17 February 2014

Musing Mondays (17 Feb 2014)

Hey Everyone!

So for today's Musings Mondays I thought I would talk about book buying places. Mostly Amazon versus Barnes & Noble.

This weekend was my sister's birthday and my Prime had ended on my Amazon account so I wasn't able to shop on there without paying a shipping & handling fee. So, instead I went to Barnes & Noble and was shocked at how much books cost outside of the internet world. I spent $19 on two soft cover books. One of them was $9 and I bought this book for my roommate a few weeks ago for a little over $5.00 and I bought another soft cover for $10. My Dad bought a hard cover for $20.

I am seriously wondering why books are so expensive outside of amazon? I get that you're paying the store and all, but why is it that going to Barnes & Noble makes me want to shop on Amazon even more? There is very little tax (there used to be no tax, but my state built an Amazon shipping plant so there is now tax) and it is just cheaper.

What do you guys prefer to do? Shopping in person or online?

14 February 2014

Friday Finds (14 Feb 2014)

Hey Everyone!

Here is my Friday Finds. It is going to be a big list, so I hope you enjoy!


Pawn by Aimee Carter | Goodreads
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry | Goodreads
Dare You To by Katie McGarry | Goodreads

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge | Goodreads
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson | Goodreads
Venom by Fiona Paul | Goodreads

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick | Goodreads
Black City by Elizabeth Richards | Goodreads
Tempest by Julie Cross | Goodreads


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz | Goodreads
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready | Goodreads
The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis | Goodreads

12 February 2014

WWW Wednesdays (12 Feb 2014)

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Here is this week's WWW Wednesday! I hope you like it!

What are you currently reading?

Legacy by Cayla Kluver (book 1 of a trilogy)

What did you recently finish?

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

What do you think you will read next? 

Allegiance by Cayla Kluver (book 2)

11 February 2014

Legacy by Cayla Kluver

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Today I am reviewing Legacy by Cayla Kluver. I hope you enjoy this book and add this to your Goodreads list!

Title: Legacy
Author: Cayla Kluver
Series?: Yes, book 1 in a trilogy (I will review them all)
Pages: 496
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: HarelquinTeen
Rating: 4/5

This book takes place fully in the kingdom of Hytanica following the royal princess, Alera, as she must choose a suitable husband by her 18th birthday under the stress of the kingdom being attacked by the Cokyrian kingdom. When a blue eyed boy named Narian comes into the kingdom after being kidnapped during infancy, he disrupts Princess Alera's other suitor, Steldor's, courting as well as the peace of the kingdom.

I should start by saying this is probably the second or third time I have read this book. The first time, it was lent to me from a friend, the second time so I could read the sequel (which I never did). I figured I should read this once again because I own the entirety of the trilogy and the last one is signed by the author. I never met her, she's from my home state and did a signing at a local Barnes & Noble a few years ago when it came out.

The writing in this, I thought, was amazing considering it was written by a sixteen-year-old. Yes, the author published this when she was sixteen. It is written in first person, but the word choices Kluver picks makes you feel as if you're in a world other than your own. I feel as if I was transported to the times of Kings and Queens with a large poofy yellow Beauty & the Beast dress.

The romance is phenomenal, though minimal. The whole story, Princess Alera is battling with herself about who she should choose and it is amazing. It reminds me a little of The Selection and it makes me happy. That is one of my favorite series. THE ENDING THOUGH.... YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK, GUYS! The ending is incredible.

Teaser Tuesdays (11 Feb 2014)

Hey Everyone!

The book I chose this week is The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling).

First Teaser:

"And yet he was close to feeling about her as he had felt towards a grass snake that he had succeeded in trapping in Trevaylor Woods when he was eleven, and about which he had had a long, pleading argument with his Auntie Joan: "Please let me keep it...please..."" 

"It was the first grin he had ever dared give her. He supposed he ought to be annoyed with himself, and yet Strike stepped out into the cool early afternoon with no feeling of regret, but rather a curious sense of renewed optimism."

Both excerpts from pp. 83 of the hardback version.

Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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This week's topic is "Top ten books that will make you swoon." I'm going to take this as books that haven't come out/ I haven't read yet. 

1. The One by Kiera Cass

If you know me at all on here, then you will definitely know how much I adore this series. I am so excited for May, you have no idea. The cover looks absolutely stunning and the characters (mostly America and Maxon) definitely make me swoon. I love Cass' writing style and just the overall storyline of this. I can't wait to hold this book in my hands and own it and read it and love it. 

2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I loved Divergent. It was so good and I'm aware, I'm two books behind. Sue me! I read the first book before summer began in 2013. I need to reread it and then I will definitely read this one. TRIS AND TOBIAS FOR THE WORLD!

3. Legend by Marie Lu

I picked this up way before I heard all the hype about it. I admit, I bought it because I loved the cover and love me some dystopian. Now it's been sitting on my shelf and my sister has been the only one to read it. She loves it, she's read the whole series by now. I need to get on this one.

4. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I have been hearing things about this for months. I snagged it over the weekend when it was $0.99 because I couldn't pass it up. Though I prefer having the hard copy of the book (which I will eventually buy), I am sure I will love this. The story sounds beautiful and the cover itself makes me swoon.

5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I have heard about this from booktubers and friends on a variety of occasions. I have owned this book for a few months and I think it is time I read this. I heard Eleanor and Park have the cutest little relationship, but the ending is sad (thank you sister, I hope you're very happy about telling me this).

6. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Again, this one is kind of a standard one. I love Cassandra Clare and I have loved every book she has written about this world, I can't wait to read more. Jace is one of my favorite characters...EVER!

7. Control by Lydia Kang

I heard about this from JessetheReader on YouTube. He invited me for a read-a-long and I am planning on reading this soon. Though it probably won't be for the read-a-long, it will be soon. I am sure I will love it, it sounds absolutely amazing.

8. The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

I have mentioned this book before and it sounds absolutely amazing. This sounds like the sweetest story ever. That is all I need to say to this.

9.  When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

I heard about this from MelissaBooks on YouTube and this sounds like an amazing contemporary novel. I am starting to love these, I can't wait to read it.

10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I don't think any of you should be surprised by this. I am practically a professional fangirl (my walls of One Direction appear to prove this to be true) and I have wanted to read this since the summer. I bought this for my roommate for Christmas and want to read it so  badly. I'll buy it eventually, just you watch.

Until Next Time,
Feel free to leave your thoughts below :)

10 February 2014

Musing Mondays (10 Feb 2014)

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For this Musings Monday, I need to talk about my reading "schedule" as the semester has begun and I am STRUGGLING.

I think college is definitely the time to have fun, but for those of us who love books as much as one loves their video games, we find difficulty finding time in the day to sit down (comfortably, might I add) to enjoy reading a good book. Even though it is just the start of week two of semester, I am already struggling.

Reading has always been important to me, and this blog is definitely important to me as I am blogging about books. Classes have seemed to get in the way of me reading and reviewing on here. Sometimes, the thought of vlogging passed through my mind, but for some reason, I can't bring myself to vlog. I think the reason is that my roommate and I spend a great deal of our free time in the dorm room leaving very little privacy for the both of us.

Last semester, I read my books between classes (if I had time) and at work (I work a desk job in the school's library). Work was the easiest place to read as there is a lot of down time and she lets us read a good book. Though, during summer, she gives you projects instead of letting you read. That's a little messed up, right?

If you're in college, or were, what would you suggest? is there something you did to find time to read?

08 February 2014

My Lack of Blogging

Hey Everyone!

So this is basically my formal apology for not blogging enough. I want people to know why I wasn't blogging and the reason for that is simply: work and school.

I started school back up this past week and it has been the craziest week of my life. My math class is going to kill me, I don't understand my professor.

Thanks for understanding!

07 February 2014

Entwined with You by Sylvia Day

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the delayed review for this book, but here it is! I am also really sorry for the lack of blogging, school started back up!

Title: Entwined with You
Author: Sylvia Day
Pages: 356
Published: June 4, 2013
Cups of Tea: 5

So.... needless to say I FREAKING LOVED IT!

When I was reading this I was so intrigued in the story because, let's be honest, I did not expect what happened (I won't tell you because it was that good). Like, I thought it was just going to continue on from the previous books and just go around in circles. You know the circle, guys.

Basically, this story is not like that in the slightest and I was so pleased with that. I also wanted to use that One Direction lyric someone...haha. Found a place! The whole story, though was so beautifully written and I cannot wait for the next two books. COME TO ME CROSSFIRE SERIES! I AM READY!

Until Next Time,