30 June, 2016

29 June, 2016

28 June, 2016

REVIEW: WINTER by Marissa Meyer

Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: Physical copy / Kindle Edition
Pages: 827

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SYNOPSIS: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

27 June, 2016

REVIEW: KARMA by Nadine Nightingale

Title: Karma
Author: Nadine Nightingale
Series: Drag. Me. To. Hell. #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Witches
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Source: Review physical book
Pages: 276


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People call me all sorts of names—bad girl, black sheep, and my all-time favorite...Satan’s bride. I could blame the fact I’m a witch for my behavior, but the truth is I’m infuriating, arrogant, and stab-worthy.

Alex Remington is a hunter and everything I’m not—righteous, honest, caring. We used to have a thing, but that was before he learned I’m a witch and tried to kill me.

Eighteen months later, he’s back in my life and we have a deal; I’ll help him save his brother and he’ll disappear from my life for good. But karma can be a real bitch…

26 June, 2016

25 June, 2016

REVIEW: THE VAMPIRE STALKER by Allison Van Diepen

Title: The Vampire Stalker
Author: Allison Van Diepen
Series: -
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Paperback
Pages: 250


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BLURB: Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

24 June, 2016

REVIEW: TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray

Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #2
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Paperback
Pages: 432

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SYNOPSIS: Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

23 June, 2016

22 June, 2016

21 June, 2016

BOOKS THAT MADE ME CRY!

Hello our dear fellow readers, 

Today I'm going to follow the footsteps of HannahCassie and do the Books That Made Me Cry tag. I present 5 books that made me cry, and give reasons why.


So please bear with me, take some tissues or put on some teary tunes and let's get started:


20 June, 2016

REVIEW: GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton

Title: Guilty Pleasures
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Paranormal
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Physical book
Pages: 306


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Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law—as long as they don't get too nasty. Now someone's killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees—with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting—to help figure out who and why.

Trust is a luxury Anita can't afford when her allies aren't human. The city's most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita's professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn't playing along—yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters—both dead and alive.

19 June, 2016

18 June, 2016

REVIEW: NIGHT SHIFT by Charlaine Harris

Title: Night Shift
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Midnight, Texas #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Publisher: Orion
Source: ARC
Pages: 320

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BLURB: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day...
 
At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.

And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...

17 June, 2016

REVIEW: ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction, Adult novel
Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Source: Hardcover
Pages: 369


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BLURB:
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

16 June, 2016

15 June, 2016

14 June, 2016

REVIEW: THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Hardcover
Pages: 342

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SYNOPSIS: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

13 June, 2016

Martyna's Book Haul!

Hello my fellow book readers,
Today I will not be posting any book review sadly, but instead I'll show you some books I bought, got, found or took from the library. So in other words, today I'm doing Book Haul!


(insert howling wolf picture to illustrate the haul. Clever and cute? I think so :D).

12 June, 2016

11 June, 2016

REVIEW: STORM FRONT by Jim Butcher

Title: Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Crime
Publisher: Penguin ROC
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 355


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BLURB:
HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get interesting.

Magic - it can get a guy killed.

10 June, 2016

REVIEW: SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo


Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genres: YA, Adventure, Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Source: Physical copy / Kindle Edition
Pages: 462

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SYNOPSIS: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

09 June, 2016

Thursday! Where is the video?


Okay so I did film it but when I started editing I noticed that there is a huge background noise which is really annoying and so I decided to not post the video and instead refilm it for Sunday. I am sorry if this disappoints you but really, it is just my new place that I am not used to and never filmed in before and yeah...adjustments must be done! 


But on Sunday new video is coming! Pinky promise!

Meanwhile...

08 June, 2016

07 June, 2016

REVIEW: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #
Genres: YA, Romance, Contemporary 
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Source: Physical copy / Kindle Edition
Pages: 385

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SYNOPSIS: Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

06 June, 2016

REVIEW: UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi

Title: Under The Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Under The Never Sky #1
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: Atom
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 374


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WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

05 June, 2016

04 June, 2016

REVIEW: THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Series: The Martian #1
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
Publisher: Crown
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 369


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A mission to Mars.
A freak accident.
One man's struggle to survive.


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.

03 June, 2016

JUNE TBR of Laura


JUNE TBR
Alright, I decided that I won't be reading that much in June because I have A TON of things to do:
  1. One essay
  2. Two research proposals
  3. Prepare my internship contract
  4. Four dances (rehearse and memorize choreography)
  5. One more lab rotation
  6. Write a report about all three lab rotations...
  7. Seven final exams


You can get an idea right? So for the Goodreads group All our TBR's I will read Six of Crows (finally!) and re-read Anna and the French Kiss. Also, I will try to read Ten Thousands Skies Above You and The Star-Touched Queen.

I had Te Lo Dije as a re-read too but I finished it already and posted the review in both Spanish and English :)

Pssttt I might start with Winter although it's a July read. It's very long so I want to start it asap.

PS: I've just realized that I'm reading a lot... hmm I always find a way to procrastinate with studies by reading oh my god I'm terrible. Help me.

Are there any books you want us to review in particular? If you'd like to suggest a book to Hannah, Martyna, and/or me to read for July please use the Contact Us tab above.

02 June, 2016

01 June, 2016