Simply Sunday #26

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is by Vaclav Havel:

Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to struggle against entropy.

Why I Chose It

This quote was featured in an episode of Criminal Minds and it really hit a resonating cord. Entropy is chaos and randomness and these words are so true to the endless tangle of trials and tribulations. When we are met with a road bump, it is our duty to fight and push through. Havel reminds me of what it means to be human – that there are days where chaos is the epitome of life and that is okay.


Favorite Reads on Wattpad: July 2016

Wattpad Reads

I’ve recently gone back on Wattpad after a three year hiatus. I’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of things like reading and writing. More reading than writing😛 These are some of my favorite Wattpad Reads so far. I’ve literally devoured each story within a day or two each.

Poise And Rationality (A Modernization Of Pride and Prejudice)Poise & Rationality by WhyFireFliesFlash. This is a modernization of Pride & Prejudice. The author interprets The Bennets, Darcy, and Bingley in a new light, where there is diversity within the classic we all know and love. The world is set in the one we know now and that’s one of the reasons why I’ve enjoyed it so much. For example, Jane is a nurse and Bingley is a doctor and Lizzie is in college studying English Literature! It’s also written fairly well! Currently, I’ve caught up to all the chapters that are available. I am patiently waiting to continue this lovely piece. I am most excited to see how the author interprets the moment Darcy reveals his love for Lizzie.

Valkyrie Rising (Completed)Valkyrie Rising by Witchoria. A mix between Uglies by Scott Westerfield and Divergent by Veronica Roth, this story is set in a post apocalyptic world where beauty is highly valued. Our female protagonist, Nadia turns her back on the Viry – the beautiful people in society – and joins the warrior section known as the Kuzabn. Although it is reminiscent of the dystopian stories we love, Valkyrie Rising is unique and original to the genre. I love the character development, characters, plot, and romance. The world building is also FANTASTIC, though, I know personally that the author plans on developing it IF there is a sequel. There is just so much that Nadia does not know. There are also shocking revelations as the story progresses. This story is completed so there is no waiting for uploads! I’m hoping that Witchoria writes a sequel as the ending is a major cliffhanger. I just simply NEED more.

Tell Me You Love MeTell Me You Love Me by Witchoria. I needed more from this lovely author and decided I wanted a sappy romance. Well, it wasn’t what I expected. It wasn’t sappy at all! It was however, the kind of love I needed in my life. This story follows Greer and her struggle to become a mom to her niece. Her sister recently passed away and left Emma to Greer. Her life is a mess. Who is a girl to turn to? Enter Jackson Bellefonte. He is everything that Greer needs but can’t have. He doesn’t fit the profile of bad boy – that and the fact that he’s a minister! Or so she thinks😉

It’s a story of miscommunication, relationships, and finding out that love can happen twice in a person’s love. Greer tries to fight the feelings that she has for Jackson, while he tries to fight to stay in her life.

I loved this story to pieces. It was the right amount of fluff with the perfect touch of angst and happily ever after. If you love NA, this is a story to read! There is mature content within some chapters but that is to be expected with the genre. I won’t forget little Emma and her cuteness and I definitely will never forget Greer and Jackson❤ Supporting characters are also A+ like Greer’s best friend, Nova, Jackson’s crazy ex, Halley, and Greer’s neighbor, Mr. Mooney😀

P.S. This story is almost complete. There is only one chapter to go!

P.S.S. Zuz (Witchoria) also created the lovely banner in this post. She is amazingly talented!

I highly recommend these 3 stories and honestly, they deserve WAY more reads. So go and READ ON!🙂


Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release date: May 7, 2013

Format: Paperback, 403 pages

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


Books that are 3 star ratings are always hard. They neither wow’d me nor displeased me. Throne of Glass fell somewhere in the middle. The premise of the novel is interesting with an eighteen year old girl as the world’s best assassin. However, the story falls short with a slow incline of action. It was hard to read it because it ineffectively grasped my attention.

The beginning through the majority of the book was slow. Painfully slow. I wanted action. NEEDED it. When you read the synopsis, the story is about an assassin. And well, I wanted to see some of that badass assassin skills! Instead, we get to see her vulnerable as she had been captured and mistreated as a slave. To earn her freedom, she must compete in the king’s game and win to be his personal assassin. It is the the hope of her freedom that leads her to accept his request.

From there the following events are just meh. There is an evil in the castle that must be stopped and Celeana is the only one who can accomplish that feat because…my guess is that she is royalty and has magic in her veins. The training she endures makes her seem…weak. Yes, I get that she was a slave for a year, but she should be stronger within a month. I mean, she IS deemed as the BEST assassin in all of the kingdom.

This isn’t entirely bad as we do get to see the girl. I liked Celeana’s vulnerabilities. Inside she was just an eighteen year old girl. Circumstances made her who she was.

Then, there is the fact that two men – not one, but TWO men fall in love with her. It’s a little unrealistic for me. I liked Chaol and how his romantic interests are portrayed better than Dorian’s. #TeamChaol

Because it was so blaringly obvious, the story didn’t hold any sort of suspense. It didn’t make me want to read the book. Quite the contrary. I could only read a couple of chapters a day. If I tried to read more I got sleepy. Not a good sign. The only good thing I can say is that the short chapters made it extremely easy on me. This book was good in small doses.

I did like the last few chapters of the book, which salvaged the story a little. I liked the action. I loved how I did not know if Celaena would survive and I also liked the mystery on who was behind the dark evil force that threatened the castle.

Even though the first book in these series dragged, I am still curious to see how the second book compares. I’ve heard and read reviews (mindful of spoilers) that the second is MUCH better. All in all, it was a good read. Perhaps someone who likes fantasy more than I will greatly enjoy this book. As for me, I will consider continuing this series as I do want to know what happens to Celaena and her contract with the king.

For those who read the book, what are your thoughts?



Goodbye July, Hello August 2016 Edition

July came and went in a blur. Does anyone else feel like that? I feel like I didn’t get anything accomplished this summer and fall term is starting at the end of August for me. I did, however, begin posting more frequently in July! I enjoyed that a lot and missed the blogosphere tremendously! To all my old and new friends, a warm hello to you!❤

So, without further ado, here are my favorites for July:

Favorite Book(s)

I read a total of 5 books this month and the following 3 received 5 cupcakes from me🙂

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. THIS book was the cutest bundle of fangirling I’ve done this summer. I know I’m totally late to this amazingly cute contemporary, but it’s true what they say. Anna’s quirky adventure in Paris will have you smiling like a person in love. I love LOVE. Sometimes, I enjoy an overly cheesy and cute read and Anna and the French Kiss was utterly perfection. I imagined myself being Anna and wishing to live Parisian life. This story is filled with adventure, love, and friendship. A must read for a contemporary enthusiast.

Vicious (Vicious, #1)Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I won’t talk about this book too much as I did write a full review of this book, but WOW. I was not expecting the level of intrigue, mystery, and suspense. Not only did Schwab exceed my expectations, but she also created a fascinating world where the nature of good and evil are blurred at the seams.

The Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I also wrote a review of this book last month. Everything Holly Black is dark, unique, and utterly captivating. Black plays with vampire lore and creates a world where vampirism is widely known and accepted. Humans either fear vampires or want to become one, believing that eternal life is an endless party. If you love vampire books then this is definitely one to check out! It’s suspenseful, mysterious, and has a bit of romance between to unlikely characters.

Favorite Music

I absolutely adore Faded by Alan Walker. The singer’s voice is chilling and just utterly breathtaking. It’s so simple, yet, says so so much.

Favorite Show

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

I’ve been slowly catching up on season 3 on Netflix and OMG WOW. Season 2 ended with Gemma being sucked into the Monolith. The ending from that season had me like:

Now, season 3 has me doing pretty much the same thing and a little bit of this:

I just…ugh. So. Much. Stuff. Happens. I need discussion! If you’ve seen season 3 please let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. I need to let out all these feels.

Favorite App

Is there any surprise I’d choose this one? I mean, I did talk about Pokemon last month😉 This app has taken the world by storm it’s no surprise that it is the #1 trending app in the world. I just love how interactive it’s become. It makes you go outside and EXERCISE and SOCIALIZE. Any game that does that is an A+ in my book.

I unfortunately have not caught any awesome pokemon. I pretty much catch Pidgey and Rattata on a daily basis. I did however evolve those two pokemon, so I got that going for me😀


I’d love to hear your favorites for July! I hope everyone had a lovely month and here is to August being just as great!❤



Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in ColdtownAuthor: Holly Black

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release date: September 3, 2013

Pages/ Format: 419, Hardcover

Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.


Holly Black makes vampires frightening alluring and hot!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is beautifully frightening and uniquely based on vampire lore that I adore. In Tara’s world, vampires are kept locked inside cities called Coldtowns. Within the walls, vampires and humans co-exist in a glamours (if you love the vampire world) or dangerous (if you don’t wish to be a part of the vampire world) life. Tara never wanted to be a part of the vampire world, but she finds herself constantly being thrust back into it.

Unfortunately, the morning of the massacre isn’t her first time she’s come near vampires or an infected human. I won’t delve into this aspect of the story as it is a spoilers. It does have to do a lot about who Tana is as a person and why she is vigilant to stay human when she believes she may have been infected at the party.

I love LOVE love Tana’s character and development throughout the story. She is strong and does whatever it takes to survive. She makes mistakes – mistakes that could cost her her life, but I love her for it. It makes her a flaw character – a REAL character with fears and uncertainties. She’s sarcastic and a little gullible, which makes her a good person. Especially, when she helps the unlikeliest of creatures – a vampire and her ex-boyfriend who had certainly been infected.

Tana is also resourceful and a quick thinker. She doesn’t have much time to think through a situation when vampires could be lurking at the next corner.

Then, we have Aiden, Tana’s ex-boyfriend, who is a little bit of a pain, but who is also good in his own kind of twisted way. He gives Tana more headaches than her little sister Pearl. Aiden has to fight off his hunger, while Tana has to be wary of him not killing her.

Lastly, we have Gavriel who has secrets not even Tana could ever dream of until they come into realization. Gavriel is an unlikely ally that ends up being one of the only people Tana can trust. He also has his reasons for not killing her which are pretty darn admirable for a vampire.

The characters and story is what really made me love this book. Not only that, but Holly Black, creates a different vampire world where her characters have to either fight for survival or find the glory in becoming part of the world, whether its becoming a vampire or actively being a donor as they dance alongside them through the night. It’s just such a brilliant concept, in my opinion. The idea of vampirism is widely accept in Black’s world, yet, humans are still wary and keep them locked away in cities with air tight safeguards. Once you are inside a Coldown, you can never get out unless you have a marker – and that costs a lot of money or a bounty (turning in a vampire). The life of a vampire is glamorous as live broadcasting occurs within the Coldtowns that make it fun and exciting. I mean, who wouldn’t want to rich and famous?

At the center of all the glam is Tana’s story of survival which pushes the story into a crescendo of action-packed scenes. The story of Midnight and Winter also gives insight to those who wish to be part of the vampire world. The entire story is just amazing! Holly Black makes vampires frightening alluring and hot! There’s action, mystery, and a little bit of romance that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat! Highly recommend for you to read!🙂


Simply Sunday #25

simply sundaySimply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is by Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Gray:

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

Why I Chose It

These are Oscar Wilde’s personal thoughts about literature. The quote is taken from The Preface. It is here that he discloses his inner most thoughts about life, books, art, ect. This particular quote deeply resonates with me because at the end of the day, everything that I read is either good or bad. It doesn’t matter what the book is about as long as the author’s writing appeals to the reader. To me, that is a magical gift – when the author is able to utterly captivate their audience simply with their craft.

What was your favorite quote this week? I’d love to hear about it down in the comments below🙂

With love always,



Book Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga #1)Author: Alexandra Adornetto

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release date: August 26, 2014

Pages/Format: 320, Hardcover

Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.


I picked up an ARC of this book at ALA ’14.

Ghost House is a page-turning read with moments of suspense and mysterious allure surrounding Grange Hall. I liked the book. I enjoyed it. I found myself wanting to finish so that I could find out what lurked in the next chapter. The end was a cliffhanger and left me wanting more!

With that said, my main dislikes was the pacing and insta-love that reminded me of awfully cheese contemporary novels. There is nothing wrong with the trope but I felt it was misplaced and so so soon If I remember correctly, Chloe instantly feels attracted to Alex within the first night that she meets him. I mean, he’s a ghost and she should have reservations about her feelings. If anything, she should find him as a comforting friend – a ghost who is not scary or is malicious. The love aspect just really threw me off…maybe MAYBE if it was done differently I’d have liked the idea, but it was just…too soon with no concrete development. Speaking of development – I wanted a lot more character development surrounding the secondary characters like Rory and Joe (gosh, I wish there was more of him in the book!). I also wanted a female protagonist that wasn’t so scared of living, of taking action into her own hands rather than standing on the sidelines for majority of the story.

The story itself was written well, but not great. I know this was a proof copy, but even for a proof I found so many mistakes and scenes that did not properly flow seamlessly. There should have been a lot more page breaks when scenes ended because 60% of it felt like a jumbled mess. I have no idea if the final copy fixed these mistakes.

Lastly, what my absolutely favorite thing about Ghost House was the pacing! I literally could not stop reading because it was GOOD. I liked Chloe’s glimpses into the past and the scenes between her and Alex no matter how cheesy and unrealistic they were. I also liked the action that takes place towards the end of the story. It definitely is not dull for a second.

Ghost House was a bit disappointing, especially when I absolutely adored Adornetto’s Halo series when I was seventeen. I think there will be a reread for those! The problem with this novel is that I wanted more. I didn’t have high expectations, but I was expecting something dazzling and instead, it fell short.

All in all, it was a good read. And that cliffhanger does make me want to read the sequel because HOW IS IT POSSIBLE WHAT HAPPENS. I don’t even have a believable theory for that ending!

I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel when it hits shelves!🙂



Teaser Tuesday #8 – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Teaser TuesdayTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is brought to you by my current read, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

What would Tana do once the infection wormed deep into her brain, so that there was nothing but the need for blood and the willingness to do anything to get it?

We all wind up drawn to what we’re afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.

I think Ten pretty much sums up how I feel reading those lines. Like can anyone say, “Spoilers” ? I’m 200 pages in so this isn’t particularly spoilery, but I had hopes Tana would make it through! I am so excited to keep reading Tana’s adventure a Coldtown.

Let me know what you’re reading! I always love book recs.

Take care lovelies!


Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious (Vicious, #1)Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor

Release date: September 24, 2013

Pages/Format: 364 pages, Hardcover

Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?


Schwab blurs the line between bad and worse.

I don’t usually read adult fiction, much less adult fantasy, but I am so glad that I did! Vicious was a wild page-turner with engrossing character and an equally captivating world within the boundaries of our own. Victor and Eli challenge death as a way to understand how an NDE (Near Death Experience) can affect EO’s (Extra Ordinary) people. Their studies lead them to a mad, but interesting conclusion – that the right kind of NDE can create extraordinary superpowers. Unfortunately, when Eli and Victor acquire their powers – circumstances lead them to turn on each other and seek revenge for the life they’ve each lost.

The story is set up between interchanging chapters of the past and present. For the first half of the book, we see the events that started it all from Victor’s perspective – the thesis between Eli and Victor, the experiments, the tragic scene that ruined it all. In the future, Victor is accompanied by a girl named Sydney and a man named Mitch. Together, the three are a motley crew. Sydney and Mitch’s story slowly unfold as the main story line progresses, reveling their own thoughts and intentions. I found it interesting that from the very beginning we know who Victor is. He isn’t good. Far from it. He’s a complex character with flaws like greed. In my opinion, Victor is a good person – better than Eli.

In the second half of the book, we see the life changing events through Eli’s eyes. It’s interesting to finally see his thoughts that inevitable lead him to feel like he is a god. He is an extremist and condemns all other EOs, hunting them down and disposing of them by himself until he meets Serena, a fellow EO with a superpower that is unnaturally useful. I didn’t like Eli or Serena and that’s a good thing. It means that all of Schwab’s characters were written vibrantly, with personalities that greatly differ between one another. They each have a sense of morality and are dangerously captivating with gifts that are either a blessing or a curse. Eli and Serena were distant and cold characters. Eli’s hero complex and belief towards EOs was…uncanny. While, Serena had no sort of loyalty and ultimately betrays someone close to her.

I see Victor and Eli’s pursuit of one another in the present like a game of cat and mouse. Who is smarter? Who will outwit the other?

The story is fast-paced and I loved that aspect of the book! I’ll be honest, though, the first 100 pages were a little slow for me, yet, I could not stop reading because with every chapter that passed a little of the story was revealed. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know what happened between Eli and Victor and what would ultimately happen to them once they reunited.

If you’re looking for a superhero in this story, well, there isn’t one. Schwab blurs the line between bad and worse and it’s up to you to decide who is better in their own regard.

Vicious is a thriller that will have you mesmerized until the very last sentence. I highly recommend!


Simply Sunday #24

simply sundaySimply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is by John Keats:

Why I Chose It

I find beauty in art – in music, books, animals. I find beauty in people – in my family, my friends, my boyfriend. The people and things that I surround myself in bring me immense joy. It will forever be this way and I absolutely love how Keats simply captured it in his poetry. Joy does not need complexity. It’s simple. It. Just. Is.

Why is your favorite quote this week?

With love always,