The Guilty Reader Tag

Hey everyone!!! I hope y’all are having a wonderful day. I’m excited to announce that I am now officially a high school grad!! YAY! Now that summer has officially begun for me I hope to be blogging more frequently. I’ve only been on break for a week and a half and I’m already going stir crazy so lets see how this summer plays out. I am gonna be starting my summer job (in retail) next week so I’m a little nervous/excited about that- but at least it’ll get me out of the house.

That’s enough rambling…I thought a fun post for today would be for me to do a tag. I haven’t done one in a while and I had the question for this one all typed up already so I thought why not. This tag was going around a lot last year and I thought it would be a fun one to do. So here is the Guilty Readers Tag!

Have You Ever Re-gifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

It is with great shame that I have to answer this question with a yes. It’s happened a few times, usually just because I already read the book and then pass it on to a friend as a gift. Or sometimes it’s a book that isn’t my type and I’ll re-gift it to someone who I know will love it.Read More »

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Tempest and Slaughter Review

tempests and sluaghterTitle: Tempest and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1)

Author: Tamora Pierce

Release Date: February 6th, 2018

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 465

Rating: 2000px-4-5_stars-svg

Synopsis:

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

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My Month in Books: May ’18 Edition

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I last posted. I took a bit of a hiatus as a bunch of things came together. May is AP test season and since I was taking 5 exams (I know!) there was a lot of last minute studying and brushing up to do. After that the school year began to come to a close and a bunch of end of the year projects and paper were dumped in my lap, which left me scrambling. Toss in the beginning of Ramadan and this past month was a whirlwind. but now, as of yesterday I am done with school and have endless amounts of free time and so I’m back with a vengeance. I’m so excited I graduate in exactly one week and then I’m free for a couple months and then off to college!

Although the month was pretty busy I did manage to squeeze in reading time for quite a few books. I’m really excited for the next few months cause I’ll get a bunch of reading done. There are quite a few books I’ve had my eyes on that I’m excited to dive into. My goal for the summer is not only to read more but also review more. Something I haven’t done in what feels like forever. I also want to catch up on my TBR and will hopefully be reading more of those books rather than new releases. I’ve gone on for quite a while now so here are the books I managed to read this month.Read More »

TV Shows I’ve Been Watching Recently

I’ve been watching a lot of television recently, too much you could say. I definitely haven’t been reading as much as I usually do and I place that blame solely at the feet of Netflix. I’ve been watching and re-watching tons of shows to serve as distractions from everything and simply because there are so many good things to watch.

Vikings

I started watching Vikings earlier this year and I’m still going strong. I’m halfway through season four and am slowly but surely catching up. I took a bit of a break but now I put on an episode every once in a while so I don’t get to far behind. I love watching historical shows so this one was definitely up my alley and I’m loving it.vikingsquiznew_0 Read More »

The Ultimate Dilemma of What I Should Read Next

If you know me at all. You probably already know that I’m not the best at making decisions. I don’t have an overly complicated approach as I just tend to pick something and then follow it through not wasting too much time overanalyzing the potential outcome (how I sometimes choose what I read but I’ll get to that). That approach has served me well for the past 18 years but now that isn’t going so well. I now have to make a big life changing choice: where I’m going to college. Read More »

Blog Tour: To Discover a Divine Review

38924577Title: To Discover a Divine 

Author: Tessa McFionn

Release Date: March 20th 2018

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Rating:4_stars-svg

Synopsis:

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize.

Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the middle of an intergalactic firefight, complete with strange soldiers with deadly weapons pointed directly at her. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

Safely on board his ship, he learns more about her and her rare skills, triggering the memory of a half-forgotten prophecy spoken at the time of his cursed birth. Outcast because of a cruel twist of fate, he finds unexpected acceptance, even affection, from his new passenger.

Could she be the one who holds the future of his people, as well as his own heart, in her tender hands

Overall Thoughts:

I really, really enjoyed this book. It is sci-fi and it took me a bit to get into it. But once I figure it out I was sold. I haven’t read too many sci-fi books but whenever I do I end up loving them. So this book was yet another sign that I need to pick up more sci-fi. This was one of those books that stayed on my mind throughout the day when I wasn’t reading it.  I read this whenever I could find a spare moment, even neglecting a bit of homework until I managed to finish it up. It went by really quickly and I was able to finish it in one day and as soon as I did I wanted the next book in the series. 

Plot/Structure:

The pacing in this was great (although it did have some insta love I was able to get over it). I can tell that there was some groundwork being done for a bigger overall arc and I’m excited to see where this goes. The one criticism I did have was that I felt it was a bit short and wanted more from the story. The story it meant to tell was done beautifully, but I just wanted a little more. I amy just be spoiled by all the fantasy I’ve been reading lately but if it were a hundred or so pages longer it would have been even better. Despite that small thing the book overall was really good and I definitely plan on picking up the next one. 

About the Author:

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Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcome guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards.  

When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music.

A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.

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My Month In Books: March ’18 Edition

I’m not really sure how I feel about this past month, it actually went by really fast. A lot faster then I was expecting at any rate. There were a few ups and downs over these past few weeks, but I’ve managed to power through. The school year is almost over for me and that seems crazy. In a little more than two months I’ll have graduated from high school and I’m really not ready for that.

I’ve heard back from all my colleges at this point and after a few acceptances, some rejections and one waitlist, I now need to decide where I will spend the next four years of my life. I’ve been living in a constant state of denial trying to deal with the changes coming up ahead. So far my coping technique has been burying my head in the sand and attempting not to dwell on my future by distracting myself the best way I know how: reading. Because of that I’ve read quite a few books this month so let’s take a look at those very books.Read More »

The Lure of Fantasy

What makes fantasy so entrancing to me? Ever since I was little, fantasy has been the genre of choice. Starting with Alice in Wonderland and then the pull becoming much stronger when I read Harry Potter. Whenever anyone asks what my favorite type of books are my go to answer is fantasy and then there’s the inevitable follow up question. Why? Well, I am here to delve deep into my subconscious to try and explain exactly why I love fantasy and what about it attracts my attention.  uu9pmDPRead More »

Writing is Hard

Ok so I’ve been writing –or more accurately attempting to write– a book for almost two years now. Over the course of the past two years I’ve come to a very important realization. Writing is hard. I mean, I didn’t think it would be easy but I never expected it to be this difficult. It’s so difficult that I’ve contemplated scraping this current work-in-progress, but I’m sticking with it. Why? Partly determination and sheer stubbornness but also, an extremely wise and sage author once told me the secret to being a good writer was to finish what you write. Even as frustrated as I now am I’ve stuck with it. Read More »