Sunday, April 16, 2017

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott


Title: Pretty Fierce
AuthorKieran Scott
Pages: 294

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows true danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal or more special than her boyfriend, Oliver.
But when she’s jumped by a hit man, and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. With professional killers stalking their every move, can Oliver and Kaia protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?



Review:
This book focuses on badass Kaia and her smoking hot boyfriend Oliver, who accompanies her on her dangerous adventure to find out if her parents are still alive.

Kaia is a very determined girl, hellbent on finding her parents no matter the risk. Her boyfriend is sweet, at times broody, and a bigger help to her than Kaia realized he was going to be. They complement one another, and despite their severe differences, they manage to still be there for one another through thick and thin. They really are #couplegoals. (That's how the teenyboppers say it nowadays, right)?

The action in this book is exhilarating and will get your heart racing. It's even a little gruesome with multiple deaths involved, which makes it better for me because I don't like to read books that are too fluffy. The amount of romance was good enough for me because it was overbearing and in your face. It was more low-key and innocent which is how I like my romance to be in the books I read.

I think I'm into reading action books as opposed to watching movies, but I think this book should be made into a movie. I'd watch it!


DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Feature and Follow (3) || How Do You Keep Up With Blogs?

This is a meme hosted weekly by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View

Prompt: How do you prefer to keep up with your favorite blogs?

I use blogger as my blogging platform, obviously. I don't even know why I stated that in the first place. Probably because I just woke up, so I'm just gonna keep it in here.
I usually subscribe to any book blog I see that has a good and clean layout. Also as long as it's not 99% romance/erotica book they'll earn a follow from me as well. Which means I follow A LOT of blogs. But I wake up every morning and read all of the e-mails/newsletters sent to me before I start my day. It's kind of a therapy.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling


Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
Author: J.K. Rowling
Pages: 71
Format: E-book

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.
These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.


Review:
I honestly didn't even know these books were out, but when I stumbled on them I knew I had to push them up towards the top of my TBR. They're short stories, so they don't take long to read at all!
I don't do re-reads, but I do read anything that Rowling puts out related to Harry Potter because her books are the whole reason I got into reading in the first place!

The book starts out with Professor McGonagall, the queen of the wizarding world (in my eyes)!! It takes us on a short journey touching all the major aspects of her life and shows us why she is who she is as a person. Following is Remus Lupin's small biography and tells of how he struggled with being a werewolf. One of my favorite parts in Rowling's retelling of Lupin's story was how his parents met. It was adorable and sweet and...sigh. So much feeling!!!


In chapter 3 we move onto Sybill Trelawney, the Hogwarts Divination teacher. I really liked her character in the movies and the books because she was super quirky and odd and was grandiose in her "abilities", those are the types of people I'm drawn to in real life. Even if others do find people like that infuriating.

Chapter 4 brings Silvanus Kettleburn. I don't recall hearing about him in any of the books, (granted I haven't re-read them and only read them as they came out), so I've probably forgotten a lot of the characters introduced if they weren't super important to the plot. Silvanus was the Care of Magical Creatures teachers until Hagrid took over in Harry's third year at Hogwarts.
A fact that brought me great joy in reading his part of the book was that even though he wasn't able to help directly in the Battle of Hogwarts due to him only having one arm and half of a leg, he helped in his own way by releasing  his Flobberworms to deal with some of the Deatheaters that passed by.

I enjoyed being let into the lives of some of my favorite characters I met in the books, as well as learning about some new ones and their lives as well as the sacrifices they've had to make throughout their lives. I feel as if everyone in Harry Potter is a distant, yet well-loved family to me.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith


Title: The Way I Used To Be
Author: Amber Smith
Pages: 368
Trigger Warning: Rape

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.
 


Review:

I have very mixed feelings about this book. At times I liked it, and some of the time I really disliked it. The last 100 pages is when I actually started liking it, the rest was just a long, drawn-out buildup, but it's still a recommended read because she does take steps to attempt to overcome this horrific event that has plagued her for so long, and I feel like more people should read books that deal with subject manner of this type to raise awareness and let people get some insight into what it could be like in someone's head when they've been violated in that manner.


1. The main character (occasionally). Eden grated on my nerves for the most part, but I do believe she is a strong-willed main character and has had to overcome a lot of things which in turn makes her a little bit more bearable for me.
I do have a few questions, though. WHY did she always find herself in situations where she has the potential to be violated again? I feel as though survivors of rape tend to try to take precautions against would-be attackers more so after they've been violated as opposed to before. I honestly just want to know the reason she kept doing this because it made me worry for her.
I'm not victim blaming, and we as women SHOULDN'T have to take precautions because people should just be decent human beings and not touch people without their consent, but this is a sad world we live in, and precautions are how we stay safe, ladies.

2. How freely the book flowed. This book is broken down into four parts: her freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. Sometimes we skip over huge chunks of her life, but none of it was important and there was no need to fillers. I like how over time, it's showing just how much an impact rape had on Eden. Rape isn't something that happens once and then it's over, sometimes it happens multiple times in ways that aren't always so blatant, or sometimes it really is just once, but one time when someone invades your personal space is all it takes to completely change a person.

3. It shows how people are wired to assume things are something when in fact that something is completely different. Like how her brother could sense the changes in her, but couldn't think of anything that could have possibly brought on the changes. Or the fact that her mother didn't ask her if it was actually period blood on the covers at the beginning of the book. Sometimes we take people for granted and don't say things at the right time when we should because we're preoccupied with other things to get to really focus on what's important before it's too late.



1. As I mentioned above, how Eden found herself in situations that could repeat what brought all of this on in the first place. She continuously found herself alone with boys who she knows she can't take on (she even mentions that she's helpless against what a man wants to do to her if he wanted). Naturally I'm like, why did you go where you knew you wouldn't feel safe? But we all have our reasons for doing things, and I will not be the person to judge another for how they deal with their trauma. Everyone heals differently.

2. It felt very wordy to me. Like I understand the book was spanning over the four years of her high school life, but I felt like a lot of the stuff in between was put in specifically for filler. I found my mind wandering sometimes.

DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski


Title: The Wood
Author+Chelsea Bobulski
Pages: 309

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can't help but think there's more to her dad's disappearance than she's being told.
She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad. 
The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost. 

Review:
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the publisher.
Winter's father doesn't come back from his morning patrol one day and is presumed to have been swallowed up by the woods he has been tasked to protect. Now that he has gone, Winter has had to step up and be the caretaker of the dangerous wood.

One day, a traveler named Henry whilst trying to get into a different time period than his own is stopped and redirected by Winter, but not before his promise that he would keep coming back until his task is finished. Finally, she asks what he is attempting to do, and sees that he could be a little bit more handy than as hassle as she initially thought. It doesn't help he's a gentleman and a hunk either. Hello, book boyfriend. ;)

They end up solving mysteries and questions that bring up harsh revelations from the people Winter thought she was the closest to.

This book has it all. Death, betrayal, a little bit of a fluffy love angle, an understanding best friend, an extremely worried but supportive mother, and most of all, a bomb-ass plot that is to die for. WHO doesn't like the sound of a magical forest that has the ability to conjure up monsters out of our most horrendous nightmares...right?


DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.