☄ Friday, June 24, 2016

Fangirl Friday: There's No Title Because It's a Big Week, Okay?!

Oh, hello.

It turns out that I've been failing at blogging lately....

Lupe is currently busy and I decided to go do my good deed of the day and kick her to the blogging bucket for the day. She's busy! I didn't do anything to her! Promise!

This week bodes plenty of news - but only because I've actually been active on Twitter when I'm not reading. I say active because I'm not actually "distracted." The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie is pretty good. I mean, sea monsters. Also, Chinese is hilarious sometimes. Plus, I'm catching up with my ARCs from earlier this year.

Let's start with the bookish news.

Epic Reads announced the third and final title to Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series, coming out next year (February 7)! It's called...

King's Cage.

Truth be told, I'm a little scared. I mean, I've only read the first one. I haven't read the second one... yet. Because a cage is bad... right? This can't bode well.

Jen from Pop! Goes the Reader revealed the cover to Becky Albertalli's newest book, The Upside of Unrequited. Stop on by, because there's also a giveaway. The funny thing is, the synopsis describes my life just a few months ago. I don't know if I want to laugh or not.

The sequel to Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen had its cover reveal. EW reveals an excerpt from the first chapter of A Crown of Wishes, too. It's flippin' gorgeous.

The sequel to Heidi Helig's The Girl From Everywhere also had its cover reveal. No offense to Heidi, but it's not as pretty as the sequel to The Star-Touched Queen. But I won't deny that its simplicity stands pretty on it's own (also it matches).

And now to anything other than bookish news.

There's a new Fantastic Beasts poster. Sweet.
HBO released the trailer to their movie, Looking.

A new trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children got released. Truth be told, I haven't read the book. Also, it looks downright creepy for a book.

Ghostbusters theme song is by Fall Out Boy. It's been awhile since I've listened to Fall Out Boy.

Baby Dory. Enough said, really.

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☄ Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: Shade Me by Jennifer Brown (UM?!)

Shade Me (Nikki Kills #1)
Jennifer Brown
Links: Amazon
Publication Date: January 19th 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Reviewer: Ella

Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray.

Thanks to a phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one D shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies.

It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultrarich Hollis family and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, ne’er-do-well older brother, Dru.

While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Review Copy provided by Harper Collins via Edelwiess for review - thanks!

This was such a rollarcoaster ride for me and to be honest...I still don't know what I really think about SHADE ME. It had a really interesting storyline buuuuuut the follow through was kind of terrible. Actually scrap kind of, it was terrible. And I was really disappointed. REALLY disappointed! I've never read a book about Synesthesia, let alone really heard about it so I was expecting to learn more about it. Which we kinda did...but everything else kinda took over and those things frustrated me and made me lose interest in the story.

The AMOUNT OF QUESTIONS I HAD WHEN I GOT TO THE LAST PAGE OMGGGGG. *grinds teeth* Literally, NONE of my questions were answered by the end of the book, and they were BIG questions, massive questions that I STILL desperately want answers too! And yes, I know this is going to be a series and maybe the answers I want will be in later books...but I felt my questions are regarding this book and the fact they wernt answered made me feel like I'd been promised something and then that something had been snatched out of my grasp at the very last second. -_- 

The romance...I literally don't even know how to spout my confusion at it! AGAIN, I have so many questions!! THAT WERNT ANSWERED!! If you've read Shade Me and are also feeling confused, TELL ME! I really need to dump my thoughts on someone because I am SO. CONFUSSSSSED.

BUT! It was addicting!
From 40% through to the end I could. not. tear myself. away! I was trying to read it every free moment I got and so maybe that's why I felt so let down by the ending.

Even though I wished the Synesthesia parts hadn't been so overshadowed by other boring parts, I still LOVED reading about it! It was so interesting as I've never really heard about it before so it was eyeopening as well as making the story more different and exciting. If I read the second book in the series, it will only be because I was such a fan of the Synesthesia aspect.

I suppose I enjoyed it somewhat. I mean it's taken me a few weeks of grinding my teeth and groaning every time I think of it, but I was addicted and and enjoying some parts a lot! (Just a lot of other parts were terrible.)

Basically I am confused, angry and unhappy...but also would quite like the second book LIKE NOW just so I could see if my questions were answered!! DOES ANYONE HAVE A TIME MACHINE?!

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☄ Friday, June 17, 2016

Fangirl Friday: Christina Grimmie and the Orlando Shooting

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a good week and I hope everything is going well especially with all the bad things that are going on in this world. It seems like hate is winning and taking over as time goes on but gosh darn.

Last week on Friday night, Christina Grimmie gave her last show and was shot at her meet and greet right after the show. She died that night because of that one messed up person. My God, I grew up watching her sing beautiful covers of my favorite music on Youtube and watched her strive for success on The Voice. I loved her singing and loved every song she put out there. She had a big BIG heart and it just breaks my heart that she is not here with us right now. She only put positive stuff out there in the world. Christina was SO YOUNG. She had her entire life still ahead of her. She was taken way too soon.

She did not deserve this.

First, Chrisitna Grimmie and now the shooting at the Pulse? What is going on in this world? That messed up dude killed so many innocent people! I am just angry, sad and confused onto why some people want to hurt others. I just wish these people didn't die this way. They had so much to live for. They all had dreams. They all had family they left behind. Their family and friends are hurting. We are all hurting.

I am afraid.

I am afraid this will just encourage other sick people out there to do the same thing. I am afraid more sick people will go out there and kill more people. I don't mind if you don't agree with me, but I think that they should just ban the second amendment or make stricter gun laws. Just SOMETHING. There is NO WAY you can spy, look out for and take care of every psychopath out there.

We lost so many people. I know we lose people everyday but I hope these things that happened to these people in Orlando and with Christina encourages everyone to speak up and start accepting one other; no matter the differences. We have to stay UNITED.

I know things are going to become weird now again because everyone will start to feel unsafe at every event they go to and asking themselves What IF? What if we die today because of some sick person if we go to this festival? What if today is our last day if we go to this concert? I would not blame any artist out there who stops doing meet and greets. AT ALL.

We have to change ourselves and help change others. It doesn't matter their sexuality, nationality, religion etc. We should accept everyone for who they are. Everyone is different. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

I just want you to go out there and make a change. Smile to others, give compliments, tell your friends and family that you love them etc. I know you have heard that so many times and it doesn't hurt to hear (in this case, read) it again.

I love you all, and please accept others for who they are. Remember: Everyone's life is worth more than gold.
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☄ Friday, June 10, 2016

Fangirl Friday: Exciting Movie News + Book Trailer

Well, another great week has passed and since I've been gone for a while, let me discuss about the one movie I'm mostly excited to see next year.

That's right, it is one of my favorite Disney movies, Beauty and The Beast.

Have you seen the teaser trailer? If not... What are you waiting for?!
Starring none other than Miss Emma Watson! I'm really happy about this and I'm sure this movie will be just as great like the original animation. OK, let's expect some changes but it wouldn't be that bad, would it? Positive vibes guys. No negativity should be spread here.

Anyone read Red Queen here? It's good isn't it? Don't judge me but I have yet to read it but I will. Soon.... (Please don't kill me).
Red Queen written by Victoria Aveyard, will be a movie guys! Let's celebrate and this will encourage me even more to read this book already!

Did you know that this movie will be directed by Elizabeth Banks? I KNOW! I'M JUST AS EXCITED AS YOU ARE!
I've never been so excited to hear these news because I love Elizabeth Banks and I'm sure she will do a great job bringing this story to life on the big screen. See the video down below released by epicreads!
YAY for an exciting new book trailer for In the Mind of Revenge by Liv Hadden! 
 Click here to watch the trailer! 

It's so visual and bloody and AWESOME! Let me quickly add this to my never ending pile of books I still need to read!

Do you have any other bookish news that you are excited about that I forgot to mention here, please let me know in the comments! Thank you!

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☄ Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blog Tour: Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis - ARC Review

Withering Rose Kaitlyn Davis

Once Upon a Curse #2

Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Self Published

 **A USA Today Recommended Series!**

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don't miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast. This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

"As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name—a ticking clock hidden behind a fa├žade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall."

Omorose Bouchene has a secret—magic. There's only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn't supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she's desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time—every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm ruled by a man known only as the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself. 
Advanced copy provided by the author for the blog tour

Once Upon a Curse is quickly becoming one of my favorite series of all time – and it's not just the fact that it's a retelling (although that is definitely a bonus). Back in book one, Gathering Frost, Davis first introduces us to her world of fairy tales with a dystopian twist – and I enjoyed every second of the first book.

In Withering Rose, the next book to her series, Davis brings us back to her world of fairy tales – this time with Beauty and the Beast, and I enjoyed every second of it. The world of Once Upon a Curse has been twisted enough that it is almost like another world all by itself – I don't even think that it's a retelling unless I really sit back and think. Kaitlyn Davis definitely meets up to expectations in this sequel, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with in the next installment.

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Author Bio

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

To stay up-to-date with all of Kaitlyn's new releases, sign up for her new release newsletter here: TinyLetter.com/KaitlynDavisBooks

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☄ Friday, June 3, 2016

Fangirl Friday: June Movie Releases

Well it's been such a long long time since I've been here isn't it? Let me tell you,  graduating High School is great and all but man did I put a lot of work and effort just to get that piece of paper. Am I right? or am I right?

Now that that's over, I am finally back and let's hope it stays that way right up until finals start in college but I'm sure you guys will understand my lack of appearance here and there. It's summer, and there's tons of movies that I'm excited about and I'll discuss the June Movie releases this time and will discuss in a later post about the July movie releases and so on.

The Conjuring 2
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Release date: June 10, 2016
Summary: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

My thoughts: I can totally watch horror movies if I watch them with someone else. The movie trailer is BOMB! I have to say this might be the movie that will creep me out for sure. The trailer itself is scary looking and I have high hopes for this movie. This BETTER BE the best horror movie of the year.

Now You See Me 2
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, comedy thriller
Release date: June 10, 2016
Summary: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

My Thoughts: Am I the only one that's just excited to see Morgan Freeman and Daniel Radcliffe? No? Then who are you excited to see in action in this movie? I truly enjoyed the first movie and the sequel better do the first one justice.

Finding Dory
Rated: PG
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Summary: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

My Thoughts: Thought I wouldn't mention this didn't you? Well I am mentioning this and be glad that I watched it today because my god, I was missing out! Finding Nemo was such a cute movie and I'm gonna be among the other old peeps waiting in line to see this gem.

Central Intelligence
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Summary: After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

My Thoughts: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Those two are the only reason why I want to go see this movie as well because I love a good laugh. Who would miss a chance to see these two on screen? I wouldn't. 

There are other great movies out there coming out this month but these four have intrigued me the most. Tell me what movies you are excited to see in the month of June down in the comments below!

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☄ Monday, May 30, 2016

Novel Newcomers: Interview with Josie and Marissa

Hello and Happy Memorial Day (I kind of forgot... Is that bad?)!

Anyways, let's give a warm welcome to Marissa from Growing Up Booknerd and Josie from Josie's Book Corner! :)

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Marissa, Growing-up Booknerd: Lately I’ve been REALLY into Bookstagram! I just started about a month ago (@growingupbooknerd) and it’s been so much fun to use my creative juices! I am also teaching myself how to knit. I like to jog. I’m a writer as well; currently working on my very first, for-realsies, WIP. I’m a huge tv show addict and love sitcoms like Black-ish, Fresh off the Boat, and Grandfathered, dramas like Grey’s Anatomy, and trashy reality shows like Keeping Up with The Kardashians, Dance Moms, and Outdaughtered. If I’m not doing any of the above things I’ve watching movies! I love most book to film adaptations (Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc.) and Marvel movies (Team Iron Man!).

Josie, Josie’s Book Corner: One of my most obvious passions/interests outside of reading and blogging is writing (although, maybe that corresponds somewhat with blogging). I love to write and I am currently studying a major in Professional Writing and Publishing in university. Speaking of studying, another interest of mine is studyblrs. I adore studyblrs and the way they take pretty study notes and post study advice. I’m also investing a lot of time into playing piano lately, indulging my musical senses.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Marissa, Growing-up Booknerd: Uh, I’m not sure I have an unusual one? I think one of my biggest accomplishments was my freshman year of university. I was living in my own apartment so I was running a household (cleaning, cooking, etc.), working almost full-time, going to university full-time, writing, and in a relationship, right out of high school, all at once. Literally, surviving that was an accomplishment.

Josie, Josie’s Book Corner: My most unusual accomplishment? Hmm, that’s a hard one. I think I’d consider making pretty study notes consistently is one of my most unusual accomplishments? I don’t know! Haha!

What is your favorite food?
Marissa, Growing-up Booknerd: I have to pick? C’mon. Is iced coffee a food? No? Well I can’t choose between pizza and donuts. Oh man, thinking about pizza made me think about cheesy breadsticks, then mozzarella sticks, then pasta… See my problem here? I LOVE FOOD.

Josie, Josie’s Book Corner: Mmm, food… my favourite food is Asian food: specifically seafood fried rice. Even more specifically, belachan seafood fried rice! Agh, that stuff is just HEAVEN to me. (Even though I don’t like seafood and I pick it all out when I eat it, oops).

If all book bloggers were stuck in the Hunger Games (oh dear) and authors were sponsors, name three bloggers you would want to be your ally and three authors you hope to be your sponsor.
Marissa, Growing-up Booknerd: Ahhhhh this is terrifying. I would definitely want Kathleen (@kcmmp13), Melanie (@Melanie_Leanne), and Sara (@bookchic13). They’re super rad girls and we would make a dream team! Obviously, I would want my three most favorite authors in the entire world to sponsor me, JK Rowling, Richelle Mead, and Rick Riordan.

Josie, Josie’s Book Corner: Oh gosh this is hard! How do I pick?! I’d love to have Cait @ Paper Fury, Aentee @ Read At Midnight and Jeann @ Happy Indulgence as my allies because they are simply marvellous and badass girls. As for authors, I don’t know! Possibly Sarah J Maas, Patrick Ness and Rick Riordan!

If you had to change the ending of any book aside from Allegiant by Veronica Roth, which book would it be and why would you change it?
Marissa, Growing-up Booknerdr: First of all, I absolutely would never change the ending of Allegiant. I love it. A lot. Okay, now that that unpopular opinion has been aired, I would definitely change Marie Lu’s Champion. ~SPOILERS~ I just don’t feel like Day deserves what happens to him… I don’t like the idea of him and June having to “start over” because that’s exactly how I feel, they don’t GET to, they HAVE to. Someone give that poor boy a break.

Josie, Josie’s Book Corner: I’d love to change the ending of Eleanor and Park! It just left me feeling so sad - not a good, book hangover kind of sad, but a deflated “is this it?” kind of sad!

Who are some of your favorite singers/songwriters and bands?
Marissa, Growing-up Booknerd: Ohhh man. I’m a big 80s fan so obvs KISS and Guns n’ Roses. I’m super into pop music though so I really like Life of Dillon, Neon Trees, Meghan Trainor, and Lorde.

Josie, Josie’s Book Corner: At the moment, I’m loving Ariana Grande. Some of my favourite bands include Paramore, Hillsong Young and Free, Elevation Worship.

What goals do you have as a blogger?
Marissa, Growing-up Booknerd: To be consistent and have a consistent following. I don’t really care if I ever make it huge in the blogging world, I mostly do it to improve my writing. But I love this blogging community and I love all the friends I’ve made through it. I look up to the girls who have been doing this for three or five years who get regular views each day and have a regular following. It makes it hard for me to post consistently because of university, but I’m going to try and be better about it after I get a plan and get organized this summer.

Josie, Josie’s Book Corner: Honestly I just want to share my love for books with fellow book lovers. One of my goals that I am aspiring for though, is to find the perfect aesthetic for my blog and to reach 1,000 followers. I’d love to get into contact and work with more Australian publishers and authors around the globe also!

One day, you wake up alone in the world (sad face). What's the first thing you do?
Marissa, Growing-up Booknerd: Cry. I don’t like to be alone and I’m not brave like all the book and movie heroines I read and watch. I would be very afraid.

Josie, Josie’s Book Corner: The first thing I would do first is probably wonder if the zombie apocalypse has finally fallen upon the world. I’d probably then call my best friend and my boyfriend, and proceed to freak out!

Be sure to come back in two weeks for another edition of Novel Newcomers! :)

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