T5W #2 Best Suggested Books You Loved

Hi Guys! So this weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic is books that were suggested to you that you ended up loving! You can find the goodreads group for T5W here if you want to join in! And I hope you enjoy it!

5. Maximum Ride by James Patterson

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This book series was recommended to me by my 7th grade teacher and I was hesitant to read it but I ended up absolutely loving it! I want’t a fan of science fiction until I read this book. So it opened up an entirely new genre for me! It’s such a great series that I’d recommend to anyone!

 

 

 

 

4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I had heard about this book a lot from booktube and book blogs so I decided to give it a try and I ended up loving it! Even though this wasn’t necessarily recommended to me by a specific person, it still made it onto this this because it is one of my most loved book community recommendations.

 

 

 

 

3. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This series was also recommended several times by a lot of the blogs and youtube channels I follow so I finally decided to see what all the hype was about and I’m so glad I did!! This is now one of my favorite series of all time and it will forever remain that way! I’m so thankful to have read this series!

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2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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This series was recommended to me by a girl in my 6th grade class that wasn’t much of a reader and I thought that if she liked it than I had to give it a try and I remember going to the library to pick it up and I didn’t like it at first but then, once I got into it I became absolutely obsessed. I drew fan art, I made a movie trailer and I was one of those kids that wore the pin as a necklace everyday and braided my hair. Yup… But, this book started me on my fandom journey and I honestly don’t know if I would be as much of a reader as I am if that girl hadn’t recommended it to me back in 6th grade.

 

 

 

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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NUMBER ONE ON MY LIST IS THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS BY CASSANDRA CLARE!! This series was actually recommended to me from school summer reading. I went through the list and this book sounded interesting to me so I picked it. Later I went back on my decision and I wanted to pick a shorter book because I wanted to be able to read for fun and not spend a lot of my time reading for school. But, the same day I decided not to read it, my moms boyfriend bought it for me and then I decided I should just go ahead and read it. And when I did, it took me three days of bringing the book with me everywhere and eating at the dinner table because I couldn’t put it down.

This by far is my most successful recommendation from someone else and ironically it came from school! If I had never read this book, -like the Hunger Games- I would never even have this book blog. This book started me back on reading and I’ve been obsessed with books ever since.

I hope you all enjoyed this Top 5 Wednesday! Let me know your top 5 books that you loved that were recommended to you below!

Happy Reading!

-Amber

 

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: REVIEW

Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Pages: 486

Rating: 4/5

So, if you don’t already know what Passenger is about, it is about a girl named Etta that learns that she is a traveler, which means that she can travel through time. With this ability comes many secrets about her family and a journey that she must take through time with a pirate named Nicholas. (yes pirate! *swoon*) tumblr_ntyvz0CKbG1tkurtqo1_500

That’s all I’m going to say for the summary because I don’t want to give too much away!

This is actually my first Alexandra Bracken book and I was not disappointed!! The writing in this novel was fantastic and the characters were very well developed and their personalities translated very well through the page.

This book did take me about 100 pages to get into but once we got to the time traveling part it really took off into a very fast paced adventure!

It also took me a little while to connect to the main characters but by the end I was completely attached to both of them! And the romance was spectacular!

I heavily enjoyed the time travel aspect of this book! It was great to see not only a bunch of different times but a lot of different places as well! I would definitely recommend this book to you even if you have never read or taken an interest in time travel. It was my first time travel book and I’d definitely like to check out more books with this aspect in the future!

Overall, this was a very gripping story and I would definitely want to pick up more of Alexandra Bracken’s books as well as more books about time travel in the future!

My song choice for Passenger is:

 

Happy Reading!

-Amber

Top 5 Wednesday #1 (Books That Were Spoiled)

Hi guys! So I’ve decided to start doing a top 5 Wednesday! It’ll be a way that I can upload a blog post every week even if I don’t have a review or a tag going up!

You can find the page for Top 5 Wednesday here if you want to join in!

This weeks topic is the top 5 books that were spoiled for me!
5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

IMG_8687Okay, this is last because I sort of spoiled it for myself because I watched the movie before I read the book. But, it ended up on this list anyways!

4. Charlottes Webb by E. B. White

 I read this book when I was very young and I remember being devastated because I was almost done with it and someone spoiled it for me. I cried when they told me the ending. Ahh, the first of many spoilers to come.

3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 I don’t even remember how this book got spoiled for me but I only know one spoiler and it’s pretty hard not to get spoiled on it considering most people have already read it.

2. The Fault in Out Stars by John Green

 I knew what happened before I even picked up this book and I’m kind of sad about it because even though I ended up enjoying it, I feel like I would’ve enjoyed it even more it it hadn’t been spoiled.

5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 I have a feeling this made it onto everyone’s list. This was spoiled through me on tumblr, and it was probably my fault because I shouldn’t have been scrolling through tumblr when I was reading this!

Let me know if you guys had any of the same books spoiled for you! Or if you had something different, what was it?

Also let me know if you like these top 5 Wednesday posts!

(Also, side note, my review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken will hopefully be up within the week so look out for that!)

Happy Reading!

-Amber

A to Z Bookish Survey

Hi Guys! So today we have a snow day from school so I figured it would be the perfect time to do the A to Z bookish survey!

This tag was created by perpetualpageturner and it looks really fun so I wanted to do it!


Author you’ve read the most books from:

Cassandra Clare is my most read author on goodreads (not surprised) I just love her books and the mortal instruments series is my favorite series of all time!

Best Sequel Ever:

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout! The books in the Lux series just got better and better as they went on!
Currently Reading: I’m currently reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and really enjoying it so far!!
Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water, hot chocolate or tea! Depending on the weather!

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books hands down! I have a kindle but I rarely use it for reading.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I’m still in high school and I’d definitely date someone like Simon Lewis or (I know this is literally the opposite but) I’d date Daemon Black for sure.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! I saw it in the store and I was hesitant to pick it up and I started reading it and the first chapter was a bit slow but then I finished it in like 2 seconds and it’s now one of my favorite books that I read in 2015!!

Hidden Gem Book:
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer! I’ve only heard a few people mention it before but it’s an amazing read!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When this girl recommended the Hunger Games series to me. I know this is a bit cliché but this series really re-started my reading obsession and got me in to countless other books that have become my favorites!

Just Finished:

I just finished Soundless by Richelle Mead.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I don’t explicitly want to turn away from any genre because 2 years ago I wouldn’t have picked up a fantasy book and now it’s become my absolute favorite genre! but I can safely say that I’ll probably never read erotica 😂 just not my thing.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (725 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I’m literally still in it now help)

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have 2 half bookshelves and some of my books are stacked in other places because I have no room for them sadly.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The only book I’ve read multiple times is Percy Jackson and the Lightning thief and only read that twice because I didn’t remember it before. I don’t like rereading books for some reason.

Preferred Place To Read:

I love reading on my couch by the fire place in the fall and winter! And in the spring and summer I absolutely love reading outside in the woods at the campground I go to!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

-Shatter Me Tahereh Mafi

Reading Regret:

I regret not reading Percy Jackson when I was younger because I started the series but I never continued with it and I probably would have loved it when I was younger!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

THE INFERNAL DEVICES. Yup. Don’t judge me.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

These are only some of my favorites because I could never choose but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Unapologetic Fangirl For:

DAEMON BLACK
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

LADY MIDNIGHT AND A COURT OF MIST AND FURY!!! Don’t make me choose because that’s impossible.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Starting tons of books at once…

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner! I haven’t read this yet but it’s my sisters favorite book and I liked the movie!

Your latest book purchase:
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Every book in the Lux series omg I stayed up so late reading those books.

I hope you all enjoyed my answers to this tag!! I tag everyone to do this so if you haven’t yet feel free!!!

Happy Reading!

-Amber

REVIEW: Soundless by Richelle Mead

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Title: Soundless

Pages: 265

Rating: 3.25/5

I just finished this book a few minutes ago and I thought it was a very quick, fun read!

If you don’t know what this book is about, it’s basically about a girl who lives in a village at the top of a mountain where everyone is deaf and some are beginning to go blind; they have to exchange precious metals that they mine for food for the people that live on the ground and the book begins with the main character Fei, regaining her hearing.

If you enjoy Chinese culture and myth then you will most likely enjoy this novel! The setting was great and Richelle Mead’s descriptions of the world were very vivid and it was very easy to picture.

There is a romance in this novel and it wasn’t rushed at all because the characters had a previous history with each other!

The first 100 pages of this book were very slow and since it was such a short book, that was a big reason why I didn’t love it.

Another reason I wasn’t in love with this book was the characters. They’re very well developed lovely characters but since the novel was so short I didn’t find myself really caring about them until very close to the end.

I do have to say this was a very quick read despite the first 100 pages being slow and once I got past that, it was very fast paced and I really enjoyed it!

So, I would recommend this if you’re looking for a quick read!! Overall I enjoyed it though it wasn’t my favorite thing I’ve read.

Here is my song choice for Soundless: 

Happy Reading!

-Amber

 

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Review

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(ALL OF MY REVIEWS ARE SPOILER FREE!)

Title: The Lux Series

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: 5/5 stars

If you don’t know what this series is about you can read the description here!  (It involves very attractive swoon-worthy aliens and a girl that happens to be a book blogger (YES) that gets tangled up with them.)

So, I started to pick up this book series a few months ago because I heard it was very addicting, and I read the first book and really liked it!! Then, later I picked up the second book in the series and after I finished that one I finished the last three books in a matter of days!

This series is fantastic and it definitely has a permanent slot on my favorite series of all time list!!

This series is so addicting and I was never bored throughout reading the whole thing! It is very fast paced and only gets faster and more intense as the series progresses!

I absolutely adore the characters in this book, they’re all flawed in some way and they’re all so addicting to read! Katy was an amazing main character! She has a book blog which, really inspired me to upload more frequently on my account! She is always swooning over her books and talking about doing reviews and I just found that part of the story so relateable! I have yet to find a book character I relate to more than Katy.

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Daemon. Okay, just DAEMON. He is absolutely perfect in every way and I need him in my life.

I loved the relationships in this series, each one was beautiful and flawed and I loved both the friendships and the romantic relationships that appeared throughout this series.

There was also so much notable character development throughout this series and it was so cool to see these characters progress!

I also adored the pop culture references in this series! It was awesome that they mentioned popular television shows and book series and it just made this series so much better and even more relateable!

This was one of those series that I could not physically put down, and when I finished a book I just picked up the next one and kept going. image2

I could go on and on about this series. It made me laugh, cry, swoon and even cheer and I definitely, wholeheartedly recommend that you pick this up if you haven’t already!

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And my song recommendation for this book series is: 

(Why do I always end up doing two? Whoopsie!)

Happy Reading!

-Amber

 

 

Biannual Bibliothon/ TBR Takedown TBR

Hi guys!

So I’ve decided to participate in both the Biannual Bibliothon (Jan 3-9) and the TBR Takedown (Jan 4-10)!!

There are reading challenges within both of them and I’ve layed out my TBR to fulfill most of them!

Biannual Bibliothon Challenges/TBR:

1. Read the group book

Soundless by Richelle Mead

2. Read a book that’s been sitting in your shelf for over a year

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. Read a book that’s over 300 pages

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

4. Read a book from your favorite genre

Soundless by Richelle Mead

5. Re-Read your favorite book in a series

I’m not going to be doing this challenge, I don’t usually re-read books!

6. Judge a book by its cover 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

7. Read a recommendation 

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

TBR Takedown Challenges/TBR:

1. Read a book from your most recent haul

Soundless by Richelle Mead

2. Read a book that’s been on your TBR for over a year

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. Read a book that’s outside your comfort zone

Soundless by Richelle Mead

4. Read the first book in a series 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

5. Read a sequel

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

6. Read a book with Fire colors on it

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

7. Read a Non-Novel

Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout


So, that’s my TBR for these two readathons!! I doubled up on a lot of these challenges because I’ll be going back to school this week and it’s going to be really difficult to read so hopefully I finish at least two of these books! I’m really excited to participate in these readathons and I definitely recommend you guys to too!!

Happy Reading!

-Amber