WWW Wednesday – December 28th, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?


Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn

I have finally finished all of my other books and can now focus solely on this one. I hope to finish it sometime today, just in time for the start of the Holiday Booktube-a-thon tomorrow. I’m never been a big reader of romance novels but this one is just so engrossing! I love the characters that Jill has created, especially Luca. I’m really interested in seeing how this story ends! I have a feeling it shall be a happy ending… hehe!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling – This one obviously got a full 5 stars from me. I probably won’t be posting an official review of it though, so sorry about that y’all!
  • Moon Chosen (Tales of a New World, #1) by P.C. Cast – This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It was pretty slow moving for most of the book, and for one that’s around 600 pages long, that’s a long time to be slow. However, I liked how it finished so I probably will continue on with the series to see if it gets better. Full review should be up within the next week or so.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ll have a post scheduled for later today that will discuss my TBR for the upcoming read-a-thon that begins tomorrow. Be on the lookout for it coming later today! I’ve got 3 days to read 3 books, so wish me luck!

What are you currently reading? What do you have planned to read next? Have you read any of the books on my list? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday – December 27th, 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker. All are welcome to participate!


  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling


“Well, good luck gettin’ back alive, Mr. Scamander, what with the whole of MACUSA on your back.”

-page 197

I’m only about 50 pages into this book so far but I know I’ll have it finished by tomorrow. It’s a really quick read and even though I’ve already seen the film, this book is almost too gorgeous not to own a copy of. I’m pretty obsessed with it, I’ll be honest.

Have you read the screenplay yet? Isn’t this book so pretty on the inside and the outside? What book are you currently reading? Leave a link to your own Teaser Tuesday post in the comments below!

Hype or Like Friday – December 23rd, 2016

Woohoo, it’s Hype or Like Friday again! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

The December BOTM is A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray.


  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year!

Best Reads of 2016

  • The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – The book was definitely a fun read. If you’re looking for a fun, stabby read a la Red Rising, then this book is the one for you! Full Review
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – I seriously just really love this book. The main character is one of the most badass heroines that I’ve ever read about. She’s one cool chick. Full Review
  • Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown – I can already tell you right now, that any book this man writes will be favorite. It’s just a given. Now I only have to wait until September for Iron Gold to be released! Full Review
  • Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine – I’m become kind of obsessed with this series, honestly. I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait until the finale is released in July. That’s just too long from now! Full Review
  • A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab – The first book was alright, but I loved this sequel. Lila Bard wasn’t annoying me anymore and I really loved how the scale increased sooo much with this one. I am so excited for the finale to come out! Full Review
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – While I did love Gemina, this one was just sooooo freaking good that there was no way they could top it. It’s just impossible. Full Review
  • A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray – I am soooo glad that we chose this book for the Hype or Like Friday BOTM. I love a good science fiction and this one was the perfect blend of sci-fi and romance. I highly recommend it if you haven’t picked it up yet! Full review will come next Friday!

What were some of your favorite reads of 2016? Have you read any of mine? What did you think of them? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

5 Different Ways We Buy Books

If you’re like me, then when you find yourself out and about buying books, it becomes an adventure. There may be tears of joy, frustration, prolonged periods of intense staring as you have inner debates, and maybe even shouts of excitement because you finally found that really obscure book/edition that you’ve been searching for forever! Onlookers probably feel like they’re on safari watching us in our natural habitat. In short, when we bookworms buy books, it turns into one epic quest to Mordor to find the one book to rule them all.

And in honor of that journey, I decided to list just a few of the ways that we choose our books.

1. The Casual Multiple Hours Long Browsing Selection

This is probably my most common form of book buying when I’m not ordering online. I will literally spend hours just slowly making my way through all of the aisles, just taking my time and picking up anything that catches my eye. Also, the way that ends up with my wallet slapping me across the face and yelling at me about how I should be saving my money.



2. The I-Only-Have-Enough-Money-For-One-Book Debate Selection

Don’t you just hate when you can only afford to get one book but you somehow have about 5 in your hands, and you can’t decide which one is the one you most want so you spend about 30 minutes in the aisle just staring at them all? Yeah, me too.



3. The I’m-Only-Here-For-A-Specific-Book-So-Don’t-Look-At-Anything-Else Selection

We all know about those times when you are on a mission to get that one specific book, so you know that you can’t stop to look at anything else or you’ll end up going home with about 20 different books and not the one you originally came for. When I do this, I practically run down the aisles to where that book is going to be located. I must not be tempted!!!



4. The Finding-Books-That-Were-Recommended-By-Booktube/Bookstagram/Blogger Selection

Because of this great big wonderful book community, we are constantly getting recommended different books to read and buy. For me, these trips don’t always turn out so well…. I find the book and then I’m all like, what the hell am I doing because this book doesn’t really interest me at all?! This happens far more often than I wish it did.



5. The I’ve-Got-Unlimited-Funds-So-Give-Me-Everything! Selection

This is really just a dream scenario but it’s nice to have dreams though, right?




What are some ways that you buy your books? Do any of selection choices fit your usual book buying tendencies?


Subscription Box Review: Book of the Month Club – November 2016

Book of the Month Club is a subscription service that has been around since 1926!

Each month on the 1st, BOTM’s 4 judges and 1 surprise guest judge each nominate their book choice for the month. Then, you have until the 6th of the month to choose which book you wish to be the one sent to you, or you can also skip that month if none of the options appeal to you! You also have the option to choose books from past months choices, as well as a special list of some of the judges favorite books from any genre. The monthly selections are typically literary fiction, so just be aware of that if that is a genre that doesn’t particularly interest you.

Subscriptions start at $14.99 per month, and you can also add up to 2 extra books to your box for $9.99 each. All books are hardback and have the BOTM logo on them as well. Each box comes with a letter from the judge explaining why they chose that book, a BOTM bookmark, and a little bitty gift as well.

If you are interested in subscribing to the BOTM Club, just click on the link HERE.

November Box



San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams—a woman who can’t seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco, Every Man a Menace offers an unflinching account of the making, moving, and selling of the drug known as Molly—pure happiness sold by the brick, brought to market by bloodshed and betrayal.


Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

Do you subscribe to BOTM Club? Which book did you choose? What subscription boxes do you subscribe to? Have you read any of the books that I received? What did you think of them?

WWW Wednesday – December 21st, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn

Moon Chosen (Tales of a New World, #1) by P.C. Cast

I’m still making my way through both of these books. I have kind of been neglecting them the past few days, because I picked up and then couldn’t put down A Thousand Pieces of You. However, I plan to finish both of them in the couple of days. Corrupt Me is everything a good romance should be! Moon Chosen is definitely an interesting and unique read so far.

What did you recently finish reading?


A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray

This is the December BOTM for Hype or Like Friday… Y’all, it was soooo good! I did not want to put it down because I had to know what was going to happen next. I am dying to get my hands on the rest of this trilogy to see how it all ends. And that Paul is the cutest! I just love him.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

The Architect of Song (Haunted Hearts Legacy, #1) by A.G. Howard

So I hope to finish both of these before the Holiday Booktube-a-thon on the 29th! I think I can do that because Fantastic Beasts should be a really quick read that I can knock out in less than a few hours. I’m super excited about Architect of Song because I just love Howard’s writing, and I’ve read some great reviews of this one. Who else cannot wait for her newest book, Roseblood, to be released next month?! I mean, a retelling of Phantom of the Opera? I am soooo there!

What are y’all currently reading? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them? Are you participating in any read-a-thons during the holidays? Leave a link to you WWW Wednesday posts in the comments below!

Beat The Backlist – 2017 Reading Challenge


Hi y’all! Don’t you just love reading challenges? I know I do! I usually use them as a fun way to add some motivation to my reading, whether to read something outside of my comfort zone, just read more period, or as in that case of Beat The Backlist – to motivate myself to read more books from my own shelves!

2017 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge is a reading challenge being hosted by Austine & Tia @ The Novel Knight. This reading challenge is focusing on reading all of those books on your TBR that have just been sitting on your shelves for months, even years! We all tend to get caught up in reading only hyped new releases and forget about all of those other random books that we’ve accumulated. I’m guilty as charged! So isn’t this idea the best way to motivate you to pick those beauties up?!

Not only is it a fun reading challenge but there will also be little mini challenges, Twitter chats, and giveaways throughout the year if you follow @beatthebacklist. They are also hosting another fun little challenge within this one to sign up as your Hogwarts House and earn points to win the House Cup!

Head over to the information and sign-up sheet to participate!

This took me forever to finally decide on my TBR for this challenge. I am sooooo guilty of accumulating books and not having time to read them all. Three cheers for book hoarders! If you want to know how bad it is right now, then just know that I have 90 unread books that I’ve bought this year. YES, 90 FREAKING BOOKS! So I thought I’d start off easy with just a list of 12, a set for each month. I can also admit to owning these books for far too long. Yep, I’m a terrible person… I’ll also probably add to this list throughout the year, since I really will be going on a book buying ban. Gotta save that money!


The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?


Starflight (Starflight, #1) by Melissa Landers

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…


Middlemarch by George Eliot

By the time the novel appeared to tremendous popular and critical acclaim in 1871-2, George Eliot was recognized as England’s finest living novelist. It was her ambition to create a world and portray a whole community–tradespeople, middle classes, country gentry–in the rising provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830. Vast and crowded, rich in narrative irony and suspense, Middlemarch is richer still in character, in its sense of how individual destinies are shaped by and shape the community, and in the great art that enlarges the reader’s sympathy and imagination. It is truly, as Virginia Woolf famously remarked, ‘one of the few English novels written for grown-up people’.


Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending one that will rock his life to the core.


Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.


Firstlife (Firstlife, #1) by Gena Showalter

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…


Zodiac (Zodiac, #1) by Romina Russell

(I actually have 2 of the books in this series, so I’ll probably just end up buying them all and binging at some point.)

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?


The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1) by Jessica Khoury

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.


Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdom, #1) by Morgan Rhodes

I also have multiple books in this series so I’ll probably buy them all and do a binge. That’s how I roll!

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….


The Rave Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ll probably just read the entire series on this one too.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Honorable Mentions

Are you participating in Beat the Backlist? What books are on your TBR? Have you read any books from my list? What did you think of them?


Teaser Tuesday – December 20th, 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker. All are welcome to participate!


  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.


Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn

“You get three strikes, Luca. And I’m not the type of person to give second chances. This is an olive branch. Act like an asshole, and screw this up, and you might as well forget I even exist because I sure as hell will forget you do. Got it?’

-page 62

That right there is Izzie, a girl after my own heart. The amount of sass she has is just too wonderful for words. Now everyone go out and pre-order a copy of my blogging bestie, Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books‘ debut novel!

Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

I was going to add a teaser of the Hype or Like Friday December BOTM, A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird Trilogy, #1) by Claudia Gray as well, but I finished it last night. I will say this though – that book is one hell of a ride! READ IT NOW!

Have you ordered a copy of Corrupt Me yet? Were you one of the lucky ones that snagged a copy of the ARC from NetGalley? What did you think of it? Have you read A Thousand Pieces of You? Did you enjoy it? Leave a link to your Teaser Tuesday in the comments below!

Book Review: The Secret History

Do you know those books where you hate every single character and spend the whole book wanting to smack them across the face? You do?! Good, because The Secret History by Donna Tartt is one of those kinds of books.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

This book is written as one of those reverse murder mysteries. The story opens with the main character, Richard, basically writing the story of how he and a group of friends in college killed their friend, Bunny Corcoran. You immediately start off knowing who was murdered and were the murderers, but not the how or why. While I liked how the story is told in reverse, I think I would have preferred not knowing who had murdered Bunny and later it be revealed that it was Richard and his friends. It would’ve added a little bit of shock value to the story, because the why is just about the stupidest reasoning ever and it could have really used some actual tension.

Oh, the characters…. I hated them all. Granted, I’m well aware that’s exactly what you’re supposed to feel towards Richard, Bunny, Henry, Francis, Charlie, and Camilla. However, I didn’t hate them because they’re pretentious little assholes and they murdered their friend. No, no, I hated them because they are STUPID pretentious little assholes that murdered their friend. Every decision they make throughout this book is about the most awful choice any person could make. It’s like if we were playing a game of Would You Rather, and the question was, “Would you rather jump off of a building without any safety net or eat an ice cream cone?” and you chose to jump off the building. Now instead of just doing the logical thing, you are purposely choosing to jump off a building because you think it means something special about you to be subversive, that by choosing the illogical, you are somehow part of a higher species than the rest of us. Ummm, no that’s not what that means at all. Nope, you, sir, are just a fucking idiot. That’s Richard and his friends – they are just a group of fucking idiots, who are of the incorrect opinion that they are the most brilliant people upon this Earth.

Now the prose was wonderful. This is the only novel of Tartt’s that I’ve ever read, but I can definitely see why she has become such a celebrated author. The words flow beautifully and every scene is so intricately described without cluttering the storyline. The writing definitely is a nod towards the literary fiction set.

However, even with the insanely idiotic characters and flowery prose, the storyline pulls you in. It’s a large book that is so fast-paced, you don’t even realize that you’ve read 100 pages in one sitting. I was afraid that this book would drag in stretches or even the entire time, but it never did. I was constantly excited to see where the story would go to next, and had so much trouble putting it down. I even chose to read it at my desk during my lunch hour, rather than go home and relax for a bit. It was almost like not being able to look away from a car wreck, even though I knew it was going to turn out awful and I disagreed with every choice the characters made.

And that’s how I know that this book was really, really good.

Read it.

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars

Have you read The Secret History? What are your thoughts on it? Did you like the characters? Did you agree with their actions?

Musing Mondays – December 19th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme, now being hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you tend to find that you make more time to read during the holiday season? Or do you have less time to read because of the hustle of the season?

I can’t wait to get a copy of…


Ash and Quill (The Great Library, #3) by Rachel Caine

Seriously, I have got to know how this all ends. The last book ended on a cliffhanger and now my favorite group of smartie pants are heading to America! Is it July yet?!

The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny….

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library….

Do you tend to find that you make more time to read during the holiday season? Or do you have less time to read because of the hustle of the season?

While there is a lot going on, with the entire family being in town to visit for the holidays, I actually tend to read more. This is mostly because I have a 9 to 5 job and during the holidays I am off on vacation, which allows me to stay at home and read 24/7. I’m taking my vacation next week and so I’ll be off from December 22nd until January 3rd… ALLLLLL THE READING!!!

What books are you excited to get your hands on? Do you read more during the holidays, or do you not have enough time? Leave a link to your Musing Mondays in the comments below!