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 »

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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.

Social Media: 

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Buy Links:

Amazon|Kobo|Barnes&Nobles|iTunes

 

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 »

Top 11 Books of 2017

This year has finally come to an end. I read 179 books over the past year and now the time has come to choose among them as to which are the best books I have read this year. I waited until the last possible second to post this because last year after I had put up my list I read one more book before the year was over and lo and behold it belonged on that list.

I am currently reading six books, and have been dragging them all out over the past week so I don’t mess up this list. Of those six, one of them would for sure make this list (American Gods!!) but I refuse to finish it until past midnight to make it the first read of 2018. Start of the year on a good note. But first to finish of this year, in no particular order are my Top 11 books of 2017.

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Blog Tour: Fire’s Kiss Review

51ydE8iw91LTitle: Fire’s Kiss

Author: Brittany Pate

Release Date: November 21, 2017

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Pages: 385

Rating: 2000px-3-5_stars-svg

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Fiery Seas Publishing in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:

Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history. For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife.

He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.

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My Month In Books: October Edition

The month  filled with ghouls, ghosts and candy is officially over. October as I may have already mentioned is my favorite month (mainly because my birthday falls in it) but also because of the great atmosphere it exudes. Although October is known as the spooky month, I didn’t jump into the season by reading horror (cause I’m a pansy and scare to easily) but even if I didn’t read any horror, I read a lot of great books this month and here they are!!giphy
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The Book Buying Tag

I’ve been meaning to do this tag for awhile now but blogging itself took a backseat to the chaotic nature of life. But I’m back (hopefully)! School has been in session for the past three weeks and I’ve managed to balance school, applying to colleges my various extracurricular and volunteer work somewhat and am no longer going crazy (i think…it’s too early to tell). Anyway my hiatus is over for the most part and I’ll be posting more regularly now! The lovely Iman over at Muggles and Mundanes tagged me for the Book Buying Tag what feels like forever ago and I’ve finally gotten around to it. So without further ado here it is.Read More »

Get To Know Me Tag

I spotted this tag over at the Wanderlust Reader blog and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to try it out!

Books

CAN YOU STOP READING AT ANY TIME, OR DOES IS HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN PAGE OR CHAPTER?

I can stop reading at any time, I don’t have to finish the page or chapter or even paragraph. I’ll just mark the page I was on and start from the top when I come back to it.  

DO YOU EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING WHILST READING?

I sometimes snack or drink while eating but I can’t read while eating lunch or dinner.

ONE BOOK AT A TIME OR SEVERAL AT ONCE?

At this given moment I am reading 4 book at once. I don’t mean to read several at once but whenever I put a book down for awhile sometimes another one catches my eye and I can’t wait to finish the one I’m already reading and then it goes on and on until I’m reading 5 books at once.

CAN YOU READ LISTENING TO MUSIC OR WATCHING TV?

I am very easily distracted especially when listening to music with actual lyrics or a TV show. I usually listen to classical music or movie scores if I’m reading somewhere with lots of people and noise to tune them out. I can’t watch TV and read at the same time, I’ll either become super engrossed in the books and tune the show out completely and miss everything or watch the show while the book lays open on my lap forgotten.

READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE?

I can read anywhere, I love reading at home (fewer distractions) but if I have to be out and about all I need are some headphones and a place to sit.

READING OUT LOUD OR IN YOUR HEAD?

The only time I read out loud is when I’m reading to my brothers before bed otherwise in my head.

DO YOU READ AHEAD OR SKIP PAGES?

I hate accidentally spoiling myself so I try not to look ahead even a couple lines so that doesn’t happen. But the one instance in which I’ll break that habit is when characters are breaking into someones office and rifling trough it or something, in situations like that I always look ahead a few paragraphs or even pages to see how it turns out then double back and read it.

BREAKING THE SPINE OR KEEPING IT NEW?

I love breaking in the spine of books cause it shows that you love the books and that you obviously have it read more than once, it also makes handling the book a lot easier.

DO YOU WRITE BOOKS OR JUST READ THEM?

I started writing A book, it’s been progressing at a slow pace but it’s happening.

FIVE FAVORITE BOOKS:

Outlander

The Martian

A Court of Mist and Fury

The Name of The Wind

THE LAST BOOK THAT YOU READ?

Silver Silence – Patricia Briggs

ABOUT ME

NAME: Ikram

NAME MEANING: Honor, Hospitality, Generosity

HAIR COLOR: Naturally it’s a very dark brown, but after putting henna in it a couple years ago in the sunlight it’s a very bright red.

EYE COLOR: Dark Brown

MY BIRTHDAY: October 5

HEIGHT: 5’0 (I’m actually 4’11.75 but I always round up cause 5’0 sounds better)

PLACE OF BIRTH: Seattle, Washington

STAR SIGN: Libra

BEST FEATURE: Eyes

PIERCINGS: Just my earlobes although I do want more

TATTOOS: None at the moment but I wouldn’t be opposed to getting some in the future

RIGHTY OR LEFTY: Righty

PETS: None. I’ve always wanted a cat but my mom is super allergic  but hopefully someday.

SIBLINGS: I have 5 siblings. One older brother and 4 younger; two sisters and two brothers.

KIDS: None

ARE YOU MARRIED: Single as a pringle

DREAM JOB: Being an Author or a Screenwriter

HOBBIES: I write poetry for fun, I also like writing lists.

FAVORITES

FILMS: The Mummy (1999 version), The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

SONGS: My favorite song is always changing based on my mood so here are a list of my favorite artists instead.

Imagine Dragons

Lorde

Coldplay

Aerosmith

The Eagles

Billy Joel

One Republic

Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles 

TV SHOWS: I love watching TV so I have lots of favorites

Game of Thrones

Outlander

The 100

How I Met Your Mother

Frontier

The Tudors

Gilmore Girls

Stranger Things

Dark Matter

The Magicians

The Crown

I’m sure I can think of more but these are all great and 10/10 would reccomend y/all check out.

YOUTUBERS:

I don’t spend as much time on youtube as I used to but the few people i always make a point of watching are Phillip DeFranco, Fact, as well as Booktubers such as Sasha from Abookutopia, Christine from PolandBannannasBooks, Jesse from JesseTheReader, Kat from Katytastic, Lilly from LilliycReads and Emma from Emmmabooks.

FOOD: French fries and Lasagna always top the list

DRINKS: Coffee! And Iced tea or lemonade

RESTAURANTS: I’m allergic to eggs so I always have to be super careful about what I eat because most people don’t know whether certain items contains eggs or not but I do love Chick Fil A and Sonic.

SHOPS: I tend to buy most of my clothes from Forever 21 but my favorite shope is of course Half Price Books!

ANIMALS: Cats, Koalas

PERFUME: I don’e have a favorite

COLORS: Teal

MUSIC GENRE: Alternative, Classic rock

DO YOU

BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? Absolutely, I think it’s possible to fall in love at first sight but you realize it as you get to know them better.

BELIEVE IN GHOSTS? No

BELIEVE IN ALIENS? Yes, this world is to large for us to be the only intelligent species

BELIEVE IN SOULMATES? Not really.

BELIEVE IN HEAVEN AND HELL? Yes!

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF? Sometimes but nowhere near as much as I should

WHAT

IS YOUR FAVORITE/WORST SUBJECT AT HIGH SCHOOL

Favorite: English, History

Worst: Physics!

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD YOU BUY?

A house with an entire room as a library, as well as setting some away for my college tuition

IS SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU WERE TALENTED AT?

I always wished I had continued learning how to play an instrument, I took a few piano lessons when I was younger and then decided to play the flute but I ended up dropping that too. I also wish that I had learned another language, I already speak English and Somali very fluently as well as being able to read and write Arabic but I’ve always wanted to speak Italian (my mother knows it) but never learned.

IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

Their smile. 🙂

ON TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Travelling is huge on my bucket list, especially Europe. I’d love to sometime in the future set aside time to just make my way across Europe starting in England and just explore the history.

IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?

Starting to write my book. The idea had been marinating in my head for awhile but I had never actually sat down and written anything down and when I finally did was a huge accomplishment for me.

SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER?

Compassion is a very essential trait as well as confidence and a sense of humor.

SOMETHING YOU DISLIKE?

Long advertisements in front of videos

FAVORITE FAIRY TALE?

Beauty and the Beast

RANDOM FINAL QUESTIONS

SEASON? Autumn

FURTHEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN FROM HOME?

I lived in India for three years and that was a 36 hour flight from Seattle to Seoul to Mumbai and then finally to Hyderabad. The return flight 3 years later to Texas was pretty much the same length from Hyderabad to Abu Dhabi to Chicago to San Antonio.

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE?

I would be fine anywhere in Scotland or England, but here in the US I’s love to live in LA.

SWEET OR SAVORY?

Sweet

LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

A few days ago an article I had read on The Washington Post had me laughing so hard I started crying.

IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE A FRIEND OF YOURSELF?

Of course I am a joy to be around.

SCARY MOVIE OR HAPPY ENDING?

Happy ending, I don’t do horror very well.

HOW YOU WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION SENSE?

Weird. I love throwing different patterns together and wearing bold and bright colors.

ARE YOU COMPETITIVE?

Not really

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:

A vertically challenged, quiet teen. 

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL?

My parents ❤

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Enjoy the moment you don’t need to know everything

I hope you enjoyed this tag! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do we have things in common?

Happy Reading!

 

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

Hey, everyone! As you maybe able guess from the title, I am going to be participating in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon reading challenge. I will also be doing the blog challenges and am super excited to be able to take part. Since the Bibliothon starts tomorrow this is a great time to set up my TBR and share the 6 books I will be reading over the next seven days!

Group Book:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh  

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Read From the Hosts Favorite Genre and Read a LGBTQIA+ Book

Historical Fiction: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Leegentlemans guide

Read a Book That Has Been or Still is Banned:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

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Throwback Challenge – (Read a Group Book)

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerrie Maniscalco

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Read a Book to Movie Adaptation:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling

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Read a Book You’ve Seen Somewhere Other Than Booktube:

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks 

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Are you taking part in the Biannual Bibliothon? 

Happy Reading!