#SBPT | Week 3: @LeftyReads of The Left Handed Book Lover @TheBookBratz

Posted 17 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blogging Challenges, Fun, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Annnnd we’re back! It’s week 3 of the #SBPT challenge, and today it’s all about LeftyReads and books she thinks you should be reading now!
Take it away, gurrrrl!

Hey there, lovely book people! I’m Lefty, and I’m the ferocious dragon behind The Left-Handed Book Lover. I’m so delighted to be here on Kat’s blog. I’m going to be telling you about the books I like to recommend to people.

These books are just kind of my go-to recommendations. Obviously, if I get acquainted with someone’s specific taste, I’ll personalize the recs, but these are some of my favorite books that I think a lot of people will enjoy, even if they’re not big readers.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – This is my favorite book series of all time! It’s action-packed and the characters are a lot of fun. I’m always telling people they need to read this book, and assuring them it’s way better than the crap-tastic movie made in its name. I know the vampire craze is over, but, in my opinion, this series transcends that trend. It’s much more than the standard vampire novel.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I picked this book up earlier in the year and it quickly became one of my new favorite contemporary books. The friendship elements in it are fantastic, the romance is adorable, and the over-all plot is a ton of fun.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – This series is quick to read, and the writing is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, so I’m always shoving this book in people’s hands.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – This is another one of my favorite contemporary novels. I love the romance and the way the two main characters have to work through so much crap going on in their own heads.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I actually only read this a few weeks ago, but ever since then I’ve been practically shouting from every rooftop I pass that people need to read this book. It’s heartbreaking and phenomenal

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – I’m pretty sure I’ve told everyone in my life to read this novel. The premise is unique and the execution is flawless. Oliver’s writing is absolutely stunning, and I just need everyone to read this series.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This is another more recent read, but I thought it was incredibly adorable and relatable.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – While I like TMI, I love this series even more. I feel like everyone knows about TMI now that it has been adapted into a movie and a TV series, so when people express interest in that series, I always point them to The Infernal Devices.

If you haven’t read any of these, I sincerely hope you do! I found all of these novels to be utterly unputdownable. If you’d like to chat with me about these books (or any books, really) feel free to chat me up at ANY time. I’m always on board with making new bookish friends.

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Thank you muchly to Lefty for participating and giving us an insight into her bookish taste! 🙂 Remember to keep an eye on the #SBPT tag on twitter to see other blogger’s posts.

-Kat

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#SBPT | Week 2: Krystianna of Downright Dystopian @thebookbratz @dwnritdystopian

Posted 10 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Updates / 0 Comments

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Howdy everyone! Another week, another blogger to promote. Today is all about Krystianna from Downright Dystopian. She’ll be telling us about her reading habits with the Reader Problems Book Tag. Take it away, girl! 🙂

1: You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what

to read next?

If I had that many books on my TBR, I’d probably just close my eyes and point to
all the books. Whichever one I was pointing directly at is the one that I’d pick up
and read.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quitor are you committed?

I’m committed! I always stick books through because sometimes the endings can
make all the difference.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away onyour Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Yes! I’d probably try to find some thinner books on my TBR or pick up some
graphic novels.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I don’t. :/

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who doyou bond with over shared feelings?

I’d probably just keep searching for someone else who didn’t love the book as
much as me. Perhaps one of the people that love it even have the tiniest issue
with the book and that could be something I could bond over with them.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I’d probably just run to the nearest bathroom.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lotfrom the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to finda synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

To start, I’d probably try to find an in-depth Goodreads review about the book. If that doesn’t work, I’d probably try to reread the book!

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Instead of saying no I’d try to change the subject. I don’t like hurting people’s
feelings!

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month.

How do you get over your reading slump?

When I’m in a reading slump, I tend to binge-watch Netflix. After binging for
however long, I will switch back to reading books. Sometimes I just need a break!

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read!

How many do you actually buy?

When there’s a lot of books coming out that I want to read, I try to look at the
library first to see if they have any of them. If they don’t, I’d try to buy only one
that I know I can’t live without.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do

they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

This is honestly so bad of me, but they will sit on my shelf for quite a few
months… sometimes even a year.

 


 

Thanks to Krystianna for taking part, and to The Book Bratz for organising this tour! Don’t forget to follow the #SBPT hashtag to find other posts! 🙂
-Kat
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#SBPT | Week 1: Valerie of HeSaidBooksOrMe

Posted 3 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Interviews, Updates / 2 Comments

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HEY! Welcome to the first weekend of the Summer Blog Promo Tour! It was organised by the wonderful girls at The Book Bratz. For the next 7 Sundays I’ll be publishing a post that basically pimps out a different blogger. They deserve it, after all. All the hard work we all put in. Today’s post is all about Valerie from HeSaidBooksOrMe. I will be interviewing her, and finding out what makes her tick… 😛
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1) Well, hello there, Valerie of He Said Books Or Me. I checked out your blog and it’s mighty pretty, how long have you had it and what inspired you to  start blogging?
 Thank you and thanks for hosting me :)! I have had my book blog just a little over a year now. I actually have had a personal blog for about eight years for updating family and friends on our daily lives but then the book parts started taking over, so my mother in law suggested that I try a book blog. I liked it and went with it! 🙂

 

2) Out of interest, how old are you and at what age did you get into reading…y’know…as more than a hobby? 😛
Old enough to have a mother in law. haha 🙂 A lady never tells her age!
Oh gosh…I have always been a reader. When I was a little girl I would memorize the stories so that I could ‘read’ them to my sister. Books have always been such a big part of my life, I don’t ever recall a time when they weren’t.

 

3) Kiss, Marry, Kill: Draco, Hermione, Neville?
Kiss Neville, Marry Hermione (the best conversations!), and Kill Draco.

 

4) You’re on an island and you have three books with you, but suddenly a storm strikes and you manage to save only one! Oh no! What books did you have to sacrifice? (and which one did you save?)
Oh gosh this is hard…I would have saved The Richest Man in Town, because it is my favorite book ever. The other two probably would have had to go. Hard to say what they were because I am a bit of a mood reader sometimes, but it wouldn’t matter because I would always save that book.
5) I saw on your blog you like to travel: where’s the one place you’d love to visit?
I love to travel! I want to go to ALL of the places. Seriously. I have been to 44/50 states (with two more that I should be visiting this Fall). I have been to 2 continents so far, but will be getting my third also this Fall! 🙂
6) Do you listen to music whilst reading, if so, what kind?
I love music, but not usually while reading. When I do have music on it it is usually country. 🙂 I grew up in North Dakota so it reminds me of home!
7) Do you have a favourite snack while you’re reading?
Does coffee or tea count? I love a warm drink while I read 🙂

 

8) How many books do you own?
Ummmm…maybe around 100 books? Not a ton. I have actually tried really hard to keep my stacks from being out of control. I try to bring them to Little Free Libraries when I am done with them.
9) Do you like reading challenges? If so what’s the most you’ve read in a week before?
Yes, I love them! Probably one of the 24 hour readathons. They are intense!

 

10)  If genres were colours, what do YOU think they’d be? i.e: Green = Fantasy 
Red=Thriller/Mystery
Orange=Drama
Yellow=Non-fiction
Green=Self-Help
Blue=Classics
Purple=Romance
Black=Sci Fi/Fantasy

 

11) It’s been a pleasure having you here, one last question, What’s your most anticipated book for either this year or 2017?
I am really looking forward to Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Storms out in October! 🙂

 


So there you have it! Thank you so much to Valerie for taking the time out to answer my weird and wonderful questions. I hope you’ve all found this enlightening and make sure to check out her blog! Share the love! 🙂 Also be sure to check out the hashtag #SBPT on twitter to see other bloggers promo posts. 
Until next week,
-Kat
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Review: 3.5 stars to The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury #BookBloggers #TheGirlGang

Posted 2 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous as the queen’s, some truths should not be told…
Review: 
So this book, man…this book. I started it months ago, and I didn’t think much of it. I mean, it was okay, but nothing hooked me. 
Then on my second try, actually things weren’t so bad. Twylla began to grow on me, and not in a bad way. I felt sorry for her, mostly. But then came along Lief. Oh. Lief. How I CANNOT STAND YOU! 
This is one of those things where I’m siding with the prince, Merek. Sure, we don’t see a lot of him, but if there’s ever a prince in a ‘love triangle’ I’m instantly siding with the prince. I know. Weird right? I don’t know why that is. In any case, Lief was annoying and man, my instincts were ON POINT. When the shit show began three quarters through, I was like ‘oh just kill him already!” So yeah, we find out major things to do with Twylla, but he couldn’t have just let her decide on her own? But of course. OF COURSE. How cryptic am I being right now? 100%? LOL. Merek really made me feel bad for him, too, because of how dismissive Twylla was being.
Anyway, the story itself was good, and I might read the next one, though the epilogue of this didn’t give me much hope… Ugh. Lief just never goes away. He’s like a leech. Not to mention the Queen! OMG. She reminded me of Levana in the Lunar Chronicles. Obsessed with power and unable to see beyond her own nose…if you know what I mean. 
The book was really well written and I was flying through the pages, despite my irritation with the characters. So that’s something. 
So yeah, that’s it. Here’s my Goodreads final review to give you a wrap up:
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-Kat
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Review: 3 stars to Paperweight by Meg Haston #BookBloggers #thegirlgang

Posted 2 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Struggling to deal with her brother’s death and a past she refuses to confront, Stevie knows she has problems. But she’s still furious about the fact that she’s been packed off to a health clinic, in the middle of nowhere, where mobile phones are banned and communication with the outside world is strictly by permission only. The regimented and obtrusive nature of the clinic and its staff is torture to the deeply private, obstinate Stevie – and don’t even get her started on the other ‘inmates’. All she wants is to be left alone…
But as Stevie is about to find out, life is full of surprises. And she will prove herself stronger than she knows – even when her past finally catches her up in the most shocking and brutal way possible.
Review:
I’ll start off by saying that if I’d known, when I got this, that the story was about a girl suffering from anorexia…I probably wouldn’t have bought it. That being said, I did find this rather interesting. I, unfortunately, being a lover of food and not anywhere near that state of mind, couldn’t relate at all with Stevie, who is our main character. Her voice was full of angst and, I want to say, obnoxious know-it-allness, as well as her illness. I mean, there were a lot of moments where I found myself ready to yell at the book because of how annoying she was being.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that many people go through this problem, but because I can’t relate, I try to think of this more on the fiction side of things, so whiny characters who don’t listen to reason just bug me. 
The back of the book says about how Stevie wants to disappear and in 27 days she’d do just that. Now, to me, not knowing the full extent to the story, I thought this would be about a girl in rehab or somewhere, and in 27 days she planned to run away or something. Get the hell out of there. That sort of thing. 
Not disappear as in…yknow…die. 
I generally like stories about characters being in therapy, etc. I like the whole psychological aspect.
I found myself liking Ashley, who is Stevie’s roommate, a lot more than Stevie, and she made me laugh / and worry, when there was a moment of pure hyperness during the night. I honestly thought they were going to diagnose her with bipolar. So when things kinda went south, I was crossing my fingers for things to turn out well. Well, not really, because I literally can’t cross them, but you know what I mean.  The other characters were okay, but no one really stuck out to me as much as Ashley, and I really felt sorry for her when she told her backstory.
Stevie’s flashbacks to how she ended up in rehab, and the whole incident with her brother, were a fun tool to show rather than tell. I wanna say more but then it goes into spoilers and that’s bad. Bad spoilers!
It wasn’t until the last quarter of this very-short-story (but actually didn’t feel short at all) that I began to like Stevie more and there was hope and light at the end of the tunnel. I was glad I didn’t give up half way and skip to the end because it would have killed the effect. Though it would have been nice to get maybe a view of how things went after the end of the book…and I usually hate epilogues, but this could have done with one.
As a story, 3 star rating is valid. As an insight into what real people deal with, I’d have said this was 5 stars.There’s a part of me that can’t really understand it, personally, but that’s me. I mean, I knew bits and pieces, but not to the extent described – if most of it was indeed correct, or similar – so it really opened my eyes. Though the descriptions that Stevie gives is almost stomach turning at points.
I suppose I should say that if you do suffer or have suffered from any of these illnesses, there should be a ‘trigger’ warning. Well, I just did. Either way, it’s still worth a read if you’re so inclined. 🙂
-Kat
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#Review: 4 stars to The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski #BookBloggers #YA #Fantasy

Posted 24 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Review:
Wow it took me a year to get around to this book. Thanks TBR dip…thanks. Thanks for picking this. I will admit, I tried it months ago but it wasn’t…clicking? You know? Anyway, so can I just say the back of this book is hella misleading!
I’m not even kidding. “Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love.” HUH? So they’re meant to hate each other but they don’t? It’s not an insta-love thing, right? I don’t understand. So I’m reading this and I’m waiting, I’m waiting for the moment where they declare their undying love for each other.
I’m waiting.
Are they even supposed to love each other, and if so, when? Because right now…nothing! And this is half way through.
Then it’s like, oh okay, so the guy likes Kestrel. And she’s sort of liking him. There’s some kissing, okay. But then we’re back to square one.
I mean, Arin wasn’t about to get on Kestrel’s good side with all the shit he did to her. I was so frustrated. I liked the over all premise, but the story in the background with the war and stuff going on was more interesting than their supposed love story. I was super pissed off with how Arin betrayed her and she had every right to be angry at him. The last few chapters were kick ass, and I was throwing my fist in the air and screaming HELL YES!
It was like a “ha. you think you’re so clever? Well take this, bitch!” to Arin and Oh my god, I wanna read book 2. Arin was so smug, he thought he had it planned out so well and then Kestrel throws it on its head like whoops, my bad. 
Anyway, as you can see my views are all mixed but despite all this, I rated this 4stars because the plot in general was really captivating. Even if the romance side of things was ridiculous. I was actually glad it wasn’t what I thought because I would have been rolling my eyes so hard otherwise. LOL. To have more conflict, and have it not be so simple, now that’s worth reading! Some obstacles, people!
I realise I’m late to the party, but I’m here now, and I plan on devouring the whole series so long as Arin continues to get his ass kicked. Because I don’t like him much.
-Kat
four-stars
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#Review: 4 stars to In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken #BookBloggers #YA

Posted 24 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Dystopian, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars
Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.
When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.
Review:
Alrighty. I started this book in April? I finished it in June. Well, alright then. No biggy. I’ll explain.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like the story, but I felt that…535 pages could have been narrowed down to 400. When I felt I’d read several  hundred pages, it turned out to be just 120 (that was when I went back to reading it 2 months later). It took a good chunk of time before I felt anything was really happening and then when it did…boy did it HAPPEN!
I think shit started hitting the fan around the 350 mark, and then the hits just kept on coming. It was unreal. With this being the final in the series, I wanted things to wrap up, but I didn’t expect certain things to happen. I don’t wanna spoil but…OH MY GOD. 
And then Ruby with all her secrets and determination to FUCK UP HER OWN RELATIONSHIPS?! WHY? What is her problem? If she was only HONEST with them, maybe things wouldn’t turn out so badly. Anyway, good things did happen, like ZU! Also, Ruby’s on/off/on/off/on again/sort of off phases with Liam. I was seriously dizzy. Also, confused because it looked like Cole really fancied her, and then she’d make and break and make up again with Liam. and Then CLANCY! I honestly thought him and Ruby had a connection…ya know? Despite him being a stone cold bastard. Karma bites, don’t it? 
The massive shit show that was Ruby doing her whole heroic thing was terrifying and the whole time I thought for sure she wouldn’t survive. I mean, I knew evidently she would, but you never know? It wouldn’t be the first time a main character had been killed off in YA. (Ehem) Anyway. PHEW!
By the time everything calmed down and I wasn’t biting my nails down to the core any more, I actually didn’t want the series to end. I know, it’s annoying when that happens. Basically, the pacing in this book wasn’t brilliant and I would have probably rated it lower if it weren’t for the last quarter that just made up for it all. Especially considering how I wasn’t the biggest fan of Never Fade. But hey ho, no worries. I’m now considering buying the collection of novellas ( called Through The Dark) but it’s expencive and I’m on a restricted book buying diet. Sigh.
SO there you have it. I tell you what, when I moved on to my next book, I couldn’t stop thinking about this series and being all book hangover-y and wishing I could rewind the clock to read it fresh again. UGH. I need a time turner!
If you haven’t already picked up this series, you really need to! it’s beyond brilliant (yeah yeah I know, but my thoughts don’t mean it isn’t so) and Alexandra Bracken is a goddess.
🙂
-Kat

 

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Waiting On Wednesday: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman #bookbloggers #preorder

Posted 15 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Sci-Fi, Updates, Waiting On Wednesday, YA / 1 Comment

New WoW
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless


 

Yah, so that’s it. I don’t think I’m gonna survive this. Or this wait. It comes out in October! Dammit! I failed at getting a copy at YALLWEST and I failed at getting a copy from RockTheBoat publishers. Sigh. I had preordered from Amazon UK…and everything was going well until I first got an email a few weeks ago about how the date had been moved to November. Okay, fine. But then I got another email a couple days ago on how the order had been cancelled because the book had become UNAVAILABLE?! WTF?!
They said the paperback is available to preorder. Uh…no I’m good thanks. Any other book, yeah, sure. But the covers for the HB in this series are phenomenal! 
So, I decided to preorder from Amazon USA. I’d had to get the HB of Illuminae from there in the end anyway, and despite the RIDICULOUS cost, at least I get it. Y’know? Better safe than sorry…or whatever. Ugh. Amazon, you piece of— amazingness. lol
Are you excited for this book? I got sent a sampler of it, and I love it…all 23 pages of it. >_< But no really, I’m so beyond excited for this, you have no idea. I’m sad it’s not from the same POVs as Illuminae, but I’ll be okay as long as they’re in it. 🙂 
-Kat
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