Dec 23, 2015

Saying goodbye to 2015

List of 10 things I want to do before the year is over.

1. Spend time w family
They drive me nuts half the time, but I wouldn't be where I am today without them.

2. Take my long awaited road trip
Been wanting to go visit my friend John in Portland for THEE longest time now. Vacation is finally here, maybe so is my trip?...

3. Finish watching old series I was hooked on

Whatever did happen to Revenge? I used to love that series. And Naruto (anime), olddie but goodie!

4. Take time to catch up with old buddies
We had the McGreggor fight a couple weeks ago on PPV and a few friends came over. It was nice to catch up on life. Need more of that.

I have a ton of clothing I just don't need (or want). I always donate all clothing to family in Mexico or goodwill. 

6. Make a date with my TBR pile
Ton of books on my bookshelf just staring me down... waiting for the day when I crack them open...

7. Forgive, and maybe forget
I want to stop missing someone who didn’t miss me back. I want to forgive those who have hurt me only, mostly because I deserve some peace.

8. Say sorry
I dont think I say this enough. I know for a fact I hurt people, sometimes I don't even notice it.

9. Do Nothing 

Probably my favorite thing on this list ;) haha 

10. Say goodbye to the all the flaws I see
I need to change the way I look at myself and start saying hello to all the wonderful possibilities, dreams, and opportunities that are waiting to manifest.

Sep 6, 2015

Review: Dead Girls Don't Lie

Title: Dead Girls Don't Lie
Author: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Pages: 352
Source: Own Hardcover

My Rating:

Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

It's been a while since I've written a review for a book I don't really care TOO much for... Don't get me wrong, DGDL hooked me in the beginning, it kinda reminded me of one of those CSI episodes, but as the story went on and as I turned pages, the story got a bit too dull for my taste.

Let's start with the basics.  Jaycee and Rachel are best friends, but have a falling out one night after hanging out. Fast FWD 6 months after and Jaycee receives a text from Rachel asking for help, she ignores it. The next morning she finds out that Rachel is dead. From here one would think the story is starting up and pretty soon will pick up speed and leave you wanting MORE... WRONG. I really did enjoy the world buildup and the whole "my ex-best friend is dead" and "I want to catch her killer" concept, but it was just lacking something.

Some things that I did enjoy were the small town settings. The descriptions were awesome and it made me feel like I was right there standing next to Jaycee. Being from a small town myself, I cold relate to her character a bit... Just not the whole being a follower part. Either way, DGDL started off great, hit a bumpy patch midway, and just couldn't make it's way back up. I will admit and say the plot twist caught me by surprise though. I thought I had figured it out, but I wasn't right about everything.

Mar 22, 2014

Updates... Sort of!

Finally caved and created an instagram account, where I will post all bookish pics! Woo Whoo! hahaha!

Yep, that's right... Yet another social media distraction :D hahaha! 

But it will save me from the BOOK PAIN SYNDROME *dun dun dun!*
(If you're a fellow book lover, you KNOW what I'm taking about!)

Haven't really had anytime to post reviews, even though I've been on spring break. I have been reading a TON, and I still have my March giveaway going on, it's not too late to enter. I recently finished 50 Shades of Grey... took me FOREVER and a half!, but I did it! 

When I first started reading, this was my exact reaction!

After I finished, I won't lie, I checked out book 2 ratings on goodreads and I decided that I might as well give it a try!

I'm currently trying to finish past unfinished series.... That's a mouthful. Try something that 10x's fast... I'm working on  the DIVERGENT series (saw the movie, it ROCKEDDDDD!), and the LUX series by Jennifer Armentrout. I'll keep you posted via twitter.

Mar 2, 2014

March DEBUT Giveaway

Hellloooo everyone! *waves*

Soooooo It's been FOREVER and a half since I've done a giveaway so I decided that IT'S TIME! :D hahaha! What a better giveaway than a MARCH DEBUT giveaway! YAY! *throws confetti*

"What do I win?"--
Winner will get his/her choice of ONE of the books below. Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you. You can check here.  

"How do I enter?"-- 
All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter down below. You get one entry for leaving a comment, and the rest are EXTRA :D  

**Note, if you're wondering, "Who the heck is @w_ramos54 and why should I follow him?"... Will (my cousin) is a sophomore in HS and is NEW to the YA genre. I think it would be nice for him to get some positive feedback when it comes to READING. I don't know if you've heard, but apparently "reading" is considered a "nerdy" trait to have, and is totally "uncool"! Especially for males.... *gasp!* *shocked* *appalled* 

-_- Yep, I know, LAME!

I just thought it would be nice for him to talk to people who actually understand his new fond love for reading. I know I've been in his shoes, and it was always nice to log in to twitter and chat with complete strangers that soon turned into friends, and all because of our love for BOOKS! So if you want, go ahead and show him some "nerd" love ;)

So without further adieu... Here it is :D Talk soon!

Feb 20, 2014

Review: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Silence (Hush, Hush #3)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 448
Source: Own Hardcover

My Rating:

Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend. 
But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows. And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

I'm so sad. I LOVED Hush Hush #1! Absolutely loved it! Book two was ok, but now I feel like the series is just going down hill. I don't know if I should pick up book 4 :( Any advice?

Well, on to my review. I liked this book, I really did. Picjs up right after book 2, Nora can't remember anything (and yes, that includes Patch <3). I'll be honest and admit I felt a little annoyed during half the book because of the fact that I KNEW MORE than the protagonist herself. In book 2 Nora was really annoying, but I'm happy to say she's improved in this one.... (mostly because she couldn't remember who she was :)hahaha!)... The romance between Nora and Patch is believable, but I was left wanting more!!

The plot/action was what saved this book for me! Fitzpatrick has created a twisted awesome world of angels and unearthly creatures! The ending was a cliff hanger (I expected it) but it was manageable! I'm just really afraid they'll mess up the final book... Hopefully I'm wrong.

All in all, I will finish the series but just because of PATCH <3

Feb 4, 2014

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 406
Source: Own Hardcover

My Rating:

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Rarely is the sequel ever as good as the original, but I am PROUD to say that Ms. Hand has accomplished the impossible! I loved this book MORE than I loved Unearthly... This series is a truly unique and interesting story. I was really afraid this book was going to be more of a filler (2nd books usually are, right?) but NOPE!

This book continues right after the big "fire" and revealing in book one. Fans of Tucker should worry not, for he is still around and gets plenty of Clara time. But the inedible does happen... the love triangle. Believe me when I say that I'm not the biggest fan of love triangles, but it worked perfectly in Hallowed. And that's saying something because I flippin' loved Tucker in book one, but guess what? I don't know HOW, but Ms. Hand managed to have me going CRAZY for Christian... Idk. My feelings are all over the place! This book is a perfect example of what all paranormal romances should be like!

I don't want to give too much away but the ending B. R. O. K. E my Corazon </3 WHY?! If you've read book one, but haven't had time to pick up book two, DO IT NOW! I put it off for sometime bc personally, book one was an ok read, but I'm kicking my own butt for not having picked it up sooner. If you read it soon, come back and comment... let me know how it treats you! :)