Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Wrap-Up 2015

Here is a look back at the books I read in June. I'm surprised by how much I read. Hoping to read even more in July.

1. The Heir by Kiera Cass 3/5 stars 342 pages (kindle)
2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour 5/5 stars 307  pages
Writing was just beautiful
3. Morning Glories Volume One: For A Better Future by Nick Spencer 2/5 stars 188 pages
Honestly I was lost in trying to understand what was going on. I feel like I wasted time by reading this.
4. Breathless in Love by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully 5/5 stars 400 pages (kindle)
5. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson 5/5 stars 416 pages
6. Stepbrother Anonymous by Jenn Marlow 3/5 stars 44 pages (kindle)
7. Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout 5/5 stars 89 pages (kindle) (re-read)
8. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 3.75/5 stars 254 pages
9. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover 5/5 stars 322pages (kindle)
10. Revenge Volume 2 by J.J.  Knight 4/5  stars 150 pages (kindle  )
Total  number of  books:10
Total number of pages:2,468
Series finished: 0
Favorite book of the month: Everything Leads to You, this book was lovely!! I'm so glad I borrowed it from the library.

Well that's my June Wrap-Up. Let me know what  you read in June. Did you read any of the books I mentioned. If so you agree or disagree with my ratings?

Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Catching Up

I'm slowly catching up on the books I haven't posted a review for. There are some I don't think I'll post a review for. However if in any of my Wrap Ups for the year there is a title you'd like to see a review for please let me know.

I'd love to hear your input. Thank you for reading my reviews and anything else I post on this blog. I know I'm not the most dedicated blogger. I know in the past I've promised to do better and fallen flat. I still feel so unsure of my blog and reviews. I don't think I'm the best at this. But I do want to do better in the future.

Again I'd love to hear your input. Please leave me a comment. You can email me at booksarediamonds@yahoo.com if that would be easier.

Happy Reading, Ashley.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Released: September 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Series: Throne of Glass, Book Three
Page Amount: 562, US hardcover edition
Source: own

"She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight."
-Information from Goodreads.com

My Thoughts:
How do I begin my review? This was amazing and just I can't even form words right now. All I can is Sarah you did it again. I loved everything about Heir of Fire.

I'm in desperate need for Queen of Shadows. Can I have the book now?

I know my review is short. But it's so hard reviewing a third book in a series without giving everything away. If you loved the first and second books in this series. You must read this installment.
5/5 stars Happy Reading, Ashley.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Released: August 27th, 2013 (first released January 1st, 2013)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Series: Throne of Glass, Book Two
Page Amount: 418, US hardcover edition
Source: own

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for. "
-Information from Goodreads.com

My Thoughts:
How do I began on my love for this book? Throne of Glass was amazing so how the sequel even better? Crown of Midnight blew my mind and the ending makes me crave Heir of Fire NOW!!!!

Although I sorta had a guess about something in regards to Celesana. I am even more enchanted by this medieval fantasy series then before. I loved the new characters we met and saddened by the loss of others.

Sarah J. Maas is becoming one of my favorite authors. Can't wait to see where the series goes next.

5/5 stars, to be honest all the stars and more!!!

Happy Reading, Ashley.

Reread in February 2015
Just as amazing as the first time round. I'm excited to have everything refreshed in my mind for Heir of Fire.

Breathless In Love by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully

Breathless in Love by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully
Released: June 10th, 2015
Publisher: Maverick Oak Press, LLC
Series: Maverick Billonaires, Book One
Page Amount:400 kindle edition
Source: Publisher

"Will Franconi has a dark past that he’s kept a closely guarded secret―very few people have ever heard his real story and he plans to keep it that way. After surviving a hellish childhood, he’s now living the dream life where everything he touches turns to gold. But something’s missing. He doesn’t quite know what until a simple letter from a teenage boy brings Harper Newman into his life. A woman who just might fill up the empty places inside him…if only he could ever be worthy of her love.

When a man has more money than he could possibly spend in five lifetimes, Harper has to ask herself what Will Franconi could possibly want from a woman like her? She’s learned the hard way that rich men always get what they want no matter the cost. If it was just herself she had to worry about, Harper would manage, but she’s guardian to her younger brother who depends on her for everything. After nearly losing his life in a car crash, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt him ever again.

Still, sometimes Harper can’t help but long to change her story from one of an always-cautious woman to an adventurous tale of a heroine who’s wild and free…especially when Will’s kisses and caresses make her utterly breathless. And as he begins to reveal his story to her, she discovers that he’s so much more than just another wealthy, privileged man. He’s kind and giving, and he fills up all the spaces inside of her heart that have been empty for so long. Together, can they rewrite their stories into a happily-ever-after that neither of them had previously thought was possible?"
-Information from Goodreads.com

My Thoughts:
Will and Harper meet when her younger brother Jeremy writes to Will. Wanting to see vast car collection. Becoming fast friends with him and spending more time with Harper. Will longs to become a part of their little family. When Will and Harper slowly become a couple they are faced with some challenges along the way. When something bad occurs will it make or break them? You will Have to read to see where things go for them.

I've read a few books by Bella Andre and she is quickly becoming a new favorite romance write of mine. I've never read or heard of Jennifer Skully but I do want to read more of her novels in the future. I was so happy to be able to read and review their new book. I'm looking forward to Reckless in Love which is set to come out November 11th, 2015.

I recommend this to anyone who loves a bad boy that has a very good side to him. Fast cars, family, and love.

I'd give this more stars if I could. 5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley.

Monday, June 1, 2015

May Wrap Up 2015

Another month has come and gone. Although I didn't read everything I had planned for my TBR. I'm still happy with what I did read. I had unexpected surgery for my cat come up. Nothing serious just had Bam get fixed. So I took care of him. He's all healed and back to his normal self again.
Anyways you're hear to see what I read and my thoughts. I will say I managed to finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year. 5 months into 2015 and I've read 41 books. My challenge was set to 40.

May Wrap Up 2015:
1. I Was Here by Gayle Forman 5/5 stars pages:288
2. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 5/5 stars pages:368 (reread)
3. Revenge Volume One by J.J. Knight 3/5 stars pages:166
4. That Night With My Boss by J.S. Cooper and Helen Cooper 4/5 stars pages:44
5.A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 5/5 stars pages:432
My favorite book for 2015!!!!!
6. Rogue by Julie Kagawa 5/5 stars pages:460
7. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands by Chelsea Handler 5/5 stars pages:230
8. The Walking Dead: Volume One Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore 5/5 stars pages:144

Total number of books:8
Total number of pages:2,132