Waiting On Wednesday #58

Waiting On WednesdayLast week I totally spaced and forgot to write up my Waiting On Wednesday post. I had the book and everything planned out I just didn’t get around to writing it all out. SO this week is technically last weeks choice, and I hope you all don’t mind! I know I’ve made this remark again and again but seriously 2014 is the season of witch-y books! Everywhere I look its like every author just discovered witches and the awesomeness that comes from writing Young Adult novels about them. Don’t get me wrong some of these books I am SUPER head over heels pumped for but at the same thing, is too much of a good thing bad? Sometimes it can get a little repetitive BUT it won’t stop me from reading them all!



Salt & Storm“Salt & Storm” by Kendall Kulper

Expected Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whale men safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother, the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic, stole Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape from her mother before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roes’ power.

When Avery awakens from a dream foretelling her own murder, she realizes time is running short—for her and for the people of her island, who, without the Roes, will lose their ships and the only life they know.

With the help of Tane, a tattooed harpoon boy from the Pacific Islands, Avery plots her escape from her mother and unravels the mysteries of her mother’s and grandmother’s pasts. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected—one she might not be able to make.

header_thoughtsLook at the purple on that cover – LOVE IT! Its a simplistic cover in its self and I had to look at it a second time to see what it was about but nevertheless it is a beautiful, and unqiue cover for such a magical and witch-y book! I’m really excited to read this novel once its out because it takes a different approach from many magical novels I’ve been reading as of late: there’s no long lost dire prophecy that needs to be filled (none we know of), there’s not evil vs. good witches or male vs. female dominated power. Just a girl wanting to take her proper place among her lost society to her. So many questions revolve around this novel though – what happened between her mother & grandmother? Is her town in trouble? Why does Avery have a dream about her murder? I like the unraveling mysteries this novel delivers. I also ADORE the seaside village with its pirate-esq feel and pirate-y men; even the cover has boating knots on it! I just love the overall “new” feel this novel has; I’ve definitely never encountered anything like it!

What are you Waiting on Wednesday for? Leave your link in the comments!

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Top Ten #22: Characters Who Stole My Heart

Top Ten TuesdayThis weeks Top Ten Tuesday is 1) on time ! (yay me :D) and 2) a super fun topic! Characters Who Stole my Heart – I think this was one of the most enjoyable topics I had to compile a list for. I was very particular in my list as well and tried to include a mixture of “swoon-worthy” characters who stole my heart and also strong willed, determined heroines who stole my heart with their awesomeness! It becomes increasingly more difficult on a yearly basis when there are so many books and characters constantly being introduced so I also tried to include a bunch of classic characters as well, just to mix it up!


divider #10: Daemon: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Daemon & Katy’s story has yet to come to an end BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t remember their very first meeting! Shy but feisty Katy & coy, playful albeit sort of a douche Daemon. He definitely stole my heart with his flirtatious and almost mock attitude towards Katy. But also because under all the angst, drama and walls Daemon is a sweet and gold of heart kind of boy.

#9: Isaiah: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry – Isaiah first appeared in Pushing the Limits and then Dare You Too as the best friend, and friend-zoned guy. He just couldn’t get his way and his angst, foster kid attitude made him appear to be just a miserable kid. But under all that there was a smart, grease monkey who just wanted to feel what his friends around him were feeling: love. His bad boy attitude drew me to his story but his faithfulness and protective nature made me stay.

#8: Karou: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – the character of Karou surprised me. I thought before I began reading that she’d be the typical “damsel in distress” sort of gal, but right off the bat she was a strong willed, determined heroine who just wanted to know WHERE she came from and WHO she was. She had sparked a comradery within me because of her to easily broken trust, and I just felt like I could easily connect with and befriend her. She was such a rebel WITH a cause!

#7: Jamie: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – One of my first REAL grown up fictional crushes. Not a young adult, swoon worthy, boy but a down to earth true butterflies in the stomach Scottish man. Jamie definitely stole my heart throughout the entire series and there will ALWAYS be a place for him there. He was innocent and sweet, which is unusual for an adult romance and younger than Claire but he loved her through time as it was and undyingly devoted himself to her. *fans self* that’s love!

#6: Alanna: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce – my very first adventure heroine! I adored and worshiped Alanna for most of my childhood; she turned the tables towards what she wanted and didn’t relent for her entire life. She buckled down and proved herself worthy of her male equivalents in clearly a male dominated world and time. I couldn’t help but idolize her.

#5: Captain Thorne: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – I am always a weak one when it comes to the rogues in the group. The pirates and rebels or whatever you may be – if you’re a roguish character I’ll probably adore all your quips, your swoon worthy smirk, and all to knowing good looks. Captain Thorne does not shy from being openly gawked at nor does he make it any more known he likes it. He is flirtatious, outrageously full of himself but I for one couldn’t deny him a tiny piece of my heart. Everyone loves a rebel!

#4: Travis: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire – As it may be everyone ALSO loves the bad boy. Travis indefinitely is the bad boy of his group of brothers and is even more prominent in his own book. From his point of view we get a better understanding of WHY he fights and WHY he is a bad boy: his mother who passed away. *awww* I know you just collectively sighed with me and hence this bad boy TRULY has a heart of gold.

#3: Rhage: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward – The second “bad boy” to make the list. Not truly a boy but a man and a vampire as well. Rhage all his life has been cursed with an unquenchable thirst, and rage as it may be. He finds his solace in a human woman and their love could transcend time if need be. Out of all the brothers he is by far one of my favourites (Zsadist also makes my list). He reminds me of a young boy in a mans body: playful and cute.

#2: Nash: Nash (A Marked Men Novel) by Jay Crownover – The LAST bad boy on my list. And he has ALWAYS been a favourite of mine since the very first book of the Marked Men series. Nash always seemed a little broken, and out of sorts in the other books – not truly knowing why he is unwanted by everyone. He found himself in his own novel, and with that came a romantic I didn’t know existed. He is all tattoos, attitude and sex appeal but more so he is a hopeless romantic showing it in truly creative and one of a kind ways. I couldn’t help but give a piece of my heart to him, and all his glorious colour.

#1: Sirius Black: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – Everyone has their favourite Harry Potter character may it be Luna, Neville, Snape, Hermione, even Harry! Mine throughout reading the novels was ALWAYS without a doubt – Sirius Black! I loved how he gave hope to Harry and the Order and in the end was always with Harry in everything he did. It was a bitter sweet death for me when he did die and I always cry no matter how many times I watch the movies (even though I know its coming). That’s how you truly know the value of a character. Even after all this time? Always.

What’s on your list? Leave your link in the comments! I read every. single. one! (:

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Stacking the Shelves [28]


This week has been inactive in many more ways than one. I’ve only made it to the gym once, I only did one post, and I’ve felt really unmotivated to do really anything other than binge watch TV – BUT I did receive a whack of books over the last couple weeks (I just forgot last week to post). SO I hope you’ve all had a waaaay better week than I have, and I hope you all enjoy the books I’m sporting this week :D


Physical Copies:

Nash by Jay Crownover“Nash” by Jay Crownover

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

I DEVOURED this book last week!! I have been waiting so so so very long for another Marked Men book Rule, Rome and Jet all rocked my world and I adored the style of writing and romance Crownover delivered. SO once I heard about Nash I couldn’t WAIT to get an ARC just so I could get a chance to read it. And loved it!

“Days of Blood & Starlight” by Laini TaylorDays of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

I received this from Hachette Book Group Canada along with the sequel in time for the Toronto signing and review. I adored “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” the first novel, it was fresh, unique and fantasy driven. I cannot wait to dive into “Days of Blood & Starlight” – sequels always frighten me a bit because most of the time they don’t live up to the hype BUT I think this one definitely will!

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor“Dreams of Gods & Monsters” by Laini Taylor

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

The final instalment of the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” series. I just cannot wait to devour this series. It is rich in fantasy and the world they all live in is just amazing. I love the cover and the title. Definitely a MUST read novel and series of 2014!

Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat“Unspeakable” by Caroline Pignat

Jim. Ellie finds it hard to think of his name now. After their wonderful time in Quebec City, that awful night happened. The screams, the bodies, the frigid waters … she tries hard to tell herself that he survived, but it’s hard to believe when so many didn’t. So when Wyatt Steele, journalist atThe New York Times asks her for her story, Ellie refuses. But when he shows her Jim’s journal, she jumps at the chance to be able to read it herself, to find some trace of the man she had fallen in love with, or perhaps a clue to what happened to him. 

Received from Penguin Canada for review and an upcoming tour. This is definitely a different read for me; I don’t normally read such a historical, real life romance novel but for some reason I just couldn’t say no to this one. It sounds so culturally amazing!

Electronic Copies:

Lovely Trigger by RK Lilley“Bad Things” (Tristan & Danika) by R.K. Lilley; “Rock Bottom” (#2) by R.K. Lilley; “Lovely Trigger” (#3) by R.K. Lilley

Over six years after the night that changed everything, Danika finds herself forced to spend the weekend constantly in Tristan’s company, as they attend the wedding of two of their dearest friends. It’s been long enough that she feels they can be friendly again without it destroying her peace of mind, but just a small amount of time in his presence has her remembering something she had forced herself to forget: There’d been a reason she’d gone through hell with this man, for this man, some true good to precede the bad. 

SO as an early birthday present to myself (my birthday is on April 30th ;) lol) I bought the entire series because I just loved the “Up In the Air” series so so much! Its about their two friends Tristan & Danika and their twister and sordid tale of whatever happened – its still a mystery throughout the entire series prior. I’m excited about this series!

AND that is all folks!
Leave your link in the comments section! I do adore & read every single one :)



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Top Ten #21: Bookish Items!

Top Ten TuesdayThis weeks Top Ten Tuesday is showcasing some oft he great bookish items (not necessarily books) that I would love to own! Some of the items are jewellery, bookends, T-shirts, bags, nick nacks, etc. BUT they all have one fabulous thing in common … they are ALL book orientated! This weeks list was fun to create and reminded me of all the wonderfully unique items out there that definitely describe that inner book nerd always trying to break loose!



#10: Bookish Tattoos – I already have a few on my feet, but I’d like some more. Bigger quotes I think I’ve decided on. I love the different script work tattoo artists can do now a days, and I think that if it was good enough for someone to publish well its unique enough (and special enough – to me at least) to be printed on my body! (the link will take you to a Pinterest page dedicated to different bookish tattoos)

#9: “Book/End” Book Ends - What a novel idea! I adore unique and witty book ends! There’s a ton on the etsy page I found these on – just click the link!

#8: Invisible Bookshelves – I’d love a pair or more of these invisible bookshelves! I think it would be so cool/neat to just have stacks of floating books all over a room!

#7: Shoulder Swag: For the Mr. Darcy Swoon-er – I adore this bag just as much as I adore the quote! Probably one of the most romantic quotes I read in my youth!

#6: A Book Nerd Staircase – I definitely MUST HAVE one of these staircases in my house. This is why I will always look for a house with a set of stairs just so one day I can paint it like so!

#5: Wingardium Leviosa Mug – to relive that moment again and again, even after all this time! … Always. And because I am a mug obsessed collector!

#4: Middle Earth Map Leggings – I’d never be lost again! And if I’m going to (and HAVE to wear pants) it might as well be a map of Middle Earth!

#3: Deathly Hallow Earrings - really want to drive your Harry Potter nostalgia home? A pair of these deathly hallows hanging from your lobes should do the trick!

#2: Statement T-Shirt (F*ck Off! I’m Reading!) - every once in a while there’s this part in your current read where you just can’t put it down and people, every single person who wouldn’t talk to you on a normal day decides to start a conversation with you right at the pinnacle point. This t-shirt says it all to discourage those who’d think about starting a convo.

#1: Sherlock Holmes Book Scarf - for the inner detective in all of us! It’s stylish yet bookish at the same time; it’ll definitely draw some stares especially when waiting in line at your local coffee shop or book store. Probably also a great conversation starter!

Leave a comment with your link! I’ll be sure to check out your list! (:

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Waiting On Wednesday #57

Waiting On WednesdayI am SO late getting my post up this week for Waiting on Wednesday basically due to reading far too much the night before, and having one heck of a hectic day at work! BUT this week is definitely a book (and series) you won’t want to miss out on! Jay Crownover, author of the Marked Men series is by FAR one of the most brilliant romance authors I can proudly call a top 5 favourite of mine! Crownover knows how to deliver suspenceful, passionate and crazy romances with over the top, swooooon worthy characters you can’t get enough of!

Get your TO BE READ list ready readers! This series you’ll want to add ASAP!

Nash by Jay Crownover“Nash” by Jay Crownover
(A Marked Men Novel)

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
(Imprint of: HarperCollins)
Expected Publication Date: April 14, 2014

Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

header_thoughtsTattooed hotties, fast cars, passionate romance, and an emotional rollercoaster you won’t want to get off! That is what you’re signing up for when you read The Marked Men books! Nash is the fourth book in the series with cameos in all the other novels leading up to his own. The plots are mingle and intertwine with one another, the characters you love from one book get carried on throughout the series; you get to watch every single one of them grow and move on from their own emotional broken tale AND these boys are as sexy and sizzling as sin! I adore these books – I loved Rule, adored Jet, swooned over Rome and I’m already head over heels for Nash! I recieved an ARC of Nash this past week and I am so ready to dive right in.

Are you ready for these bad boys to leave their mark?
Leave a comment with your link to your own Waiting on Wednesday!

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Top Ten #20: Unique Books!

Top Ten TuesdaySpring is upon us! (maybe). Its been raining the last couple days and everything is starting to smell like spring again and even look like it, which means sun, summer and summer reading. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is all about unique books we’ve read. Unique being authors who have created books that have a spin on the genre, the voices are different, or perhaps they’re just written in a creative and distinct voice than the average romance, young adult, fantasy etc.

This list was very hard to make for me. I felt like the books I’ve chosen weren’t that unique or outrageous to some readers; but for me the first time I read them they were out of this world distinct, rare and beautifully creative! So I hope you all won’t judge me too much if this list seems a little mediocre compared to some.

dividerThis list appears in no numerical order.

#10: “Half Bad” by Sally GreenHalf Bad is a beautiful and unique story told from in the mind of the character. You get to know Nathan from first person but ALSO third person so if you’re not into first person writing don’t fret, third person eventually comes. The reader really gets connected with Nathan in a way you wouldn’t normally get too with first or third, but a combo of both is very in-depth.

#9: “Fire” by Kristin Cashore – when I first read Fire it blew my mind on how magical and yet real it was. It takes place in the same realm as Graceling with some of the same characters but Fire is a human monster. She is gorgeous and usually when books portray gorgeous characters their good but in this case Cashore portrays her as a mind controlling monster BECAUSE of her beauty. Its a thrilling comparison of of good vs. evil. It is an extremely colourful novel and theme throughout.

#8: “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi – Mafi created an exclusive unique world to Juliette; her thoughts are written down like a journal, scratched out and rewritten as she decides. The story itself is also extremely unique, the type of “dystopian” Mafi has written is incredibly different from the average one – these characters themselves are special. Everything about Shatter Me is unique.

#7: “Starling” by Lesley Livingston – Livingston always creates rare and creative worlds within her novels. She shapes and moulds historical periods into these beautiful stories, Starling is definitely one of those books. I’ve never read about Ragnorok before or norse mythology so this was definitely an unique experience.

#6: “Alice in Zombieland” by Gena Showalter – I usually stay away from these types of novels, the ones with titles like: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” or “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” etc. But Showalter creative a distinct world where everything isn’t as it seems; zombies are a new wave of “cool” and I can definitely see why. It was a different read for me indefinitely and extremely different from the typical zombie-esq novel.

#5: “Crash Into You” by Katie McGarry – McGarry in all her novels creates unique story lines and unique formats for her novels. Each chapter is from either point of view and in different writing styles to represent those characters. Crash Into You is my favourite out of all 3 because of the completely opposite worlds that Isaiah and Rachel come from and the intensity and “realness” all these characters go through. They’re problems aren’t outrageous or unfathomable but real and true to life. Its an extreme contemporary that readers don’t normally find.

#4: “Across the Universe” by Beth Revis – outer space is not my thing. I just find it TOO unrealistic if that is even possible or probable. BUT that being said I gave Across the Universe a chance because of its unique storyline. It definitely wasn’t like anything I’ve read before, the genre which I can only categorize as post apocalyptic didn’t have zombies, or war, it had natural disaster and then the end of the world. Much more realistic than zombies yet still quite thrilling to read.

#3: “The Black Dagger Brotherhood” by JR Ward – not only is this series one of the longest I’ve ever read the story lines from the beginning to start have a continuous storyline. The brothers each have a novel and appear in the others. Their voices are all distinct and the stories, although all telling a larger plot, are still very different from one another. The bonds of brotherhood are clearly evident within these novels, and hearing these stories from males point of views is extremely different for me.

#2: “The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer – readers will never find another novel like these. The Lunar Chronicles are without a doubt the most unique stories I’ve ever read, even though they’re re-tellings of fairy tale classics! Fairy tales that take place in outer space, in a dystopian Asia, space ships, space stations, etc. Its extremely rare and I haven’t found another novel like these.

#1: “Rule” by Jay Crownover – Bad boys! This is not your mamma’s romance ladies. Crownover takes bad boys and magnifies them to the most tattooed, different, broken and baddest boys you’ll find between two pages of a novel. You may THINK you’ve read about bad boys; about the motorcycles, piercings, mohawks and late night stands but you haven’t met Rule, Nash, Jet or the rest of the tattooed mark men. If you want one hell of a roller coaster of different, rare and distinct voices, actions and plot these books are for you.

What unique reads do you have on your list? Leave a comment with your link so we can compare! (:

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Stacking the Shelves [27]


Oh what a whirlwind of a week it has been! Monday started out with a bookish adventure with another blogger to a book signing and pre-chat with a prominent Young Adult author, and then the week continued to be great. I made contact with some publishers about upcoming books, and it looks like next week I’ll be receiving an amazing ARC I didn’t even think I was going to get!

Now todays Stacking the Shelves is small but there are still some fantastic eGalley finds and my signed book I got on Monday! ENJOY (:


Best kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine“Best Kind of Broken” by Chelsea Fine

Pixie and Levi haven’t spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are… awkward.

All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they’re forced to share a bathroom, and therefore ashower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.

I love all these summer novels coming out; published in the summer, about summer, summer love! This book I am extremely excited about because I’ve been looking for a sizzling summer romance book to replace Abbi Glines New Adult series (its been hard!). I think Levi & Pixie are going to have a hell of a summer, awkward or not, I’m going to adore reading about them.

“The Diamond Thief” by Sharon GoslingThe Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling

No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.

Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

I’ve always heard such amazing things about heist novels and I think a jewel thief is a good place to start, don’t you? And who doesn’t love a good hero saving damsel story either! The cover definitely looks steampunk too; so we have romance, steampunk and a thief – I’m excited to get into this novel!

The Ring & The Crown“The Ring & The Crown” by Melissa De La Cruz

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended
lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.MdlC signing

This is the most fabulous book I’ve read this year! I got it signed and met Melissa (and she is a doll, such a treat!). I haven’t finished it yet but I can say without a doubt this book is jammed packed with magic, romance, adventure and an enchanting story! Definitely without a doubt pick up this book!

The Week in Review:

[review] “Divergent” – a Film Adaptation
Top Ten Tuesday #19

Waiting on Wednesday #56
Event Recap: The Ring & The Crown Signing

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