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