The Real Neat Blog Award

Book bloggerI am very happy to announce that Tanaz Masaba at Bookish Freaks has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award tag! I’m going to jump right in to this!

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 7 questions set by the person who nominated you and create 7 new ones
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blog
  • Nominate however many people you like, linking to their blogs
  • Let them know you nominated them

So now I get to tackle the questions written for me:

1. Do you have any bookish playlist? (ie a list of songs that remind you of any book, character, book series, etc). Do list some of the songs if your answer is yes.
I actually have never made one before, not even for the book I’m currently writing. I prefer to see what other people come up with because my music tastes are pretty narrow–pretty much all Disney, all the time.

2. Favorite book-to-film or book-to-tv-show adaptation?
I feel like I have a few: “Harry Potter” was great; even though it changed a lot, “Maze Runner” movie was fantastic, granted I did read the books after I watched the first movie, so that might’ve had something to do with my opinion; and I just have this gut feeling that I will really like the “Shadowhunters” TV show and the show based on the “Shatter Me” series when it comes out.

3. What are your top 10 favorite book covers?
Oh, I love book covers. I swoon for book art. Forever my number 1, 2, & 3 is “Ignite Me,” Unravel Me,” imageand “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi in that order. No. 4 & 5 “Snow Like Ashes” and “Ice Like Fire” by Sara Raasch; No. 6 “A thousand Pieces of You” by Claudia Gray; No. 7 “Lost Voices” by Sarah Porter; No. 8 “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard; No. 9 “Fever” by Lauren DeStefano; and No. 10 “The Glass Arrow” by Kristen Simmons, even though I still have to read it.

4. How long have you been blogging and what has it been like?
I just started blogging this summer. It’s so fun! Since classes started back up, I haven’t been able to do as much reading as before, which means I haven’t been able to do as many blogs. But that’s okay! The great thing about blogging is that there are no strings attached. I don’t have a deadline and I can do it whenever I’d like and say whatever I want. The best part is that I’ve been able to connect with the book reading community and I get to socialize with other book bloggers, which is definitely more fun to swoon over book boyfriends with than alone.

5. Do you have any blogger goals?
My biggest goal is just to get myself more into the blogging community: follow more people and get more followers. Then, I think I’ll be brave enough to try and get some ARCs, which would be awesome.

6. Your favorite blog meme?
Hmm… I don’t think I have a favorite one. I see what other people post, but nothing really comes to mind. For anyone reading, if you want to leave your favorite one as a comment, that would be cool. 😉

7. If you had to create a blog meme/feature/tag what would it be?
I really like the idea of OTSP, so I think I would make a feature where you have to find someone in another country with your favorite book (bonus points if it’s in a different language), and then bloggers can become not-so-secret friends.

I’d like to nominate: One Less Lonely Blog, Bibliophile Soprano, and Blame It On the Books
(If anyone else likes my questions, just comment below and I’ll nominate you officially!)

Here are my questions for you:

1. Which book(s) is next on your TBR list?
2. A lot of books are being adapted for TV/movies. If you could screen write, direct, and do everything else to make the show/film perfect, which book would it be and who would you cast as the main characters?
3. Do you prefer to read outside in the Spring sunshine or indoors cuddled up during the Winter?
4. Is there any book that you feel is way overrated? Which one is it?
5. What is your favorite part about blogging?
6. Which book that has not been released yet, or has just been released but you haven’t read it yet, are you most excited for?
7. If you could interview any author of your choosing for your blog, who would it be and why?

I hope you guys like my questions, and thank you again Tanaz for the nomination!

Guest Blogger Cara Reviews “When We Were” by Alexandra Diaz

“When We Were” depicts the point of views of three completely different characters, Tara, Whitney Blaire, andimage Pinkie. Tara is the athlete whose love life goes awry and is presented with a plethora of bumps in the road she’s trying to run on. At first glance, Whitney Blaire is perfect, but not everything is as it seems. Pinkie is a model student with a strong dedication for her friends and taking care of them, although her dedication can strike as a bit too much as she appears obsessed. Although their lives seem exorbitantly contrasting, the three have one thing in common: their lack of trust. Ultimately, their lack of trust results in a tornado of troubles, but as readers reach the end of their stories, after the storms and the clashing, clear skies finally come out from hiding.
Alexandra Diaz portrays the struggles of three best friends who lose their way from each other, but their stories continue through arguments, ignorance, and disbelief until their eyes are finally opened and the three realize their mistakes. Along the story, Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie find themselves exposed to a myriad of situations and experiences, which allows readers to be able to possibly relate to the book.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Yay! MC at Blame It On The Books just nominated me for this tag! Many thanks to blogMC. So here’s how this works:

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their website
  • Use the award logo in your post
  • Answer the 10 questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  • Nominate 10 bloggers
  • Ask them 10 questions

All right, let’s get started!

1. What made you start blogging?
I’m pretty new at blogging–I just started this summer. For the past (I want to say about) two years, I was devouring books more than I ever had. And I thought to myself, “I wish I could discuss these books that I’m really enjoying with other people who share my similar tastes.” And that’s when I decided to create this blog. It makes me feel like I’m sharing my reading experience with others. (And with the books I really like, I feel like I’m helping them get a bigger fan base because they deserve to be read by EVERYONE.)

2. What is your favorite book? (If you pick Harry Potter, you must include a second choice.)
Even though I love Harry Potter, I’m not going to pick it as my favorite book. I have to say that the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi is by far my absolute favorite. I can’t choose between the three, they’ve all blended into one big book in my head. Everything about them makes me want to cry tears of joy: the cover art, the plot, the characters, the dialogue, the style of writing. If you have not read this, drop everything and get to it! (Close seconds are The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare and “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas.)

3. What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
I can’t seem to get enough of YA dystopian and fantasy. I love reading about magic–why escape into books that mirror your reality? It’s more fun to go to a new kingdom, a new impossible. I think I really like dystopians because they keep me on the edge of my seat. I like the excitement. And these books would be nothing without a little romance tied in. I’ve got to have my love scenes.

4. Recommend a book that you think all types of readers will enjoy!
I want to say “Shatter Me” just because I love it, but I already mentioned it. So… “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey. It has both girl and boy perspectives and it’s just awesome overall.

5. Your most prized book that you own – the one you would save if you could only save one.
Easy. My signed “Ignite Me” by Tahereh Mafi.

6. What is a popular book that you have no interest in / think you will never read?
Hmmm… that’s a good question. I don’t know why, but I’m not really that motivated to read “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead. I hear it’s great, I’ve been told to read it, but I have other books that I prioritize before it, and I can see myself forever having books that I will want to read more than that series.

7. If you could hang out with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?
This is a toughie. I don’t want to pick just one character! If I had to though, I’d have to pick Kenji from Tahereh Mafi’s “Shatter Me” so I can fawn over him. He’s so funny and I would just want to spend the day listening to him talk.

8. Physical book, ebook, or audiobook?
Definitely not audiobook. I like the physical copy, but I’m always so scared of bending the spine or damaging the pages, but the ebook battery can die on me and that’s annoying. Pros and cons to both of those, so either one works for me.

9. The publisher changes the cover for the final book in a series you love…can you handle this???
NO! Are you crazy? Come on, publishing company. Finish out the book covers’ art to be matching and then redo them all later!

10. What is an upcoming or recent release that you can’t wait to get your hands on?
I’m really excited about “Ice Like Fire” by Sara Raasch. I’ve already pre-ordered it. Gimme, gimme, gimme! (Coming to bookstores near you in exactly one month.)


Well that was fun! Now it’s your turn. Since I don’t know many bloggers, I’m just going to nominate three, and anyone else who might like a nomination should comment or like this post. I’m nominating: One Less Lonely Blog, Bibliophile Soprano, and Across the Words.


Here are my questions for you:

1. If you were stranded on a deserted island, which (one) book would you want with you?

2. Which book would you love to see adapted as a TV show/movie?

3. Where do you prefer to read your books (a library, your bed, a desk, on the beach)?

4. Is there a book you’d say had a major impact on your life? Which one was it?

5. What’s the next book in your to-be-read (TBR) pile?

6. Are you a night-owl reader or an early-bird reader?

7. Which book character would you want to dress up as for Halloween?

8. Think about your favorite book hero/heroine. Which trait do you admire in them the most?

9. Who would be your book boyfriend? (P.S. If your conflicted, try narrowing it down with my quiz featured here.)

10. Last, but not least, it’s important to remember your book roots. What was your favorite children’s book growing up?

The Selection Tri-Review

I gobbled up “The Selection,” “The Elite,” and “The One,” and now they’re all Screenshot 2015-09-08 23.29.55blurring together in my mind. So, this will be a quick overview of my general feelings toward all three of them.

Synopsis: After putting herself in the running for the Selection, America is actually chosen. She didn’t want to be one of the girls competing for the prince’s hand, but she soon realizes that there is much more at stake than her love life. She is a beacon of light to the lower class people, and she can actually do some good, beginning with helping her family. Besides, Prince Maxon isn’t that bad after all. The competition is fierce, and life on the inside of the palace is dangerous. But America has what it takes.

I love the friendship that develops between Maxon and America, as well as America’s friendships with the other girls chosen. These relationships are not black and white, but very complicated.

The plot reminded me of an intense season of “The Bachelor,” in which girls not only compete for the man, but for the crown. But drama does not only ensue between the competitors, it is also happening on a greater scale in society. The majority of people are poor; rebels from different sides are attacking; the history of the country is distorted and no one has the same answer; and our heroine, America is internally struggling with her feelings for Aspen, the boy next door.

The intense scenes were only just beginning at the end of “The One” and I look forward to seeing what Kiera Cass has waiting for me in “The Heir.”

I’d give the three books an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Some TLC for TLC’s Cinder

I decided to take part in The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along, hosted by The cinder-by-marissa-meyer-extract-p1-normalBook Addict’s Guide. I had heard about “Cinder” being a Cinderella retelling with cyborgs. That’s it. So, I didn’t think I’d like it because I thought it would be silly and too sci-fi for me. That’s not what it was like at all!

Synopsis: Cinder is a cyborg–human with robotic parts. Cyborgs are the lowest of the low in New Beijing, even stepmother Adri feels that way. (Well, at least cyborgs are above the Lunar race.) However, Cinder is no ordinary cyborg: She is the best mechanic in New Beijing. And Prince Kai needs her help. But working on the prince’s android isn’t very easy when she’s “volunteered” by Adri to help find a cure for the letumosis plague. And no cyborg survives plague research. Will Cinder?

I enjoyed this book, though not completely blown away. (That’s what happens when there’s so much hype–I built it up in my head to be amazing and it didn’t feel that way to me. If you read my Miss Peregrine’s blog post, you’ll get a better understanding of my expectations.) It was definitely a creative Cinderella retelling.

The plot was fantastic, although predictable at some points, but I didn’t fall in love with the characters. Cinder herself is awesome: smart, good with her hands, a little sassy, brave, and able to put up with Adri. I pitied her, but at the same time felt like she didn’t need my pity because she’s awesome and will get through the tough times. She and Kai are well-rounded characters. The others are a little ehh. Queen Levana comes close, but I didn’t see enough of her to really make up my mind. (There was a lot of telling when it came to her, i.e. I heard about her from other characters.)

I do want to read the next book, because toward the end it felt like the plot was really beginning to pick up.

If I had to rate the book, I’d say 3.8 out of 5. (Blame the hype, not me!)