January 31, 2015

Swoonuary: A Valentine's Day Special With The Bookish Groupies!

The Hello beautiful ladies, and welcome to the Bookish Groupies first annual event, Swoonuary! 

Are you in the mood for a sugary sweet romance? What about a contemporary so cute, you're left squealing like a school girl? If you are, then perfect, because that is what Swoonuary is all about! After reading quite a bit of fantasy and science fiction lately, the girls and I are ready to dive back into the land of hook ups & heartbreaks, happily ever afters, and happily never fucking again . . . well the last part might be something I'm looking for, but you get the idea. All month long, we've decided to read both romance & contemporary novels in Lieu of Valentines day, the day for all things cheesy. But what fun what it be if we didn't have other bloggers join us? That's where you all come in . . . 

Now before you start sweating bullets, there are NO RULES to this event! It's really about dusting off those lovey-dovey books that have been collecting dust on your shelves. But even better, it's about celebrating the holiday with some blogger friends here in the community, and how do we turn up? By reading! 

All that we ask is that you read atleast ONE romance or contemporary for the month if you're participating.Would it be cool if you read more than one? Of course, but we know you guys have other obligations, so how many you read & what you read, is completely up to you! When posting about Swoonuary, make sure you link back to one or all of us: JennieMalloryAngBlessie, & Tika, and don't forget to add your name to the linky widget at the bottom of this post!

 There's no challenge, no pressure, we just want this to be fun. So if this sounds like something you'd want to partake in, let us know! We already have a few bloggers on board, ready to whip out they're roughed up romance novels with the Fabio covers! Let's get it ladies!

That's pretty much it you guys. This event is just about coming together & reading some swoony reads! Whether it's a steamy, sexy read, or a book that has you so heart broken you're eating your favorite icecream & watching Lifetime, join the Bookish Groupies as we get ready for Valentines Day!

What I plan to read: 


  1. Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchi
  2. Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven (readalong!)
  3. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  4. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  5. The Mason List by S. D. Hendrickson
  6. Never Never by Colleen Hoover  

If you're participating, don't forget to add your name to the linky below Spread the love by following other participants blogs or commenting on their posts. Oh & don't forget to have fun ladies!

January 19, 2015

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon ~ Review

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Pages: 452
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Synopsis via Goodreads: It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

     The first two chapter of this book were in fact confusing, but how else do you build a new world up this well? Samantha Shannon has made a fantastic world, I don't know why people find this to be a fault in the book. That was one of the main reasons I loved it! I learned so many new things from this book. It was glorious!

     Paige Mahoney is a dreamwalker. She is part of a crime gang in London 2059. She is known as the Pale Dreamer, and XX-59-40. Dreamwalkers are a type of clairvoyant (voyant). Being one allows you to enter other people dreamscapes and sense their auras. Any type of Voyant are at risk of arrest since it is illegal for them to exist. She is a member of the Seven Seals, a crime gang consisting of all types of voyants, and her friends. When she accendentily uses her ability to kill a guard, she is sent to a voyant prison controlled by creatures called Rephiams or Rephs. She is assinged to a keeper named Arcturus  or "Warden". She is the first human "tenant" he has ever taken in. She is to live with him at Mageldan and train with him. He treats her way better than the other voyants are treated by their masters. She hates it their and she hates him too. She is not the only one either.

     This voyant prison is located in the lost city of Oxford, where vicious fires and contamination warnings kept everyone out. That is what everyone had been told. A long time ago, there had even been a rebellion against the Sargas, or the leaders. The blood-sovereign was currently in control, and she was betrothed to the blood-consort a.k.a Arctures or Warden. The rebellion wasn't just the human voyants agains the Sargas, it was Rephs too. They failed miserabley and the city was destroyed by buzzers (horrible creatures who will eat any flesh and take habitat in the woods).

     Now, many people are once again tired of the imprisonment, including a handful of Rephs. Paige finds out soon enough that not all the Rephs are bad, in fact, they even save her life a few times.

     Paige was such a strong heroine! I found her gift so interesting. I loved her relationship with the other members of the Seven Seals and Arcturus. I really loved hot, mysterious Arcturus and his story. I found myself yelling at the book, "KISS ALREADY!" Whether or not they do, you'll have to read to find out ;). I thought the other characters, including the side characters, to tell their own story and be  "side characters" all at once. This book made me smile, laugh, cry, and scream. It was perfection. I gave it a full five stars. I'll be waiting impatiently until January 27 for the sequel.

January 18, 2015

Review: After The End by Amy Plum

After the End by Amy Plum
Synopsis via Goodreads: She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
     I read this book when it first came out last year, and with a sequel coming really soon I found it was a good time to do a review. I read this book in one sitting because it kept me glued to the pages.

     This book takes place in Alaska, where a young girl named Juneau has spent her whole life lI ving in her small community. World War III has left what was the world in ruins except for her camp and the survivors within it. How did they survive? They were one with nature. Well at least this is what Juneau thought. It was what she had been told her whole life.

     She finds out otherwise when she returns home from a hunting trip to find her entire clan is gone. When she sets out to find them using her powers of nature she finds out they have been lying to her her whole life. But she doesn't have time to think about that. Her clans kidnappers are after her and she doesn't know why. Being chased down wherever she tries to hide, Juneau finds herself teaming up with an unlikely friend named Miles.

     The thing about this book is: you either like it or you hate it. It's concept is so interesting and it is really action packed. I have to say I was turning the pages so quickly I'm surprised I didn't have any paper cuts. I loved it because at first it's a dystopian novel, then it turns into a survival road trip in present time. It was so unique and I loved the writing.

    The best thing about this book was that the romance didn't take over the plot. It was perfect. Miles and Juneua made me laugh and want to strangle them. But oh did I love it! They are so different. She is a survivalist who doesn't even know what cellphones are. He is the guy who got kicked out of high school. She thinks he's crazy. He thinks she's crazy.

     I will say that the last half of the book had so much action I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest! I literally cannot wait for the sequel in May because the ending was gahhhh!! I recommend this book to EVERYONE!

Stacking The Shelves (#1)

     Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews. It's all about sharing the books you've recently added to your shelves. 

     Recently, I ventured to the book store and Bought two glorious books. 


Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkings- I've had my eyes on this book for a while, so I picked it up. All I know is it is about a badass southern belle. Sounds interesting enough to me! 

 The Darkest Part of the Forsest by Holly Black- As I was browsing my bookstore I see this! A whole two days before its release date! You can bet I bought it. Holly Black's writing is fantastic so I am really excited for this! 

       What books did you add to your collection recently? 

January 15, 2015

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | Review

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 320
Synopsis via Goodreads:
 Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.
So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.
She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
     This book was so swoon-worthy and cute. After reading On the Fence by Kasie West I was hooked on her writing. Let me just say this book did not disappoint!

In the beginning...     

     Caymen Meyers works in her mothers somewhat creepy doll shop. The doll shop is where all the rich people come, in fact, why not waste your millions on scary little dolls. She is definitely not rich and she never has been. Her father left before she was born. After learning her mother was pregnant, her grandparents disowned her mother. Her mother had been an independent single mother ever since. Caymen had accepted it, and puts the doll shop in front of everything. 

    One day, a rich looking boy comes through the door and literally beckons Caymen while he blabs on his cell phone. While he is there, Caymen throws a few sarcastic remarks which she is spectacular at doing, and he buys a doll. Just a normal day in the store. 

THE Xander Spence 

     The boy who entered the shop just so happens to be the heir of a HUGE hotel chain. He's rich, rude, and incredibly well... Hot! So the next day, when he shows up at the store with a muffin and a hot choclate bright and early Caymen is a little shocked. Insert the morning ritual. He takes a sip of her drink (sounds gross right? Well it's incredibly adorable in the book)  and hands it to her. She drinks it as he walks her to school. She only goes to school for half a day so she can leave for work. I told she puts work before everything! Although Xander lives in what might as well be a mansion and she lives above a doll store, oh and he's rich and she's not, he keeps coming back.

Oh Caymen! 

     I loved our main character! I found her so relatable. I think she was the most hilarious character I have ever read about. She is so good at using sarcasm that you don't know if she is being serious or not. Her best friend, Skye, gave me such a punk rock vibe. She was totally cool. I loved her confidence as well. 


     Throughout the story, Xander and Caymen began taking each other to different place  exploring different job possibilities. While Xander used his private jet to take her to a science lab, and she took him grave digging, I found these scenes incredibly hilarious and enjoyable. They were so adorable together. But there was one little pronpblem, Caymen has a boyfriend. Not just any bf either. He just so happened to be a hot rockstar in the same band as Skye's sonwriting boyfriend. 

     His name was Mason, and I really liked his character. He wasn't really the typical arrogant rock god your all picturing. He was a nice guy. Oh and did I mention, he mother doesn't know about Xander and she loves Mason? I was suspicious of her mother throughout the story, and for good reason! 

     Kasie West took the typical Romeo and Juliet story and madd it her own. Caymen finds out that the store is not doing so well... And neither is her mother. On one career trip, Caymen takes Xander to spy her mother and things really start heating up. 
     Seriously, if you haven't read this book yet please do! I gave it 5 stars! The sting was awesome and I loved the story. It was a perfect light read for anytime of the year. Let me know your opinion, or if you plan on adding it to your TBR in the comment section!

January 14, 2015

Reader Problems Tag!

Thank you Jennie for tagging me! All you have to do is answer the following questions. Let's do this!

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Let's see, it would really depend on the mood I'm in. I would probably use my handy dandy TBR Jar for this though!

  You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Again, it really depends. I usually try to push through but if worst comes to worst I would have to DNF it.   

 The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. 

Do you try to catch up and how?

I would definitely try to catch up! I would try to read shorter books such as novellas or graphic novels. 

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. 

How do you cope?

I hate when covers do not match. I would probably revert to buying the ebooks, so I wouldn't have to look at them on my shelves. 

    Everyone and their mothers love a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I always try to have really honest ratings and reviews, so I would probably just explain the reasons I didn't enjoy it in the review. I'm an independent person for the most part, so I'm not going to just jump on the bandwagon!  

 You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? 

It depends on where I'm at. In certain situations I would just cry. So what? Yes, this book is making me cry! Oh well. But I also might just close the book and continue reading it later. I feel that that method would take away from the experience though. 

 A of a book you loved just came out, but you've forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?

 Cry in frustration?!

Me being the lazy person I am, I always just read a really in depth summary, and maybe a few reviews. 

  You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I'm usually really good about lending books to close friends. I was in this situation I would probably just say someone is already borrowing it, or called dibs.   

Reading ADD. You've picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I always take a break from reading and write. It always helps me get out of a slump, and it helps me with all of the writing I need to do. 

 There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I usually pick the ones I absolutely have to have and get those. Once I finish a few books I already have, I try to get the rest. 

 After you've bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

If I'm already reading something, they might sit there for months. It just depends how many review copies and other books I have at the top of the waiting list. 

I hope you enjoyed this tag! I had fun doing it. Now I'm going to be boring and only tag one person.
I tag Ang from Ang Reads !

The Bookish Groupies | Co-review | The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater

Along with a couple of book blogger friends (Tika of Fangirl Confessions, Blessie at MIschievous Reads, and Jennie of A Bookworm Called Jennie), we've created a small group called The Bookish Groupies where in we'd host fun themed monthly read alongs, co-reviews, interviews, discussion posts and the like, and ANYONE is welcome to join!

Previously, we've done a couple of read alongs as a group but we haven't made it official, and as an official group with an awesome name this will be our first project.
  Earlier this week I sat down with a few new bloggers! The four girls are from The Bookish Groupies. We shared a few laughs and discussed a book by Maggie Stiefvater called The Raven Boys. I interviewed them on a few points and you can see what they thought below! 

        What were your Initial thoughts?

When I first started reading this book I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it or not. I liked the idea and the prologue was really unique and intrigued me but I felt it was a little slow. However as soon as the narrators changed between characters I really started enjoying it and everything fell into place!

 After hearings so many good things about the book, I was unsure if the hype would leave me hanging. I was worried that I would expect too much out of it. But from the very beginning it had me hooked. 

 I didn't expect to like the book since I hadn't read a YA paranormal fiction in years. I'm not one to jump on the bandwagon, but I thought I'd give this book a try. I thought I wouldn't be able to enjoy YA reads anymore after having to DNF a couple prior to reading this book, but I was in for a shock.  

To be honest, The Raven Boys hadn't popped up on my must read radar " until late last year. I remember reading such great reviews for it on the blogs of girls that I'm really cool with. Then after Christmas, while being a creep on IG and Twitter, on every post I scrolled past, was some sort of 
amazing praise about The Raven Cycle series. Some of my favorite veteran bloggers had nothing but good things to say about the books, so I ran over to Amazon, and one-clicked that baby to my Kindle.

So I guess I didn't have many initial thoughts prior to reading the story besides, 

" I need this book . . . like NOW!"
What was your opinion on the concept and writing?

The writing in this novel was really great and it did a fantastic job of keeping me curious and wanting to keep reading. I really liked the fantasy concept and the idea behind the novel was really creative.
I love the way Maggie's writing is so dark and mysterious. In certain parts, the book actually made
me look around my room. I was actually scared! I loved all the secrets and how they all kind of threaded together by the end.

The raven situation going on the cover was intriguing, and Tika had said "Maybe the boys turn into
ravens". Well, well, that's different. The whole story, along with Maggie's writing exuded an eerie and enigmatic feeling, yet mixed with an exciting rush with all the supernatural situations going on. I think black magic is one of the most underrated supernatural concept since everyone seems to be going through the hype of vampires and werewolves and angels, but black magic is definitely making a comeback.

It was definitely a hit! In my opinion, the concept of The Raven Boys, really put the book in a lane of it's own. There were fun, whimsical, and very dark elements to the story, which made it such a unique read. The story consisted of psychics, mediums, boys with major issues, a weirdly sane girl
as our main character, talking trees that speak Latin, oh and let's not forget the tree that will give you so much anxiety (not literally) while showing you visions of the future. Yeahhh . . . I'm pretty sure I never read anything like this. As far as the writing goes, Maggie has such a magical way of telling a story. I felt the writing displayed some simplicity compared to other gimmicky novels I've read this past year, but was strong enough to completely pull you in, and keep you on edge until the very end. If you weren't holding your breath through most of the chapters, then you definitely missed the originality train. Maybe you'll get on at the next stop!

  What was your view on the Characters?

Blue was intriguing: I mean, who wouldn't be intrigued by her deathly kiss? Four boys... which one
 dies? And Gansey? He was literally a young version of Prince Harry. Posh and fun at the same time. This may sound really weird but I feel so attracted to Ronan and Noah's character. For sure,
everyone's going to love Gansey because he's Mr. Perfect but Ronan was all dysfunction and craazy and creepy and let me not get started on the damn tattoos. Noah, on the other hand, was just like an adorable puppy. Although, he did get me creeped out in the first few chapters.

The characters were one of my favorite things about the story. I really liked our MC Blue and how despite all that was going on around her, she had such a great head on her shoulders. 

Urban Dictionary Translation: she wasn't bat-shit crazy.

Okay pause. Was anybody else pronouncing her name: Per-Sah-Phone? I literally had no clue I 
was wrong until the girls informed me that it's pronounced Per-Sef-Ah-Nee. Like whatttt lol? Maura,

Persephone and Cala, were such a pleasure to read! They're banter, especially Cala's feistiness,

allowed the story to have some pretty hilarious scenes. 

Oh and how could I forget the boys! I loved them all, including Ronan and especially Gansey. They 
weren't your typical: " Hey, I go to a prep school and I'm rich! " characters. Gansey was completely opposite of what I thought he'd be. I loved him so much, that I nick-named him Great Gansey, after my favorite classic lol. Noah was . . . Noah. Ronan was a troubled kid, but I know de
ep down there's more to that asshole than what he's letting on. Adam, with his adorable self, was 
so frustrating to the point I wanted to strangle him . . . more than once. All of the boys were flawed individuals, with dark pasts and even darker futures, and you can't help but applaud Maggie for making such a great cast. 

I loved the characters in this book! I loved how some of the psychics were really 
mysterious, especially Neeve, because that made me curious. I think my favourite 'raven boy' was Adam because he was strong and brave and put other people first. He's my ideal type of guy!

Blue had me super intrigued with her deathly kiss and all. I really loved her story and how she struggled to be like the rest of her family. I also want her and Gansey together right now! Gansey is wonderful. At first I thought he was going to be a snobby Raven Boy, but boy was I  wrong. He was so quirky and determined. Did anyone else picture him with a British accent?Adam was so sweet! I was so disgusted by his father and "that part" actually made me tear up. I never really paid much attention to Noah, he was just there. But man did he come into play by the ending! Ronan really creeped me out. I did feel sorry for him too with his dad and all. Maura, Persephone, and Cala made an awesome team! Maura reminded me of Tika! Cala was so snazzy. Get it girl! Persephone reminded me of a cute little fairy, or should I say Purse-uh-phone. I liked Neeve at first, but I didn't
really trust her. Whelk was my least favorite character by far! 

           Okay, spill the beans! What did you hate and love about it?

I have so many likes, and if I elaborate on any of them, I'd be spilling tea everywhere, and 
spoiling a wholeeee lot of people. So I'm going to be pretty vague and say, my likes were basically the plot, the twists, and the characters. The story kept my heart beating rapidly with anticipation, and I just loved how the characters meshed well together, even though they were completely night and day. My dislikes are easy, Whelk with his creepiness, and Neeve with her sneaky ass! I felt so 
uncomfortable while reading Whelk's POV, but that's a good thing! It made the story really creepy actually. As for Neeve, I felt like something was off with her from the moment she stepped foot into the story. I have to pick up book 2 to see if my intuition was right.

My favorite thing about this book was learning. I learned so much about ley lines
and psychology. But that also happened to be a tad bit confusing when we got too much information at once. But after I got used to it, I was amazed by it all. I also disliked reading from Barrington Whelk's point of view because I could not stand his character. But when I got to the end I was happywe had seen his side of it all. 

 I liked the story line because it kept me wanting to read on and there was always an 
unanswered question that I desperately need answering! There was a huge twist toward the end and I did not see it coming so that was really good.I thought the beginning was a little slow but that didn't last long so it's not a huge dislike. I thought the ending came too soon, like one minute the scene was really tense and the next they were back to normal life.

The whole black magic thing was AWESOME. As for dislikes, the book kind of got 
confusing mid section, because of certain references that I wasn't able to pick up on immediately, but it got better eventually. And as for the mention of a love triangle in some reviews, I didn't even notice one. Mind you, a love triangle is a deal breaker for me so I know one when I see one, but instead, this book flowed more on the friendships formed by the group. 

     What were your overall thoughts? What did you Rate this book?

Overall I really enjoyed this book! The things I didn't like were minor details so I can
look over them and focus on the good things such as the characters and the mystery. I look forward to reading the next books in the series and continuing the read-a-long with my girls! I rated it 4 stars!

 I GOT GOOSEBUMPS AND CHILLS. And I'm so stoked to grab the next book of the series. As for
 my rating? I'll give it a 4.5 for now

Overall, The Raven Boys was beyond amazing. I adored everything about this book, and I'm super pumped to continue the rest of the series with these amazing girls. If you haven't already guessed, my rating is . . . 
5 stars!

This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. It was dark and perfectly matched my weather. I was so satisfied with the ending and I just want to jump into the sequel ASAP! I gave it a full five stars.

January 9, 2015

Friday 56


                                                               Hosted by Freda's Voice 
  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56, or 56% in your e-reader. (If you have to improvise, that's okay.)
  3. Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add your URL (post) below in the Linky (on her blog). Add the post URL, not your blog's. 


The Distance Between Us by Kasie West 

“The next morning Xander’s waiting outside the shop again, casually leaning against a light post, like we’ve been walking to school together our whole lives. He takes a sip of my hot chocolate then hands it to me as we start walking.”

I was happy to see that this was a quote from page 56 because I love this. Every morning Xander brings Caymen a hot chocolate, and before giving it to her he always takes the first sip. It becomes a morning ritual of sorts. I love this book!

January 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday


     When I woke up this Wednesday and looked at my phone I saw that it was 9:34! I instantly panicked since I usually get up for school no later than 6:30. I looked out my window and everything was white! School had been canceled. So what better to do on a snow day than ponder about anticipated books. Thanks to Breaking the Spine I can do just that! 

1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black- There is just something about this cover that 
intrigued me, plus it's Holly black. This book comes out January 13, 2015.

2. Until the Beginning by Amy Plum- After the first book ended with a cliffhanger I really need this 
in my hands! Releases May 5, 2015.

3. The Heir by Kiera Cass- I know a lot of people hate this series but I love it! They all have gorgeous 
covers! I'm so excited to read this. It also releases on May 5, 2015.