Shipping Sunday #3

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hosted by Space Between the Spines

So, there's probably some sort of meme about this somewhere, but I haven't seen any so I decided to make my very own. In this meme, you talk about your favorite coupling in a book, or pit two "teams" against each other. We all have those "Team" stickers on our blogs, so why not devote a post or two to defending them? If you like this idea, feel free to do your own posts, just make sure to keep my link. Feel free to share your posts with me as well! I'd love to get to know all my blogger friends and followers a little better. =)
Sorry for the hiatus for this awesome meme! Oddly enough, Sunday always starts to roll around and I'm like, what ship do I want to talk about tomorrow??? Then I have a mini breakdown and usually don't post anything. =/ But this week, we're going to talk about two ships that girls fangirl over all over the world. Yes my dear readers, we're pitting Will Harondale and Jem Carstairs together!
Mmmm, Will or Jem? Where do I even start? I hope you guys are ready for a bunch of one-sided fangirling. XD 

Team Will: Ah, dear Will. What do say about you? I admit, he's handsome enough and his self confidence and cockiness even start to get to you after a while. Every girl probably dreams about having Will by her side fighting or even saving her from demons. But... I have to admit that if I had to choose, I'd definitely go with my lovely Jem. It took me FOREVER to really appreciate Will and the fact that he's a carbon copy of Jace gets a little annoying after a while. (And you could even argue that Tessa is a copy of Clary, but that's a post for another day.) I mean, can we just talk about the ending to Clockwork Angel? How harsh was Will to Tessa? I get that he was trying to distance her, but damn... Way to wrench her heart out. If I were Tessa, I don't know if I would have been able to really date Will without having those words echo in my ears. 

That said, though, I will admit that he does redeem himself. And I'd still like to have him around, even if he were only eye candy. 

Team Jem: Ah, my dear, sweet Jem. Literally, girls. You have no idea how hard I fell for him while reading The Infernal Devices. Unlike other characters, he has originality and I think that Cassie put a lot more effort into making Jem more likable and memorable than Will, in my honest opinion. Even the simple gestures he makes toward Tessa, such as walking with her and helping her down stairs are done with grace and the utmost respect. He's a true gentleman. *Swoons* 
And can we just talk about being serenaded in the middle of the night with a violin? Just the thought of it makes my knees weak. And, in general, Jem is just EVERYTHING I look for in a guy. His looks, his gentle spirit, his kindness, his courage and quiet strength. Just, oh my god, somebody make this boy come alive from this book right now! 
The only drawback is that when I meet guys in real life, I will before forever comparing them to Jem Carstairs. Perhaps I'll have to get him to read The Infernal Devices and take notes!

I'm sure you all can guess what side I ship, but just in case, here's the final verdict:

And just because it's true, I thought I'd post this. No offense to my Will shippers out there. ;)

What If Book Characters Were Pokemon? #2

Saturday, November 29, 2014

So, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby have finally been released and I'm having a blast playing through it. I'm currently past the sixth gym and I have Swampert, Manectric, Altaria, Brelume, Camerupt, and Gardevoir on my team! It's a pretty competitive team and I'm hoping to beat the game before too long and, eventually, do some shiny hunting. 

But I can't help but wonder again... Who would some of my other favorite characters be if they were Pokemon? Well, here's another list I'd like to share. Hopefully you'll find it as entertaining as the first one!

Number One: Percy Jackson



Empoleon's Pokedex Entry: It swims as fast as a jet boat. The edges of its wings are sharp and can split apart drifting ice. Well, Percy's the son of Poseidon, so how could I NOT pick the Pokemon that sports a trident? This water Pokemon is definitely a good match for the seaweed brain Percy.

Number Two: Mrs. Weasley, from Harry Potter



Kangaskhan's Pokedex Entry: To protect its young, it never gives up during battle, no matter how wounded it is. Do I even need to explain this one? The Pokedex entry says it all. Except, instead of one baby in her pouch, she'd have seven. 

Number Three: Jace from The Mortal Instruments


Monferno's Pokedex Entry: To intimidate attackers, it stretches the fire on its tail to make itself appear bigger. I think Monferno is a pretty good fit for our favorite shadowhunter, as he's fierce and prone to being rash and throwing himself into battle. Not only that, but Monferno evolves into one of the most competitive Pokemon, just like Jace will be one to contend with when it's grown. Hell, he's hard to fight now!

Number Four: Tris from Divergent 



Pancham's Pokedex Entry: It does its best to be taken seriously by its enemies, but its glare is not sufficiently intimidating. Chewing on a leaf is its trademark. Well, this Pokedex entry is a little misleading. Tris might not always be taken seriously, but she does manage to kick some ass while looking good doing is, so Pancham would be a perfect match!

Number Five: Howl from Howl's Moving Castle


Espurr's Pokedex Entry: It has enough psychic energy to blast everything within 300 feet of itself, but it has no control over its power. Like Espurr, Howl posses great magical abilities, and sometimes... Well, he can't control himself. He's sometimes absent, like Espurr's distant gaze and, let's face it, Howl is downright adorable, just like Espurr. 

Well, there you have it! The second installment of my Pokemon posts. Hope you enjoyed it and I'm so glad you guys humor me and my nerdiness! Would you like to see more? What characters would you like to see Pokemonized? Let me know in a comment!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Friday, November 28, 2014

I'm so excited! I was nominated by the awesome Noelia from A Day in Bookland for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Sorry it took so long to post it, Noelia, but real life got in the way. Stupid school and work! But, finally, here it is!

First off, some rules to follow: 

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

My answers to Noelia's Questions: 

1.) Besides reading, what other hobbies do you have?  

Well, I mostly write when I'm not reading. I've been writing for as long as I can remember, but I unfortunately haven't had to time to do much since I've started college. I have a few book ideas I hope to finally get written once I graduate, though. Perhaps you'll see me published one day. ;) 

2.) If you could travel through time, which period would you go to? 

That's easy - I'd go to the 1850s, right smack dab in the pioneering era. I've always loved the idea of going on the Oregon Trail, even though it would be a dangerous and probably tedious journey. But at least there would be plenty of adventure!

3.) The meaning behind your blog name? 

Well, there really is no special meaning to it. I thought of a ton of others before this one, but they were all taken. -__-  I read an ethnography in college called, "The Space Between the Road" or something like that and I was like, "Of course! Space Between the Spines!" I thought it sounded pretty deep and cool, too. XD So, there's the birth of my blog.  

4.) When do you normally read? 

It really depends. Usually I read in the late evening, as a means to settle down from the day. Sometimes that backfires, though. If it's a good book, I end up reading way into the night and waking up tired for class or work. But, now that we're right in the middle of the semester, I read whenever I have a spare moment, as they are few and far in between.

5.) If you find yourself in a zombie apocalypse, which 5 fictional characters would you like to have on your side to help you fight off the zombies?

Is it bad that I've actually considered this before? Well, I'd pick Perry, from Under the Never Sky. He seems like he could handle himself well. I'd throw Four in there as well, since he could fight them off. I'd have Leo, from the Heros of Olympus series, so he could come up with some fantastic gadget that kills all the Zombies. Probably Katniss, too, so she could shoot them with arrows from far away. Do they have to all be book fictional characters? If not, my final choice would be Fox Mulder from X-Files. He'd know all about Zombies and how best to kill them.  

6.) Do you listen to music while reading? 

Never. I hate even having the TV on. I need silence to focus and really enjoy a book.

7.) Favorite book of your least favorite genre?

Hmm... I really don't know. My least favorite genre would probably be sci-fi, but I have a feeling that Ender's Game would be good. I haven't read it, but it's on my TBR shelf and I've heard good reviews. Does that count???

8.) Book that left you feeling like an emotional wreck? 

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I finished the book bruised, but - overall - fairly satisfied. But while I read it, I wondered how much pain she could inflict on my beloved men! Sooo hard to read, but soooo worth it in the end. 

9.)  Do you hate a book everybody seems to love or the other way around?

The Selection by Kiera Cass. Everyone seems to love this book and I can't figure out why. I've written a review of it and you can learn all about me reasoning behind hating it. XD

10.) Would you rather have a book with a closed ending or one with a little cliffhanger that would imply the possibility of another book?

 I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. While I hate them, the fact that I'm so upset about them tends to indicate that I love the book or series. Usually, though, I prefer closed endings. I love how in The House of Hades, Riordan mentions in his acknowledgements how sorry he was to his readers for the cliffhanger in Mark of Athena. Lol. 

And here are my questions to those I tag: 

1.) What book are you looking forward to the most in 2015
2.) If your favorite female character were a Disney princess, who would they be?
3.) A song that describes your love life?
4.) What's your favorite ship in your favorite series?
5.) What was your favorite childhood chapter book/series?
6.) What's your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? It doesn't necessarily have to be recent or even considered a "great" movie. 
7.) If you lived in the Divergent world, what faction would you be in?
8.) If you could have a fictional little sibling, who would it be?
9.) Do you have any bookish swag? Pictures of it would be nice to see, too!
10.) If you could be one fictional character for a day, who would it be?

And here's who I tag! I'm aware some of you have already been tagged, but I was just interested in seeing your answers. Please don't feel compelled to post them if you don't want to. 

1.) Cassie @ Citrus Reads
3.) Jules @ The Book of Jules 
4.) Amy @ The Blog Hermit 
5.) Lauren @ Always Me 

Please link me back your posts! I'm interested to see what you come up with!
Thanks so much again, Noelia, for the nomination! ^-^

The GIF tag!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The GIF Tag!

I've been tagged by Ellen Wookey over at Random Smiles to participate in the GIF tag! I'm pretty excited! I JUST learned how to put GIF into things and I'm going a little GIF crazy. So here we go! Just to warn you, Ellen - I've haven't heard of many of yours. So bear with me! XD

Steel Lily by Megan Curd: This is the one I actually know about! I haven't gotten to get it yet!

Born by Tara Brown: I read the synopsis and I'm still confused...

Removed by S.J. Pajonas: Sounds out there, but hey - I'm always up for a good spy book!

On The Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor: Sounds interesting! I'd fall on my face if I ran, though.

 Soul Fire by Aprille Legacy: Eh, sounds pretty generic to me...

The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor: Sounds promising!

Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun: Could be pretty good...

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski: I've heard of this one! And I love me a good romance, especially with a guy like Andrew!

Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan: I'm not much for the futuristic genre. Particularly when the main character just stumbles upon the gateway there...

Crossing the Rubicon by R.C. Richter: Doesn't look that interesting, but sooo many 5 Stars!

Thanks for the tag, Ellen! This was sooo much fun!

Here are the books those I tag will react to

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Book Thief by Makus Zusak
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

You've been tagged! Please link me and let me see your responses!

Cassie @ Citrus Reads

Christmas Carol Book Tag!

 The Christmas Carol
Book Tag

So, after having been gone from the blogosphere for an age, I'm in quite the bloggy mood. You can guess what that means, right? Time for some fun tags!

Even though it's only Thanksgiving, everyone seems to be starting to get into the holiday spirit. Even me! I already have my Christmas tree up and the majority of my Christmas shopping done, actually. 

To keep in the spirit, I'm going to be doing the Christmas Carol Book Tag, where you answer questions stemming from famous Christmas carols. (I totally stole this from Eclectic Introspections, by the way.) So, here we go!

1.) "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" - Name a villainous character you can't help but love to hate. 

That one's easy: Delores Umbridge. We all hated this bitch, right? She's so manipulative and crazy and we all wanted to punch her in the face when she made Harry cut himself with the quill. D:< I straight up cheered when Fred and George got the best of her. 

On the other hand, I absolutely love StarKid Potter's interpretation of Umbridge...

2.) "All I Want for Christmas Is You" - What book do you most want to find under your Christmas tree this year? 

Only one? *Headdesk* Well, I have plenty of books on my list, but I think the biggest one I want to get is Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry. Of course, seeing as it's a Kindle release only, it wont really be under my tree... =/ 

3.) "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" - Name your favorite character that had to overcome a major obstacle.Why are they your favorite? 

I think I'll go with Alina from the Shadow & Bone series by Leigh Bardugo. Alina never really dreamed of doing anything big or grand with her life, but it was thrust upon her when she became the Sun Summoner. She had to adjust to life as a savior and celebrity and oftentimes faced deadly foes and dangers. Every tragedy that was forced upon her, she just go right back up from and tried harder. She's one of my all-time favorite heroines. 

4.) "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - Which character do you think is at the top of Santa's "Nice" List and which is at the top of his "Naughty" List? 

Well, I guess I'm only going to choose from books that released this year, seeing as it's this year's lists. The top of the "Nice" list will be Simon Lewis, seeing as he practically scarified himself in City of Heavenly Fire. We all luff Simon, right? *Hugs him* And the top of the "Naughty" List. Hmm... I think I'll go with Hess and Sable from Into The Still Blue. They got what was coming to them! Humph!

5.) "Frosty the Snowman" - What book just melts your heart? 

Isla and the Happily Ever by Stephanie Perkins. In fact, Anna and Lola could compete for this spot, too. Perkins is the master of writing adorable fluff and romances that bring the tears.

6.) "Feliz Navidad" - Your favorite book that takes place in a country other than your own? 

I'm going to go with the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, which takes place in New Beijing. I luff me some Kai, Wolf, and Thorne. 

7.) "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - What book do you read to get you into the Christmas spirit? 

I don't read many Christmasy books, unless they're Amish fiction or something. This year, though, I really want to read My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories as well as Let It Snow. Hopefully I can get to them!

8.) "Sleigh Ride" - What character would you most want to spend the holiday with? 

Jem Carstairs! He can take me on all the sleigh rides we wants, as well as play carols on his violin all night long. *Sigh* If only he were real...

9.) "Baby It's Cold Outside" - Which book do you hate so much you'd sacrifice it to the fire to stay warm? 

Well, it's hard to say I HATE a book. I could really dislike it, but it's hard to hate a book. I guess I'd go with The Selection, by Kiera Cass. Just, ugh. I can't stand it. America and Maxon make me want to gag.

10.) "Do You Hear What I Hear?" - What book would you recommend to everyone?

Sisters Red and the rest of the Fairy Tale Retellings series by Jackson Pearce. Sooo wonderful and some of the best retellings I've ever read! Definitely pick if you like that sort of thing!

You've Been Tagged! Please link me your answers! I'm eager to see them! And if I didn't tag you and you want to do it, well, consider yourself tagged!

Lauren @ Always Me 
Connie @ The YA Book Thief
Jessica @ Psychotic Nerd
Martika @ Fangirl Confessions

Throw Back Thursday - Redwall by Brian Jacques

As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem. Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent on destroying the tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall. This dazzling story in the Redwall series is packed with all the wit, wisdom, humor, and blood-curdling adventure of the other books in the collection, but has the added bonus of taking the reader right back to the heart and soul of Redwall Abbey and the characters who live there.

Considering it's Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to post a Throw Back Thursday of the childhood read I appreciate the most and am dearly thankful for. 

Redwall by Brian Jacques will always be a gem of a book that will hold a special place in my heart. It was one of the first books to really get me into the fantasy genre and, with well over twelve books when I initially picked them up, I completely dove head first into the beautiful and sometimes dangerous world of Mossflower and Redwall Abbey. There were some very memorable characters and villains, but my favorites will always be Mattias, Martin the Warrior, Constance the badger, and the hilarious Basil Stag Hare. As far as the best books in the series, I liked Redwall, Mattimeo, and Mariel of Redwall, which introduces the first real heroine. 

I'm thankful for this series because it really opened up my imagination. In fact, some of the first writings I did were FanFics of this award winning series. I ended up writing quite a few book reports on them, too, earning plenty of A's. 

But what I'm most thankful for was that this was the series that one of my best friends, Lauren, and I bonded over. We both loved it and we often found ourselves playing in the woods with sticks, pretending they were swords and hoping to find the secret Abbey amongst the trees. We wrote fanfiction together and dreamt up our own characters.

Lauren, today I'm thankful for you and our amazing friendship! And Mr. Jacques, though you've passed on, I'll still be one of your biggest supporters - thank you for brightening the world with your amazing literature!

Waiting on Wednesday - Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

Woohoo, just look at that creepy cover! I'm lucky enough to have friends in high places, so I was able to get an ARC for this book from Feiwel & Friends. I knew from the moment I saw it in the Spring Catalog that I had to get my hands on it. It's actually been mailed now and I can't wait to get started reading it. 

I've always been a fan of horror movies and creepy stories. When there's a new horror movie coming out, you can bet I'll be dragging my friends or Dad there. My Dad's a veteran horror junkie, too, and that's what we bond over, lol. Some of my favorite memories of us are when we go to creepy midnight releases of blockbuster scary movies! 

While I've never read any "true" horror books, like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I've read some of the creepier books, my favorite being Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I'm hoping that Shutter will give me that same creepy vibe, as well as plenty of action and blood and guts!

I'll definitely be posting a review when I read this, so be on the look out for it and be sure to add Shutter to your TBR shelf, which releases February 3rd, 2015.

Review - The Blazing Star by Erin Hunter

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Blazing Star
By Erin Hunter
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Genre: Children's Fiction
Source: Purchased

It’s that time of year again! No, not the holidays. Well, yes, the holidays but I meant it’s November – meaning the new Warriors: Dawn of the Clans book came out! *Throws confetti*

The Blazing Star takes place right where the previous book, The First Battle left off. Like, literally, right after. The cats that survived the vicious battle still have yet to bury their dead. With that unfortunate task done and with the Star Cats’ warning still ringing in their ears, “Unite or die,” they head back to their respective camps to rebuild what is left of their groups and recover from their injuries. 

With Leaf Bare coming, things are getting difficult. Food is becoming scarcer and the days are turning cold. But these aren’t the least of the cats’ worries. Rogues still roam the forest, some more threatening than others, and the cats are still apprehensive about what to do next. Before they can figure it out, the Spirit Cats visit again, this time bringing another dire warning: “A claw still blights the forest. To survive, you must grow and spread like the Blazing Star.” Naturally, the cats don’t understand the cryptic message. But, soon after their visit, a sickness befalls the camps, where both prey and cats are found with bloated bellies, oozing sores, and foam at the mouth. No herbs seem to help and, with cats dying, it’s up to Thunder, Grey Wing, and Clear Sky to come up with the solution. Between trying to fight this mysterious disease, even more trouble befalls them when a ruthless rogue enters the forest and overthrows Clear Sky. How will the cats confront all the dangers that they face? You’ll have to read and find out!

This is probably the lowest rating I’ve ever given a Warriors book. Not necessarily because the book was bad. I liked the plot and the unique dangers that the cats have to deal with. In fact, it was one of the most distinctive premises for a book in quite a long time. But I guess I just don’t have as much love for the Dawn of the Clans series as I did for the others. Its interesting learning about how the clans came about, but the characters just seem to fall flat for me. And that’s really where the low rating came from. 

First of all, it seems like all our main characters seem to go through some drastic character change. The driven and motivated Clear Sky goes from being tough and assured to remorseful and undetermined. The loving and wise Gray Wing suddenly throw a pity party and wonders where he belongs. Umm, hello, you adopted kits and are still looking after Thunder, right? I get being depressed, he lost quite a few friends in the battle, but I mean, come on. You can’t go around moping and feeling sorry for yourself when so many other cats depend on you. 

And Thunder? Well, he becomes a love-struck doofus who can’t make a decision for himself. I thought he was supposed to be a hero we were rooting for? 

At least there are some cats I still think are interesting. River Ripple is a mysterious tom who lives on a nearby island and is infinitely knowledgeable. And little Pebble Heart, one of Gray Wing’s adopted kits, is showing great promise as a potential healer – and he also sees visions. I hope to see more of these awesome characters in future books. And the villain of the books, while someone I absolutely hated, he was at least well developed. But I still would have liked to learn more about his origins. 

I have a feeling that the next book will be about the cats finally forming the original five clans and I’m definitely interested to see which cats choose which clan. Not only that, but I’m becoming more and more positive that a following series involving SkyClan will come about after this one. I can only hope so!

So, despite being irritated with some of the characters, this was still an enjoyable read. If you’re a Warriors fan, be sure to pick it up!

Top Ten Tuesday - Books on Winter Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week we're discussing and listing the "Top Ten" books on our winter to-be-read list! I have waay more than ten that I hope to get to, but I'll narrow it down as best as I can. Again, they're in no particular order! Here we go!

Number 10: Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

I swear, this will be one of the books that I get the day it comes out and devour it. While Noah and Echo weren't my favorite couple in the series (that goes to Ryan and Beth) I'm still eager to read more about this. I was a little disappointed with was only an ebook release. I'm not a big fan of reading on my Kindle, though I do on occasion. Maybe it'll come out in book form soon. I'll be posting a review so stay tuned!

Number 9: Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins

I'm a sucker for a good angel book and when I saw that Hopkins was branching out into a more fantasy-esque and darker YA genre, I was very excited. I loved her Temptation series and I'm eager to read this new series when I finally have some time on my hands. If you haven't read her before, definitely check her work out!

Number 8: Battle Angel by Scott Speer

Okay, this book has been out since late August and I was SO stoked for it since, like, last year. I got it the week it came out and it's been sitting, neglected, on my shelf since then. Damn, you real life - always getting in the way! This is another angel book and the thrilling conclusion to the Immortal City series. I've been dying to find out what happens. I'm determined to finish it by the time Christmas comes around!

Number 7: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Magnus was one of my all-time favorite characters in Cassie's shadowhunter world and you have no idea how thrilled I was when I found out all the short stories were being bound into one book. I'm eager to read more about this yummy warlock and his experiences - plus I want a little more Malec. ;D 

Number 6: My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

What Christmas would be complete without a good Christmasy read? I can't wait to get a copy of this book and sit by my pretty Christmas tree with a warm blanket and a cup of tea. I've read books by plenty of the authors before, and I look forward to reading their short stories. As well as discovering new authors' writing styles. I might even pick up some of their books, eventually. Can't wait to read all the fluffiness! 

Number 5: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 

Wow, it's finally here, people. We Mara Dyer fans have been waiting an AGE for the conclusion to this series. If you haven't read this series, and you're a big fan of crazy twists, mystery and action, be sure to pick it up! It's definitely a book with plenty of twists and turns and you never know what to expect next. I NEED the final book, now! And, also, NOAH! :D

Number 4: Screwdrivered by Alive Clayton

I loved Wallbanger and I've been a fan of Alice Clayton since the first chapter of her first book. Her characters are humorous and easy to love. I could definitely see her books made into awesome romantic comedies and, of course, the steamy scenes she writes are hot, too. I mean, this book has a hot librarian in it? What's not to love? It looks like it'll be a short sweet book and I can't wait to get started on it. 

Number 3: House of Hades by Rick Riordan

I still have yet to read this, despite how good I know it will be. I have a feeling there will be plenty of nice Percabeth scenes and, now that the final book in the series is out, I know I definitely need to read it before I get spoiled by anything. It will definitely be one of the firsts I read after I go on break!

Number 2: Shutter by Courtney Alamed

Damn. Just look at that cover! I'm a huge fan of horror movies and this spooky read is right up my alley. It comes from a debut authors, so I'm definitely hoping that it will prove interesting. Thanks to friends in high places, I was able to get an ARC of this and I'll be sure to let you guys know if it's good!

Number 1: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Poor Harry Dresden. He probably thinks I've given up on him. I read the first two books in the Dresden Files a while back and I instantly fell in love with Harry and his fascinating world. With memorable characters and curious mysteries, it's a series that's easy to love and I can't wait to delve back into it!

And that's my list! It's only a few of the ones I'd like to read, though. Here's hoping I get to all of them! Or at least a portion!

Real Life Sucks!

So, if any of you follow my blog pretty closely, you will have noticed that I've posted NOTHING for, like, six weeks now. >.<

Unfortunately, this is what happens when you're in graduate school, working, and struggling with everyday, mundane chores. In short, real life just sucks! University is coming to an end for the winter and that is always a good thing, but that also brings with it finals, final projects, and annoying term papers. Luckily, I have no finals to study for, but I've had a pretty rough GIS final project to work on, involving a new system in the making, AnnAGNIPS. So, I've had to fight the learning curve by acquainting myself with an unfamiliar system while finishing a very important project.

Additionally, I have to take a really stupid and boring IT Systems class, one that I'm sure I'll never use in real life. And I have an annoying paper to write about crisis management. Zzzzz... But, alas, I need to it complete my degree and graduate in May! So, I'll throw the paper together and hope for the best.

Another part of my qualifications for a degree involve finding an internship and this had proved much harder than I previously thought. I've attended GIS conferences, handed out resumes, talked with all the right people, but still nothing. At the very least, I'm hoping to get an internship at my university on Campus Planning. It's not the most glamorous internship, but at this point, I'm just hoping I'll find one so I can graduate with my masters in May! If you're the praying type, send up a few prayers. If you believe in luck, keep your fingers crossed for me! I'll be doing the same. 

On a more personal note, I've been struggling with chronic sinus infections for several years now and it's getting to the point where I have to be on antibiotics every eight weeks or so and with asthma to top it all off, it's been pretty miserable. The past few months, I've been going to the allergist and, after extensive allergy testing, we've discovered that I'm allergic to just about everything where I live except Sycamore trees. =/ I had to take a CAT scan to see if there were issues with my sinuses themselves, but it seems all these allergies are what is causing all the sinus infections. I have to take allergy shots now, for the next three to five years, which means six shots total each week. Woohoo... But I'm hoping it will all be worth it in the end. 

Thanksgiving is coming up and I always try to take a moment to think about all the blessings I have. A supportive family, true friends, a job, a warm house to live in and food in my belly. But it's overshadowed when you work retail and have to work fourteen hours on Black Friday. -__- Be thankful, Brittany, be thankful!

On a more positive note, Christmastime is my favorite time of the year. All my favorite classic movies are already being shown on channels and I can't wait to see the first Family Guy Christmas special, as well as the Spongebob Christmas special! It's not Christmas without them. 

I also got a pretty new Christmas tree, which I can program to either have white or colored lights!

I also got some new ornaments for the season! I'm an absolute nerd when it comes to ornaments. There's Olaf, Elsa, Tris from Divergent, and a kitty Willow Tree!

Well, thanks for reading this ramble about how much real life stinks! Haha, I'd much rather be reading, and don't fret - posts will be coming for regularly now! Thanks for all your support, guys. You mean quite a lot to me! Now, I'm off to write a review. Check back soon! ;)