NAUGHTY OR NICE?

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Continuing on with our holiday themed post, here we bring you some of our favorite nice boys as well as our favorite naughty boys. Let us know in the comments who would make your nice and naughty lists!

Boys on Maria’s nice list:
Noah Shaw – Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
Liam – Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
Miles – Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Augustus – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Boys on Maria’s naughty list:Warren – Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
Adrian – Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
Gideon – Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
Warren – Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Boys on Mallory’s nice list:
Etienne St. Clair – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Kishan Rajaram – Tigers Saga series by Colleen Houck
R – Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
North Drummond – It’s a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins (story from My True Love Gave to Me)

Boys on Mallory’s naughty list:
Daemon Black – Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Eric Northman – The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Kaden – The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson
Mike Montgomery – Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard

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MALLORY’S #12DAYSOFBOOKMAS READ-A-THON TBR

10846780_10152837584945465_1444511147_nSo as Maria mentioned in her post, this read-a-thon is taking place on Instagram. And what perfect timing for a read-a-thon! Everyone will be finishing school and work and it’ll be all read read read time! So here are the books I plan to read during this time.

1. My True Love Gave to Me by various authors. I’ve already finished one story so this shouldn’t take me very long.
2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Why has it taken me so long to get to this book? Super pumped for this one.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Second book in the graphic novel series. These are fun and take no time at all.
4. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley. This is the third in the series.
5. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. It’s about time I am getting to this series!

Hopefully I will be able to make it through all these and more. I want to get a lot of reading done this month. But so far, I’m slacking. This read-a-thon should help me pick it up though. Let us know what you plan on reading too! And don’t forget to check out our updates on Instagram 🙂

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STORM DAY READS – OH THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL

Maria’s storm day reads:

Storm days are perfect for curling up in your warmest Christmas blanket and getting lost in a great book!

When it’s freezing out, and snowing, and you don’t want to leave your house at all, I suggest picking a book that is short enough to finish in 24 hours (or at least that you will be able to read a big chunk of).

Old favorites are always great for stormy days as well. Maybe you’ve been meaning to re-read a some Harry Potter, maybe it’s been so long that you’ve started forgetting things that happened in the hunger games series, maybe you’ve been craving to pick up your favorite childhood read…

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1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (yeah I wasn’t kidding. I actually have forgotten quite a bit…)

2. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (I think this would be a really great middle-grade read)

3. Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (novellas are also fast storm-day reads!)

4. Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover (an other novella that I will be reading very soon)

Mallory’s storm day reads:

Okay so I went a little different route than Maria. When I think of storm days I want those huge chunky books that I can escape into for hours and not worry about anything else around me.

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1. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. These books are beasts but once you start you can’t stop. You will seriously want a few full days for these books.
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Not only this but the whole series is just so warming and adorable. I read this a stormy night in November while missing my boyfriend and it did the trick taking my mind off things.
3. The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Because if you haven’t heard of Daemon Black yet, what’s wrong with you?
4. The Tiger’s Saga by Colleen Houck. Because not one hot man, but two! Mm.

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5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. Because what was I just saying about hot men? Mmmm.
6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Rowell is the queen of feel good, cute, fluffy and light hearted reads. Her books will keep you smiling.
7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. This is probably in my top three favorite books of ALL TIME. Such a great story and take on zombies. Go read it!
8. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. This is as equally amazing as The Song of Ice and Fire series. A high fantasy that will keep you on your toes and intrigued from beginning to end.

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9. The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. Because not one hot man, not two hot men, but four! Oh boy, swoons all around.
10. The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. Because honestly, these are so damn addicting and quick to read, you are going to want to binge read the entire series.

We hope you enjoyed our choices! Let us know what your storm day reads would be!

BOOK DISCUSSION: UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

17788401Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: 2014 by Atria Books
337 pages
Click here to find it on Goodreads

“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

First question is going to be the same as always, what were your thoughts before starting the book?
Mackenzie: I didn’t know what to expect since I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book before, I wanted to go in not knowing too much.
Mallory: I had high expectations because I read Maybe Someday before and freaking loved it so I hoped I would love this one just as much. It was also so hyped up that I was scared I would be let down by that.
Maria: This was my second Colleen Hoover book, so I’ve already had a taste of her writing style. I heard nothing but amazing things about Ugly Love and had a good feeling that I was going to like it.
Marissa: I didn’t read into it at all, so I went in blindly. I saw some brief opinions on Goodreads but that was it.

Cover art. Like or dislike?
Mackenzie: I like it a lot! I like how simple it is but to me it’s intriguing.
Mallory: Yeah it’s simple but I really love the design of it.
Maria: I really like it. I find that as much as it comes off as simple, it also stands out because of the color and texture. It’s very pretty.
Marissa: I also liked that it was simple. I was trying to figure out what it had to do with the story for the longest time.

Did you like the way the chapters alternated between past and present?
Mackenzie: Yes, I liked it because you really got to see his back story and in more detail then if there weren’t any chapters from the past.
Mallory: I liked the way it alternated by damn I wanted to see into present day Miles’s head SO BAD.
Maria: I really liked learning about Miles’s past. I wanted to learn more about why he acted the way he did and what caused him so much hurt.
Marissa: I loved the alternating but I agree with Mallory, it was killing me not knowing what present day Miles was thinking.

What did you think of the relationship between Tate and Miles?
Mackenzie: I loved it because it was so real, especially when she knows it’s wrong and he won’t love her but she can’t stop being around him. I absolutely loved when they got together!
Mallory: Always a bad choice for the girl. Of course you always develop feelings. It was pretty obvious she would from the beginning. I really liked her and didn’t want to see her get hurt. I loved the two of them together ❤
Maria: Oh I loved it. I fell for Miles very early on. How could Tate not falling in love with that guy? I liked that the relationship wasn’t perfect. I also really appreciate the build up to it. Miles didn’t fall for her right away, but he slowly did because he just couldn’t help himself. *swoon*
Marissa: I liked their relationship a lot. They both knew they weren’t going to stick to their rules and it was flawed but I loved every second of it.

What did you think of Miles?
Mackenzie: I love him so much! He’s probably my favorite male character!
Mallory: I loooove him. I kept swooning in his chapters.
Maria: He was by far my favorite character. I liked the way he took his career seriously, he valued relationships, and he was a good friend to Corbin. And the way Colleen Hoover described him just made me melt. He had so many issues and I could feel his pain. But loved him anyway.
Marissa: I couldn’t get enough of him! The way he spoke about Rachel had me swooning. Definitely one of my new top characters. I highlighted so many Miles quotes.

Did you like Tate as a main character?
Mackenzie: Yes, she wasn’t one of my top main characters but she really fit perfectly in the story and I liked that she wasn’t annoying and she would stand up for herself!
Mallory: I actually really liked her. And I loved how sassy she was. It was awesome to have a female protagonist not get walked all over by everyone in the book.
Maria: I did! She was a relatable 23 year old woman. I liked that she was getting her life figured out. I feel like she had a good future ahead of her! And yes, she was so kind, I really liked that she went out of her way to befriend an old man.
Marissa: I loved Tate. She was a very relatable main character. And I liked that she was very into school and her job and genuine to everyone, especially Cap.

What were your thoughts on Cap and his relationship with Tate?
Mackenzie: It was probably my favorite part of the book even though I love Miles and Tate, I just adored the parts with Cap! I loved that her best friend wasn’t a girl her age and that Cap gave her good advice and was funny!
Mallory: It was such an unexpected friendship, the 60 year age difference just as well as the way they met, it was the cutest thing. He was just adorable and it made my heart melt when Tate thought about him and made him a sandwich.
Maria: So nice! It was an incredible friendship between the two of them, despite the age difference. Cap was such a funny character and had so much wisdom to offer to Tate. I loved that she was able to trust him and tell him what was going on in her life.
Marissa: Their friendship was perfect. Obviously not the normal best friend character but he was funny and their relationship really showed a lot of who Tate was that she befriended him and would make him food when people like Dillon would scoff at him.

What are your thoughts on Tate’s brother Corbin?
Mackenzie: I liked him and I also liked that he wanted the best for her and didn’t want anyone to hurt her. But sometimes I thought ht was a little bit too over protective.
Mallory: I thought he was exactly like a big brother should be, although maybe he went a little bit overboard at times. But I loved his genuine concern for Tate.
Maria: It was nice to read about a brother/sister relationship. It was cool that they were living together and I liked how protective he was over her, he always wanted the best for his sister.
Marissa: Corbin was an awesome big brother to Tate. He only wanted what was best for her and it was cute how protective he was, to an extent. One of my favorite parts was when Corbin told Miles that he was happy it was him who ended up with Tate because he was the only one who could have met his standards for her ❤

Did you think the story was a good pace?
Mackenzie: I didn’t want it to end.
Mallory: Definitely was for me, I kept flipping pages like it was my job trying to figure out what was going to happen next. So sad when it ended.
Maria: I think it was! I was completely invested in the story. The entire time I was at work I wanted to be reading it because I just couldn’t get enough of their story. I was obsessed with finding out more about Miles and I wanted him and Tate together SO bad.It was perfect pacing for me.
Marissa: I flew through it so quickly, so the pace was perfect for me. I had to keep reading during class because I was so curious about Miles.

Your thoughts on writing style?
Mackenzie: I loved it! Especially Miles’s chapters from the past. It was beautiful.
Mallory: I think Colleen Hoover just uses the perfect words. Especially Miles’s chapters that were written in prose. So beautiful.
Maria: Her writing is simply perfection in my eyes. Every word was amazing in this book.
Marissa: LOVED that it was written like poetry in Miles’s chapters. Colleen Hoover knows exactly what to say and when to say it thats for sure.

Will you read more of Colleen Hoovers work?
Mackenzie: Absolutely! I want to read all her books now!
Mallory: A big yes for me. Definitely reading everything she ever writes.
Maria: Obviously! I can’t wait to read more of her work.
Marissa: Of course! As soon as I finished I went and added her other books to my TBR on Goodreads.

Goodreads rating?
Mackenzie: ★★★★★
Mallory: ★★★★★
Maria: ★★★★★
Marissa: ★★★★★

MALLORY’S NOVEMBER WRAP UP + DECEMBER TBR

Well I don’t feel like I read very much in November at all. I had a busy month and I switched jobs. My plan in December is to make more time for reading, especially since I’ll be getting quite a bit of time off for Christmas.

So on to the wrap up. I read a total of nine books this month.

1. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★
I found myself getting lost throughout this a lot. Definitely nowhere near as good as the first book.

2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson ★★★★★
Probably my favorite book of the month. Loved loved loved it. We have already posted our discussion on this book and you can find that here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/book-discussion-the-kiss-of-deception-by-mary-e-pearson/

3. Redwall by Brian Jacques ★★★★
Loved this book. I have already posted my review and you can find that here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/book-review-redwall-by-brian-jacques/

4. This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko ★★★★
Maria and I received this from the author herself and we have already posted our review. Check that out here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/book-review-this-is-sarah-by-ally-malinenko/

5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★
Adored this book. We have a discussion coming up for this one sometime next week so be sure to check that out.

6. The Lake of Souls by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The 10th book in the Saga of Darren Shan series. This series is so great. I have a full series review coming up within the next few days.

7. The Lord of Shadows by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The 11th book in the Saga of Darren Shan series. Just as good as the rest.

8. The Sons of Destiny by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The 12th and final book in the Saga of Darren Shan. Definitely not how I was expecting the series to end but loved it. I’m now sad that it is over. Be sure to checkout my series review within the next couple days.

9. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss ★★★★★
Obviously this deserves five stars. So adorable and now I want to watch the movie again!

Okay so for December I made quite a large TBR, as always. Depending on how much time I have I might switch things up but we will see as the month goes on how I feel.

1. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by various authors. This is our discussion book of the month.
2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’m currently reading this and it is my book clubs choice of the month.
3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Starting this one AS SOON as I finish my current read.
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Carrying this over from November.
5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. I want to read this with my sister on Christmas Eve. She doesn’t know that yet though.
6. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Have already read this before but The Grinch is my all time favorite Christmas story/movie.
7. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
8. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Brian Lee O’Malley.
9. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness by Brian Lee O’Malley.
10. A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer.
11. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.
12. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.
13. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
14. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.
15. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins.
16. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
17. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

So as you can see I have some super easy reads on there that shouldn’t take long at all. So I’m going to try and make my way through the TBR as much as I can. I always find myself slacking each December but we will see how this one goes.

How was your November? What are you planning on reading in December? Let me know in the comments.
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BOOK REVIEW: STORM SIREN BY MARY WEBER

18806259Title: Storm Siren
Author: Mary Weber
Published: 2014 by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
320 pages
First in the Storm Siren series
Source: Netgalley
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Maria’s thoughts:
Storm Siren is about a seventeen-year-old slave girl named Nym, who has spent most of her life being tossed around from one owner to another, until she was purchased by Adora. Adora had wanted to use Nym only as a weapon to end war, knowing that she was born with a rare elemental ability.

Nym was a fantastic main character. She was a very sweet girl, despite the horrible things that she had done because of her power. As a reader, I loved being able to watch her grow into a confident young woman and learn more about her past. Also, I have to say that Nym’s power was totally interesting to me. Unlike most gifted characters that I read about, Nym’s elemental power was original and refreshing (…not going to give anything away!) Eogan is assigned as her trainer to help her learn to control her abilities, but he is also keeping a secret. I loved Eogans character  from the very beginning and couldn’t help but “root” for him and Nym to be together throughout the entire book.

I feel like the side characters aren’t getting half enough of the attention. In my opinion, Colin and his sister Breck brought a lot to this story. Breck was so cute and funny. She worked as a servant for Adora and was a true friend to Nym. I loved the way Breck talked on the audiobook, her accent always made me laugh and smile. Colin was always there for Nym. He was the sidekick/bestfriend/brotherly figure and never came between her relationship with Eogan (thank goodness).

I began reading Storm Siren as an audio book, but as the story progressed and pulled me in further, I had to switch to my eReader because the audiobook just wasn’t allowing me to get the information fast enough. The more I read, the more Storm Siren had reminded me of the Shatter Me series (in a good way of course!) Both Nym and Juliette were faced with a constant struggle. Both young girls had so much power, and no idea what to do with it. Both were forced to learn to control their abilities. What can I say, I love reading about people with awesome powers! Can’t get enough of it!

I believe that Storm Siren is an excellent novel to draw new readers into the YA fantasy genre. It is fascinating, but not overly complex, and it has magical powers (which I love!)

Storm Siren really surprised me and I can’t wait to see what else Mary Weber comes up with.

I rated Storm Siren 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. You should definitely check this one out!

Mallory’s thoughts:
Halfway through reading this I found out a lot of people did not want to give this book a chance as it was published by Thomas Nelson (Christian books). Mostly everyone thought it was going to be preachy, but I was shocked to find this was published by a Christian book company as I did not get that vibe from it all.

Nym should not exist. She is a seventeen year old elemental. Something that only boys can be born with and then they are killed immediately. She cannot control it and has been sold through over ten owners because of it. She catches the attention of a court advisor, Adora, who plans to train her and use her as a weapon, whether Nym wants to or not.

I was extremely intrigued after reading only a couple chapters of this. I absolutely love reading about elementals, and the fact that Nym should not even be living made it way more interesting. I loved that she was a slave girl thrown into a world of rich parties and politics. She has a kind heart and I felt myself rooting for her the entire time. I really liked getting to know each character but I mostly liked the interactions between Eogan and Nym. Nothing like a forbidden romance to spice things up. The only thing I wish is that there would have been more world building. I love being able to completely immerse myself in a world and this fell just short. Hopefully there will be a bit more of that in the next book. I did feel a bit lost through the second half of the book, but all in all I was very impressed.

I rated this a 3 out of 5.

A big thanks to Netgalley for this copy.

And make sure to check out Mary Weber. She is super awesome and interacts with her readers!
Website: mchristineweber.com
Twitter: @mchristineweber
Instagram: @maryweberauthor

WWW WEDNESDAY (#3)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading

To play along just answer the following three questions
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
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I am currently reading book eleven in the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, Lord of the Shadows (click here to find it on Goodreads). I recently finished book ten, The Lake of Souls (click here to find it on Goodreads). And next I plan on picking up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (click here to find it on Goodreads).

Let me know what you guys are reading.
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