Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Hello everyone!
I recently finished reading Asylum by Madeleine Roux. Asylum follows a guy named Dan Crawford who is attending pre-college classes at an old psychiatric hospital. He makes two friends while attending: Abby and Jordan. He barely sees his roommate, Felix, who is always going to the gym. While attending these classes, he and his friends discover ties they have with the old asylum. 

What I Liked

I really enjoyed the plot. I loved reading about their journey uncovering the secrets of the old psychiatric hospital. There wasn't a point of the book that I found myself bored. The chapters were also really short which motivated me to read more in one sitting. This book is a true page-turner.

The pictures included in this book were great. There were pictures of the notes left for them and different pictures they found. I couldn't help but admire the pictures even though they were meant to be creepy.

What I Disliked

I didn't necessarily feel a connection with any of the characters. They weren't my favorite characters I've ever read and it took them awhile to catch onto things that were kind of obvious. Jordan was my least favorite character because he was really annoying. He was also really whiny which I don't like when reading about a character.

This book also wasn't as creepy as I was expecting it to be. I thought I would be a little scarier, but I wasn't even scared for a second. I feel like I would've enjoyed this book a little more if it was a bit scarier.

Overall, this book was 3.5/5 stars for me. I didn't hate it but also didn't love it. I do plan on continuing with the series to see how the story progresses and I really want to know what happens. If you love mystery/suspenseful books, you might enjoy this book. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.
~Abby

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Intimidating TBR Book Tag

Hello everyone!
I recently saw this tag over on BookswithEmilyFox's YouTube channel. 

1. A book on your TBR pile that you haven't finished.
The Truth Tha's In Me by Julie Berry. I only read about 50 pages of this book and got distracted by other books and just haven't gotten around to finishing it yet.

2. A book you just haven't had the time for.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. This book is over 1,000 pages!

3. A book you haven't read because it's a sequel.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I've already read Clockwork Angel, but I wanted to wait to read the sequel until I owned all three books, which I now do. I plan to read the rest of this trilogy really soon.

4. A book you haven't read because it's brand new.
Phantom by Susan Kay. This isn't necessarily a new release, but I recently acquired it, so it's brand new to me.

5. A book by an author you've previously read but didn't like.
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. I tried reading the Legend trilogy by her years ago and I couldn't get into it. I'm hoping I really like this book.

6. A book on your TBR pile that you're just not in the mood to read.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. I usually only like to read contemporaries during the summer which is coming up. Hopefully I'll get around to it this year.

7. A book on your TBR pile you haven't read because it's enormous.
I've already mentioned Gone With the Wind, but it's the biggest book on my TBR at the moment.

8. A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer. The cover is stunning and I love the color scheme. I'm also really interested in the story.

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. The intimidation for this book isn't about the size because it's quite short. It's intimidating because so many people love this series and I want to like it as well.

What books are you intimidated to read on your TBR?
Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day.
~Abby



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Summer Vacation Recommendations

Hello everyone!
Today I wanted to share some books/series that are perfect to read during summer vacation.

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Siren also by Kiera Cass

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Austenland by Shannon Hale

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt

Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy by Stephanie Perkins

What are some of your favorite books to read in summer?
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.
~Abby

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Five Star Reads

Hello everyone!
Today I wanted to share all of my five star reads as of May 2018. If I give a book five stars it means I loved it and would read it again in the future. I do reread a lot of books that I give three and four stars as well. If a book is in a series, I will specify which number it is.

Red Queen (#1) by Victoria Aveyard
The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
The Goddess Test (#1) by Aimee Carter
Happy Ever After by Kiera Cass
The Selection (#1) by Kiera Cass
The Elite (#2) by Kiera Cass
The One (#3) by Kiera Cass
The Crown (#5) by Kiera Cass
The Siren by Kiera Cass
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
Clockwork Angel (#1) by Cassandra Clare
Artemis Fowl (#1) by Eoin Colfer
Mockingjay (#3) by Suzanne Collins
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Prisoner of Cell 25 (#1) by Richard Paul Evans
Battle of the Ampere (#3) by Richard Paul Evans
Hunt For Jade Dragon (#4) by Richard Paul Evans
Fall of Hades (#6) by Richard Paul Evans
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
Dark Life by Kat Falls
Change of Dress by Maya Gold
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Unearthly (#1) by Cynthia Hand
Boundless (#3) by Cynthia Hand
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
The Riddle of Baby Rosalind by Angela Elwell Hunt
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Healing Spell by Kimberly Griffiths Little
Forgotten Carols by Michael McLean
Keeper of the Lost Cities (#1) by Shannon Messenger
Nightfall (#6) by Shannon Messenger
The False Prince (#1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wings (#1) by Aprilynne Pike
Spells (#2) by Aprilynne Pike
Illusions (#3) by Aprilynne Pike
Destined (#4) by Aprilynne Pike
Becoming Santa by Richard Robbins
Divergent (#1) by Veronica Roth
Four by Veronica Roth
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (#1) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (#3) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (#4) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (#6) by J.K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Magyk by Angie Sage
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Snowman by R.L. Stine
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Paranormalcy (#1) by Kiersten White
Endlessly (#3) by Kiersten White
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
The Martian by Andy Weir
Night by Elie Wiesel

What are some of your five-star books?
Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day.
~Abby

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ABBA Book Tag

Hello everyone!
I found this super fun ABBA book tag over at Reading in the Rain.
It looked like so much fun, and I wanted to share my answers with you guys.

1. Take a Chance On Me - A book you unexpectedly liked.
The Selection by Kiera Cass. I was recommended this book by a friend and I thought I wouldn't like it, but it ended up becoming one of my favorite series.

2. The Winner Takes It All - An overhyped book.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I read the first book in this series and I liked it but didn't love it. There's so much hype surrounding this series, but I don't know if I'll continue on with the series.

3. Waterloo - An amazing historical fiction book.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. If you haven't read this book yet, please do so. It is an amazing World War 2 novel that I absolutely love.

4. You're Only a Child - A recently published book.
As of today, War Storm by Victoria Aveyard and I am so excited to read this book!

5. I Have a Dream - A favorite, 'ideal' book.
Roseblood by A.G. Howard

6. Dancing Queen - A book with royalty.
I've already mentioned The Selection, but the other series that comes to mind is The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. 

7. Money Money Money - A book you're willing to pay lots for because it's awesome.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. This book is one of my all-time favorites.

8. Lay All Your Love on Me - A book that needs more attention.
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

9. Here We Go Again - A book that seemed to copy another book.
No books come to mind for this question.

10. S.O.S. - A book that should get in trouble and NOT be rescued.
Looking For Alaska by John Green. I really disliked this book and I wouldn't be upset if it went away.

11. Knowing Me, Knowing You - A book you know a lot about for whatever reason.
How to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I learned so much about this book in school and I've only ever read it once.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic day.
~Abby

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mothers In Books

Hello everyone!
Since today is Mother's Day, I wanted to share some of my favorite mothers in books.

1. The Ocean from The Siren by Kiera Cass
The Ocean is the mother figure to the sirens in this book and is always there for them. She loves them so deeply and hates it when they're suffering.

2. Natalie Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth
Natalie Prior loves her kids so much that she would die for them. She only wants to see them safe and protected.

3. Edaline Ruewen from Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Edaline may not be Sophie's biological mother, but she treats Sophie like an actual daughter. She protects her as much as she is able to and gives her space when needed. She is always there for her no matter what is going on.

4. Molly Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Molly has a very prominent personality throughout the series and acts like a mother figure not only to her own kids but also to Harry. She welcomes him into her home with open arms and treats him like a son. 

5. Amberly Schreave from The Selection by Kiera Cass
Queen Amberly is so welcoming and America is drawn to her. She is the opposite of her husband and shows affection to those she cares about. She cares for her son and wants to see him happy.

Who are some of your favorite mothers in books?
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.
~Abby

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Top Fifteen Childhood Favorites

Hello everyone!
Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite books/series from my childhood.

1. Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
2. The Healing Spell by Kimberly Griffiths Little
3. Ramona by Beverly Cleary
4. The Sister's Grimm by Michael Buckley
5. Cinderella Cleaners by Maya Gold
6. Geronimo Stilton by Elisabetta Dami
7. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
8. Dork Diaries by Renee Russell
9. Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton
10. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
11. Genius Files by Dan Gutman
12. Tales From Pixie Hollow by Laura Driscoll, Kiki Thorpe, & Kirsten Larsen
13. Among the Hidden by Margaret Petersen Haddix
14. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
15. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

What were some of your favorite books from your childhood?
Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day.
~Abby


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April Wrap-Up

Hello everyone!
This month I read a total of 7 books, and 6 of them were for the O.W.L. Readathon. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Review here.








Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Wisp (aka J.K. Rowling)
⭐⭐⭐.5









Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (aka J.K. Rowling)
⭐⭐⭐⭐









The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐









Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Review here.








The Siren by Kiera Cass
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review here.









Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5













Most of these books received high ratings, and I found some new favorite books this month. Let me know what you read this month.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful month.
~Abby

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Gilmore Girls Book Tag

Hello everyone!
I thought it would be fun to do this book tag for one of my favorite tv shows. 

1. Lorelai - A character who has a witty or sarcastic sense of humor.
Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir. His character was hilarious and I laughed through most of this book.

2. Rory - Your favorite classic.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

3. Luke - A book you secretly love but are afraid to admit.
No books come to mind for this question. If I really like a book, I don't hide it.

4. Lane - A musical character.
Rune from Roseblood by A.G. Howard.

5. Dean - Your first book love (character).
Maxon Schreave from The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

6. Sookie - A book that you devoured.
The Crown by Kiera Cass. I read this book all in one night.

7. Jess - A book that you love that everyone hates.
Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. Not everyone necessarily hates this series, but it has gotten quite less popular. I really enjoy the storyline and character development.

8. Miss Patty - A book that was ruined by all the hype.
Probably Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I did like this book, but I feel like I would've enjoyed it more if it wasn't so hyped up.

9. Emily Gilmore - Your most expensive book.
I don't really buy books full price, I find them cheaper from other places, so I don't know what my most expensive book would be.

10. Paris - An uptight character.
This one is tricky to think of, but I'd have to say Raquel from the Paranormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.
~Abby

Thursday, April 26, 2018

My Life In Books Tag

Hello everyone!
I thought it would be fun to do the My Life In Books tag. It sounded super fun.

1. Find a book for each of your initials.
A - Avalon High by Meg Cabot
C - Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
M - Mind Games by Kiersten White

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: what is the book?

3. A book set in your city/country.

4. A book that represents a destination you'd love to travel to.
I would love to visit France, and Roseblood sounds like a really cool school to visit.

5. A book that's your favorite color.
  
I love the colors purple and red.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memory of?
This was the first series of 'big' books I remember reading.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
It took a while for me to get into this story. I really do enjoy this book, but parts of it were quite boring to me when I first read it.

8. Which book on your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment once you finish it?
This book is over 1,000 pages long, and it will be a huge accomplishment upon completion.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a fabulous day.
~Abby