My Top 10 books I’ve recently added to my TBR

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted on the Broke and Bookish is about the books I’ve recently added to my TBR! I’m going to cheat a little here, some I’ve recently got and others have been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while now and are just begging to be read.

(Click on the images for the goodreads page.)

Splintered – I’ve had this one for a while now, and let’s be honest it was a total cover buy. But I love fairy tale retellings with a passion, so hopefully I will get to this one very soon.

A Thousand Pieces of You – I picked this one up not too long ago. I was really looking forward to it when it was first coming out and I finally got my hands on it! But I’m a little wary, I’ve heard many mixed things about it. If I end up not liking it at least I have a beautiful cover to flaunt everywhere.

Kiss of Deception- This is another one that I was really excited for when it was being released. Finally I end up buying it and is probably going to be my next read, because I am in a big fantasy kick lately.

Shadow and Bone – Okay, okay. I’ve had this one for months now. I’ve heard so many great things about this series and the author that when I first got it, I was ready to run through it. Although that didn’t happen. But you know what did happen. Me pre-ordering Leigh’s new book Six of Crows. Not entirely sure why I did that because i usually don’t do stuff like that for authors who I haven’t read anything from. So yeah, I REALLY need to get to this one.

Half Bad – Witches. Good. Bad. A sequel that just came out. I couldn’t resist okay.

Serphina – Dragons. I love dragons. But surprisingly I never read a book center around them. What’s wrong with me? So when I saw this, it was a no brainier. It was coming home with moi.

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Stolen Songbird – The sequel is coming out soon. (I believe, it might already be out.) And it was only 1.99 as a eBook. It didn’t hurt that I’ve been actually eyeing this one for a while anyways.

Frostbite – I read Vampire Academy last year and enjoyed it quite a bit. So, it was time.

Maybe One Day – I’m not even sure what this is about. But eBook sale… Stop judging. No one has can resist eBook deals.

The Body Electric – Um, I know that this is a Sci-Fi. Pretty much it. It was 99 cents okay! I have no control over my hands when I see a eBook on sale.

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Review | The Rosie Project

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Book One in Don Tillman Series
Author: Graeme Simsion
Published: October 1, 2013 from Simon & Schuster
Genre: Adult contemporary
My Rating: 4/5

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

 

I went into this book, not knowing what to expect from it. So I can’t really say I was surprised by it, but I’m going to say it anyways I was surprised by it. The book is told from Don Tillman’s perspective, he is a geneticist who works for a university in Australia. (For the longest time I wasn’t sure if they were in Australia or Britain…) Don is on a quest, to find his prefect match. In order to weed out incompatible matches he works up a questionnaire. Introduce Rosie, who is the exact opposite of what Don is looking for. And you have an beautiful story.

Oh. Don. What a special creature you are. I had a wonderful time inside your head, and seeing how you think. You’ve changed my views in many areas.
This book was so quirky and awkwardly fun. I had the best time falling for these characters and seeing their story play out. I really enjoyed Rosie, she was really patient with Don and together they made for some really funny moments. I loved how their relationship played out, it never felt forced yeah it was awkward at times but never forced. I really enjoyed character develops that happens. Don learns a little bit about how to relax, and just go with the flow but most importantly a much needed reality check. He had to realize that no one is without fault and you just have to learn to love the other person just the way they are. At the end Don changed but was still very true to himself.

The writing style of this book is so unique and that’s mostly because of the narrator’s voice. It was very straight forward but since you’re in Don’s mind, it sometimes took a minute for some things to click, at least for me. But by then I would be laughing out loud with how awkward the situation at hand was.
I also really enjoyed Don’s friend Gene, even though he was a totally douche. I kinda liked how frank he was, and he was just an interesting character all round. But I didn’t really approve on how he went about with his relationship with his wife, Claudia.

Overall, I enjoyed The Rosie Project it was a prefect balance of funny and socially awkward. It is filled with entertaining dialogue and complex characters. And everyone says this but it’s true, Don Tillman is so similar to Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory. They need to be friends. Or at least get them in the same room as each other and hand me some popcorn!

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Sums up Rosie and Don.

Review | Catching Jordan

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A Hundred Oaks Novel
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA contemporary
My Rating: 4/5

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

This is a book that I’ve heard a lot of great things about. I went into expecting a cute fluffy romance, but I got a little more out of it than just that. I felt like this book focused more on girl power and self reflection than romance. You have Jordan, a high school senior and star QB of the football team. She seems like a pretty chill girl who has her life together. She has big dreams of playing in college football and will do everything in her power to make it happen. Jordan was the embodiment of how strong high school girls are. Confident yet they still have the normal insecurities that all teenage girls face. She also had a tough relationship with her dad that made sense and was dealt with beautifully.

I really enjoyed seeing Jordan’s friendships with all her fellow football players, and they interacted so well with each other. The guys treated her like one of the guys, which set down a strong fountain for this book. The dialogue between characters were funny and witty, and each character had their moments where they shined through.

The only thing I had an issue with in this book was the romance. It felt awkward and weird, the way things ended was predictable. And I’m still trying to figure out if I liked the way things unfolded. But this book is much more than just a fluffy romance. It’s about Jordan, her relationships in her life, her growing as a person and where her future is heading. The book always stayed true to that which made it worth the read.

Overall, it was still a very cute quick read with a lot of underlying issues. That made it super enjoyable.

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That the end I just wanted Jordan to be happy, and that happened so I’m satisfied.

Joining in…better late than never

Okay, I know this is super late. But this is happening. I’m joining in on Contemporary Conversations which is hosted by Kayla and Veronica. And it’s better late than never right?

So I was in a reading slump when I was suppose to be reading up for this event. So I didn’t get much reading done but I do have two books that I have a review coming. And a cool (well, in my opinion) feature planned out that I wanted to share so it’s happening. And I am finally out of my reading slump so maybe I’ll be able to read another book. Probably not, but I’m being optimistic.

Hopefully this event will also pull me out of the blogging slump I’ve been in too!

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Review | Falling Kingdoms Books 1-3

Over this past year, I’ve been exploring new genres and branching out the types of books I read. One thing that I found out this year was that I freaking love fantasy. It’s becoming to be a problem by pretty much rivaling all the other types of books I read. So at no surprise I’m reviewing Falling Kingdoms a fantasy series. Well the first three, there is going to be six books in this series. Which I am looking forward to. Anyways without further ado, a spoiler free review. (It was so hard to write it without spoilers, I had to keep a lot of it super vague but hopefully it makes somewhat sense.)

Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms is the start to a high YA fantasy. Taking place in a world named Mytica, Falling Kingdoms follows four young characters in rival kingdoms. Cleo is the younger Princess of Auranos, she isn’t the heir to the throne so her interests were solely on having a good time. While in the struggling kingdom of Paelsia lives Jonas. A boy with a rebellious spirit and a strong sense of righteous. Add in Lucia and Magnus; daughter and son of the bloodthirsty king of Limeros. And you have YA fantasy epicness.

Sorry I’m not the best at summarizing books. But hopefully you just the jist of it (if not click on the cover for the goodreads.) Anyways, I thought the world building in this one did a wonderful job. I was able to get a visual and feel of what this world is and what it is only to become, which kept me vividly into the story. I was able to get an understanding about the world’s magic and the rivalry between the kingdoms and why things are the way there are. But some of the concepts were hard to follow at first, but they get explained later in the series.

I loved this one, but it had some parts that I wish were just not there. There were some plot lines that were meant to strengthen the character but I didn’t like how it was done. I believe there could of been a better way of doing so. I also had  problems with certain characters, which led me to just hate them. I also felt like the author was making us side with only one person and one person only. Not giving much room for the other characters to stand out.

Although, I had some issues with this first one. I still enjoyed it, and it pulled me into this world. Which is the only thing that really matters to me. After finishing it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next one. I was left with so many questions that needed to be answered.

Rebel Springs

This was an great sequel. The pacing was steady, never losing my interest but much toned down than the first book. It really expanded my view on all the characters good and bad. Bringing in already minor characters and giving them more of a voice. I enjoyed this book for different reasons than I enjoyed Falling Kingdoms. This one dealt with a lot of the conquences that each action has, it focused on the characters coping with everything. And becoming stronger for it. In this one I felt the characters truly finding a place in this story and in themselves.

This book has it’s flaws. One being that some parts felt like a deja vu from the first one. And it was a bad idea in the first one. But you know the character just thought it was still a bright idea, and did it all over again. I literally rolled my eyes with how this one character was acting throughout the book. Fingers crossed they learned their lesson. And get a lot of character development in. Cause you need it.

Gathering Darkness

The lovely third. I just love the title of this one, Gathering Darkness it gives off a eerie vibe. But still give you a feeling that something big is starting up. Which is exactly what this book did. It pulled plot lines together, filled in most of the gaps, widen the world and it set up the rest of this series. I can’t say much without spoiling everything but I was very pleased. Sure a lot of the plot ‘twists’ were very very predictable. But that didn’t make it any less enjoyable. The characters are finally starting to cross boarders with each other, making for interesting scenes. Two new characters join the mist and make things very interesting, probably even changing the course of this series. And finally I can say I have no idea what direction this series is going to take. Only that I’m ready for the next one.

Have you read this one yet? Thinking about it? It definitely is one to give a try.

My Top 12 Debuts of 2015

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted on the Broke and Bookish is all about the ones that are debuting in 2015! This year I’m taking a jab at Debut Author Challenge this year, at since for that challenge is to read 12 debut books I picked out my top 12 that I’m keeping my eye out for.

(Click on the images for the goodreads page.)

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Dating Down (April 8) – This book just sounds beautiful. A girl fresh out of a bad relationship, dealing with her feelings and written in verse. It sounds like something that can be fun and heart wrenching at the same time. Me likely. And it doesn’t hurt that the cover is beautiful too.

The Conspiracy of Us (Jan 13) – We’re so close to this one! First I love the cover. Secondly, the main character is from a big time rich family, and that just means this will have glamorous moments which I love. Thirdly it’s also a mystery! I’m not going to be able to stay away.

Everything That Makes You (Mar 17) – I have mixed feelings about this but it sounds so interesting that I have to take a go at it. Basically it’s about a girl who has scar across her face making her an outcast at school. But the part that kinda freaks me out but pulls me in is that there is an alternate reality twist to it. Taking place of if she never got scarred and was the girl everyone liked. I love the concept and I’m very interested in seeing how the author approaches it.

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Last Year’s Mistake (Jun 9) – This just sounds like a cute contemporary. I just can’t resist those cute contemporaries.

The Night We Said Yes (Jun 16) – This is set in Orlando. Enough to buy me, I’ve never read a book based in my hometown and I’m hoping to know about the places they talk about when reading this one. Very excited.

Hello, I love you (Jun 9) – Another cute contemporary. With K-pop in it, so why not?

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Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Apr 7) – I sense a coming-of-age story. And I’m so ready for it.

Anne & Henry (TBA) – Anne as Anne Boleyn? Henry as the infamous Henry Tudor? In high school? Like what. I just need to see how this one plays out. And the caption on the cover doesn’t help it at all. “a love worth losing your head for” I can’t even.

The Wrong Side of Right (Mar 17) – It looks like the only thing I’m excited for are contemporaries this year. Kinda loving it. I really like this cover. Yes, I’m basing my opinion on covers.

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From Where I Watch You (Aug 4) – The main character, Kara. Seems to have her future all planed out. But then someone starts sending her notes bring up her past. A past that contains a dead sister.. I’m already getting goosebumps. I don’t read a lot of mysteries but I do enjoy them so totally keeping my eyes on this one. And 10 bucks Kara probably killed her sister.

My Heart and Other Black Holes (Feb 10) – This one will probably rip out my heart. So I’m going to start preparing now.

Red Queen (Feb 10) – Everyone is excited about this one! And it’s freaking hard not to get pumped for something that already is getting so much attention. Fingers crossed is perfection. But it Fantasy so that in itself is a win.

Overall, 2015 is going to be a killer year for debuts. I’m excited to read as many as possible.

Link your TTT for I can it check out! Do you have your eyes on any of these?

Intro to 2015

I’ve come to the realization that I’ve never introduced myself on here. And since it’s a start to a new year and hopefully a start to a regular blogging year for me.

So here goes nothing. I’m Sayana but I go by Sa. I’m a teenage girl living in a magical land called Germany. And no, I don’t speak German. Okay I know that sounds terrible and it’s quite embarrassing. But there is a reason I don’t speak German. I’m not from here or do I go to a German school. I go to an American school, and I’ve only been here for two years so my German is very limited. It’s still not an excuse but it’s better than nothing and besides German is hard! And it doesn’t help that I take French in school not German. That wasn’t my brightest choice.
Anyways I was born and raised in Disney World not really but at the same time yes. That’s what life in Orlando does. You only go to theme parks! Which I’m not complaining.
I love to read of course, and I love my tv shows and movies. Especially superhero movies.
I also do Track which I love.
Hmm.. what else?
Frankly I don’t even know. If you ever what to know more about me don’t be afraid to ask!

So on the part of where I’m actually going to talk about this new year! And all the goals I hopefully accomplish.

So as I mentioned in my last post, in 2015 I want to read 60 books, read bigger books and read some adult books. And somewhere along the line I’ve decided that I’m going to try out two challenges this year. Which might be a mistake but oh well I’ll try it anyways!

That two challenges are:
The Debut Author Challenge which I hope to read 12 books from new debut authors. This one is a huge stretch but I am praying that I’ll have enough will power to finish this one. And it doesn’t hurt that I’m excited by so many debut books!
The other one I’m taking a swing at is the Book Blog Organization Challenge. Okay so this is one that I need. Like badly. So when I saw this one, it was a no brainer. And out of these two I’m rooting for myself to keep on track with this one the most. And it’s only for the first six months out of the year!
Every month there will be a blog topic to work on throughout the month. Hopefully at the end I’ll have all my stuff in place. I already got started on making a blog calendar! Kinda super proud.

Sorry if this was a little scattered brained. Happy New Year to everyone! Hopefully we will all have a successful reading year.

Introduce yourself to me! I would love to have more interaction with you guys. Do any of you have goals in mind for this year? Taking part in any challenges?

Bye-bye 2014, Hello 2015

We are already at the end! 2014 for me was a year of rediscovery and finding new interests. In the start of the year, I picked up reading again. I was never a super avid reader but I enjoyed a novel here and there. So it surprised me to see, what one year can do to change my perspective on reading.
Since I’ve picked up my reading game, I’ve found something great. I discovered this community, which has allowed me to fall completely in love with books. And now it’s for better or for worse.

Now reflecting on the actual reading I’ve done in 2014. Well for starters, I completed my goodreads challenge! I read over 50 books this year! Which sounds insane, I went from probably reading 5 books last year to reading 50! Hopefully 2015 will be an even bigger year for me. I’m going to be setting my goals for 2015 to be 60 books. I want to read more books, but I also want to broaden my reading taste. So I’m making some personal goals for myself.I’ve noticed that the longest book I’ve read this year was only 500+ pages, so I made one of my goals, to reading bigger books, at least 600+ pages. Hopefully I’ll be able to complete 5 big books this year. Another goal I’m setting up for myself is to read 5 adult novels. Which is probably the real challenge, I’m not even sure I’ve read one adult novel this year or any year…
BUT, it’s all in the name of expanding my horizons. Hopefully I won’t die at the end.

Okay now on to the real feat. For 2015 I want to blog more. I want to take this little blog and make something out of it that I am proud of. And hopefully get to meet amazing readers on the way. I might have to start developing some sort of structure on here. Like blog at least twice a week, or actually figure out what the hell I want to ramble about on here. Which will take some time to sort out, but it WILL get sorted out.

So hopefully, something I said remotely made sense. And fingers crossed since I’m declaring it on here, all of my challenges will be done! How about for you guys any goals for the coming year? resolutions?

Review | The Young Elites By: Marie Lu

The Young Elites | Marie Lu

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

This book is just urgh, the feels. I can’t even explain my emotions right now. I’m in awe, surprised, a little bit terrified, and my emotions are all over the place. I want book 2. Like where is it? Gimme, gimme, gimme. So to say I’ve loved this book is a understatement. But I swear to god. Marie Lu needs to stop. She has the ability to make me love a character so deeply and meanwhile resenting them. And I have no idea how to balance out these emotions. I might need to call in a professional.

Adelina is such a strong and remember-able character. Her emotions on some certain things were very fleshed out and the way she handled everything wasn’t at all graceful and she didn’t think a whole lot though. Throughout the story you could see the darkness that was building inside of her. She was very well developed and exposed to you as you read in such a way that made her feel so real. And even though I went it knowing that she was going to turn to the dark side, when it actually did happen. I kept praying that everyone was lying and she will end up as a hero. Or I’m just going to make up excuses, and try to justify everything she will do.  This book really made me think about morality and what makes something right and what’s crossing over the line to wrong.  What is right in my eyes can be completely wrong in someone else eyes.

Another thing I liked about this book was the bonds between some of the characters. Enzo and the other Young Elites bonds of friendship felt more like a brotherhood, that really did take care of and watch out for each other.  Another  relationship that I loved was between Adelina and her sister, Violetta. It was really able to dig deep that the sisterly love that isn’t expressed but is just there.

Also even though this book is heavy on the action and plot, the romance could have used a little more of a push. I know it’s not the main focus and am perfectly fine with that but it was very obvious that it was there and it keep feeling a little forced.

Even with a slight flaw Marie was able to work her writing so smoothly throughouot the story. It played out so well, and her writing style really stayed true to her’s in the Legend series. While still finding a new voice in fantasy, which I think is amazing and deserves a round of applause. You go, Lu!

I absolutely loved her world that she made. Everything about it was perfect, it was enough beauty and evil in it to make a kickass book. The magic was also done so nicely and just made me love this world even more. I didn’t want to say goodbye to it!

Overall, this book was amazing but, (always a but) it should of been longer. (that’s a good ‘but’ right?) And now all that is left to do is wait for book two. A whole year.

 

waiting sucks.

Music Buzz | August 20, 2014

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Music Buzz is a original feature that I’m testing out on my blog. This is where I’ll be talking about all the music that has been buzzing around in my head lately.

As of today this is what I have stuck in my head:

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Artist: Troye Sivan
Album: TRXYE EP

Thoughts: I think this song is brilliant. The beat been stuck in my head for weeks and I am loving his voice. It just has a cool relaxing sound to it. I’m not a fan of his YouTube so he is quite new to me. But I love him now, and I need to listen to the rest of his EP. I’ve been procrastinating because I don’t want to be disappointed.

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Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: 1989

Thoughts: Okay so I’m a fairly new Taylor Swift fan. I’ve been a fan ever since her RED album, and all her music she did before that was always just okay for me. So I’ve never really had a song of her’s stuck in my head. But ever since I heard it on her livestream, the lyrics are on repeat. I’m starting to think I’m a broken record.

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Artist: Collabro
Album: Stars

Thoughts: Okay so this is the song that made me fall in love with Collabro when they were on Britain’s Got Talent. The way they sing this song is just so magical. I can listen to their beautiful voices over and over and not get tried of it. That’s actually pretty much with their whole Album. It’s was so worth the wait. They need to come to the USA iTunes store though, I need to buy it, and have it and love it forever.

What do you have stuck in your head?