Rating System:

For those of you who don't know, I rate books based on their ability to hold my attention. I don't really like to rip apart someone's hard work. If I don't finish a book, then I don't feel comfortable rating it. So you might see a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. However, if I do have issues with a book, I will always tell you. Enjoy! (:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Netflix Book Tag

The Netflix Book Tag!

1. Recently Watched:The last book you finished reading.
The last book I finished reading was Whiskey Words & a Shovel III by R.H. Sin and I loved it. His words have been there for me through my first real and difficult heartbreak and I am very thankful for that.

2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.
Because I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, people are constantly telling me to read her Throne of Glass series. I don't know if I will or not, but if I do it won't be until the entire series is out in paperback.

3. Recently Added: The last book you bought.
The last book I purchased was Whiskey Words & a Shovel III by R.H. Sin. Shocker there. However, it is not my most recently acquired book. Yesterday I was sent a copy of A Million Junes by Emily Henry.

4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have not read or have no interest in reading).
Let's start with the two that I have read. Wow, I read a lot of buzz books. I'll go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which I loved by the way. The second book would be Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Also a very good book. It's even better than the tv show and I LOVE the tv show. On to the books that I haven't read. I could go with the easy answer which is the last two books in the Harry Potter series because who hasn't heard of or read Harry Potter? ME. But for your sake I won't do that. I haven't read This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I do own an ARC of it and it is signed, I just haven't gotten around to it. To be fair, I did start it. I just didn't get far because I had a book with a deadline to read and I never picked it back up. Another book I have yet to read is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I own this one as well. So many books, so little time.

5. Comedies: A funny book.
A book that made me laugh a bit more than you'd expect based on the synopsis was The Martian by Andy Weir. If you haven't read it please do. The movie doesn't really do it justice.

6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.
At first I couldn't think of anybody super fitting off of the top of my head, but being as I'm literally discussing A Court of Wings and Ruin with Grace from The Grace Lucy Review at this exact moment, I'm going to go with Tamlin. If you've read the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas then you know he is very good at creating drama, overreacting, and generally making an ass of himself. So I hereby crown him Drama King.

7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover.
I'm honestly not too sure if any of these count, but I do own a Winnie the Pooh storybook along with several of the Lizzie McGuire books and Charlotte's Web. Which all have at the very least some animation in their adaptations. I will cherish these forever and I hope to pass them on to my future children.

8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read.
As weird as it sounds, I want to reread the Twilight series. I want to see if my opinion has changed even though I will always love those books for bringing me back into the reading world. Throughout my life I've fallen in and out of love with reading multiple times and back in 2009 Twilight brought me back and I haven't left.

9. Documentaries: A nonfiction book you’d recommend to everyone.
I don't read a lot of nonfiction because I kind of need a plot to stay interested, but depending on what exactly you're looking for I might recommend you Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio. Depending on your age you may have seen the movie adaptation starring Drew Barrymore. I loved that movie growing up and I did watch it when I was way too young for that sort of movie, but it really stuck with me. This woman's life and how she turned it all around is something I won't forget. If you prefer something lighter, I'd go with Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen is so funny and it's filled with stuff that's useful. Just trust me.

10. Action and Adventure: An action packed book.
I feel like City of Bones by Cassandra Clare has a lot of adventure in it. It's been a year and a half since I read it and I have yet to continue the series so no spoilers. But I enjoyed it and it had me hooked to the point where I couldn't put it down. So much was happening and I had to know where everything went. I still do, y'all need to shame me into reading City of Ashes. Where's Emma when you need her?!

11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.
Branded by Eric Smith came out recently and while I do have my copy ready to go, I have other books I need to finish first. Either way I'm still stoked to read it. A couple books that have not come out just yet that I'm excited for would be The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, and There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.


12. Max: Tag some people.
This is a fairly old tag so I tag anyone who wants to do it and you can drop your link in the comments. I'd love to see what you post.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Blog Tour: The Beautiful Lost ARC Review


Welcome to my stop on the Beautiful Lost blog tour! I seriously cannot wait to tell y'all my thoughts on this book so let's go!


About the Book
The Beautiful Lost By Luanne Rice
Point
Ages 12 and Up
June 27, 2017
In The Beautiful Lost, Luanne Rice deftly uses her experiences with depression to craft a lilting and surprising story about the vagaries of the human heart. Maia has struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts ever since her mother left to follow her passion of studying ocean life in the Canadian Maritime provinces. Maia is convinced everything will be fine if she can only reconnect with her mother, meaning she won’t have to take her pills, she will never need to be institutionalized again. When Maia runs away from home in search of her mom, she gets unexpected help and companionship from Billy, her crush from school. On the roads through New England, Maia and Billy learn truths about each other that are equal parts enthralling and distressing.




About the Author
Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of over 30 novels for adults and the YA novel The Secret Language of Sisters. There are more than twenty-two million copies of her books in print across the world and five of her novels have been adapted into TV movies and miniseries. Luanne lives in coastal Connecticut with her family of cats.
Twitter: LuanneRice

The Review
The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice
4 Stars

Let me tell you, I haven't read a lot or maybe any road trip books. Let alone one where it's almost a runaway vibe so I had to get my hands on this one. Let me tell you, I was not let down.

Our main character Maia is basically watched like a hawk by her dad and step-mother after a suspected suicide attempt the previous year. All she wants is to be with her mother and so she sets out to find her and in a twist, the town's mysterious, cute boy joins her. Maia and Billy are on a mission, under the radar. While I wish there was a little more meat to this whole trip, I'm happy that I got to know these characters in the way I did. We see them laugh, argue, and build cairns at every stop they can. I am a full believer that you should just experience this one rather than me tell you all about it since it's mostly just about these two for most of the book. I will say the ending took me a little by surprise and I was just, not wishing it was different, but wishing there was more I guess? Like I would've loved to delve into that story aspect slightly further, but it still wrapped up nicely.

This is my first Luanne Rice book even though I own another one which I hope to read soon. It's not young adult, but it sounds interesting and I quite enjoy her writing style. Have you read any of her books? I'd love to hear which ones are also good. Before we get to the giveaway, I'd like to share my own cairn I built in honor of this wonderful read.


The Giveaway

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Thank you all for stopping by. I hope you take your time to enter the giveaway and I wish you luck!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Freeks ARC Review

Freeks by Amanda Hocking
4 Stars

First off I want to thank Beatrice from Griffin Teen for reaching out to me and seeing if I would like a copy for review. I'm all for books that take place in carnivals, circuses, fairs, etc. So I was super excited for this one.

In Freeks we follow our main character, Mara, who lives with a traveling carnival full of people with supernatural abilities and some without. They make it to the town of Caudry where something strange is going on and no one can quite put their finger on it. I was intrigued from the beginning, I may have misplaced my copy for a while, but once I found it I breezed right on through. I needed to know what the hell was going on!

Freeks takes place in a little over a weeks time and while there is a romance, it does not overpower the story within. What I found it to be about was family and finding your place. Accepting who you are. Everyone really sticks together and it was nice to see an example of creating your own family and being there for each other.

I found that I liked most of the characters throughout this story and I liked that it was meant to be a standalone. Part of me wasn't sure how everything would be wrapped up so soon, but Amanda tied everything together quite nicely. I was not shocked at one reveal, but some of the other ones got me. Especially the big one. So hats off to her!


I haven't been able to read anything else by Amanda Hocking, but I definitely plan to in the future and I am so happy that I took a chance and accepting this book for review. Have you read Freeks? Do you plan to? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Blog Tour: Atlantis Reborn



Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw Published by Entangled Teen Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22236535-atlantis-rising
Buy links for Atlantis Rising (Book #1): https://entangledpublishing.com/atlantis-rising.html
You’ll never see me unless I want you to… I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid. Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…    



Atlantis Quest (Atlantis Rising, #2) Author: Gloria Craw Release Date: Mar. 1, 2016 Genre: YA Fantasy Atlantis Rising is 99 cents all month! Go get your copy today! Get ready for the exciting follow up to Atlantis Rising, dubbed An enchanting debut from a promising new author of paranormal YA by Kirkus Reviews.   After all they’d cost me, I thought I was done with the Truss clan. I was wrong. Nikki Dawning, my mortal enemy, has been kidnapped, and I’ve been asked to spy on the Truss to find her. The pull between Ian and I has never been stronger, but he can’t help me this time. I have to rely on Theron, a bad-tempered cousin I didn’t know I had. To make matters worse, the people I trust have been keeping secrets.   I’m starting to feel like a weapon in a war I don’t understand. How far am I willing to go to protect the descendants of Atlantis and the common good when I’m not sure what the common good is anymore?   Only one thing is certain. If I’m the next Laurel clan chief, I can’t let myself be manipulated…by anyone.

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25666071-atlantis-quest
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Atlantis-Quest-Rising-Gloria-Craw/dp/1633752836 Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/atlantis-quest-gloria-craw/1121861968
iTunes Buy Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/atlantis-quest/id1048561165
Kobo Buy Link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/atlantis-quest
Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Atlantis-Quest-Rising-Gloria-Craw/dp/1633752836 Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Atlantis-Quest-Rising-Gloria-Craw/dp/1633752836
Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/atlantis-quest/

Atlantis Reborn (Atlantis Rising, #3) by Gloria Craw Published by Entangled Teen Buy link for Atlantis Reborn: https://entangledpublishing.com/atlantis-reborn.html
Genre: YA Fantasy In a few days, I’ll officially be the Laurel clan chief—but it comes at a heavy cost. My human family, the McKyes, think I’m dead, and the only family I have left is my surly cousin, Theron. Plus the occasional visit from my dead mother.   Gathering the fifteen clans of Atlantis is more tasking than I thought. Thank fate that Ian has my back, otherwise keeping the peace would be a total disaster.I want to give him my heart, too, but without an official likeness, or spontaneous pairing, it’s only wishful thinking. To make matters worse, someone out there has the formula to create human-Atlantian hybrids. For a hefty price.
Buylink for Atlantis Reborn: https://entangledpublishing.com/atlantis-reborn.html
Buylinks for Atlantis Rising (Book #1): https://entangledpublishing.com/atlantis-rising.html
Buylinks for Atlantis Quest (Book #2): https://entangledpublishing.com/atlantis-quest.html

About the Author: Gloria Craw grew up in the desert southwest and attended the University of Utah where she got a degree in anthropology. These days, she lives just outside of Seattle, Washington. She’s married, has four daughters and a very hairy dog.
Author Website: www.gloriacraw.com
Author Twitter: @GloriaCraw01
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gloriacraw15/?fref=ts Author
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8247794.Gloria_Craw







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I hope y'all pick up these books and enter the giveaway. Thank you so much for stopping by! If you have already read part of the series, what did you think about it? Feel free to let me know in the comments. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Armchair BEA 2017 Wrap-Up

Armchair Book Expo is over for this year. I'm already ready for next year, although I am hoping to actually be at BEA for the first time ever. So we'll see how that goes. In a dream world I'd get to do both. Anyway, This is basically a post to say goodbye to all of my Armchair BEA friends until next year and wrap things up nicely. I've met so many great people this year! If you missed my previous posts we talked about diversity, good blogging habits, dining with authors and so much more. Feel free to go back and take a look, I love chatting with you. I'm still looking for more diverse recommendations so feel free to leave those in the comments. As always I am very grateful for this community and feel very lucky to have found it. Thank you for stopping by. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Armchair BEA 2017 Day Four

Welcome to my final Armchair BEA post for 2017! Today is all about recommendations! Giving them and receiving them so let's get to it!

My Recommendations!
Every reader is different, but for those who enjoy contemporary and want to dive into the adult genre I tend to recommend The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley. This book made me cry and it was just so damn good. Not to mention the cover is gorgeous which is actually why I bought it. For a gritty non-fiction I recommend Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio. I used to watch this movie all the time when I was little and I never knew it was based on a true story. So naturally, I had to buy the book and it didn't let me down.

I guess I should recommend some young adult huh? Paula Stokes. Any book of hers. Seriously, but I really loved Girl Against the Universe. The mental health aspect was done very well in my opinion. If you're into vampires, Thirst by Christopher Pike is wonderful. It's a good sized series and it's nothing like Twilight for those of you who hate on it. Haha. I love the religious aspects of this one, a vampire with morals. Kind of. I think I need a reread.

Recommend A Book?
I'm always looking for books to add to my mountainous TBR pile. But what I really need is more diverse books. Whether from diverse authors or featuring diverse characters. I prefer short paperbacks. But if a story is good enough, I love a long book! So throw your picks at me and tell me why I should pick them up.

Thank you for sticking with me through this year's online Book Expo. Hopefully in the next two years I'll get to experience the real thing. Although Armchair BEA will always have a special place in my heart. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Friday, June 2, 2017

Armchair BEA 2017 Day Three


It's day three of Armchair BEA and things are getting good. I hope everyone has been having a good time reading and sharing posts and chatting with each other. I know I have. On to today's topics.

Delving Into Diversity
I don't really have much to say regarding diversity because I don't read diversely enough. I'm trying to change that and would love any recommendations you throw my way so feel free to leave them in the comments. As for diversity in book format, I'm pretty into paperback novels. Hardcovers if I'm super excited about a book and cannot wait for the paperback to come out. I haven't tried an audiobook yet, although I own two of them. I just tend to zone out and would probably need a physical copy to follow along with. I also have read two graphic novels and am trying to buy/read more of them. I'm taking recommendations for these as well. And lastly, ebooks. I'm not the biggest fan because I don't like staring at a screen. However, they come in handy for reading at night and I appreciate that. If I've learned anything while typing this, it's that I really need to broaden my horizons.

Dining With the Authors
Which authors would I like to have a meal with? Can I just say all of them? I've sat down at a cafe and chatted with Kathleen Glasgow and Michelle Gordon. That was super fun and I would love to do it again. I'd say I would love to hang out with Paula Stokes. We already get along so well, it's just time that we meet in person and get to chatting about books, tv shows, hiking, pets, life, etc. She's awesome. If you haven't read any of her books yet, you need to ASAP. Get on it. I could go on forever, but in the spirit of visiting as many blogs as possible I'll keep it short for you. I would also like to have a latte with Lauren Gibaldi, Abigail Johnson, Priscille Sibley, Jeff Lindsay, Tracy Deebs, Elle Kennedy, Kass Morgan, and James Dashner to name a few. Oh and Eric Smith of course. Which authors would you want to have a meal with?

I hope you liked this post. I know I rambled a lot so I thank you if you stuck through it. I don't blame you if you didn't or if you just skimmed. I hope to see you tomorrow for my fourth and final Armchair BEA post of 2017.
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Armchair BEA 2017 Day Two


Welcome to day two of Armchair BEA, the from home version of Book Expo America which I hope to attend someday. Let's just get straight into today's topics, shall we?

What Do Readers Want?
What I want as a reader is to be sucked in. I want a story to hold my attention and make me care. That is actually how I rate my books, based on how well they keep my attention. When it comes to events, I would like them to be spread out more. Maybe that's a weird way to say it. What I mean is, change the cities you visit. Don't always do the major ones, some of us can't make it to those. And if you insist on making them so far, can you make them at a reasonable time? Example: Most of the events are a two hour drive from me, but don't begin until 7 PM and on a week night. Let's say I only stay for an hour? I'm still not getting home until after 10 PM if I'm lucky. We all know well known authors might not get to everyone in a simple hour. This is why I rarely get to go to signings. Even pushing it up two hours would be nice. Maybe that's just me.

Let's Collaborate & Listen
Now this topic is about the change in the online book community within the past few years, but I've only been a part of it for a little over two and I haven't seen much change. I mean authors are more interactive than ever which is great! But recently a lot of things have been happening that might change this and we as a community need to be mindful. That's really all I have to say on the subject.

I hope you'll be back for the next few days of Armchair BEA. I am having a lot of fun participating and I hope you are enjoying it too.
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Armchair BEA 2017 Day One

Armchair BEA!

Welcome to my second year of participating in Armchair BEA, the online version of Book Expo America. We talk books an blogging and celebrate the community. This is day one, I hope you enjoy!

Introduction
I'm Gabriella and I'm 22 years old, almost 23. I love to read, hike, watch television, and just relax. My current read is Freeks by Amanda Hocking and I'm enjoying it so far. My summer plans include reading, adventuring, and visiting with my friends from out of town. That's about it.

Day One: Best Practices Within the Online Book Community
Some of my best practices include kindness (which honestly goes a long way, especially with everything going on lately) and persistent use of my Twitter to stay involved. I think we all know there can be a lot of hurtful things, rude people, and general negativity within the community and I try my best to be one of the positive people. It's not hard to be supportive of one another. Honestly. As far as my Twitter goes, I check it multiple times a day. I try to join in on Twitter chats and just keep in touch with everyone and everything. Y'all are some of my best friends and I am so thankful to have found you and this wonderful community where I can just be me.

Thank you for stopping by for day one and I hope you'll be back for the next few days to see what I'm up to. Feel free to tell me about yourself in the comments!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Martian Review

The Martian by Andy Weir
4 Stars

I'm going to keep this pretty brief. Mostly because I have forgotten anything of real significance since it took me over a year to finish this book. Don't get me wrong, it is a great book. I just kept putting it down in favor of other books that were more in my comfort zone. I picked it back up last night and finished the last 150 pages fairly quickly. What I love about this book is it's humor. This man is stranded on Mars and he could very well die. Dying actually seems most likely and he's cracking jokes and maintaining his normal personality despite everything he's going through. Yes, he gets stressed and frustrated, but it's written in a light way. Or it was for me anyway. Andy Weir has a talent for making the science stuff reasonably understandable for those of us who may not have been the best in the subject. It's gripping and I really found myself rooting for him the whole time. I definitely recommend this one.

Now, this is kind of a first on my blog, but immediately after finishing the book I dove into the movie. I found it enjoyable. I was kind of sad that most of the humor is lost. Things are changed, some because they had to be. Others, I'm not so sure why. The movie was very dramatic. Had I not read the book I might have enjoyed it a hell of a lot more. This is a typical case of the book is better. Well at least it is for me. The movie on it's own would get about 4 stars from me. However, in comparison to the book I would only give it 2 stars. I know, I know. That's very low for me. I was just so disappointed. Mark seemed like a totally different person to me and it just didn't sit right.

Anyway, have y'all read The Martian? What were your thoughts? Was the movie really good for you or were you disappointed the way I was? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting on Wednesday

For those of you who don't know, Waiting on Wednesday is a series hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. This week I'll be sharing another book that I am SUPER excited for and I have no idea how I will make it all the way until November.

The First To Know by Abigail Johnson

Dana Fields's father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half brother her age whose very existence means her parents' happy marriage is a lie. 

Dana's desire to know her half brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad's deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. When she sees the opportunity to get to know Brandon through his cousin, the intense yet kind Chase, she takes it. But the more she finds out about Brandon, her father's past and the irresistible guy who'll never forgive her if he discovers the truth, the more she sees the inevitable fallout from her own lies. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach—for everyone—before they're torn apart for good.




If you haven't read Abigail's first book, If I Fix You, then go get it now. I promise you won't regret it. The First To Know comes out on November 7, 2017 and I'm thinking this book is going to be even better and November is just so far away! I'm just so excited. I love Abigail's writing so much and her books take place in Arizona, where both of us live and I'm always on the hunt for Arizona books. Follow Abigail on Twitter, she's amazing. Check out her book and add this one to your TBR. Tell me what books you're looking forward to. Happy Reading y'all!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday

For those of you who don't know, Waiting on Wednesday is a series hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. This week I'll be sharing one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and if you know me at all, you won't be surprised.

This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes
Somehow I’ve become a liar. A coward. Here’s how it happened. 

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.


Wow, sounds great right? As you all know, I love Paula Stokes. Not only does she write wonderful books, but she's just an awesome human with great taste in television shows. I love everything about this synopsis and the whole national park setting really has me salivating. I, myself live near a national park and also a national forest and these are my favorite places to go. My escape, my happy place, where I heal (more the forest than the park). However, they're both beautiful in their own right. I just can't wait to see how this setting influences the story.

If you're interested as well This is How it Happened will be out on July 11, 2017 and is available for pre-order now. There is also an excerpt on Paula's website if you want a little taste before spending your money. What's one of your most anticipated reads for this year? I'd love to hear them. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Duke of Bannerman Prep ARC Review

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
5 Stars

The Duke of Bannerman Prep was actually, I guess still is, most anticipated debuts of 2017 and I feel so lucky and blessed to have gotten my hands on it so early. I will start by saying while this is said to be a Great Gatsby retelling, I will not personally be talking about that seeing as I have never read or watched The Great Gatsby. On to my other thoughts!

I went into this book full knowing that I was going to love it. I have yet to meet a book featuring a boarding school that I did not like. So the title had me before I even read the description, but once I did I kind of went on to tell everyone how much I needed this in my life. Well it did not disappoint. Our book follows Tanner, a high school debater who recently switched schools in hopes of a brighter future. We see from the very beginning that he is very serious about why he's there and what he came to do. I admire that about him. But also in the very first chapter we hear about "The Duke" and he's kind of this campus celebrity in a way. I mean the way people were talking about him from the very beginning reminded me of all the scenes where people are talking about Regina George in Mean Girls, you know? "I heard this and I heard that." It was so intriguing. I needed to know more even if our main character wasn't interested in meeting this guy. Obviously these two aren't the only people in the entire novel, but they were the first two to gain my complete attention.

Katie actually created these characters quite beautifully in my opinion. I came to care about each and every one of them. Well, will the exception of Blake, but I'm not going to get into that. My favorite side character being Sam. He is just so enthusiastic and you can see how much he looks up to Tanner and he just adds so much to this story even we don't see him as much as I'd like. Now Kelsey and Abby, those two are just opposites to me and I love them both anyway. Do I agree with all of Abby's choices and reasons behind them? Not at all. But I think she's kind of there to teach about self worth and realizing that there is more and you shouldn't settle. Just wonderful characters, all of them.

Now, I will say that I wish this book was longer and I wish I got more of the boarding school in it, but man that debating aspect. I've never really known much about debate teams and such, but it added this sort of intensity when you'd see how hard these kids worked and how passionate they were about getting that win. I mean it would have been cool to read more about this stuff, yet I also see how adding more wasn't really necessary.

I don't know if any of you have read this one yet and I might be alone in this, I hope I'm not though. I NEED MORE. I don't care if it's a whole novel about The Duke, a short story, a continuance on Tanner's story, a book about Kelsey or even Abby because I'd like to see how she ends up. I just need more out of Katie Nelson. I am obsessed! If you want to check out The Duke of Bannerman Prep it comes out on May 9, 2017 and is available for pre-order now! What debuts are you excited for? Let me know in the comments.
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Very Arc-ish Readathon Wrap Up

A Very Arc-ish Readathon

So, the readathon has come and gone oh so quickly. I think this may be the first readathon where I actually got some reading done without putting myself in a stress induced slump. I know you're probably curious as to how I did, unless you follow me on Twitter. And.... I read two whole ARCs. Yep, you read that right, TWO. I even started a third about an hour before the readathon officially ended. Let's get to it!

My first book is actually a secret, but y'all will hear about it eventually and trust me when I tell you it was absolutely wonderful! The second one I finished was The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson and I loved it! Seriously, who doesn't love a good boarding school read? I know they're some of my favorite. My full spoiler free review will be up tomorrow if you're interested in my thoughts. Lastly, I just started reading What the Dead Want by Norah Olson and I'm definitely intrigued. Plus I'm really digging the short chapters. I don't mind long chapters, but short ones make it easier for me to breeze on through as I lie to myself by saying "just one more chapter".

So tell me, did you participate in the Very Arc-ish Readathon? If so, how did you do? I'm actually quite happy with my progress since my goal was just one. Thank you to Aimal for hosting! Happy reading everyone!
Xoxo,

Gabriella

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a series hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. I haven't done one of these in quite a while, but this week I couldn't just not show you this book.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

That cover! WOW! Add in the synopsis and double wow! I need this book in my life as soon as possible. I don't know how I'm going to wait until its release on July 18, 2017. It is in fact up for pre-order now for those of you who are like me and in are in great need for this story. Don't forget to check out Lisa on twitter! What books are you waiting for? Feel free to share with me in the comments. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bang ARC Review

Bang by Barry Lyga
5 Stars

I fully intend to keep this one short and sweet because this book is definitely one you should read yourself. Our main character, Sebastian, accidentally shot and killed his baby sister when he was four years old. I know what you're thinking, but honestly this is something that does happen too often. I'm not going to go into the politics surrounding guns at all, but the aftermath that Sebastian deals with is all too real for some people. Bang deals with guilt, trying to fit into a society that only sees you as/for one thing, regular teenage angst, making friends, and finding a hobby. Throughout the book you can feel this big thing just looming over his life and you're just waiting for the shoe to drop. Overall, it was a wonderful read. I enjoyed being inside his head. I was rooting for him the whole time, but I also had questions. Thankfully most of my questions were answered by the end and in such an interesting way. I recommend this one to everyone. It's one of the ones that is just too important and raw. Bang comes out on April 18, 2017 and is available for pre-order now. Have any of you been lucky enough to read this already? If so, what are your thoughts. If not, do you plan to? What some other important reads? I love recommendations. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Very Arc-ish Readathon TBR

A Very Arc-ish Readathon
So the other night I was scrolling through Twitter, as one does, and I came across someone's announcement that they were joining the "A Very Arc-ish Readathon" hosted by the lovely Aimal at Bookshelves & Paperbacks. Now it got me thinking about possibly joining. After all, I am way behind on my review books and it is for the entire month of April. First my 6+ month slump was created by extreme happiness and then fed by the depression that my first heartbreak created. While I am not completely out of my slump and am not completely sure that I will be doing this, I want to try. And maybe telling everyone will help me try.

So here it is, a bullet point list of some of my choices. Let's hope I at least read one. That's my goal.
  • Freeks by Amanda Hocking
  • The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
  • How it Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes
  • Alterations by Stephanie Scott
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims
  • One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
  • The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
  • Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
Now that is a longer list than I had planned. However, I seriously think I'll only finish one or two so I'm not going to pressure myself. Will I stick to the list? Maybe. But I also have so many arcs that I could stray from it if something sounds appealing enough. I'm going to play this by ear and see how it goes. First things first, finish my current read, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. What's your April TBR looking like? I'd love to know if you've read anything on my list. Happy reading.
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tucson Festival of Books Three-peat


Tucson Festival of Books
March 11th & 12th 2017
This year was my third time attending the Tucson Festival of Books and man was wonderful. This was actually my first event of any kind and of any size where I went all by myself. *Pats self on the back* The event just ended two weeks ago and I already cannot wait for next year.

Day One didn't go exactly as I planned. The very first panel I planned to go to was full even though I had arrived 30 minutes early. I guess I should've known "20 Ways Not to Write Your First Novel" would be a popular one. So the waiting began. I ventured back out to the main parts of the festival to check out booths and spin some pokestops. Which was very successful. I went home with over 300 combined pokeballs. The first signing I went to was for Alice Hoffman. While I still haven't finished reading Practical Magic, I had to take the opportunity to get my copy signed since I love the movie so much. This was followed by more wandering until it was finally time for my ticketed event to hear James Dashner speak about the Maze Runner series. If you didn't already know, James is very funny and tends to go off on tangents. He ended up only answering 4 out of 20 of the planned questions during the allotted hour, but it was still wonderful. His signing line though, WOW. I waited almost a full hour to meet him. Luckily someone in line was willing to hold my spot so I wouldn't end up missing Jeff Garvin and Shaun David Hutchinson and I didn't. After waiting an hour for Dashner, I finally got my book signed, but he was running late so I was told no picture. So I replied, "I'll be back tomorrow! See you then!" I took a nice little snack break inside the education building rather than going to the last 20 minutes of a panel and went out to my next signings. While in line waiting for Maggie Stiefvater, James passed me and offered me the picture I wasn't able to get 30 minutes prior. I'm not going to lie, it took us a couple of tries. You'll see. So my day ended with me meeting Maggie, Brittany Cavallaro, and seeing Aprilynne Pike for the third time. I finally had a book for her to sign! All in all, it was a great day! And I got so many compliments on my Beauty and the Beast shirt that read "My weekend is all booked."


On to day two! Once again, I braved the festival all by my lonesome. First stop was to hangout with Ginger Scott at the Arizona Indies tent. Those ladies were a blast. You have no idea. 10 AM brought the Dystopian Worlds panel featuring James Dashner, Alexandra Bracken, and Sharon Cameron. Once again, it was a lovely panel and the authors were great, but I learned from yesterdays mistake and dipped out 30 minutes early to line back up for Dashner. This time I was back with the book he said I should read because a character had my name in book two. Alas, it was my turn. "You're back!" he said. I was. He began to sign my new book and then... "Oh man, Gabriella with two L's. Mine only has one." What a shame, but it's okay. We didn't take a second picture. Next I lined up for Alexandra Bracken and while signing my book she had a little brainfart and started to write the B before anything else. Technically my book is signed twice and it's unique and I love it, brainfart and all. Sharon Cameron was also very sweet. I'm so excited to read The Forgetting, you have no idea. During the panel when she was describing it James said, "That is the single greatest premise for a book I have ever heard. I'm now mad at you for stealing it from me." and we all laughed. What an awesome group of humans. I should also mention that day two I met some new friends in line and chatted about books. These kind people being Erica, Jen, and Karen. Book festivals are such a great way to make friends. Even if you make them by inserting yourself into people's conversations like I do on occasion. After all of that fun I wandered back to the Arizona Indies tent and asked Ginger if she wanted to go grab a coffee before my V.E. Schwab signing. Turned out she had no idea she was there and so we went there instead to buy a book and surprise her husband. So sweet. I also practically force fed her some Hi-Chews and we agreed that it's the best way to make friends. I rounded out my adventures by stopping by to see a friend, Kathleen Glasgow and have a chat. Upon walking up, I noticed Shaun and I had the same shirt on which called for a second picture if you ask me. The conversation was fun and short, but totally worth it. Before I left, I grabbed one of Ginger's books and had her sign it. Oh and Erica spotted me again and snagged a picture.




2018 Tucson Festival of Books, please come faster. It's my favorite place to meet wonderful people and talk about even more wonderful books! Seriously, if you plan to go next year let me know! Maybe we can snag a picture together! 

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Xoxo,
Gabriella