Friday, September 23, 2016

Night of All Evil by J.M. Shorney

My Rating: 3/5 stars
Average Rating: 4/5 stars
Format: ebook
ISBN13: 9781310806902

*I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review from AuthorAmp.com*

Night of All Evil was a good gothic horror novel about a witch named Freya that has a dark past that comes back to haunt her and her family. Freya was my favorite character and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. The thing I liked about her was how she acted in the situations she is placed in. She also is just an interesting person that also happens to be a super powerful witch, which is pretty cool. In fact once I started this novel, I had a hard time putting it down. While I really enjoyed reading the story, the character development was just okay and it was kind of predictable. However, it was still a good read that grabbed my attention and kept me entertained.

Thanks for reading!
   -Ashley <3

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lost Time: The Adventure Begins by Norbert Monfort

My Rating: 1/5 Stars
Pages: 70
ISBN: 9781500391904

*I received a free copy of Lost Time: The Adventure Begins in exchange for a honest review*

"Robert Ridgely was a young professional living a rather mundane existence, but one he enjoyed. One day, Robert awakes to find he can't remember how he arrived at his destination. The more he finds out about what happened, the more confused he gets and the more time he realizes he's lost from his memory. As Robert persists, eventually he is drawn into an adventure that would change his life forever and place him on a path that he could never have imagined." -Goodreads

I really wanted to like this book, but I ended up actually hating it. The biggest problem I had was that there is no character development and very little world building. Due to this, I couldn't connect or grow to like the characters.  In fact, I kinda disliked them all and didn't care about their lives. If this story was longer and made more sense, I could have enjoyed it. If the story was longer, Monfort could have gotten in a lot more detail that could have developed the world and it's inhabitants better. It feels as if Monfort rushed his way through writing and created a work that reads like a draft. Also I didn't like how rape was joked about in a casual manner at one point. Overall, this was a forgettable story with a few stand out moments, but not for good reasons.

Thanks for reading
    -Ashley <3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22805009-lost-time?ac=1&from_search=true

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Biannual Bibliothon TBR!

Once again it's time for the summer part of the Biannual Bibliothon! This portion of the read-a-thon runs from July 3rd to July 9th. I can't wait for this week long read-a-thon to binge read some great books! Also it might help my annoyingly long reading slump to end. The hosts of this read-a-thon came up with several reading and video challenges and I will link their youtube videos about both below. While I will not be doing the video challenges, however, I will be participating in a couple of the reading challenges.

The Reading Challenges include:

  1. Read the group book- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  2. Free Choice/Wild Card Book
  3. Read a Book Off of the Host's List of Recommendations
  4. Read a Book With Your Favorite Mythical Creature
  5. Read a book You've Been Putting off Picking Up
  6. Read a Book from an Author You've Never Read Before
  7. Read a Book in a Different Formant than You Usually Read

I will not be reading the group book or any of the host recommendations because I don't own any of the books and I'm not super interested in their picks personally. However, I will be trying to read books that go along with all of the other challenges. For the second and fourth challenge, I will be reading Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. This is my free choice and it has vampires in it, which are one of my favorite mythical creatures. Besides I really like the movie and I wanted to read the book that came before the screen adaptation. Next for the fifth challenge, I will be reading When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti, which I have been putting off because of my reading slump and my lack of passion for reading contemporary books. Also I received a copy for review and it does sound really interesting. Then the book I picked for the sixth challenge is Project Ark by L.T. Gibbons, which is a science fiction novel I received for review from the author. It goes to say that I haven't read anything by Gibbons. Lastly, there is the seventh challenge and I'm going to be listening to the audiobook of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, which I normally wouldn't because audiobooks aren't my thing...
So that's my Biannual Bibliothon TBR! I look forward to binge reading and reading sprints on twitter! Let me know if you are join me in the read-a-thon and we can chat!

Thanks for reading
    -Ashley <3

Reading Challenges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCb5bP0KUc
Video Challenges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVwpumFrqLk

Friday, June 10, 2016

Soul Meaning by A.D. Starrling

My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Average Rating: 3.81 Stars
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs 1 min

*I received a free audiobook of Soul Meaning in exchange for an honest review*

This was a fast paced, action filled adventure involving immortals, hunters, and multiple explosions!  It centers around a halfbreed of two immortal races named Soul. For about the first three hundred years of his life, he was being hunted down by hunters from both sides . However, the hunt ends for a while, but it begins again years after causing Soul and Reid Hasley, his human business partner, to go on the run to find out why Soul is being hunted once again. This leads them to discovering many secrets, allies, and enemies. The immortal concept of them living for as long as it takes for them to die seventeen times was really cool, but confusing. I really liked it, but why seventeen lives... that seem like such a random number. Anyway it was still interesting and they gave me a Highlander vibe, which could never be a bad thing. Another thing I really liked about this novel was the dynamic and friendship of Reid and Soul. Their banter had me laughing the entire ten hours I was listening to the audiobook. You could also tell how much they care for each other and how loyal they are to each other. While I liked all of these aspects, I think I would have liked it even more if it was in a different format because I kept getting distracted and I kept having to rewind.  Also there was so much death that you kinda didn't care when someone died, well not everyone. There were definitely some deaths that hit the feels. However, I will end this on a positive note by saying that I loved all the science references. My favorite being the science reference on how they solved an the encryption on a journal, that was pretty awesome. What can I say? I'm a nerd. 

If you like action packed books with science references, I recommend this book because I think you'll have a good time!

Thanks for reading!
     -Ashley <3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24264674-soul-meaning?from_search=true&search_version=service

Thursday, June 9, 2016

May Wrap Up and June TBR!

A Little Update!

Hey guys! It had been a long time since I have written one of these and I'm so sorry. I've just been busy with work and school that I haven't had a lot of time to read. However, I'm home for break and that should all change! Also I'm going to try to do better next semester with uploading and such because I really do like book blogging and I just want to keep growing as a bookblogger.

Anyway, Now Onto My Wrap Up for May!

In the month of May, I read a total of three books and I enjoyed them all. Some more than others, but they all were good. These books include Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, and Severance by Michael Pristsos and Jessica Mastorakos.

Darkfever was a great start to a series about the fae and it has unique ideas involving the fae world trope. It had good characters and great world building. I really liked it and I will definitely continue with the series. I really liked the dynamic between Mac, the main character, and Jericho, a mysterious stranger that she needs the help of in order to survive this new world. I also highly enjoyed their banter.

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Scarlet, on the other hand, is the second novel in the Lunar Chronicles series. It is a science fiction retelling of classic fairy tales that drags me into the story within a few pages. I love the writing as well as the characters. Also I really loved the new characters that were introduced to the series and I seriously ship a new pairing! I also happen to love Wolf and he is my favorite. I have no shame in admitting that.

Lastly, I read Severance, which was a book that got sent to me for review from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. I thought the story was good and I liked it, however, it did have some flaws such as it being a slow paced book. If you're interested in a more in depth review, I will link it below. 😃

While I did finish three books this month, I did start two more books that I did not get to finish. These include Dreamcatcher by Stephen King and Soul Meaning by A.D Starrling. I have read about 30% of Dreamcatcher and I'm working on finishing the audiobook for Soul Meaning in order to write a review for it. That should be out every soon and I'm enjoying both novels a lot!

That is all I read in the month May! What did you read in May?

Now Onto My June TBR!

This month I plan to finish Soul Meaning and Dreamcatcher. Soul Meaning will be getting a review and I can't wait to share all my thought with you guys! After these two books, I plan on picking up two more books I received for review, which include Lost Time: The Adventure Begins by Norbert Monfort and Pawned Queen by S.K. Thomas. I hope to finish these this month or early next month and have their reviews up soon after finishing them.

What do you plan on reading this month? 

That's all for this wrap up and TBR! I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for reading!
  -Ashley <3

Severance Review: http://perksofbeingalatenightreader.blogspot.com/2016/06/severance-by-michael-pristsos-and.html

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Severance by Michael Pristsos and Jessica Mastroakos

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Average Rating: 3.67 Stars
Pages: 380
ISBN-13: 9871500392710

*I received a free copy of Severance in exchange for an honest review*

"To be born Gaian is to be born gifted. That wasn’t always true, but as more infants were born with special talents of the mind, what was once considered abnormal became the majority. The ungifted were sent to Thalassa, an island chain off the coast of the mainland. These orphans grew up in a vassal kingdom forced to pay dues to its overseers. In Severance, the first book of The Sovereign, a Thalassan soldier and orphan gets wind of a plot against his island home and wages war against its oppressors. A captain’s daughter fights for a love across the cultural divide. An assassin’s need for power takes him on a bloody journey throughout both lands. And a princess tells the biggest lie in her nation’s history, protecting her family’s right to rule."- Goodreads 

Severance was a good novel about the struggles those who are different face and the hard times involving war, deception, and power. It was well written and had many like-able characters, but it was very slow at times and it could get very confusing on which character is which due to the frequent switching of points of view. While the book had some flaws, I still found it to be a good read. It had great battle scenes and the plot was definitely intriguing. Lastly, the idea behind the world and the world building was pretty awesome. To be completely honest, the idea behind the world was the reason I said yes to reviewing this book in the first place. The world just captivated me because of the way that the Gaians' will just cast aside their children if they are not talented in mind reading. Especially since they are basically tested right after birth and then are shipped off to be a Thalassan orphan if they are cannot read minds. 

On to a more light hearted topic, my favorite characters happened to be Xander and Ana because it was interesting to see this world through their eyes as well as see how their cultures differ. Xander is a Thalassan soldier and orphan that the book centers a lot on and Ana is the Gaian daughter of a Gaian Caption and a Thalassan infant caretaker. On the other hand, a character I actually thought that I would hate but didn't was Roselyn, who is the Thalassan Princess and Xander's ex-lover. There are definitely some things about her character that are unlikeable in my opinion, but I still couldn't find it in myself to hate her. However, a character I loathed entirely was Donovan, who is a really bad character that got on my nerves endlessly. However, that is kinda impossible to avoid when he is one the antagonists in this novel. 

Overall, this was a good read and I would pick up the next installment. If you like war stories and stories that focus on two struggling races because one thinks they are better than the other, then I would suggest you pick this up. 

Thanks for reading!
    -Ashley <3 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24087084-severance
Authors' Goodreads:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Top 5 Books of 2015

Here are my top five books of 2015! This year they are in order :)

5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 

4. Horns by Joe Hill

3. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

2. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige 

1. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub 

Wrap Up/ Update!

Hey guys! It has been quite some time since I wrote a Wrap Up. However, after this long over due post, I will strive to have monthly wrap ups for you all! :) Now for a update on what I have been reading since my reading slump started back a couple months ago:

Since my slump, I have read a total of five books. The first book I read was A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. The premise of this novel is difficult to explain because of the set up of the novel. It is told through the point of view of a novelist named Ruth, who finds a journal written by a young teen named Nao, as well as from Nao's perspective. It goes through all of the struggles the young teen and novelist face. This was a tough book to get through for me personally and I would have stopped reading it if I could have. However, I had to read it for one of my classes. I gave this book two out of five stars (2/5). I was not crazy about the characters and the plot was slow as well as confusing. It just did not work for me and it lead to me going further into a reading slump.

After that, I read The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan, which was really good. This was a story about a girl named Eveny Cheval, who is moving back to Louisiana fourteen years after her mothers suicide with her aunt. As she settles back into her old home, she discovers family secrets, friends, and enemies. It was a great tale of magic and mystery. I liked the characters and the pacing was good. The plot was interesting and it kept me interested. I gave this book a four out of five stars (4/5).

Then I read The Wicked Will Rise and No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige. The Wicked Will Rise is the sequel to the book Dorothy Must Die, which I absolutely loved. While No Place Like Oz is a short story based in the same series following the story line of how Dorothy got back to OZ and how she took over as the "Queen" of Oz. I gave The Wicked Will Rise a five out of five stars (5/5) and No Place Like Oz a three and a half out of five stars (3.5/5). Once again the characters in this series are amazing and I highly enjoy them and I love to hate Dorothy and all her allies. I absolutely adore Amy, the main character. The plot was great and I will say the series only got better as I continued reading.

Lastly, I read Horns by Joe Hill. This novel was about Ig Perrish, a man who lost his girlfriend a year ago and was accused of murdering her. After a night of doing horrible things, he wakes up with horns and people start admitting terribly honest thoughts and ideas. From then on he tries to discover what really happened the night his girlfriend, Merrin, was murdered.

Now, I'm currently reading Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. This is the sequel to The Talisman, which was about a young boy named Jack on an epic journey to save his mother. Black House is the a story about Jack as an adult and the gruesome murders that are taking place in his new home.

So that is what I have been up to in my reading for the end of 2015. I hope you had better reading months than I did and I hope I can drag myself out of my slump. :)

Thanks for reading!
 -Ashley <3

Monday, January 11, 2016

A New Year & A Hopeful New Beginning

You all must have noticed the lack of new posts and reviews. Sadly, towards the end of the summer I fell into a huge reading slump and I lost my passion for reading book after book. Starting my college career also did not help me as a book blogger or reader in a reading slump. However, I hope this new year can lead to the end of my slump and a renewed passion for books. I will be posting a wrap up/update on what I've read since my slump started as well as the books I'm currently reading.

I wish you all a wonderful and amazing year! I can't wait to start posting reviews, TBR, and wrap up posts once again! 

Thanks for reading!
  -Ashley <3

P.s. Happy New Year! (Even if its eleven days late :p)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Firedragon by Mary Fan

The Firedragon by Mary Fan
Average Rating: 4.47 Stars
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
Pages: 95
IBSN: 9780974909646

*I received a copy of The Firedragon in exchange for an honest review*

The Firedragon by Mary Fan is a novella about a fourteen year-old girl named Aurelia "the Firedragon" Sun, who has been training her whole life to become a defender. Defenders are non-magical humans, who fight monsters that are left on earth after the Enchanters, who are magical humans, defeat the Lord of the Underworld. In her world, the government is ruled by the Enchanters and they have their sights set on her because of her extraordinary combat skills. After they take interest in her, she is sent to participate in a international monster-fighting competition, which pits fighters from all around the world to fight against creatures of the underworld. I bet you can imagine the violent spectacle. As Aurelia progresses through the competition, she realizes not everything is what it seems.

I enjoyed The Firedragon by Mary Fan. Her story was never boring and her fight scenes were highly enjoyable. I liked the world and her characters were interesting. However, I found Aurelia really annoying in the beginning, but as the story went on I grew to like her. I also really liked the plot. My only criticism is that the details of the world are thrown at you and it can be a little confusing at first, but it is a short story and it makes sense why that would happen. I personally feel that I should have read the Flynn Nightsider series first because I feel that I would have enjoyed the story more and I would have been able to truly appreciate the short story. Over all, I would recommend this read, but I would start the Flynn Nightsider series first.

Sorry, I have not updated in a long time! I will try to post more often, but I'm currently almost in the middle of my first semester of college. :)

Happy Reading!
   -Ashley <3