Monday, August 22, 2016

All of The Lights by K. Ryan

- Goodreads Synopsis -
I was raised to believe his family was nothing but trash.I was raised to believe her family was the root of all evil.
I sent his brother to prison.I should hate her for what she did.
I’ve never fought a day in my life.I’ve fought every day of my life.
I need him to help me find answers.I need her to set the record straight.
I should stay away from him.I should walk away from her.
But I can’t.But I can’t.


I do not even know where to begin with this book. All of The lights by K. Ryan is one big, fat mind twist. Ryan is constantly throwing one situation after another at the reader. There is definitely not a slow moment in this book.

I first read Emma by K. Ryan and absolutely adored it. That was the moment I totally fell for K. Ryan's books. When she was sending out ARCs of All of The Lights I couldn't say no! There is something about Ryan's writing style and the words she chooses that take over while I'm reading. Her writing feels familiar to me and really allows myself, as the reader, to put myself into the book as if I was the main character. K. Ryan has gained a forever life fan!

All of The Lights is full of drama, abuse, neglect, love, lies, secrets, friendships, and so much more! You may be thinking that this book sounds great, but just wait.. it gets better! On top of what I mentioned above, Ryan delivers super amazing characters with an extremely intense plot! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! There are so many secrets throughout this book that you basically can not stop reading it. Keep in mind that if you pick up this book, you will be reading it in one session. There will be no breaks in between all the secrets and lies!

"And somewhere in between the lines, I realize the implication of what I've just said. She's an acquired taste. She's something savory. She's worth putting the work in. She energizes and wakes me- you- up. Shit. I hadn't meant to say any of that... it just sort of slipped out."

I know I mentioned characters already, and how amazing they are; but I just need to say that I absolutely adore Rae and Jack! Rae has not has the easiest life and has been lied to for basically all of it. Jack hasn't had a very easy life either, but has definitely been treated better than Rae has. What happens when these two meet? The meeting of these two characters is what kicks off the whole book! Oh, I can't leave out Benn! Benn is Rae's bestfriend and his personality was my favorite. He was always singing old boy band songs and would do just about anything for Rae! Ryan really gave us some well thought out characters. You can tell that she gives her readers nothing but the best. She definitely does not disappoint.

This is a book you do not want to miss. I know we all have huge TBR piles, but this is one book that absolutely needs to be in it! K. Ryan's mind is a beautiful, creative place that needs to write books forever and always.

All of The Lights is in stores TODAY!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

- Goodreads Synopsis -
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.


To be completely honest, it has taken me a few days to gather my thoughts and write this review. I am at a loss for words and this book really got to me. I wont go in to details about how, but in some ways Charlotte (Charlie) is very easy for myself to relate to. With that said, I need to address the fact that this book is not for sensitive readers. Well, it can be, you just need to read with caution because there are some situations in this book that can potentially be triggering.

"The world becomes an ocean. the ocean washes over me, the sound of water is defeaning, the water drowns my heart, my panic becomes as large as planets. I need release, I need to hurt myself more that the world can hurt me, and then I can comfort myself."

It was nice to see Charlie's journey and her strive to get better. She did not have many people in her life to help her, but the few she did have were absolutely amazing. I adored Charlie when she got the courage to no longer cover her scars. It takes a lot to look at your past and be okay with it. It takes a lot to learn from your past and grow positively from it. Charlie's story is really sad and is basically one bad situation after another. How much hurt and disappointment can a girl take? In the end she forms a few new friendships and rekindles a few old ones, which I enjoyed to see because Charlie deserves something good in her life. This book was full of so much hurt and sadness that I am really happy with the ending and the friends Charlie gained.  This book had me hooked from the first page! I could not put this book down.

Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is a delightfully, disturbing story. That is the easiest way to describe this book. Girl In Pieces will have you, as the reader, in pieces the whole time. I can't remember how many times I cried while reading this book. The photo above is probably one of the best book photos I have ever taken. I saw this side walk and knew that this story would look perfect laying on a cracked sidewalk.

"I'm so lonely in the world, I want to peel all of my flesh off and walk, just bone and gristle, straight to the river, to be swallowed."

Kathleen's writing is so real and raw that it is almost hard to read sometimes. It was as if I was almost reading someone's diary. It felt like I was learning a story about someone that I wasn't suppose to know. Girl In Pieces has some extremely dark moments, but who's life doesn't? Everyone has their moments. As I mentioned above, Charlie was very easy for me to relate to. I felt everything she felt and that is what made this book so intense to me, as the reader.

If you are ready to take a look into the life of a teenage girl, who doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere but doesn't want to die, then this book is for you. Many girls feel like this daily and I don't think people notice or bother. I do hope this book brings a little awareness to self harm and that people can learn from Charlie's friends, parents, and life experiences.

I am now a huge fan of Kathleen Glasgow.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

NEWS!

Hello ♥
I know it is pretty late right now, but a few of my readers have to still be awake? I think. I know majority of my readers/ subscribers are in the United States, but I also have readers from Ukraine, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, Australia, and France! How cool is that! I never thought my blog would make it all the way across the world. Now that we have that topic covered... I know a few of you guys are up to hear my news.. Yes, you read correctly.. NEWS!

I subscribed to OwlCrate!



I am thinking about having an OwlCrate tab on my blog. What are your thoughts? I would love to hear your opinions! I want to post stuff that you guys are interested in seeing. Under this tab I will post photos of the box and talk about what is inside.. like an unboxing! OwlCrate contains a newish YA book along with 3-5 other bookish goodies! Each month has a special theme as well! I am really looking forward to these monthly boxes and bookish merchandise.

I provided a link above to the OwlCrate website in case any of you want to check it out. Thank you for reading and thank you so much to my subscribers and consistent readers! You guys are awesome.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Kognition Cycle by Brandon R. Chinn

- Goodreads Synopsis -
Lisa Perdita is a Future Child, one of many who live in an age of endless digital-world connection. Secretly she is also Njorun, an infamous player-persona in the world’s most popular video game: Kognition. Between juggling schoolwork and her personal life, she has spent much of the last ten years in Kognition’s world of Midgard. First Fragment explores the beginning of the Cycle, an opening act pushed forward by death. Second Stage continues the Kognition epic by taking Lisa Perdita beyond the game itself. This edition collects First Fragment and Second Stage together for the first time with new and updated content from the author, and two short stories that further establish the characters of Lisa Perdita and Hayden Itagaki.

"You can't keep existing this way, Lisa. They've taken notice. The entire world will find out about the strength of your mind if you don't stop."

I can honestly say that I have never read anything like The Kognition Cycle! Brandon R. Chinn has such a huge, creative imagination that it is extremely easy to lose yourself in his pages.

The Kognition Cycle has combined book one: First Fragment and book two: Second stage. The author had mentioned that reading these two stories together is better for the story and the reader! I agree 100%. This is the first book I have read by Brandon R. Chinn and It will definitely not be the last. I really enjoyed that the main character was female. I know a lot of books have female leads but in this case, it is different. In the world of video games, there are some bad ass female players but they don't get the recognition they deserve in the gaming world. A lot of girls, including myself, are bullied or hit on when playing multiplayer games. Are girls not allowed to be good at video games? Is it that weird seeing a female gamer tag online? Lisa is the main character and she is also the top player in Kognition. Seeing Lisa kick ass is really awesome!

Brandon R. Chinn takes us into the future where Kognition, the first global multi player game, is extremely popular. In the future, many of the people depend on the WoAnLiNe, just as we now depend on wifi. Can you imagine connecting to wifi with just your brain? No tablets, no phones, no xbox... just your brain! Brandon imagined it and that is exactly what Lisa does! Lisa connects to Kognition through the neurotransmitters in her mind. Lisa is easily the best player on Kognition, which is weird because she never wanted to play Kognition in the first place. So, why did her parents make her play? Why is she the only one who can connect without a remote? 
Lisa basically lives two lives! One in the real world and one in Kognition. That all changes when she meets Sarah. Sarah turns Lisa's world upside down. Will Lisa ever get out of the game?


"For the first time Lisa Perdita could recall, she cared about the fate of another player."

Brandon really surprised me! This book was nothing like what I expected. I knew this book was based off a game, but I didn't know the type and to what extent. The more I read, the more I enjoyed. I found myself wondering how it took me so long to read this book! The Kognition Cycle is super awesome and could have been in my life a lot sooner. It is weird because I can totally see things like this happening in our future. Technology is so crazy that you never really know where it will take us next. I also can't wait to see where Brandon's next book takes Lisa, as well as her friends from both worlds.

If you enjoy video games and super, cool futuristic technology type stuff then this book is made for you! I absolutely love reading books that are out of the ordinary and unique. The Kognition Cycle was just what I needed!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Worldwide by Jacqueline E. Smith

-Goodreads Synopsis-
Melissa Parker’s secret is out.

Now that the entire world knows she’s dating Sam Morneau, Mel suddenly finds herself and her relationship under the intense scrutiny of celebrity gossip bloggers, curious fans, and appropriately concerned family members.

But then, that’s nothing compared to the other secrets and scandals that plague The Kind of September. In the midst of their long-anticipated world tour, a toxic combination of infidelity and betrayal has left the band and its fan base angry, confused, and ultimately broken.

No one ever said that life with the world’s most popular boy band was easy, but in spite of everything she's seen, Mel is still willing to believe that it’s worth it.


"There have been moments when I've questioned everything. What we're doing, why we're doing it, why everything happened he way that it did. But then I look at you, and when I do, that's when everything makes sense. Life is beautiful and simple and as long as you're here... I know everything will be okay."

I have no idea where to even start with this book! After reading the first books in this series, it was extremely hard waiting for this book to release. Worldwide is such a fun, exciting, drama filled book! That might be why I love it so much? Who doesn't love drama?

It was so awesome to jump back into the world of The Kind of September! The second book left ended in a horrible spot! We found out a dirty secret, that I wont speak of just in case some of you have not read the second book yet, and the group was left a mess. It felt good to see that Sam's and Mel's relationship was not hurt over the secret, but will it survive when their relationship goes public? The band might be falling a part, friendships are dying, and fans are a huge pain! Us as fans, do not really realize how annoying we can be sometimes. I always assume that celebrities do not bother with what they read on twitter or face book, but Jacqueline has showed me that many of them probably do read the things that fans say, good or bad. Just because they do not respond doesn't mean they do not see what you say. This is something that I have always enjoyed about this series. This series is REAL. Jacqueline doesn't sugar coat being famous. She also doesn't sugar coat relationships. Jacqueline shows her readers the beautiful and fun sides of being in the biggest boy band around, and also the dark, evil side.

I have adored Jacqueline's characters from the start so it was nice getting to experience a little more with them. I said it once and I will say it again, The Kind of Summer and their friends feel like my friends. The characters are portrayed so friendly and real that it is hard not to have emotional connections to them and with them. I cry when they cry and I am happy when they are happy. I also hate certain characters when they hate certain characters, I wont name any names here! haha.

 I will always and forever love Jacqueline's writing. Her writing is so creative and vivid that it paints the perfect scenes in my mind. I am patiently waiting until the day that Boy Band becomes a movie! How awesome would that be?!

Worldwide focuses a lot on the secret that is destroying the band and Sam and Mel's relationship. We see a lot of tension between the group of friends. The whole time I just wanted everyone to make up and be happy because I love all these characters. Near the end, Jacqueline hits us with another twist and then ends book three there. Why do bad things always have to happen at the end of books?  I can not handle it! lol.. I am now patiently waiting for a book 4! I need this story and these characters back in my life as soon as possible!

If this is your first time hearing about The Boy Band series, I highly recommend you look it up on Goodreads and add it to your TBR. This is a series you need in your life. Especially if boy bands, love, drama, and fame is your thing.

Fun fact: Jacqueline E. Smith and I have a lot in common and I was super excited when she mentioned Criminal Minds in Worldwide. Spencer may have been an inspiration for one of the characters in her book! can you guys guess who? I am also trying to get an interview with her up on my blog soon! Jacqueline is really one of the sweetest authors!

Thanks for reading!

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by Tiffany, Thorne, and Rowling


-Goodreads Synopsis-
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.
 

Many of us, Harry Potter fans, have been waiting for something like this for a very long time! When I first heard about this play I about lost my mind. I was so jealous and upset because I knew there was no way that I was going to be able to travel all the way to London to see the 8th story. I remember thinking to myself that this was not fair and that people who live far are not ever going to know what happens after The Deathly Hallows. The moment I heard that the play was going to be turned into a book, I was so thankful and so extremely happy. I did not care that the book was in script form, I was just so happy to be given the chance to read the story.

It is funny because I had actually preordered the book through Amazon. I think I even preordered this book back in like March. The closer it got to the release date, the more nervous I was getting because Amazon had not given me any kind of shipping date or delivery date. As soon as this book went live, I was upset. I contacted Amazon and they said that I wouldn't have this book for another week, so I cancelled my order and immediately drove to the nearest Barnes and Noble. I could not waste any time.. I needed this book! So here is a little photo of myself all happy in the parking lot after purchasing the book!

I can honestly say that I really enjoyed The Cursed Child more than I thought I was going to. Being a play, and not being fully written by Rowling made me have my doubts. To be fair, we can't really expect this book to be like the others. I do feel like a lot of fans expected way too much from this book. I went into the book super excited, but curious. I did not know what kind of excitement awaited me and how it would live up to the others. I heard that many people were upset that there wasn't a huge, drastic Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Voldemort scene. Hello people, Harry Potter is an adult and has a lot on his mind now days. He is not the same wizard we remember.. and honestly, who would be?

Time to get down to business. I am a fan that has been out of the Wizarding World for a while now, and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING to jump back in. I got chills just reading the word Hogwarts again, and I even cried during the sorting hat ceremony.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was everything I needed and more. I absolutely loved that the book showed Slytherin in a different light for once. At the end of book 7, we learn that Harry Names his child after Severus Snape. Not all Slytherins are bad! This is a constant battle with Harry's youngest Son, Albus, as he befriends Malfoy's son, Scorpius. These two boys will remind you a bit of another group of friends that we all know and love. Albus is having a tough time living up to the Potter name. It doesn't help that Albus is the first Potter to be placed in Slytherin... yes.. you read that correctly. I am afraid to say anything else because I do not want to give anything away. We do see all our favorite characters again, and we learn something HUGE about Voldemort! I was shocked!

The writing was amazing and I soon forgot that I was even reading a script. The side notes, and descriptions of the settings and characters were awesome and helped paint an even more vivid picture in my head. It is a very weird feeling knowing that this is the last Harry Potter book that will come out. It broke my heart when J.K. Rowling announced that the Harry Potter franchise is officially over. The more I think about it though, the more I realize how perfect this book is. Rowling ended the franchise with an amazing book, that answered a lot of my questions as a fan. It was cool seeing Harry as a dad and a responsible wizard for once, not just a hero. We get to see the life of Harry dealing with the scars, emotions, and tragedies of his past.

I know a lot of you guys are still debating about reading the book, and I really hope that this review has made you want to go out and buy it. I truly believe that if you do not buy this book, you will regret it. I know it is not as epic and it is not as long, but I do promise that it does have a pretty epic twist! In my opinion, I would even say that there was a pretty huge battle/problem as well. Albus Potter is definitely no Harry Potter, but he comes pretty close! The Cursed Child is full of action, excitement, death, love, friendship, hope, and so much more.

I know this review is just turning into a big rant now, so I will end it! Thank you all for reading, and if you are still on the fence about buying this book... JUST GO BUY IT!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Interview with Author Sophia Elaine Hanson

Hello to all my subscribers and readers just passing by!
I have a really awesome interview to share with you all today. This is my very first interview, so bear with me here. I had the opportunity to read and review Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson (which I absolutely LOVED by the way) and after we talked a bit about a possible interview. Sophia is so kind and I could not have been more excited to interview her. If you have never heard of her or her book, then check out her website http://www.sophiaelainehanson.com/ and feel free to check out my review of Vinyl, which can be found in the 'Reviews' tab above.

Before I get started, I want to thank the lovely Sophia again, for this interview and for writing such an amazing, creative story with characters that blew my mind. 


 Sophia Elaine Hanson
May your song guide you home!  


 How old are you? And how long have you been writing for? 
I just turned twenty this summer! I have been writing since I was about eight. I wrote my first 'book' in a spiral bound notebook around age ten. It was called The Journey to Demethedept, which was a magical country you could only enter through the pages of this ratty old library book. I know, super original. *rolls eyes*

What is it like being a published author at such a young age? 

A bit surreal, honestly! When I first starting writing Vinyl I wasn't really considering publishing. I knew I wanted to be an author eventually, but that was just in the far of land of Someday. Then it started coming together and I realized...wait...what am I waiting for? I found a great editor, formatter, and cover artist and...it just sort of spilled out. 

What first influenced you to begin writing? 

When I was little I was a terrible reader. Then one day I heard about Harry Potter and I knew I had to read it no matter what. My mom started reading the series to me, and then I started reading the books myself. From then on, you couldn't pull me away from my books. In the fourth grade I ran into a problem, though...I ran out of books. Literally. I couldn't find a single thing to read that interested me. It just seemed natural that if I couldn't find what I was looking for on the shelves I would just create it myself.   

What is your favorite genre of music? Going into more detail, what is your favorite song at the moment?

I range all over the place! I would say my overarching favorite category is alternative, but I am also into classical, indie, rap, hip hop, and electronic. To give you a little perspective, my writing playlist for Radio has M.I.A., The Lumineers, Vaults, Moby, Panic! At the Disco, The Weeknd, Sia, Beethoven, Beyonce, Hozier, and EXO (just to name a few). My favorite song at the moment is either Every Other Freckle by alt-J or Trouble by Halsey. 

How would you describe your relationship with music? And what inspired you to use music as a weapon? 

Interesting question. Music has always been a huge part of my life. My parents are big time audiophiles. I grew up listening to classic rock, everything from The Beatles to Rush to U2. Mom and I also had a huge thing for Muse. Anyway, over time I developed my own tastes, but I still trace my roots back to the music my family shared with me. For me, is all about self expression and healing and joy. When I was fifteen I went through a very difficult time in my life. I was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and was sexually assaulted in the span of about six months. It was tough, to say the least, but one way I really found my way back to myself was through music and writing. Now that I think about it, that was about the time I started writing Vinyl...Hope that wasn't a massive overshare!

What inspired Vinyl's strong, vivid cover?

Funny story! I found the image, which is by the incredible photographer Marta Bevacqua, on tumblr and actually shot out of my chair and screamed "RONJA"! I had such a clear image of her in my head, but I had never seen anyone that compared. Her eyes, her hair, the dirt on her face, her expression, even her longish nose. She was perfect. I emailed the artist right away and she kindly sold it to me for a reduced price, as I was only eighteen at the time. See! Being a young writer does have some advantages!

The main character, Ronja, is very special and extremely important. Is there anyone in your life that reminds you a of Ronja? Or vice versa? 

Hmmm. Yes. My mother sort of reminds me of Ronja. She is strong, a bit of a pit-bull really, but in the best way. She is a pediatrician, and a damn good one. She is loyal and she never ever gives up on people. She never gives up on me. Personally, I know this is a bit conceited, but I see a bit of myself in Ronja, too. For all my flaws, I am resilient as hell, and so is she. Maybe that's why I wrote her as I did. 

What led up to your first book being published?
 

A lot of writing and editing! Ha! There were about fifteen drafts of Vinyl in total, not including the rounds of professional proofing and editing it went through. There was a period of time that I never went anywhere without a binder full of notes and edits. That must have been my junior year of high school...wow time flies. I feel sort of old now. 

What made you become interested in the Dystopian genre?
 

Hard not to be with the world we live in. The planet is in turmoil, and our literature reflects it. The Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, Matched...we write what we know, what we see. 

What do your supporters and readers mean to you? Who has been your biggest support system since you began this journey? 

My readers mean everything to me. I am young, new to this business, and without a large marketing machine backing me. When people tell me they liked or loved my book, I still tear up. Because it is a huge chunk of my soul. I guess in the end that is what writing is, holding out your soul in your hand and allowing everyone to scrutinize it. You just hope they will see a bit of themselves in it and smile. My biggest support system has been my parents. My mom is always my first editor. She loves the characters and the story as much as I do. She has put so much time into helping me. Really, she is my agent. Until such time that I get an actual agent, but that is further down the line, I think. My dad is just as invested in his own way. He is my rock, he is Mr. Logic. He helps rein me in when I get a little too artsy for my own good, fills in gaping holes when the story gets a little too crazy. They're the best. I don't know what I would do without them. 

Is there anything you'd like to share about the sequel, Radio? 

Ooo sneaky. Kidding! I guess I can share a little. There will be a time jump between Vinyl and Radio, not going to say how long. Ronja and the gang are back at it not listening to any rules and kicking some serious butt. We will see Ronja go through quite an emotional journey, she is obviously very scarred after the events of Red Bay. She is also hungry for revenge. There is music, there is blood, there is heartbreak, and there is kissing...maybe even a bit more than kissing...oh...and there are a few pretty massive plot twists. The release date is not set yet, but I will be announce it as soon as I know! Should be early 2017 or if I pull off some sort of miracle late 2016. But I do work two jobs and am a full time student at New York University so...please be patient! 

If you could be placed as a character into any book, which book would it be?
 

Easy. I would want to be at Hogwarts. I am a proud Gryffindor and would love nothing more than to live in the Wizarding World!

Since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child just released, which Harry Potter Character is your favorite? 

Don't make me choose just one! I'll give you my top three. Ginny, Harry, and Sirius. Oh, and Hermione. Okay, and Tonks. Dammit...also Luna. 

I also have to ask you.. what is your all time favorite book? If it is even possible to pick one.

Hmm not possible to pick only one haha! I'll give you my top five! In no particular order...

1. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
4. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury 
5. Blackbringer by Laini Taylor 

And that concludes my Interview with Sophia Elaine Hanson!

 I can not thank Sophia enough! If any of you are interested in her book Vinyl, you can find it at the link given, and once again, you can get in touch with Sophia on her website at http://www.sophiaelainehanson.com/ 

Thank you for reading & another HUGE thank you to the amazing Sophia!