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Beautiful YA Book Covers that Grace My Shelves

You know the old adage–don’t judge a book by its cover. However, I would be lying (and I’m sure many people are in the same boat as me) if I said that I have never based my reading choices off of a cover. A cover can produce an immediate negative or positive judgement–it goes both way. There have been times where I won’t even look into a book because its cover is just horrendous. I have probably missed some great stories because of this, but it is really hard to control.

A cover is the first thing you see that is associated with the story in most cases. Just like there have been times I have not bought a book because of the cover, there have also been times where the cover absolutely drew me in. When a cover catches my eye, I will read the description, and if the book sounds good I will buy it. So of course, the cover does play a big part in getting a reader to read a particular book! Here are some of my all-time favorite YA book covers–some of them are just beautiful covers in a series and others attracted me to read the book in the first place!

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Update + Things I Have Missed…

It’s sort of sad how unfamiliar sitting at my computer and typing a post feels. I haven’t done this in over a month. Honestly, time flies by, and I am very happy to be back. Between life, studying, and holiday activities, ¬†time has been limited. Christmas is in 3 days! After the holiday, things we will go back to normal and I will be back on track.

Since I have been gone for quite some time, I figured I would do a little update on what has been going on lately. (I went MIA after November 9th, that’s why some of these announcements/reactions are a bit late!)

  • I READ WINTER AND FINISHED THE LUNAR CHRONICLES ūüė• Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely ¬†loved the ending with all my heart, but I am still sad this wonderful series has ended. Don’t worry, I have a ton to say about this book, so I will start my review after Christmas!
  • I saw MOCKINGJAY PART 2¬†and I absolutely loved it. Again, another one of my beloved series (in this case a movie series) has come to an end! This too has a review coming up.
  • I watched the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME. IT WAS SO SAD GUYS! ūüė•
  • I was going to watch the¬†FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM¬†trailer, but decided that I wanted to read the story first (I know, I have no idea how I haven’t read it yet!)
  • I got completely behind on¬†DOCTOR WHO, but am totally prepared to catch up this Christmas break.
  • I saw the preview for¬†STARS ABOVE and realized that I still had some more time in Marissa Meyer’s world.
    • I then saw that one of the Lunar short stories was called “Something Old, Something New” and got extremely excited!
  • I decided that I am done with the¬†DIVERGENT¬†movies, because all of these Allegiant promos looks horrific.
  • THE 100¬†released the trailer for season 3, and it looks pretty awesome.
  • I reread¬†FANGIRL¬†because I couldn’t read a new book during finals week.
  • I binge watched¬†JANE THE VIRGIN¬†on Netflix during the first few days of break.

Yeah, so there is a recap of everything I would have been posting about had I not taken a break from blogging. I will say that I am feeling more inspired to blog and seem to be getting out of my horrible reading slump. Having all of this free time and the new years coming up will probably push me to blog more. You know the saying, “new year, new me,” and I am very excited to be back!

 

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WINTER COMES OUT TOMORROW

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

TOMoRROW. IT COMES OUT TOMORROW. Just think, there is only one more sleep before I am holding this thing in my hands. It’s been a long year and a half and I am so ready to read this book.

All 832 glorious pages. (Thank you Marissa for making it a big one ūüôā ¬†)

This is the last book. I’m pretty sad this wonderful series is over, but it sure has been a great journey. I have grown to love these characters and I can’t wait to see their last hurrah.

Not only are we getting all the characters, but we are also getting Winter. we have seen glimpses of her in the past and her childhood in Fairest, so I’m pretty interested to see how her character plays a role in all of this.

This post was very incoherent. I just needed to write something down before I read it tomorrow. I’m so excited, I’m jumping up and down on the inside! There will be a review of this glorious book up one day, but there is a large possibility that there will be a lengthy, ramble post where I talk about everything…which I’m okay with.

I have hyped this book up so much that it makes me nervous, but really, who could it disappoint! As long as Marissa doesn’t pull a Veronica Roth, I’m fine!

Hope everyone has a great time reading this book!

AHHHH IT COMES OUT TOMoRROW. AS IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS FROM NOW.

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The Sunday Post: 2 MORE DAYS

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme created by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a way to recap posts and talk about what is coming in the future. Check out the website Caffeinated Book review here for more information: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/the-sunday-post-meme

Before I do all the regular stuff, can we jus take a minute and appreciate that Winter is coming out in 2 days. 2 days. I have waited for this book forever and it is finally here. I know lately I haven’t had time to read, but I will read this one. I don’t care what it takes.

HERE ARE SOME OF MY RECENT POSTS:

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CURRENTLY READING

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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 UPCOMING POSTS

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Adaptations ]
  • Book Spotlight: Red’s Untold Story
  • Probably some post that contains an emotional me rambling about Winter (could be next week)
  • TAG

Main goal this week is to get some posts in. I have no idea how long it will take me to read Winter, or how long it will be before I can write a review that is not pure ramble. We shall see.

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My Own Book Choice Awards

You may have seen my Goodreads Choice Awards post where I had failed to check if there were more than two categories I could show you guys. However, after I was done voting, I had an idea. What if I hosted my own little Book Choice Awards with narrower categories. I’m currently investigating the best way to do this, so if you have any ideas, let me know down in the comments!

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RANDOM UPDATES

  • I have a lot of candy from Halloween still. It’s like candy heaven.
  • Forever wishing I could get an ARC of a book…literally any book.
  • QUANTICO. ¬†This show makes my Mondays (I record it on Sunday, watch on Monday). Does anyone else watch this show? It is beyond good.
  • I bought two books the other day, because apparently I enjoy adding more to my never-ending TBR pile.

 

 

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My 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Votes

It’s that time of year again…The Goodreads Choice Awards! I always love this time of the year where you can look back at the year of releases and vote for your favorites. It’s a great way of remembering what all came out that year and what amazing books you were able to read. I love voting so much, I decided I would share it with you! Of course I am only doing the YA/MA categories, but goodreads has it open for all books.

If you want to vote yourself, here is the link: Goodreads Choice Awards YA

For Overall Best Young Adult Fiction I Chose…

All the Bright Places

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

This book came out at the beginning of the year and I still think about it. This was definitely  my favorite contemporary of the year, and I really hope it wins!

For Overall Best Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy I Chose…

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

WINTER by Marissa Meyer

THAT’S RIGHT I VOTED FOR A BOOK I HAVEN’T EVEN READ YET! This was actually pretty tough because Queen of Shadows was one of the choices. However, I have so so so so so much hope and excitement for this book I want it to blow me away. Also it’s coming out in three days. THREE. I can’t take it!

For Overall Best Middle Grade/Children’s I chose…

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD by Rick Riordan

How can you not vote for a Riordan book? I have every year. I actually just started this book on my kindle the other day, and I love it already.

 

So that’s that! To be honest, before I made this post, I thought there was more individual categories, but there were only 3 I could vote for ūüė¶ However, it gave me the idea of making my own book choice awards where I could narrow down the topic more. Do you guys think that sounds fun? Let me know down in the comments!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I Want

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try to list ten for that category. For more information, visit their page here.

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos that You Would Love to See

This was a bit harder for me, so I wasn’t thinking realistically. I choose concepts authors are good at in their books and paired them with authors and their concepts. I kept a list of just a couple of authors so it was easier, so that’s why there are many of the same authors on here (most with very popular books)

  1. John Green and Gayle Forman: This book would break my heart into a billion pieces.
  2. Morgan Matson and Rainbow Rowell: Cuteness Overload, am I right?
  3. Lynette Noni and Sarah J. Maas: These two are the queens of world building.
  4. Marissa Meyer and Rick Riordan: They both deal with recreations…it would be perfect.
  5. Alexandra Bracken and Veronica Roth: These two could build a great dystopian.
  6. J.K. Rowling and John Green: Magical heart-break
  7. Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman: Best contemporary ever.
  8. Rainbow Rowell and John Green: PLEASE

I could only think of 8 duos. I promise next week’s TTT will be much better.

 

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Reasons Fairest is the Best Novella

A few months ago, Marissa Meyer released Fairest, a novella to her Lunar Chronicles series. This series is one of my favorites, so I was very excited to read the companion. I have read a few novellas before, and I guess they were okay. I went into Fairest with low expectations, because I knew novellas weren’t always the best. A few pages in I was able to tell that this wasn’t going to be an ordinary companion novel. There are reasons upon reasons as to why Fairest is an extraordinary novella.

1. The Length of the Novella

This isn’t just a 50 page story that is only sold as ebooks. No, Fairest is the size of a normal (yet small) book with its 230 pages. The story is more than an extra scene the author had to clip out like most other novellas. Fairest actually provides the reader with a lot of information.


2. Getting Inside the Antagonist’s Head

Oh my goodness. Queen Levana is the craziest psychopath I have ever read. Yeah, there are dark and twisted villains, and then there is this chick. Being able to see Levana’s thoughts adds so much more depth to the series. This novella’s purpose wasn’t to show you how she is a misunderstood villain who has good motives, but rather it increases your hate for the antagonist even more. I seen people complaining how they didn’t sympathize with her, but I honestly think we weren’t supposed to (unless we were sympathizing with her craziness maybe). This story really just shows us what goes through her mind when she makes decisions that affect our main characters.


3. Learning the Background and Motives

I love to read a good back story. Something that give us a glimpse of the past that explains why someone does something later in their life is always exciting to read. It’s like connecting the dots between one point to another. When Levana was little, her (evil) sister Channary pushed her into the fire, causing major distortions to her body and face. Because of this incident, the rest of her life she makes she is hidden behind a beautiful glamour. She even goes as far as breaking all the mirrors on Luna. I thought it was very interesting to see this as well her “relationship” with Evret, because it connects in some ways to the Lunar Chronicles.


4. Connection with the Original Series

This is the point that really excites me. Fairest connects¬†so well¬†to The Lunar Chronicles. There were so many moments in this book that I was gasping. ¬†For example, one moment was when they say that Channary baby’s name is Selene. I’m not sure if Channary’s name was ever mentioned in The Lunar Chronicles, so when I saw the name Selene I kind of freaked out because ¬†it’s Cinder.¬†I don’t know, the thought just didn’t register when I started reading this that we would get Cinder’s back story. Also, when we found out Evret’s baby was Winter, I was happy then too. These weren’t the only moments though, because there were so many other connections. There was a line talking about Luna doctors disappearing, so that had to be the doctor that works at the palace. Another line said how Selene would be paired with Kai, which just made me very giddy. I also think there was a line referencing Cress as well. These are all connections that add to the book, so the novella wasn’t a pointless story.


Sorry for a bit of rambling, but Fairest was seriously great. I was so excited that Marissa Meyer put so much effort into this so we could see more of Levana, who is a very complex character with many layers. For those of you who love The Lunar Chronicles, this is perfect for you. There’s even a excerpt from Winter, which I haven’t read yet. I didn’t want to get even more excited for it, because I would probably burst, and NOVEMBER IS SO FAR AWAY I CAN’T TAKE IT.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer Cover Reveal

I don’t get on the internet for one deay, and I miss something as big as¬†this! Some of you might have seen that the cover for Winter was finally released the other day, and let me just tell you, it’s gorgeous.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I was really excited for this one, because I knew it would feature an apple because it’s Snow White, but I was wondering how they would do it. The apple is a lot brighter than I expected, but I love the way it has this glowing and shining effect. I had always loved the covers for The Lunar Chronicles, because they really symbolize the story. I’m thinking the white sparks around the apple has something to do with Winter’s powers. I’m not sure, I just know I really love the cover. I honestly don’t know if I could pick an all time favorite of the four, because I love them all, but I think this one and Cress are just breathtakingly beautiful.

So what are your thoughts on the cover? Does it make you even more excited like it does for me? I finished Fairest the other day (review to come) and I just need this book! Fall is so far away!!!

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January Book Haul

January Book Haul

In the month of January, I actually required a couple of books. This is abnormal for me, because I will rarely get so many physical book copies in a month, as I buy books on my kindle as well. However, since this month was my  birthday month and I have a much bigger shelf, I got more physical books. I will give you more information about each book below, and it will be from left to right.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All Violet wants is to graduate and move away from her small town. Theodore just wants to die. As Goodreads describes it, All the Bright places is a perfect mix of two bestsellers The Fault in our Stars and Eleanor & Park.

When I first read about this book when writing my January Releases Post, I was intrigued by it. I feel like I will either really love it or it’ll be a complete flop. We’ll see!


I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Cody thought she knew everything about her best friend Meg. However, after Meg commits suicide in a hotel room, Cody is left to find the answers. Everything she thought she knew about her is gone and she discovers many things her ‚Äėbest friend‚Äô never told her about.

Of course I picked this book up, it’s from Gayle Forman!


Fairest by Marissa Meyer

This is a bridge story between Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer. So far, all we know about Queen Levana is how she uses her ‚Äėglamour‚Äô to gain power over people. That is, until now. Meyer has finally written the story of Queen Levana and it is definitely a must-read for fans of the series.

I am absolutely obsessed with the Lunar Chronicles, and this makes me even more excited for Winter!


Since You’ve Been Gone¬†by Morgan Matson¬†

Before Sloane came into her life, Emily didn’t do anything. She wasn’t the one for partying and adventures. Just when she was preparing for a great summer, her best friend Sloane just disappears without a trace. The only thing she left was a list of crazy random things from picking apples at night to dancing until daybreak that Emily needed to complete that summer.

After I read the synopsis, this was another book I was intrigued with. It looks like a really fun summer contemporary, but i don’t know if I can wait that long to read it!


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha was just done celebrating Cupid Day, a day for partying that guaranteed you to be popular, when she died in a terrible crash. However, she didn’t die. Well technically she did, but she relieves that day 7 times, noticing many different things.

I honestly haven’t heard anyone talk about this book. I knew it existed and knew the overall story, but I can’t remember if people liked it or not. Guess I’ll be the judge of that.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It’s Nick and Amy’s anniversary, when suddenly Amy goes missing. Nick isn’t helping himself out as he keeps on imaging her there. However, after reading into Amy’s diary, a whole new perspective is given. Everyone thinks that Nick killed her, but he still pleads innocent. But if it wasn’t him, who else could it be?

I’m kind of excited, yet kind of nervous for this one. I haven’t read any thrillers/mysteries in a while and I just hope this one is good!

Well those are the 6 books I got this month! I don’t expect to do this every month obviously, but I may start doing something like this after I buy a few books. Maybe something like every two months, and include kindle books? I’m not sure yet…

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2015 Most Anticipated Books (Jan-June) PART 1

I finally made up my list of the most anticipated books of 2015. Of course there are many great books that people are looking forward to that are coming out in 2015, so I narrowed it down to the 1st half of the year (January-June). However I found 16 total books, and I am breaking it into 4 posts. I am doing this so

JANUARY

Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall  (Jan 13)

This story takes place in a future dystopia, where there is a very powerful secret society called the Circle. This society believes that Avery is the key to an old prophecy and that she can fix everything. Avery must unravel the mystery by traveling all over with two boys in the Circle by finding clues. However after time, it is evident that these clues could possibly start World War 3. Not only that, but the boys hold some secrets of their own as well. Avery has a huge decision; chose the boy that will help her save the world, or choose the boy she is falling in love with?

Fairest by Marissa Meyer  (Jan 27)

This is a bridge story between Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer. So far, all we know about Queen Levana is how she uses her ‘glamour’ to gain power over people. That is, until now. Meyer has finally written the story of Queen Levana and it is definitely a must-read for fans of the series. Not only that, but there is a 3 chapter Winter excerpt in the back, so that makes it even better.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman   (Jan 27)

Cody thought she knew everything about her best friend Meg. However, after Meg commits suicide in a hotel room, Cody is left to find the answers. Everything she thought she knew about her is gone and she discovers many things her ‘best friend’ never told her about. Like her room mates, Ben McAllister, and the secret computer file. This is a great book for fans of other Gayle Forman books.

 

FEBRUARY

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard  (Feb 10)

A very anticipated debut novel that is set in a world that is divided by blood. Literally. There are the silver-blooded people that have special powers and rule the world. Then there are the red-blooded, which is the majority, who spend their life serving the Silvers. However, everything is turned around when Mare, a seventeen year old Red, has powers that can overturn the whole system. I have a whole post that explains more about this highly anticipated book here.

Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead  (Feb 10)

This is the final book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. Syndey and Adrian’s secret romance is discovered and now the Alchemists and the Moroi are mad. In this epic finale, someone they both care for is in danger, and Syndey risks everything to hunt down the enemy. While that is going on, Adrian is engrossed with a secret that could shake the Moroi world completely.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga  (Feb 10)

Aysel is ready for it all to be over. The seventeen physics obsesses girl is constantly plotting her own death. She wants to get away from everyone, but isn’t sure if she can do it alone. That is until she find “Suicide Partners” a website where she finds Roman, a guy who wants to die like her. As they grow closer, Aysel isn’t sure is she still wants to go through with their suicide pact, but before she stops it, she has to convince Roman to stay with her.

 

MARCH

Mosquitoland by David Arnold  (Mar 3)

In this book described as an American Odyssey, Mim is taken from her home in Ohio and is forced to move with her dad and new step-mom in Mississippi. However, when she hears her mom is sick back home, she gets on a bus and heads straight back. She meets many different travelers along the way, and when some unexpected obstacles come in the way, Mim is forced to deal with her own problems.

We All Looked up by Tommy Wallach  (Mar 21)

As the asteroid is coming toward Earth, there are 4 high school seniors are putting everything on the line. Peter is the basketball star is worried, Eliza is ready to escape her reputation in Seattle, Anita (the perfect one) is wondering is the prestigious college is worth sacrificing her dreams, and Andy just doesn’t care. However, with the asteroid quickly coming toward them, they no longer have to worry about their future, but how they will spend their limited present.

 

 

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes  (Mar 24)

Max thought that faking permission slips and cover stories for his classmates would be great, especially since he didn’t like the truth much anyway. He and some friends start Liars, Inc. where they are paid to do many different things. When one member, Preston, wants to meet up with a girl he met online, Max didn’t think it would be a big deal. That is until Preston never came home. Now, all signs point to Max as the murderer. Will he be able to find the true killer before he is swept into jail?

 

Well there is the first nine books of the eighteen that are coming out between January to June. Of course, I can’t put ever anticipated book or my fingers would fall off, but if you know one coming out these next 6 months, please leave a comment down below!