MARIA’S APRIL WRAP UP (2015)

228198901. A Time to Reap by Jonas Lee ★★★★
Carter goes to a school for kids of the future that can time travel and read minds. When an explosion goes off at the Academy, Carter saves a girl by using his ability. Soon, he realizes that his powers are stronger when she is near. I have really been enjoying books about time travel. I highly recommend you check out this new author. 

120000202. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ★★★★
I read this book in one sitting and loved it much more than I had expected! Both characters are very well developed and felt very real to me. Aristotle and Dante are extremely different, but become such amazing friends. I feel as though I learned a lot while reading this book. It also made me incredibly happy!

89091523. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★ REVIEW
Attachments is about a guy who falls in love with the a girl by reading her emails. It is a very light, funny read. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things that Jennifer and Beth said in their emails. It wasn’t my all time favorite Rainbow Rowell book, but I loved it just the same.

115057974. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire ★★★★ REVIEW
Travis Maddox. What can I say? When I started reading this book, I thought that it was going to be dumb… But of course, I became enthralled with this bad boy like everyone else and ended up obsessing over this book.

157459505. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire ★★★★ REVIEW
This is the sequel to Beautiful Disaster. I picked it up immediately after finishing the first book, despite it being the exact same story told in Travis’s point of view. I grew a bit bored with the same dialogue, but also really enjoyed being inside of his head.

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6. Landline by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★
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I am so glad that I picked this up! Another fantastic book about going back in time, or in this case – talking to your husband of the past through a magic phone. Landline has got to be one of my new favorite Rainbow Rowell books. I really loved it! I grew extremely attached to Georgie, the main character. This book made me THINK and FEEL a lot! I highly recommend it.

225572727. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ★★★★REVIEW
Such a thrill. I devoured this, not wanting to put it down until I had it all figured out. The main character, Rachel, is somewhat of an alcoholic who rides the same train day after day. She becomes fascinated with a certain house that she passes on her route, happened to be somewhere at the wrong time and ends up getting herself involved in a missing person case.

87095238. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead ★★★★
It took me a little while to jump back into this vampire/alchemist world, especially since I haven’t been reading as much paranormal lately. Nonetheless, I always have so much fun while reading Richelle Mead’s books. So far, I don’t think I like the Bloodlines series quite as much as her Vampire Academy or Georgina Kincaid series, but that could change. I am excited to read the third book to find out more about Adrian and Sydney.
maria

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BOOK REVIEW: BLOODLINES BY RICHELLE MEAD

Bloodlines_NovelTitle: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: August 23rd 2011 by Razorbill
421 pages
First in the Bloodlines series
Source: Purchased
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Once again, I love the feeling of diving into one of Richelle Meads paranormal series. Bloodlines gave me the same happy feels as her Vampire Academy series did.

Bloodlines follows Sydney, the alchemist who helped Rose in the last VA book. When the story begins, she is in trouble for helping the vampires, but has been requested to do an important alchemist job to protect Jill Dragomir. Sydney must enrol in a boarding school in Palm Springs, California and pose as Jill’s roommate. Rose actually makes an appearance in the beginning of the book (which made me super happy) and both Adrian and Eddie are sent to Palm Springs to help keep Jill safe.

I had so much fun reading this book, but the entire time my heart was screaming SYDNEY AND ADRIAN GET TOGETHER ALREADY, so i’m hoping to see more relationship building in the second book. I really want and need some more Adrian in my life. He’s no Dimitri. But still… I hope something happens there.

I really liked reading Sydney’s POV as an alchemist, it was a nice change. Instead of being inside of Rose’s head and reading about how she feels about humans, we get to read about Sydney’s take on vampires. She seemed so small and innocent in the beginning of the book, but grew much more independent and strong as the story progressed. In the end, she was able to stand up for herself and for what she believed in. I loved how smart Sydney was and how she loved to learn. Getting sent to a boarding school wasn’t a punishment for her, as she enjoyed helping her teachers and learning new things. Sydney was a curious character and she would question things that other people wouldn’t even notice. She was determined and did her research when something didn’t seam right to her, never giving up until coming to a conclusion. Unlike most alchemists, Sydney didn’t simply view things as black and white. She respected her alchemist elders and the rules that were to be followed, but also stayed loyal and kind to the vampires around her.

The story started out a bit slow for me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless because of the awesome characters. Once the action really started to happen, I couldn’t put the book down. Every time I would finish a chapter, it would end with an intense sentence that would push me to keep reading. This is what I love about Richelle Meads writing!

I rated Bloodlines 4 out of 5 stars and I am really excited to read the second book in the Bloodlines series, The Golden Lily. I have a feeling that this series is going to get better and better with each book. I would love to hear your thoughts on this series, so if you have read it COMMENT BELOW!

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FAVORITE COVERS: PURPLE

So, if you haven’t already noticed, we are posting quite a bit more in the month of October (thanks to Mallory and her great blogging ideas!) On Friday, we did a “CREATURE FEATURE” where we talked about werewolf books and, in my case, grievers. The creature feature posts will be up every Friday until the end of the month (which is also Halloween – for those of you who don’t know…)

What does this have to do with purple covers, you may be asking. Well my pretties, every Wednesday throughout the month of October, Mallory and I will each be doing a “FAVORITE COVERS” post. This week, the color is PURPLE.

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(I did my best okay? I know some of these look more blue than purple…)

1. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C Hunter (Shadow Falls #5)
2. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4)
3. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (Darkess Rising #2)
4. Shadow Falls the Beginning by C.C Hunter (Shadow Falls #1 #2)
5. Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead (Georgina Kincaid #1)
6. Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan (Immortal Beloved #2)

For those of you who have BOOKSTAGRAMS, feel free to post a picture of YOUR PURPLE BOOKS. If you chose to do so, don’t forget to tag us so we can see which purple books YOU own! ( I promise to comment…)

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Well, that is all from me for today. I hope you are all doing well. Comment below if you own or have read any of these purple books!

maria

BOOK REVIEW: SUCCUBUS BLUES BY RICHELLE MEAD

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Title: Succubus Blues
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 343

Georgina Kincaid is not only the assistant manager of a huge bookstore, but also a succubus. This means that she needs sex to survive. Because of this, Georgina refuses to have any sort of romantic relationship. Often lonely, she doesn’t enjoy her duty as a Succubus. When Georgina hears of a vampire being killed, she is determined to figure out who was behind it. On top of the murders going on, Georgina finds herself falling for a certain someone. If only she could kiss him without sucking the life out of the man…

I adored Georgina! She was very fun to read about. I thought it was great that she worked at a bookstore, loved to read, loved to drink coffee and hang out with her cat… Even as a shape shifting succubus, I found myself relating to her. She isn’t some dumb girl that’s only use is sleeping with men either… No Georgina is very smart. Little by little, she put pieces together. She did her research. She asked the right questions. Not to mention, she kicks ass! A succubus doesn’t have any super strength powers, but Georgina is a strong person all on her own. I also liked that she was constantly trying to put other peoples happiness before her own. The whole reason she swore off relationships, was to protect the men that she loved. When she realizes that they are getting too close, she cuts them loose. Not because she doesn’t love them, or want to be with them, but for their own good. She could have been the other way around – making men fall in love with her and then sucking their souls from them through sex. In my opinion, she wasn’t selfish at all. And I felt for Georgina, the more I learned about her past.

Seth was also an interesting character. Georgina’s longtime favorite author, Seth, had decided to move to Seattle early on in the book. She has always dreamed of meeting him – but their first encounter didn’t exactly go as she had planned. Seth was quiet, awkward and didn’t really know how to socialize. At the beginning of the book, Seth was just a weird writer guy (I was more interested in Roman to be honest).

And then there was Roman. It’s pretty funny how Georgina comes to meet Roman – but i’ll leave that to be a surprise. From that moment on, he is determined to get Georgina to go out with him. Of course she wants to, longing to be with someone and not have to worry about corrupting his soul, but she can’t risk it. Georgina turns him down, over and over again. Roman just doesn’t give up on her. I’ll leave it at that…

Richelle Mead does a fantastic job and she never disappoints me. Her writing keeps me so interested and invested in the story that I never want to do anything else while reading her books. I love the voice that she gave Georgina and I love the way that her story was told. I DO recommend this to people who enjoy paranormal and urban fantasy books. I loved it and am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series. If you aren’t into the whole immortal thing – this book might not be your cup of tea. ALSO – be aware that this IS an ADULT book. As you would probably know by now, sex is a pretty open topic in this book (it is about a succubus, what do you expect?). That being said, it doesn’t revolve around sex. So I was happy about that. 5 out of 5 stars! Amazing read. It didn’t take long for me to jump into this world, and I loved every minute of it.

-Maria

MARIA’S AUGUST WRAP UP + SEPTEMBER TBR

1. Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls 3) – C.C. Hunter ★★★★

An enjoyable read. I had high expectations after loving the first book in this series, but I’m not finding the other ones quite as great. Hoping number 4 will be better. This book did get alot more interesting towards the end and things are finally starting to come together – so I did end up giving the 4 stars.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter 7) – J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

This would have to be one of my favorites of the series! I loved every minute of it.

3. This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith ★★★★

Cute, happy contemporary. I really had fun reading this!

4. Obsidian (Lux 1) – Jennifer Armentrout ★★★★★

Fun and addicting! I picked this up randomly and am loving this series so much!

5. What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick ★★★★

Huntley Fitzpatricks books never disappoint me! I really loved reading this. One of my favorite books of the summer. I want to give this the full 5 stars, but there were a few minor things that bugged me.

6. Before I Go To Sleep – S.J Watson ★★★★★

This was surprisingly an amazing read for me! I read it in one sitting- staying up way to late. I couldn’t put it down. So much suspence!

7. The Murder Complex – Lindsay Cummings ★★★

I wish i wouldn’t have had such high expectations for this one. I enjoyed reading it, but it didn’t stand out like I thought it would.

8. Onyx (Lux 2) – Jennifer Armentrout ★★★★

Great second book of the series! Falling even more in love with the characters.

9. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins ★★★★
Really great contemporary read! Looking forward to reading Stephanie Perkins other books.

10. Spirit Bound – Richelle Mead ★★★★
So happy to have gotten back into this series! I loved reading about Rose again. She is such a great book character. I just love her.

11. The Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead ★★★★★
This was the perfect conclusion in my opinion. I devoured this book!

12. Opal (Lux 3) – Jennifer Armentrout ★★★★

Once again – the lux series continues to be my number one series at the moment. I LOVE THESE BOOKS.

September TBR

September for me means back to university! Unlike my past years in school, I will also be working this year – so I hope to find just as much time for reading. I think I have a pretty good schedule this fall to make it work, but we will see.

1. The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp

2. Just One Day – Gayle Forman

3. The Giver – Lois Lowry

4. Whispers at Moonrise – C.C Hunter

5. Origin – Jennifer Armentrout

6. Opposition – Jennifer Armentrout

7. Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

9. Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead

10. Every Day – David Levithan

11. Bloodlines – Richelle Mead

These are just some books that I would love to be able to read RIGHT NOW. They could change, but I am going to do my best to stick to it.

MARIA’S BOUT OF BOOKS WRAP UP

1. Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins ★★★★
This was the perfect read for a read-a-thon, I loved every minute of it. It really was a “feel good” book.

2. Spirit bound by Richelle Mead ★★★★
I admit that it took me a while to get into this book, but it was so good once I did! I was so happy to get back into the vampire academy world and read more about the awesome characters.

3. The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead ★★★★★
Favorite book of the read-a-thon! This was amazing! An amazing last book of the series. I loved it.

Unfortunately I didn’t finish Opal by Jennifer Armentrout, but I am almost finished with it now. I am sorry for the lack of updates and lack of reading towards the end of the read-a-thon. The Last Sacrifice was so good – it put me in a bit of a reading slump. I also had a lot going on at work and less time on my hands. However, I am still content with finishing those three books. They were great reads and I CANT WAIT TO READ SOME MORE RICHELLE MEAD. I have to get my hands on her other books now.

How did you do in the BOUT OF BOOKS read-a-thon? Comment below!

MARIA’S BOUT OF BOOKS DAY 1 AND 2 UPDATE

Well….. Unfortunately I was away both Monday and Tuesday. I’m a bit discouraged, but I’m hoping to be able to read more today on my day off. As long as my boyfriend doesn’t bother me…

Day 1

Book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins,
Read: 65% (ebook)

Day 2

Book: Anna and French Kiss
Read: 35 % (finished book)

Book: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Read: 6%

Books finished so far: 1

I guess I’m just disappointed because I didn’t have any time to read more of Spirit Bound yesterday. Still happy that I finished 1 book! That isn’t too bad, I still have time to catch up.

MARIA