Wednesday, March 4, 2015

a combo post: what does the bookworm say?; outlander read-a-long discussion weeks 3 and 4

So I guess I've missed a lot recently! Not only have I not been posting, but I haven't been reading what I'm supposed to be. But I'm catching up with a guilt-ridden combination post, in which I attempt to bring together three different functions of my blog... here we go.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

the ghost of you blog tour: review of the ghost of you (the ghost of you #1) by amanda burckhard + giveaway!

I'm so excited to be a part of the The Ghost of You blog tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! You can check out the rest of the tour HERE.

Goodreads rating: 4.62
Published February 24th 2015 by Swoon Romance
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Source: review copy for the tour

Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

discussing the antidote (2) ~ bad boys vs total jerks

From recent events like the premier of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, I've learned that we're going in the wrong direction when it comes to bad boys. There's a huge difference between being a bad boy who's actually a sweetheart underneath, and a guy who's an asshat all the way to his core. So today I'm going to talk about exactly what I think about this Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena in context with the infamous Christian Grey.

I remember reading City of Bones for the first time, and falling in love with Jase. Now, Jase can be a total ass (it's part of his charm), but Jase is an ass in a witty, knowledgeable way. Yes, he says certain things specifically to hurt people, because that's how he copes with a messed up past. But he takes his anger out on the demons of the world, not his crush, and while I can imagine Jase being a kinky guy as an adult (who knows what other kinds of fanfic there are out in the world), he'd never hurt Clary.

Then there's Edward, the guy that Christian is actually based off of. He's not really a bad boy, except that he's a blood-drinking vampire. Just details. While I admit he could be overbearing at times, his overprotective nature when it came to Bella didn't seem so terrible to me. Honestly, she never gave him any reason to contradict that she needed constant protection.

Male characters like Christian Grey, on the other hand, romanticize not only over-protection, but domestic violence, hard-core stalking, and many other unsavory things. These books tell readers it's okay if a guy hits a girl when they have a messed up past. They need to take their anger and self-loathing out on somebody, and you should be there for them to do it to. Yeah, bullsh*t. Some of the things Christian does are unforgivable and are nothing like the Edward I came to love in the Twilight series. Yes, I admit, I enjoyed Twilight. Despite its flaws, I felt like there were parts of me that could relate. There was NOTHING in FSoG that I could relate to. Ana is almost as bad as Christian by taking it and not doing anything about it.

Bad boys like Jase and Edward are the ones girls should hope for. To break through that fortified barrier must feel like such an accomplishment. But Ana was right to leave Grey at the end of the first book. That really should've just been the end of it... *sigh*

And then this stupid One Direction fanfic... I just can't right now. I'm reading it for the sole purpose of bashing it. And it deserves it, trust me.

I don't even know if this post made sense; I just needed to vent.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

the shadow prince (into the dark #1) by bree despain: review

Goodreads rating: 3.84
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by EgmontUSA
Series: Into the Dark #1
Source: for review/won/signed by the author
Genre: YA paranormal

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

outlander read-a-long discussion #2

Hey guys! Welcome to the Outlander read-along that we're going for the whole month of February! Anyone can participate any way they want. If you just want to read along and read our discussion posts, that's cool. If you want to post the discussions on your blog, go ahead, just make sure you link back to my blog! If you just want to comment, that's awesome too! This read-along is hosted here at The Reader's Antidote, at Nite Lite Book Reviews and at Books Unbound!

So I didn't get very much reading done this week. I had a midterm, and then of course there was Valentine's Day to get psyched for. But I feel like I can safely say which characters I like and dislike, which is what we're discussing this week!

what does the bookworm say? ~ blog love!

This is a feature hosted by me, Kimbery from The Windy Pages, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, and Crystal from Books Unbound, where we discuss different bookish topics. This week is all about giving some love to our favorite blogs!

I know this post is a little late, but last week was pretty crazy. I had a midterm, was helping my boyfriend dog sit, and then obviously Valentine's Day on the day that this was supposed to be posted. Anyway, so not the point. Here are some blogs I love:
  • Obviously, I love the three blogs who co-host this feature with me. So I have some serious love for Kimbery from The Windy Pages, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, and Crystal from Books Unbound! I don't know what I'd do without them :)
  • I also love Mundie Moms (they post, like, all the time! I'm jealous of her ability to post a couple times a day), Bookish, Xpresso Reads, Once Upon a Twilight, and Good Choice Reading. I know that a lot of these are considered pretty prominent blogs, but I've loved them for a long time. I also haven't had much time to look for new blogs.

What blogs do you love? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

socal author events: march + april!

I know I haven't posted about local events in a very long time, but there are so many big ones coming up these next few months months that I knew I had to take the time to share them with you all!

MARCH 21st: Ontario Teen Book Fest
March 21st at the Ontario City Library
Festivities begin at 9am and the all-author signing is at 3:15pm. 
Jessica Brody, Anna Carey, Cecil Castellucci, Debra Driza, Katie Finn, Maurene Goo, Claudia Gray, Aaron Hartzler, Jessica Khoury, Melissa Landers, Shannon Messenger, Lauren Miller, Elizabeth Ross, Sherri Smith, Mary Elizabeth Summer, Kasie West

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

top ten tuesday: top ten things i like/dislike when it comes to romance in books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week's top ten is about things we like/dislike when it come to romance in books. Well, most of my experience comes from YA and NA, and I've only recently read an adult romance. So I'm going to split this up into top five lists by genre, and just telling within what I both like a dislike.

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