Total Books – 7
Total Price – $6.29
Giveaways – FREE
1.) Percy Jackson and the Olympians; paperback boxset (@awellwornstory IG giveaway)
2.) The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins; paperback ARC (@EpicReads)
Barnes and Noble – $6.29
3.) Theodore Roosevelt and the Badlands by Roger L. Di Silvestro; hardcover
There you have it! While the list is small, the amount is decent :] Hope you guys got all the books you wanted this month!
Happy Reading! xo
Not much to say about my reading month that you haven’t already heard! Going to try something new and that’s keep track of how many pages I’ve read each month to give me a better idea of how I compare to other months ^_^
Total Books = 3
Total Pages = 1012
Average Rating = 3.33
Hope you guys had a great reading month!
Happy Reading! xo
Total Price = $13.62
Barnes and Noble – $7.50
1.) Doctor Who The Encyclopedia by Gary Russel; paperback
Thrift Store – $6.12
1.) The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan; hardcover
2.) Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling; paperback
3.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; paperback
4.) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; paperback
1.) Emotions by Arnulfo Cantarero; paperback: A special thanks to the author, Arnulfo Cantarero, for sending this my way! Please check him out on Goodreads!
2.) Galadria: Peter Huddleston and the Rites of Passage by Miguel Lopez de Leon; paperback (via Goodreads giveaway)
3.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling; paperback (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
4.) Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; paperback: (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
5.) Orchards by ; paperback: (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
6.) Delirium by Lauren Oliver; paperback: (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
7.) Unwind by ; paperback (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
8.) Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Mists of the Three Lakes by Miguel Lopez de Leon; paperback: (A special thanks to the author, Miguel Lopez de Leon, for sending this my way! Please check him out on Goodreads!)
9.) Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf by Miguel Lopez de Leon; paperback: (A special thanks to the author, Miguel Lopez de Leon, for sending this my way! Please check him out on Goodreads!)
10.) Atlantia by Ally Condie; hardcover: (special thanks to @author_jenniferparr Instagram giveaway)
1.) America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie; paperback
Not a bad month guys, not a bad month…
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
My Rating: 4/5
I don’t know what happened with Heir of Fire or how it has the highest rating out of all of the books so far. This book is definitely slower than the others – starts slow, continues slow, ends … well it actually ends really good *snicker snicker*. There were maybe 2-3 scenes that could be classified as “exciting” but nothing at all like the novellas or the first 2 books. I thought the book started to pick up around pg. 160, but it did not. It faltered. Even if it did pick up and soar, that’s still an unusual start for a Sarah J. Maas book!
Besides it being a suuuuper slow read, the story takes a different turn, different environment completely which took me a while to adjust to. If the witches were from the get go, I might’ve enjoyed it more or if they were in their own story altogether, I just do not like them in this series. It felt awkward. I’m still confused by it!
I don’t have much to say about Heir of Fire because….well….there wasn’t much going on. I still enjoyed reading it though. It wasn’t TERRIBLE, it just wasn’t the same.
Conclusion: Sluggishly Slow But Good.
Happy Reading! xo
There were no surprises in Gatlin County. At least, that’s what I thought. Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Series Rating: 5/5 (average rating = 4.5)
If you can’t tell by my rating, this series is definitely one of my favorites! From the characters to the settings to the romances to the clever, witty lines of Ethan Wate, this series will live on my bookshelves for years and years to come!
If you’re a fan of YA/fantasy/magic, grab your hands on this series!
Favorite: Beautiful Chaos
Least Favorite: Beautiful Redemption
Talk about a series hangover. I was devastated when this ended. I wish it could have ended better, but I didn’t hate it. Now, I know this series seems to be hit or miss with some people because they find it slow or cheesy, but I just could not relate to that at all, although I do understand the “slow” at some parts in the books. The only reason I didn’t trudge through those parts was because of my love for the characters that I was willing to go in depth and hear all of those “boring” details that other people who are just trying to get through could care less to hear.
Here are my links to each separate review:
Now, as much as I ADORE this series, I also know that it’s not for everyone. So while I completely think highly of these books, depending on the person interested, I may or may not recommend. It’s kind of a balance between contemporary and fantasy/magic. If you can read both of these, I might suggest this mash up for you :]
Lie, torture, kill—there’s nothing Chris and Derek wouldn’t do for their younger brothers…
My Rating: 2.5/5
**I would like to start off by saying that I received The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston for free via Sourcebooks Publishing in exchange for a review. Although I am super grateful and excited for any opportunity at receiving a book for free, I am also very strict with being honest. That being said, giveaways do not impact my reviews.**
Let’s start off with: the dedication – his kid was inspiration? Either they have a crazy back story or he means inspiration to keep writing. Let’s hope that’s what he means 😛
I’m kind of tired of reading these books about siblings that get along. I grew up with 2 brothers. That’s now how it works when your 10 and 16. Especially angsty 16 and confused 10. Even through tragedy, it’s usually short lived.
^Okay so, I tend to write out my thoughts as I go and if I’m being honest, my opinion did change a bit on this. I later understood more of the “protective brother” thing at the plot twist. Turned out to not be as cliché lame as I thought BUT it did also make me think the main character was a little nutso.
This book wasn’t HORRIBLE – but it was a little predictable and I just clearly couldn’t relate (besides the main thing happening here, I also dislike most sports SO sitting through all of the baseball parts was a bit of a struggle, I really didn’t care), nor was I feeling any emotion the author was going for. I didn’t feel sad/scared/anxious/sympathy… I really just wanted to see how the book ended. And yes, it made my eyebrows rise, it was worth reading once, but then I threw it to the side and probably won’t ever touch it again.
And for the sake of being petty, I hate the page breakers. I looks like someone dropped their fat tipped marker on the page. Ew.
I don’t typically like these type of stories, but if there’s a HUGE twist in the end that blows my mind, then of course I’m gonna love it! But this just didn’t have that and it just fell kind of flat. I personally wouldn’t hand this out as a recommendation.
If you read this, let me know what you think!
Happy Reading! xo
Total Books = 5
Average Rating = 4
What a month full of Mrs. Sarah J. Maas! But she is queen so clearly it was a great month for Ashley 😀
With that being said, here’s my finished reads for the month of January:
1.) The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5
2.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5
3.) Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5
4.) The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels – 3/5
5.) The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston – 3/5
Hope you guys have a safe and wonderful month full of reading!
“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.
But something evil dwells in the castle – and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival – and a desperate quest to root out the source of the eveil before it destroys her world.
My Rating: 5/5
Brave, brave, brave Celaena!! She’s so strong, I’m so proud of her!
In case you haven’t noticed, Celaena is my fictional bff.
ALSO – THESE COVERS I WILL NEVER GET OVER!! No matter how many times I see them, I just want to rub my face all over them, they’re so pwetty!!
I find this book a little difficult to talk about because it’s basically the build up to what happens at the end. We meet people, we watch Celaena retrain and go through these tests (which I actually thought would be a little more difficult than they were but whateves) and we watch her go back and forth through these beautiful men (TEAM CHAOL FTW).
I stand behind what I said through The Assassin’s Blade, if you can, READ IT BEFORE THRONE OF GLASS!!
I already know that this is going to be a favorite series of mine. Personally, I enjoyed The Assassin’s Blade a little better, but that in no way makes this book any less than a 5/5…. if that makes any sense… heh.. heh…
Short, sweet and to the point. READ THIS BEWK!
Happy Reading! xo
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
My Rating: 5/5
Wow… just… wow! And to think these are only the novellas!
I feel a little sorry for anyone who wasn’t able to start off with this in the series (which, obviously, I chose to and not fro). Not that it’s a terrible thing to read it by release date, I just can’t imagine you’ll have the same mind blowing experiences I had! Reading it later on and not FIRST will definitely spoil a lot of great events. Still readable though.
If this is just a glimpse of what’s to come, I can’t wait. I’ve already jumped in to Throne of Glass. So far, these books are living up to the hype!
The love for books Celaena has is all too relatable:
I really hope in the future we run in to Ansel again. I really adored the relationship her and Celaena had! Of course you can imagine I was crushed when she was betrayed (in her own friendly kind of way) but at the same time, like Celaena, I can’t put that arrow through her neck. I’m rooting for you Ansel! Turn your life around and do the right thing! ILOVEYOU!!!!
On to Mr. Sammy Sam Sam. I didn’t really quite get him at first. I could easily put him off to the side. He did nothing for me… but as his relationship with Celaena grew, my relationship with him grew as well and I am in UTTER shock at what happened to him. I won’t give away spoilers for those who haven’t read this series yet because it is a good one to not know about. As sad as I was for this, thank you Sarah, for not being a baby and doing what you did. Respect.
This book was interesting in the fact that it was an upward slope to jaw dropping greatness! Just when you think you read the best novella out of the book, the next one greets you with a slap across the face saying, “NO BITCH, IT GETS BETTER STILL!”
And do I need to point out the cover? SWOOOOOON!!
Please please please, if you have not started this series and are wondering whether or not to start with The Assassin’s Blade, do yourself a favor – START HERE!
December bookhaul is here! SO STOKED with what I acquired this month – except After Alice only because my dumbass got that last month, not this month. FOR SHAME ASHMEE, FOR SHAME!
On to the books! I’ll have a list below of each book pictured, where I got them, paperback or hardcover, special editions and how much my total purchase at each place was! If you have any more questions – or comments – about this months haul, please feel free to leave/ask them below 😀 Happy reading!
Total Books: 31
Total Spent: $240
Barnes & Noble – $220 (free shipping/employee discount)
1.) The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas; hardcover
2.) Song of Ice and Fire series (GoT for those who aren’t educated on this) by George R. R. Martin; paperback
3.) Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer; hardcover
4.) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas; signed hardcover
5.) Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein; signed hardcover
6.) The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson; signed hardcover
7.) Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker; signed hardcover
Giveaways – FREE
1.) Swan Song by Robert McCammon; paperback
2.) The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels; hardcover
3.) The Painted Lady by Amanda Moncrefe; signed paperback
4.) This Raging Light by Estelle Laure; ARC paperback
5.) The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner; hardcover
6.) The Kill Order by James Dasher; paperback
7.) The Eye of Minds by James Dashner; paperback
8.) The Death Cure by James Dashner; paperback
+3 Romance Novels – these won’t be included in the total. I get these from work but I do not keep them, instead, I pass them on to my momma to read because she loves romance novels – and I do not… *shudder*
-1 After Alice, this was apart of November’s haul and she somehow snuck her way in to this pic, attention whore.
Hope everyone had a safe and fabulous New Year, happy 2016! Hope you read many, many great books this year xo