Thursday, August 17, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Recreated by Colleen Houck

Title: Recreated
Author: Colleen Houck
Series? Yes, the second book in the Reawakened trilogy
Pages: 416
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: I checked out Recreated through my local library!
From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #41

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW was hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase an upcoming release we are excited about. Jill hasn't been posting for quite some time, so Tressa @ Wishful Endings has adopted and renamed WoW to Can't Wait Wednesday.

My pick for this week Fireblood by Elly Blake!
In this action-packed sequel to Frostblood, the future of Ruby's world and a court ruled by the love of her life depends on the uncovered secrets of her past..

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby's powers and past....

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax--which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Footnotes Link Up!

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I am participating in a new link up created by Ahsley G at [oddly novel title] and Emily at Ink, Inc. Basically every month they give out a different prompt and we share a quote fitting it! This is the first month it's starting, and I really like the idea of it! 

If you want to know more, you can go here for Ahsley's post and here for Emily's!  

So this month's prompt is: a quote from an author. 

Immediately I went to my goodread's quote page and see which ones I liked this best. I also discovered a new quote that I quite like, so yay! I have three quotes to share (sorry, I couldn't help myself) so let's get cracking! 

Okay, starting off with the first (and longest!) quote from We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han! 
I just...love this quote so much. Jenny Han's Summer trilogy is one of my favorites, and this quote really explains why. This quote is just so real. Jenny Han really encapsulates the feeling you get when you know something is over, and you don't want it to be. This series is very near and dear to my heart, and if you haven't read it, I implore you to do so! 


This is a quote from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I just love the book! It's so sweet and endearing, Rishi especially! I absolutely love this quote from When Dimple Met Rishi! Like We'll Always Have Summer, I urge you to read When Dimple Met Rishi. It's timely, diverse, and like a warm hug. 


And finally, this quote by Bernard M. Baruch! He's had several published works according to goodreads, but Bernarnd Baruch is more known for being an American financier, stock investor, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant, according to Wikipedia. Whatever profession he had, I love this piece of advise. It's so hard to be yourself sometimes, and I think this quote is good to keep in mind!

So, that's it for this month's footnotes! I look forward to doing this again in September!

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

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Make Me Read It Readathon // How Did I Do??

Hi everyone and welcome back (or to!!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be talking about how I did in the Make Me Read It Readathon. The readathon was from the 6th to the 13th of August, and I had tons of fun!

If you want to know more about the readathon, the rules, etc. then check out my original post here! The readathon is hosted by Ely @ Tea and Tiles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley! This was my second year participating, and I was pretty successful!

First, let's talk about the results of the poll! Here are the order of the books from most voted to least voted: 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers

Title: Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief
Author: Rosie Somers
Series? No, but wouldn't be surprised if a sequel was made
Pages: 206
Publication Date: August 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: I got a galley of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you!
Most sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t know where museums keep their rarest jewels (the basement) and they really shouldn’t know that vans make the worst getaway cars. But for Marisol Flores, a life of jewel thievery is a birthright handed down from generation to generation, even if she didn’t ask for it. So when a rival thief targets Mari and her mother, Mari’s more than happy to flee to the anonymity of bustling New York City.

Blending in is a dream come true for Mari, but keeping her former thieving ways a secret gets way more complicated when handsome Will Campbell sets his sights on her. She can’t help but like his terrible puns and charming grin…but when her past catches up with her, it’s not only her life—and her anonymity—that’s at stake.

Will could be the next target.


#TheReadingQuest Sign Up Post!

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I am doing my sign up post for The Reading Quest! It's a video game inspired reading challenge, and it sounds like a blast! Aentee @ Read at Midnight is hosting, and CW of Read, Think, Ponder did all the artwork! They've worked together to create this wonderful quest, and it starts on the 13th! And yes, that is the day #MakeMeRead finishes, so it is in perfect time!

If you want to know more about the readathon, go over here for Aentee's explanation of it!


As you can tell from my character card, I chose the character mage! Down below are all the different quests. As a mage, my quests are the first down column.
I do hope to go on to do other characters and complete side quests, since the readathon lasts until September 10th. I'm not going to give myself a goal or anything though, just so that I don't get disappointed in myself. This readathon coincides with my first month at college ever, so my life will be pretty hectic. Without further ado, here are the books I am planning on reading for the mage!

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Friday 56 with Book Beginnings! No. 10

Hey everyone adn welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be 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.

Book Beginnings

This is the opening line for P.S. I Like You by Kasie West! As I'm writing this, I just finished my second book for the Make Me Read It Readathon, and this was the third pick! I hope to finish it in a day, simply because it is a cute and not too long (326 pages) contemporary. Plus, it helps that I'm in a total contemporary mood after my last three or so books being fantasy! This beginning really drew me in, and the only reason I didn't continue reading is because I have an early morning ahead of me! P.S. I Like You is about a boy and a girl who start talking on a desk. Lily scribbles her favorite song lyrics onto her desk, and the next day there is a response! It sounds just super cute and might get pretty teen-angsty too, which I'm all for.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #40

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW was hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase an upcoming release we are excited about. Jill hasn't been posting for quite some time, so Tressa @ Wishful Endings has adopted and renamed WoW to Can't Wait Wednesday.

My pick for this week  is Defiant by Lesley Livingston!
The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life.

Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate.

Fallon was warned.

Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help the girl known as Victrix save herself and her sisters is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

The only trouble is, they might just kill her themselves first.


Monday, August 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Taming the Rebel by Dawn Klehr

Title: Taming the Rebel
Author: Dawn Klehr
Series? Endless Summer trilogy, written by different authors
Pages: ???
Publication Date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: I received a galley of Taming the Rebel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you!
Rebel Hart should be at home taking care of her father after his breakup with his boyfriend, not tromping through the woods at summer camp. He’s had his heart broken beyond repair, and the way she sees it, there’s only one person to blame—the boyfriend’s son. So when that infuriatingly gorgeous quarterback turns up at the same camp, she plans to make him pay.

Justice Brody isn't happy about trading training camp for actual summer camp. But if he wants to stay on the football team, he has to show that he can be drama-free. He welcomes the anonymity that comes with summer camp…until he realizes the one girl who knows him better than anyone is there, too. Rebel is off-limits, impossibly beautiful…and trouble with a capital T. Still, he can’t stay away. And even as Rebel exacts her revenge, in several very embarrassing and painful ways, neither can she.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains pranks, adult language, and kisses that will make you wish for a summer romance of your own.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | End of Days by Susan Ee

Title: End of Days
Author: Susan Ee
Series? Yes, End of Days is the final book in a trilogy.
Pages: The paperback edition has
Publication Date:
Publisher:
Source: I checked out End of Days from my local library!
End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Friday 56 with Book Beginnings! No. 9

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be 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.


Book Beginnings

This actually isn't the opening line of this book, but actually the first sentence of the second paragraph! I was just approved for on Netgalley! Achilles by Greg Boose in the first in the Deep Sky Saga and follows Jonah Lincoln, an orphaned teenager who is one out of a 177 person crew on the Mayflower 2, a spaceship. He's being sent to an Earthlike planet,Thetis, after a tragedy kills many of the colonists. However, the ship crash lands on Thetis' moon, Achilles. Even better, all the adult disappear...YAY! This sounds right up my ally and I was looking for a new space adventure after I read Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. After I finish the book I'm featuring for the Friday 56, I am hopping onto this one!


Friday 56
 This is at the 56 percent mark from Plauge Land by Alex Scarrow. I recently started reading this, and it's pretty good so far! I actually requested this via Netgalley also, but a previous edition of the book under a different name (Re-made) is available right now. I'm assuming it's being reprinted with a couple changes here and there! I'm not too far in, but I'm enjoying it! Plague Land is about, you guessed it, a plague that kills people within the hour. Leon has just moved from England to New Jersey, and follow him and his younger sister Grace as they try to survive. 

All right! So those were my two picks this week for Book Beginnings and Friday 56!

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

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

Title: Brave New Girl
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series? Yes, a duology
Pages: 272
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: I checked out a copy of Brave New Girl from my local library!
We have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin. We are healthy and strong and smart. But only one of us has ever had a secret.

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.

Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him—when she can't resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules—she realizes she’s flawed, too. But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled.

Destroyed.

Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia’s fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different?

Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #39

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW was hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase an upcoming release we are excited about. Jill hasn't been posting for quite some time, so Tressa @ Wishful Endings has adopted and renamed WoW to Can't Wait Wednesday.

My pick for this week  is Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster!
Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 TBR!

Hey everyone welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be doing something just a tad different. If you're new here, you might not be aware that I barely do TBRs. This is mainly because I'm horrible at keeping to them. However, there are a couple of books that I will for sure be reading this August! Here's a look!

First, I'm giving you a friendly reminder to vote for what I read! I'm participating in the Make Me Read It Readathon, and I would love if you voted! It's best to get as much votes as possible. Here is the link to my poll and more info about the readathon!

Based on the poll (so far, that is) here are the books I'll be reading. I gave 8 options and hope to read three. 

1) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This was the book with the most votes, but not by far! Wrath and the Dawn got 6 votes, and I'm glad that it is the top choice! I've been reading to read the book basically since it was released, and now the series is over! But it's never too late, and I hope I love it!

2) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Now this is the book I am arguably most excited for! I am in a really big contemporary mood right now, and when I got this from the library today it took a lot of willpower to not crack it open right away. I have read two books by West, and I liked one and hated the other. I have a good feeling about this one though!

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 2017 Wrap Up!

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be wrapping up July! July felt SO long for me. On the second I went on a beach trip to Hilton Head with my friend, and then we drove up to Carolina beach on the 5th to meet our mutual friend. I got home on the 9th and then went off to college orientation on the 12th and 13th. If you are wondering, I am going to UNC Chapel Hill. Orientation was long but really fun, and everyone was super nice. There was one girl I met who I really got along with, and we actually got into the same class!

As for the remainder of the month, I got back on track with my workout routine. I am a member of Jazzericise (which I adore!) but I had barely gone in the beginning of the month because of how busy I was and started to feel gross. I also registered for classes, de-cluttered my bookshelves and closet, and other little things.

I think this July was the best reading month for me! It sounds silly because I was pretty busy the first half, but I ended up reading a lot (8 novels, 3 volumes of manga, 1 graphic novel, and 1 audiobook for a total of 13 things!!)













And those are the books I read this month! I only had one book I didn't like, so July was a complete success. 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mini Movie Reviews | Passengers, Baby Driver, Before I Fall

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be doing some mini movie reviews on what I have seen recently. I've been seeing a ton of movies with my sister since we're both off of school until the school year starts. Whether it is from redbox, on tv, or at the movies, I'll be reviewing some of the movies I've been seeing!

Passengers
Release Date: December 22, 2016
Run Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes
Genre: Scifi/Romance
Rating: PG-13

Spoiler: I really didn't like Passengers. I thought that Passengers would be this thrilling space opera, and instead it's a romance film just set in space. The main conflict isn't that the ship is breaking down, and death is imminent. Nope, the main conflict is a moral one! There is a lot of moping around and longing looks, and it was so irritating. Plus, this movie is sleep inducing. I mean, I was literally falling asleep watching this movie. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are huge talents, but the dialouge was flat, the plot mind-numbing, and the characters weren't compelling at all. It's obvious that Pratt and Lawrnece do the best with what they are given, but they're best isn't enough to make the movie good, even bearable. What this movie needs is a better script. I would have been fine watching a romance film in space with moral conflicts if the script was just written better. The script was the nail in the coffin for me. It didn't help that the pacing was all over the place either. There were some thrilling sequences, and then right after were slow, romance-y scenes. The tonal shift gave me whiplash. I give Passengers a D.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Friday 56 with Book Beginnings! No. 8

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be 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.


Friday 56
So this is a pretty silly quote, but it's on page 56 of Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent. The two main characters are not allowed to talk to each other, and yet Trigger continues to talk to Dahlia. He brings her a carrot from when of his missions outside the city, which Dahlia will never leave. As I'm writing this (on Thursday), I'm almost done with the book. It's not the best thing ever, but I am having a lot of fun with it!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

Title: Losing Hope
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series? Yes, companion novel to Hopeless
Pages: 221
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: I bought a copy of Losing Hope on BookOutlet
In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #38

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW was hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase an upcoming release we are excited about. Jill hasn't been posting for quite some time, so Tressa @ Wishful Endings has adopted and renamed WoW to Can't Wait Wednesday.

My pick for this week  is Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows! 
Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Make Me Read It Readathon // Vote for What I Read!

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and this is my sign up post for the Make Me Read It Readathon. I participated in the readathon last year, and had a great time with it!

Here is some info about the readathon!
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.
The Readathon is hosted by Ely @ Tea and Tiles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley! The readathon is from August 6 to August 12, starting at midnight wherever you are.

As for what I read, here's a poll! I hope to read at least three books. If you don't know though, I am a mood reader so if I'm really not feeling something, I'll just move to the next most-voted book.


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

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!