Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

A Mad Zombie Party was pure fun!

I read what I thought was the end of this series, The Queen of Zombie Hearts, back in February of this year and was so happy with how the series ended. However, A Mad Zombie Party was everything I didn't know I was missing. Frosty, a secondary character in the first three novels. didn't necessarily get a happy ending in The Queen of Zombie Hearts. This book was Frosty's happy ending and I loved every second of it. 

A Mad Zombie Party follows two main characters, Frosty and Camilla, in dual perspectives and the final fight against the evil Anima Industries. I can't say too much about the plot because this is the fourth and final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles. Basically, Frosty and Camilla, who resent each other, are forced into a situation where they must be by their sides at all times. 

Gena Showalter is mainly a romance writer, and you can tell in this novel! Frosty and Camilla's chemistry is off the charts! I really loved how their dynamic slowly changed throughout the novel. At first, Frosty hated Camilla for the betrayal she did and the deaths it caused. The more these two hang out with each other, the more they realize that they fit perfectly together. Both of these characters really understood each other and their motivations and seeing such a perfect pair was so cute! I was rooting for this couples five chapters in. 

There was never a slow moment in this book. The story kicks off right from the get go and never slows down. Once again, there is another layer in the zombie world we haven't explored just yet and it gets the slayers in more trouble than they imagined. This novel sees the slayers more vulnerable than they've ever been. While the plot wasn't as dangerous as the last books, the romance really pulled through. The issues that the slayers were facing just didn't seem as threatening as they did in the previous books in the series. There seemed to be truly more emphasis on the character development and relationship, and not the fight. There were some really great fighting and training scenes, but I would have liked to see just a little bit more! However, that is my only complaint!

Some of this novel was truly bittersweet. To see Frosty say goodbye to his love of the first three books was hard. He truly grew into a man in this novel and I like him so much more in this final book than I did in the previous three. Milla and Frosty's relationship was so beautiful. I loved every bit of it and was smiling ear to ear whenever they had a cute moment with each other. 

I used to say that The White Rabbit Chronicles is a guilty pleasure read, but it really isn't! The writing is addicting and the characters fun! The plot is original and I haven't read a zombie novel quite like this series. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun, light, and sexy series! The White Rabbit Chronicles has always delivered and this did not disappoint. I devoured this novel and was so happy with how everything ended. The White Rabbit Chronicles has solidified as one of my favorite series. 

With that, I give this book 

4.5 out of 5 Stars!





Favorite Quotes

"The boy I was craved Kat. The man I am craves Milla." 

"Scars speak for you. They say you're strong, and you've survived something that might have killed others."

"Real love never fails, never fades, and the real expression of it is giving."

"Sweet pea, you are my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye, and I don't want to go a day without you."


Have you read any of the books in The White Rabbit Chronicles? What is your favorite zombie book? 

Thanks guys for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post! 

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings) No. 2

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today I am going to be participating in the weekly meme the Friday 56. The rules are pretty simlple, pick a book, go to page 56 or 56% of your ebook, and highlight a portion of that page here!  Book Beginnings is another weekly meme where you highlight a book as well where you feature the first couple sentences!

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda's Voice. Rose City reader hosts Book Beginnings over at her blog! Be sure to check both of these lovely ladies out! :)



Friday 56 - The Crystal Key (Starjumper Legacy #1) by Christopher Bailey

"Allie took a moment to wonder why he was so curious, but decided he just wanted to help her reconnect with her own mother, maybe in some way to connect with his own through hers. They had no idea where his mother was either, but he had always firmly refused to talk about it so she had stopped asking a long time ago."

Okay, so The Crystal Key is my current read. By current read, I mean I opened it on my phone and read one page before deciding to go to sleep instead. I wasn't in the reading mood at the time, but the plot seems interesting enough. Both this and Illuminae are science fiction reads, and I want to finish both my the time the month ends! I have high hopes, but who knows? I'm on break right now from school! This passage gives me insight to both characters. Obviously, they have both lost their mothers, but the 'he' in the passage makes me cautious. Why is he so curious? Or maybe this is my paranoia setting in... haha! 

Book Beginnings - Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

"So here's the file that almost killed me, Director.

I won't bore you with the tally of databases plundered, light years jumped, or cute, sniffling orphans created in its compilation - our fee already reflects Level of Difficulty. But this dirt is out there, if you know where to look. Seems your clean up crews weren't quite as thorough as you'd like, and your little corporate war isn't quite as secret as you hoped."

Talk about an intriguing opening! I haven't started this book yet, but it is the next one I am going to after finishing my current read! Just reading that part of the book makes me want to pick up Illuminae. I completely love the intrigue of this story and the first two paragraphs keep me intrigued. Corporate war? Count me in! Also, this passage has me riddled with questions already. Who was this sent to and who is the Director? Why is there a corporate war and why must it be kept hidden? All answers I'm looking forward to getting when I read this novel!


That's it for my post today guys! Have you read any of these two books? If so, what did you think of them?

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you guys soon with another post!

Happy Reading! 

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Review: Dawn of the Dreamer by L.J. Higgins


I was pretty let down by Dawn of the Dreamer.


*I received this book through goodreads group YA Buddy Readers' Corner for an honest review. All opinions are my own and were not altered in any way.*

I'm deciding between 2.75 stars and 3. I actually really liked the book in the first half, but I wasn't as moved in the second half. The story was imaginative and original, and for a while I really liked it but the story started to drag after the 70% mark for me. The reason I am thinking about giving this book three stars rather than 2.75, was because it didn't infuriate me.

The last book that got this low of a rating was Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols, and it had some key issues that infuriated me, but the reason I disliked it so much was because it was so frustrating. Dawn of the Dreamer wasn't making me want to scream in irritation, but it did get on my nerves in the the last fourth of the novel. All in all, the book just didn't hold me and capture me in the story like I wanted it too. There was always something missing that didn't get me fully immersed into the story line and world.

The concept of Dawn of the Dreamer was really original; I loved the idea of it. The execution for the majority was good, but there were some times where the story just fell short. As said above, it never fully captured me. There were some pretty big things that Higgins never fully resolved and were several small plot holes that I kept picking up on. 

The main issue I had with the novel were the characters. To be quite honest, Amelia bothered me a lot. It wasn't just one thing that bothered me, but a compilation of a lot of little things. Amelia, Joe, and Cameron seemed to be really the only characters that were not one dimensional. Sarah was the classic old best friend that the main character is drifting from while Rose is the new friend that is a better fit to said main character's growing maturity. Unfortunately, those two characters are always seen in young adult novels and didn't seem as original as the plot.


One thing that was done pretty well was the love triangle. For the first time in a long time, the main character ended up with the person I wasn't expecting her to. I had a feeling it was going differently than I first anticipated about halfway through the novel. It was really refreshing to see that happen. The love triangle was not run of the mill, which I really appreciate. Also, it was wrapped up pretty nicely at the end, so fingers crossed it doesn't come back in the later books of this series. I liked who Amelia ended up with at the end of the novel. The character she was with had more chemistry with her and made a lot more sense.

My other complaint is that the climax seemed a bit too easy. No one truly got hurt to the point it was life threatening. This one character does get shot in the arm, but I think it would have been more moving if she had been shot in the stomach so that I would actually be nervous. I feel like with a mega-corporation take down, people should get out of the fight with more than a couple scratches and bruises. 

Overall, it wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't for me either. Dawn of the Dreamer was just kind of 'meh' in my opinion. I would be interested to see what happens in the upcoming books, because everything wrapped up quite nicely at the end. Who knows if I'll continue this series? If the opportunity presents itself, I just might. I just read the synopsis for the sequel, and it sounds more up my ally than this one did! I don't necessarily recommend this novel, but I don't discourage you from reading this either.

With that, I give this book 

3 out of 5 Stars!






That's it for today guys! Have you read or heard about Dawn of the Dreamer? What's your favorite dystopian novel? Mine this year has to be The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope all of you had a great day, even if you don't celebrate the holiday!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you guys soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!


Book Traveling Thursday: A Book You're Thankful For

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'm participating in the weekly meme Book Traveling Thursdays hosted by Danielle at Shelfies Above Selfies and Catia at The Girl Who Read Too Much!

This is one of my favorite weekly memes that I just started. Basically, we show a book that pertains to the subject for each week and the covers from all over the world of that book. Because it is Thanksgiving today, we're doing showcasing a book that we are thankful for! I did a post like this on Tuesday, where I listed the top ten books I'm thankful for this year! Go check it out here!

Today I am choosing....

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover! This is one of my favorite books of this year and I am so thankful I found this when I did! Colleen Hoover's writing is so addicting and reading the novel was such a great experience!


English Covers

I like both of these covers! The one of the left is my favorite out of all of these and the most commonly found. I think it completely enraptures the whole enitre story! The cover on the right is alright. I feel like it is a pretty standard cover, and I don't really feel like it captures the essence of the story. But overall, it is okay. Not great, but fine. I definitely like the cover on the left more. It's my favorite and I'm glad I own that version!


 Favorite

This edition is the Polish one! Instead of using the top left cover as my favorite, I decided to pick anther cover that I liked. It's not as good as the first, but something just immediately just draws me into this cover. The color scheme is great and I like the pose of the cover model as well. I don't really know why I like this cover so much, I just do! If I were able to collect books, I would be buying this one. 

                      Least Favorite


Both of these novels are my least favorite out of all the editions. The one to the left is Indonesian while the one of the right is German. I don't really like the one of the left because it isn't an accurate representation of the book at all. It just makes the book look angsty and juvenile. The one of the right also makes Sydney, the main character in the novel, look weak while in the novel, she is a strong female character. The cover also gives off vibes from the original Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver. 


Overall, there were more covers that I anticipated to liking. Even the my least favorite ones aren't that bad! What books are you thankful for? Maybe Someday has been one of the best reads of this year and I'm so happy that I took a chance on it.What has been one of your favorite books of this year?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you're having a good day! 

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you guys soon with another post! 
Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

My mind is blown by Interstellar!

If you don't know what Interstellar is about, the movie follows a single dad, Cooper, who takes on an underground NASA mission to try to find a new world sustainable for human life by traveling through a black hole. There is a lot more to this story, including another plot in entirety back on Earth where Cooper's daughter, Murph, is trying to solve the equation for gravity so that humans can live on their own simulated planet.

Interstellar is a very intricate movie with a ton of more sub plots than just the two I mentioned above. After I finished watching the film, I wanted to re-watch it so that I could fully grasp what I just watched. Since it was my first ever time watching it, I know I missed a lot of stuff. However, this is what I really liked about the film! It does toe the line of too confusing, but I still liked it.
Knowing that there is even more for me to experience every time I watch the movie makes me anticipate the next time I see it even more.

The storyline of this movie was spot on! It was the perfect blend of both science and fiction. In a very long time from now, this could happen, and we might have to relocate somewhere else to live. The acting by the whole cast, but especially Matthew McConaughey who played Cooper, was spot on! It was really hard for me not to cry several times throughout the movie, and I definitely would have if I weren't in public. There are some certain scenes that are so powerful and I felt exactly what the characters were feeling. For instance, when a certain massive betrayal occurs in the movie, I was shocked and angry just like the cast of characters were.

The movie made me sit on the edge of my seat, anxious to see what happened next. Insterstellar has a plethora of thrilling near death scenes that captured me into the story. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there were some truly mesmerizing and beautiful scenes that transported me to the worlds that Cooper and his partner, Brand, were on. The movie as a whole is visually stunning and even if the acting was bad or the plot only half way good, I would still recommend the movie. The film really makes you see the world in a different light. Earth is only one planet in one solar system for one star in one galaxy, while there are more galaxies than we could count with billions of stars found in each.

The last 45 minutes or so of the movie are downright amazing. It is mind boggling to still think about what happened, but it was excellent! It was an outstanding turn of events and one of the main reasons why I want to watch the movie again. In short, I do recommend this movie. It is hard to grasp at times and I feel like in order to understand everything, you have to watch it multiple times. The acting and plot is excellent and there are twists and turns throughout the film that will keep you on the edge on your seat. 

With that, I give this book 

4.1 Out of 5 Stars!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'm Thankful I Stumbled Upon!

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni and Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish! Make sure to check these ladies out if you haven't already. Today we could choose anything Thanksgiving themed. So today, I'm going to be listing the top ten books I've found this year that I am thankful for! These are in no particular order. Here we go!


10.) Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand
I read the Unearthly Trilogy way back in January and absolutely loved it! It isn't a stereotypical "angel" book and was actually really moving! I'm pretty sure I cried multiple times each book. I had the amazing opportunity to meet the author as well and got my books signed!

9.) That Boy by Jillian Dodd
That Boy has actually been a book I've been looking at getting ever since I got my Nook about four years ago. I finally bought it and it did not fall short of the hype and anticipation I had! I do want to read the second one, so fingers crossed I'll buy that one sooner than I did the first!


8.) Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
I heard about Between the Lines when its companion novel, Off the Page, was getting so much buzz on booktube. I decided to pick this one up, and I was thrown into an amazing world. The illustrations and story is spot on and intrigued me from the get go! Want to know more of my thoughts? Check out my review here!


7.) Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook
Every Last Promise is literally a book that I have heard nothing about on both the blogging and booktube community. I stumbled upon this at my local library, and I got more than I was expecting. It is a hard hitting contemporary novel with dark themes of abuse, and it was really great to see read something so well done.


6.) Angelfall by Susan Ee
Angelfall is a dark young adult paranormal fantasy. Needless to say, I completely loved this book. Back when I read it, I felt like it was near perfect, so I am really hesitant to pick up the sequel. Check out my review where I basically fangirl and freak out over how good this novel is!


5.) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Nicola Yoon debuted her first novel with Everything, Everything and what I got in return was basically everything. The writing and story was just amazing and I'm so happy that I got the chance to read this book. Also, can we talk about this cover? SO. GOOD.

4.) The Pact by Karina Halle
The Pact is one of my favorite New Adult books I have read this year. It follows two best friends for about a nine year period and how they both have had feeling for each other for that time period. Best friends falling in love is one of my favorite things to read about, and this was amazing. Check out my review here!


3.) The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
The Book of Ivy is one of the best dystopians I have read. It is the first in a dystopian duology, and I cannot wait to read the final book, The Revolution of Ivy, which is out now. A good and original dystopian instead of a run of the mill one is definitely something to be thankful for in the book community. Here is my review! It's pretty bad because it was one of my first posts, so oh well! Haha :)


2.) Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood
One of my favorite new adult novels this year as well! The story is centered around future doctor Payton and her ex Blake as they are applying for medical school. There are tons of other big subplots in the book, but I don't want to say too much! The story is best to read without knowing too much.

1.) Cat Street by Yoko Kamio
In all honesty, I'm not just thankful for Cat Street, but actually Yoko Kamio in general. I read Cat Street earlier this year in entirety, and have read a portion of her other well known manga series Boys Over Flowers. I had to take a break because it was taking up all of my reading, but I am so thankful I found Yoko Kamio and her series!


That's it for today! What books are you guys thankful for? Another thing I am thankful for is you guys! I'm so thankful for each and everyone one of you and the fact that you take the time to read my posts. Thank you so much and I'll see you guys soon with another post! To anyone having breaks this week, I hope you guys have fun! Love you all!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Movie Review: Mockingjay Part 2

I literally have nothing bad to say about this film! I absolutely loved it!

Mockingjay Part 2 is everything I wanted in a concluding movie of one of my favorite franchises. I never knew I could be so happy with something. Right once I finished seeing the movie, I wanted to go back and see it again. 

This was such a faithful adaptation and I loved every second of it. They really stuck true to the books and I adored how they translated it into film. The acting is on point throughout the entire movie, and Josh Hutcherson's portrayal of a broken Peeta was excellent. Even though the movie is pretty long, 2 hours and 17 minutes, there was not one time I was bored. Because I knew what was going to happen since I have read the books, I was eagerly anticipating some scenes and anxious at others. I was low-key hoping they didn't kill off a certain character in the sewers, but the scene was so well done and truly paid tribute to the character. 

One thing I love about this book is that there is so much symbolism and " Easter eggs" throughout the film. For instance, at the end of the movie (no major spoiler don't worry!) Peeta is holding a dandelion. If you don't remember, at the end of Mockingjay Katniss explains how Gale is like a fire while Peeta is a dandelion. Already fire-like herself, she needs something to calm herself and Peeta is her perfect match. In another scene, when President Snow coughs up blood, it comes out in the shape of a mockingjay! Now that is just brilliant. Another scene that I felt was really cool was one of the end scenes where Peeta and Katniss are just sitting together looking outside as it rains. They are in the same exact post they are in on top of the roof in The Hunger Games movies, and it made the scene so much more powerful. You can really see their character development from then to now. 

I was also worried about the scene near the end with President Snow, President Cain, and Katniss at the trials. (I'm trying so hard to not give spoilers! Haha!) Because I knew what Katniss was about to do, Cain's speech was so powerful and ironic. Not only is she talking about Snow, an evil dictator, but herself as well as she continues on with her tyranny.  

I literally have no complaints. Not only was this movie faithful to the book, but was extremely well written, directed, and acted. If you haven't heard already, there was this scene between a couple that never happened in the book that became canon in the movies. I loved that change! I've been shipping this couple ever since I first read the books and I was fangirling and my friend and I freaked the crap out when they kissed! SO. GOOD. 

Another aspect that I wanted to talk about was the music and score throughout the trilogy of movies. I just realized this when watching this final movie, but they always use this same music phrase in key moments, and it made the scenes even more powerful! Hearing that progression actually pushed me into crying in one scene. Talking about crying, I did that. Multiple times. How could you not? The movie is so bittersweet and touching, and my heart felt like it was breaking and rejoicing at the same time. As you can tell, the movie gave me all the feels.

Does anyone else want prequels of these movies? Ever since I heard the news that The Hunger Games was adapted into film, I have been thinking of all the other movies they can make. For instance, they could do a prequel on the revolution that would start the Hunger Games and the first game to happen. I would also love to see Finnick's game and Annie's as well. To be quite honest, I want to see their love story enfold. But the one prequel I want to happen the most is Haymitch's! If you don't know, Haymitch was victor of the 50th Hunger Games, a Quarter Quell where instead of 24 participants there were 48! Haymitch used the game boundaries as a weapon, and in turn the Capitol killed his family. Talk about brutal! But also, it would give more insight and depth to Haymitch as a character. 

To just recap everything I just said up in those billions of paragraphs, I pretty much said that I loved everything about the movie. This was such a perfect adaptation and I couldn't have asked for a better movie for a better series. In ranking the movies, this was my favorite followed by Catching Fire, and Mockingay Pt. 1 and Hunger Games tied. 

I couldn't recommend this movie more! It was such a great conclusion and though it is bittersweet the series came to an end, I could not be happier. 

With that, I give this book

5 out of 5 Stars!









What's your favorite of the Hunger Games movies? The books? What did you think of the movie? I'm definitley going to watch this again - proabably during Thanksgiving break!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you guys soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Discussion: What Classifies Sci-Fi?

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! This month I have been participating in Sci Fi Month, an event hosted by Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow!It's been really fun so far and you should definitely participate with us next year! Today I'm talking about something that has always been a bit confusing to me. What makes a book science fiction?

The definition of science fiction is "fiction based on imagined futuristic scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel  and life on other planets." But what is the major difference between genres such as science fiction and dystopians. For me, I have been wondering this for a while and determined that while not all science fiction works are dystopian, but all or most dystopians are science fiction.

Take Delirium by Lauren Oliver, for instance. No one really thinks of the series where love is a disease as science fiction, but it fits the parameters. Not only does the world in the novel has extreme technological advances, but both the social and environmental aspects of the society has vastly changed. The book is set in the future and fits the definition, but I have never really thought about the series as a science fiction one.

Throughout Sci-Fi Month, I've been asking myself if the books I've been reading are science fiction or not. Another question that I have is if fantasy novels could also be considered science fiction as well. In most fantasy, there are creatures that defy our natural world, but does that make it science fiction? Yes, society in a fantasy novel is vastly different than our world, but the story is set in another universe. I still haven't made my mind up yet on this one!

What are your thoughts? I never really thought about it up until now, but it is an interesting concept that I have read more science fiction books than I think I have. What are some of your favorite science fiction books that you have read?

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Friday 56 (#1)

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today I'm going to be participating in the Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice! The rules for this meme is to grab any book and turn to either page 56 or 56% on your ereader and give a nippet of the page without spoiling it!

Today I'm going to be featuring my current read,
Dawn of the Dreamer by L.J. Higgins. I have been reading this as my e-reader. I'm already 50 percent of the way through, so I'll probably know what's up while you guys will be confused. ;)






















This is making me even more conflicted. There is a love triangle that is in play right now, but I'm pretty sure I know who she is going to be ending up with.



What teasers did you have this week? What are you currently reading?

Thanks guys for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post! It's going to be about my experience meeting Marissa Meyer and getting all my books signed! *squee*

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Traveling Thursdays: Book That Deals With War

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today I'm going to be joining in on the weekly meme hosted by Danielle at Shelfies Above Selfies and Catia at The Girl Who Read Too Much.

The idea of this meme is to choose a book that has the characteristic the mods choose and show the original cover and the book from your country. Next, you show your favorite edition of the book, excluding the original one. After all that, you show your least favorite edition.

Today's theme is a book that deals with war because peace day was two days ago!

I picked Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi! I chose this book because while it is not necessarily war ridden, the book definitely is not peaceful! There are several tense relationships in this and battles do occur throughout the series.

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)                  English Covers

I don't necessarily like this cover on the left, but it is the most well known. Some people really love it, but I just don't like people on the covers that much. The second one is a whole other story! It's absolutely love this cover and the color scheme. I like the person on this cover because the person isn't completely exposed so it leaves an aura of mystery. 




Favorite

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)


My favorite is for sure this one! It is absolutely stunning and I just love it. I don't really know why I like it so much, I just do! The typography is really nice and so is the catch line to draw people in. The people aren't real, so I don't mind it. Bonus points that it is an accurate representation of the characters and how they look also!






Least Favorite


Een wereld zonder hemelПод небом, которого нет (Under the Never Sky, #1)Végtelen ég alatt (Under the Never Sky, #1)
Russian                                                     Hungarian                                                   Dutch


Okay, people on covers rarely work but when they do, the outcome is amazing. All three of these are failed attempts. I think my least favorite of these three is the Russian one. While it shows a dome, which is correct to the books, it just looks really cheesy. The girl on the cover looks really strange and it doesn't really give off the feeling of the novel. The Hungarian edition is also pretty bad. I hate the whole entire pose Aria is doing here. Like who actually stands like that? It looks so forced. As for the Dutch cover, it doesn't accurately represent the book at all. If I were to see this cover, I would have thought that the book is sci fi. 


Those are my choices for the day! I had a lot of fun doing this post and was surprised at the variations of covers! Did you guys like this and should I do more?

Thanks guys for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post! 
Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Book Review: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Temptation was such a fun read!

Sweet Temptation is the fourth and final novel in Wendy Higgins's Sweet series. This novel is actually a recap of the first three books in a different perspective. If you don't know what the first three books are about, they follow Nephilim and demons. Sweet Evil, the first book, is about Anna's journey when she learns she is a Nephilim and daughter of the Duke of Substance Abuse. She has a love story with Kai, who is the son of the Duke of Lust. The story and series evolves from there while Anna discovers more about the world and her destiny. The three books have a complete story arc and conclusion. Sweet Temptation just recalls these events in one novel in Kai's perspective instead of Anna's.I can't give out too much more of the plot because I'd spoil the whole entire series for you, and no one wants that! I would recommend reading the first three books first instead of just reading this novel because as a reader you wouldn't grasp and understand the book as easily in my opinion.

I really loved reading in Kai's perspective. There were so many times throughout the series where I was so frustrated with Kai's actions, especially in Sweet Evil. When I first read Sweet Evil, I gave the book 2 stars. However, the series in my mind is a solid four star read. I think I disliked the first one so much because not only did Anna come off as too juvenile and saintly for me, but Kai seemed like a major jerk. What I didn't realize was that there were so many pivotal scenes in all three books that I was excited to read in Kai's POV. There were a couple right off the bat that I knew I wanted to read, but while I was reading the book, I kept on remembering different scenes that I was so eagerly anticipating.

The pacing was really well done and I liked how Wendy Higgins didn't include all the scenes from all the books, because than this novel would have been so, so long. Instead, she chose some really key moments and introduced scenes we haven't seen before because Anna wasn't there. What we got in return was a 485 page book of pure fun.

Reading in Kai's POV was really refreshing. I understood Kai more as a character, and his motivations were clearer throughout the novel. I really disliked Kai in the first novel and half of the second, and this gave me a whole entire different view of him. In book three, Sweet Reckoning, I absolutely loved Kai and liked him just as much in Sweet Temptation. Because the first three books were in Anna's perspective, a lot of Kai as a character was lost in translation in the first novel and I didn't completely understand him. With Sweet Temptation, I completely connected and understood him.

This novel was amazingly fun to read. Kai was such a fun character to read; he was sassy and sarcastic and overall just really funny. This book really improved the series in my mind. I do recommend this series as a whole. Though I didn't necessarily like the first book, the series improved with every single progression. Sweet Temptation was more fun than I anticipated and I really loved it.

With that, I give this book

4.25 Stars!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes I ADORE

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today is another Top Ten Tuesday post, hosted by the girls over at Broke and Bookish. Be sure to check them out if you haven't already!

Today's topic features the recent quotes we've found over the years that we love. I decided to keep this to just books, or else the list could go forever! None of these are in any particular order. I couldn't whittle down all of them to just ten, so I have one extra!

11.) "Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh." Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi


10.) "He didn't give me flowers or candy. He gave me the moon and the stars. Infinity." We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han


9.) "But just because you bury something, that doesn't mean it stops existing." We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han


8.) "I wanted to be his life preserver, the thing that would keep him afloat. Instead, he became my anchor. And I'm tired of drowning." But I Love Him by Amanda Grace


7.) "I want to be someone strong and brave enough to make hard choices. But I want to be fair and loving enough to make the right ones." The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel


6.) "I will show her that loving her is my greatest truth, and the most beautiful thing I have ever known." Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay


5.)  "Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you." If I Stay by Gayle Forman


4.) "Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for the other person, half mired in a well of self pity and pain." For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Petefreund


3.) "And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose." Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi


2.) "We can't help who we love. Love isn't logical, or even our choice. Love chooses us." Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti


1.) "Each piece of glass is another piece of myself I gave to him. It's too bad I didn't give any pieces to myself." But I Love Him by Amanda Grace


Hope you guys liked the quotes I picked out! If you want to see more of my quotes, there's a featured box at the bottom of my blog! You can also visit here at my quotes page from goodreads! Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

I never knew I could be as content with a book as I am now. 

Reading Winter has got to me one of the best reading experiences I've ever had. As the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles, I had some high expectations. What I received was better than I dared to dream. Due to its intricate plot with a group of main characters, I knew that tying up all the loose ends would be a hard feat to do. I am happy to say that there weren't any loose ends or big questions I still had after reading this novel.

I truly don't have anything to say for the weaknesses of this novel. The pace felt slow about 200 pages in, but never felt as if it was dragging. The slow pace wasn't necessarily slow, in fact it was slow compared to the break neck action and danger found in the majority of the novel. All of the characters were true to who they were in the previous novels. Winter and Jacin, the two main characters newly introduced, were a breath of fresh air. I loved the dynamics of their relationship and how they had a fragile and complicated past as well.

I think my favorite couple out of the four core couples has to either be Thorne and Cress or Kai and Cinder. With Kai and Cinder reuniting at the end of Cress, the third novel in the series, I desperately hoped that Cress and Throne got their happy ending. Their relationship is so cute. Both have their insecurities pertaining to one another, but in the end they make each other better people. Scarlet and Wolf's relationship deemed stronger than ever in this novel. I love how they always support each other, no matter what changes occured. Winter and Jacin have great chemistry. They were childhood best friends and Jacin has stuck by her side since then. What I loved most about their dynamic was that because they've known each other for so long, I knew there was no other pretenses as to why they interacted.

The intricate world building of this series has truly paid off in this concluding novel. I was never confused throughout any of the novel as to the structure of how everything worked. As a reader, we have been both introduced to the Eastern Commonwealth and Luna.The political relationship between these two is tense to say the least, but I loved the political tension. In fact, the political tension between Earth and Luna really enhances the novel.

The last thing I want to talk about is the amazing turn of events throughout the novel. Marissa Meyer wrote an amazing novel and I literally would never have guessed some of the main things that happened. There were some major points in the final battle that I was blown away by. There were developments that I never truly saw coming and I loved every single one of them. The last 150 or so pages were downright amazing. They were so great to read and I was speeding through needing to know what would happen.

While not all my predictions came true, Winter was even better than my imagination and it was a wonderfully crafted novel. The Lunar Chronicles has been cemented as one of my favorite series with this conclusion and I could not be happier.

With that, I give this book

5 out of 5 Stars!