Friday, March 31, 2017

Featured & Follow Friday #63 & Book Blogger Hop #36


Post Prompt:

It's my birthday! What book should I read? (Recommend your fave book)

My Answer:

Ohh this is a hard question because I just can't pick one book to recommend. I will recommend and list only two books that I recently read this year down below. That are also my all time favorite books this year.

1. The Wrath and the Dawn Series  by Renee Ahdieh 

2.  Caraval (Caraval #1)  by Stephanie Garber

Book Blogger Hop Hosted by Billy B. at Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer

This Week Question:

Do you visit every listed blog in the linky list when you are participating in a meme? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Answer:

It depends on what day the memes is on. Sometimes I do visit all the blog listed on the meme. And sometime I don't when it is a day that I am extremely busy. But I try too go back and visit all the blogs on a meme when I don't have a busy day.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Surprise Announcement: All Closed Off (Rusk University #4) by Cora Carmack


From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, ALL CLOSED OFF! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella’s story! ALL CLOSED OFF is coming your way May 1, 2017!

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Cover Design and Photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton at K. Keeton Designs

ABOUT ALL CLOSED OFF (Releasing May 1, 2017):

Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.
But none of that matters because she’s just fine.
For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.
When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.
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      Cora Carmack - author picAbout Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various TV shows on Netflix. She lives by one rule: embrace whatever the world throws at you and run with it (just not with scissors).          

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Review: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Title: Caraval

Series: Caraval #1

Author: Stephanie Garber

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Publication Date: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library


Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

I just have a few words about Caraval and those words are, This Book Was Freaking Fantastic & Utterly Magical. I know this book is not for everyone. But this girl can't help but jump up in joy and fan girl about Caraval. It was, it was I don't know how to describe it too you it was absolutely a stunningly, gorgeous and magical world that Stephanie Garber wrote. That I couldn't help but gobble every word in this amazing book. If you can tell I absolutely loved and enjoyed everything in Caraval. The unique characters, whimsical writing style and the enchanting and magical world of Caraval. I loved reading every detail and every emotion that the characters was going through. I just can see everything in my mind how Caraval is and feel every emotions that Scarlett was going through in the game of Caraval. I even felt for Donatella aka Tella was going through even though I didn't like her or felt connected too her in the beginning but she really did grow on me the more I read about her. Plus I absolutely loved the sisterly love and bound that Scarlett and Tella had that you can tell that Scarlett would do anything for her younger sister Tella, even protect her by marry off too an unknown duke that she never met before. But before Scarlett gets marry she finally gets three inventions from Legend to go too Caraval with her little sister Tella plus a guest. But Scarlett didn't want to go because she was getting marry in a few days so she couldn't risk escaping from her horrible abusive father or he would take it out on Tella. But the little imp Tella found a way for her and her sister to go to Caraval along with the sexy Julian. That I tell you there was a lot of swoon moments between Julian and one of the sisters but I won't say which one because spoiler, but if you love swoon moments there's is a lot in this book. But once all three of them land in Caraval a lot of things go down and they go down really fast I tell ya. But whoa what an adventure it was that Scarlett, Tella and Julian goes through. There was also some twist and secrets at the end we find out that I totally didn't see coming. But I am going to live it off here without getting too spoiler. But all and all I really love and enjoy Caraval that I can't wait too read the next book because of that ending just that ending. If you read Caraval you know what I am talking about. I need too know more. I just be here waiting patiently which is going to be pure torture for me until the next book comes out just ugh!

I’m the international and New York Times bestselling author of Caraval.
When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings.
To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.
My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval is out now (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in over twenty-five foreign territories and the movie rights were picked by Twentieth Century Fox.


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Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Series: Stand-Alone

Author: Jay Asher

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: October 18th 2007 by Razorbill

Format: Paper Back

Source: Library


Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

                     I will be brutally honest too everybody I was not ever going to pick this book up since I first heard about it, when it first came out in the year 2007. When I read the synopsis I said I will absolutely not read this book not because I think it was a bad book, but because in the early 2000's I was diagnosis with Mental illness and depression. At that time I was really straggling with my mental illness and depression and I've been in and out of the hospital because of it. I was just not ready too read a very hard, difficult and tough subject in this book. Until years later with the support of family and friends, the right medication and my faith I got much better. And my motto was always that I Will Not Let This Illness Control My Life. And I will also say I was not really into books like Thirteen Reasons Whys back in the days as well. And now years lately I read a lot of hard, tough and very dark subject in books lately that when I first saw the trailer of Thirteen Reasons Why that is going to be on Netflix. That I finally remember about it I totally forgot about it before I saw the trailer, but remember about Thirteen Reasons Why after I saw the trailer. That I actually really wanted too read it before it came on Netflix because the trailer look really, really good. So I decided I will give it a shot and check it out from the library and see if I like it or not. And Oh My did I ever love this book. I know this book is not for everybody and I totally understand there reasoning. But I absolutely love everything about it. I Especially love Jay Asher writing style and how he voice the teenagers I thought he did a magnificent job writing about them. And I also love how he wrote about the mental illness and deep depression that Hannah Baker had. I know it is really difficult too read about the reason why Hannah killed herself and blamed 13 people for her death, everything she went through was how I went through with my mental illness and depression. Mental Illness and depression is not pretty and it is really dark and very ugly feeling it feels that you are in a never ending deep hole that you think you never will get back to normal again. And that's how I think Hannah Baker felt and I felt so bad for her because I know exactly what she was going through. But fortunately for me I had support from family and friends. Hannah had nobody not even the help from her parents and I just felt absolutely horrible for her even when she was going through a snowball effect. Just tragedy after tragedy she went through in Thirteen Reasons Why. That I just wanted to give her a big hug and console her. And I am going to leave it off here because I don't want to get too spoiler but I will say that the ending was a bitter sweet ending and I will dare say it was an hopeful ending as well. All and all I really love and enjoy Thirteen Reasons Why now I can not wait too watch the Netflix series that will start this Friday! Plus I will read more books by Jay Asher because I really love his writing style Thirteen Reasons Why is most definitely won't be my last book that I will read by Jay Asher! 

Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.

He has published only one book to date,
Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007. He is currently working on his second Young Adult novel, and has written several picture books and screenplays. Thirteen Reasons Why has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also has received high reviews from fellow authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon.



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"Waiting On" Wednesday #62: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill At Breaking The Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating

What too participate? Grab the logo post your own WOW entry on your blog and leave your link below. 

Here Is My WOW  Pick For This Week:

     Royal Bastards

By Andrew Shvarts

Publication Date: May 30th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion


Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

This one really looks and sounds absolutely freaking fantastic plus I totally love ya fantasy! And look at that wonderful cover I so love it!

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