Guest Post! Meet Em @ Piplup’s Shadowy Bookshelf » Reading Styles

Hey guys! Today my bookish/blogger bestie Em will be starring on my blog about her reading style. So – here we go, let’s get this guest post started!

 

 


 

Thanks Claire for this awesome opportunity to write a post on your blog!

Hey guys! I’m Em and I blog at Piplup’s Shadowy Bookshelf. I love cookies and books, so come talk with me Twitter if you have the chance! I’m @piplupsshadow on there. Claire and I are like bloggy bffs and we both thought, “why have we never done a guest post for each other before??” Anyways, with this guest post, Claire and I decided to talk about our individual reading styles and how we handle that! If you’d like to see her post over on my blog, just click here!

One difference Claire and I have is the massive amount of books we have in our “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads. As I write this, I am currently reading, in my opinion, a manageable fifteen books, in comparison to Claire’s, also in my opinion, mere two.

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I ran a poll the other day about this other day, about how many books YOU feel you can handle comfortably as “currently reading”. As you can see, the results are below. So for you 5.12 people that can handle more than 10+ books at at time, HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND!

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I don’t know about you, but for me, two, is way too boring for me. As much as I’d love to only be reading two at a time, I feel it’s too much commitment for me to read only a couple of books at a time. As a matter of fact, I can get through way more books by reading a lot at a time, considering my TBR is about 200 books long… O.o

I love the flexibility of it and the way I can instantly change genres by reading a different book. I, for one, have a pretty flexible mind when it comes from instantly changing from one story to another. I don’t often feel like I’m stuck in one world (except for that one time I was hooked on Heroes of Olympus and could not possibly dig myself out of that hole). I’m pretty good at keeping the worlds separate and organized, and I’m able to pick up quickly if I forgot where I was at, so those aren’t really problems for me. While some books do end up taking longer, (*cough cough* Divergent in French, Harry Potter in Chinese *cough cough*) NORMALLY I do end up getting through books faster in an odd way.

So how do I choose what books I read next? Well normally, I prioritize books that I need to get a review out for first and basically try and plow through it. If that doesn’t work, well, I have like 15 other books I can read, and eventually go back to that one instead of getting into a reading slump. See what I mean? 15 books can work wonders. So if you are one of those people who read one or two books at a time and seem to always get stuck in reading slumps, I recommend you trying to read more than two at a time and see if that helps!

And that brings me to concluding this discussion post on my reading style! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning about how I read! Thanks, Claire, for allowing me to have a spot on blog today! My parting question for you is: how do you guys like to read and why? If you are one who picks up multiple, like me, what sort of method keeps you on track with all the characters?


 

Not a problem Em! I’m so happy we could do guests posts on each other’s blogs, this was a really fun experience. Thanks for reading guys! 🙂 Bye!

 

ARC Review » Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

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By Kathryn Purdie
Release Date: 3/1/16
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance
Format: ARC 
Page: 512

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MY RATING: 2 Stars

Goodreads Description
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.
But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

Review

I really had high expectations for Burning Glass. Burning Glass was probably my number one most anticipated of 2016. And @KainesCat from Twitter was telling Twitter how great Burning Glass was. It really made me excited to read Burning Glass. Then a miracle happened, @bookishbrian on Twitter offered to send me his ARC. I was totally excited, I was SOOOO excited. But once I started reading, my excitement started to falter, Burning Glass wasn’t everything I thought it would be. Originally, my rating was 3 stars, but after some thinking, my rating became 2 stars. Here’s why.

Let me start with the romance. You guys know me well, if you are a frequent reader, well then you know I LOVE ROMANCE. If you are a new reader, well – now you know. The romance in Burning Glass was horrible in my opinion. I really disliked it. Throughout the story, I felt like Sonya, our main character really just couldn’t get her head straight. Burning Glass has a good old fashioned love triangle, and though it has the fundamentals of a love triangle, I felt Sonya never really ever leaned towards a specific guy, and I wasn’t really rooting for either of the guys. Overall, I felt Sonya’s relationship between both of the boys were very flat, there was nothing much to it that held real heart. Do you get what I mean? For instance, in some books, relationships are so deep your poor fangirl heart begs these two characters together – in Burning Glass I didn’t feel that. It was definitely an “eh” feeling as I read about Sonya and the boys.

I fairly enjoyed the plot. It wasn’t terribly plotted or anything. It had some good pacing and action. Burning Glass did keep me up at night, maybe because it’s plot alone begged me to read more. I’m not sure. But I did enjoy the plot, with bits and pieces of romance, action and tension. I do have to say the plot was very predictable. It wasn’t new in anyway, it was very similar to other YA books I’ve read and I really wish Kathryn had put some sort of UNIQUE spin or twist at the end to set the story apart from others.

Finally, I’m gonna do some talking about characters. Sonya our main character bored me to death. SHE DROVE ME CRAZY TOO. Like her love triangle romance with the boys, Sonya felt very flat and had not much character to her. I didn’t know much about her. I wish the reason for her abilities was explained better. I wish I knew more about why she had these abilities. I had a lot of question marks around Sonya’s character as a whole, and they weren’t questions that were intentional. Anton, our Crown Prince was probably my favorite character, though he did carry the constant stoic expression and cold moments, he had backstory. Sonya also had backstory, but I myself thought it wasn’t told clearly enough. Valko, the emperor and Anton’s brother was the WORST. I hated his character, I hated his relationship with Sonya, it was abusive and just…terrible.

Overall, I gave Burning Glass a 2/5 stars because of the lack of development I felt it had. Feel free to tell me what you about it! Also, completely off topic, but I have been so busy and at this point I’m just trying to get posts out. I’m super behind on comments but I promise I will get to them all! 🙂 Thanks guys!

Waiting on Wednesday #8 » The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

8 Bookish Scenarios that Would (almost) Never Happen in Reality

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This idea came upon me at some point in time. I honestly don’t remember when but the idea just popped into my head. Maybe it’s because there are TONS of scenarios that occur in books that would almost never happen in reality. I thought this would a fun very miscellaneous post to do! 🙂 Now, onward!

1. Love At First Sight

Okay, pretty cliche but it’s true, I mean love at first sight? Think about it, the instant you meet your gaze with someone, you just KNOW that this guy or girl is the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. That I am absolutely in love with this guy or girl…nuh uh, I don’t think so buddy. Love at first sight is pretty popular in books, but unfortunately, reality is the biggest prickwad ever and love at first sight is practically nonexistent.

2. When The Hot Guy Follows The Girl into the Girls Restroom (not in the creepy way)

hope this hasn’t happened to anyone. Featured in Jennifer L Armentrout’s White Hot Kiss, Roth follows our main character into the girls bathroom and gets all demonic on her. Okay, I’m going to assume that no guy would ever follow a girl he likes into the girls bathroom. Seriously, this has never happened to anyone before right? O.o

3. Fake Love/Dating Becomes Actual Love

In Jenny Han’s, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before we got some fake love going on. And it becomes…you guessed it – actual love. I don’t think fake dating is actually a thing? I seriously don’t know, it fake dating a thing? Becomes I’m pretty sure the whole Fake Dating that actually becomes love is pretty rare in the cold dark place of reality.

4. Hot Guys Everywhere

This might not exactly be a scenario, but I swear to god that pretty much every YA book I’ve ever read there is “that” hot guy that is interested in our main character. Like really??? Having handsome men in books is chill and all, but to have them fall for our main character EVERY SINGLE TIME. At this point, I literally anticipate when our main love interest male hits the pages. Handsome dudes aren’t that realistic, don’t get me wrong, we got all the book cover models of Jennifer L Armentrout’s books, but otherwise…lol just kidding. xD

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5. When the Guy is a Total Jerk Yet the Girl Continues to Crush on Him

You know when you’re told, if a guy is being a total ass to you – it mean he actually likes you? I call BS. GUYS, THIS DOESN’T EVEN MAKE SENSE? Why on Earth would a guy be mean to a girl to portray his crush to her? It don’t make any sense. But in books, I’ve often seen male love interests being total assholes and the girl just falls over him. Like…seriously? Gurl. In reality, I feel like this wouldn’t happen, if a guy was mean to a girl, there is no way a girl could possibly sport a crush for him!

6. The Perfect Love

Love isn’t perfect. Like it really isn’t. All those perfect true love romances in books? Puh-leez, “perfect” couples get in arguments ALL the time. I myself believe in true love, but I don’t believe in a perfect love, when everything is neatly organized, where arguments cease to exist. It just ain’t realistic, and all those perfect YA romances that exist in highschool, well that might be the case in the book. But in reality you have college and you have to take into the fact that love relationships are scary as heck – either you get married and stay together for a long time or you breakup.

7. Love Triangles

Okay I feel like these are mostly tropes, but whatevs, anyways, LOVE TRIANGLES. I have heard of people experiencing a love triangle. She actually said that it was horrible and it made the relationship between the two guys really strained and broke ties with one of them because of it. Yikes! Thank god love triangles aren’t as common in reality as they are in the world of YA.

8. Guy Saves Girl’s Life or Girl Saves Guy’s Life

If a girl was in true danger, say – at night? A guy would most likely not come to her rescue. It’s the complete truth, we don’t have Shadowhunters in reality. And by life, it might mean that a guy tells some stupid idiots to back off from picking on a girl,  or a girl lies to protect some dude. I DON’T KNOW OKAY THESE ARE SUPER LAME SCENARIOS I’M SORRY. Maybe it’s because I’m listening to girly Taylor Swift music…


 

That’s it for today guys! Hope you enjoyed this cute little post I did! And funny enough, five days ago my blog turned five months old! I will do a celebration post for my 6 month blogiversary! Anyway, hope you guys have a nice day! 🙂

PS: Tell me down below, have any of these things happened to you in reality? Have you been in the so called “perfect” relationship? Can you name any more scenarios that would never happen in reality but exist in everyday life in the world of YA?

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Review » Croak by Gina Damico

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By Gina Damico
Release Date: 3/20/12
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Format: Paperback
Page: 311
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MY RATING: 4 Stars

Goodreads Description
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.
But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.
She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice – or is it vengeance? – whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.
Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

Review

Croak was unlike any book I’ve ever read. The one thing that stands out among the entirety of this book as a whole was the unique concept. I mean c’mon, this book is about GRIM REAPERS. Seriously, that is like the coolest thing ever, and even better, teenage grim reapers. Croak was recommended to me by a friend of mine and while at first I was skeptical, Croak quickly became an amazing interesting young adult novel that had light funny moments even though it was about grim reapers.

Let’s start with the characters. The characters of Croak weren’t character glory like the ones you see in Six of Crows or The Raven Cycle. The characters of Croak were well written, not amazingly spectacular, but well written enough with aspects in them that made them feel human. What I mean by this is they weren’t perfect. Lex our main character is flawed, she’s frustrated, she acts like a teenager, and she’s afraid. I loved Lex, she was probably my favorite character, but there was another character that held something that I loved even more. Driggs. Driggs was our main male character. And let me tell you, he wasn’t unbearably hot, he wasn’t super sexy and unrealistically sultry. He was a normal dude. His character is a dude that has an obsession with oreos and the Titanic. Yeah, the one with Leo and Kate in it. Driggs is such an awesomely amazing normal yet badass and funny guy. The characters of Croak amazed me with there humanity.

The plot of Croak was sweet, it was funny and light but had several serious plot points that were pertinent to the later books and well – the basic end of the story. I couldn’t stop reading Croak because of the well layered and paced waves of action, romance and comedy.

Croak is a backlisted book that really shouldn’t be. It was amazing. Well aware that is a pretty lame term to explain such a great book, but Croak was just that. Overall, Gina did a fantastic job weaving together a unique and creative story with well written characters and some points of well written humor. Something funny to know is Croak sparked my need to wear black baggy cheap Target sweatshirts for the entirety of my 7th grade year in middle school! That was a sad gothic year xD. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a funny yet serious book, also to those of you who like a dark spark of death in a YA novel!

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Top Ten Tuesday » Ten Books I Recently Enjoyed That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book

f73a0-img_1366This 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 TTT is going to be really hard for me, like really hard because I HATE GOING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE. Something I will eventually have to do, but I will admit, we might not get to ten today, or five. Whoopsies…

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Okay I bet you already guessed it, and yes it was school required. But you know, I actually really enjoyed it. I didn’t LOVE it, I don’t worship it or anything. But it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated it to be. I usually am not a big classics reader so this was something new for sure!

2. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carsonwalkonearthastranger-264x400
I AM NOT A READER WHO ENJOYS THE WESTERN COWBOY TYPE BOOKS. They just don’t appeal to me at all, Walk on Earth a Stranger wasn’t bad. I really expected it to be boring and dull, but in the end, this book had some characteristics I really enjoyed.

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This book didn’t feel like it was the typical book I would read. It for sure sounded interesting but the romance behind it seemed empty to me. But I actually really loved this book when I was done, though the romance wasn’t too sweet for me, the story was great with good diversity.

4. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Finding Audrey wasn’t out of my comfort zone because of the topic. It was out of my comfort zone because our main character was 14. I’M 14. It’s really weird for me to read books with MC’s the same age or younger than me, I honestly don’t know why. I should get used to it though because I’m aging and fictional characters don’t.

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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker was really out of my comfort zone. I have never really been into witchy books but after reading The Witch Hunter I was amazed and love witches a whole lot more now!

6. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die wasn’t my typical read because of mainly what it was about. I’ve never really been a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz so Dorothy Must Die sounded…eh. Once I read it I actually really enjoyed it, it was very entertaining and a nice badass read. 🙂

 

That’s it for this weeks TTT! I’m actually very proud of myself because I got MORE than five. That is some serious improvement to what I was expecting. Bye guys, I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading too! ❤

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Why All of Us Bloggers Are Writers ||

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Okay so I have no idea why I didn’t figure this out sooner. It seriously makes me feel so dumb! Anyway, you guys probably know this, I don’t know if I’ve said it or not but back in 7th grade I became “obsessed” with writing. In short, I forced myself to love writing when I really didn’t and one day my so called dream of becoming a YA author stopped becoming a dream when I realized I really didn’t like to write that much. For like 4 months after that, I was convinced I wasn’t a writer anymore. I mean I didn’t write stories anymore so I guess I wasn’t a writer anymore…right? I mean I was okay with that, it was the truth!

And then something weird clicked that I hadn’t realized. I literally write almost 1000 words a night just of blog posts. Like seriously, how could I be so stupid! All bloggers are writers because what are we doing when we make posts? WE ARE WRITING.

So if you like silly me never realized how much of a writer you are just as a blogger alone, then now you know. I hope you take this seriously. Because personally, I think it’s pretty cool now to be able to call myself a writer, not one of books, but I guess an article writer? A post writer? Whatever it is, it is still writing!!!

Okay, now as I write the end of this post I realize how pointless this post was. Like seriously, I bet all of you have realized this. Okay then…goodbye.

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Friends Book Tag!

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I love tags. Love love love them! I also love my friends! Though I do admit, I’ve never sat and watched Friends the show before. 🙂 So let’s do this awesome tag! Thank you Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Now…let’s do this…

The One Where Eddie Won’t Go » A Character I Wish Would Just Go Away

I would have to say Nathan from the Creepy Hollow series by Rachel Morgan. In the first book, Nathan drove me crazy. The relationship between him and Violet was very instalove and Nate was such a flat character. I couldn’t stand him.

The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break » Favorite Break Up Scene

***kinda spoiler*** The Break Up Scene between Maxon and America. This isn’t THAT much a spoiler. But that was my favorite for sure, very dramatic and well played. *applauds*

The One With All The Kissing » A Book With Lots of Kissing

I don’t have an answer to this one. I haven’t read that many books that are plain ushy gushy romance full of just kissing. I have read romance, and serious romance, but none with JUST kissing!

The Last One » Favorite Series Finale

The ending of the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The ending of that series was epic, seriously epic. For sure the best series finale.

The One With a Blackout » A Scene You Would Like to Forget

The giant praying mantis scene in Uprooted by Naomi Novik. That scene was gruesome man, I mean seriously – heads were flying and screams were echoing.

The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry » A Book That Did Not Make You As Emotional As Others

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The ending really didn’t make me sad. At all. Sorry. It did give me neck cramps from craning my neck though.

The One Where Joey Doesn’t Share Food » A Book You Won’t Ever Lend

My signed Six of Crows ARC. That book cost me 3 hours in line and getting up at 4AM. No way would I ever lend that book! And it’s the first book I got signed and met an author I REALLY wanted to meet! Leigh was so sweet!

The One With the Thumb » A Recent Read that You Would Give Two Thumbs Up To

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. That book was flat out amazing. The fangirling feels were coming out while I was reading that book. I highly recommend it to everyone, ugh, SO GOOD.

The One With The Ick Factor » A Book With a Pet Peeve

Half Bad by Sally Green had a couple parts in it that took place in 2nd person POV and it drove me CRAZY. Seriously, couldn’t stand it – definitely had to power through those chapter, the rest of the book was fantastic though.

The One With the Lesbian Wedding » Favorite LGBTQ Book Couple

Noah and Brian from I’ll Give You the Sun. They are so adorable, I love them together so much! 🙂

I TAG

Ava @ BookishnessandTea

Em @ Piplups Shadowy Bookshelf

Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!

Duane @ Duane Reads

Have fun with this tag you guys! And if you didn’t get tagged, then feel free to do it! 🙂

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