Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tainted Energy (Book #1) by Lynn Vroman + Giveaway

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Published: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Untold Press, LLC
Pages: 306
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town's throwaways isn't exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can't keep his fists to himself doesn't help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her. 

When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can't explain it all away... until one day dream guy does find her. Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime. 

However, someone else has already found her... and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she's ever known-even if that life doesn't include him.

Buy Links:

About the Author:
Born in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes 
down all the cool stuff.

With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.

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My Rating:

I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours for the blog tour, all reviews and opinions are my own.

This was a very interesting read. At first from the blurb I thought this was going to be an angel kind of book where she isn't fallen but is reborn for doing something wrong, but this was very different from what I thought it was going to be. I was surprised and after reading the first few chapters I was hooked in and couldn't put it down. There are other worlds through out this book and I hope when I continue on to book two that we get to see even more of these other worlds other than the ones we come across in the first one.

The world building for these other worlds had a lot of description, and I could easily picture each world. The only thing I wished there was more information on is where Lena is originally from that world is still a bit confusing to me especially the rules that are supposed to be followed and what not. I am guessing though more information will be provided in the next books.

I liked Lena's character though coming from an abusive home I expected her to maybe have some more issues. Though she does run to get away from it all, to kind of free herself so that could be seen as a coping mechanism for her home life. I was so happy that Lena didn't just accept everything that was told to her, even though she has had dreams of Tarek she doesn't instantly fall in love with him. Which was a relief that is one of the main problems with reborn people in books or at least ones that I have read.  I also liked at the beginning where Lena watches a scary movie to kind of scare herself but also to overcome that fear. That reminded me a lot of what I do and why I love scary movies so much. This is definitely a book about overcoming your fears and facing them head on. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and want to continue one with the series. This first book did leave off on a bit of a cliff hanger and I am wondering what will happen in book two because of it. Lena is a strong character and she is determined to hold on to her current life and live it to the fullest but of course there is Tarek and he isn't going to make that easy for her.

If you would like to pre-order book two in the Energy series, Lost Energy you can go here to order: Amazon. The second book will be coming out in early February. Also if you would like to see some other reviews and fun posts pertaining to this book tour please visit here to see what other bloggers thought.

Have you read Tainted Energy yet? If so how did you like it, let me know?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Broken Skies (Book #1) by Theresa Kay

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Published: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Pages: 372

Source: Netgalley
Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

My Rating:
I recieved this book from NetGalley for an honest review, all reviews and opinions are my own.

I was hooked into this book from page one all the way up until then end, and now I can't wait for the next one to be out. Jax the main character has been through a lot, and is a little mentally unstable because of it. I personally can really connect to this kind of character since I have been through a similar situation, and I loved that even though she was constantly pushed into uncomfortable situations she would still push through for her brother. Jax's character is very real and believable throughout the story; she has issues with people being close to her and anxiety and it is portrayed very well. But she doesn't use these things as a crutch, she works through it and any person that deals with anxiety or a past problem can tell you sometimes little tricks like the ones Jax uses are needed to get by.The cover also reflects Jax perfectly this is exactly how I pictured her in my mind.

The only downside is that there isn't much known about these aliens that have been here for ten years. One would think that someone would know something. A little is told about the world but still most of the aliens world is up in the air and not explained. I am hoping there is more about the alien's city and maybe even where they come from in the second book. Even with all that information left out it was still a very good read and I understand you can only fit so much information into one book at a time. There was a lot going on in just this one book many surprising twists I didn't see coming. 

I also loved Jax's name as well as Lir's. Talking about Lir, a guy with green/golden hair I could get on board with someone like that. My favorite color is green so I was already hooked and then as I kept reading and learning more about Lir I just fell for him. He is very sweet and caring even when some things go wrong he is always willing to appologize and admit he is wrong. I know a few men who could learn from this character. 

I liked how this has a different feel to it than some of the other science fiction books that I have read. In this book the aliens aren't hiding or blending in with the population and they didn't come to earth to start a war, or most of them didn't not at first. This is a very unique read and I am excited and can't wait for the next book in the series.

If you would like to know more about Theresa Kay and the other books she is working on please visit her site here:

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Goals

Hey everyone I mentioned a little while back that I would tell you guys what my goals are going to be for this new year. Since I did end up reading 125 books for last year I thought I would try for that again. So that will be my first and main goal. My other goals are year related and I am also doing them for a goodreads group I am in.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Raquel has read 3 books toward her goal of 125 books.

I also want to read to catch up or finish at least 10 series. I have some here that I plan on reading. The One book to catch up or finish I am not counting towards the 10 series read but that section is just for me to remind me what books I have to buy through out the year, if it is part of a series that I just have to read the one book and then I am finished I will probably count it like The Amber Spyglass I would count as a completed series since that has been on my shelf for a while.

One book to catch up or finish
The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
Saint Odd - Dean Koontz
Burned - Karen Marie Moning
The Shadows - J.R. Ward
Ensnared - A.G. Howard
Reap the Wind - Karen Chance
Firefight - Brandon Sanderson  1/10/15 ★★★★☆
The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead
In The Afterlight - Alexandra Braken
The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman
The Last Ever After - Soman Chainani
Salt & Stone - Victoria Scott
Revenant - Larissa Ione
Dragonbane - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Drakon - Shana Abe
The Smoke Thief
The Dream Thief
Queen of Dragons
The Treasure Keeper
The Time Weaver

The Dark Tower - Stephen King
 The Gunslinger 1/6/15★★☆☆☆
The Drawing of the Three
The Waste Lands
Wizard and Glass
Wolves of the Calla
Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower

Celestial Blues - Vicki Pettersson
 The Taken 1/4/15 ★★★☆☆
The Lost
The Given

The Spellmason Chronicles - Anton Strout

Alpha & Omega - Patricia Briggs
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

Riley Jenson Guardian - Keri Arthur
Full Moon Rising
Kissing Sin
Tempting Evil
Dangerous Games
Embraced By Darkness
The Darkest Kiss
Deadly Desire
Bound to Shadows
Moon Sworn

Elemental Assassin - Jennifer Estep
Tangled Threads
Spider’s Revenge
By a Thread
Widow’s Web
Deadly Sting
Heart of Venom
The Spider
Poison Promise
Black Widow
Spider's Trap

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter - Laurell K. Hamilton
Dead Ice

Lux - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Unicorn Chronicles - Bruce Coville
Song of the Wanderer
Dark Whispers
The Last Hunt

The Iron Fey - Julie Kagawa
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
The Iron Knight
The Iron Legends
The Lost Prince
The Iron Traitor
The Forgotten Crown

Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin
The Evolution of Mara Dyer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer 

You can also find this list will updated periodically on goodreads here:  
I also have some other challenges on there as well, but mostly its about finishing some series that have been sitting on my shelves for a while. I also am going to finish the two books that I have had sitting on my currently reading list for a while which is Outlander and the Aesop Fables. Also starting February I believe I will be picking out of my TBR bag again and making myself read books off my shelves that I wouldn't necessarily pick. 

And of course my main goal is just to have fun! I have a busy year ahead of me with possibly moving and living in a new state and what not so if I don't complete all my goals that is okay.

Writing goals I plan to finish two books possibly by the end of the year. I also plan on writing more every month instead of just saving it all for Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo. 

Blog goals I plan to write at least three or four reviews a month as well as other posts such as tags, life travels, and other things going on in my life or with writing. I want to do monthly wrap-ups still as well I know I missed December it was sort of a bad month for me but this is a new year and good things for the future hopefully. I also want to leave more comments on friends blogs that I visit a lot and of course keep talking to everyone who stops by here. 

What are your goals for 2015? 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bout of Books - Update day 7

Bout of Books

Currently Reading: 

  • Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

Books Completed:

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Pages read today: 128

Total pages read: 860

Books to read:

  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Read 125 pages
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop- Read 50 pages


Okay so I didn't get all the way through Broken Skies but I am almost done and it is pretty good. I didn't get through all my goals of things I wanted to read this week but for being sick I think it turned out pretty well and I enjoyed everything I did read which is a win since that is what read-a-thons are all about!

I hope everyone had a great read-a-thon and hope to see you again in the next bout of books! Let me know what you ended up all reading? How many books did you get through?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bout of Books - Update day 6

Bout of Books

Currently Reading: 

  • Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

Books Completed:

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Pages read today: 242

Total pages read: 732

Books to read:

  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Read 125 pages
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop- Read 50 pages


I feel a lot better today getting all that reading in. I can see I won't be getting through all the books I wanted to read but that is okay I always have a great time reading regardless and that is what this is all about in the end. I am hoping on this last day to maybe either come close to finishing Broken Skies or finishing it completely.

How are you guys doing this close to the end of the read-a-thon?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Bout of Books - Update day 4 & 5

Bout of Books

Currently Reading: 

  • Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Books Completed:

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Pages read today: 110

Total pages read: 490

Books to read:

  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Read 125 pages
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop- Read 50 pages


So I put day four and five together since I didn't get much reading done especially on day five. But I am still trudging along. Hopefully I can make up some reading we will see this cold sure is kicking my butt. So I am just going to keep this short and sweet so that I can get back to reading.

Hope everyone else is doing great. Is this read-a-thon going as you planned? I know it isn't for me but that is okay.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bout of Books 12 - Update Day 3

Bout of Books

Currently Reading: 

  • Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Books Completed:

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Pages read today: 70

Total pages read: 380

Books to read:

  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Read 125 pages
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop- Read 50 pages


Okay I took a turn for the worse and I had to sleep a lot so that I could work the overnight tonight so good news is I woke up and could breathe some what! Don't you hate it when you can't breathe through your nose or is it just me? Anyway I feel a lot better just a horrible cough and some what congested is left, the fever I had earlier is gone now. Yippie! Okay and now time to read the majority if not all of Firefight!

How is everyone doing still? Have you hit a wall or are you trudging on through?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bout of Books 12 - Update Day 2

Bout of Books

Currently Reading: 

  • Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

Books Completed:

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Pages read today: 160

Total pages read: 310

Books to read:

  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Read 125 pages
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop- Read 50 pages


Definitely felt worse with my cold today, since I could barely get any sleep with my stuffy nose and cough. But I did finish up the gunslinger and was proud of myself for that since it was a bit boring and now plan on reading some more on Broken Skies and starting Firefight. Though I am afraid I will read more of Firefight since I have been wanting to read this book for quiet a while now.

I hope you all are doing well with your reading and reading goals. Keep it up! What are you currently reading?

Book Blitz - Shadow Fire by Kimberly Leigh Wheaton

Title: Shadow Fire (The Light Chronicles #1)
Published: February 24, 2014
Publisher: Astraea Press
Pages: 310

Summary from Goodreads:
Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire - adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power? 

Buy Links:
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About the Author:
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.

Author Links:

Her Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Extra Book Excerpt:

The sound of metal clashing echoes through the air on deck. In the center of the ship Zane and
Taranis are sparring while the crew watches from a safe distance. Neither man seems to be 
holding back. Skirting around the fighting men, I reach the stairs up to the helm and scale them. 
Several pirates are leaning up against the railing overlooking the deck. When I appear they move 
aside to make a space for me in the middle.

“How long have they been at it?” I ask the group of men.

“Half an hour or so,” a red-haired pirate replies. “You want in on the betting pool? It's not too 

“I'll pass thanks.”

Only a moron would bet against Zane. Although I have to admit, it appears Taranis is putting up 
a good fight. He rushes at Zane with a series of furious swings, which are all parried with ease. 
When he leaps away, Zane charges him. Taranis manages to parry all but one swing. This one he 
blocks with the large silver gauntlet on his left forearm. Zane takes a step back and lowers his 

“Had enough yet, pirate?” he asks laughing.

Taranis is staring at him in cool silence, but his breathing is a bit labored. When the captain 
rushes him, Zane drops to the ground and knocks him down with a leg sweep. Taranis sprawls on 
the deck but doesn't lose his sword. Zane leaps to his feet and moves to place his sword at the 
rogue's throat. Taranis manages to block the strike with his gauntlet before leaping back to his 

“I guess not,” Zane observes.

Taranis gazes up at me with a leer and a wicked smirk. I don't even have time to gulp before he 
vaults over the rail to seize me around the waist. My shriek is somewhere between a cry of 
surprise and a laugh when Taranis pulls me against his side, pointing his sword at Zane.

“Drop your sword, mercenary,” he commands.

“Why would I do that?” Zane asks scowling. He's obviously not happy with the direction of the 
fight. For my part, I lean against Taranis, trying hard not to laugh. 

“I have your woman,” Taranis declares. “I'm sure you wouldn't want to see her harmed.”

“I know you won't hurt her, pirate,” Zane says, exasperation apparent in his eyes and his voice.

With a smirk, I glance up at the pirate's jubilant face. I have to agree with Zane. Taranis is as 
harmless as a puppy.

“Now either get back down here or surrender,” Zane yells.

“What if I do this?” Taranis asks, pulling on my braid and baring my neck to him.

His lips start trailing feather light kisses up my neck. I'm too shocked to do anything but stand in 
his embrace.

“Oh, that's it!” Zane shouts, running toward us. “You're a dead man!”

“Sorry, my gorgeous beauty,” Taranis says laughing, “gotta go!” He leaps off the railing just as 
Zane reaches my side.

“Are you all right?” Zane asks, cupping my cheek. I try to keep it in but to no avail. My laughter 
rings out, and I'm doubled over by the force of it. “I'll take that as a yes,” he mumbles before he 
takes off running after Taranis. “You may as well surrender, pirate! Where are you going to run? 
This is a ship!”

My Thoughts:
Just by this excerpt and synopsis alone it sounds like a good book. I can't wait to read this book and see where it leads. The cover is also absolutely stunning! Let me know if you plan on reading this series or if you have and let me know your thoughts down below.

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Bout of Books 12.0: Day 1 Update

Bout of Books

Currently Reading: 

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Books Completed:

Pages read today: 150

Total pages read: 150

Books to read:

  • Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Read 125 pages
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop- Read 50 pages


I haven't been feeling the best, just came down with a cold of course! But I think I did okay for day one I hope to finish The Gunslinger on day two and start Broken Skies and Firefight on day two. I hope I can get over this cold soon though it makes reading a bit of a challenge when I am gettig sleepy constantly.

How are you doing so far? Let me know.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bout of Books 12 Goals

Bout of Books

I know they aren't really doing goals this year for Bout of Books but I thought I would still do some for my own peace of mind. That way I still kind of have an idea what books I want to read and hope to get through.

Ongoing reads:

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Read 125 pages
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop- Read 50 pages
Book TBR list:
  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  • Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Thursday, January 1, 2015

End of the year Reading questions

Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read:  125
Number of Re-reads: 6
Genre You Read the Most From: Urban Fantasy and Young Adult

Best In Books

  1. Best book you read in 2014?  The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
  2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't? Legend by Marie Lu
  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did) in 2014? I don't really know I don't push people to read things usually though for 2015 it will be Kim Harrison's series since I am doing a reread with a group and my boyfriend is going to finally read it with me.
  5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014? Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It's a toss up between Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and Cress by Marissa Meyer for me . The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison.
  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014? Jennifer Estep or Rick Riordan.
  7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I haven't ever really read a lot of science fiction so I read a couple this year and hope to read more in the future. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year? Probably only The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison because of a year read a long I am doing with a group and my boyfriend. Maybe even a Witch with no Name as well.
  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014? The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset
  11. Most memorable character of 2014? Evalle from the Beladors series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love.
  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2014? If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  14. Book you can't believe you waited until 2014 to finally read? Throne of Glass series by Sarah J.  Maas
  15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014? “Asscrown," I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn't proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no. but he started it.

    Noah matched my pace. "Don't you mean 'assclown'?" He looked amused.

    "No," I said, louder this time. "I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses," I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

    "I guess you nailed me then.” 
    ― Michelle HodkinThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2014?  Shortest: Poison (short story) by Jennifer Estep  Longest: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  17. Book that shocked you the most? Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  18. One true Pair of the year? Cassie and Pritkin Forever!!! this is from the Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance
  19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year? Jem and Will from Clockwork Angel
  20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you've read previously? Not series related probably Innocence by Dean Koontz.
  21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure? Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer
  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014? Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  23. Best 2014 debut you read? I think the only one I read is The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year? Dove Arising by Karen Bao and The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read? The one that had me laughing the most is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  26. Book that mad you cry or nearly cry in 2014? Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead or If I Stay by Gayle Forman. The movie of If I stay definitely had me in tears it just hits home to something that I have wondered myself.
  27. Hidden Gem of the year? Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  28. Book that crushed your soul? Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance only because it leaves off on a major cliff hanger and the next book was supposed to already be out but it got pushed back. I need that next book.
  29. Most unique book you read in 2014? I think Reboot by Amy Tintera fits this category nicely because it kind of combines zombies and robots together and takes on a very unique story.
  30. Book that made you the most mad? Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks only because in those books at least the first two, women are one of two things basically and can't have depth.

Your blogging/ bookish life

  1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? I have two new favorite blogs that I always keep an eye out for which is Kitty and Fari over at My little corner for books and Booknut over at 21st Century Once Upon a Times
  2. Favorite review you wrote in 2014? The Paper Masque by Jessica Dall
  3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?  My favorite post that I did is Q&A NaNoWriMo
  4. Best even that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? The best event I always participate in is Bout of Books  but I also went to an author signing for Kim Harrison and it was the best time ever!!!
  5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014? Probably meeting all the new people and getting to know other bloggers and learn from each other. There is nothing better than talking books with others that love books just as I do.
  6. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)? Waiting on Wednesday - Carnival of Lies by Melissa Marr
  7. Post you wish got a little more love? Probably some of my earlier posts from this year but I understand I just started this blog at the beginning of 2014 and didn't have that many people visiting but now it has a pretty good flow. 
  8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I love Goodreads and now use it like I would facebook and even more than facebook now. 
  9. Did you complete any reaching challenges or goals that you had set for your self at the beginning of this year? I did complete the goodreads challenge I set for myself I wanted to read 100 books and surpassed that. That is the only real goal I had set for myself other than complete another NaNoWriMo and win which I also did.

Looking Ahead

  1. One book you didn't get to in 2014 but will be your number one priority in 2015? The Celestial Blues Trilogy by Vicki Pettersson. I have been meaning to get to her books for a while since Kim Harrison talks highly of her.
  2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)? To many series to count! Saint Odd by Dean Koontz, The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead, Firefight by Brandon Sanderson, and on and on.
  3. 2015 Debut you are most anticipating? I don't usually find out about debut novels from authors till I find them in the stores just because I have never heard of them before so I don't find them very easy. The only one I am really excited to buy when it comes out is Dove Arising by Karen Bao since I really enjoyed reading the ARC and know I will want to reread it and collect the series.
  4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2015? Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz are both ending that I am highly anticipating. There are probably others but those two are high on my list. 
  5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015? I have many things I hope to accomplish, I want to post more things on my blog not just reviews though I do want to do about two or three reviews a month. I also want to read 125 books in 2015 as well as finish and catch up on some series that I have had sitting on my shelves as well  as start some series. I want to continue making more friends through my blog and on goodreads, people who share my love for books. I hope to possibly finish two novels in 2015 as well as win NaNoWriMo again. I have a busy year to come.
  6. A 2015 release you have already read and recommended to everyone? Dove Arising by Karen Bao

Do you have any plans for 2015? What were some of your favorite reads this year?