Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Liebster Award Nomination!


First of all, I want to apologize for not posting for so long, school started, and I'm really busy with homework and stuff, but I am going to get some reviews up soon, because I've actually joined my first book tours, and I'm really excited for that. But, I recently got nominated for the Liebster Award by Morrighan Rose  from Elysian Fields, and I was so stoked when I saw that she'd nominated me, because I've only been blogging for a couple of months now, and so I'd like to give one BIG thank you to Morrighan. Her blog's really great, and I suggest you go follow her. What this is, is a blog hop type of thing, and bloggers give the award to other bloggers, and so on and so forth. Basically, it's supposed to help you gain more followers.
The Rules are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominates you.
2. Answer the 11 questions she/he asks of you.
3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Ask these 11 bloggers 11 questions of your own.
6. Let them know you have mentioned them.

These are the questions that I was asked:
1. What is your favorite genre of book to read and your favorite book from that genre?
Damn..I only get to choose one favorite? That's really difficult, but I'm going to go with Young Adult Fantasy, and ummm....Harry Potter series and The Infernal Devices series. I cheated, I know, but I couldn't not include Harry Potter. 
2. If you could live in any world from a book, which would it be and why?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- duh- do I even have to explain? But I love Harry Potter. I'm the hugest Harry Potter geek. 
3. Who is your favorite fictional character of the same sex? Does this character remind you of yourself, or someone you would like to be?
I think Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood- Once again, I'm a cheater, but I love how Hermione and Luna are independent, and strong, and smart, and inquisitive, and there's more to their story than a boyfriend. I love that though, I love cuteness and all, but Hermione and Luna are independent women. They run the world. 
4. Who is your favorite fictional character of the opposite sex? Why? (:
Oooohhhh. Now, I'm  going to feel like the biggest geek for saying this, but um...Harry Potter. I love a lot of male characters, but my ultimate number one favorite is Harry Potter. I mean, he was the first book crush I had, and Harry's great. I also liked Neville, and I think that he could have been developed more than he was. And Draco in the 6th book- I felt so bad for him. And we're Slytherin buddies, so yeah. I'm a humongous nerd. 
5. Tell me the most random fact about you. 
I love strawberries. 
6. When did you start your blog, and why?
I started my blog at the end of June this year, because I really liked reading, and I didn't have that many friends who liked reading as much as I did, so I decided to start a blog for books. 
7. If an alien invasion started tomorrow and you had to hide in a bomb shelter, name three things you would bring with you. 
My phone, my Nexus 7 Tablet (It's got my ebooks on it), and a blanket.I don't know why I'd want a blanket, but I just do. 
8. How many books do you own? (Physical and e-books included)
I'm going to say I own about 200 books in all. Physical and ebooks included. 
9. If you could pick one supernatural trait to have, what would it be?
Mind reading. Or maybe I'd want to be a wizard. But that isn't a trait is it? Then definitely mind reading. 
10. What is your all-time favorite book or series? 
By now, this is probably obvious, but HARRY POTTER. I used to hate reading until I started reading the Harry Potter books when I was seven years old. Harry Potter was an opening of doors of sorts for me, so I'll always love it. 
11. What book are you most anticipating reading, whether it not be released yet, or you just haven't gotten around to it?
Hmmmmm....In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, Opposition by J.L. Armentrout (this is out, but I haven't gotten to it yet), The Retribution of Mara Dyer, The Bane Chronicles, and countless others. 

11 Random Facts:
-I'm December born.
-I'm vegetarian, and I am absolutely NOT missing out on ANYTHING by not eating meat, and I hate when people say that, because they have said that before, and it really pisses me off
- My favorite color is purple
-I like spicy food, but I also have a HUGE sweet tooth. It's a weird combination, I know.
-Chocolate is my bae. I can't believe I just used the word "bae" in a sentence.
- I like a lot of pop music, and if you don't- well, don't hate on me or my taste. 
- My favorite season is winter
- I detest the sun
- I'm a Cali girl
- I have really long, beachy, wavy hair, and I refuse to cut it. 
- I like reading at night more than during the day. 

My Questions:
1. Book boyfriend?
2. Book girlfriend?
I don't care what sex you are, you have to answer BOTH questions. 
3. Pottermore House- or which house do you think you belong in? I'm sorry, but I need to know if we can be friends. I mean, me, and those Gryffindors don't really get along, because they're just plain reckless and arrogant.  And those Hufflepuffs are so jolly, and I hate spirit rallies, so we probably wouldn't be friends. I could probably dig some Ravenclaw though, given that I'm always reading a book, but ultimately, I prefer Slytherins- they're more-you know- determined and ambitious, so yeah. 
I'M KIDDING! I'll be your friend no matter what house you're in. I'm just curious. 
4. Favorite book-movie adaptation?
5. Favorite fictional food?
6. Preference of book format- E-books vs. Paperback vs. Hardcover? 
7. What fictional character would you want as your roommate?
8. Genre that makes you uncomfortable to read/you just don't like it?
9. Favorite book cover? There are a lot of suckish book covers for good books- but what are some of your favorite book covers?
10. Favorite snack food?
11. Favorite fruit/vegetable?

Nominees:
1. Andie from Metaphorical Musings
2. Michelle from Michelle's Minions
3.  Diane from Diane's Book Blog
4. Georgia from TeenBookHoots
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Well, that's about it for this post. Reviews are coming up, and one more BIG shout out to Morrighan for nominating me. Happy Wednesday, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books/Authors I Constantly Tell People to Read


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today's topic is "Top 10 Books that People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read", but I kind of flipped that, because as I've said before, I don't have too many bookish friends, and I'm usually the one telling people about books they MUST read.
I Present To You
10 Books That I Constantly Badger People About Reading

1. RAINBOW ROWELL- I'm always bugging my friends to read Rainbow Rowell, because A. They're amazing books, and B. They're amazing books. Plain and simple. If you haven't read a Rainbow Rowell book, get your ass to wherever you get books from and pick one up.


2. J. L. ARMENTROUT- One of the authors I fangirl over and stalk on the Twitter. Her male characters are HOT, and her writing is hilarious, and her female characters are badass, and you hafta read her books. You just hafta.
 3. KATIE MCGARRY- Another author I stalk on the Twitter. Do you know how awesome it is for a book lover when her/his favorite authors are TWITTER CERTIFIED? Well Katie and Jen (#2) are, and it's awesome how it's not just the singers, and actors, and blah blah blah that are certified. ANYWAY, Katie writes contemporary books, and they're really good, and you should read them. Her books are in a series of companion novels called Pushing The Limits. There are four books so far, and a fifth that's a sequel to the first ever PTL book- which is called Pushing The Limits- is scheduled for December 8th this year. But the characters overlap between the stories, and even though the characters are frustrating at times, they're really lovable.


4. HARRY POTTER- I have some friends, who are insane, and they don't like Harry Potter. I don't know how the hell they can not like Harry Potter. But I bug  those people about reading it. It's not too effective, but I have succeeded in getting my cousin to read it. I guess that's a good enough feat. But HP is something I always recommend to those who haven't read it.




5. THE DARKEST MINDS- The Darkest Minds is probably one of the most underrated YA dystopias ever. I feel like everyone just reads the books that are being made into movies, and those are great books, but no one pays attention to awesome books like this! It's equipped with badass characters, cute characters, strong characters, sensitive characters- all different types of characters. And the world it occurs in is cool, and you should read it.


6. CASSANDRA CLARE- If you have yet to read a Cassandra Clare Book. Just. Stop. Reading. And. Get. Your. Ass. To. The. Store/library/computer. And get one of them. And FARPING READ IT! Then, once you've read it, you will have redeemed yourself, and you can come back and hang with us. CAPICHE? Good. ANYHOW, Shadowhunters are cool. Herondales are hot. Sarcasm and hilariousness is great- and there's a lot of that in these books. Go read them.



7. BLOODLINES/VAMPIRE ACADEMY- I've told y'all a billion times before READ VA AND BLOODLINES. The titles may not appeal to you. The covers may scare you away, but make an effort. You won't be able to stop once you start.

8. DELIRIUM- Delirium is one of my favorite dystopia series. And it's one of the more wide known ones, but there are still a lot of people who haven't read it- so I recommend it to them.


9. JOHN GREEN BOOKS- John Green is a genius and I love his books. My favorite is Will Grayson, Will Grayson. But different people have differing opinions on which John Green book is their favorite. Read them all, and decide for yourself.
10. YOU CHOOSE- Tell me a book you recommend to everyone. Down below in the comments. Feel free to link up TTTs in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Reboot: Reboot #1 by Amy Tintera

Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
My Rating: 3 STARS
Goodreads Blurb:
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

My Thoughts:
The blurb gives you the basic information that you need to know about the world where Reboot takes place, so I won't really delve into that too much.
Characters:
Wren 178- Wren is the narrator, so we see the world through her eyes. I thought Wren was kind of dull. That could be because she's supposed to not have strong emotions after being dead for so long, and maybe that was intentional, and  intended, but she was just really dull, and at times annoying and unlikable. And the blurb makes her sound really badass-and maybe this was just me- but I didn't really see that. She was like a potato: emotionless, hard, and dull.
Callum 22- The love interest. He wasn't developed properly, we didn't actually see much of him, and he doesn't have enough personality. He's too washed out as a character. He wasn't painted with the vibrant colors that you'd expect for a main character. Rate that metaphor on a scale of 1-10 in the comments. I think it's a pretty damn good metaphor, if I do say so myself.
ANYWAY
Other than Callum and Wren, we don't really see that many other characters. There is a clear antagonist, however we can't visualize what the antagonist is and what they want. We only know second hand info, from the other character, so we didn't really get a feel for who Team Bad really is.
We don't actually see that many other characters in this book, which is a shame, because we didn't learn that much about the main characters, and I feel like we should have at least met more characters because of that.
Plot:
Plotwise, this book is kind of lacking. Nothing really big happened, except for the climactic last couple of chapters. It feels like it was kind of drawn out. With the amount of plot this book has, it could have been compressed into a 100 pages, which is about 1/3 of the amount of pages in the book. And like I said, character development was also lacking, and I don't know where the pages went, because not much happened.
Romance:
This romance was really abrupt. There wasn't a lot of cutesiness, or flirtation. It just kind of happened. One page it wasn't there, and then the next page it's there. I don't know. I just wasn't into it.
My Opinion:
Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this book. I feel like so much more could have been done with it, and the writing didn't do the world justice. It was okay. I'll probably read the sequel. Maybe I'll like it more than I liked this one.
These are my thoughts on Reboot. I don't think it's something you absolutely need to read, because of all these reasons. Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Do you agree? Disagree? I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Friday, August 15, 2014

Onyx : Lux #2 by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 4th, 2012
My Rating: 5 STARS
Goodreads Blurb: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


My Thoughts: 
I recently reviewed Obsidian, the first book in the brilliant, beautiful, wonderful, hilarious, and awesome Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, so off course, I have to review the rest. If you haven't read Obsidian, for whatever reason, I suggest you go do that. I introduce the main characters in my review for Obsidian, so check that out. If you haven't read the book, I suggest you leave, because I'm going to talk about how I felt, and we're all going to discuss our feelings. So bye if you have yet to read the book.
So, right off the bat, we're introduced to a new character- Blake. At first, I'd thought that there was going to be real, legit competition between Daemon and Blake, because the rules don't prohibit Blake and Katy to be together, and Blake and Katy have more in common, and all that jazz.But it was pretty easy to catch on to the fact that it wasn't the case.
Let's start from the beginning though. Even before we meet Blake, Katy gets really sick. Like I told you in my Obsidian review,  if you look for them, you'll find Twilight parallels. And I really couldn't help myself with this one. It reminded me of the burning Bella experienced when she was becoming a vampire. But this was weird, because you can't become a Luxen.
Okay, we get past this though.
I love Daemon and Katy's not a relationship relationship in this book. I mean, they'll kiss in the library, but then seconds before and seconds later, they'll be screaming at each other. And when Katy's mom finds them in bed together. That was hilarious. That's one of the laugh-out-loud moments in this book. Personally though, Onyx wasn't as funny as Obsidian was, but that's just my opinion. 
Like I said, I'd originally thought that there would be some mild competition between Blake and Daemon, but those thoughts were squashed. I think that Katy should have listened to Daemon, because the whole situation seems fishy, right? Someone who's like Katy moves in exactly when Katy experiences the manifestations of these new powers- it's no coincidence. 
When Will first started making jokes about Daemon and Katy, I knew that he was bad. I didn't know how, but I knew. It's so bastardly, the way that the DOD drops people into places to build relationships with people, only to use them to get what they want. When Will called saying that Katy's mom was in trouble, it all just clicked together. 
Onyx, is the Luxen's kryptonite. And the cage they keep Katy in has onyx bars, and that caused her extreme pain. And I feel like reexplaining the whole climactic chapters would waste both of our time, as we've already read them,  but they were so well done. They had my figuratively biting my nails. I mean, I've never done that, but what I mean, was the anticipation of what would happen when I turned the page was so nerve-racking. 
In short, Blake kills Adam, and Dee blames Katy, and Dawson comes back, and Will is gone for the time being, they let Blake escape, and Katy and Daemon are together. 
I guess that's the best we could have hoped for. Once again, I have to end with a flashback, because I read this a while ago, so: when I read this, I thought it was a bittersweet ending, in the sense that we know that Daemon and Katy are together, and who doesn't ship them? And Dawson was back, and that brought some peace to Daemon and Dee. BUT, and there will always be a "but" with any JLA book that isn't the last book in the series, because Jen doesn't like giving her readers happy endings. She wants them to suffer and wait for her next books, which, can be torturous at times. Anyway, Dee blames Katy for everything, and Katy's sad that their friendship is in tatters. And with Dawson showing up on the last page, we had nothing to do but wait and wonder what happened next. 
In one last point, before I end this review, I want to tell you how spoilery I think the blurb for this book is. It gives away half of the main plot. I'm glad I didn't actually read it when I read the book, because it's so freaking spoilery. That is all. 
This was another great installment in the Lux Series, and I tell you, it gets even better. I recommend that you pick them up, and read them. Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Have you had the pleasure of reading Opposition yet? Tell me all that jazz in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi

Feature & Follow Friday #3


Happy Friday everyone! Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. If you go to either of those blogs, you'll find the rules/instructions to join the hop. Basically, it's for bloggers to gain new friends and followers.
This week's question is: Suggest a question! We need questions of the week for future FFs. Any ideas?
Well, my question is: You get one object from any fictional magical world; what would it be and how would you use it?
I love fantasy books, so that's why I came up with that as my question. Please follow me, and I'll follow back. Link up your FFs in the comments below and I'll be sure to check them out.
I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Currently Reading Update #1

Hi guys, I know I haven't put up many reviews lately, but school just started, so those will come less often. I'm still reading, and I'll try to get as many review up as I can, hopefully at least, 1-2 a week. Right now, I'm reading Reboot by Amy Tintera. I'm enjoying that so far, and there will be a review coming up soon for that. I'm working on the Lux reviews, because Opposition has not yet come to me, and I can't read it yet. But I have to review those books, so I'm trying to be prompt with them. I'm sorry I won't be posting as often, but I will definitely be doing the weekly memes, without fail, for the time being anyway. So I guess that's all for now. I wanted to let you know that there is a reason to why I won't be as active as I was in the last couple of months.
-Swathi

Vampire Academy: Movie Review

So, I finally watched the Vampire Academy movie. I was really serious about not watching the movie before reading the book- you know, book lover instincts- but I finally read the books, and I watched the movie. And I have quite a bit to say about it. So I'll stop rambling and get on with the discussion- sounds good?
First, I like the song that the move opened with, it's really catchy. Second, I like how we first jumped into the car crash scene. We kind of got that in flashes in the book, so I like how it was all out in the open from the start of the movie. Third, I don't think the movie deserves any of the crap that the critics gave it. I mean, they shitted on the movie so much, and it was a pretty good movie. It was faithful to the book for the most part, and it had pretty good characters, and I am going to nitpick, but it's because I love this series so much. It was enjoyable, and I laughed, and yes- I did picture some characters differently, but this was in no way a bad film. And it annoys me that critics are shitting on a movie that wasn't even bad. I know I'm no critic, but I've read the books- and I enjoyed it. And a lot of fans feel the same way, so isn't that the point? I don't give a shit about what the critics thought, and I'm not letting that cloud my judgement when I tell you my thoughts of this movie.
The casting was great. Zoey Deutch did well as Rose. In my head, Rose is a mix between Jace and Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments. She has the whole hot badass female thing going for her, but she's funny. And movie Rose did give that kind of a vibe. But my Rose makes more smartass remarks. I mean, movie Rose does have those, but not as many.
Movie Dimitri -Danilla Kozlovsky- was like book Dimitri, and he and Rose had great chemistry. The problem was, there wasn't much banter between Rose and Dimitri, like there was in the book. I would have liked more conversation between Rose and Dimitri. The make out lust spell scene was awkwardly cut, and too short.
Lissa though, was the one character I did have a problem with. Lucy Fry looks the part, but well, book Lissa is a pushover. She's the person who would turn the other cheek if someone wasn't being nice. At least in the first book. Later on she's really annoying. But back to the matter at hand, movie Lissa was meaner. She actually had the nerve to call Rose a blood whore, when without Rose, she'd be both, in danger, and dead. Maybe not in that order, but you get my point. But Lissa was mean.
Natalie-Sarah Hyland- was really great. In her Strigoi scenes she was brilliant, with her "we'll be best friends forever, BFFs" and "my eyesight is great, my skin is flawless, my mind is clearer" spiels she was awesome.
Christian didn't play as big of a role as I'd have wanted, but he was fine. Same with Mason.
Character/casting wasn't really where they went wrong. It was with dialogue.
They didn't really mangle the plot or world building too much. A lot of dialogue was crunched up, and that was sad, because there is so much funny dialogue and banter in the book, but all of it didn't really end up in the movie. But nothing that deserves all the crap that the critics gave it.
I really don't know why it has such a low Rotten Tomatoes score. I personally enjoyed it. With this world, there isn't very much that you can mess up, so it wasn't with the world building. Dialogue was cut, and that's the main bad thing about this movie. Otherwise, it's a pretty faithful book-movie adaptation.
Tell me what you thought of the movie. I know this is a very untimely movie review, because it's been like- 6 months or something since the movie came out, but I felt like sharing my thoughts. I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to showcase upcoming releases. On this glorious Wednesday, which happened to be my first day of school, I'm waiting for Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the second book in the Dark Elements trilogy. It's about gargoyles, and that's a pretty funky fantasy thing- I mean, we don't see that too often- do we? But, like JLA's other books, the first book in the series, White Hot Kiss, was amazing. I stayed awake on a school night, at 5:00 am reading it, as well as the novella for the series. It was that good. I'm so stoked for this to come out on October 21, 2014.
Amazon Blurb:
Every touch has its price 
Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who's pretty sure things can't get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. 
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla's powers begin to evolve, and she's offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She's finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay….

Okay, the first worry I have, is that Layla's going to be stringing along Zayne, when she still loves Roth. The dude on the cover looks nothing like the dude on the White Hot Kiss cover. Then again, the girls on the covers aren't the same either. So maybe that's not the case. I loved Roth, and I did not love Zayne, so that better not happen. I'm hoping the reunion with Roth and Layla is going to be hot. I'm hoping for a happy ending.
Well, that's my WoW for this week. Feel free to link up your WoWs in the comments, and I'll go check em' out. Happy Wednesday, and I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I'm I Haven't Picked Up for Various Reasons


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is "boo I'm not sure I want to read for various reasons", but you probably already know that. But I wanted to kind of switch it around, and make it books that I want to read, but haven't actually picked up, for whatever reasons. But without further adieu, I give you : 10 Books that I haven't picked up for various reasons.
1. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan- I read the Percy Jackson books when I was younger, and I liked it. I didn't really love it, but it was okay. But I've heard great things about The Heroes of Olympus, but I'm not sure about them.
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner- I've heard mostly good things,
but I just can't get myself to pick it up. I don't know.
3. The Host by Stephanie Meyer- This book is so overwhelmingly big. It's massive, and I don't have anything against big books, I mean I love them, but this book has always seemed too big, for whatever reason. I mean, it's shorter than some Harry Potter/Mortal Instruments/ETC books, but it just seems so out of my book league. Plus, aliens are
confusing to me. They're scary. Other than the Lux series, I haven't read any other alien books.
4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- The cover of this book is really intimidating, so even though I want to read it, I haven't. It's a stupid reason to not read a book, but, ashamed as I am to admit it, that is the reason why I haven't gotten myself to pick it up yet. Hopefully, I'll get over this idiotic aversion to the cover, and read it soon.
5. Matched by Ally Condie- This book is so widely known throughout the book-blogging community, and I feel like it's my duty to read it. But between the mixed things I've heard about it, and the way the premise sounds very much like the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver-which I lover, I haven't picked it up. I'll probably eventually get to it, since it's just three books.
6. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender- When I was 9,10,
and 11, the Bad Girls Don't Die books came out, and those were what kind of eased me into the world of YA books. I really enjoyed them, they were fun, cute, scary, and kept you on edge. So, when I saw that Katie Alender had another book coming out, I was excited. Then I saw the title and cover. It sounds shallow, I know, and the "don't judge a book by its cover", and all that, but between the cover, title, and the mixed/mediocre reviews I've seen- I haven't picked it up.
7. The Selection by Kiera Cass- This, like Matched, is something I feel required to have read, because so many book bloggers have read it, and I feel like I'm not on the same page because I haven't read it. And I'm not exactly sure why it is that I haven't read it- I guess since there's just so much good dystopia, you just have to choose which to read wisely- it does get repetitive, and it wouldn't do justice to most of these when you just compare them to each other.
8. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- More with the "require to read-most
bloggers read- blah blah blah". I also feel like the idea that I will enjoy this will make me will myself into enjoying it. That's the thing about the more famous, mainstream books. You hear great things, so it's almost like you will yourself into liking them. I'm kind of tired of doing that, so I'm not making time for this book.
9.Any Gayle Forman Book- I've never read anything by Gayle Forman, and I want to. I've heard amazing things, but there's something about reading an author for the first time. It's hard to do it. It's like treading unfamiliar ground, and you don't know what to expect, not really, because you haven't actually read anything for yourself- you only know what you've been told.
10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- I've been meaning to read this one for a while
now, but I haven't been in the mood lately for a contemporary book, so I haven't gotten to it yet. I do want to read Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is the sequel/companion to this book, because it takes place in San Francisco, and I'm from SF, and books that take place there make me happy. But I don't know, these two are on my TBR, but at the moment, I'm not really in the mood for them.
Well, that's this weeks Top 10 Tuesday. Feel free to link up your TTT in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Monday, August 11, 2014

Obsidian: Lux #1 by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hey guys, today I'm going to be reviewing Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I actually read the first four books of this series quite a while ago, but I recently reread Obsidian, and my parents aren't getting me books, and I'm so sad, because I need the fifth book, but I can't get it yet. SO, I decided that the delay in my getting of the book was a sign that I should review the first four books. So you're looking at four reviews, and then, someday over the rainbow, the 5th and final book will be in my possession. Now, let's get started; shall we?
I went into Obsidian under the impression that it was a " Twilight with aliens", and that isn't at all what it is. Sure, there are some corresponding characters, but that's only if you are consciously searching for them. If you don't go in with the mindset that I did, you won't see them as prominently. 
Second of all, this book has the worst back cover blurb. It says right there, in black and white, that the boy next door is an alien. Something that our main character, Katy, finds out about 1/3 into the story. Other than that little slip on the publisher's part, or whomever's mistake that was, I loved this book. I love this entire series to death, and it just gets better and better as the books go on. But today, we're here to talk about the first book. 
Characters:
Our main character, Katy, is awesome. She's a BOOK BLOGGER. She does reviews, and book hauls, and WAITING ON WEDNESDAYS. I do Waiting on Wednesdays, as do so many other book bloggers. I think that's where JLA sold all of us. I've read so many good reviews of this series from book bloggers and book vloggers, and I think that part of what made us all like it, was that we had a relatable main character- a main character who's mom doesn't understand her love of books- my family doesn't understand my love of books either. Specifically the genre that I like. Which is also the genre that Katy likes. Things like that really help you connect with Katy, and that was a very smart move on Jennifer's part- making the main character someone that book bloggers, book vloggers, and book lovers everywhere can all relate to. 
Our male love interest- Daemon Black- aka the alien that the back cover refers to- is extremely hot and funny and sarcastic, but he is the hugest jerkface. He is so rude, and he has his moments of not being a jerk, but he is so mean to Katy in this book, that it's just really frustrating sometimes.
Plot: 
I really don't want to spoil the book for y'all who haven't read this, so I suggest that at this point you leave if you haven't read the book. I just have to tell you, that this is so fast paced, and fun, and exciting, and well written, and beautiful. READ IT. That's all I can say. Bye now, if you haven't read it yet. 
I wanted to discuss some of the climactic scenes, as well as some of the funnier scenes, and that's why I kicked out all the non spoiler people who haven't read the book.
I was already laughing with the first scene where Katy and Daemon met. When Daemon comes out shirtless, and Katy asks for directions. Daemon's asshat streak starts there, but their conversation and banter was so funny- that was when I knew I was going to love the series. Lame as it sounds, that's when I knew for sure. And it was the first chapter of the book.
Next, off course, the lunch room scene. (When I say next, I'm talking chronologically, not really the order of which scenes were my favorite) But I don't think there was anyone who disliked this scene. Ash was being so mean, and off course Daemon had to join in, and she just flipped the spaghetti on them, and Ash couldn't create eloquent sentences, and Daemon actually started laughing, And Katy decided that she wouldn't be a pushover and take any of that crap. I love Katy. Plain and simple, and I don't know who wouldn't love her.
The scene where she finds out that they're aliens, wasn't my favorite, mainly because I saw it coming. I was waiting for the "say it- say it out loud" moment, for Katy to find out what I already knew. But that was pretty iconic to the series, and it was fun I guess. We saw Daemon's cool alien tricks, and those are pretty awesome.
I also liked the ice cream scene. It's not one of the in your face- big- woohoo- let's dance-roll on the floor-brilliant scenes, but it made me laugh. It was when Dee was telling Daemon "My ice cream is not your ice cream". It was funny, ice cream cartons were thrown,  and I enjoyed that scene, even though, in grand scheme of the series, it wasn't very important.
The homecoming dance scene. The thing with Scott- we kind of saw that coming, but Katy was very clever with what she said and it wasn't only Daemon who underestimated her- I didn't expect her to say what she did either. I'll replay the conversation for you
dialogue straight from the book
"Daemon: It doesn't matter what I'm doing. You're not going to that party.
Katy: You can't tell me what to do, Daemon.
Daemon: Dee is taking you home. And I swear, if I have to through you over my shoulder and carry you out of here, I will.
Katy: I'd like to see you try.
Daemon: I bet you would.
and here's where it gets better
Katy:Whatever, you're the one who's going to cause a scene carrying me out of here. Because your local alien teacher is watching us as we speak. What do you think he's going to think when you toss me over your shoulder, buddy?"
And I was just like *cue sarcastic applause* well played Katy, well played.
The Arum attack, where Katy came in with the obsidian, and kicked Arum ass, was the first scene where I really began to love Katy as a heroine. I mean, I loved that she read books, and blogged, and how she was sarcastic and funny, but that attack was when she went from being a "main character" to being a heroine- you know what I mean?
And then when Daemon and Katy woke up with their legs tangled together. At first, this is really weird, and you just wonder what the hell happened. But, if you've read the bonus content from Daemon's point of view in the new bind-ups, you know what happened. I'll tell you though, if you don't know what happened. So, they fall asleep together, right? Nothing sexual about it, they just thought they'd seen too much for the night, and slept. And then, Daemon dreamt, and I quote,"She stirred, and I dreamt hear responding, wanting me instead of hating me." Fast forward, and I'm sure you'll understand what went on, when you here this next line."Shit. I'd felt her up, in my sleep." I was all but rolling on the floor while laughing when I read this. And what's really suckish, is that Daemon decides it's safer to make Katy hat him, and so, when they need to burn off the trace, he makes out with her, and blows up her laptop, and leaves her after saying "You're barely glowing now." That was the pissyest thing he could say, and HE SAID IT. The laptop scene is in the book trailer, and even though the opening monologue at the beginning of the trailer is extremely cheesy, the laptop scene is awesome. I start laughing every time I watch that part, because when you haven't read the book, and you see the trailer, you won't really notice that, or pay much attention to it. But when you understand the context, it's so awesome. And if you go to JLA's website and do some sleuthing, you'll find the laptop scene cut to ET by Katy Perry. You know what, here's the link- you don't even have to do the sleuthing. Here you go. It'll take 30 seconds of your time, go watch it, come back, and we'll continue our discussion.
Okay, all that aside, the last scene I can think of that was really important,was the climactic sequence of Katy harnessing alien powers to kill the Arum. I'd like to see how that scene would play out in a movie, because it's written so visually, but I can't imagine how it would look while it happened. But Katy was awesome, and when I read it, I couldn't wait to read the next book. Yeah, I have to say that in the past tense, because I read this book for the first time, back in February or March.
This ends with Daemon's proposition that they should be together. Katy says hell no to this idea, and I applaud her for that. I mean, so many characters take that chance, and jump into the arms of the said love interest, and after all the crap Daemon gave her in this book, she should definitely not do that, and I'm glad she didn't.
And that was the point where this book came to a close. I loved this book. It was probably one of the best first-book-of-a-series books, and it jumps right into the action, and the world, and it's a really fun read, and you have to read it. You can't not read it.
I guess that's all for this review. Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Friday, August 8, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #2

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. For the rules of the meme, you can go to either of the host's websites and find them, and then join the fun. 
Today's question of the week is: Social Share! What is your favorite social network and leave us a link so we can join you!
My favorite social network is definitely Twitter. I just feel like Twitter is so much easier than Facebook and Instagram and Tumblr and all those other tedious social networks. My twitter is: @werrew96, so follow me there if you will. 
Well, that's today's F&FF. I guess I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to showcase upcoming releases that we're excited for. This week, I'm waiting for In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. It's the third book in the Darkest Minds trilogy, which is an amazing, underrated dystopian trilogy. These books have great characters, great world building, and lots of kicking ass. I really recommend you read the first two books before this comes out on October 28,2014. Oh, and the coolest part of it, is that the titles complete a sentence. Which I'm excited to understand the meaning behind it. But the sentence is: The Darkest Minds Never Fade In the Afterlight. But that's cool. The cover's interesting...Not sure how I feel about it. It'll probably look a lot better in person, when it has all the shimmery, glossy, shiny, sparkly dimension. The covers for this series are pretty, but they don't really hint at what the books are about. But that's beside the point. I loved The Darkest Minds, and I loved Never Fade even more, so I'm really excited for In the Afterlight. The Amazon blurb doesn't reveal too much, but enough to keep readers excited. It says we'll see more Cole, and there's conspiracy, and they're holding Clancy prisoner, and IT'S EXCITING. 

Amazon Blurb
Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.
They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IANN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.
Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

So this is my Waiting on Wednesday. What's your's? Tell me in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Marry Kiss Cliff Tag

I contradict myself and make difficult decisions in the Marry Kiss Cliff Tag. I also make a huge book confession regarding the Covenant series. But you'll just have to watch to see the confession ;-).
 I had so much fun doing this video, and I hope you have fun watching it. Tell me if you agree/disagree with my decisions in the comments. I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Recommend for Someone Who Hasn't Read Fantasy


 Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is the top 10 books you'd recommend to someone who's never read .... In my case, the ... is fantasy, so I present to you, in no particular order, my Top 10 Books I Recommend to Someone Who Has Never Read Fantasy
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- duh. If you weren't/aren't allowed to read them, it's okay. But if you are making the decision not to read them, you are mental. Get your ass to the library/computer/bookstore and read them.
2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare- This happens in the Shadowhunter world. I do think that the world is really interesting, because it brings in werewolves, faeries, vampires, and warlocks, and it does it in a way that is pretty damn awesome. Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite authors, and anything she writes is brilliant.
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare- This is the first book in the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments- The Infernal Devices. It also takes place in the Shadowhunter World. Set in London, it has a lot of familiar names, from the Mortal Instruments. Equally brilliant, and very fun.
4. Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout- This fantasy world is a spin on Greek mythology. JLA's writing style is so fun, and the main character in this series is really badass and awesome. I really recommend it.
I feel like I seem too preferential to JLA, because the next 2 recommendations are also by here.
5. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout- this is about aliens, which is a pretty different concept. There aren't too many young adult books about aliens, but this is. Like I said, Jen has this beautiful writing style, that is so enjoyable, and badass heroines. Oh, and the main character in this is a BOOK BLOGGER. I mean, she does Waiting on Wednesdays- I do those too! As do so many other book bloggers.
6. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout- This is about something that I haven't ever seen in fantasy- not in children's books, middle
grade, or any other YA. It's about gargoyles. Which seems really weird, but with JLA's writing, a badass heroine, and a hot demon- it's amazing.
This next recommendation is going to be controversial. I just know it.
7. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer- I think Twilight is a good medium to ease someone into the fantasy genre. This really could be at the top of the list for this reason. I mean, if you jump into fantasy with all these strange terms, and creatures, and concepts, you won't have a single clue what the hell is going on. Twilight is fantasy, but it's at the brink of not really being fantasy, because of the way it's written, and the terms and concepts are pretty simple. But say you're a 15 year old girl, who has -for some odd reason- never read a fantasy book ever, Twilight can help you get into fantasy. And yes this may only apply to certain people, or certain age groups, but the fact remains the same, that this could potentially make someone who saw fantasy as a foreign concept, actually enjoy it.
This next one is really pushing it, because anyone who reads it, who hasn't read fantasy ever, will be really confused, but if you're an overachiever, and feel like jumping straight into complicated fantasy worlds, this is for you.
8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- This is a really cool fantasy setting, and it's
complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it's an awesome book. Admittedly, I've only read the first book, but I'm planning to get to the 2nd and 3rd books soon. I really enjoyed the first book, and I look forward to reading the rest.
I couldn't not have these next two on the list. Can you guess what they are?
9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
10. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
These two series are some of my favorite series of all time. They're about vampires, and these vampires are definitely a step up from the Twilight vampires, but Richelle Mead's writing is funny, and fast paced, and it's really a really cool fantasy world. It's considered "dark fantasy" or "urban fantasy" or something like that, but IT'S FANTASY.
And that concludes my list. What was the ... in your TTT? Tell me in the comments. Happy Tuesday everyone, and I'll talk to you next time.
- Swathi

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Silver Shadows: Bloodlines #5 by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows is the 5th book in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, and it was glorious. It came out on July 29, and it was my Waiting on Wednesday a couple weeks ago. I have so much to say, and I'm going to spoil everything. So if you haven't read it, I suggest you go do that. I really recommend this series, and the Vampire Academy series as well.
Right now, I'm wondering how this book passed so quickly. So much happened, but the book was over so quickly.
Where do I begin? Maybe the beginning. Well, this opens up with Sydney in her cell, where she doesn't have a clue what time it is,what day, what month, which state- nothing. The point of that, is to strip her of all her dignity until she begs for redemption or whatever the shithead Alchemists want. But, she finally does, and she's been there for 3 MONTHS. In her cell, in the dark for three months.
Meanwhile, Adrian is failing his classes, getting drunk, and not doing everything he can to get Sydney. His response to Sydney's capture kind of disappointed me, but I can't really blame him, because he'd been trying for 3 months, and had already done everything in his power. But I feel like he should have been more determined, than just go back to the court with his mom. And get drunk at the court.
On the topic of that, I have a hunch that Nina is going to play a larger role in the next book. It only makes sense right? There wouldn't have been so much spotlight on her, if it wasn't regarding her role in the next book.
Back to Sydney, and reeducation. Those methods that the Alchemists use are horrendous. I read an interview with Richelle Mead, about how she researched those methods, and she said that there was research involved, and that some of those methods are used by real people to try to "ungay" gay people. Which is sick and wrong on so many levels. I mean the vamps are better than that. Just saying. But Sydney is also helping negate the Alchemist compulsion ink, and it's all really badass and reckless. Adrian doesn't approve.
Which brings me to when they were finally able to dream connect with each other. When Sydney managed to get the gas flow to stop and Adrian got his shit together and stopped drinking and went back to Palm Springs to plan.
I'm going to skip forward to their escape. Damn. Just damn. The escape would have been a nice cute ending, if they all went back and lived happily ever after, but it was way too early in the book for happily ever after- that's how I know that shit would be going down. The "car chase" after that went by so quickly, and then they got married :). And that too, would have been a happy ending, but nope. More shit went down after that. But finally, when they got on the plane, and got back to the Court, and Lissa (who at this point is being an annoying biotch, by being happy to willingly give Sydney to the Alchemists, even after Sydney helped the Moroi so much with their anti-strigoi tattoo. Actually, even at the beginning, when Adrian asked for help, she was a biotch. She was just a biotch through the whole book) Okay. I'm being a little unfair. Lissa did eventually cave and tell the Alchemists to back off, and she got rid of Sydney's dad.
And then Adrian's mom ended things with Adrian's dad, and that made me happy. She heeded Adrian's words, and kept her pride- which is a good thing.
At this point, all the feels were there. I was happy, and it was cute, and #sydrian, and all was dandy, and adorable, and they were married, and it was perfect- right? Nope, off course we had to prepare for the shit that would go down in the next book, and Jill disappears. My money's on the Alchemists- I think they took her, and will use her to get Sydney. And I also think the marriage is going to backfire. And I strongly think that Tatiana will have something to do with it. I swear, that woman's worse dead than she was alive. Alive, she was mean, but had good intentions. Dead, she's the devil on Adrian's shoulder. What. The. Hell. Is. Her. Problem. I don't even know, but she's going to have something to do with everything that's going to shit. I'm not sure where she'll tie in, but she will.
And Rose. More Rose for sure in the next book. I missed Rose through this series, I mean she used to be this badass, hot, awesome heroine, but it feels like she's simmered down now, and I don't want that. I hope we see more badass Rose in the next book.
I loved this book to pieces. I cannot wait for the next book, which I believe is set to come out in February, 2015. I pray that it won't get pushed back. I am in love with this series. I love the characters, the writing, the world, everything. I recommend this book for all these reasons. I know that the covers aren't the best, and I know that people will always judge books by their cover; I'm telling you to give it a chance even if these covers tell you otherwise. This is one of my favorite series of all time. I love Adrian. #Sydrian.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments. What was your favorite scene in this book? I think mine was the plane, where everything was okay- even if it was just for a short time. It was just adorable and cutesy, and as a teen girl, I don't think I could not like that. But tell me what you liked, tell me if you're excited, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Take Me On (Pushing The Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

Take Me On is the forth companion novel for Katie McGarry's Pushing The Limits series. It takes place before the epilogue of Crash Into You. Crash Into You is about Isaiah and Rachel, and Take Me On is about Rachel's brother, West and Haley. I feel really stupid that it's taken me so long to pick this up. I was under the impression that it was coming out later, this fall. Little did I know, that it came out in MAY. Via Twitter, I realized that it was already out, and I picked it up, and started reading it.

I feel that Katie Mcgarry's books just get better and better. They have a similar main thread of story, but in each book, the thread is embroidered differently, and they don't feel repetitive. I feel so proud of myself for thinking of that metaphor.That aside, I think this was my favorite Pushing the Limits book yet.

At first I was skeptical of West, because I didn't really care much for him in Crash Into You, but he was shown in a much different light in Take Me On, and I came to like him a lot. We learn that through his eyes, he was protecting his sister, but through Rachel's eyes that wasn't exactly the case. West actually becomes determined, driven, and focused on what he'll have to do. And this reality check was long over due, given that he was the drinking, smoking party boy before.

The main female character, Haley is very different from most female contemporary characters. She's a kick boxer, and I think, that there's something really hot about any female character who can physically fight. This is the first contemporary I've read with a female fighter. In a lot of YA fantasy there are female characters who can fight, but it's rarer in contemporary from what I've seen. But I liked her from the first page. She was strong, loyal, and brave. She was able to stand tall in her situation, which wasn't a good one. She stood up for what she believed in when she was being told to shut up. She knew what she deserved, and wouldn't let herself be treated any less.

Anyway, Katie McGarry has a way of making you like her characters, and in this book, it wasn't any different. I loved West and Haley together. They're perfect for each other. I really enjoyed this book, and I really recommend that you read them. They don't need to be read in order, but it helps to read them in order, and they're more enjoyable to read in order, because the stories build on top of each other, and the characters develop through the series. I can't wait for the next book, which is about Noah & Echo, the characters from Pushing The Limits, and their road trip after high school.

Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Friday, August 1, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #1



Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. It's for bloggers to gain followers and friends.
The Topic: What is the biggest city you live nead (or interesting landmark)? Show us a postcard picture.
The biggest city near me is San Francisco, California.


So those are post cards of San Francisco. What is your nearest city/landmark? If you follow me, I will follow you back, and I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi