Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe

Title: Earth & Sky
Author: Megan Crewe
Series: Earth & Sky, Book One
Publisher: Skyscape
Published Date: 28 October 2014
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

I received this book through NetGalley from Skyscape for review.

Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together. Megan Crewe’s latest tale takes readers on a mind-bending journey through time with a cast of unforgettable characters. (summary from Goodreads)

Earth & Sky has an interesting and well thought out concept, but it misses the mark on being a captivating and impacting read.

The great thing about Earth & Sky is that its world building is pretty thorough. The 'science' of time travel and aliens didn't have me confused or unbelieving, though there were times I'd rather Crewe had practiced more showing and less telling. Overall though this alternate world Crewe created has a touch of realness to it so that it wasn't necessary to suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy her fiction. It surely can't be easy to develop and portray a time travel theory that isn't entirely gobbledygook to the every day reader. Time travel offers fun in that different cultures and time periods can be explored and Earth & Sky has that. Crewe's characters experienced revolutions in France, Asia and America, and these add a touch of history and action to the story that I enjoyed. Unfortunately, much of that was overshadowed by the cycling sequence of the exact same events. Sky and Win travel, aim to find Jeanant, the Enforcers show up, fight and banter, they get away by the skin of their nose. Rinse and repeat. Multiple times. By the third time I was honestly over it. It became tedious to the point of being headache inducing and I just wanted something to happen to change it up. But it didn't turn out that way, and then Earth & Sky ended in a lackluster "well, that's it" manner before aiming for a cliffhanger. While a part of me does want to know where the series plans to go, for the most part I'm just not that invested.

I didn't mind Sky and Win as characters though I didn't feel overly invested in them either. Crewe was great at detailing Sky's anxiety however, so that anytime she experienced that 'wrong' feeling a tension built. In this way, you definitely feel for Sky. Plus I really liked the storyline of Sky's brother, Noam. It offers Earth & Sky a different sort of mystery and adds to the empathy for Sky. I think Crewe intended for Noam's story to personalise the mission for Sky, so that it was more than just 'saving the world', and in that she succeeds. But at the same time I can't help feeling it's shoved in amongst everything else and so it doesn't have the full impact that it could have had. I was dissatisfied with how it got left, but hey, maybe it'll get added to in later books. When it comes to Win, I feel like we didn't really get to know him. He's sort of just there to get Sky from A to B and explain what's going on. I'd be interested to read more of this series in the hopes we learn more about Win and his motives. As for Sky and Win's relationship, it doesn't develop into much. It doesn't entirely cross into romance, so it's not exactly insta-love, but even the friendship still feels somewhat forced. Earth & Sky is missing that connection, in many ways.

The world building and time travel of Earth & Sky makes for a solid start, but the story and characters just don't advance from there to make this book something more.

Rating:


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Title: Legacy of Kings
Author: Eleanor Herman
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals, Book One
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published Date: 1 September 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

I received this book through NetGalley from Harlequin Teen for review.

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancĂ©e, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.
(summary from Goodreads)


Eleanor Herman's Legacy of Kings is definitely deserving of its 'epic' descriptive and is for fans of history and fantasy.

Legacy of Kings is a strong historical fantasy, full of heroes, villains, magic and battles. It's an immersive read, with Herman portraying real skill in creating a vivid world. Macedonia and Persia have truly been brought to life throughout this book, and these worlds, their people's cultures, are fascinating and allow for so many adventures. As is usual of royal courts, deceit, manipulation and betrayal abound, and Legacy of Kings has it in spades. Tension runs high right through this book as we learn who we can and cannot trust. Bonds are formed and broken, dark deeds perpetrated, secrets revealed, magic learned and battles fought. Every moment had an air of high stakes to it, certainly a lot of it was life or death, and Herman tied it all together neatly, keeping us wanting to read. Only to end in a way that has us eager for the next book so as to discover more answers! There isn't quite a cliffhanger here, but Legacy of Kings ends with suspense high and more questions than answers. There's no doubt we're in for a lengthy and tumultuous journey as this series continues.

Legacy of Kings has quite the cast of characters. The chapters bounce between the point of views of seven different characters - Alexander; Hephaestion, Alex's best friend; Katerina, a village girl with a secret mission; Jacob, a village boy out to prove himself; Cynane, Alex's half-sister, full of anger and vengeance; Olympias, the Queen, who has a dark agenda; and Zofia, a Persian Princess betrothed to Alex and desperate to change her destiny. Every single one of these characters are on their own journey, connected in some way, and it makes for an interesting read. With so many point of views, Herman allows readers to experience much more of this world. Certainly it means learning more that any one point of view alone would allow. For this reason I didn't totally mind the excessive number of point of views. In saying that though, at times I felt like there was too much of one when I wanted more of another, but I'm sure it'll come together in later books. The biggest downside for me was that I never connected with any of these characters. I didn't feel that any of them had a truly distinctive voice so that one resonated with me over another. Honestly, I was a little disappointed with Herman's characters as a whole. So many idiotic choices and childish selfishness that had me rolling my eyes or sighing in annoyance! Especially Heph, which saddened me. I so wanted to love him! It was great seeing some growth as the story progressed though, so I have hope. For the most part I did enjoy Alex, Kat and Heph's relationships and Cynane's story. I'm intrigued to see where she goes. For now, the story of Legacy of Kings, its history, action, magic - and awesome mythical creatures! - made this book worth reading.

Herman's world building is great, her story imaginative and atmospheric, and this will have me coming back for more of this series.

Rating:

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (63)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

It's actually been 3 weeks since I've added any books my shelves! That's a pretty big deal for me. I think I'm beginning to feel withdrawal symptoms...but hey, I'm visiting my favourite bookstore this week, so I'm sure I'll be back to my old ways in no time!

Review:

Nirvana by J.R. Stewart

Won:

Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh, plus signed swag. Huge thank you to Vicki Leigh!

That's it for me! What have you added to your shelves recently?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday: Currently Reading Teaser

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured bloggers!

Share a random quote from the book you are currently reading.

"For a long time there was silence and endless sleep.
 Then came a grinding sound - a metallic scream and a dazzling flash of whiteness."

Scatterlings
Scatterlings by Isobelle Carmody

Merlin wakes to a world that is utterly changed. She has no memory aside from a name whispered to her by one of the strange voices in her mind, and the knowledge that she is being hunted. She is determined to learn what happened to her and to her world but the way forward is full of pitfalls and she is swept up by the renegade scatterlings and drawn into their rebellion against the all-powerful Citizen gods. 

But as she strives to separate herself from the telepathic clanfolk, she discovers the path to knowledge and way to the freedom the scatterlings seek, lead to the same place - the forbidden domed city of the Citizen gods.

First published in 1991, Scatterlings is a book club pick for this month and I have only just started. I'm only one chapter in! So the above quote is how this book starts. I'm definitely intrigued!

What are you currently reading? Please share a link to your FF post so that I can read your quote. Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published Date: 1 December 2011
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though–she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line? (summary from Goodreads)

There are some great ideas to Catching Fire that I figured I was sure to love, but as every one devolved into cliche the less I liked this book.

What drew me to Catching Jordan was Jordan's being the captain and quarterback of her high school's football (gridiron) team, which had me all "woohoo"! Plus I love contemporary romance. Catching Jordan started well. I really liked that Jordan was such a part of this team, that she loved it so much, was awesome at it, and determined to play in college no matter what. In that way Jordan and the book were kind of cool. It was great having a female playing what is so commonly a 'male sport' and is something literature - and the world - needs more of. At least, that's how I felt to begin with. Continuing with the likes, I also really enjoyed Jordan's relationship with her teammates. There's love and respect here, some serious loyalty, and it made me smile. In much the same way, Jordan's relationship with her family is a tick in the good box. The support of her mother and brother was so nice, and the tension between her and her father was heartbreaking. Every time they failed to communicate with each other hurt a little more. What kept me reading this book was wanting to know if Jordan and her father mended their relationship and if Jordan got to achieve her dream of playing football at college. Which is good, because unfortunately there was a lot that had me wanting to give up on this book.

Like the treatment of other female characters throughout the book! Mostly they're cheerleaders, and right away the stereotype starts. These girls only care about how they look, what the male football players think of them, and so on. Blah. Jordan treats them all with such derision and it annoyed me. Sure, some of the girls were rude and didn't deserve her regard, but to lump them all together? Most especially Jordan's shock at Marie's knowing and appreciating football got on my nerves. Because a girl liking football is so out there, right?! At times Jordan was even judgmental of her own mother! For a book about a female trying to fight stereotypes, the hypocrisy was too much. Added to this were the extreme characterisations of Jordan used to portray some sort of male versus female personality traits that were such cliches. No talking about feelings versus crying at the drop of a hat. Wearing baggy clothes versus ignoring instincts because a boy is just oh so hot. These tropes became a bit of a joke for me. At one point I wanted to start counting how many times Jordan suddenly started to cry - I wonder if I'd have made it into double figures? These sorts of things disadvantaged Catching Jordan and undermined Kenneally's having Jordan fight for a place in football in a big way. With every hypocritical cliche I took this book less seriously. And I haven't even mentioned the love triangle. New boy or best friend? Possessive controlling hottie or hottie who treats every other girl like a therapeutic sex doll because he can't have the girl he really wants? Choices, choices. Enough said, yes?

There was some depth to Catching Jordan that had me reading to the end, but it just wasn't enough to truly save this book. This one simply wasn't for me.

Rating:


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I'm intrigued by...

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published Date: September 2016

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.
(summary from Goodreads)


I'm definitely liking the sounds of this one! And the cover is beautiful. The only downside? Having to wait until September 2016! 

What book grabbed your attention this week?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Books On My Syllabus If I Taught Awesome Secondary Characters 101

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books On My Syllabus If I Taught Awesome Secondary Characters 101

Harry Potter LotR Ticker The Hunger Games ACOTAR
My Life Next Door The Perks of Being a Wallflower TFIOS Mosquitoland The Day After Forever

I find that often the secondary characters bring sass and humour to the story, which I just adore. Sometimes it's even heart-wrenching emotion, like with Hazel's parents in The Fault in Our Stars. Awesome secondary characters just make a story that little bit more for me.

What syllabus have you created this week? What books with awesome secondary characters would you add to this list?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon: Sunday Update

Bout of Books

And so ends the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon! I had a lot of fun and met my goal, so I'm very happy! Many thanks to Amanda of On A Book Bender and Kelly of Reading the Paranormal for hosting this awesome read-a-thon. Thanks also to everyone who hosted a challenge and giveaway.

Now for my final update...

Number of Books I Read Yesterday:

1 again!

Total Number of Book Read Throughout the Read-A-Thon:

7, just as I'd planned too, phew!

Books Read:

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Way Down Dark by JP Smythe

The next Bout of Books Read-a-Thon will be from the 4th January to the 10th January 2016, and I'll definitely be signing up again. I hope everyone enjoyed the read-a-thon!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Challenge: What To Read Next

Bout of Books

The last Bout of Books Read-a-Thon challenge! What To Read Next is hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much.

The rules are simple - recommend no more than 3 books that you've read this year that you consider to be great and must reads! Share your list over at Sarah Reads Too Much to be entered in the giveaway.

What To Read Next


  • Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley - This is my favourite read of 2015 so far. Headley spins magic with every word to create an enchanting and whimsical story. You'll never look at the sky or a storm the same way again. (My Review)
  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma - Beautiful, terrible and haunting, this is a truly atmospheric and enthralling read. The story of Ori told through the point of views of Amber and Violet, it'll stick with you. (My Review)
  • Ticker by Lisa Mantchev - A non-stop wild romp to solve a mystery! This book is full of Steampunk goodness. It has a bit of a predictable plot but it's just oh so much fun. Violet and Sebastian are awesome secondary characters and I recommend this one simply for their sass. (My Review)

That's it for me! I hope you'll consider adding these 3 books to your TBR list and that you then enjoy them as I did! Happy reading.

Review: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Title: Mosquitoland
Author: David Arnold
Publisher: Headline
Published Date: 8 September 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

I received this book through NetGalley from Hachette Australia/Headline for review.

"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
(summary from Goodreads)


Mosquitoland is one heck of an eccentric journey full of everything life throws at us.

And I do mean everything. Well, pretty close to it, it felt like. There's certainly a few things to this book I wasn't quite expecting but I truly enjoyed. Mosquitoland alternates between Mim's present and the letters she writes to someone called Iz that fill in the blanks of Mim's past for us. It makes for an engaging read as we put the pieces of the puzzle together, and Mosquitoland did not go the way I thought it might so it's a surprising read too. Seriously, there are some really "WTF?!" moments. What I loved most about this book is that Mim's journey of self-discovery isn't entirely personal. Not just about her, I mean. For me, the message of this story is that everyone is messed up. Everyone is dealing with their own things, their own stories and issues, their own journeys to find their place in the world and Arnold shows this in the best and worst ways. Every detour, every character Mim meets, offers a lesson and opens her eyes that little bit more. It's horrific and heartbreaking, beautiful and hilarious, and every moment had me reacting. Also really well done is that Arnold layers this all with questions of Mim's stability. Is she "crazy" or not? Is she having delusions or not? Mim believes she's not as mentally ill as her father thinks she is and throughout the story Arnold clearly argues both sides. This is the kind of book to keep you thinking.

Arnold has created some seriously memorable characters here. From the lovely to the kooky to the creepy, every one of them makes this story what it is. But Mim provides the voice and what a voice it is. Mim is as quirky as all the other characters, witty and forthright, and oh so broken - but fighting all the way. All of Mim's truths and all the truths she learns make for an honest and deep read. Her relationships with Walt and Beck had me grinning and flailing. My heart, it was all a-flutter at how adorable they were. The connection between them just surges off of the page. This had me truly invested in Mosquitoland and as the story builds to its finish I was a bit of a wreck waiting to find out where they'd end up. I will say though that there were times that Mim and Beck's treatment of Walt, who has Down Syndrome, is a little patronizing. Here and there it would just pull me up as I thought "oh, come on now!" but there really is a beautiful and emotional depth to their friendship, and overall it's that that shines.

Mosquitoland is an oddball of a read that is hard-hitting and ultimately joyful.

Rating:

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon: Saturday Update

Bout of Books

So close to the end of the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon and I'm very happy with my progress! Looks like I'll be making my goal, so yay!

Number of Books I Read Yesterday:

1, as planned.

Total Number of Books Read So Far:

6, woohoo!

Books Read:

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Hopefully I'll get one more read today and that'll be my goal of a book day smashed! Bit sad that the read-a-thon is almost over already. This week has gone by pretty fast.

How's your read-a-thon going? Have you reached your goal?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Challenge: Book Road Trip

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Day 6 challenge is a Book Road Trip hosted by Steph in Wonderland.

We're taking a road trip without leaving home! Pick 4-5 places you want to visit and find a book that is either set there or is written by an author from that place. Share your list at Steph in Wonderland to enter the giveaway!

My Book Road Trip

I picked places I haven't been but want to travel to someday and books that I have yet to read but hopefully will soon! I tried to limit my ocean hopping so that it's more possible to be a road trip...a really long, fuel guzzling road trip...but it didn't end up that way, really.



I'm looking forward to this road trip! Who wants to join me? Where would your road trip take you?

ARC August: Week 3

Week 3 of ARC August is over and unfortunately it was not a great week. Mostly because I've been reading non-ARC books as part of another read-a-thon, which is good, but I had hoped to read more ARCs. Oh, well.

Number of ARCs Read This Week:

Just 1.

ARCs Read This Week:

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

Total Number of ARCs Read So Far:

6. I have some major catching up to do next week!

ARCs Read So Far:

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines - My review
Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick - My review
Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger - My review
The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly - My review
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

Here's to next week! How's your reading going?

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon: Friday Update

Bout of Books

Day 5 of the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was definitely a better reading day for me. I wasn't entirely out of my slump but I pushed through it in a major way.

Number of Books I Read Yesterday:

1 & 3/4, yay! That 3/4 was the last of a book I'd tried reading the day before, so even better!

Total Number of Books Read So Far:

5, which puts me right on track again.

Books Read:

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

I'm very pleased that I fought through my slump. They're the worst! Hopefully I can keep it up.

How about you, how did Day 5 turn out for you?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Challenge: Character Soulmates

Bout of Books

As Day 5 of the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon draws to a close it's time for another challenge! Character Soulmates is that challenge, and it's hosted by Chioma of Blue Books and Butterflies.

Here's what you have to do...

  • Pick two characters from different books that you think would be soulmates.
  • Tell us who those characters are and why you think they'd be perfect for each other.
  • Choose a ship name for your pair. Like how Brad and Angelina are "Brangelina".
  • Share your new soulmates over at Blue Books and Butterflies.

That's it! So without further ado...

CHARACTER SOULMATES

So I have been thinking on this and thinking on this. I'm never very good at challenges like this as I just don't think my brain is imaginative enough. After a while I decided to change it up a bit, as I'm a fan of slash fanfiction and figured I'd add a little diversity to this. So I present to you...

CASIEN


That is, CAS from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and LUCIEN from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

I'd decided I wanted to ship Cas with someone as ghost hunting can be a lonely job and well, there's another big reason but I don't want to spoil anyone who hasn't read the series. So, Cas was on my mind. Now to find him the perfect soulmate. I went through a few before deciding to change it up and I was scanning the books on my shelves when I saw ACOTAR and boom!

I think Lucien would be perfect for Cas because he'd add some fun to Cas's life. Lucien is a big flirt and he'd likely annoy Cas, who is a little more reserved, but he'd also challenge Cas so he doesn't get lost in the life that is ghost hunting. Plus Lucien is kickass enough too that Cas wouldn't need to protect him. Yep, Casien are definitely soulmates made in ship heaven.

Plus they'd be seriously hot together, I admit.

So there you have it! Another challenge done and dusted. I enjoyed this! Now tell me, which two characters would you pair together? What would be their ship name?

Feature & Follow Friday: Pets

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured bloggers!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would you pick? Fictional ones count too!


That would be a unicorn. Absolutely, no further thought necessary. I've always loved unicorns and to have them be real would be amazing and to have one as a pet would blow my mind. Which is kind of funny, because I'm not actually that interested in horses. I always think I should be as they're the next best thing, but nope.


I wish I could have so many pets. I want a house full of cats and dogs! I have a Westie (above), Finn, and he's spoiled so he doesn't play well with others unfortunately. Someday though I'd like to own more pets. I want a rabbit but they're illegal in my state. Boo. So I've been thinking of maybe an owl or a turtle...something a little different. Any suggestions?

What animal would you choose as a pet? Do you have any pets in real life?

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon: Thursday Update

Bout of Books

Day 4 of the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was not a good day for me, unfortunately.

I suffered a reading slump. Actually, an everything slump. I had plenty to do yesterday but I just couldn't seem to get out of the funk I found myself in. I kept trying to read but mostly spent the day having a Common Law marathon.

Number of Books I Read Yesterday:

None. I did get about 150 pages read which is good, but it was 50 pages each of three different books as I tried to find something to get me out of my slump.

Total Number of Books Read So Far:

Still 3.

Books Read:

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Hopefully today is a better day for me and I can get back on my reading track! What did you get read yesterday?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Challenge: Four Seasons in Book Covers

Bout of Books

It's that time of Day 4 of the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon...Challenge time! Today's challenge is hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads!

This challenge is nice and easy - pick 4 books to represent the 4 seasons! It can be through colours, image, titles, whatever you like. Share your selection and enter the giveaway over at Kimberly Faye Reads.

The Fours Seasons in Book Covers


I chose to find covers with images that portray the seasons. So I have...


Many thanks to Kimberly Faye Reads for this challenge!

Tell me, what books would you choose to represent the seasons?

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon: Wednesday Update

Bout of Books

Another day of the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon is over and I'm still on track to reach my goal!

Number of Books I Read Yesterday:

1 and a bit! I got 64 pages into a second book, so really only a 'bit'.

Total Number of Books Read:

3

Books Read:

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Did you get the reading you wanted to completed yesterday?