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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 Fire…

Booktube-A-Thon 2015: Wrap Up!

So it is now, Monday August 10th 2015 and it is twelve o'clock in the afternoon where I am (Well it was when I wrote this...but I forgot to upload it..sorry!!), which means the Booktube-a-thon is over...and I didn't read to the best of my ability for several reasons. One people kept coming over to my house and two I was out and about doing things with friends and my boyfriend before I leave for my first year of college. I'm sad that I didn't read as much as I would have liked, but I had fun and I did read the main book I wanted to read. So on with the update!

I started off the read-a-thon reading the Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Okay, it was more like I continued reading it since I was on page 426, but eh technicalities :P I finished this on the third day and it was awesome! I loved it and would recommend it for everyone, who isn't a young child... Anyway I read a total of 496 pages for this book! :D

Then I started listening to Soul Meaning by A.D. Sta…

Booktube A Thon 2015: Day 3

It is now the third day of the Booktube-A-Thon and I finished The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub! It was so good ugh! Jack Sawyer is such a wonderful character and the plot was so rich. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but if it was possible I would give it way more than five stars! Now, I really want to pick up the sequel Black House! :D Right now, I'm going to start to listen to the audiobook of Soul Meaning by A.D. Starrling!


Completed Challenges:
*Read a book with blue on the cover: The Talisman
*Read a book that is someone else's favorite book: The Talisman 

Hope you guys are having a great week!
    -Ashley <3

You Are Not Alone: Stories from the Front Lines of Womanhood by Leah Carey

You Are Not Alone: Stories from the Front Lines of Womanhood by Leah Carey  Average Rating: 4.57 Stars My Rating: 5/5 Stars ISBN: 9780692285619
*I received a copy of You Are Not Alone: Stories from the Front Lines of Womanhood in exchange for an honest review* 
After Twitter exploded with the hashtag #YesAllWomen, which told stories of women's experiences of harassment and assault in their daily lives and disturbing comments from some, and the Isla Vista killings, ten amazing women came together to share their stories with each other and later on with the world. Each woman from varying races, ages, locations, and lifestyles writes their own unique stories and thoughts based on all different types of prompts chosen by Carey, who also participated and created the writing workshop. 
The beginning chapters are an introduction to the events that lead to the start of this wonderful book. Carey writes about the Isla Vista killings, the #YesAllWomen movement, and a note to all of the male rea…

June Wrap up/July TBR!

Hey guys! How are you? 
I'm just going to come out and say that June was a really bad reading month for me... I only completed two books and got a chunk of reading done in some others. I read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Demon's Blood by Shari Sakurai. I wrote a review for Demon's Blood, which was a really good book and I will include the link to the review below if you are interested. Funny thing is that both books I completed were about vampires, even though they were totally two different types of vampires, while still being thoroughly enjoyable. On the other hand, I started reading Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, which I finished in the beginning of this month, and I read Apt. Pupil from Different Seasons by Stephen King. Apt. Pupil was good, but not my favorite story from Stephen King and Anna Dressed in Blood was awesome and it got a 5 out of 5 stars from me. 
As for my July TBR, I'm going to be reading The Talisman by Stephen King because my frie…

Demon's Blood by Shari Sakurai

Demon's Blood by Shari Sakuria Average Rating: 4.11/5 Stars

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Pages: 308
IBSN: 978099282424

*I received a copy of Demon's Blood in exchange for an honest review*

Demon's blood is about two vampires after they flee Tokyo because of a house fire caused by vampire hunters. It's the story of how they try to make a new life for themselves in England. The two vampires are Kokawa Taku and his lover, Thane. Months later, Thane is still having nightmares of the fire that almost took their undead lives. Thane later becomes careless, which leads to the discovery of one of his victims. His lover, Taku, on the other hand tries to deal with the aftermath, but Thane disapproves of his methods. Also while this is going on, Taku tries to hide what really happened to them three months ago...

Lately, all the vampire books I read are about fluffy or sexy vampires that are angst-ridden or trying to make a romantic relationship work with someone of a different species. Or the…

June TBR/Update!

So I started writing this post during my vacation in Florida, but I didn't have access to a computer to properly write and upload this. So it is really late and I'm sorry about that. I'm trying to become more consistent because I've been failing at it. I'll just have to try harder :D

Now on to the TBR/update...
In the past fifteen days, I finished the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and read a little more of Different Seasons by Stephen King.

Other books I plan to try to read or finish are:
Different Seasons by Stephen King: I'm almost done with Apt. Pupil, which is really good so far! :D Not that I expected any less from Mister King :PDemon's Blood by Shari Sakurai:I'm currently reading this and I'm enjoying it so far. It has gay main characters that are vampires! What more could you ask for!? I also will be posting a review for this book as it was sent to me for review from the author.Perfect World by Shari Sakurai:This is also a book Shari sent m…

Finally! A April/May Wrap Up!

Hey Guys, Girls, and Everyone in between! I'm super sorry, I have not posted anything in a long time! It was the last two months of school for me, which involved prom, senior awards, and graduation. Very fricken hectic :D Also May was a really bad reading month because I didn't read a lot and was in a reading slump. I started multiple books and finished two books for school. I also read one novella to my cousin before his bed time while babysitting. On the other hand, April was a really good reading month because I read seven books.

APRIL!
The books I read in April were:
Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith:5/5 I absolutely adored this book and I got so addicted to it that I needed the next book right away! I even got the next book through the author Stormy, who is so sweet. Here is the link to my review if you are interested! :D  http://perksofbeingalatenightreader.blogspot.com/2015/04/bound-by-duty-by-stormy-smith-booktalk.htmlBound by Spells by Stormy Smith: 5/5 I continued my new a…

GATHERING SHADOWS COVER REVEAL!!!!! ARE YOU EXCITED?!?!?!

It's finally here! Here is the cover for part three of the Whispers of the Fallen Series. I'll be posting a link for a chapter sampler! #twotf #tgos #thewhispersofthefallen #thegatheringofshadows.

Chapter Sampler: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5ijSZOznrGKbEtQZmZ1S3o2RWRsSlJtZzN1Q3Z0U1VrZzd3&authuser=0

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon End of Event Meme

End of Event Meme:
Which hour was most daunting for you?Probably, hours 20-24.Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins because it is fast paced and has magic! Also it is kind of shortish...Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?Find ways to limit distractions...like boyfriends that tickle you when you're trying to read...lolWhat do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?I think that it all went really well.How many books did you read?I read a total of 2 books.What were the names of the books you read?Doctor Sleep by Stephen King & Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins Which book did you enjoy most?Doctor Sleep...two words: Danny Abra....they are adorable!Which did you enjoy least?Hex Hall, but it was still really good.If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?I wasn't a cheerleader, but I want to help out October. H…

Really Late Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Mid-Event Survey & Update!

Really Late Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness!
 2. How many books have you read so far?
I've read one book so far! Still proud!
 3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I'm looking forward to Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins! :D I might put The Knife of Never Letting Go down for a while and read Hex Hall instead...
 4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
My boyfriend came over and was tickling me...so I'm going to have to say yes. I deal with it by kicking him of the couch. lol Just kidding, I made him read with me!  
 5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I actually can't think of any lol

Update!:
  For the last couple of hours, I didn't read much because my partner came over and we got caught up in YouTube videos. I think I read a total of 25 pages..., but its okay! I'm going to read a much as I c…

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Hour 7 Update!

Hey guys, girls, and everyone in between! I finished my first book of the read-a-thon, which was Doctor Sleep by Stephen King! It was so good and it was a great sequel to The Shining! 5 out of 5 stars!

Now I'll be moving on to either I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak or Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Thanks for reading    -Ashley <3

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Hour 4 Update!

So at the end of hour three, I had read 42 pages of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, which is getting so good. But I took a break at the beginning of hour 4 so I could do the Mini Challenge, which can be found on my instagram!

My mini challenge!: https://instagram.com/p/15x7SKOMge/

Hope you all are having a good day and I'm sorry if I'm accidentally spaming you with updates!
  -Ashley <3

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Opening Meme & Hour 3 Update!

Opening Meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The United States
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Either Doctor Sleep by Stephen King or The Child Thief by Brom.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Popcorn
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I'm going to be graduating this June and then I'm off to college. I like writing and blogging just as much as reading. I sadly don't have cute pets. I started my blog for the #readathon last October and I've loved working on this blog since then!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I did participate in last years read-a-thon and I will take breaks when I need them, which I didn't do last year.

Hour 3 Update:
Sadly, I missed two hours of the read-a-thon because I slept through my alarm, but that is okay! I am ready to read! Now I got to …

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon TBR Stack!

So in less than nine hours the Dewey 24 hour read-a-thon will start and I haven't announced what I'm going to read. So here is my TBR stack for tomorrow!

Since I am completely enthralled with Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, I am going to read that and definitely going to try and finish it because it is so freaking good!

Then I will pick up books from the list below:
* means reading for school
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (on pg. 95)*Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (31% done)*Different Seasons by Stephen KingThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (on pg. 157)Hex Hall by Rachel HawkinsThe Child Thief by Brom


I am super excited and can't wait! But I must go to sleep, so I can be bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning to start off the read-a-thon right! Thanks for reading!
   -Ashley <3

Novelty by Shann Hurst

A tale of small town magic. It's the year 1985, the summer of "New Coke" and the Live-Aid concert. A quiet Indiana town has fallen into turmoil with the sudden failure of their local landmark- a mystical wish granting machine dating back to the 30's. Newly elected Sheriff Jimmy Picnic must calm the local nerves, while trying to handle a slick California con man who's recently arrived, insisting that only he can fix the novelty... but for a price. Can the Sheriff manage this? Especially, while solving the first murder of his career, that of a visiting historian searching for the lost treasure of Napoleon. Sheriff Jimmy must overcome the revived crush of his high school dream girl, the destructive forces of mother nature, and a very dangerous foreigner who will stop at nothing to retrieve a sacred object that is too unbelievable to conceive. Novelty is comedy of a mystery, wrapped in mythology, with a flair for the nostalgia of the MTV generation.

Average Rating: 4 …

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Tips for All!

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a great month. I am super excited since the Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon is almost here. I have only done this once, but I learned a lot during that 24 hour period. Now I am going to share my advice with you.

1. Read What YOU Want to Read.

This is incredibly important. If you are not reading something you want to read and your pushing yourself to read it, then put it down and take a break. Read something you want or take a nap. If your doing this, it could led to a reading slump or watching Netflix... I totally did that! Not that there is anything wrong with taking a break! Or watching Netflix...


2. Take Breaks, Even Naps!

This is key to having fun during this read-a-thon! If your eyes start to blur, take a nap. If your hungry or want to watch Netflix for a little bit. Do it! Or you could cheer other people on during the read-a-thon. If you didn't sign up to be a cheerleader, join #TeamRogue and cheer. :D Just do not over work yourself.

Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith! BookTalk!

Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she's an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she's betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn't even know his name. Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become. As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart? 

Average Rating: 3.92 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9780692259016

*I bought and read the Kindle version for a book club called Read With Ben*

So I mentioned earlier …

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon & Book Depository Alffilate!

Two awesome things are happening. One is the Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon, which is April 25th and runs for 24 hours hence the name. This is actually sentimental to me because I started this blog to participate in the last Dewey 24 hour read-a-thon and I am so happy that I did. I also signed up to be a cheerleader for it as well, which is incredibly exciting and I cannot wait. I will be posting a currently reading/TBR type post for it as well as a wrap up. I might do hourly updates but I'm not entirely sure. I also might partake in a couple a mini-challenges throughout the day. Also I will be tweeting and posting pictures on instagram throughout the day.

The last exciting thing I have to tell you is that I am now an affiliate for the Book Depository, which means if you use a certain link to the book depository and buy a book, I get a small commission. Obviously, I'm not going to force anyone to use the link, but when I do reviews I will leave the link as an option as well …

April TBR!

Hi guys, girls, and everyone in between! Happy Easter and April! I am doing things a little differently, so I can get out of my reading slump. So for this month I am only reading books that I am super hyped about that I have bought recently or a while ago. I will not be reading any review books.
So without further ado, here is my TBR for April.

I am currently taking a break from Mr. Ruins by Michael John Grist because I find myself not interested in the story. It's written really well so far, but the plot is not drawing me in to be honest. So I will pick it back up in May along with other review books.

I am currently reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I bought this book because Jesse, from jessethereader, talks basically non-stop about this book and about how good it is. Also my boyfriend and some other friends read it and thought it was really good.

I am also currently reading Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith for the Read With Ben book club. I …