The Rapid Fire Book Tag

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I saw this tag done by Anna @ My Bookish Dream and loved it!! So of course I decided to do it! Because why not?

Basically this tag is a bunch of rapid-fire questions to answer, mostly about bookish preferences. Let’s get started!!


EBook or Physical Book?

Physical Book. 100%

Paperback or Hardback?

Hardback.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store… unless I’m on a budget (because I’m incapable of walking out of a book store with less than an armful of new books)

Trilogies or Series?

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(please don’t make me pick)

Heroes or Villains?

Heroes… unless the Villain is the protagonist… but then… sometimes…. ummmmm
Next question?

A Book You Want Everyone to Read?

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Recommend an Underrated Book?

(ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOOOODDDDDDD) Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

The Last Book You Finished?

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Last Book You Bought?

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

 Gas receipt? A Pen? I don’t know…

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes.

Top Three Favorite Genres?

Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal/Magic/Mythology

Borrow or Buy?

Buy: Books that I love and want to own
Borrow: Books that I’m not sure about/don’t want to invest in quite yet

Characters or Plot?

It really depends on the book, TBH…

 Long or Short Books?

Again, depends on the type of book… but I’ll go with long.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short.

Name the First Three Books You Think of…

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

Books that Make You Laugh or Cry?

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Our World

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes!!!!!!

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

More than I’d like to admit…

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Movie.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The City of Bones movie. I know it’s widely disliked, but I liked it so much more than the book.

Series or Standalones?

Series… but not companion novels. I hate when companion novels are terrible and mess up the first book.


Phew. Some of those were hard.

But there you have it! My rapid-fire book tag answers.

I tag>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Everybody!!

Seriously, this tag was super fun to do, and now you all have an excuse to do it! You are tagged! Go at it my bookish friends!

What do you agree with me on? What do we disagree on? Let me know in the comments below!!

And thanks for reading!!

 

Summer Vacation Book Tag- Original!

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I’ve done it! I have made my first original book tag!

The theme of this tag is Summer Vacation because (duh) its summer. I tried to make the categories as summer themed as possible, and I hope you like them as much as I do!


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A New Book You Have Been Waiting To Read

30313265Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

This book, guys. This book is SO GOOD! I luckily didn’t have to wait as long as some people to read this (because I received an ARC), but even waiting for the ARC to come in the mail felt too long! This book, which takes place in the summer, is so cute and romantic, and a summer read that you definitely do NOT want to miss!

And, guys, it’s out now. So what are you waiting for?

(Read my review here)

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A Book That Leaves You Wanting More

30038855Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I did not want this book to end. It was beautiful and heartbreaking, and as soon as it was over I just wanted to go back and read it over. Honestly everything about this book was so perfect. The only thing I would change about this book would be to add some kind of epilogue to find out what happened next. This is another summer-must-read!

(Read my review here)

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A Book Where The Romance Is *On Point*

jjjBeyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

Man oh man. This book was so adorable. This is yet another summer must-read that absolutely swept me off my feet. It was so romantic that it almost killed me. ALL THE FEELS WHERE THERE. ALL OF THEM. And seriously guys if you are looking for an amazing summer romance that supernatural elements, look no further. This is the best one. The end.

(Read my review here)

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A Book You Were Excited For But Didn’t Live Up To Your Expectations

18692431Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had SUCH HIGH HOPES for this book. Its synopsis is amazing. The movie trailer was beautiful (and Nick Robinson *sigh*). Everything was lining up to make this story perfect.

And then FLOP. I was SO SAD. I wanted this book to be amazing. It had all the promises to live up to my expectations. AND THEN IT DIDN’T. *sobs*

(Read my review here)

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A Fantastical Book That Transported You To Another World

21396155The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

THIS BOOK.

I was no longer in my living room. The end.

Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful and magical books out there. I was transported to a fantastical world complete with jinn and some super adorableness and lots of trouble. If you are looking for a vacation but don’t know where to go: GO TO THIS BOOK!!!

(Read my review here)

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A Dark Book That Was Light Up With Streaks Of Beauty

28962906Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book is just the perfect mix of darkness and beauty. The book, of course, has a very dark theme, and is riddled with graphic murders and a race to find the crazed killer. But the writing and characters and adorable flirtations just filled this book with streaks of beauty that were just too perfect.

(Read my review here)

 

visiting friendsA Book Or Series That You Can’t Get Enough Of

8835379Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

I have read this series time and time again, and whenever I am in a book slump, this is the series I read to get out of it!

These books are so heart pounding and exciting and swoon worthy and adorable. I love the characters so much, and every time I reread this series I fall in love with them all over again!

(Read my review for Ruby Red here, Sapphire Blue here, and Emerald Green here)

 


So there you have it! My summer vacation book tag. I am going to tag these bloggers:

• Emily @ Caper Reads

• Jordan @ The Heart Of A Book Blogger

• Emma @ The Book Crunch

• Stephanie @ Teacher Of YA

• Angel @ Avid Reader

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this tag, feel free, and leave your links down at the bottom so I can check them out!!

 

Happy New Year!! and the Best Books of 2016

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2016 was definitely a wild ride.

If you asked my a year ago where I thought I would be now, there is no way I would have guessed it would have ended up like this. In the past year I have graduated from my old school and started a wonderful new school in Massachusetts. I started this blog, and have had a great time writing reviews, interviewing amazing authors, and meeting lots of friends in the blogiverse. I also met my goal of reading 60 books this year (just barely), most of which I enjoyed very much.

There have been some low points to the year, but luckily there were only a few, and nothing I couldn’t work past. I think what surprised me the most this year was the sheer amount of influential celebrities that passed away. Most recently Carrie Fischer passed, which really made me sad. I grew up loving Princess Leia, and always wanted my hair done in “Leia buns”. As I grew up, I learned from Carrie as a person. She was so open and honest about her struggles, and it was inspiring to see such a strong woman stand up for who she is and not take crap from anyone. When she reprised her role as Leia in the seventh Star Wars, she proved again that it is possible for a girl to be a princess and a general; they are not mutually exclusive.

As for my favorite books released in 2016, there were quite a few. However, for the sake of this list, I’m going to give my top 3.

  1. Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beardjjj

This book really brought out the romantic in me. It was beautifully written and had me captivated from the first word until long after the last. The ideas behind the book were original, which is hard to do considering the sheer amounts of books written about the afterlife (believe me, I went through a phase). And like all good books, Beyond the Rising Tide had a surprising yet satisfying ending. Do I want more? YES. PLEASE. Should everyone read this? Is that even a question? YES!! Go get a copy now and don’t forget the tissues.

2. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti 25546710

This book was suspenseful, thoughtful, easy to read, captivating, and just plain amazing. There is no getting around the fact that Chelsea Sedoti is kind of a genius. This book completely emerged me in its world, and kept me guessing at all the theory’s Hawthorne came up with about Lizzie’s death. The characters in The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett are diverse and unlike any I had encountered before, yet they seemed so perfectly in place. If you are looking for a good book to read on vacation, or on any given weekend, don’t look any further. This is your book.

3. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh23924355

Folk-lore, small towns, hot mysterious guys, witchcraft, and secrets. What more can you possibly want from a book? Fear the Drowning Deep was a magical experience. It mixed together ancient language and beliefs with enough mystery, supernatural encounters, and hotness (looking at you Fynn) to keep me from putting the book down until I had finished the last page. Bridey was an extremely real character, bringing the book together and making it feel like real life rather than a story. Looking for a good supernatural, historical, or amazing book to read? Fear The Drowning deep is for you (read: everyone)!!

 

And there you have it! What were your favorite releases/reads of 2016? How was your year? Let me know in the comments!!

Blog Tour Book Review- Beyond the Rising Tide

 

Welcome to my stop on the Beyond the Rising Tide
Book Tour
hosted by YA Bound Book Tours!


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Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard
Expected Publication by Sweetwater Books on June 14, 2016
Genres: YA Speculative Romance
Pages: 304
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Kai met Avery only once–in the moment he died saving her life. Now when he’s not using his new healing powers to help people, he watches helplessly as Avery’s life is unraveled by his death. To help her, he risks everything by breaking the rules, dangerously blurring the barriers between life and death.

Beyond the Rising Tide was amazing. It perfectly captured more emotions than I knew existed, and made me feel every single one of them. It’s the kind of book that I want to pick up and read again because I’m not ready for it to be over.

I love how honest the book is. I love how it captures the feeling of being hurt, guilty, vulnerable, lost, and scared without being melodramatic. I love how real everything feels, like it all actually happened and this is a true story.

Beyond the Rising Tide is beautiful and heartbreaking and heart mending and everything in between. It is everything a YA book should be and wants to be. I definitely recommend this book to everyone looking for a read that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

I am going to give Beyond the Rising Tide five out of five hearts!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


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About The Author

Sarah Beard is the author of YA novels Porcelain Keys and Beyond the Rising Tide. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Utah and is currently
pursuing an MFA in creative writing from VCFA. When she’s not writing, she referees wrestling matches between her three boys and listens to audiobooks while folding self-replicating piles of laundry. She is a breast cancer survivor, a baker of sweets, a seeker of good love stories, a composer of melancholy music, and a traveler who wishes her travel budget was much bigger. She lives with her husband and children in the shadow of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains.
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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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Hi guys! Today I have a fun book tag that I saw over on Kat’s blog, KatReadsALot! The tag was created by Emma from Emmmabooks on YouTube. You can see the tag video here.

So here we go!


69313561. Totally Should’ve Gotten a Sequel

It was pretty hard to think of a book that needs a sequel. Most novels are tied up pretty well, so they could use one, but don’t really need one.

I decided to go with The Duff by Kody Keplinger because I absolutely adore the story and the characters, and I would love to see more of them!

 


8524702. Totally Should’ve Gotten a Spin-Off Series

This one was easy. The Gallagher Girls books are amazing and action pact. Oh, and it takes place in a girls school for spies. Not to mention there is a boys school for spies.

See where I’m going with this? Lots of awesome spin-off potential!

 


jjj3. An Author Who Totally Should Write More Books

Another easy one. I just finished Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard, and OH MY GOSH it was amazing! Sarah Beard has one more published book that I’m going to read as soon as I can get my hands on it, but I really hope she comes out with more books fast.

And mean a lot more books. Like a million of them.


27670524. A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

I stand by my belief that Katniss should’ve ended up with Gale. I mean, I get why she ended up with Peeta, but I’m not too happy about it.

I guess the romance between Katniss and Peeta just never felt real to me.


125072145. Totally Should’ve Ended Differently

I’m not hating on Girl of Nightmares, because the book was amazing and the ending actually fit in perfectly. I just wish it ended differently… more happily I guess.

I also kind of wish this book had another sequel. Maybe that would make up for how sad I was at the end.

 


 

45874926. Totally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise

These movies would be badass. I would love to see I Am The Weapon come to the big screen. It would be amazing, like the mash up of James Bond and Jason Bourne in the very capable body of a teenager.

I don’t know why this isn’t happening. It needs to. Get a producer on the line right now.

 


182493157. Totally Should’ve Had A TV Show

Those Girls would make an amazingly addicting melodrama. It is full of backstabbing and revenge and hormonal teenagers. Seriously it would be amazing to watch. It could totally be the next O.C.

Do you still have the producer on the line? Don’t hang up yet. This needs to happen too.

 


 256711528. Totally Should’ve Had A Cover Change

Honestly Pale Highway’s cover just doesn’t do it for me. The book itself was good, but I never would have picked it for myself just because of the cover.

There could be a whole lot more going on here, and instead it’s just kind of ‘blah’.

 


399999. Totally Should’ve Kept The Original Cover

I don’t have one specific pick for this one. My pick is more of a genre really: books turned into movies. Just like when they changed the cover for The Boy In The Striped Pajamas to feature a still from the movie.

I hate when they re-release books with new covers that feature the actors in the movie. That really gets on my nerves, especially when the movie doesn’t do the book justice.


946048710. Totally Should’ve Stopped at Book 1

Now,  I haven’t actually read the sequels of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children quite yet, but I don’t know if I really want to. I feel like the book could’ve been wrapped up very nicely at the end of book one, and they left it with a cliffhanger just so there was room to write more.

Then again,  I might end up loving the sequels, so who really knows.

 



 

That’s it for this book tag! Do you agree with my choices? What books would you choose? Let me know in the comments!