A few days ago, I posted a playlist that I created for The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I’ll insert a link right here. Now that it’s been a day or two, I got to thinking about the fact that I have quite a few tracks that *almost* made that playlist, but I cut for one reason or another (or just forgot to include!). These are tracks that I felt like weren’t *quite* what I was looking for lyrically, or the genre just didn’t fit the overall feel of the playlist itself (or I may or may not be featuring them in a future playlist *wink wink*). With that said, I still wanted to share the songs that didn’t quite make the cut, just in case anyone was interested in checking them out. Plus, I’m adding some of my favorite instrumental tracks that remind me of the series for one reason or another at the end of the list, just as a little bonus. Just like in my main playlist, some of these songs might contain some mild thematic spoilers for the trilogy if you think hard enough on it.
Recently, I’ve been rereading The Infernal Devices for the millionth time. I’ve been going through with flags, marking each and every one of my favorite moments, so I can share them with my mom, who will be borrowing the series soon.
(We’ve been watching Shadowhunters on TV, and she wants to read TMI and TID)
Reliving this series again has brought back so many feelings and emotions (SO. MANY.). Some of you may know that I honestly suck with expressing emotion with words, so I’ll oftentimes assign different songs to different feelings or events. I do the same with books and characters. Since I’ve been mostly rereading TID, I don’t really have any new reviews to share, so I thought it’d be fun to share a bit of my playlist for TID. I’ve poured through this list, editing and tweaking it multiple times, trying to get it perfect. Buuuuuutttt… TID gives me so many feelings that it’s a bit difficult to contain that into a playlist. Some of the songs I’ve included might contain some vague thematic spoilers, so tread carefully. I’ll mark some of my favorites with an asterisk (*).
Title: Our Own Private Universe
Author: Robin Talley
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received an advanced copy of this book from Harlequin Teen.
Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it’s mostly about sex.
No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual—even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too.
Actually, Aki’s theory is that she’s got only one shot at living an interesting life—and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Or at least try.
So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa—slightly older, far more experienced—it seems her theory is prime for the testing.
But it’s not going to be easy. For one thing, how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway? And more important, how can you tell if you’re in love? It’s going to be a summer of testing theories—and the result may just be love.
I can’t contain my excitement on this one, guys, so I’m gonna cut straight to the point. As a huge Jennifer L Armentrout fan, I’m extremely pleased to bring you the trailer for Till Death, Jennifer’s new thriller, releasing February 28, 2017. After the trailer, I’ll leave the preorder links, along with some info about Till Death itself!
Title: Eternal Night
Author: Alayna Ravenwood
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 2, 2016
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received this book for review from NetGalley.
A dark secret lies in her past. A magical world exists just out of reach. A hidden destiny awaits her.
After a tragic murder and year of lost memories, Anna finds her world shrouded in mystery. Only the elusive Blake seems to have any answers, but pursuing his knowledge takes Anna down a dangerous path. As she begins to unlock pieces of the puzzle, she gets closer and closer to wanting someone she can’t have while unlocking a dormant power she isn’t sure she can control.
Nightfall Academy is only the beginning of a world of deceit, lust, and vengeance. Learning you are part of an ancient race of mages and falling for a dark prince are nothing compared to what Anna’s future holds. If she can handle the power in her blood, she may reunite a lost realm with its past.
And our world could get caught in the crossfire.
I don’t have any reviews ready at the moment, so I figured it’d be a perfect time to sit down and share a bit of what I’m reading right now, what ARCs I have in my possession, and a tentative look on what I should be reading soon.
When it comes to what I’m reading right now, I currently have two books going. The first is The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason. I just started it, but it’s awesome so far. The other book that I’m reading is Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley, which is an ARC I received in the mail from Harlequin Teen. I’m literally on page 32 right now, so I can’t say much other than the fact that Aki is an awesome main character, and I’m relating to her a lot already.
As for ARCs (other than the previously mentioned), I only have two: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco and Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman. I haven’t started either of them, as neither releases for a bit. As per usual, I have a few pending requests on Netgalley, so the whole ARC situation could change.
I’ll be the first to admit that for me personally, having an actual monthly TBR is pointless, and basically sets me up for epic failure. With that said, I want to finish my current reads, and hopefully crack into a few of the books I got in my mini haul I talked about in yesterday’s post. On that note, what is everyone else reading right now?
It’s time for a haul, lovely readers. I moved into my new house in October, and haven’t really bought many books since then. However, my uncle was a totally awesome person this holiday season, and gifted me with a $100 Amazon gift card, allowing me to purchase a few books. Some of these are pre-orders that don’t release until January 10, but I’m still throwing them in because why the hell not? Because my memory is absolutely dismal, I’m basing this haul on what books aren’t actually shelved in my library and my Amazon/Barnes and Noble order history. Even though I haven’t done a haul in more than a year, I’m just going to go back to November, for the sake of my sanity. (Plus, I may or may not have a library tour planned, so you’ll be able to catch up with my collection in full. ;)) In no particular order, here we go.
(PS: I originally typed out this post including a picture of the cover, linking to Goodreads. I realized that there was no way that that particular version of that post would load up in a decent time on most internet connections. For the sake of your wifi and mine, I’ve opted to just list titles, and link the titles to Goodreads.)
(PSS: I haven’t read most of these titles yet, but the ones I have read will be marked with a *)
(PSSS: Sequels (or books whose synopsis contain things that would spoil other companion series) will be marked with exclamation points, so you can skip that synopsis to avoid spoilers!)
Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…
To be perfectly honest, I’ve been sitting here, staring at the screen for about twenty minutes, and I’m still not entirely sure of what I want to say. I’m not even 100% what the point of this post is going to be, but if you’re up for some random personal rantings, you’re in luck.
When I started this blog, I was posting all the time. I was so enthusiastic about reading and reviewing and everything in between. Flash forward a year or so, and I only post once every few months. I feel like I need to provide an explanation, if not for anyone reading this, but for myself.
The truth is, I’ve been struggling with myself a bit. There are days when simply getting up and doing something like taking the dog out or feeding the cat feels monumental. It’s not like I’ve lost interest in everything, because I still feel myself drawn towards reading. There are days when I desperately want to sit down and read something, but for whatever reason, I just *couldn’t*. Reading started to feel like a chore, and in turn, so did running the blog.
I’ve decided that I’m going to try and pick up blogging again. It might be sporadic at first, and it might be a complete and total failure, but I want to try. If anyone has stuck around long enough to read this, thank you. Even getting one view on a post makes me feel like I’ve got some kind of purpose doing this. I’ve met some awesome people through running this blog, and I hope to meet many more.
Some of you may remember me reviewing Unshatter Me by Michelle Diana Lowe quite a while back. (You can read that review here, if you want.) Recently, I got an email from Michelle with some awesome news: Unshatter Me was being rereleased through new publisher, and it was getting an awesome new cover. Without further ado… Here is the brand spanking new cover, along with Michelle’s Amazon author page, and the purchase link if you want to check Unshatter Me out.