Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Authors I'd Love to Meet!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Authors I'd Like to Meet!

1.  Sarah J. Maas
Sarah is probably my favorite author right now.  I look up to her so much and absolutely adore everything she writes.  I'm so, so, SO excited for A Court of Wings and Ruin.

2. Leigh Bardugo 
While I've only read her Six of Crows duology, I fell so hard for it.  I'd love to sit out with Leigh and talk about world building strategies and how she makes her characters so amazing.

3. Cassandra Clare
I adore her series.  I just need more detail about all my favorite characters *cough* Will *cough*

4.  Stephanie Perkins
All her contemporary novels make me absolutely swoon.  I need a St. Claire!

5. Leisa Rayven
If I met her, I'd just like to ask what she's working on now.  I'm so in love with her Star-crossed series, I need more!

6.  Tim Hall
Where is the second book?!?!?!?!?!

7. Wendy Higgins
Wendy seems like such a sweet person and her novels are what pushed me to start blogging in the first place!  I'd love to be able to meet her!

8. Jennifer L. Armentrout
I haven't read one of her books for a while but they're always so much fun!  I can definitely imagine her being just as fun in person!

9. Rick Riordan
I've been dying to reread these novels lately!

10. J.K. Rowling
It's J.K. Rowling.  'Nuff said. 

What authors would you guys love to meet?  There are so many amazing ones, it's hard to narrow it down to just 10!  If I could go to every author event, I would! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: Royally Matched

Title: Royally Matched
Series: Royally #2
Author: Emma Chase 
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary 
Publisher: Emma Chase, LLC. 
Publication Date: February 21, 2017 
Source: Bought

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.
He’s not handling it well.
Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him "space"—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:
Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.
A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.
While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.
The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit... and her naughty sense of humor.
But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.
As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

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After reading and falling in love with Emma Chase's novel, Sustained, I pretty much auto-buy any new book she releases.  I was particularly excited about this one though!  I'm a sucked for royal romance story lines and this one was so fun.  I even enjoyed it more than I did the first book in the series, Royally Screwed (although I still can't decide which cover I like better!).

 What really made this book so exciting was the couple!  We saw Henry and Sarah interact a little bit in the first book and I had been shipping them from then on.  But watching how their relationship bloomed and grew made me so swoon.  They were so different from each other but still complimented and supported each other. While Sarah wasn't the most exciting character to read on her own, Henry brought out a lot of interesting and dynamic characteristics that I had a blast exploring!  And, of course, Henry was freaking awesome.  He was so fun and free on the outside but seeing him be more vulnerable in this novel was heart warming.  I especially loved the way he grew.  We saw how low he was in the first book and that story line carried on wonderfully in this one.  It's something I always enjoy about Emma Chase's novels - the romance is apart of the story but the characters are dealing with other aspects of their lives and we get to see them resolve and work toward those things as well.  

So this novel had another one of my favorite tropes: a bachelor competition!  (I recently got into watching the show so reading about the same sort of situation is made even better now).  I was super excited to see how this played out but I will say, I was a tad let down by this aspect of the novel.  I expected to see more of this story line when reading and I was left feeling a bit mislead because of how little it was actually discussed and seen.  But I was still kept engaged throughout the novel.  

I'm so loving this series by Emma Chase and I'm excited to see if there's more coming.  If there is, I'm anxious to see who will be at the focus.  I'm hoping either Sarah's sister or Olivia's sister is the leading lady for the third book in the series (which, I just confirmed, is happening. Yay!).  If you're a fan of a good royal romance read, I'd definitely recommend checking out this series!

“You shouldn’t be afraid of dying, Sarah—everyone does it. The only thing to be scared of is not living before you do.”

Four Teapots


Friday, March 24, 2017

Goals for Spring Quarter!


Spring break is almost over for me.  Cue the water works.  Honestly, I'm so sad that this little vacation free of the stress from professors and homework and generally having to take care of myself so I don't waste away is nearly at an end.  After months of nothing but freezing temperatures, rain, snow, and stress crying, it's been lovely to be back in warm and (mostly) sunny California.  

I've spent most of my days this week swimming and soaking up sun by the pool.  And, of course, reading.  My only goal this break was to read ALL THE BOOKS to make up for the lack of choice reading I can do while school is in session.  I brought four books thinking it would be enough. 


I still have three days left and I've already finished those four books I brought with me!  So, of course, this led to an emergency Barnes & Noble visit where I bought two more books (whoops) to hopefully finish before the week is over.  

But that's besides the point!  All of this reading and meeting the goals I made for this break has given me an extra boost of motivation.  With Spring quarter only a few days away, I've decided to keep up this goals trend and make some goals I can work to accomplish once break is over and I'm back in school.  There's a lot of things I'd like to work toward and improve this quarter and I figured I could share those things with you!  


1. Apply for Editor Position!
This is a goal I'm really excited and nervous about.  My school had a creative literature magazine that is taking applications for a few editor positions in April!  As someone who wants to work with and edit books, I feel like this position would be absolutely perfect for me and give me some more experience.  I'm working on a resume for it and hope that I get a chance to work on the magazine!


2. Read at least Two Books a Week
This is going to be difficult but it's a goal I'm really determined to meet.  After this week full of amazing books and tons of awesome worlds and words and characters, I've realized how much I miss (choice) reading.  I still do it but not nearly as much as I used to (which is also why the posts on this blog haven't been as frequent).  So this is one I'm definitely going to have to work hard at but it'll be so rewarding. 


3. Write Daily
My writing isn't something I discuss very often on this blog but I'm really passionate about it and wish I worked on it more.  I currently have three novel ideas that have been bouncing around inside my head for ages, just begging to get out.  But with all the school work and regular life stressors, it's been difficult for me to find the time and energy to write.  Because it's such an important part of my life, I want to start working on it daily.  Even if that just means getting one sentence down, just as long as I do something!


4. Go to the Gym 4-5 Times a Week
This is one that I'm also really excited about, but also kinda dreading because, you know, working out.  For the past year or so, a friend and I have been going to the gym three times a week *most of the time*.  Now, that friend has graduated but I'm still really wanting to be healthier and more athletic.  I'm going to up the number of times I go to the gym and push myself to work harder at it.  This means no more just going on the bike for fifteen minutes and then stretching.  


5. Drink More Water
This one kind of goes along with the whole gym goal.  I don't drink enough water and I've found that my body doesn't have enough energy because of it.  I've been getting head aches and just overall been feeling worn out and sluggish because of it.  Water plays such a vital role in making sure our bodies are doing what they need to do.  So, in order to be healthier and feel better, I'm going to be adding a lot more water to my days.  


6. Go Outside More
So, most of the hobbies and activities I really like all happen inside.  Reading, writing, video games, movie watching, etc.  Because of this, I've been feeling a distinct lack of fresh air and sunlight in my life.  While it's not entirely my fault, since I attend school in Washington where it rains 99.9999999% of the time, I could definitely add some more outdoor time to my days.  Even if it's just a little walk around campus or to the store, I want to enjoy the natural beauty and clean air that Washington provides.  

I'm really excited about these goals.  I've already started working toward some of them (like drinking more water) but I think the real work will start once I'm back in school and have more distractions and work to keep up with. Is anyone else on (or about to be on) spring break?  What are some of your goals that you're working toward?  I'd love to hear from you so leave a comment below!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Series: None
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Source: Gifted.  Thank you!

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. 




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Okay, so this was actually my second time reading this book but I have hardly any memory of the first time I read it.  So it was basically a brand new experience reading this again!  I was really in the mood for a light and fun road trip read and this one hit all those points on the head, with an added bit of emotional intensity that I was pleasantly surprised by!  While it lulled a little in the middle, I'm still glad I reread this book!

Honestly, my favorite part about this book was the added features, like the playlists that Amy and Roger listened to throughout their journey and the pictures from the places they visited.  It added a lot to the story and gave the novel a more exciting and fun feeling while reading.  It also made it stand apart from other road trip books I've read!  This one definitely felt more interactive, like I was right there at these places with Amy and Roger.  These added photos and lists made the trip feel more real and tangible.  I'd love to be on a road trip with these guys!  I also liked the emotional journey Amy was on while simultaneously going through her physical journey.  She's dealing with the loss of her father and being left alone by her mom and brother.  Seeing her struggle with this was painful at times but it was so rewarding to see the way she grew and healed as the novel went on. 

While I liked Amy and Roger, I wasn't totally in love with them.  They both felt pretty ... average?  Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just made it so I had to sometimes struggle to keep myself engaged with them while they traveled.  I liked when they interacted and stretched beyond their comfort zones but in the middle when they were just in the car for a while, my attention lagged a bit.  I still had a good time because of the added materials, but there was something missing that made it hard to be 100% engaged.  

Despite the problems I had with this book, I'm really happy I read it again!  It was a a fun road trip book with characters that were familiar and real.  I've enjoyed the contemporaries I've read from Morgan Matson and I'm excited to get the chance to read more!

“Tomorrow will be better.”
“But what if it’s not?” I asked.
“Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.”
 

Three Teapots

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #98

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Lord of Shadows 
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 
Publication Date: May 23, 2017 

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight.
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late. 

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Why I'm waiting on Lord of Shadows this Wednesday:  I love this series and this author.  I'll pretty much read anything Cassandra Clare writes, particularly in the realm of this world.  I adored the first book in this series and I'm really looking forward to reading more of this story!

Do you like Cassandra Clare books?  Which Shadowhunter series has been your favorite so far?  I really enjoyed The Infernal Devices; I'd definitely say that one was my favorite!  I'm really looking forward to reading this one though.  Let me know what books you're waiting for this Wednesday!

 
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