrote because it was so honest and personal.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What features and meme's do you guys want to share? Please let me know in the comments below, and I really hope you get to take a look at some of mine =) As always if you are a new follower please let me know, and do not forget to leave your links down below =)
 
Happy Reading,
Ashley
 
 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Time To Be Honest

Okay so I debated on writing this post for a long time, but decided to write it for two reasons. 1.) I haven't been posting lately and you deserve to know why. 2.) The reason I write a blog is to help others not only find their next great read, but to share my thoughts and feelings. I feel like I am helping others even if it is just finding a book they love. What I am going through may be something that you guys are going through as well, and maybe hearing my story will help you know there is someone else out there going through what you are and can relate to your struggle.

In middle school I was bullied for my weight. I was overweight and no matter what I did I just couldn't lose the weight. People constantly made fun of me and at one point in time a boy posted a picture of miss. piggy on my locker. It was a very hard time for me. I ended up leaving that school for many different reasons, but one main reason was the bullying over my weight. I don't think I ever truly got over it, I mean does anyone every truly get over situations like that?
When I started high school I lost weight and everyone was shocked. They would ask what have you done? Tell us your secret! The truth was I didn't really DO anything. I lost the baby weight is my only answer, but I didn't feel truly beautiful because I was still recovering from everything I had previously went through. My junior and senior years I started being more active. I just had more friends that did more active things which lead to me being more active without even really knowing. We would swim a lot, go on walks, play tennis, etc. I started to enjoy life more. I then started working out and enjoyed it. I had a friend I would go to the gym with and when we would be on the phone watching our TV shows together we would do crunches and pushups during the break, and at the time I found that fun...weird to think I use to think of that as fun haha! For some reason this seemed to put my body in a weird shock and I lost ALOT of weight VERY VERY fast. It got to the point where my doctor asked me if I was making myself lose the weight...hinting at a eating disorder. People started rumors that I made myself sick AND I WASNT. It was just my body and yes I was being more active and I felt happy about it. The ONE time I was truly happy with how I looked people started giving me a hard time once again. I was either too big or too thin and people couldn't just leave it alone. I learned to let that go and just worry about what made ME happy, and somewhere along the way I have forgotten about what makes me happy when it comes to my health.
 I have just always had trouble with my weight basically. When I got married I was so happy and could only think about that, what I was eating didn't matter I was busy planning my wedding! When we did get married we moved twice in less than a year and everyone knows when you move the last thing you are worried about is what you should make for dinner when you cant even find the box your pots are in. One thing led to another and I gained weight....FAST. My eating habits and activeness is awful and it is something I have been struggling with. I keep thinking of all the mean things people use to say, and even though I know it does not matter what others think, I know for myself that I am overweight and I am not happy with it. For me it doesn't matter about the number on the scale, but I want to learn to love myself and be healthy! The weight I am at right now is NOT healthy. I need to make some life changes. I cant sit around and think my body will just do its own thing and lose the weight again I have to make a huge lifestyle change, and I am starting at ground zero.
So where does blogging come into play? Why are you sharing this again? Just bare with me, I am almost to the point I swear.
My struggle to lose weight has played a role in my happiness and motivation. I sit and think I need to blog, but I am not in a good mindset and I just space out and shut my computer down. I am so sorry for that and it isn't fair to the people who follow this blog. I have just been in a terrible place. I cant find a meal plan that works for me, I cant find a workout schedule that I enjoy, and if I am not enjoying it I will not be happy and will not keep up with it. For me I want to lose the weight but also provide myself with a HAPPY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. I will NOT starve myself, I will NOT force my body to the breaking point, but I WILL find what is healthy and what works for me. It has just been a struggle finding what works and that has been the hardest part. I think I am eating healthy and then there are no results. It's hard. I wanted to tell you guys what has been going on and share my hard journey with you because maybe some of you are struggling to.
So where am I now? Well I am still struggling to find what works for me but I am getting there. I am starting to find exercises I like to do and I am making changes to the way I eat. I am going to have some things checked out by my doctor just to make sure there isn't a health reason on why my weight has always been a challenge. I am trying to make more changes to how I eat. I am also trying to learn to mediate because I feel like I need more calmness in my life. The bottom line is I want to be a healthy woman who can look this hard issue down and conquer it. I am so sorry that this has taken over my life more than I would like. I know that this may have sounded dumb to some of you or you may think I shared too much personal information on my BOOK blog, and that is fine everyone can have their opinion. But I have grown to think of some of you all as great friends and if any of you are having the same problem then know you are not alone, and for me this was therapeutic to just write it out.