THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER                                                                             BY MICHELLE HODKIN

Goodreads Summary                                   4 STARS!!!

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can. 

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. 
She's wrong.




MY REVIEW

This is definitely not one of my favorite books but it was pretty gripping. So Mara waked up in a hospital and learns that her two friends and boyfriend died and she suggests they move to another house and start fresh. She goes to a new school and meets Noah, there's the typical 'new girl' scene and also the mean girl..It was just very predictable...

I did however love Mara's relationship with her siblings; especially Daniel. He was fiercely protective of her and was always there for her. He was never embarrassed of her at his new school or anything. There's this one time when her little brother Joseph and her family see her going crazy and Joseph gets scared so they decide to make her go to a psychiatrist. I really loved that scene because Mara wasn't bitching about it or saying 'uh i don't have a problem' or 'i'm just gonna sit in the office and stare into space while she tries to understand me'. No, Mara realizes something is wrong and every time she thinks of her little brother's fear, she's determined to get better so she goes to the psychiatrist and actually tries to get better.

I can't say much about Noah without spoiling it but he is pretty awesome and has some skeletons in the closet that come out in the end. Their relationship was sweet and sassy without overdoing it. For Mara's 'hallucinations' as she refers to them, i expected them to be more gritty. The main reason i can't give this a fivee star is because i think the book focused too much on teen drama and not enough on the dark and haunting aspect of the book...

Overall it was an amazing read and i couldn't stop reading it till the end. I can't wait to find out what happens next!!

RULES
1) Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site
2) Post the award's logo on your blog
3) Answer the 10 questions you've been asked
4) Nominate 10 bloggers
5) Set 10 new questions for your nominees

I was nominated by Anna @ Enchanted by YA. She does amazing reviews and i'm really glad she was nominated-she deserves it for her awesome blog!! So thank you sooo much Anna and i wish you a happy new year with tons of new followers, books and whatever else you wish for!!

QUESTIONS BY ANNA

1) What/what inspired you to start blogging?
I started blogging because i  wanted to share my crazy obsession with fellow readers who actually know what i'm talking about. When i gush about a book to my mom, she just raises her eyebrows and pretends to listen! I love my mom but she just doesn't get books the way we do :) and then one day i thought; why not start a blog? and i looked at my cat and his eyes seemed to say; go on dear, live life! so i went for it!! Actually my cat was half asleep so i just imagined that part :D 
2) Are your family avid readers?
Nope. They read but rarely-mostly recipe books and comics. My best friend tough only reads Harry Potter but when i suggest books to her like the Vampire Academy and so on she just shrugs me off...Two weeks later i get into class and she tells me: "Oh my gosh! I love it love it love it!" This has happened literally more than five times...
3) How many books do you on average read in a month?
I can read as much as twenty but this year i couldn't because of my SC exams:(
4) Where do you read?
That kind of makes me laugh..Everywhere but in the toilet and the shower! I read on the couch, on the bed, in the car, at the table, under my desk in classes, during recess- although it is pretty hard to do so, i have some pretty crazy friends and i always just end up putting my book away cause they're just to funny to ignore!!
5) What do you do if you fall into a reading slump?
Never happened. If only a little bit is left, i'll stay up till two on the next day to finish it. If it's an okay book then i'll put it away and then sleep (and dream of book boyfriends <3!!)
6) What genre do you want to read more from?
YA fantasy romance-can never get enough of that!
7) Do you review every book you read?
Nope not all-sometimes i'm at a real loss at what to say but i review every single book i receive from authors withing a week.
8) How do you rate books?
Emotion. I will never give a book that i hated below two stars..why? because it made me feel something at least!! Boredom however, i cannot rate it. Five star books for me are those that have humor, a little action, suspension, romance and a lot of factors that make me feel a lot of things! A good book, to me, is one that makes you feel the most emotions whether it be hate, anger, jealousy and so on. 
9) What is your favourite quote from a book?
"I think beautiful people, i mean truly beautiful, are those who are quietly unaware of their effect" Daemon Black-Obsidian.
10) What was the last book you gave 5 stars to?
That would be THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL book 1&2 by Soman Chainani

I NOMINATE
Olivia and Sarah @ brewing up books
Monique @ mo_books
Fari and Kitty @ my little corner for books
Aneca @ raves and reads
Faye, Rashika and Aimee @ the social potato

MY QUESTIONS
1. the obvious one, why do you blog?
2.what elements and genres do your favorite books contain?
3. So you're lost at sea, and you have three books. One of them you use to paddle, the other to shield you from the sun and the last to keep in your arms and cherish forever. what are the three books you have and which one will be used for what?
4. Name a book that you couldn't finish and why?
5. Who is your favorite author, the one that you absolutely HAVE to read all the book she/he writes?
6. Your BBF? (best book boyfriend <3)
7. Would you rather be an author, agent, editor or a famous reviewer?
8. What is that one book you'll never let anyone lay a hand on?
9. Do you hate it when publishers change the covers in the middle of a series?
10. Hardcover, Paperback or ebook???

There we go guys! leave me a link afer you've answered the questions :P




 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! I hope you all have a wonderful day with your friends or family! This my Xmas tree and my cat Jet! I didn't get him for christmas but imagine getting him for christmas...that's like getting a year worth of poop duty!!! Just joking- i love my pet and i don't mind cleaning up after him :P Share the love below on the comments, did you guys get any good books, did you gift anyone books or anything else! Thank you all for following my new blog and special thanks to a new follower, Sarah Hilditch, who followed me on bloglovin and i got the alert this morning-Xmas morning!! So thank you Sarah, for that special little Xmas gift! 

THE BANE CHRONICLES                                                                                       BY CASSANDRA CLARE, SARAH REES BRENNAN, MAUREEN JOHNSON

Goodreads Summary                                    5 STARS!!!

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.
 


MY REVIEW


MAGNUS BANE IS AWESOME!! This will be a very short review so let's see what you'll encounter in this book. So Edmund Herondale, will's father. Then James Jerondale, will's son. After that we see JEM AND TESSA!!! Then we see Jace's father STEPHAN HERONDALE!!!


Clare is killing me with all these connection and also Isabelle's red necklace makes an appearance. We get a sneak peak of Valentine's circle in action. I was laughing throughout this book and i didn't expect anything less-magnus is after all the center of attention here.


can i just say that MAGNUS IS HILARIOUS WHEN HE'S DRUNK!!!! 


We even learn how Magnus met Raphael and how he saved him. If you've read the last book of the mortal instruments series then you'll see Raphael refers to Magnus saving his life and this story explains it all!!


Just go pick it up guys-best companion novel ever!

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Hey guys so this is my first tag and i saw it in Katytastic's video on Youtube and i really wanted to do it..so here goes!!!


1) We are never getting back together: a book or series you were pretty sure you were in love with but then wanted to break up with
Loved the first one, but could not tolerate the others :(
2) Red: pick a book with a red cover
Red and black!!
3) The best day: pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic 
Do i need to explain??
4) Love Story: pick a book with a forbidden love
So many books have forbidden love but this one tops it off for me, if you haven't read it pick it up now!! why? because it's Jennifer L. Armentrout! another reason?? MEGA kick ass heroine alert!!!
5) I knew you were trouble: pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love
I was shocked when i realized i actually do like him!
6) Innocent: pick a book that someone ruined the ending of
So i was completely obsessed with the first two books and i was so looking forward to the last one. I was looking at some of the reviews and stuff and one person forgot to put SPOILER ALERT at the beginning of her review!!! I'm not going to spoil it, just going to say it's not a perfect ending at all...I WAS SO MAD!! I don't even want to read this book now :(
7) Everything has changed: pick a book that has a character who goes through extensive character development 
From an average teen girl with crushes to a wise/warrior/political faerie monarch!!
8) Forever and always: pick your favourite book couple
Daemon and Kat obviously!!
9) You belong with me: most anticipated book release
i don't think i need to explain this either...
10) Come back, be here: pick a book you wouldn’t lend out to anyone for fear of missing it too much

NO ONE is allowed to touch my baby!!!
11) Tear drops on my guitar: a book that made you cry a lot
Tears of joy, sadness, confusion it's my tear book!
12) Shake it off: a book that you love so much you just shake off the haters
A lot of people don't like this book but i do so buzz off haters!!!

WELL there you have it, THE TAYLOR SWIFT BOOK TAG!! If you guys try it, comment and leave your list or the link to your list below!!!

BY MIDNIGHT (A RAVENWOOD MYSTERY BOOK 1)                                                         BY MIA JAMES

Goodreads Summary                                      3.5 STARS!!!

April Dunne is not impressed. She's had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She's left her friends - and her entire life - behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she's stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn't even have proper mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students - and the only place her parents could find her a place, in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she's stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart... and trying to fit in is when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It's intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from... something .... in the Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on.... and whether or not she's going to live through it... 

MY REVIEW

Pretty conflicting emotions and mixed feelings for this book...Let's do a PROS and CONS for this book!

PROS
1) The setting was spectacular-cold gritty London. Extremely well described and makes you feel like you're actually experiencing what the protagonist is.                                                                            
2) The plot is well thought out and interesting.                                                                                                                        
3) There is an AMAZING TWIST that literally made me go ballistic!!                     
4) There was an actual build up to the love story                                                        
5) The murders were pretty gruesome but so intriguing and mysterious, i kept asking myself who was the killer!!???

CONS
1) The protagonist is really like a brat. She acts up on her friends for no reason and they always apologize to her for no reason.
2) She doesn't call her mother 'mom' but 'Sylvia' just because her mother is one of those posh people...but so what??she's still your mother!!!
3) I can't really figure out Gabriel-sometimes he's quiet and mysterious. Next his caring and sweet. After that he's cocky and arrogant. I wished the author would have settled on complementary characteristics for him. Other than that he was swoon worthy!!!
4) This book DRAGGED ON!!! Something only happened about three quarters in the book and then, to me, this is where the real story begins. There were a lot of unnecessary things that do not contribute or help at all...

NOW THE BIG QUESTION! Will I be reading the sequel?????????

YES I WILL!!! Because the plot is so promising and i'm sure the sequel will be much better since it's shorter and i get the feeling that there will be things happening all the time and a lot of action i'm guessing! But i did enjoy this book!





Book & Author Details:

My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling
(The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1)
Publication date: April 1st 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:
a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.
Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy teen yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.
Literally.
This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.
Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.
Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …
… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.
My Ex From Hell is a YA romantic comedy, Greek mythology smackdown. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book one of this teen fantasy romance series. Compared to Kai and Sophie, Romeo and Juliet had it easy.


Tellulah Darling

Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.

Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing YA romantic comedy books. Her books span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alones to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.

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THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL-A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES (BOOK 2)                                                                                                         BY SOMAN CHAINANI

Goodreads Summary                                  5 STARS!!!

In the epic sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected. 

When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed.

Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.

Soman Chainani has created a spectacular world that Newbery Medal-winning author Ann M. Martin calls, “a fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, and humor that will keep you turning pages until the end.”


MY REVIEW


Wow this sequel certainly lives up to expectations!!! The story picks off a while after Sophie and Agatha have returned to their village and are now celebrities-they are after all the first to come back from the School Of Good And Evil.

However, even though Sophie and Agatha are happy being together, Agatha still longs for Tedros and wishes for him. The girls are whisked away into the schools again but this time in the same school. The Nevers and Evers are mixed together now and the only difference is that the School For Evil has become the School For Boys. At the end of book 1, Agatha and Sophie live out their ever after together and after they left, girls started realizing they didn't need boys anymore! We have Girl Power and Boy Power. I love this author and this SERIES!!!

Then we have Tedros who wants to kill Sophie because she stole Agatha from him. Sophie becomes evil again and drives them apart. She tries to hid it and it's a constant question mark if she's evil or not; you find yourself struggling with Agatha to know what is and isn't true.



They go into the trials again and stuff happens that add to this books awesomeness. New enemies and SHOCKING revelations. A CLIFFHANGER ENDING THAT MAKES ME WANT TO RIP MY HAIR OUT!!! At first when i read the last sentence i was like
Then-IT'S OVER?????!!!!!


THEY HAVEN'T EVEN GIVEN THE RELEASE DATE YET-LET ME DIE!!!!Maybe i can get an ARC in heaven!!!









Title: Prisoner of Poseidon (Villain's Love Book 2)
Author: Mary Bernsen
Category/Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance

Synopsis:

Ursula knew no other life than one as a slave. Could the gentle touch of a stranger be enough to convince her there is more?

Sold to Poseidon at the age of seventeen, Ursula spent the next four years serving as his submissive concubine. She loves him with a fierce loyalty, but she dared to defy her king for the first time by refusing to kill a spirited young girl when he ordered it. Now, she must find the escaped trespasser and return her to Atlantis or lose her own head.

In Greece she finds Hercules, the missing girl's former employer. He introduces Ursula to a world of new experiences and freedoms that she has never before known. Though thrilling and intoxicating, her new lifestyle could only be temporary. She must finish her quest and return to her master before she finds herself addicted to this new, softer love of a stranger.




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About The Author





Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in Punta Gorda with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of The Roman Mongrel, Healing The Bayou, and Villain's Love Series. She spends her days creating characters on the good side of twenty-five because she is in serious denial about the fact that she is now on the bad side of it. 



THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL                                                                         BY SOMAN CHAINANI

Goodreads Summary                                   5 STARS!!!

New York Times Bestseller * Indie List Bestseller * Soon to be a Film from Universal Pictures * A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013 * Waterstones Children's Prize Nominee * Children's Choice Reading List Selection

The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.


MY REVIEW


AAAAHHHHHHH EPICCCCCCCC FANGIRLING!!!!!! I don't think i'll be able to convey my exact feelings so most of it is in gif but still....HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!! i don't really like middle grade but this??? This is the most unique and thrilling book i've ever read- well one of them anyway. The idea and world building is totally genius and the character build up to their respective good/bad was epic. 


So basically this book is about to polar opposite girls who are best friends. Sophie, is vain and has wanted her whole life to be captured by the School Master and be taken to the school for Good where she'll learn to smile, play the damsel in distress and meet her prince. Agatha on the other hand is avoided by everyone because she's always in black and gives off a repulsive sense. So when Sophie is happily being captured, Agatha runs after her to save her and is too whisked away to the land beyond their little village. Unfortunately, everything does not go as planned when Sophie goes to the school for Evil while Agatha ends up in the school for Good where everything is pink and sparkly. Both girls think it's a mistake but the reader knows it isn't; the book deals with their struggles and adjustments and discovering their true nature. 


I hated Sophie but she made an endearing and remarkable villain! I loved Agatha's difference from the other princesses and how slowly both girls realize that they've been in the right schools all along! The classes were so well imagined i found myself hoping i would attend that school!!!!!! We've even a little but of hunger games action in there since as a class test the Nevers( Evil students) and the Evers (Good students) Have to survive in the woods till dawn while battling each other and avoiding traps caused planted by the faculty. Then there was Tedros-he was Arthur's son and Sophie is infatuated by him but then he realized his true love is Agatha and and and and EVERYTHING IS JUST PERFECT ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!!


IF I'D KNOWN HOW AWESOME THIS BOOK WAS I'D BE LIKE THIS AT THE COUNTER.





Sophie was just EVIL!!! did i mention she's the coolest evil i've ever heard of??




we've also got a little of knight in shining armo


I really don't know what else to say about this book except pick it up NOW!!The ending is bittersweet (thank god i have the sequel already!!!) and action packed throughout-not just a few pages but a whole lot of nail-biting, pen tapping and lip biting action awaits you! This book will make you laugh, cry and grip you so hard that you won't stop reading it!!!



BLACK ICE                                                                                                                     BY BECCA FITZPATRICK

Goodreads Summary                              4 STARS!!!

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, theNew York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Brit Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants;but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there and in uncovering this, she may become the killer's next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick's riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous.
 


MY REVIEW

I'm a big fan of Becca's Hush Hush series so when i saw her new book in the  bookstore i couldn't resist buying it! i was a bit wary when i first started this book because i didn't know if i would actually like the plot and turns out i did!

Britt, the protagonist, was really irritating at the beginning. She was vain, shallow and OBSESSED with her ex, Calvin. Throughout the book she was saying how much she loved/hated/loved/hated him. Sometimes she said she'd never forgive him for what he did and at other times she was like 'i forgive you! I want to wrap my arms around you and hug you!!!' I really can't say i liked her. But as the story progressed, when she was in actual danger and she had to figure out how to save herself and her best friend, i was like-huh you're kind of okay..She gets really smart and her survival instincts seemed to kick into gear, She stars planning and thinking about how to evade her two captors and she took a total turn from the brat i had her pegged as.

Mason, i wish we had a little more about him. I loved his character at the beginning; cold and detached, always brooding and mysterious. Britt was constantly trying to unveil his secrets when he started opening up and the author manages to make so intriguing that along with Britt, i was asking and wondering the same questions that flitted through my mind.

The setting and background was well described and made me shudder all the time when i tried to put myself in Britt's place. There was a part that was totally predictable-Mason's connection to the murders. It was pretty obvious so when Britt started accusing him of being a murderer, i already knew it wasn't him. As for the real murderer, i thought i knew who it was and when Britt figured it out i thought i was right. BUT THEN....Turns out the murderer is someone else entirely whom i'd never suspected at all! Becca did a great job with that part, it was totally unpredictable and awesome!!! I also loved the sweet ending that set everything into place except i would like to know what happens to Korbie.,..she's not mentioned after they get off the island and i think that was the only thing missing to give a complete closure to the book!

Overall, great fast-paced and action packed thrilling books with great twists! This book will keep you hooked til the end!!!