Saturday, August 27, 2016

Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

(4.5/5 🌟)
The book itself was a lot better than I expected it to be. I went into it not quite so sure what I'd think because I hadn't been able to get into vampire books since Twilight. I don't remember a lot about how I felt about the first book because it had been so long since reading it. I know this book had been out when I picked up the first..but I'm not totally sure if the third had been out or not. I do remember enjoying Vampire Academy enough to try going onto this one, but couldn't get into it at that time. I wasn't sure if I ever would. I'm glad I did give it a try though. Although Rose got on my nerves many times, I just kept reminding myself that she's young. And I know at 17/18 years old, I was so foolish and did a lot of dumb things! So, I gave her that. The angst didn't even get on my nerves much!! The book kept me interested, even if it didn't have much action until towards the end.

The narrator was beyond annoying reading her voice! She could go a little deeper reading other's voice, men and women alike, but she made Rose sound like a 12 year old girl! I was able to tune it out throughout most of it. Then, there were times I wanted to reach through my Kindle and just shake her! Lol...Other than the annoying voice, she did pretty well.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2016 (Will be updated periodically)

I have a 45 book challenge (moved down from 50)..but not really centered around this list. I'm also part of Cruisin' through the Cozies, Big Book Challenge and semi doing the Read Your Own Damn Books Challenge...I've exceeded the BBC! And doing well on my reading my own books. :)

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016
1. A book based on a fairy tale

2. A National Book Award winner

3. A YA bestseller City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

4. A book you haven't read since high school

5. A book set in your home state

6. A book translated to English

7. A romance set in the future

8. A book set in Europe The Marvels by Brian Selznick

9. A book that's under 150 pages The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick

10. A New York Times bestseller Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

11. A book that's becoming a movie this year

12. A book recommended by someone you just met

13. A self-improvement book

14. A book you can finish in a day Crank by Ellen Hopkins

15. A book written by a celebrity

16. A political memoir

17. A book at least 100 years older than you

18. A book that's more than 600 pages The Marvels by Brian Selznick

19. A book from Oprah's Book Club

20. A science-fiction novel

21. A book recommended by a family member The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

22. A graphic novel I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang

23. A book that is published in 2016 Blest by Blaise Lucey

24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation

25. A book that takes place during summer Family Patterns by Kristin Eckhardt

26. A book and its prequel

27. A murder mystery Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay

28. A book written by a comedian

29. A dystopian novel

30. A book with a blue cover Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

31. A book of poetry Crank by Ellen Hopkins

32. The first book you see in a bookstore City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

33. A classic from the 20th century Ozma of Oz byL. Frank Baum

34. A book from the library Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

35. An autobiography

36. A book about a road trip

37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

38. A satirical book

39. A book that takes place on an island Envy by Sandra Brown

40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy Dogs Are Worth It! by Charles Shulz 

The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #6) by C.S. Lewis


I do believe this is one of my favorites. Certain parts had me thinking (The Witch). And some parts made me laugh and giggle. And I adored the ending! :)

(all book cover photos taken from unless otherwise stated)

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

(4/5 )

It started off as a slow read for me & I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it or not, but, I did! This is another one I am glad I stuck with. I really liked it. Her books seem like the ones I might have to have audio to finish. 

The narrator for this book, Erin Spencer, took me some getting used to, but once I did, it became easier to get through listening to her and this book. I gave the book a 4/5 because of the slow start. I liked the characters a lot. Of course, there were some things that got on my nerves, but I guess that's to be expected in many books. Some things that ended up happening that I kind of saw coming. Maybe she intentionally let it be seen? *shrugs* But, that still doesn't mean I had to totally like it, but, I guess it happens! :-)

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