February 28, 2014

Monthly Review: February

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"It's always been a goal for me to post a "TBR" list at the beginning of every month, and a "Monthly Review" at the end of the month. Why? To set some goals, to have something to work towards, instead of just aimlessly blogging or picking up a book I know I shouldn't be reading because I have to read a different book first. Also it allows me and you to see what I posted the entire month, and if you want to check out a specific post, feel free to click the link!"

Here's what I did all month long.


February 26, 2014

Book Review: Accidents & Incidents

Accidents & IncidentsTitle: Accidents & Incidents.
Author: Riley Graham.
Series: No.
Pages: 222.
Source: Netgalley, for review.
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.
Published Date: 12/11/13.
Barnes and Noble.


"Sometimes finding love means taking the scenic route ... Living with her faultfinding mother has taught Leslie not to ask for much. Just watch your step, stay on the sidelines, and take what you can get. But she wants a mom who thanks her for cleaning the kitchen instead of yelling at her for missing a spot, and a boyfriend who does more than score her a seat at the popular table-someone who actually notices her sitting there. So when Cain, the school heartbreaker, turns his Carolina blue eyes her way, Leslie can't help but be tempted, even if he's her boyfriend's best friend. Things get even more complicated when Leslie strikes up unlikely friendships with Meredith, Cain's girlfriend, and Dennis, a boy addicted to cigarettes and solitude. Despite his tough exterior, Dennis seems to understand Leslie in a way that no one ever has, and to need her as much as she needs him. For the first time in her life, Leslie feels like she could belong. She's just not sure where."

My Thoughts:

Leslie is used to getting nothing. Not from her father who isn't involved in her life, nor her mother who is, but doesn't seem to be satisfied with anything Leslie does. She doesn't even get anything from her boyfriend, except the seat next to him in the cafeteria.

While Leslie's boyfriend is cute and popular, Leslie herself doesn't have too many friends. She does know and talk to Keith's friends at lunch, but when she decides to get up and leave, they don't seem to notice that she's gone.

Getting up to leave, and head outside, Leslie runs into a boy named Dennis behind school smoking a cigarette. She doesn't know much about him, except that he seats alone a lot of the time, and leaves the cafeteria to smoke. But Leslie has small talks with him, and appreciates the small bit of friendship that they have.

Leslie, Keith, Cain (Keith's best friend) and Meredith (Cain's girlfriend), go on a double date. While Cain and Meredith are calling each other by nicknames, sharing a menu, sitting close, and holding hands, Leslie feels lonely sitting right next to Keith. She sees how Cain treats his girlfriend, and reflects upon her own relationship, to realize that it's nothing that she wants.

After that double date, Leslie starts to have feelings for Cain. She knows it's not right, especially since she's still with Keith. But what would happen if she caught Keith doing something he shouldn't, doing something that could put their relationship on the line? Would she change her mind? Would her growing friendship with Meredith play a role in her decision?

Final Verdict:

*Thank you Netgalley and Createspace for allowing me to review Accidents & Incidents*

When I first read the synopsis to this book, I wasn't too sure if I would request it off of Netgalley, because I simply don't like girls who are interested in boys who have girlfriends, especially when they, themselves are in a relationship as well! But there were a few other things in the synopsis that made me change my mind, and give it a shot anyways. And those reasons are the relationships Leslie has with her mother and Dennis.

Accidents & Incidents was beautifully written filled with heartache, friendship, and family!

Leslie was down to earth, struggling with being a teenager, in a relationship were she wasn't getting the love an attention that she was hoping for. She did everything, including cleaning the entire house for her mother, just to get a snarky comment in return, asking her why it took her all day to do it.

Keith, Cain and Dennis aren't who they seem. Each have their own issues and problems which soon start to unraveling throughout the story; alcohol, lying, and/or cigarettes.

I absolutely enjoyed watching Leslie's relationships with Keith, Cain, Dennis, her mother and Meredith, develop and change. I liked that she thought of other peoples' feelings, and thought of the consequences of doing something, that she might regret having done later. She wasn't dumb, she thought for herself, Leslie was down to earth.

Accidents & Incidents was a really good read! It was perfect for the rainy late night in bed kind of reading. The ending was truly marvelous, and full of romance and true love. If you ever get the chance to pick Accidents & Incidents up, I recommend you do!

WWW Wednesday

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What am I currently reading?

Flawless (Pretty Little Liars Series #2)

I haven't started just yet, but will tonight, is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series, Flawless, by Sara Shepard. When I first started reading this series (when there was only eight books) I was in LOVE. But I had only read up to the eighth book, but never got around to finishing it. Now that there are almost fourteen different books out, I've decided to re-read the series, and try to finish them all! I love the girls and all the drama!

What did I just finish reading?


The last book I finished reading was this month's Burn Bright Book Club read, and that was Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier. My review for this on will be up at the end of the month! Definitely one of the best fairy tale books I've read in a while! Such great characters, I can't wait to share my thoughts!

What do I plan on reading next?

Well, with March coming up at the end of this week, I'll be posting a new TBR list. So as of right now, I don't know specifically what I'll be reading, but I do have a few books that need reviewing next month! You'll just have to stick around to find out!

Waiting on Wednesday

Half BadTitle: Half Bad.
Author: Sally Green.

"In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page."

Release Date: 3/4/14.

February 24, 2014

It's Monday, What Am I Reading?

Shadowfell (Shadowfell, #1)Title: Shadowfell.
Author: Juliet Marillier.

"Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill--a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk--Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec. 

During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death--but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban's release from Keldec's rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban."

My Thoughts So Far:

I went into reading this one, without any idea what it was about, except a type of magic, and there was a cruel king involved somehow. I'm finishing up Shadowfell tonight, and plan on posting my review in four days. So I don't want to give away too much right now. But I can say the characters are phenomenal! And I can't say enough good things about Neryn! The book didn't let readers in slowly, the first chapter was already full of adventure and heartache!

February 23, 2014

It's A Love/Hate Kinda Thing...

One of my favorite things to do is dress up, stop by a coffee shop and pick up my favorite drink, and head to a couple of book stores. I love just wandering the shelves, picking up books, reading the synopsis, and possibly buying them. It's such a good feeling leaving the store with a bag or two of books, and coming home to put them in your bookshelf with the rest of your favorite books.

I LOVE buying books! The covers, they way the smell, the way they feel, everything about them!

But while I can easily admit to my addiction, I can also say there are a few small things that I hate.

1. Cover Changes*: Who came up with this idea anyway? I recently read and adored the first two books in the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis! And because of this pure enjoyment I went ahead and purchased the third and final book, with extremely high hopes to the ending. Sadly to find out that the cover wasn't matching to the covers of the first and second book, and now they mismatching sitting on my shelf. Every time I look at them, my heart breaks a little bit.

2. Differently Sized Books**: This goes hand in hand with the cover changes. And I only have one series so far, that has changed it's paperback book sizes, and that is the Mortal Instruments series. I own the first book in an older addition, and the second and third in the newer addition. The new addition is about a centimeter or so taller...why? Why do you do this to me??

3. Bendy Covers: Okay this one requires a bit of an explanation. Maybe this is just me, but who knows? After reading a paperback book and trying my absolute best not to put a bend in the spine, or in the cover in any way, I want it to look just like it did when I picked it up at the store. But there has been a few books, *cough cough* Beautiful Creatures *cough* when I lay it down, and the front cover is sticking up. Like, HOW annoying is that?!

I know I sound like I'm nagging, but seriously...this are the problems I face every day...it's tough.

Do you have any bugga-boos when it comes to books or reading? Do you connect with the ones I have?

*I know that cover changes are made to have people buy the new covers, to make sure their series matches. And the people doing this, are doing a good job, but they're not going to trick me!!

**WHY? Why do you feel the need to make a book one WHOLE centimeter taller? 

February 21, 2014

Book Review: Ink.

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)Title: Ink.
Author: Amanda Sun.
Series: Yes, #1.
Pages: 326.
Source: Publisher.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Published Date: 6/25/13.
Barnes and Noble.


"On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive."

My Thoughts:

*Thank you, Harlequin Teen, for sending me a copy of Ink for review*

Katie Greene has just recently lost the biggest part of her life; her mother. And although she wanted to move to Canada and live with her grandparents, Katie is forced to move to Japan and live with her aunt; due to her grandpa's health.

She is thrown out of comfort zone and into an entirely different world! Katie doesn't speak Japanese; she doesn't even know how to eat with chopsticks, but that doesn't really matter, because right now Katie is taking bento boxes crammed with peanut butter jelly sandwiches to school.

Forgetting one day to take off her school slippers, Katie heads back into the school building to change into her normal shoes, but she bumps into a intense break up between Tomohiro, a very cute boy, and his soon to be ex-girlfriend. Katie can't make out too much of what the two are arguing about, except that Tomohiro is a HUGE jerk and that he had gotten another girl pregnant. Knowing she should keep as much distance from Tomohiro, Katie is intrigued by him and is finding herself following him and always looking for him in the crowd.

After seeing him standing in the door way of her class, the drawing in her notebook starts to move before her eyes, and her pen explodes, getting ink everywhere, Katie knows something more is going on. And she knows Tomohiro is involved somehow, someway...

Tomo is somehow connected to the Kami. A group of gods, who have the power of the ink, and it runs through their veins. And Katie is somehow connected to the ink. But neither of the two know why, or how. But is Katie willing to risk her life? Is she willing to stay in Japan, instead of moving in with her grandparents?

Final Verdict:

The cover of Ink is a art piece, and I think it deserves to be in this review! I absolutely love the picture, and if you get the chance to pick up the book, look at it, look at the back, look at the details; its absolutely amazing!

Before going into reading this book, I didn't read the synopsis, nor did I read any other reviews. I wanted to go in blind and see what I would think about the story and it's characters without any other influences. When I realized that Ink was taking place in Japan and that Amanda Sun even included the Japanese language I was ecstatic! I love books that include a different language! It's fun looking up the words while I read, and see what the words mean. It's fun! And you learn a lot!

In the first few chapters I had no idea why Katie was so interested in a guy, who just broke up with his girlfriend, had gotten another girl pregnant, and is known for being a jerk and getting into fights. I already started having bad feelings about Katie and her judgement. I know we all make dumb decisions, but I found myself a bit frustrated when she was following him around, or making a show in front of the entire school, after only knowing him (barely) for a day.

But once Katie overcame her lust or infatuation with Tomo, I saw a different side of her that I really liked, just as I did with Tomo, himself as well. He was known to be a bad boy, but after truly getting to know him, it's not true. He cares a lot about Katie, and is willing to push people away from him to keep them safe.

Besides the two main characters there were also other people who I found enjoyable! Katie's two best friends, as well as her aunt. I felt that all three brought a bit of humor into the story, and I felt that Katie's aunt brought her down to earth, and back to what's going on in life; the death and grieving of her mother. While I wished that the reader would have been informed more about Katie's mother and father, I feel that will come in later installments.

Overall Ink is beautifully written, and filled with the Japanese language! This story made me laugh, made me cry, and made it almost impossible for me to lay the book down, until I was finished...and even then it was hard!

This Week's New YA Releases

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This is a meme hosted here at Turning Pages, showcasing all of the new YA books coming out within the next seven days. Interested in any of the books mentioned below? Click on the books title, it'll take you to that book's Goodreads page, where you'll be able to read more about it!


Mockingjay (Hunger Games Series #3) by Suzanne Collins: Book CoverKiller Frost by Jennifer Estep: Book CoverDays of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series #2) by Laini Taylor: Book CoverThe Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden Series #2) by Julie Kagawa: Book Cover

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Book CoverMy Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak: Book CoverThe Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow: Book Cover


Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott: Book CoverBetter Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg: Book CoverThe Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry: Book CoverFaking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens: Book Cover