Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass




Series: Stand alone 
Author Kiera Cass
Overall Goodreads Rating: 3.91
Genre: Young Adult Romance Fantasy 
Pages: 336
Published: January 26th 2016 by HarperTeen
My overall Rating: 4/5 Stars

IN A NUTSHELL
This book was a pleasant surprise. The writing was beautiful and lyrical. I was reminded of The Little Mermaid in the best of ways. There was insta-love, but it was expected and tolerable. This book is all about love, but different types of love. Love between family, friends, and the sacrifices that are willing to be made for the ones you love. Basically you need to be on the beach with a nice drink in your hand while reading this book! 

Goodreads

"Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?"

 I have been on the hunt for a good mermaid book for well basically ever. I have found a few but not enough. I ask everyone I know if they know of any great mermaid books, and I get the same two to three books I have already read. So when I saw this book I thought I would give it a try. It isn't truly a mermaid book but it is close enough for me! If you have read Caas' other series The Selection you know that her writing is more of the fun type of read. I love her books and I like to pick them up after a book hangover because I know they will be light and fluffy. This book however was deeper than her Selection series. I found myself marking certain quotes because they were so beautiful and lyrical. For example:“She would want me to forget all about him. But how could eyes not notice the light? How could lungs not acknowledge the air? There are just some things you can't ignore.”   and “There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in the door.”
I also liked how there was different types of love in this book and the problems that comes with it. In this book we see the sacrifices families make because of love. We see sisterly love that melted my heart and brought tears to my eyes. In this book Caas shows readers that love isn't black and white, it comes with sacrifices and darker sides of love. The magical system was beautiful and creative, and while this book made me think of the move The Little Mermaid, Caas made the story her own and I ate it up! While there was some insta love it was expected so that helped me not be annoyed. If you go in knowing I think it always helps. The love connection in this book is super sweet, and genuine. Our main character cannot speak and it makes the love story unique and beautiful.
I recommend this book, and if you like The Selection you are going to love this book. I honestly think this is the best writing I have seen from Caas. While it was still fun like her other series it was better written, the story flowed better, and there was not a annoying lead character that could not make up their mind for foolish reasons. While I know this story was written first, Caas went back and rewrote it, and this by far is her best work. I am excited to see more from Caas in the future. If you are on the fence about this book go ahead and pick it up. It is a stand alone and not too long. trust me, it will be worth your time. 
Let me know if you pick this book up, and if you have already read it let me know what you thought. 
Happy Reading Y'all ,
Ashley 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day Book Recommendations & My Weekend Reads

Today I am going to share my recommendations for your Valentine's weekend to get you into the lovey dovey mood. I will also be sharing what I have been reading to get into V-day spirit!



Contemporary
Losing It : A sexy NA read that will make you lol. I love this book, and it is still my favorite from Cora Carmack 
The Distance Between Us : I just love Kasie West's writing, and it wouldn't be a Valentine's book recommendation list without her on it. 
The Summer I Turned Pretty : Really ANY Jenny Han book would be perfect for this weekend! If you are dreaming about summer, than this is the book series for you. It will be your beach escape. 
Fangirl: With all the exciting news of the new Harry Potter play being published in book form, I know it brings back a lot of Harry Potter memories. Waiting in line for the books, counting down the days to the next release, reading fan fiction like crazy. This book will help you remember that kind of love all over again. 
Fantasy 
Doon: If you still have not read this series NOW IS THE TIME. It is a YA Outlander, and it is such a fun read. There is a little bit of insta love/hate but in the best kind of way! 
StarCrossed : ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES EVER!!!! I love this book so much. It has everything I love. Greek mythology, a strong female lead, a sexy boy, and so much more! PLEASE read this series! 
Carry On : Need I say more? 
Sweet Evil : This is a fun series to read when you have a book hangover. It is fun, fast paced, unique, and angsty. I FLEW through this series. 
Paranormal
Wicked: This was such a fun NA read. JLA wrote it.....she pretty much drops the mic every time she finishes writing a book (well she should if she doesn't.) This is such a sexy read, but it does not lack in action and suspense. 
A Court of Thorns and Roses : If you are still waiting to read this book because you are afraid that it will not be as good as Maas' other books...wait no longer my friend! I was SHOCKED at how great this book is, and I am dying for the next one! 
Bloodlines: I love everything about this series. The romance is on FIRE, and it is a nice slow burn. 
Guilty Pleasure (Not recommended for readers under 20)
His Purrfect Mate: Shapeshifters, forbidden love, make for a great guilty pleasure
Obsession: JLA shows us what the Lux series would have been like IF the main characters were adults. SOOOO sexy! 



What I am Reading: 
I have bee listening to The Elite and now The One, and I am LOVING it. 
I am not far into this one yet, but hopefully I will finish it today. 


What are you guys reading this weekend? If you are wanting ideas for your Valentine's Date that are book related, then head on over to my last post. I have a lot of ideas for you and your loved one! Let me know what your recommendations are, and if you will be reading any of these books! 
I hope you all have a great Valentine's Day! 
Happy Reading Y'all, 
Ashley 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentines Day Date Ideas for Book Lovers

I am so excited to start my Valentines series today! I have so many ideas centering around books and Valentines day. The first post in this series of course if date ideas. This way it gives you time to plan and save up!

First I have to use my husbands idea!

  • HARRY POTTER THEMED PROM/DINNER

Last year for Valentines day he surprised me with a Harry Potter themed "Prom" When I walked in there was a owl balloon with a note attached with it. The note was asking me to prom, and told me to change into a nice dress. When I got to the closet he had instructions telling me to go to the basement when I was ready, and the pictures tell the rest of the story.
He made the recipes from the Harry Potter cookbook. He also had brooms and wands. 

This had to be my favorite part. Nice and simple but so creative and added the perfect touch! 








  • Rewrite a story: If you both are into a certain book talk about different ways it could had ended. Grab a big pot of coffee or tea and just sit there discussing it. You do not have to actually write it. Just talking to one another and seeing how the other ones mind works can be fun and fascinating. This isn't a every day topic so you may be surprised to see how creative the other one may be. 
  • Fan fiction: If the ideas are pretty interesting that you and your partner came up with, and one of you likes to write than why not make fan fiction and post it online! It will be fun to see how many likes your fiction gets, and it could lead to a new hobby for you two to do together. 
  • Pick a book that takes place in a part of the world that you would both like to travel to. Go to the bookstore and get travel guides and plan a future trip together. You can always start a Pinterest board and google if you do not want to go out, because lets face it, EVERYWHERE is crowded on V-day and it can be stressful.
  • Pick books out for one another and wrap them, because who doesn't like to open presents? You can set a price, genre, author, etc. You can make it as easy or creative as you like. Once you pick out the book, get a small gift that goes along with the book. 
  • Recreate a romantic scene from a book
  • Donate books together: Donate old books, or go to your local bookstore and pick out children books. Take the books to local school libraries.
  • Check out your local indie bookstores: Alot of indie bookstores work hard just to keep their doors open. One way they do this is by having social events. Your local bookstore may have a V-day special going on. I know of some that are having wine and book events! 
  • Have a book themed dinner 
  • Make bookish themed drinks together
  • Read a book together that has been turned into a movie. Look on goodreads for top rated book to movie adaptations and see what appeals to BOTH of you. Once you have the book decided pick a date to have the book finished. Have a nice dinner planned, and maybe add some of the foods mentioned in the book, if there are foods mentioned. talk about the book over dinner and then watch the movie. 
  • Book signing: I understand that there probably is not any book signings on v-day BUT you can always celebrate your love on a specific day. There are many YA book signings going on in February such as ApollyCon I know that there is a waiting list, but Chris and I signed up for it, and we got tickets within days! It is worth the chance trust me! 
  •  Dress up: Dress up as your favorite character. No, you do not have to go crazy! You do not have to wear a cape or blades to channel your favorite character. Most characters will wear something simple or maybe an outfit that catches their love interests eye. Choose that outfit to be inspired by. 
  • Book themed board games: There are so many different types of book themed board games to choose from. You can find some at Walmart, Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble etc. 

I hope that these ideas inspire you to have a book themed Valentines day! Let me know what you think of the ideas, and if you have any ideas to add PLEASE add them in the comments below. As always if you are a new follower please let me know, it always makes my day! I hope you are having a wonderful day =) 
Happy reading y'all 
Ashley