Sunday, May 24, 2015

Weekly Round-Up 5/17 - 5/23


Life This Week:
You guys...we're in the home stretch!!! This weekend has been all about moving the large pieces of furniture and finishing the last few projects. I'm so happy that I could cry (and have several times). Below are pictures of the flower boxes on the side of the house. We filled them out with plants and flowers. Let me know what you think!




Books Read and Reviewed:

Top Ten Tuesday:

What I am Currently Reading:

What I Will Be Reading Next:

Randomness:
I heard this song on one of my Pandora stations and instantly fell in love with it. I knew I had to share it with you guys!

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh




Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all. 

Book Review:
I'm going to write this review a little differently. I'm going to highlight points that I would like to discuss instead of giving an overall review.

  • Shazi: A strong female main character. It's hard not to adore her, or discover why Khalid is so smitten with her. 
  • Khalid: I'm not a fan of his lack of emotion...it's something we see in YA over and over again. That being said, we do see a softer side through his conversations with Shazi and through his letters.
  • I would have liked to see more the back story that included Shazi's former lover and her father. There were hints of magic and rebellion...I hope to see more of this in the next book.
  • The supporting characters really fill out the story nicely. I really enjoyed Shazi's interactions with her handmaiden and Khalid's guardsmen. SO GOOD.
  • The setting and world building of this story is so complex and wonderfully spun. 
  • Can I get a YAY! for some diversity?! I loved reading about an area in the world that I know very little about.
  • I would have liked to learn more about Khalid's curse. It feels like there is more to the story.

Quick thoughts: This is a sultry tale filled with action, romance, magic, and suspense. The unique and diverse setting adds spice and interest to the overall story line. While some areas fell a little short for me, this fast paced story was near impossible to set down. I devoured this tale in just a few sittings. I highly recommend this book for YA fantasy lovers. Also, I need the sequel like now!!!

Cover Art Commentary:
It's not that I don't like it per say...It's just kind of awkward. I'm not sure what the pink overlay is for. I would rather just have the pink cover with the designs or the picture of the girl underneath as the cover.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekly Round-Up 5/10 - 5/16


Life This Week:
We finally have floors in the new house! After waiting almost 2 weeks to get them installed, it has finally happened! Yay! I can't even begin to describe how nearly impossible this process was. But they're in and they're beautiful. We've also started moving more of our stuff into the apartment. We took quite a large load of stuff today and plan on getting the rest next weekend!


In other news, I accidentally dropped my phone in water for like 2-3 seconds and it died. DIED! I had a miniature breakdown, then thanked the good Lord I have insurance and got a new one delivered. It's beautiful and I have vowed to be extra careful with it!

Top Ten Tuesday:

What I am Currently Reading:

What I Will Be Reading Next:
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Randomness: 
A bunch of my friends posted this on Facebook the week and it is hilarious!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

This is What Happy Looks Like (This is What Happy Looks Like #1) by Jennifer E. Smith





Book Summery (Via Goodreads):When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.
Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?


Book Review:
I have read Jennifer Smith before. In fact, I read her book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and looooved it. However, I didn't get the warm fuzzies for This is What Happy Looks Like. This love story seemed lukewarm to me from the start. I felt that Graham and Ellie fell in love with the idea of love, rather than love in reality. There was no spark, no chemistry. Also, no one in this book seemed particularly happy to me. At all. Ever. The love story is the usual...boy meets girl, they fall for each other, antics ensue, eventually they come to their senses,,,kind of, Despite the disappointing romance, this is a fast, light read. What really brought down the rating for me was the ending. I didn't know that the sequel, Happy Again, existed. While I'll definitely read Happy AgainThis is What Happy Looks Like just fell a little short for me.

Cover Art Commentary:
I usually love the Jennifer Smith covers, but I'm not so crazy about this one. I guess yellow isn't my thing? Neither is water.

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