Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Vampire Series I Want to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is a Halloween Freebie! (Happy Halloween! Let your creativity run wild with a themed post to celebrate!). I decided on Ten Vampire Series I Want to Read.

 

        

1. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine  I’ve heard some good things about this series, so I’m hoping to read it soon. I’m debating listening to the audiobooks.

2. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward  I loved books 1-3, so I can’t wait to continue the series. Book 3 was my favorite so far.

3. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead – I recently bought book 1 of this series, so I’m excited to get around to starting this series soon.

4. Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill – This is another series I’ve heard some good things about, so here’s hoping it’s as good as I’m expecting.

5. The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith – I watched the entire TV series, so I should probably get around to reading the books now. I usually try to read the books first.

        

6. Jessica series by Beth Fantaskey I saw this book on a shelf, and picked it up based on the summary. I still haven’t read it yet, but hopefully I will soon. This one sounds interesting.

7. A Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest – I remembering seeing some ad that recommended this book, and so I added it to my list to read.

8. Mission series by Megan Erickson – I haven’t read anything Megan wrote yet, but I’ve heard great things. So when I saw she was writing a new vampire series, I added it to my TBR.

9. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost – The summary sounds great, and it’s gotten pretty good reviews so far, so I’m adding it to my list.

10. Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole – I’m not 100% sure about this one, but the reviews I’ve seen are pretty good, so I’ll have to give it a try.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Deals & Steals [5]

Deals & Steals

 

Here’s a list of ebooks I found on sale on Amazon. They’re listed from lowest to highest price downwards. Prices subject to change based on publisher sales/whims. So if you want these ebooks at the shown price, you better get them quick!

 

    

Trust by Kylie Scott – $0.99

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – $1.99

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord  – $1.99

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – $1.99

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – $1.99

     

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – $1.99

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin – $1.99

Also Known As by Robin Benway – $1.99

Come Back to Me by Mila Gray – $1.99

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson  – $1.99

 Vengeance Road   

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – $2.99

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – $2.99

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers – $3.82

Pivot Point by Kasie West – $3.99

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes – $3.99

 

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler – $3.99

Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler – $3.99

Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler – $3.99

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler – $4.49

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler – $4.49

 

Have you read any of these books before? Are you planning on buying any I’ve listed here?

Audiobook Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

 

An awesome group of girls decided to do a Haunted Halloween Hop. Jessica–thanks for coming up with the idea, and the cute graphic! We’re posting things related to Halloween in some way. See the full list of bloggers after my review. Enjoy!

 

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication date: September 27, 2011
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

 

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

 

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

 

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

 

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

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Pretty good overall. It was different than I was expecting in many ways. I did enjoy the storyline, and the narrator, who did some fun voices. I’d recommend the audiobook. I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars.

 

So I really don’t want to give anything away, but the way this story went back and forth sometimes between present and past was a little off-putting, especially when you’re listening. I think reading a physical copy might have been a better idea for that reason alone, or at least make sure you’re focusing all your attention on the story, and not multitasking. I thought the writing was beautiful though. It’s kind of a dark book, obviously, given the summary.

 

I really liked Karou and Zuzana. I also liked Karou’s makeshift family, who you’ll learn about if you read the book. I’ve never read anything like this before, so major points for uniqueness. I always wanted blue hair like Karou. Maybe I’ll dye it someday…As for Akiva, I’m torn. I adore some aspects, and others not so much. I guess I have to keep reading to see what my final decision is regarding him.

 

The pacing was good, although some parts felt a little long to me (the last quarter of the book mostly). I was entertained while listening though. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series. I need to know what happens after that ending. It was a cliffhanger, leaving things unresolved. But it just made me more excited to keep reading, to see what happens next. I kept changing my theory of what was happening, but I was correct with one of them.

 

I’d recommend this one for people who don’t mind something that’s a little dark, fantastical, and supernatural.

 

 

Haunted Halloween Hop Schedule:
October 22nd – Paige from Books and Belle
October 23rd – Linda from Linda’s Little Library
October 24th – Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd
October 25th – Jessica from Reading with Jessica
October 26th – Kris from Boston Book Reader
October 27th – Fernanda from The Wanderlust Reader
October 28th – Diana from The Bookish Sisters
October 29th – Sarah from Book Hooked Nook
October 30th – Nicole from Boundless Bookaholic (Me)
October 31st – Maggie from The Caramel Files

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [5]

 

I needed content for October, because I’m trying to do #blogtober. My mind is stuck on Halloween, so I thought of doing some of the top (in my opinion) pet peeves i.e. nightmares (here’s the Halloween part) that readers have/deal with. I know there’s more pet peeves than how many I can post weekly in October, so maybe I’ll keep going after the month ends until I run out of ideas. We’ll see. Here’s nightmare number five:

 

 

You’ve just gotten to a really good part in your book, and something/someone interrupts you. It really sucks! Interruptions are one of the most annoying things that can happen to readers, and they usually occur at the most inconvenient times too. You’re not at the end of the chapter, you’re at a really juicy section, you’ve only got a couple pages of the book left, etc. Whether the interruption comes in the form of work, a person who won’t stop talking to you (go away already haha), your stomach won’t stop demanding food, and so on, having to put a book down before you’re ready to part from that literary world is awful.

 

I’m not sure if I’m going to do anymore of these, although I have at least a few more reader nightmares. Let me know what one of your least favorite interruptions is in the comments below. And if you enjoyed reading these, tell me that too. 🙂

Stacking the Shelves [40]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

Here’s some more of the books I’ve bought over the past 9+ months, a few eARCs from Netgalley, several things I borrowed from the library, and some books I won via Twitter/Instagram/Goodreads giveaways.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

     

 

Netgalley:

  

 

Borrowed:

   

 

Won:

    

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Loved That, Read This [8]

 

Loved That, Read This

 

I’ve been giving a lot of books recommendations lately, so I decided to start a new weekly feature. Loved That, Read This is all about recommending books! There’s no set amount on how many books you have to recommend per week, or restrictions on what genres/age categories you can feature. Just have fun with this! If you want to participate, please link back to me in your post, and then link up below via the linky! Okay, with that said, here we go:

 

I recently devoured all the Hundred Oaks books by Miranda Kenneally this year, and I recommend them all. So I decided to do a Loved That, Read This post focusing on other books that could be recommended to lovers of this series.

 

If you loved Stealing Parker, then read Calling It.

Both of these books are set in small towns with a mostly close-knit community, and a focus on baseball/softball. There’s some drama, scandals, romance, and females who are a little afraid of being hurt. Calling It is for an older crowd though, since it’s an adult book.

If you loved When Dimple Met Rishi, then read Things I Can’t Forget.

In these two books, there’s a focus on a summer camp/summer program. There’s an aspect of religion in both as well. And finally, the guys like the girls a lot–and they’re super adorable. One thing to note is that When Dimple Met Rishi is much more diverse, so don’t go into Things I Can’t Forget looking for that.

If you loved The Distance Between Us, then read Racing Savannah.

Similarities between these two: rich teenage boys, poor/working teenage girls, attraction between the pair of teens even with their vast differences, and some drama. Both boys are swoony, although a bit naïve about how working class people live. And I think both Caymen and Savannah are strong, independent girls.

If you loved P.S. I Like You, then read Jesse’s Girl.

There’s a focus of music loving characters, and not to spoil anything, but there’s another big similarity in these related to music. P.S. I Like You has more of a mysterious vibe with the anonymous pen pal, but Jesse’s Girl will have you guessing about a few things too. Both books are super cute.

 

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Don’t forget to link up below with the URL to your blog post (not your blog), and your name. Then if you have some time, check out some of the other links!

 

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Get To Know Me Tag

 

I was tagged by Jessica over at Reading with Jessica. Thanks for the tag girl! I have no idea who created this tag, so I can’t give credit. Okay, let’s get started!

 

BOOKS:
Can you stop reading at any time, or does it have to be a certain page or chapter?
I can stop reading at any time, but I prefer to stop at the end of chapters when possible.

Do you eat or drink anything whilst reading?
More so drink than eat, but I will snack sometimes if I know I won’t get the book dirty.

Can you read listening to music or watching TV?
I can do both, but I usually prefer silence while I’m reading. Less distracting.

One book at a time or several at once?
Several at once. I’m using reading a physical book, listening to an audiobook at work, and then sometimes an ebook to switch things up a bit.

Reading at home or everywhere?
Reading at home like 98% of the time, except when it comes to audiobooks. I listen to those mostly at work, or in the car on road trips.

Reading out loud or in your head?
In my head.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
As much as I try not to, my eyes sometimes read ahead. Like something further down on the page catches my attention, and I go see what it is before realizing what I’m doing.

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Keeping it new, if possible.

Do you write books or just read them?
I also write books. YA (young adult) and MG (middle grade) contemporary so far. I might try other genres, and age categories, eventually.

Five favorite books:
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

The last book that you read?
It Started with Goodbye by Christina June


ABOUT ME:
Name: Nicole
Name meaning: Victorious people, people’s victory, people and victory
Named after anyone: No, my mom just liked the name
Hair color: Light brown
Hair length: Mid-back?
Eye color: Hazel
Birthday month: December
Height: 5’2.5″
Star sign: Well it was Sagittarius, but I think I’m supposed to be whatever the heck that new sign is that they discovered. But I feel like a Sagittarius.
Best feature: Lips?
Piercings: 4 (1 in each ear lobe, 1 in ear cartilage, and 1 nose piercing)
Tattoos: None, but I want several eventually. It’s just deciding what, and where, that I’m having trouble with…
Righty or lefty: Righty
Pets: None, but only because my apartment building doesn’t allow them. I’d love a dog.
Siblings: 1 older sister
Kids: None
Married: Nope
Hobbies: Reading, writing, binging shows on Netflix, baking, etc.


FAVORITES:
Movie: Pretty much any romantic comedy ever made, along with some action, and straight up comedies.
Song: The Chainsmokers – Closer ft. Halsey, Rihanna – What’s My Name? ft. Drake, Julia Michaels – Issues, Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello – Bad Things, Logic – 1-800-273-8255 ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid, Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry, ZAYN – Still Got Time ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR, Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls, Halsey – Bad At Love, Lil Wayne – Popular ft. Lil Twist, Camila Cabello – Crying in the Club, August Alsina – No Love ft. Nicki Minaj, etc.
TV shows: Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire/P.D./Med, Mom, The Mindy Project, Law & Order: SVU, Hart of Dixie, The Bold Type, Breaking Bad, etc.
YouTubers: I don’t really watch YouTubers. I mostly just listen to music…
Food: Pizza, tacos, spaghetti, fries, quesadillas, chips, cheesecake, etc.
Drinks: Diet Pepsi, iced tea sometimes, chocolate milkshakes, water, etc.
Restaurants: Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Outback, Mama Mia’s, etc.
Shops: Half Price Books, Barnes & Noble, Target, Kohl’s, etc.
Animals: Dogs, horses, cheetahs
Perfume: No specific brand. I’ve tried this and that, and never stuck with one.
Colors: Blue and black
Music: Hip hop, r&b, some pop


DO YOU:
Believe in love at first sight?
I always wondered, but lately I’m leaning towards no.
Believe in ghosts?
Yes
Believe in aliens?
No
Believe in soulmates?
Not really anymore…
Believe in heaven and hell?
I’m still deciding.
Believe in yourself?
Occasionally


WHAT:
If you won the lottery, what would you buy?
First I’d pay off debts, buy my car, and then I’d buy a house…with a library straight out of the Beauty and the Beast movie.
Your favorite/worst subject in high school?
Favorites were English and Psychology. Worst I guess was Biology. I refused to dissect things, so I paired up with guys haha.
Something you wish you were talented at?
Being comfortable in front of a large group of people? Playing instruments? I only played the saxophone for one year. I’d love to learn guitar and piano.
First thing you notice about people?
Faces? Then their personalities if we talk long enough.
On top of your bucket list?
Being a published author, getting a tattoo, buying a house
Your biggest accomplishment?
Graduating college with honors
Something you look for in a partner?
Not really looking. I gave up on love for the time being. But honesty, loyalty, and a sense of humor are big things for me.
Something you dislike?
Liars, cheaters, backstabbers, fake people, etc.
Favorite fairytale?
Beauty and the Beast. I relate to Belle on so many levels AND that freaking library is my dream.


RANDOM FINAL QUESTIONS:
Season?
Summer
Furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Sarasota, FL (several times for work)
If you could live anywhere in the world, where?
I guess where I live now? I always wanted to move back to Columbus, OH, but I don’t know if I’d have the guts to do it on my own.
Sweet or savory?
Sweet
Last time you cried?
Last week, or the week before that?
If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Yes.
Scary movie or happy ending?
Happy ending.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
Super casual, except at work where I have to be a little dressy.
Are you competitive?
YES!
Describe yourself in a single sentence.
I’m an introvert who’s extroverted around people I know well, and I’m nice…almost to a fault.
Who is your role model?
I don’t know.
If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
Stop letting people walk all over you.

 

I’m tagging anyone that wants to do this.

Waiting on Wednesday [60]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Title: Now Is Everything
Author: Amy Giles
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: November 7, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Now Is Everything is a stirring debut novel told in alternating THEN and NOW chapters, perfect for Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Niven fans, about what one girl is willing to do to protect her past, present, and future.

The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret.

Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.

When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family, and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking.


Why I Chose This Book:

This sounds like it will be an interesting, heart-wrenching book. I have to be in the mood to read it, but when a summary says perfect for Sarah Dessen books, I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy it. Sarah Dessen was one of the first YA authors I read.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unique Book Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Top Ten Unique Book Titles. It’s pretty hard to have an unique title, but here are some that I think aren’t super common.

 

        

1. Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata  I know sometime names are used in book titles, but I think the unique last name makes this one stand out.

2. The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle  I don’t think there’s that many books set in New Orleans, so the addition of a city specific detail is a nice touch.

3. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland – Longer titles aren’t as common as shorter titles, so I think they qualify as unique for that fact.

4. A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen – Love is a common word in some titles, but taxonomy definitely isn’t, so here’s this addition to the list.

5. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – The addition of Ivy’s unique name makes it stand out. And I just want to say that I love this cover!

        

6. Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas  I haven’t seen a book title like this before, so I’m saying it’s unique. My bad if there’s similar titles haha.

7. Love Is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody – Another book with love in the title, but the way it’s used is different.

8. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – There’s not that many books with monsters in the title, I don’t think. I really like the cover on this one too.

9. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon  The use of Indian names makes this one unique. I’ve never seen names like Dimple and Rishi, so I wanted to highlight that fact and praise it.

10. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – I really like this title, and it kind of just rolls off the tongue.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Book Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Title: Scoring Wilder
Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: June 26, 2014
Pages: 410
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

 

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

 

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

 

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

 

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

 

A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)

 

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This book was really good! I enjoy it when the guy does quite a bit of the chasing. I’m giving it 5 stars because it made me laugh…and also because Liam is super freaking adorable.

 

The book was pretty good pacing wise. I didn’t feel like anything was slow, or unnecessary. Kinsley did a little too much overthinking though. I don’t remember the last time I laughed this much while reading a book, so major props for that aspect. Yes, some of it was over the top ridiculous, but it was still hilarious. I also really liked how just because there were relationships going on, friendships didn’t suffer. They were still a priority.

 

Kinsley was a pretty good main character. There were a couple instances she annoyed me, but I tried to put myself in her shoes in those situations to understand her a little better. Becca was hilarious, and a great friend. I really enjoyed Emily’s character; I felt like she’d be the person I’d probably befriend out of all these characters. She’s more shy and mellow than the others. 

 

Now for the boys. Penn was adorable…for the most part. I think he’d be a great book boyfriend, but the main focus of the book is Liam, and I can see why. I want to marry Mr. Wilder right now haha. He was so thoughtful, sexy, and when he decided he wanted something, he went all in. I could keep listing like a million reasons why I love Liam, but you have to read to find out more about him. Honestly, he’s one of the really good guys. For so many freaking reasons.

 

One thing that made the book a little less enjoyable was the fact that the editing service that was used missed things here and there. Typos, misuse of apostrophes, indenting complete paragraphs instead of the first line, inconsistencies, etc. Most people might not notice these things, but they made me pause, and pulled me out of the story when I came across them. But I still loved the book, so I highly recommend people read it. I know this author has written quite a few books, so I can’t wait to see if any of the other male love interests live up to Liam Wilder…