Monday, September 28, 2015

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Title: Trouble is a Friend of Mine
Author: Stephanie Tromly
Released August 4, 2015
Received in OwlCrate subscription box
Rating: 4.5/5


Of course I didn’t like Digby when I first met him. No one does.

The first time Philip Digby shows up on Zoe Webster’s doorstep, he’s rude and he treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to.

But before she knows it, Zoe’s allowed Digby—annoying, brilliant, and somehow…attractive? Digby—to drag her into a series of hilarious, dangerous, and only vaguely legal schemes all related to the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that might be connected to the tragic disappearance of his little sister eight years ago. When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can’t say no.

But is Digby a hero? Or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exorcize his own obsessive-compulsive tendencies? And does she really care anyway?

This is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and a dynamic duo you won’t soon forget (Summary from Goodreads).

The thing you have to know going into this book is that it is a light and comedic read.  It is meant to make fun of the cliche teenager cliques plus add in a crazy mystery that takes the characters on a wild goose chase.  I enjoyed this book sooo much and I think it got me out of my reading slump. I think it was the funny, quirky characters and the light tone that put me in a good mood whenever I picked up this book.

As I've said in one of my past posts, I've read a few Meg Cabot books back in middle school and high school, and the personality of the main character, Zoe, reminded me of Meg Cabot's main female characters.  She's the type that's tough, doesn't care for people's bullshit, and finds herself going on adventures she doesn't care for. Digby is the character that gets Zoe involved in his crazy schemes to find a local missing girl. What a quirky character! He's had some lines that really made me cackle (yes, cackle).  Here are a couple of my favorite lines from the book:
"Henry, man, there's something about your problems..." Digby said. "Maybe it's this weird thing you have with Hestia or maybe it's the way you talk about always sound like a middle-aged accountant."
That one made me laugh as my father is a middle aged accountant and I know exactly what Digby means (I'm also going to school for accounting so...).
Ezekial's gun mainly pointed at Digby, but in case I thought my pumped-up kicks could run faster than his bullet, he waved it in my direction a little too.
Also, you guys know how much I like to ship characters.  Well, I was hardcore shipping Digby and Zoe <33.  I had a couple of feely moments in this book.

What a cute book! It was my first Owlcrate book, and I can say I was not disappointed at all. Considering how long it took me to finish One Good Dragon Deserves Another, I breezed right through this book in just a few days!
Friday, September 25, 2015

Spotlight Friday (17): The Fire Sisters by A.G. Henley

I am hosting this blitz on behalf of Xpresso Book Tours

Title: The Fire Sisters (Brilliant Darkness #3)
Author: A.G. Henley
Genre: YA Horror, Dystopia


Fennel and Peree are finally together and safe from the Scourge in the protected village of Koolkuna. But on the day of their partnering ceremony the children of the village are stolen away—Fenn’s loyal companion, Kora, among them.

Fenn wants to bring the children home, especially as the villagers seem to blame Peree and her for the tragedy. Only since the death of her own family, she’s terrified a wrong move on her part will lead to the loss of others she loves.

Fenn and Peree join a small search party led by rival Kaiya, the one person who stands a chance of finding the children thanks to her mysterious past. As they travel away from the safe waters of Koolkuna and into the Scourge-infested wilds, Fenn endures Kai’s scorn, her subtle designs on Peree, and the squabbling of the group. But nothing in her life so far has prepared her for the fierce warrior women who will steal others’ children to preserve their own existence—the Fire Sisters.

If Fenn is to survive the threat of the Scourge, rescue the children from the Sisters, and have a hope of making a life with Peree in Koolkuna, she must face her fear of failure and loss and become the leader she’s destined to be (Summary from Goodreads).

The Scourge
The Keeper (novella)
The Defiance
The Gatherer (novella)
The Fire Sisters

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“We lost them.” Derain’s voice buckles with grief. “They left one woman behind to fend us off with her arrows, and then she slipped away in the shadows of the branches, moving like the wind. We searched, but we couldn’t find them again.”
“Then we have no time to lose,” Nerang says. “A search party will leave as soon as possible. Who will go?”
There are a few declarations from the group. I hear Derain, and a woman’s high voice, like birdsong, that I think belongs to Amarina. I worked with her in the gardens. She sounds as breakable as a thin stalk of the maidengrass that grew around our water hole at home, but Kadee told me she’s a skilled tracker and woodswoman who can coax fire out of little more than a handful of damp kindling.
“My brothers and me are going for sure,” Moray growls. I don’t trust them much, but they’re tough and cunning. We need whoever can help bring Frost and the children home.
“I’ll go.” My voice is strong, decided. I feel better for saying the words.
Peree squeezes my shoulders. “I will, too.”
I’m afraid to enter an unfamiliar forest, chasing after a group of kidnapping warrior women. I’m no fighter.
But I want to go for Kora and her family. They were the first to befriend Peree and me when we washed up in Koolkuna, helpless as babies.
I want to go for Thrush, Moon, and Petrel. I know all too well how it feels to lose a brother.
I want to go for Frost. Pregnant and afraid, she risked her father, Osprey’s, rage to free Eland and me when we were trapped in the Lofty trees.
I want to go for Nerang, who saved our lives, and for the anuna, who took us in, even if some might unfairly blame us for this tragedy now.
And… I want to go for Eland. I couldn’t save him. I can still save these children.
Everyone has done so much for us. How can I sit here, enjoying the protection and comforts they secured for us, hoping someone else will help?
I can’t.
I’ll go, and I’ll do whatever it takes to find Kora and the others and bring them home.

About the Author

A.G. Henley is the author of the BRILLIANT DARKNESS series. The first novel in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

A.G. is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they've had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she's not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she's inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Waiting on" Wednesday (4): Winter by Marissa Meyer

"Waiting on" Wednesday is posted every other week to spotlight my most anticipated books

Title: Winter The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10, 2015


Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? (Summary from Goodreads).

Why I'm So Excited

I absolutely love The Lunar Chronicles.  I remember reading the first book and basking in all of its glory. Even though it's coming out in November, I'm saving this monster of a book (824 PAGES!!!) for Christmas break!  I need all the time I can get to just sit down and read this book all day.  This will be the longest book I have ever read! Also, look at that gorgeous cover! One day I shall own these as hardcovers! Until then, my kindle will have to do...
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

Title: One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers #2)
Author: Rachel Aaron
Released August 1, 2015
Bought on Kindle
Rating: 4/5


After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top. 

Refusal to play along with his mother’s plans means death, but there’s more going on than even Bethesda knows, and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance, Heartstriker futures disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter closing in, the stakes are higher than even a seer can calculate. But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies, it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that, sometimes, the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side (Summary from Goodreads).

Guys, I've been so unproductive this month with reading!! I've been obsessed in the last week with this suspenseful video game called Until Dawn.  I'm so invested in the characters.  I've been watching a let's play on YouTube and the only thing keeping me from watching it now is that I'm too scared to continue!  I thought I'd share in case any of you are interested, but let's get back to that review, shall we?

Omigosh it feel so good to finish a book.  It pretty much took me all month to finish this.  Part of that is because of school and me being addicted to Until Dawn, but to be honest, I've been in a reading slump.  I'm not sure if it's because of the book or if it's just me.  What I do know is that this book wasn't as refreshing as I remember the first book being.  For me, some of the dialogue felt...bland and repetitive.  I found myself losing focus a lot.  This book was drawn out a little too long.

That being said, the strong point of this book is the colorful personalities of the characters, especially Justin and Brohomir (Bob).  I love Justin's almost careless personality when it comes to danger, and Bob is just a cool character in general.  I like that we got to find out a little more about Marci's spirit cat, Ghost. Honestly, though, these characters are freakin' adorable.

These books are such nice reads.  I recommend them if you're looking for something light and fun to read.  The only issue I have with the writing is that sometimes it's too much like the way we talk which is what makes it a little bland for me.  Other than that, I'm really looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.  That ending was intriguing!
Friday, September 18, 2015

Spotlight Friday (16): My Buddhist Christmas by Jeremy Phillips

I am hosting this blitz on behalf of YA Bound Book Tours

Title: My Buddhist Christmas
Author: Jeremy Phillips
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Released September 8, 2015


It’s not surprising that sixteen year old Chris Jones has no idea where he fits in…

After all, he’s a Buddhist kid in America—during the Christmas season. Add in the fact he plays guitar in a punk rock band called The Dharma Bhumz, and his life is one giant paradox. Caught between the principles of his religion and the influence of his hard-partying bandmates, Chris is in a constant struggle for balance.

An upcoming talent show is his chance to shine—or fail spectacularly…

It’s already hard enough preparing for the show, since his friends are more interested in getting high than practicing. And now Chris has to worry about impressing pretty Mary Simpson. To make matters even worse, Mary’s parents are fundamentalist Christians, a few steps above his family on the social ladder, and they firmly believe Chris isn’t good enough for their precious daughter.

Conflicted about his friends, lying to his family, and still mourning a devastating loss, Chris wonders if being an American Buddhist guitar wizard wanna-be is worth it.

Or does any of it even matter anymore? (Summary from Goodreads)


“So doesn’t it bother you?” I shudder, thinking of ending up like one of the various invalids that my father takes care of. Not to run and play anymore, or even to have proper control of your own bowels. Perhaps it would be better to lose your mind, like the one old fellow I’d seen earlier, staring blindly off into space. Only, perhaps that would be worse.

All of a sudden, I realize that what’s been bothering me is the Buddha’s so-called First Noble Truth, the one that set him onto the path of trying to find Enlightenment—Awakening, Satori, that type of stuff—in the first place.  This is the First Noble Truth set into flesh, in the bodies of a hundred different examples, scattered in the building all around me. The Truth of Suffering, that all who are born will come to suffer, at least once in their lifetime, from the unhappy triple curse of sickness, old age, and death.


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About the Author

My first novel will be available on September 8th, 2015. It's a Young Adult fiction story called: My Buddhist Christmas.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Invaluable Dream Literary Collection

Hey readers!  I'm doing a different sort of post today!  I was graciously contacted by a representative from, an auction website that has all sorts of antiques, to pick out some of the classic books from the website that I would love to have in my dream literary collection, as well as books they don't have listed that I would like to see listed their website. How cool!

Honestly, I'd be happy to have any first edition book in my possession, but I kept this list short by picking out books that stuck out to me for one reason or another.  Here are some books up for auction that I would like to have in my dream literary collection, in no particular order:

1Lot 2546: 1st Edition Bambi by Felix Salton 1928

One of my favorite movies as a kid was Disney's Bambi, despite the inevitable tears shed each time I watched it.  I had absolutely no idea that it was based off a book until I browsed through's book collection! I'm very curious to know how different the book is from the movie.

2. Lot 8301: Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls 1940 First Printing Spanish Civil War Novel American Literary Classic

Obviously, I've heard of Ernest Hemingway, but I've never read one of his books.  As a cat lover, I have a fondness for Ernest Hemingway because he was known to allow cats to live on his property in Key West (his home is now a museum with cats everywhere ~heaven~).  With my strange line of thinking, I feel compelled to pick up one of his books. Not just because he liked cats, though, but because he experienced many hardships in life and I'd like to know how he portrays that in his writing.

3. Lot 351: J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter.  'nuff said.  No, but seriously Harry Potter changed my life and strongly influenced my love for reading.  I still remember when I borrowed the first book from my brother and started reading it simply because I was bored one summer night after 7th grade.  I instantly fell in love with J.K. Rowling's awesome world and sped through the rest of the books within the same month.  I miss experiencing those books for the first time.  It would be so cool to own the first printing, first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

4. Lot 780: 1st Edition 1909 Book The Road to Oz Frank Baum

I learned another new thing from browsing Invaluable's book collection.  Apparently there were other books continuing Dorothy's story in The Wizard of Oz.  This is actually the 5th Oz book, according to Goodreads.  To be honest, the movie kinda annoys me since I've seen it so many times, but I'd like to read the book because I've heard it's scarier.  I feel drawn to read these books, probably because they're considered "classics."

The one book I would like to see is:

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I read the book a few years ago and I've probably watched the movie with Keira Knightly around 15 times (makes me swoon every time).  This was one of the first "classics" I read on my own (not forced in school), and I loved it! Makes me want to reread it just thinking about it.

There are countless books that I would love to own old copies of, but alas, my budget and resources cannot allow it.  However, I'd like to thank for inviting me to participate in this! It was lots of fun to browse through the old books and other items on the website, and I even learned some new things along the way.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Spotlight Friday (15): Poison by Lan Chan

I am hosting this blitz on behalf of YA Bound Book Tours

Title: Poison (Wind Dancer #1)
Author: Lan Chan
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Released September 1, 2015


Since the night her mother was murdered, sixteen-year-old Rory Gray has known one truth: There are no good Seeders. 

In post-apocalyptic Australia, the scientists known as Seeders have built a Citadel surrounded by food-producing regions and populated with refugees from the wars and famine. To maintain their control, the Seeders poisoned the land and outlawed the saving of seeds.

It’s been six years since Rory graced the Seeders’ circus stage as the Wind Dancer and still the scars on her body haven’t healed. Even worse are the scars on her heart, left by a Seeder boy who promised to protect her.

Now the Seeders are withholding supplies from Rory’s region for perceived disobedience. Utilising the Wanderer knowledge she received from her mother, Rory must journey to the Citadel through uninhabitable terrain to plead for mercy.

However, the Citadel isn’t as Rory remembered. The chief plant geneticist is dying and rumours fly that the store of viable seed is dwindling. The Seeders are desperate to find a seed bank they believe Rory can locate, and they will stop at nothing to get it. 

To defy the Seeders means death. But Rory has been close to death before--this time she’s learned the value of poison (Summary from Goodreads).


I run until it feels like my lungs will burst and every drag of air is excruciating. Then I stumble around in the dark for hours until I finally give up and start to climb again. I go up as far as I can, as high as the branches will support me, and wait for the coming dawn. 

I’m awoken by the hollowness in my stomach. My eyes are grainy and the light is too bright, but I force them open. I’m way above the first canopy, and this high up, the forest is covered in a layer of mist so dense it could be snow. 

But no layer of weather would be magical enough to obscure the other sight. High above the treetops, pushing upwards so the tips of the skyscrapers disappear into the clouds, is the Citadel. I hadn’t even noticed it was so close. On this level, the Iron Gates and the six-metre wall surrounding the Citadel are obscured by trees. Besides Warden Tower and the distant gleam from the dome over the Forgotten Garden, the skyline has changed dramatically from what I once knew. Skyscrapers have risen and fallen, and there’s a sense that the entire city is slowly expanding over the mountain it rests on.

It feels wrong to be trying to get back into the Citadel after so long. I barely escaped the first time, and only because I suspect Papa made some kind of untoward deal with the Seeders in exchange for my freedom. Yet seeing it so close, knowing it’s not just a figment of my imagination, fills me with a sense of urgency. 

I’m not ready. I don’t have enough information about what I’m getting myself into. So I do the only thing that comes naturally when I’m unsure. I start to climb and don’t stop until the branch I cling to is little more than sapwood. I seat myself with my belly against the tiny leader branch and hug the tree as it sways precariously against the prevailing wind. In this moment, I actually feel like I’m a part of the eternal dance between the earth and the sky. The branch tips horizontally, and I close my eyes and pretend I’m on a ride at the fair that accompanies the circus around the regions. 

I smile and then catch myself as a sickening thought occurs to me. Do I really love soaring over the earth, or is it something the Seeders have planted in me by conditioning? If it’s the latter, does it say something about me that I’ve embraced being up so high? 


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About the Author

Lan Chan is a writer, gardener and professional procrastinator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is still waiting for her super powers to manifest but until then she writes young adult novels featuring strong female protagonists, minority characters and has a particular interest in dystopias and urban fantasy. Lan’s debut novel POISON, the first in her WIND DANCER series is due for release in September 2015.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Spotlight Friday (14): Killshot by Aria Michaels

Title: Killshot
Author: Aria Michaels
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Released January 28, 2015


When seventeen year old Liv Larson and her brother are sent to separate foster homes, she gives up on her old life, her old friends, and her faith in God. The only bright spot in Liv’s new life is her energetic and obnoxious foster-sister, Riley. When Riley convinces her to come to the rooftop party to view Icarus, the up-coming solar flare, Liv meets Zander. For the first time in months her troubles take a back seat...that is until what should have been a small flare, erupts into a full blown solar storm. 

Now, Liv and her rag-tag group of not-quite friends must find a way to survive the sweltering heat, lingering radiation, and the mysterious virus that appears to have found an ideal host among their ranks. Alliances will be formed, and battle lines will be drawn as Liv and her new friends set out on a perilous journey to save their loved ones, find answers, and reach salvation. 

But, something sinister awaits them in the dark—and it’s undeniably connected to Liv. 

Will Liv be able to keep her promise and reunite with her brother? Will her brave determination be enough to save them all from a rogue government, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night? 

…Or was Icarus, indeed, the KILLSHOT (Summary from Goodreads).

Buy Killshot now from B&N | Amazon | Audible


People were rushing in all directions, tripping and stumbling over one another. Small groups huddled together, emerging from clouds of smoke, only to disappear just as quickly. Adults and children crouched low to the ground, dodging stray bullets and confused soldiers at every turn. They zigzagged and scattered like a handful of bouncy balls tossed onto the sidewalk.
  I caught movement from the corner of my eye and stopped short. I threw my arms wide to catch Riley and we narrowly avoided colliding with the young woman that had cut across our path. The woman was barefoot and wore only a hospital gown. The severed tubing from a hastily disconnected I.V. dangled from her forearm and nearly every inch of her was covered in blood and soot. 
  A boy not much older than my little brother filled the woman’s arms. His blond hair was matted against his head, caked with blood and grime. His body was limp and pale, his face slack and unresponsive. The woman stared up at me. For a brief second, our eyes met. Behind their sage green depths I saw nothing but emptiness, like her soul had been ripped from her body.
  “Ma’am, are you okay?” Riley asked. 
  “Gerald?” The woman’s eyes widened, looking over Riley’s shoulder. 
  “No ma’am,” Zander said, stepping out from behind her. “I’m sorry, but there is no one in our group by that name.”
  “Have you seen my husband?” She screeched at us, the boy’s head lolling from side to side as she struggled under his weight. “This just won’t do. We are going to miss our flight. I have to find my husband. Gerald?”
  “There’s no time,” Riley said. “Please, come with us. We can get you somewhere safe.”
  “We need to move,” I yelled. I pointed toward where I hoped the maintenance shed awaited. “Come on, lady, this way.”
  “We can’t leave without Gerald,” the woman said, backing away. “When Jeremy wakes up, he will want to see his father. I have to find him.”
  “Ma’am, please?” Riley stepped toward the woman with tears in her eyes.
  “Have you seen my husband?” the woman asked again, tears slicing a line through the blood on her face as she frantically looked about. “I had to find our son. Gerald…he said he would wait for me. Have you seen him?”
  “Ry, we have to go,” I said, pulling her away from the desperate woman. “We can’t help her.”
  “Gerald? Gerald, honey,” the woman yelled into the distance. “Gerald, I found him! I found Jeremy.”
  She shifted the boys limp body in her arms again and stumbled off, disappearing back into the thick veil of smoke. As much as my heart ached for their suffering, my mind was focused on survival. There would be time later to grieve and processes the horrors around us. We had done all that we could to help those people. We had given them a fighting chance and for the time being, that would have to be enough. 
  My footsteps against the ground echoed in my ears as I ran forward. Guns discharged on all sides of us, as we raced across the parking lot. A large group of civilians had just dodged past us when I felt a bullet whizz over my head. A swarm of soldiers ran past us, firing into the smoke. I leaned forward, dragging Riley behind me and ran until my legs and lungs burned.
  I didn’t stop until my hands slammed into the rough surface at the corner of the maintenance building. When we reached the shed, we shuffled across the cracked pavement, hacking and coughing as I led them to the rear side of the building and away from the gunfire and flames. 

        “Everyone okay?” I gasped. I finally released Riley’s hand and was relieved to see all three sets of eyes staring back at me. 

About the Author

Aria Michaels is the author of the Best-Selling young adult dystopian novel Killshot (Icarus Series, Book One) as well as its companion novella, Before the Sky Fell. In addition to her career as an author, Aria Michaels is an avid reader, die-hard zombie fan and enthusiastic lover of bonfires and red wine. When she is not glued to her computer pouring out the voices in her head, Aria can be found playing in the dirt with her boys, painting, or binge-watching The Walking Dead with her husband. Don't let her mild-mannered smile fool you…this woman has lofty ambitions that include complete global domination. She is determined to live in a world where every pair of yoga pants comes with a free book, an iced caramel macchiatto and a magic force-field that repels the sound of screaming children (of which she has six). In the meantime, Aria is hard at work on the next installment of the Icarus Series, reveling in her role as instigator of literary mayhem and stealth assassin of fictional characters. 

For more information about Aria Michaels and the Icarus Series, be sure to check out her website at 

"You are never more than one choice away from a different future." --Aria Michaels

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Waiting on" Wednesday (4): Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

"Waiting on" Wednesday is posted every other week to spotlight my most anticipated books

Title: Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: October 6, 2015


Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.

Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they’ve been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more (Summary from Goodreads).

Why I'm So Excited

Um, why not? It's Brandon Sanderson's awesome world of Mistborns! 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September TBR & Other News

Guys, I really slacked off in August so I apologize.  I think I only had one Spotlight Friday, and I was going through a really tough reading slump.  Here's what I managed to read last month:

I'm sorry to say that I'm keeping my expectations really low this month because classes have started up again, which means I'm going to be drowning in work.  Intermediate Accounting I is basically going to take away what little I have of a social life.  Also, for a religion class I'm required to take, it looks like I need to read 5 books for it.  If I end up having to fully read each book, then I will include those reviews on this blog, even though they're not Young Adult.

Therefore, here is my tentative list of books I plan to read (a whopping two):

1. One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers #2) by Rachel Aaron - I loved the first book! The characters were so cute and funny, plus I really liked the storyline.  I truly need an upbeat book because I've been going through a mini-depression like I always do before school starts.

2. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly - This was in my first OwlCrate in August! The theme was Mystery.  I used to read a ton of Nancy Drew books back when I was ten, and then I read around twenty Mary Higgins Clark thrillers in middle school (because that's what all normal middle-schoolers read). This looks like a cute, quirky story so I'm looking forward to picking it up!

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