Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top 8 Book Girlfriends

Okay so I've never been afraid to admit here on my blog that I'm bi and so that got me thinking, Friday, I did the feature and follow Friday and it was about book boyfriends and it really got me thinking, that's only one half of this for me. I've got just as many book girlfriends as I do boyfriends. So why should I leave them out? So on that note, here is my top 8 book girlfriends. Enjoy! 



8) Eve Rosser
The Morganville Vampires saga. 
I have a thing for goth girls or any alternative girl.



7) Rosemarie Hathaway "Rose"
Vampire Academy
Who doesn't love Rose? She's so true to herself and it's something to admire and something I love about her.



6) Hermione Granger
Harry Potter Series
She's so smart and brave. She's not scared to stand up for what she believes in and yeah I like that.




5) Isabelle Lightwood
The Mortal Instruments
So I like girls in black... anyway, she's just so stunning and I like her.




4) Daenerys Targaryen
A Song of Ice and Fire
I also have a thing for strong females...





3) Aislinn
Wicked Lovely




2) Alyssa Gardner
Splintered Series




1) Tessa Gray
The Infernal Devices 


Monday, August 29, 2016

Music Monday - BlackPink

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Always Me




So I'm sure you know that I love K-Pop by now and if not... see most of my other Music Monday's as it's there. There is a new girl group from YG called BlackPink and their two new songs are super good. I've been in love with them but I'm only going to share my favorite one. I love the beat and the rap and singing is so good. 






The next song I want to share is by two members of Girls' Generation. In case you don't know I had three biases in SNSD until Jessica left. Now there is only Sunny and Yuri. But in this song Yuri is here! She looks stunning and this video is just so cool! 




Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Winner's Cruse - Review

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love...

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.





Book Breakdown 

Kestrel is the general's daughter and she gets to live the high life because of the land her father stole during the war. Her people invaded and made slaves of the natives. It's the day that she buys her first and last slave that everything changes. She gets to to know this slave: Arin and finds she actually cares for him, truly cares, but she doesn't know of his plans for her or her people. He wants his freedom at all costs.

There is such a power on words in this novel, lies and truth. I've never quite read anything like it. It's really interesting. I will admit that it was very slow to start for me, it was pretty boring for a while but when it took off, it took off. It was such a ride, watching all these people play with secrets, using them for their own gain.

The romance is perfect, it is slow built and nothing close to insta-love, which I hate so much. It's so sad how hard they try not to fall for each other. I mean he is a slave and she the general's daughter, that just doesn't happen but no one can control love. The world building is top notch and the book is written perfectly, the flow of words seamless. 

I do feel badly for Kestrel in the end. I mean that choice... to save your people and maybe get the one you love killed or stay with the man you love while your people die? That's not an easy choice, I mean no would should be a slave, ever but to just let your own people die? 

So bottom line, beautiful storytelling, wonderful characters, and a very engaging plot. I can't believe I waited so long to start this series! I've been missing out and so are you if you haven't read this yet.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday - Book Boyfriends


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This one is I should have skipped because damn it's going to be hard. I have to choose my top 5 book boyfriends... just 5! 5!!!!!! I don't know how I'm going to do this... I thought it was hard when I did my top 10 book boyfriends... only 5...

Well I guess let's jump into the hardest post ever and see if I can do it! I hope I can. 



5) Jace Wayland (no spoilers here)
Yeah he's pretty. And awesome, kickass, funny, brave, loving, and I could go on and on.





4) Rhysand (A Court of Thrones and Roses)
I mean come on! This guy is sexy and dark and just *swoon*





3) Will Herondale 
How could anyone NOT want him? I mean, really be honest with yourself. You want him.


2) Zero Kiryu
He is still my favorite manga character ever. He will always hold a place in my heart. 





1) Daemon Black 
Yeah he's still my number one, I wish he were real *sigh*

Thursday, August 25, 2016

July Wrap Up!







So I read a lot of manga last month as it was a busy month for me and manga is faster to read. Because of all the manga, I finally caught up on my Goodreads challenge and now I'm even ahead so yay! I was very behind before.

This was a reread but I couldn't help it, it's been years since I had read it and I found it on my iBooks account and thought, why not? It's still as good as I remembered.




This series used to be a five star read but after looking into Cassandra Clare and knowing what I know now... I can't enjoy it as much as I used to, though I still love it so much. This was also a reread as I'm gearing up to read Lady Midnight. Yes, I know I'm behind.



This is one I've been wanting to read for a while as it reminded me of Anna and the French Kiss but with K-Pop and set in Korea and if you know me at all, you know I love me some good K-Pop.



This was my first ever mature rated manga and it wasn't too bad...





Ugh, Ugh, Ugh.





OMG I love this series, one of the best ever! I can't recommend it enough! 



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Review


Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.




Book Breakdown

*SPOILER ALERT*
You have been warned.

Okay so first off I want to talk about all the hate this book gets. Some I do understand and some I don't. None of the characters feel true to themselves, Harry doesn't feel like Harry to me. Ron.... just thinking about the Ron in this script makes me want to laugh my ass off as that's all he is, one big stupid joke. Ron from the true novels was not just a joke that made me role my eyes or cringe. If this was how Ron turned out to be... I have advice for Hermione: girl, divorce him and find someone who is worthy of you.

Malfoy... I did like his character and I thought he fit in a strange way, I don't even know how to explain why. His son though... Scorpius! Oh adorable, geeky, and wonderful Scorpius! He was simply perfectly. I loved him to pieces. Albus was I guess the star but he was unlikable to me. I also wish we could have seen Harry's other kids but maybe they would have been as bad as Albus and it's a good thing we don't see them. 

The plot is nothing special, nothing we haven't seen before. This really feels like an excuse to bring all the characters back for fan service. Honestly it feels like fan faction. I know I sound like I'm ripping this apart but I did enjoy it. But I enjoy quite a few bad books. There is nothing here that is good other than Snape and Malfoy and his son. 

There is something I want to discuss that I simply don't understand, most everyone claims that Albus and Scorpius are in love and gay. But it clearly says that Albus liked the 'villain' in this book. Yes, Scorpius got jealous but he was used to having all Albus' attention, he was his only friend. I'd feel jealous too. I mean why would JK Rowling lie to us? She had no bones about Dumbledore being gay but why would she say Albus liked a girl? Or Scorpius asking out Rose? I mean come on, I just don't get it. My sister and I were arguing over this a few days ago. She says they are gay and that I can't read and I said she was making this out to be more like fanfiction than Draco and Harry being gay. 

So what is your thoughts on their being gay or not gay?

Lastly, I just want to say that it was nice seeing this world again but it was ruined with how the characters didn't feel like the characters... so read it if you wish but go in with no exceptions and I'm sure you'll enjoy it like I did.




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

50/50 Friday - Update




So I'm looking for someone who might want to help me host this meme, if you're interested than simply leave your email and name below in a comment and I will email you so we can get it rolling. I'm currently working on a link up and sometime next month the meme shall actually go live! I can't wait to share all the details about the meme and I hope you guys will enjoy it.


Also, I just wanted to announce so great news, if you've been following my blog for a a few months now then you know that we've (my partner and I) have been trying to find a new place... we thought we had one in May but it was so terrible and the landlords were vile. Well, we finally found the most perfect place! It's so close to work and it's perfect for us! We have moved it but there is some stuff we still have to fix. We finally got internet back yesterday and I'm so glad. So that's why I was gone for so long but I'm back now! I can't wait to take pictures and videos to show it to you guys as I'm so happy about this place.

Well, that's all for this update butterflies. Keep on reading and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

E-Books Vs Paper Books

Now I'm sure by now that everyone knows I love paper copies of books. There is nothing better than holding a book in your hand and smelling the pages. I told myself I would never ever read an ebook but then my partner got me a kindle and an iPad and I started blogging... ebooks has become how I get ARCS (I'm too nervous to actually ask a big company for a paper ARC, my blog is just to small and I don't want the rejection). So I got a few ebooks and decided it's not so bad after all. So I got to thinking about the good and bad of both and thus, this list was born. 



Paper Copies (PROS)

Never needs charging.
That new books smell! It's the best!
You don't have to zoom in to see all the details (if you're reading manga).
Reading in the shower or bath is much easier. No steam on the screen
Nothing beats holding a real flesh and blood book in your hands.
Touching the cover, flipping those pages.
That crisp sound the pages make when you turn them.
Easier to get other people talking about the book, like when they see the cover.
No distractions. 

(CONS)

Books can be heavy! I got mainly hardcovers and boy when I want to read them in bed... hard.
You can only carry a few of them when you leave.
Can't read without light.
You can crease the spine!!! I hate when this happens to me, I end up selling the back and getting a new copy.
Harder to update on Goodreads. I mean I have to put the book down and get my tablet and then find the book and type the page count in.
Usually costs more than an ebook.
The bookstore can be over an hour away. Which is my case and it sucks so much. I haven't been to an actual bookstore in over two months. Sad fact.





E-Books (PROS)

If you like those dirty romance books with trashy covers and don't want anyone to see the covers... this is perfect! 
Lightweight. Which is lovely for people like me with weak wrists.
You can carry your whole library with you! 
Saving trees.
You can read in any light at all. 
Can highlight without ruining the book.
So easy to download ARCS.
Super easy to update Goodreads.
Usually cheaper.
You can get a book without leaving the house!



(CONS)

Can't read in shower.
Needs Charging a lot.
Having to zoom in to read manga.
Can easily get sidetracked by anything on the web.
Doesn't feel as personal or as real (at least to me).
Can't admire an ebook on a book shelf. 



Did I mess anything? Let me know before your reasons for liking which format you do. Happy reading Sunflowers!



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lola and the Boy Next Door - Review





Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.











Book Breakdown 


First, I want to say  that I read this book in less than 24 hours. It was glorious! It gave me all the feels that Anna and the French Kiss did and that itself is amazing! No second book has ever done that for me before. So this book follows Lola, she's quirky and cool. All she really wants is her fathers to like her older boyfriend (who's an ass); Max. They don't and I can't blame them at all. He's seems alright at first except the drugs part but he's bad news. I just want to smack him across his face.

Lola also hopes the twins never come back. She had a huge crush on Cricket before and her heart got broken. But the twins do end up moving back, duh otherwise there'd be no book. Cricket's room is right next to hers and so they begin to talk a little. Lola finds herself falling for him all over again and he clearly never got over her. Lots of drama ensues and lies keep them apart but it will all work out in the end our couple. 

Cricket is adorable! I think I might actually like him better than St. Clair, which I thought was impossible. He's so sweet and charming and even quite quirky himself. He's so perfectly matched for Lola and you can see it plainly. They are so much better when they are together. 

I love how much Lola grows in this novel and how she also learns to see Max for what he really is. It just took her too long for my liking, bad taste in judgement through. She does wise up in the end though and so I'm proud of her. I'm also glad that she accepted herself as well. Overall, if you like Anna and the French Kiss, then you're going to enjoy this one too. I can't wait though to go back to Paris for the next book. 





Favorite Quotes

1) “I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

2)  “Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to the moon. And she was mysterious and she was perfect, in that way that girls who talk to moons are. In the house next door, there lived a boy. And the boy watched the girl grow more and more perfect, more and more beautiful with each passing year. He watched her watch the moon. And he began to wonder if the moon would help him unravel the mystery of the beautiful girl. So the boy looked into the sky. But he couldn't concentrate on the moon. He was too distracted by the stars. And it didn't matter how many songs or poems had already been written about them, because whenever he thought about the girl, the stars shone brighter. As if she were the one keeping them illuminated. 

One day, the boy had to move away. He couldn't bring the girl with him, so he brought the stars. When he'd look out his window at night, he would start with one. One star. And the boy would make a wish on it, and the wish would be her name.

At the sound of her name, a second star would appear. And then he'd wish her name again, and the stars would double into four. And four became eight, and eight became sixteen, and so on, in the greatest mathematical equation the universe had ever seen. And by the time an hour had passed, the sky would be filled with so many stars that it would wake the neighbors. People wondered who'd turned on the floodlights.

The boy did. By thinking about the girl.”


3) “Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."
I smile. "You don't think I'm perfect?"
"No. You're delightfully screwy, and I wouldn't have you any other way.” 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday (Audiobooks)



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So the topic for this week is audiobooks.

Do you listen to adiobooks? Who are your favorite narrators? (If not an audiobook listerner - why don't you listen to audiobooks?)



So I love the idea of audiobooks and I have listened to a few. I wish I could listen to more as they are just so cool! The only problem for me about audiobooks are the fact that I don't have enough time for them and even as fast as they are speeded ones (digital), they are still not fast enough for me. I'm a speed reader... so yeah. 

So while I think they are completely awesome and useful! (If I had a long commute to work I would so listen to audiobooks but right now I have a ten minute drive and when we move I'm going to start walking to work most days as we will be that freaking close!). They just don't work for me. I read too fast and can finish a book reading it much faster and with so many books I want to read and get through, it just doesn't work for. Plus, if you buy them, they can be very expensive. 

So what about you butterflies? Do you listen to a lot of audiobooks? 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This is Me - Review

This is Me.
A-SIST
Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT

Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.

One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?

As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.

With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming? 

What really makes a person a person?
Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?





Book Breakdown



I recived this book in exchange for an honest review and it in no way affects my thoughts.

This author keeps getting better and better with her works! I also love how all of her works are so strange. I know that's a weird way to phase it but it's actually a good thing! I've never seen some of the things she comes up with in books before and in a world where hardly anything is original anymore... this is refeshing! This is a good strange ha ha.

Now to the actual review. Does anyone else love Rogan? Because I thought he was such a well developed character and his romance with Chole is just so cute! I will say that the biggest thing this book had going for it was the sex. This is a new adult book so there is some sex but unlike most other new adult or even adult books, it's not the plot. It actually helps further the plot along which is such a breath of fresh air. Too many books have too much sex and no plot and those books drive me utterly insane. Sex is not a plot!

As for Chole, I really like her as the main character, she's smart and really trying hard to make her dream. She and Rogan are the best characters in this story to me. They really make it shine and the author has done a great job of making them feel real of making this whole world feel real and that can sometimes be hard to do with science fiction but somehow she makes it work.

Overall, if you like science fiction, romance, and new adult with a good plot and great characters, than this is for you. It's my favorite work from C.E. Wilson. If you have read any of her work and enjoyed it than you'll love this too! If you haven't, this would be a great place to start!



Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Rewind (Top Ten Books with a School Setting)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.



This week is actually a Rewind, where you could chose any past Top Ten Tuesday and I found one from 2013 that I thought looked fun. Top Ten Books with X Setting. So I've chosen a school/boarding school setting. Here we go!



10) Fallen
I know this book has a late of hate and while I don't LOVE it, I do enjoy it and the covers are freaking beautiful! What do you think of this series/book?



9) Vampire Academy
There was no way I was going to leave this awesome series out!




8) Carry On
Okay so confession time, I've not read this one yet but I want to so much!




7) Born at Midnight





6) Marked
This series isn't the best but for whatever reason, I like it. Yes, I'm strange. 




5) Vampire Knight
Only the best Shoujo manga ever!





4) Wait for You
The only book on this list set in College. I just love this book and Cam is to die for!



3) Harry Potter
There was no way I was leaving this one out!




2) Anna and the French Kiss
This book... all the feels I got. If you haven't read this one yet, you need to. It's so cute!




1) Half-Blood
This is such a great series! 



So this is my list, these are not in any order at all. Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? Until next time, happy reading little butterflies!

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