Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Black Mage:First Year by Rachel E. Carter

The Black Mage:First Year by Rachel E. Carter
Publisher: Astraea Press
Page Amount: 278
Series: The Black Mage, #1
Source: Review

"Before the age of seventeen the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice –follow tradition, or pursue a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight or mage… 

For 15-year-old Ryiah the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead –the realm’s most notorious war school for those with magic. 

Yet when she arrives Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Every “first-year” is given a trial year to prove their worth –and no amount of hard work and drive will guarantee them a spot. It seems like everyone is rooting for her to fail –and first and foremost among them Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived. 

When an accidental encounter leads Ryiah and Darren to an unlikely friendship she is convinced nothing good will come of it. But the lines become blurred when she begins to improve –and soon she is a key competitor for the faction of Combat… Still, nothing is ever as it seems –and when the world comes crashing down around her, Ry is forced to place faith in the one thing she can believe in –herself. Will it be enough?"


My Thoughts:
I was given for an honest review.I'll started with saying I can definitely see how fans of Tamora Pierce 's Song of the Lioness would love this. Between Ryiah and Alexander being twins and Ryiah training to be a mage. But girls are allowed to train with the boys. Ryiah is a force to be reckoned with. She trained very hard to get to where the first years get to at the end. I loved her bickering the Prince Darren. And how she wasn't sure what to make of him and the way he made her feel.

I am so glad to have been given a change to read and review The Black Mage:First Year by Rachel E. Carter. Highly recommend for fans of Tamora Pierce, Sarah J. Maas. Anyone who loves female progtanstic that kicks butt.

That ending....I need book two now!!!!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September TBR 2014

Since I had some reading slumps happen in August. I'm determined to read more in September. With Fall coming up I feel like curling up and getting alot of reading.

Here is my September TBR for 2014:

Currently reading:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling about 65% done.
Its also a re-read

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
2. The Black Mage: First Year by Rachel E. Carter
This is for review!!
3. Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
4. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
5. Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
6. Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
7. Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rereading the first half of the Covenant series to read the last two
8. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
9. Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
10. Wild Heat by Bella Andre (re-read)
11. Hot As Sin by Bella Andre
12. Never Too Hot by Bella Andre
13. Sanctum by Sarah Fine (re-read)
14. Fractured by Sarah Fine

I've already read three books so far. I'll tell you all about them in my wrap up. But I really want to catch up/finish some series I own.  If I manage to get through all of these I might add some more. I know banned books week is the 21st to ?. I will try to read a banned book.

But that is my really big TBR for September. Hopefully I stick to it.

Happy Reading, Ashley.

August Wrap Up 2014 and Mini Reviews

Here is a look back at the books I read in August and mini reviews for them.

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
What to say about the Harry Potter series, that hasn't already been said. I loved it more than when I was a child. I'm so glad to be re-reading the series and to finally mark it off my series list. 5/5 stars
2. The Headless Ghost by R.L. Stine
Throughout the month I had times I didn't want to read at all. So I picked up a Goosebumps book, I'm not sure if I read this when I was a kid or not. But it was a quick and spooky read.
4/5 stars
3. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
I've been slowly working on this big book. I have read a few of Edgar's poems and stories in school. But it was great to read his other tales and poems. 5/5 stars
4. The Selection by Keira Cass
Hearing all about this book and series all over BookTube. I admit the hype it was drew me in and having been in a reading slump. It was just what I needed. I loved America and Prince Maxon. 5/5 stars
5. The Elite by Keira Cass 5/5 stars
6. The One by Keira Cass 5/5 stars
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Another re-read of this installment of the series. 5/5 stars
8. Alanna by Tamora Pierce
If you haven't read anything by Tamora, I can't recommend her enough. Although the Song of the Lioness is the only series I've read by her. I love it enough to know Tamora is one of my favorite authors.

Well that is all I read in August. Please let me know what you think of the books I read and what you read in August.

Happy Reading, Ashley.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August TBR 2014

Here is what I'm hoping to read in August.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (currently reading)(reread)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling(reread)
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (reread)
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas (audibook)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
The Conjure Book by A.A. Attanasio (Kindle)
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (reread)
The Headless Ghost by R.L. Stine
Witch Song by Amber Arsyle (Kindle)
Petals On The Wind by V.C. Andrews (reread)
Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

That's it for now. We'll see if I get through all this. Might add more. Want to read at least one Jane Austen book this month.

18th - 24th Bout of Books TBR:
The Assassin's Blade
Crown of Midnight
The Conjure Book
Petals On The Wind
All That Glows

That's all for me. Let me know what books you are reading this month. Or if you've read any of the books I mentioned. No spoilers though.

Happy Reading, Ashley

June and July Wrap Ups 2014

Here is a look by at all the books I read in June and July.

June Wrap-Up 2014:
In no particular order

1.How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Desutch (Hereville,#1)
This was a graphic novel and a reread for me. My rating still stays 5/5 stars
2. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Another graphic novel gave this 3/5 stars
3. Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
This was so sweet and sad. Thanks to Misty at The Book Rat for giving this much love.
My rating 5/5 stars
4. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks 4/5 stars
5. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) 4/5 stars
6. Addicted to Him by Lauren Dodd 4/5 stars
7. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) 4/5 stars
8. Cop By Her Side by Janice Kay Johnson 4/5 stars
9. Unbreakable by Abbey Reynolds (Unbreakable,#1) 5/5 stars

July Wrap-Up 2014:

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter,#2)
This was a reread for me. Still 5/5 stars
2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 4/5 stars (reread)
3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 5/5 stars
4. Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 5/5 stars (reread)
5. Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan 5/5 stars
6. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians,#5) 5/5 stars
7. A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean (The Rules of A Scoundrels,#1) 5/5 stars
8. Landline by Rainbow Rowell 5/5 stars
9. One Perfect Night by Bella Andre (The Sullivans, #8.5) 5/5 stars
10. Struggle by P.A. Jones 3/5 stars
11. This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki 3/5 stars (graphic novel)
12. Pistol by Max Henry 3/5 stars

Currently rereading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, started at the end of July. Will be in my August Wrap-Up.

That's all the books I read the past two months. Let me know your thoughts. And what you've read the past two months.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0

This is my official post for participating in the Bout of Books 11.0.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to boost the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I will be posting my reading updates on here. As well as marking the book's I've read on my Goodreads account.

My goal is to read at least five books. I'll add more if need be.

To Read:
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas (audibook)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
The Conjure Book by A.A. Attanasio (Kindle)
Petals On The Wind by V.C. Andrews (reread)
All That Glows by Ryan Graudin


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Wrap Up 2014

A look back at the books I read in the month of May. With the star rating and a short explanation of my thoughts.

1.If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
This is a dark Young Adult contemporary. Was heartbreaking and beautiful.
Gave it 4/5 stars
2. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
I really loved the letters Laurel wrote throughout the story. Also enjoyed the celebrities she choose to address them to. This is a debut novel for 2014.
Gave it 4/5 stars
3. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
I needed a break from the two dark heavily emotional books. So I chose to finish up the Fifty Shades series. I loved how much Ana and Christian's relationship grew in this installment of the series. I don't know if this is really the last book or not. Heard talk of maybe a fourth novel. Gave it 5/5 stars *Note this series as adult content and is not for younger readers*
4. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
I do have a review posted on this. Which you can find here:
But I needed to reread it. In order to refresh my mind. Still give it 5/5 stars.
5. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa Also reread this as well. Another 5/5 stars
6. The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
A great ending to another amazing series by Julie Kagawa. I love her Iron Fey series. I never thought she could write something that would be as addicting. I was wrong, love her take on vampires. Gave it 5/5 stars

I was in a bit of a slump in the beginning of the month. I got addicted to Doctor Who. Which led me not to read as much. I am happy with have gotten six books in. I'm not sure if I'll post a June TBR, only because once I say this what I'm going to read. I never want to read them then. I'm just going to read whatever calls my name. Although I'd love to finish up some series. Mainly Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson series.

Let me know what you read in May. What you plan to read in June. If you read any of the books I mentioned. Or if you plan to.
That's all for me.
Happy Reading, Ashley

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

February/March/April Wrap Ups 2014

Here is a look back at the books I've read in February,March and April. Since its been a while that I read these books. I'm just going to put the star rating beside the title. However if there is a book you would like a review for please let me know.

February Reads:
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 5/5 stars (reread)
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth 5/5 stars (reread)
3. Angelfall by Susan Ee 5/5 stars (reread)
4. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover 5/5 stars
5. World After by Susan Ee 5/5 stars
6. Making Faces by Amy Harmon 5/5 stars
7. Two Tales Dark and Grim:The Key/Brothers Piggett by Rachel Hawkins and Julie Kagawa 5/5 stars.

March Reads:
1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer 5/5 stars (reread)
2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 5/5 stars
3. Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake 5/5 stars
4. The Eclective Collection by Heather Marie Adkins 5/5 stars
5. Champion by Marie Lu 5/5 stars
6. Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski 5/5 stars
7. Book Lovers by Linda M. Priestley
8. Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi 5/5 stars
9. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi 5/5 stars
10. Born Lucky:A YA St. Patrick's Day Story by Rusty Fischer 5/5 stars
11. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi 5/5 stars

April Reads:
1.Insurgent by Veronica Roth 5/5 stars (reread)
2.Allegiant by Veronica Roth 5/5 stars
3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James 5/5 stars
4. Crushing On the Enemy by Sarah Adams 3/5 stars
5. Flight of Life by E.L. Todd 3/5 stars
6. Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian 4/5 stars
7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer 4/5 stars
8. Wait For You by J. Lynn 4/5 stars

That's all the wonderful books I've read in the past three months. I'll be posting my May Wrap Up and June TBR soon.
Until then please let me know what you've read in the last three months or if you have read any of the books mentioned and what you thought of them.

Happy Reading, Ashley!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

January Wrap 2014

January was a slow reading month for me. Only managed to read five books towards my now 80 book challenge for 2014. Changed my goal because according to Goodreads I was four behind when my goal was set to 100.

Hopefully I can keep on track. But let's take a look back at my books for January.
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Hearing so much love for this,I was scared to read it but I loved every minute. 5/5 stars
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
Again heard amazing reviews. 5/5 stars
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 5/5 stars
4. Abigail and Her Pet Zombie by Marie F. Crow 5/5 stars
5. The Ugly Duckling by Christian Hans Anderson 4/5 stars

That's all for January
Let me know what books you read in January or if you read any of the ones I read.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Released:August 2nd,2012
Series:Throne of Glass,Book One
Page Amount:404,Kindle Edition
Source:Overdrive media

"Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?"

-Information from

My Thoughts:
This book is amazing!!! How do I get all my thoughts out? I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Calaena is a kickass female lead. I loved her point of view. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I really loved Throne of Glass because it reminded me of Alanna by Tamora Pierce. Alanna and Celaena are both women fighting to do the same heroic acts of men.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

World After by Susan Ee

World After by Susan Ee
Released:November 18th,2013
Series:Penryn and the End of Days,Book Two
Page Amount:314,US Paperback Edition

"In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?"

-Information from

My Thoughts:
Wow, World After was mind blowing. I loved the twist and turns. Didn't see anything coming. Super excited for the next three novels in this series.

Can I just say I love Raffe. Because I do.

5/5 stars!!!
Happy Reading, Ashley

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Released:August 16th,2011(first August 6th,2011)
Publisher:Crown Publishers
Page Amount:386, Kindle Edition

"It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

A world at stake. 
A quest for the ultimate prize. 
Are you ready?"

-Information from

My Thoughts:
Having heard so much hyper from Booktubers on Ready Player One. I wasn't sure how I would take to it. Ernest Clone wrote one neck of a fast paced action story. I could understand most of the 80s references, even though I was born in the late 80s. This story has me wanting to find an old Nintendo game console and play again like when I was a kid.

If you've been on the fence about this one. Take my advice and pick it up. Give to the videogamer in your life.

5/5 stars!!!!!

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Released:October 20th,2013
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Page Amount:405,Kindle Edition

"Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us."

-Information from

My Thoughts:
Making Faces is a roller coaster of emotions. Happy, sad, angry, love, joy, and death. Never have I had a book make me cry and laugh on the same page. I loved that Making Faces was set in Pennsylvania. I loved Fern and Ambrose. Their story is something that could be realistic. I will definitely reading more from Amy Harmon.

Making Faces is one of those stories that will stay with you after reading.

5/5 stars, for Hercules!!

Happy Reading, Ashley

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Released:January 8th,2013(first released December 17th,2012)
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Series:Hopeless,Book One
Page Amount:488,Kindle Edition

"Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
Trying to put into words on how this book was. I sorta guessed something that plays a big part of the plot. Hopeless takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. I did love Sky and Holder.

Will be reading more from Colleen in the future.

4/5 stars, Happy Reading,Ashley

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Released: September 18th,2007first released March 14th,2006)
Publisher:Knopf Books For Young Readers
Page Amount:552,US Paperback Edition

"It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time."

-Information from

My Thoughts:
The Book Thief is an sad tale told by none other than Death. I had originally tried reading this back in January of 2013. But some personal issues I had experienced put me off. I received this book for Christmas. I started it right away. I know some that read this was brought to tears. It is a sad story. I myself did not cry. The Book Thief did touch my heart. It is a reminder of a part of the world's history. Hitler's reign in the 1940s was a tragic time to live through no matter who you were.

I would recommend this to anyone who hasn't read this yet.

Even though it's sad you can't put the book down.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading,Ashley

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Released:August 1st,2011
Series:Mythos Academy,Book One
Page Amount:350,US Paperback Edition

"My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died..."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
I wasn't expecting to love this as much I did. But Touch of Frost glued me from the first page until the last. I loved Gwen and her gypsy gift. How she tried to do the right thing. I also enjoyed the twists and turns. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.

5/5 stars. 
Happy Reading, Ashle

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Released:April 1st,2006
Publisher:Disney Hyperion Books
Series:Percy Jackson and the Olympians,Book Two
Page Amount:288,US Hardback Edition

"The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
I'm not sure how it is possible but The Sea of Monsters is even better than The Lightning Thief which is the first novel in this series. Percy grows more into himself and his being a DemiGod. There is of course a crazy journey he, Annabeth and Tyson.

Really loved this sequel. Definitely good for middle graders or even 5 to 6th graders. But it is a magical read. 

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Starglass by Phoebe North

Starglass by Phoebe North
Released:July 23rd, 2013
Publisher:Simon and Schuster For Young Readers
Series:Starglass,Book One
Page Amount:448,US Hardback Edition

"Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn't interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he's yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she's got.

But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain's guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship's idyllic surface. As she's drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime--one that will determine the fate of her people."

-Information from

My Thoughts:
It took me over a hundred pages to get into Starglass. I did enjoy leading about the ship and Terra. I loved the ending.

I will read the sequel, to see what becomes of everyone.
3/5 stars
Happy Reading, Ashley

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Released:June 18th,2013
Publisher:Putnam Juvenile
Series:The Cahill Witch Chronicles,Book Two
Page Amount:384,US Hardback Edition

"With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England."

-Information from

My Thoughts:

Another book that has given me a broken heart. How could this have happened? Why?

I'm still trying to gather my feelings. I only hope that things will change in book three. Which isn't set to come out until 2014.

5/5 stars
Happy Reading, Ashley

Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
Released:June 4th,2013(first released May 9th,2011)
Series:Breathing,Book One
Page Amount:456,US Paperback Edition

"No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series."

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My Thoughts:

There were times it was hard for me to read what Emma had been put through. Never wanted to actually throw a book before. This book pushes all your emotions to the breaking point and more.

And the ending..... wow just WOW.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie Lu
Released:January 30th,2013
Publisher:Putnam Juvenile
Series:Legend,Book Two
Page Amount:371,US Hardback Edition

"Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?"
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My Thoughts:

What did I just read. How could Day do this to June? Seriously my heart is broken. I really thought after everything these two characters would get a happy ending. No oh no my heart has been ripped out.

Oh November please come quickly for a need Champion right now.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Pretty Witches All In A Row by Lisa Olsen

Pretty Witches All In A Row by Lisa Olsen
Released:September 30th 2011(first released October 1st,2011)
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Page Amount:296,Kindle Edition

"Someone is picking off a coven of witches one by one. Can Sgt. Nick Gibson and his team of detectives catch the killer before he loses the pretty witch who's got him under her spell?

Nick must cast aside his disbelief and delve into the world of the supernatural to solve the case. On hand to help is Annaliese, a member of the coven who claims to have had a prophetic dream at the exact time of each victim's death, offering clues to the identity of the killer. Can he accept the 'proof' offered by unconventional means or is she deliberately leading him astray to hide her own secrets? To cloud the issue, a local evangelist is telling anyone who asks that the victims had it coming. Is religious mania the motive for murder, or is it something more personal?"

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My Thoughts:

Really loved this book. Even though it took a while to it was only because of the reading slump I've been in. I loved Nick and Anna and the mystery of the murders. Did not see the ending coming.
Wish there was another book.
5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

The Next Always by Nora Roberts
Released:November 1st,2011
Publisher:Berkley Trade
Series:Inn Boonsboro Trilogy,Book One
Page Amount:352,US Paperback Edition

"The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett's social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town's bookstore. Though busy and with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett's transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer both the building and the man behind it.

With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett is happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time, in between blueprint meetings and kindergarten pickups. It's no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something that could arouse the secret yearning that resides in Clare's independent heart - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next.."

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My Thoughts:
I was craving a Nora Roberts novel. It has been a long time since reading anything by her. Seeing this at my library I picked it up. Was not disappointed, in The Next Always our two lead characters Clare and Beckett have they're share of painful pasts. However when he asks for her help in bringing the inn back to life. They develop feelings for one another. The fact that Clare's three young sons love him just melts her heart even more.

I loved watching Clare and Beckett become close. Beckett babysitting the boys was a good laugh. This was a quick and easy read. 

4/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

The Look of Love by Bella Andre

The Look of Love by Bella Andre
Released:June 13th,2011(first released January 1st, 2011)
Series:The Sullivans,Book One
Page Amount: 384,Kindle Edition
Source:Overdrive media

"With THE LOOK OF LOVE, bestselling author Bella Andre introduces you the Sullivan family. In this fun and emotional contemporary romance series, when a Sullivan bad boy falls...he falls hard. And it's forever. 

Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he? 

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him? 

Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her—and every sinfully sweet caress—as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart."

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My Thoughts:
The Look of Love follows Chole and Chase. Who meet accidentally on the road during a rain storm. Chase lets her stay with him. What is supposed to be only a night becomes a week. Chase discovers there is more to her then meets the eye.

I loved this story. I know some might find this instant love. I think it develops as Chase and Chole open up to one another.

This is an adult romance so there is some sexy times.

This was my second time reading a book by Bella and I loved it.
5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Released:June 28th, 2005(first released January 1st, 2005)
Publisher:Miramax Books/Hyperion
Series:Percy Jackson and the Olympians,Book One
Page Amount:375, US Hardback Edition

"Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves."

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My Thoughts:

As I gather my thoughts on what I'm sure is the first book in a fantastic series. I can't help but wonder why I hadn't picked this up sooner. I heard nothing but amazing things about The Lightning Thief and the rest if the series. I loved everything about this book. As an adult reader I could relate to the characters and their struggles. This book could be read by anyone. I loved the Greek mythology intern woven throughout the story line.

I had flashbacks to learning about the Greek Gods in seventh grade English class. And the feels, I can say I went through them all.

Give this to anyone interested in Greek mythology, or anyone who needs to read an awesome book!!!!

I'd give this a million stars if I could. 5/5 stars!!

In The After by Demitria Lunetta

In The After by Demitria Lunetta
Released: June 25th, 2013
Publisher:Harper Teen
Series:In The After,Book One
Page Amount:455,US Hardback Edition

"They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more."

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta."

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My Thoughts:
In The After is a fast paced post-apocalypse book. With strange beings killing human kind. Our lead character Amy believes she is the sole survivor. Until one day she comes across Baby. Her and Baby whether many challenges.

Amy is a strong willed female character who isn't afraid to fight to the death if that is what's needed. She can do anything in order to keep Baby and herself safe.

They are rescued from people who are living in New Hope. Amy isn't sure about their safety in New Hope. But she tries her best to fit in.

I was very shocked with all the twists and turns. Especially the last few chapters.

While reading In The After, couldn't help but be reminded of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Fans of that book would love this as well.

5/5 stars!! Happy Reading, Ashley.

Fear:13 Stories of Suspense and Horror by Various Authors

Fear:13 Stories of Suspense and Horror by Various Authors
Released: September 2nd, 2010(first released August 7th 2010)
Publisher: Speak
Page Amount:224, US Paperback Edition

"Turn the pages if you dare. . . .In this collection of thirteen fabulously chilling stories from thirteen true masters of suspense, including fiveNew York Times bestsellers and a number of Edgar Award nominees, all edited by none other than R. L. Stine, nothing is what it seems. From cannibalistic children, to an unwitting date with a vampire, to a crush on a boy who just might be a werewolf, no scary stone is left unturned. A must-have for all fans of the genre!"
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My Thoughts:

This is a really great collection of scary and suspenseful stories. 13 creepily tales to get you in the mood for Halloween. Or to read on All Hallows Eve to give you a spooky night.

Enjoyed all the stories, especially R.L. Stone's Welcome to the Club.

If you are a fan of suspense and horror stories then check this book out.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Released: September 10th, 2013
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Page Amount: 438, US Hardback Edition

A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan.... But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she's really good at it. She and her twin, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.

Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words...and she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?"

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My Thoughts:
Rainbow Rowell is becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors. I will admit I get a little anxious reading a book that is really hyped up. But Fangirl definitely deserves all the praise and love it's getting. A subject we as loving bookworms know, being enchanted by a book and series. Losing yourself in that world for a short time. But no matter what the story stays with you.

Reading this I know I'll experience it again for the first time. Because I've already fell in love with these characters and this beautiful world.
Closing the book it felt like I was saying good bye to my beloved friends. I will be getting this for my own collection. And reread it from time to time.

So if you love reading about someone who loves to read and write. That is the book lover in all of us. And has real life issues interwoven. Then Fangirl is the book for you.

5/5 stars!!!! Happy Reading, Ashley

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Released: October 26th, 2010(first released January 1st 2010)
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Page Amount:260, US Hardback Edition

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors ofNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own."
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My Thoughts:
I found this to be cute and perfect to read around the holiday season to add another element to the story. I long to find a notebook and have someone fall in love with me like this.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading