Friday, January 10, 2014

Weekend Reading (1)

This will be my weekend reading plans. I will update you all on I'm hoping to get through on the weekends.

Since I feel I'm a bit behind on the Bout of Books Readathon. I'm hoping to finish Throne of Glass, I have about 198 pages to go. Then I want to start finish on Saturday Hopeless and maybe start Obsidian. I also started rereading Angelfall. I want to read World After this month.

That's my reading list for this weekend. Please let me know what you are reading.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu
Released: November 29th 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: Legend, Book One
Page Amount:320, US Hardback Edition
Source: Library

"What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. 

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. 

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. "

-Information from Goodreads

My Thoughts:

First let me start my review by stating I honestly wasn't expecting myself to fall in love with the book and the characters. But there is something enchanting about Marie Lu's writing that just captures you and won't let go from beginning to the end.

With that being said. I'm still wrapping my thoughts from all that went down in Legend. What got to me the most is I could totally see this being a reality. Also processing all the ups and downs both Day and June went through together and apart.

They grew up more as the book process. Their world's were brought together for a reason.

I cannot wait to see the reasons. Luckily I have book two from the library all ready for me to pick up.

So if you have been heistaned about picking up this book you should just do so.

Also read it in 2 days. That's awesome for someone who was taking a few days to finish one book.

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

Happy Reading, Ashley

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
Released: December 14th 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Series: A Shade of Vampire, Book One
Page Amount: 152, US Paperback
Source: Review

"On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?"

-Information from Goodreads and Amazon

 My Thoughts:

Was given this from the author for an honest review.

This isn't like any of the other vampire books I've read. In A Shade Of Vampire, the vampires live on a reclusive island called The Shade. Some of the guards or even the vampires going looking for humans to be their slaves.

Sofia is chosen to be Derek's slave. But with his bloodlusted brother Lucas always threading her life. Sofia becomes more to Derek. Together they will change the fate of the vampires and the royal family.

I really enjoyed Bella 's take on the vampires. That they lived on an island of darkness and weren't afraid to share their lust for blood. And how Derek resisted the urge to drink Sofia's. How she changed him to be more human. And he changed her from seeing him as a coldblooded killer.

For those of you who enjoy vampires that are strong, true to what vampires are then I'd recommend reading this.

All in all, a great read and an awesome start to a series. I look forward to seeing where Sofia and Derek end up.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Monday, January 6, 2014

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Released: February 7th, 2012
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One
Page Amount: 330, US Hardback edition
Source: Library

"Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other."

-Information from Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Although it took me until towards the end to be captured by Born Wicked. I am so glad I didn't give up. Didn't see the choices Cate made. Can only hope things turn around in Star Cursed, which is the sequel.

If you love historical fiction books with some supernatural elements to it. Then this book is for you. I love books during and after the Salem Witch Trials.

All in all really awesome book. 5/5 stars
Happy Reading,  Ashley

I'm Back

Hello my awesome followers, thank you all for sticking around. I promise to be more active. I have a ton of reviews to catch up on. But for now I want this to be an update on my Reading challenge update for 2013. And my reading goals for 2014.

For 2013 I had wanted to read 50 books. But I fell behind so I changed that number to 30. After finishing completing my reading challenge. I kept track of number of books I read after. I read 38 books. In total I read 68 books!!! I am very proud of that. I read a great amount of books that were amazing.

My reading goals for 2014 are as follows. I want to read 100 books.
Read 5 Classics:
1. The Secret Garden (reread)
2. Anna Karenina
3. The Scarlet Letter
4. Wuthering Heights (reread)
5. Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Read 10 Adult novels:
1. O'hurley born
2. Blood Brothers 7
3. Wild Heat
4. Ghost Hunter
5.  Hot As Sin
6. The Other Boleyn Girl
7-10 undecided

Series to Finish:
1. Harry Potter (yes it is true I haven't finished this series)
2. Divergent
3. Hush, Hush
4. Paranormalcy
5. Sweep
6. Beautiful Creatures
7. The Mortal Instruments
8. The Infernal Devices
9. Gone
10. A Need So Beautiful

If you have any suggestions for what adult books I should checkout please let me know in the comments. Also what are your reading goals for 2014?

Mine are a bit ambitious, but I think I can do it.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Bout of Books 9.0

Yes, I am taking part in the Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon.
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, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I will be posting my updates on here as well as my Goodreads.

My Goals:
To read at least six books

To Read:
Currently halfway through The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, so I want to finish that.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Angelfall by Susan Ee (a reread)
World After by Susan Ee
And a children's book:
Abgail and Her Pet Zombie by Marie F. Crow


Number of pages I've read: 160
Total number of pages I've read: 160
Books: The Book Thief (almost finished)

Number of pages I've read: 356
Total number of pages I've read:356
Books: The Book Thief, Abigail and Her Pet Zombie

Number of pages I've read: 47 (356)
Total number of pages I've read: 403
Books: Throne of Glass (12%)

Number of pages I've read: 145 (403)
Total number of pages I've read: 548
Books: Throne of Glass (35%)

Number of pages I've read: 206
Total number of pages I've read: 754
Books: Throne of Glass (51%)

Number of pages I've read:
Total number of pages I've read:
Books:Throne of Glass (65%)

Number of pages I've read: read the last 139 pages of Throne of Glass, 40 pages, The Ugly Duckling
Total number of pages I've read: 933
Books:Throne of Glass, The Ugly Duckling (illustrated)

Bout of Books