Tuesday, December 31, 2013

13 Favorite Books I read in 2013

2014 starts at midnight tonight!!  2013 is going to be over in a few hours, another year gone and it doesn't even feel like it.  

I was planning on doing one of the Tuesday meme today, but I spent some time reading a few other blogs and saw that they all did some sort of 2013 reflection post.  Honestly, I remembered that today was December 31, but the fact that 2013 would be over in just a few hours wasn't something I realized until reading those posts.  So, as you can see I am being a copycat and doing the same thing (not because I want to copy others, but because I think it's a great idea and want to do it too)!  I can't exactly come up with 13 different memories of this year, so I am going to list my top 13 favorite books or series that I have read this year.

1.  The Prophesized Series by Kaitlyn Hoyt

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth

3. The Revenents Triogy by Amy Plum

4. Sweet Oblivion by Bailey Ardisone

5. Beginnings (prequel), Survival(book #1), and Resurrection (book #2) of The Guardians Of Vesturon Series by A.M. Hargrove

6. The Lux Novels (Book 1-4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

7. Heroes Of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

8. The Host by Stephine Meyer


9. The Midnight Fire Series by Kaitlyn Davis

10. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

11. The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand

12. Prince Of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

13. Grey Eyes by B. Alston and Q. Ramey

Happy New Year everyone....in a few hours!!!! : )

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Death And The Girl Next Door (Darklight Series #1) Review

Title: Death And The Girl Next Door

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

Age Group: young-adult

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary:

Sophomore Year Was Never Supposed to be This Complicated

Ten years ago, Lorelei McAlister's parents disappeared without a trace, and she is finally beginning to accept the fact that they're never coming back. Life must go on. She's got her grandparents and the support of her best friends, and high school is not quite as painful as she thought it would be.

But This is What Happens When You Fall for the Angel of Death.
Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, tough, sexy Jared Kovach - comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other, and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.
Life as She Knows it is About to Change Forever.
What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Death and the Girl Next Door proves Darynda Jones is a force to be reckoned with.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merrry Christmas

Hi everyone, and Merry Christmas!!!  If you don't celebrate Christmas than happy Wednesday!!!

First of all, let me just apologize for my long absence again.  I was just too busy reading and relaxing, so I took a break from blogging to just chill out for a while.  It's not working out too well though, because I love this blog too much and can't seem to stay away from it, so here I am once again! : )  Since it's Christmas, and as you can tell by now I don't have anything better to do (because I am supposed to be going to this family Christmas party and I have been ready for over an hour now, and waiting for the rest of my family to get ready) I decided to give you guys an proper introduction and a few things about myself.  I realized for a while now that ever since I started this blog, I haven't really given a proper introduction about myself, and I don't really count the "about me" page as an introduction.  So today, as a Christmas special I am going to do this about me post. 

!! If you don't want to read this post, I don't blame you because I am sure you guys have better things to do than read about me, but if you don't than I hope you enjoy this post !! ; )

1.  I am Asian and I was born in Asia, but I moved to the United States when I was seven years old.

2.  I want to be a vegetarian but the only thing coming between me and achieving that goal is chicken- the only meat that I eat.

3.  I can guarantee you that if I was locked up in a room for 24 hours, but had book(s) with me, I could spend the entire time reading and not even realizing that the entire day passed by.  Trust me, that has happened before except I wasn't locked up in any room.  I was just reading for a really long time, and didn't realize how long it was until I finally looked at the clock.

4.  My favorite gift of all time would be a B&N or Visa gift card for every occasion: Christmas, New Year, birthday, holidays, etc.  But unfortunately, the only gift I ever get are dresses.  Not that I don't like dresses, but I prefer to spend money on books that I can keep forever to dresses which I'll have to throw out after a few years.

5.  I am a candy and junk food frantic as well as my sister.  Our love for candy and junk food usually irritates my mom, who is all about "healthy, and sugar free food" but that never stops us from emptying a whole rack of chocolate at the store ; )

6.  I am writing my first ever book, but every time I go to continue writing my story, the whole process of actually finishing the book and publishing it becomes very overwhelming and scary.  It's a very good thing that I am very persistent so I never give up.

7.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to sing and listen to music!!!

8.  I think the Twilight Saga is overall okay, but I am NOT an obsessed fan.  Of all the books written by Stephenie Meyer, I have only read the Twilight Saga, and The Host, and of all those books, The Host is my favorite even though it's supposedly adult.

9.  I am not a fan of math or boring science.  Math is an absolute no for me because I can never understand it, so I don't want to spend time studying it either.  I like science, but not everything in science.  Only specific things like Earth science which has to do with plate tectonics, volcanoes, etc.

10.  This is the most obvious one, and I am sure you all know it but I am going to say it anyway- I am a absolute book frantic, and to me books are the best thing in the world!!!  Kind of crazy, but it's still true.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Raise Funds For William Sanders

Hey guys!  As you may have noticed by now, I am not doing the "Friday Favorites" meme today.  I have some more important news that I'd really like to share with you guys.

It's about a teenager named William Sanders.  He is seventeen years old and has an undiagnosed diesease that effects his nervous system.  He has had many tests, procedures done over the years but nothing seems to be working.  However, he is and continues to be very optimistic and he has decided to "embrace life".  Therefore, he wants to go on a road trip across the U.S.A on a RV next summer and his family is trying to raise $30,000.

I learned of this fund raiser from Jennifer L. Armentrout's blog and she is hosting auctions for her books in order to help with the fundraiser.  You can help by bidding on her books and helping William and his family raise money for the road trip.

If you want to know more about William Sanders you can visit the following website:

If you want to bid on the books being auctioned by Jennifer L. Armentrout for the fundraiser you can go to:

If you want to visit the website of the fundraiser, it's the following website:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #1

This is hosted by:
The Broke and the Bookish



This Week's Topic:

New To Me Authors Of 2013

1. Amy Plum- author of the Revenents Trilogy.  I have no idea why I didn't notice this totally wonderful, one of my all time favorite book series until this year.

2. A.M. Hargrove- author of the Guardians Of Vesturon Series.  This book had it's serious moments, but there were also so, so many hilarious stuff going on in this book that I just couldn't stop laughing until my stomach started hurting and I had tears in my eyes. Literally.

3. Brigid Kemmerer- author of the Elementals Series.  Another best writer of yet another humorous and mystery filled science-fiction genre series.

4. Bailey Ardisone- author of the Sweet Series.  I instantly fell in love with her writing and story and its characters the moment I started reading it.  This is defineately one of my most favorite series of all time.

5. Jennifer L. Armentrout- author of the Lux Novels.  Was I in outer space for all these years?  How did I not know about this books until only this year?  This is probably one of my top favorite science-fiction book right now.

6. Kaitlyn Davis- author of The Midnight Fire Series.  Another vampire book, but with a nice twist, and definately better than the Twilight series.  Not that I didn't really like the Twilight Saga, but when bringing vampires to the spotlight, this book totally knocks down Twilight.

7. Kaitlyn Hoyt- author of The Prophesized Series.  One of my top three favorite book series this year.  Seriously people, if you haven't read any of her books yet, you really should.  It's one of those books that you would read over and over again.

8. Mary Ting- author of the Crossroads Series.  A fun mystery, romance, and suspense filled book that will hook you in from the first page.

9. Cynthia Hand- author of the Unearthly Novels.  I have loved reading every single book in this series.

10. Veronica Roth- author of the Divergent Series.  One of my all time favorite dystopian novels and in my top three favorite list of book series I have read this year.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Shelly Crane's Christmas Giveaway

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend!  Sorry for the long absence, but I have been kind of busy the past week, and since it's winter and I am in NY right now, it's been snowing all Saturday and Sunday was school work day again.  I would have done a book review on Friday or Saturday but it was just one of those days where I didn't feel like doing anything, so I just read all day.  But I am now back in action and I have exciting news for you.  Here's a quick run down of what my Friday was like (it's part of the exciting news) : 

Last Friday, when I got home I spent most of the afternoon downloading books from BN on my computer [my nook's still broken : ( ].  But before I did that I was also checking through some of the author's blogs, and one of the author's had recommended Shelly Crane's novels.  Turns out Significance, book one in the Significance series was free on BN, so I decided to take a chance on the novel, and so far I am totally loving it.  Afterwards, I went on Shelly Crane's blog and I joined her Sweet Street group.  The group's job is to spread the words about upcoming releases, giveaways, and and etc.  So here I am, a proud member of this group informing you all about an awesome, (and I mean as in a really, really awesome) giveaway hosted by Shelly Crane for this Christmas.

The giveaway includes a signed set of the complete Significance paperback book series, $125 Barons and Nobles gift card, and an eARC of Wide Open.  You can enter the giveaway below which I copied and pasted from the authors blog:

Or if you want more information, you can check out the author's blog and enter the giveaway from there at:

For those of you that don't know who Shelly Crane is, she is the New York Times bestselling author of the Significance; Collide; Devour; Stealing Grace; and Smash Into You book series.  I just started reading Significance this past weekend and so far I am loving it.  It's a really fantastic book, and I recommend that if you haven't read any books by her yet, you really should.  Significance is also free on BN so you guys have nothing to loose.  Good Luck!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Making Up For Monday #1: Book Ending

This is a weekly meme hosted by:
An Avid Reader; A wannabe Writer

Website: http://alotofreadingandalittlewriting.blogspot.com


If you could rewrite the ending to any book, what would you change?

If I could change the ending of a book it would be Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins:

At the end of this book, Prim is dead, Katniss killed Coin and was punished for it, and in the epilogue all we know is that Katniss and Petta are together.  The readers have no information about what happened to Gale, and the other remaining victors of the games. I hated how this series just ended like that.  Don't get me wrong, because I loved all the books in The Hunger Games Trilogy, but I really did not like the ending of this book.

If I could rewrite the ending this is how it would be-

Instead of Katniss killing Coin without any explanation, Katniss would first gather evidence to prove that Coin did in fact send Prim to the capitol on purpose, and indirectly caused Prim's death.  Then, she would show all that evidence to the people on the day of Snow's death, and kill Coin afterwards without being punished for it.  She and Gale would work out all their relationship problems, and Katniss would finally choose Petta.  Only then, they would return back to District 12 to start a new life.  Later on during the epilogue, it would be ten years later, and Gale would be married to some other girl that he fell in love with and Katniss and Petta would be married too, and they would all have young children.  They, along with some of their relatives and friends, including Katniss's mother, Gales's siblings and mother, Haymitch, Pultarch, Effie, Johanna, and some of the other victors that survived and were close friends of Katniss and Petta would be at the victor's village in District 12 at Katniss's house having dinner with each other.  It would be a reunion, also marking the day of Snow's execution ten years back, and the official ending of the war.  And finally, at the very ending there would be a twist where Pultarch informs everyone of a rumor about a new uprising from District 1 against the government, and that's when the story would finally end.

That's how I kind of imagined the ending to be.  So what do you think, did you imagine the ending of this story a different way?  Is there any other books whose ending you would like to change?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) Review

Title: Unearthly               

Author: Cynthia Hand

Genre: Paranormal- Fiction

Age Group: young-adult

My Rating: 4.5 / 5

Goodreads Summary:

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees...

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Favorites #1: Kaitlyn Hoyt

This is a weekly event that spotlights favorite author, book, series, blog, etc and is:

Hosted by -Tressa

I decided to do two in one today, so I am go with author's spotlight and the book series written by her because both are my favorites. Plus her new book is coming out this Saturday and she is simply just one of the best writers ever.  So without further delay I introduce to you....


About The Author (From her blog profile)-

Kaitlyn Hoyt is the name. Currently a nineteen year old student at Ball State University, I'm aspiring to be a self-published author, while continuing my dream of becoming a wildlife biologist. I love weird and random moments in life. They keep things interesting. Vegetarian. Proud tree-hugger. Lover of comic book movies. Avid reader. I have an unhealthy love for the soothing music of Josh Groban. Give me anything with pretzels, peanut butter and/or chocolate and I'll be your best friend.  I currently have four books planned in The Prophesized Series and a possible companion novel. In addition to The Prophesized Series, I'm working on the untitled first book in the Guardians of the Chosen series and a two standalone contemporary novels.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Booking Through Thursday #1

Hosted By: Booking Through Thursday
Website: http://btt2.wordpress.com

The following question is actually from November 21, 2013, but the website didn't post anything new for today and since I have free time today I felt like doing this meme, so here it is:

Outside of books, what’s your favorite thing to read? Newspapers? Magazines? Blogs? Fanfiction? Specific websites?

To be honest, the answer is books.  But that doesn't really count as an answer, does it?  Anyway, besides books I like to read other blogs, especially from some of my favorite authors.  I am not that big of a fan for reading newspapers. I like to get all my latest news from the web or the T.V.  However, I do like to read magazines

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #1

Hosted by: Jill 
Website: http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/

Today's Waiting on Wednesday selection is ***drum roll***...

Reaching Retribution (The Prophesized Series #4)

Author: Kaitlyn Hoyt

To-Be-Published On:

Saturday, December 7, 2013


Not released yet

My thoughts:

Ahhh!!!!  I can't believe this series is coming to an end.  This is the last book in The Prophesized Series, and it doesn't even have the synopsis yet! :' (  But I honestly don't care about the synopsis anymore, I just want to read the book already! Actually, on a second thought I kind of don't want to read the book because once I finish reading it, the reality of the fact that this is the last book in the series will finally set in and than I'll be like this for the rest of the weekend, and maybe even the coming week :

- I can't believe that really happened!  One of my most favorite book serious actually came to an end!  This is a joke right?  Right!? 

< That would be kind of what my face would look like after I finish reading the book, I can guarantee it!

So, what book are you waiting on?  You can leave your answers in the comment box below.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book Teaser Tuesday

Hey everyone, before I forget I just wanted to say that I am sorry for not posting up the review for Unearthly.  I started doing my homework and totally forget about the review, and yesterday I came late and I had to finish my homework, which pretty much took up the entire evening.  I'll try to post it sometime this week if possible, if not than I'll post it this weekend.  Moving on, like I had said before I am going to be doing weekly memes from now on.  I might not do it everyday though, depending on how long it takes me to finish my homework, and studying.

This is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading
Website: http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com

Book Title: Hollowed (Unearthly Book #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand

"They go around the circle, each angel-blood vowing to be there in Aspen Hill Cemetery that day."

"I laugh, but later, when everyone else is asleep, I keep going over what he said.  That we're meant to fight.  That this is a war."

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Spirit (The Elemental #3) Review

Title: Spirit (The Elementals Book #3)

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: Science fiction

Age Group: Young adult

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 

Goodreads Summary:

With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…