Review » Compulsion by Martina Boone

Compulsion

By Martina Boone
Release Date: 10/28/14
Published by Simon Pulse
Genre(s): Gothic, Romance, Paranormal
Format: ARC
Page: 433

MY RATING : 5 Stars

DESCRIPTION IN 6 WORDS
South, Ghosts, Curses, Secrets, Madness, Love

Goodreads Description
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions. Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. 

      Surprisingly, I didn’t have high expectations for this book. It looked pretty interesting and all, but I didn’t really know what it was about. My expectations should have been higher. Compulsion was such an amazing and dark gothic read. Basically, to sum up Compulsion, there are three families, the heirs of Watson Island and each family has a curse or a gift. Barrie Watson, our main character, has the gift to find things that are lost. Eight is a Beaufort, Eight is the lovely man Barrie came across. Eight has the gift to know what someone truly wants. And then we have Cassie Coleworth, she is Barrie’s long lost cousin and she has a curse, to want what others have. Along with that, her entire family is extremely poor and their estate crumbles due to the curse. 

      Compulsion was a perfect mix of adventure and romance, seriously – some of the moments between Eight and Barrie were super adorable. The adventure was amazing, it was dark too. It wasn’t a typical adventure, this adventure had ghosts, and secrets and blood bonding crap. Along with that this adventure, there was betrayal. Compulsion couldn’t have been any better, Martina did such a good job creating an amazing story. I actually got a little freaked out during some parts of this book. There is tons of back story to Compulsion, it had lots of legends and ancestry, murder and definitely secrets. But Martina did such a good job showing the background information in an engaging way, it wasn’t boring at all like it sometimes can be. 
      On a final note, the characters of Compulsion drew me in and held me tight. Barrie is definitely  a city girl who is much richer than the residents of Watson Island. Though she isn’t snotty at all, she is very brave and kind. I really liked Barrie. Eight Beaufort is one of the sweetest guys in YA. He reminds me of the sun. Does that make any sense? Eight I imagine to have a sweet smile and light brown hair and a kind personality. Eight was written really well, a perfect example of a teenage boy who goes from being to the sweetest person ever to being an ass. But usually he is the sweetest person ever. Eight screams take me on an adventure, and no, I will not say why he is called Eight. Read the book to find out. Some of the smaller characters, like Aunt Pru, Barrie’s aunt, and Barrie’s own mother also had their story told. Martina did a great job at executing their story and own hardships along with Barrie’s. Compulsion for sure impressed me and I need to get Persuasion the second book ASAP. 
 

Stacking the Shelves #2

Hey guys this month I did some serious book buying. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and well, I bought a lot of books. Most I’ve done in a while, though I did order books from BookOutlet’s Black Friday Sale, they aren’t here yet so I’m not going to be including them. I will include the one’s I got at Barnes and Noble though. Those are just lovely!

Since there are so many, here is a photo I took of them!

This Stacking the Shelves was a little late on Saturday, whoopsies. But here we go, these are the books listed in the photo going from Left to Right, and then up to down!

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  • Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
  • A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Vicious by VE Schwab
  • All the Bright Place by Jennifer Niven
I’m sorry this is such a short and brief stacking the shelves, but I didn’t have time to add any links. But I really wanted to let you all know some of the books I got this month, plus 11 more from the bookoutlet Black Friday Sale, though they aren’t pictured since they haven’t arrived. Thanks so much and sorry again! 

Review » Melophobia by James Morris

Melophobia
By James Morris 
Release Date: 9/22/15
Published by Kindle Press
Genre(s): Dystopian, Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook
Page: 265

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MY RATING: 5 Stars

DESCRIPTION IN 6 WORDS
Banned Music, Betrayal, Identities, Trust, Forbidden

Goodreads Description
Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.
The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished. Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.
Can love survive in a world without music?

      I received Melophobia for free in eBook format from James Morris for an honest review. This was actually my first review request ever, so I was super excited! And wow, Melophobia made great for a first review request. Melophobia was such an interesting and unique book. The mere idea that music is banned honestly makes me want to slam my face into a brick because…who doesn’t love music? Music is such an important part of society today, it makes up careers and helps some people connect with themselves if you what I mean. When I first dove into this book, I actually didn’t really know what was going on, I had read the Goodreads description and all, but I was kind of blank going in. Not because the writing was confusing, but mostly because I simply didn’t know what to expect. In my opinion the synopsis Goodreads gives is awfully vague. But in short, Merrin Pierce is working undercover in order to find The Source. An alias for a criminal who has been distributing music to people. Merrin must find The Source and bring him in, but along the way she finds love and a sense for music and what is really means.

     The plot of a story is a crucial part, it has to be good. In my honest opinion, the plot was slow in the beginning, but it definitely got better as the story went on. Being slower in the middle is okay though, don’t leave just because I’m saying this, a lot of books start slow and get better just like this one. Towards the middle and end, well Melophobia got so much better and faster! Oh my gosh, the last maybe, quarter of the book, the plot quickens to the speed of light, in a good way of course, and it resulted in lots of me screaming at my phone (the device I was reading the book on) and gasping in sheer horror at was happening. Let me tell you, if any kind of fangirling happens (i.e crying, rolling on the floor, laughing uncontrollably etc) while I’m reading a book, it means I really liked it.

      One of my favorite parts about Melophobia was the characters. Sometimes I truly wanted to kill Merrin and other times I wanted to be angry with her. But as a whole, she was a realistic and rell rounded character with some badassery. Rowan, a man that Merrin’s father is trying to pair with Merrin, was awesome! Let’s say I really didn’t like him in the beginning of the novel, but in the end I LOVED the man. He was so sweet and fit perfectly with Merrin. Now, let’s talk about Anders, Merrin’s partner. To be completely expressive on my part: I HATED HIM. Maybe you will like him if you’ve read Melophobia or intend to read it, but I needed Anders to shut up. I felt he wasn’t a good friend towards Merrin at all and it totally upset me, maybe that’s the way James wrote him to be, maybe not. But Anders…ugh I really couldn’t deal with the man. As a whole, the characters were fun and exciting, well rounded and one thing that I found I really amazing was I hated and loved these characters so much. Trust me, on more than one occasion I wanted to slap Merrin. In my opinion, if you hate and love a character at the same time, the character is well written. Especially if you can feel the pain and challenges a character is facing. 
      On a final note, this book impressed me. I personally am not a fan of dystopian or sci-fi and considering Melophobia is just that, well that’s impressive. Melophobia is one of those great books that’s never talked about, instead lurking in the shadows, a good story waiting to be read. I totally urge you to read Melophobia and experience its absolute awesomeness. 

The Price of Physical Copies Opposed to the Price of eBooks

 

       Let’s talk budget. In my personal views, books are crazy expensive and it takes me forever to save my money and buy my books. And there is even a special process for that which you can read on my How I Buy Books post here. I love physical copies of books. LOVE THEM. They are so much better than kindle copies, you can stroke their covers, smell them and just hold them. It’s great! The thing with physical copies of books, whether they are paperback or hardback – is they are expensive! And I know you all love the hardcover more, which is even more expensive than paperback. Then we have our final little lonely version of a book that the 21st century has shaped.

      The eBook.  
      Ebooks are great too, but in my opinion, they aren’t that much better. Why? If you can’t afford books or don’t have the space for books, I understand. What else are you supposed to do? But if you look at the price of eBooks and compare it to some physical copies, especially on Amazon – they are almost the same price! What surprises and upsets me even more is the fact that sometimes these eBooks are even more expensive than the actual physical book. Yes, there are perks, the book is instantly downloaded to your device. But in my opinion, I find it outrageous to be asking eight to thirteen dollars for a digital copy of a book. I could buy the same book, same price perhaps cheaper in physical format. Only downside being I have to wait an extra two or three days.
      There is a final thing I’d like to talk about. I don’t know if you guys have ever noticed this, but there are some books that are on kindle, 1.99. Maybe 2.99, in general they are less than five dollars and a decent price for an eBook. But for me, depending on what the book is, I might just want it in physical format. Does anyone know the feeling I’m talking about? But then, I click the paperback copy format on Amazon and am amazed to see they want thirteen dollars for a book that is three dollars on kindle. Now, I probably sound like the cheapest person on Earth right now, but THINK ABOUT IT! On Amazon, a hardcover cost about thirteen dollars, that I can do. But a paperback?! Does Amazon think I’m stupid? Personally, depending on how much I really want that physical copy, depending on who wrote the book and how many good things I’ve heard about the series etc. I will consider paying more for the physical copy. But in the long run, I find that Amazon seriously needs to get their prices in order.
      Though I have to admit, as much as physical copies cost, I will always love them more. ♡
PS: Happy Black Friday Bibliophiles

Mockingjay Part 2 » The Movie Review

     Hello there my fellow booknerdigans and today I am going to be reviewing the final Hunger Games movie: Mockingjay Part 2! I am so excited to be reviewing this because a) this is my first book to movie review and b) this movie was super fantastic! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, do not fear! The first half of this review will be spoiler free.  Though there are some minor spoilers if you haven’t read the book.

      “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.”

      Now, I’m gonna be honest, I don’t remember much of The Hunger Games. The whole series is really a big blur, mostly because I was like ten years old, and secondly because I wasn’t as avid of a reader then. I was really bored throughout Catching Fire and Mockingjay, I admit I think I skimmed about 3/4 of the book. Don’t hurt me! 
      One of my favorite things about this movie though was how amazingly fast paced it was. Mockingjay Part 1 was definitely a slower movie obviously because it was a build up for the second movie. It was Katniss creating a spark, the revolution growing. I was really happy that Mockingjay P2 had action, but wasn’t consistent action. It was a fair amount of action that kept me hooked throughout the movie. 
      I do remember one thing from the books. Katniss was constantly being irritating when it came to Peeta. Throughout the book, Peeta constantly wanted to commit suicide, and Katniss is all mopey that Peeta doesn’t remember her. All I can say was I wanted to slap Katniss and tell her to get back to killing President Snow and finishing up her mighty revolution. The movie hardly had any of that. In fact, it had none. There were certain Peeta-Katniss moments that were a little mopey, but it wasn’t even really mopey, just a soft sweet moment. The movie showed these moments perfectly and it was completely amazing. My poor fangirl heart was failing me, the feels were just too much! 
      From what I can remember from the book, Mockingjay P2 stayed really true to the story. Maybe here and there, the order was a bit mixed up, but overall Mockingjay P2 wasn’t upsetting to the true fans and even if you haven’t read the book series, I think you would be really pleased with how the story went. This movie definitely deserves 5/5 Stars. It was just SO GREAT! And Happy Thanksgiving you guys! 🙂

Waiting on Wednesday #5 » The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine spotlighting some upcoming releases that I literally cannot wait to get my hands on!

The Raven King

By Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: 4/26/16
Published by Scholastic Press

Goodreads Description 
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

The Raven Boys is probably one of my all time favorite series. It is fantastic and I highly recommend it, you can check out my review here! I need this fourth installment ASAP because I need some Bluesey action and I totally know Maggie Stiefvater can guarantee it.

Top Ten Tuesday » Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

       

This meme is hosted by the amazing Broke and Bookish. She has an amazing blog and some cool tweets to share so go check her out!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a Thanksgiving freebie, so I had to do the Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For, because,well I’m thankful for all books, but some of them changed my personality and person as a whole. So I MUST appreciate them! 
                                                        

 #1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

This book was probably one of the main things that really got me back into being an avid reader. Every character in the story has a special place in my heart, and personally, I always felt that characters from books always had an effect on my own personality. It’s weird as hell, but it’s strangely true. 

#2. Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson
If you haven’t read this book yet, READ IT. Yes, I’m aware it’s by James Patterson, not really a YA author, but the Maximum Ride Series is fantastic. I am so thankful for it, this book made me want to grow wings and fly away. It has such a wonderful story of friendship and I really enjoyed it. 
#3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I’ll be honest with you, Outlander gave me something to totally obsess over. It’s crazy, my friends are tired of hearing the damn word. Yet I still annoy them anyways, and they put up with me. 

#4. This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
This book took me to places and made me think thoughts I never imagined I would think. If you’ve read, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars then you know that he dedicated that book to Esther Earl. Esther Earl was a late sixteen year old girl who died of cancer. This Star Won’t Go Out left me breathless as it was all Esther’s writings. It truly showed me how amazing a human being can be and at the same time made me cry and laugh. I highly recommend this autobiography, it was just beyond fantastic. 

#5. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This book was one of those books that I thought was ridiculously stupid. I mean aliens? Could you dig any deeper into Sci Fi? At the time I wasn’t into sci fi and still, I’m not. But this book was epic-ly amazing, and this book also showed me that blogging is a thing. That a passion for books can be executed in other ways besides buying more books and reading them. Plus, Jennifer is great with writing her men, she and Sarah J Maas are queens when it comes to it! 

#6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins
Within this book lived my first official book boyfriend. Noah Shaw was like totally gorgeous in this book and I was so not afraid to say it. Along with that, this series is so awesome and enrapturing

#7. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
This book has only word: AMAZING. Clockwork Angel was such an amazing book and I am so grateful it exists. Will Herondale was literally the picture of heroic in my mind and Tessa Gray was the best role model, okay not role model but, I really loved Tessa. She was so smart and kind, and she loved to read!

#8. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
One of my first YA books shall always have a special place in my heart. Though now Hush, Hush isn’t all glorious as I once saw it as, I still keep it in a special place in my heart! 🙂

#9. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
Tiger’s Curse was my FIRST YA book that made me fall in love with YA even when I didn’t know what YA was. And boy, I became obsessed, it made me really sad that many people hated this book. But in my opinion, this book was amazing, so many fangirlish moments and memories. This book is full of adventure and romance that kept me on my toes throughout the entirety of the series. 
#10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
If you haven’t read this book you are so missing out. The Raven Boys has this really unique blend to it. It’s full of magic, some great characters with such different but lovable personalities. And then there’s Gansey too. Gansey makes a big part of The Raven Boys. He is possible the sweetest and most gentlemanly fictional character I’ve ever met. I am so thankful for this beautiful book. 
That’s it for this week you guys! Hope you enjoyed some of my picks, and maybe even agree with some of them! 🙂 HAPPY THANKSGIVING TOO IF YA CELEBRATE IT!