Thursday, May 18, 2017

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Edelstein-Trilogie #1
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Publication Date: November 2, 2011
Source: I got the audiobook via Overdrive
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

An unabridged recording (8 hours, 50 minutes).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #28

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! This week I will be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase upcoming releases that we are excited about. Tressa @ Wishful Endings has recently taken lead in this meme, considering Jill hasn't been posting on for a while. Learn more here!

This week I chose Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener!

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.

Why I'm Waiting

This just sounds absolutely amazing to me. Not only is the cover beautiful, but the plot really captures my attention. I love a good sci-fi adventure, so this is right up my alley. Plus, it seems like there's some forbidden romance thing going on, and I can't say no to that. 

Are you looking forward to Amid Stars and Darkness? Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post. :)

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 567
Publication Date: September 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: I got this from my local library!
Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings! No. 6

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I am participating in Friday 56 and Book Beginnings. They are hosted by Freda's Voice and Rose City Reader, respectively. 

The rules are simple for both. For the Friday 56, we turn to page 56 or 56% in our e-reader and highlight a passage of any book! Book Beginnings is where you feature the first sentence (or so) of a book and give your thoughts and impressions.

Also, I am pretty much the absolute worst for consistently posting with these weekly memes! It has been quite a while since I've done one and I am hoping that this will be a regular meme on this blog. :)

Friday 56
This quote comes from page 56 of City of Heavenly Fire! I know what this is referring to, but I know it probably makes no sense to people who aren't familiar with the Shadowhunter world! There was a quote later on in the page, but it was definitely a spoiler for anyone who hasn't read the five books prior! Nevertheless, I am about to start reading City of Heavenly Fire. I just have to finish Forever and Always, Lara Jean by Jenny Han first. 

Book Beginnings

Talking  about Forever and Always, Lara Jean, I used the first sentence of the book! Forever and Always is the last (?) book in Jenny Han's Lara Jean trilogy. The question mark is there because To All the Boys I've Loved Before, the first book, was supposed to be a standalone. Then it got a sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, and that was supposed to be the conclusion. Now we have this final book, which is my current read! I am currently loving it; I am able to connect with Lara Jean so much more than the other books this time around as Forever and Always follows Lara in her senior year. She has made so much growth since the first book and I just love the book and the atmosphere it provides and I could go on and on. 

So, those are my Friday 56 and Book Beginning quotes! Have you read or are planning to read these two?

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

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #27

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! This week I will be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase upcoming releases that we are excited about. Tressa @ Wishful Endings has recently taken lead in this meme, considering Jill hasn't been posting on for a while. Learn more here!

This week I chose Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock.
Jenny met Chance for the very first time when she was assigned as his partner in their Junior Communications class. But one clever lie to rescue a doomed assignment later, and the whole school was suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A's and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever.

It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow—especially when you really, really want it to be the truth. With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that television has always promised her. And through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are 'just friends.' But that might be the biggest lie of all.

Why I'm Waiting

These past couple days I've been in such a contemporary mood, and I totally think it is the more summery weather. This synopsis just sounds so cute and sounds like the perfect summer read. Good thing it is coming out this August 1st! I'm ready to read some good old fashioned teenage angst. :)

Are you looking forward to Just Friends? Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post. :)

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | World After by Susan Ee


Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Pages: 314
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: I checked this out from my local library!
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister, Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Friday, May 5, 2017

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Title: Death Sworn
Series: Death Sworn Duology
Author: Leah Cypess
Reader: Cris Dukeheart
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: I checked the audiobook out from my online local library.
When a young sorceress is exiled to teach magic to a clan of assassins, she will find that secrets can be even deadlier than swords. From the critically acclaimed Leah Cypess comes a dangerous and eerie fantasy about murder, shocking discoveries, and fiery star-crossed romance that readers of Cinda Williams Chima and Robin LaFevers won't be able to put down. Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she's losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life, and even the young man she loves. Sent to the assassins' cave, hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. The last two sorcerers sent died within weeks of each other. Accidents, or something more sinister? As Ileni navigates the dangers--both natural and human--of the caves, she'll discover secrets that have been kept for decades. And she'll find an ally in Sorin, the deadly young man who could be the assassins' next leader. With Sorin determined to protect her, sparks--magical and romantic--will fly. But will even he understand the choice she must make in the end?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #26


Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! This week I will be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase upcoming releases that we are excited about. Tressa @ Wishful Endings has recently taken lead in this meme, considering Jill hasn't been posting on for a while. Learn more here!

This week I chose Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet.
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.
 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Goodreads

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge!

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog!! Today I'll be talking about an ARC Challenge I made the decision to participate in today. I have a pretty big ARC pile that I've amassed over the past year or so, and I want to make a dent! This challenge seems perfect for doing just that. 

Here are the rules and other tidbits of info :
  • Link up here at the Caffinated Book Reviewer
  • ARCs must be read in the month of May
  • ARCs can be in any format!
  • Post a start up post
  • You don't have to review the book, but just have a link to goodreads showing the dates read and a two sentence review. 
  • To do this, friend Kimberly on goodreads here
  • Twitter party using #cleansweeparc on May 18th at 7:30 PM (EST)
  • Post your results!
I also want to give a shoutout to czai over at The Blacksheep Reader! I always seem to find and learn about readathons from them, and that is where I learned about this one! Thanks czai. :)  

Without further ado, here is my TBR for the Clean Sweep Arc Challenge!

1) Weregirl by C.D. Bell
I cannot remember the last time I have read a book about werewolves. In fact, I don't think I have ever read a book solely focused on werewolves since Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series. This might not be the "best thing ever" but I am ready to have some fun and read about some werewolves.

2) Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
Royce Rolls seems like a blast! The book follows Bentley Royce, one (fifth?) of her family's reality tv show, which is the equivalent of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Bentley is ready to live her life, but decides to save the reality show she despises in order to keep her family together. This is described as a "laugh out loud funny romp" and it better deliver!

3) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
I think this is the ARC I am by far looking forward to the most! Everyone seems to love this book, including blogger friends and real life friends. I need to read this book ASAP, as I'm sure I will love it. Let's hope this sci fi doesn't disappoint!  

4) Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
Hello, Sunshine is about Becca after she is rejected from every college she applied to. Looking for a fresh start, she goes to LA in order to pursue an acting career. I'm not completely invested in reading this, but I'm a intrigued. Now that I've actually committed to a college, I don't think that the book will hit too close to home for me.
5) Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
With summer fast approaching (yay!) I am in the perfect mood for this book. From what I remember, this book follows a girl whose summer is told in two different perspectives. Basically there are two ways this girl's summer could have gone, and we follow both of them. One is in France and the other one is at her home.

So five books is actually pretty big for me when it comes to TBRs, because I rarely stick to them. I'm a massive mood reader, but I am determined to read these! I'm planning on reading five different books other than these in May; I hope I get to all of them!


Are you participating in the challenge? What ARCs do you still have on your TBR?

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

Good luck to everyone participating!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Monday, May 1, 2017

April Wrap Up!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I am going to be wrapping up April. Though April was an extremely busy month for me (I've been prepping for AP exams the whole month and finals are looming) I kind of got back in my groove. I read a total of 9 books today, which is better than normal this year. I am slowly but surely catching up to my goodreads goal. 

As for personal life, things are pretty hectic. I finally put in my deposit for college (I'm going to UNC Chapel Hill and I cannot wait!!!) and now I am going through the housing process. The next chapter in my life is so close I can taste it. My courses should be taking a breather quite soon. After AP exams, we don't have anything to do. As long as I keep my absences low, I'm exempt from the finals because I'm a senior! 

May should be a great month for me. The school year is almost done and I'll be able to read, relax, and hang out with my friends. I'm hoping that with this extra down time I start to hike a bit more. I'm not too experienced, but I have this hike I'm planning with my friends this summer and want to be prepared. 

ANYWAYS, enough of my blabbering and let's recap the 9 books I've read! I tried to review all of the books I've read, and only missed three. You'll see these review this month though. :)

1) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare


This is the second book in Clare's Infernal Devices Trilogy and I absolutely loved it! So far it is my favorite of all of Cassie's books, and as of now I am reading the last book in the trilogy. Cassandra's writing has improved so much throughout the series and I'm having so much fun. You can read more of my thoughts in my review, which is linked down below.

2) Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles
If I had one word to describe this book, it is ouch. This book hurt to read. I have loved Elkele's other books, and this was just a huge letdown. The characters were flat and cliche, and I didn't care for the plot or anything, really. This book wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either.

3) The Last Virgin Standing
To be honest, I should have never read this book. There are some underlying themes that quite honestly go against everything I stand for. The whole book makes a game out of virginity. It is described as being "taken" and girls are objectified left and right. They are pawns in this sick game of high-schoolers trying to have sex with as many virgins as possible. I don't recommend this book at all if you believe in, I don't know, equality?? Hmm, what an interesting concept...
 
4) World After by Susan Ee
World After was so damned good. World After is the sequel to Angelfall, which I read just over a year ago and loved. I took some time in between so my expectations wouldn't be too high, and I'm glad I did! At first, I didn't remember much but it all came flooding back. This summer I am hoping to finish off the trilogy with End of Days. 
 
5) City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 
City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in Clare's Mortal Instruments series. I'm reading her books by publication date, so I read this directly after reading The Clockwork Prince. I couldn't help but compare the two, and luckily they both shaped up! So far I am liking the trilogy more, but that has more to do with the characters, who I just care more about. Don't be surprised to see that I'll finish TMI and TID this May. :)
 
6) Alex, Approximately by Jen Bennett
Alex, Approximately was my favorite book of this month! It was a close call with this and The Clockwork Prince, which was astounding, but this takes the cake. It's been such a long time when I have just sat down and READ, and this book allowed me to do so. I was completely immersed in this story, and right when I get the chance, I am going to the bookstore and buying it. That's saying a lot, considering I'm a stickler and hate spending money! 
 
7) By Your Side by Kasie West
By Your Side, though not my favorite of the month, was my best surprise. I read one book by West, The Fill in Boyfriend, and didn't enjoy it. At all. However, I really liked this one! Though the characters could have been fleshed out more, By Your Side was pure fun to read. I'm going to be reading more of West in the near future not to just form an opinion but because I'm genuinely interested now!
 
8) Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
Death Sworn is one of those books I know I won't remember too much by year's end. It was good, but not great. This fantasy novel didn't really stand out from the crowd, but I'm not mad at it either. The last portion of the book was done pretty well, and I will be continuing and finishing this series with its sequel relatively soon. If I feel like it, I might listen to the audiobook  this May.  


9) Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Mask of Shadows, unfortunately, was a huge disappointment for me. I just couldn't get into it no matter how hard I tried. There was nothing tying me down to the story; the whole time I read it I was reading something else I was more interested in. The characters and plot fell flat for me and I was uninterested. This book is about war and assassins, and I was bored out of my mind for most of it. However, the very end of the book was great. I don't think I'll be continuing on with the series, but I might check out more of Miller's books in the future because she holds promise! 

Posts of the Month!
BOOK REVIEW | Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott
March Wrap Up!
Author Q&A | Kieran Scott
Waiting on Wednesday #23
BOOK REVIEW |  Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW |  Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles
Waiting on Wednesday #24
BOOK REVIEW | City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Waiting on Wednesday #25
Top 5 Wednesday | Authors I Want to Read More From
BOOK REVIEW | Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
BOOK REVIEW | By Your Side by Kasie West

So, that was my April! How was yours? Have you read any of the books I managed to this April?

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

Happy Reading!