FRIDAY READS (#16)

Is it Friday already?
It’s been a weird week. Where I live, we’ve been getting some pretty nasty weather lately, so I feel like I barely went to school this week. Somehow, the week flew by and I barely even did anything. I would have liked to have gotten more reading done, but I spent some time visiting my mom and didn’t get the chance to pull out my book. This weekend we are supposed to be getting yet an other snow storm here, so I am planning on staying inside, where it’s nice and quiet and cozy, to get ahead on both my school work and my reading. I am currently reading three books:

20639274I started to read Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan earlier this month, but I haven’t continued on with it for quite a while because it’s on my cell phone. I always end up getting tired of reading on such a small screen. I haven’t really decided if I wanted to keep reading this one, or just forget about it. I’m not that far in, but I really did like what I read and do think that it has great potential. If you’ve read this by any chance, please let me know if it is worth it!

20613470I am finally on the third book in the Throne of Glass series, Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. As of right now, I am only 35 pages in. I really loved the ending of the second book, so I can’t wait until the action picks up in this one! I really wanted to have finished all three of the Throne of Glass books in January because I received them as Christmas gifts, but will most likely carry this one on into February. I have it in hard cover and it looks pretty chunky!

20706757The last book that I picked up was You Can, You Will by Joel Osteen. I’ve never read anything like this before, but my mom loves the author and really wanted me to read this one. It’s in the christian/inspirational book genre and it’s under 200 pages, so I figured I would give it a shot. I could use some positive inspiration in my life.

See how random my book picks are? I went from new adult romance, to young adult fantasy, to adult christian… Yeah. I would definitely be happy to be able to get ahead in reading Heir of Fire this weekend. I am really loving the Throne of Glass series so far, and I heard that the books just keep getting better and better as the series progresses. Let me know what you’re weekend reading plans are and what you think about my book picks in the comments below!
maria

BOOK REVIEW: EVERY DAY BY DAVID LEVITHAN

13262783Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Published: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
322 pages
Source: puchased
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Every Day is the story of A, who wakes up in a new body every single morning. Boy or girl, near or far, there’s no way of knowing who or where it will be. A lives in the shoes of this person for 24 hours. Waking up to their parents, going to their school with their friends, hanging out with their girlfriend or boyfriend… As you can imagine, it would be hard not to get attached to these people, especially since A has never had any real friends or family.

One day, A wakes up as a teenage boy who has a beautiful girlfriend named Rhiannon. A has never felt that way about an other human being before. Knowing that the chances of waking up near Rhiannon is probably impossible, A makes sure to have the best, unforgettable day with her. A wakes up the following day in the body of an other stranger, longing for Rhiannon. They had fallen in love in just one day, but she has no idea.

It’s actually so hard not to give A a gender. I keep wanting to write he or she in this review, which brings me to the originality of this story. David Levithan truly is an amazing author for pulling off writing about a genderless character. Every Day is beautiful and portrays so many important, delicate themes in such a short young adult contemporary novel.

Everyone should read this once. It will really make you think differently. It could even go as far as changing the way that a person looks at the world. It is extremely unique and thought provoking.

I know that many of you probably have had this sitting on your shelf for a very long time like I did. I don’t know what I was waiting for, but i’m really glad to have finally picked this gem of a book up. I actually listened to Every Day as an audiobook as well as reading the hard cover copy. The audiobook really pulled me into the story and I highly recommend it. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars!

Have you read Every Day by David Levithan? I would love to hear your thoughts on A’s journey in the comments below! 

BOOK REVIEW: THRONE OF GLASS

16034235Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
404 pages
Source: puchased
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Celaena is an assassin, trained by the best. She happened to be in the salt mines of Endovier, paying for her crimes, when prince Dorian finds her. He offers her something in which she could not refuse: to become the kings champion in exchange for her freedom. In order to get this position, Celaena must go through a competition. She must fight some of the best assassins and warriors from all across the empire. Ofcourse, Celaena decides to accept the challenge.

The best part: her competitors have no idea who she is. She keeps her true identity a secret as she plays the part of an innocent jewel theft and enjoys the the benefits of staying in the kingdom. It has been a long time since she’s had the comfort of food to eat and a bed to sleep in.

All is well until competitors start to die, one by one.

Like the majority of the people who have read Throne of Glass, I thought that Celaena was an AWESOME, BADASS, STRONG female character. She is someone that girls of all ages will no doubt be idolizing. Why is it always the boys who are written to be the strong, independent characters in young adult fiction? Celaena shows that she can be just as strong and intelligent as any guy out there.

Dorian is the prince of your DREAMS. He is being pressured into choosing a bride, but yet he finds interest in his fathers new assassin. Knowing that this is wrong, Dorian is constantly fighting his feelings for Celaena. He knows that there is more to her than the crimes that she has committed and is determined to get to know her better. When he does begin to see her true colours, he can’t help but fall in love with her personality.

Chaol is Celaena’s trainer and Dorian’s best friend. He guides and encourages her throughout the entire competition. Chaol recognizes her strength and abilities from the very beginning. He never goes easy on her in her training, but like prince Dorian he can’t help but fall for the assassin’s charm.

Throne of Glass was a pleasure to read. The world building was MAGICAL, ROYAL, BEAUTIFUL and set up perfectly for the rest of the series.

I gave Throne of Glass 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. Have you read this awesome YA fantasy series yet? If so, leave your comments below 🙂

FRIDAY READS (#14)

Today I am in a fantastic mood. I got some exciting test results back, it’s Friday and it’s snowing! What more could I want? 

This week, I finally picked up my reading pace a little bit with the help of two audiobooks. The first one being Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling, and the second one being Everyday by David Levithan. I just finished Everyday this morning and it was definitely worth the read! EVERYONE SHOULD READ EVERYDAY. Ha! The book and the action of course.

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I think my next read will be Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I loved the first book in the series and am working on my review for you guys. I heard that this series gets better and better, so I am looking forward to diving into book #2.

This weekend, I will be spending time with my soon to be step sister and hopefully getting some homework and reading done. I’d love to know what you’re weekend plans are. Comment below!

maria

BOOK REVIEW: THE MINE BY JOHN A. HELDT

19353394Title: The Mine
Author: John A. Heldt
Published: February 2012
290 pages
Source: Author
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Maria’s thoughts:
A story of time travel, family and love.

Joel Smith is a confident college senior who decides to take a trip with his best friend before graduation. Seeking adventure, Joel finds himself exploring an old Montana mine. However, when he exits the mine, things aren’t quite the same as they were when he’d entered. He soon learns that he is no longer in the year 2000, but in 1941. This travel through time leads to many wonderful relationships, one of them being with a much younger version of Joel’s grandmother. Joel has no trouble fitting into this time period as he befriends a wonderful family and friends. Of course, Joel can’t possibly stay in the past forever, he has a life of his own in the present, but he’s grown so attached to his new family and lifestyle that it is hard to imagine his life any other way.

I enjoyed this book immensely. The writing was extremely well done and the story pulled me in from the moment Joel discovered he was in 1941. I had predicted it to be about a mine and time travel, though I never imagined there to be a love story involved. The romance had caught me by surprise and had really pulled me into the story. Needless to say, Joel and Grace had my full attention.

Every character was complex and had an interesting backstory of their own. Joel was both intelligent and funny, he brought joy to many characters in this book. Known for seeking adventure and taking risks, Joel also had the heart of gold and genuinely cared for his new friends. Tom and his father accepted Joel right away, taking him into their home. Tom’s girlfriend, Ginny, and her group of friends were no exception. That’s how he meets Grace, and it isn’t not long after that that Joel begins to fall in love with her. The author did a remarkable job at bringing these loveable 40s characters to life.

It was extremely fascinating to read about a young boy meeting his grandmother in the past, when she was only 21 years old. I loved learning about her friends, her first love and her life before her children and grandchildren came along. The old 40s setting was very captivating and the mystery behind the time traveling mine was more than enough to keep readers interested. The entire time that I was reading, I wondered if what Joel was doing in 1941 would affect the future. Not once did I feel like I knew what was about to happen. The author kept me on my toes and in the end, I still didn’t know what choice Joel would make.

Mr. Heldt, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read about Joel’s journey. I assure you that your story will not be forgotten. It has given me the urge to pick up more time travel related novels and I would be happy to read your second book in the Northwest Passage series.Readers, if you are interested in getting into the science fiction/time travel genre and have a love for romance and great characters – this book is for you!

Mallory’s thoughts:
Joel Smith is thrown 60 years back in time after entering a mine as a strange planet alignment is occurring. From 2000 back to 1941 , Joel is left with no money (that he can use) and no place to stay. He parks himself on a bench to sleep for the night when he hears a fight going on. Coming to the rescue of a boy named Tom, who decides to take Joel home with him to his family. From there we follow Joel as he tries to make a life for himself in a time that is headed straight for war.

Time travel books can always be iffy for me, but I’m happy to report that I fell in love with this one. I’m going to start out by talking about the setting. I loved the feel of the book and how easily it shifted from modern time to the 1940’s. The detailing in the writing was done so well that visualizing was so extremely easy that I felt like I was watching a movie.

Moving on to characters. To put it simply: I fell in love with all of them. They each had a purpose and characteristics that stood out. They each felt like a friend that I took my time getting to know. Joel was one of my favorite main characters to read about. He was so genuinely selfless and thoughtful of everyone other than himself. He was very refreshing to read about. The Carters (Tom’s parents) gave the book such a great feel too. They brought Joel into their family and home even though they didn’t know him and yet they acted as true parents towards him. My heart melts when I read about characters like them.

The romance (as Maria said in her review) was quite a shock. I was not expecting it at all and yet it just clashed so well with the whole story. I loved Grace and Joel together as a couple and what they brought out of each other.

I am so happy we were contacted to review this book. It was the perfect start to my 2015 reading list. An easy 4.5/5 stars for me. And thank you so much to the author again for sending this our way!

FRIDAY READS (#13)

Nothing quite like getting a long weekend! I have four days off so I plan on doing lots of reading, blogging and planning, my favorite things.

This weekend I am going to be continuing The Mine by John A. Heldt (click here to find it on Goodreads). This is one of our review books for the month sent to us by the author. I am about 33 chapters in and REALLY enjoying it. I read this every night before I go to bed and I read until I literally cannot keep my eyes open anymore. I hope to finish tomorrow and then I am going to continue on with Stay Out of the Basement by R.L. Stine (click here to find it on Goodreads).
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Let me know what you guys are reading this weekend or if you have any recommendations for me!

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