Marvel A-Thon Announcement

I recently became a fan of the Marvel Universe. I’m late to the party…I know, but better late than never right?!?! When I saw this announcement on my friend Sahitya’s Blog, I literally squealed!!! My two favorites things (Marvel and books) wrapped into one?!? YES PLEASE!!! Marvel-A-Thon is being hosted by Jamieson @Jamishelves. The readathon takes place June 1st-July 1st. For more information be sure to check out Jamieson’s blog in the link above ❤

This readathon is focused around Marvel movies in the cinematic universe, each of the movies have been split into their phases and there is one challenge per movie. The goal is to read a book for EVERY SINGLE MOVIE (that’s 21 movies, by the way). Everyone starts in Phase One, and you can’t move onto the next phase until you’ve completed all the challenges. Here is the game board below:

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Rules:

  • Readathon takes place June 1st-July 1st.
  • The aim of this challenge is to read as many books as you can, and to finish the challenge you reach the final movie in the MCU phase three (Avengers 4)
  • You can read books in any order WITHIN phases, but need to complete the phase to move onto the next one.
  • We’ve all skipped watching a Marvel movie here and there, which means you’re allowed two skips per phase, and skips can be rolled over into the next phase if they’re not used. So in total you have 6 skips to play with.
  • You can’t use one book for multiple challenges one book per category must be read.
  • Books can be ANYTHING and any length. Audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels, comics, fanfics and anything else you can think of.

**Feel free to interpret these as loosely as you like. While some are pretty self explanatory (read the first book in a series) some are more vague (read a book involving medicine) so feel free to interpret how you would like. Because there is so many challenges I’d rather people didn’t worry too much about the exact semantics, just fit to the challenge as much as you can. For example, a challenging book can be because of it’s genre, it’s format or it’s content. Whatever makes it challenging to YOU. A book “involving” something can mean it relates to the main character, the plot, the cover, anything else. Feel free to interpret.

***For the Infinity War challenge, you need to read one book that works for two or more categories and those can be ANY categories, it doesn’t matter what phase. For example, you could read a book with a green cover that’s popular to complete it. Or a book set in the 80’s with multiple perspectives. As long as it’s fulfilling two or more challenges at once it qualifies for the Infinity War space.

**Any other questions can be directed to Jami on Twitter @jamishelves or her blog.


*Clicking each book cover will take you to its Goodreads page*

TBR:

Phase One

Iron Man: Read the first book in a series.

Jock Row (Jock Hard, #1)

I had SO many choices for this topic but decided to go with Jock Row. I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I heard the synopsis. Please let this be amazing!!!

Hulk: Read a book with a green cover.

The Fortunate Ones

I have so much love for this author!!! I cannot wait to read more by her and see if they’re all 5 stars.

Iron Man 2: Read a book that’s unpopular.

Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)

Okay, hear me out. The first several reviews for this on Goodreads are 1 stars. I also have a friend who read it and gave it 2 stars. To me, that’s unpopular.

Thor: Read a book that involves myth or mythology.

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)

I’ve had this on my TBR and bookshelf for soooo long now. It’s time to pick it up and see what I think.

Captain America: Read a book set or written in World War Two.

SKIP

I’ll be using one of my skips for this topic. Which makes me sad because I love Captain America ❤

The Avengers: Read a book with multiple perspectives.

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

I’ve tried to find time to squeeze this book in ever since it was released. I’ve had way too many ARCS so far and haven’t been able to…..until now!!! It will get read asap!

Phase Two

Iron Man 3: Read a book that will challenge you.

Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC, #1)

As far as this topic goes….I recently tried this author on another book (Leading the Witness, see my review here) and I didn’t enjoy it. I’m really nervous to try something else by this author but I’m going to give her another chance.

Dark World: Read a book that involves siblings.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

I recently won a digital copy of this from Goodreads so it’s time to bump it up on my TBR. Hope I like it as much as everyone else.

Winter Soldier: Read a book where the main character is a villain or anti-hero.

Blood Match (Blood Type, #2)

I have an ARC to read for this book. This book focuses majorly on a villain and his evil ways so I’m saying it’s good enough for this topic.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Read a book set in, written in, or involving the 80’s.

SKIP

This isn’t a topic I’m interesting in reading about right now.

Age of Ultron: Read a book involving an AI in some way.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The synopsis says it has AI in it….so let’s hope it does for this challenge’s sake lol. BTW, I’m SUPER nervous to read this one…..

Ant-Man: Read a book involving a heist or thieves.

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

When you see the word heist….you should automatically think of Kaz and his crew. I’ve put off this sequel long enough.

Phase Three

Civil War: Read a book about a rivalry or enemies.

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)

This series focuses a lot on rivalries and enemies. Seems perfect for this topic.

Doctor Strange: Read a book that involves medicine in some way.

SKIP

I can’t think of any books involving medicine. Using a skip for this topic.

GOTG Volume 2: Read a book set in or involving space.

SKIP

I already used Illuminae for a previous topic and you can’t double up so guess I’m skipping this one.

Spider-Man: Read a YA book involving secrets in some way.

Freshmen

This book involves a secret text chain where these guys share compromising photos of girls. I think a portion of the book is trying to figure out those involved and trying to stop them.

Thor: Ragnarok: Read a popular book.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

I cannot wait to read this one!!! I’m excited to see how a different author (other than Sarah J Maas) handles faeries!!!

Infinity War: Read a book that fulfills multiple challenges.

Settling the Score (The Summer Games, #1)

This book covers several topics. It has green on the cover, multiple pov’s, female mc, going in blind, etc. I just had to add another R.S. Grey book to my pile!!

Black Panther: Read an ownvoices book with a black main character.

Black Panther #1

I enjoyed the movie so much that now I want to read the comic book series. I hope it’s just as good as the movie.

Captain Marvel: Read a book with a female MC.

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

I’m hosting a readalong for this series and we are starting out with the novellas to set the tone for the series. Check out my book club here.

The Avengers 4: Read a book you don’t know anything about.

Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6)

So…yes, I did request this ARC…..No, I do not remember what it is about lol. I got pretty click happy requesting things awhile back. Don’t worry, I’m paying the price for it now.


And there is my TBR for this challenge. I will give a disclaimer and say I will be going off the path for this one. I’ll bounce around from phase to phase and will also stretch this out longer than a month. There’s no way I can read 21 books in a month. BUT having said that, I loved this readathon and want to finish it out. I’m also pretty happy that I only used 4 out of 6 skips. Woohoo!

If you are joining, leave your links below for me to check out!!! I’m beyond excited to start this challenge!!! EEK!!! Good luck everyone ❤

Jessica

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WWW Wednesday | May 30, 2018

WWW Wednesday

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. It’s a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you plan to read next.

The Three Ws are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

*Clicking each photo will take you to its Goodreads page*

Currently Reading:

Freshmen

I’m trying to finish all my arcs that way I can start reading whatever I want. I’m very grateful to receive arcs but sometimes I just want to read stress free and not have a deadline hanging over me, ya know?

Recently Finished:

War Storm (Red Queen, #4)

I can’t believe this series is really over……..You can read my review here.

Reading Next:

Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC, #1)

I’m nervous to start this e-arc. I didn’t really enjoy the last book I read by this author. You can check out my review for Leading the Witness here. I hope I have better luck with this one, eek!


If you participated in WWW Wednesday, share your link in the comments below for me to check out!! Thanks everyone, have a great day!

Jessica

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard Review

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

4 Stars

I just finished reading this and have no idea how I feel lol. I think I envisioned the series ending a certain way and it didn’t…so I’m completely thrown off. I felt the ending was also too open-ended for my tastes. I won’t go into more details because spoilers but yeah. It almost feels like we need a novella to tie everything up. I prefer clean cut endings. I don’t like it when they end and I have to imagine different scenarios…..It’s just not my cup of tea. I’ve heard we are getting some novellas set in this world so I hope the author gives me a true wrap up to one of my all time favorite series.

One of the things I enjoyed most in this book was the longing between two characters. Actually, there was quite a bit of longing between several characters BUT I’m specifically referring to a certain couple. ((Don’t you just love it when you are trying to write up a review and keep it spoiler free? lol!!)) The moments between this specific couple were just the best. I craved more and more from these two throughout the entire book.

I truly loved how the Scarlet Guard kept fighting for what was right. It wasn’t easy and it went against everything that everyone knew up until that point. But still, they kept pushing and fighting for justice. I admired their perseverance.

The characters throughout this series are such memorable ones. I can’t help but picture where they are now and how their lives have changed. That’s another reason I’m hoping for more post War Storm novellas. Tell me all my faves are living their best lives ever!!

Overall, this book was a mammoth. I think it could’ve been shorter realistically. I also didn’t care for the pacing in the first half. I needed more push to the plot, more drive to get me invested in this finale. The second half was very dramatic/action packed as expected. However, I wish it would’ve slowed down just a bit to let the moments we’ve been building up to for several books last longer. I’m a huge fan of this series and still highly recommend it to everyone. It will always hold a special place in my heart. I cannot wait to read what this author comes up with next.

Jessica

Down the TBR Hole | 8

Down the TBR hole

Down the TBR hole was created by Lia at Lost in a Story . The goal of this meme is to organize your TBR pile and get rid of books you no longer have any interest in reading.


The Rules:

  1. Go to your Goodreads To-Read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
  6. Repeat every week until the entire list has been filtered.

The Books:

*Clicking the book covers will take you to their Goodreads page*

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

This sounds a lot like the Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen. I feel like I’ve already read this story so why read it again??

Verdict: GO

United (Alienated, #3)

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. Might as well see how this ends!

Verdict: Stay

The Fill-In Boyfriend

Meh. I’m kind of over the fake relationship trope. Sorry guys!!!

Verdict: GO

Confess

I want to read all of CoHo’s books so this one is staying!

Verdict: Stay

Joyride

Another meh. I’m not into this one anymore. Bye book!

Verdict: GO


The Stats:

Total number of books removed overall: 13

Current number of books on TBR: 1445


Did I keep any of your favorites?? Are you interested in reading any of these? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Jessica

Star Studded Saturday | 39

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: Movie Reviews


*Clicking the photos will take you to their IMDb page.*

Avengers: Infinity War Poster

SO intense!!!! Within the first few minutes we had some serious action scenes going on. It was such a roller coaster ride but I loved it all!!! I’m sad this generation of superheroes is ending 😦

Snatched Poster

This was an okay movie. A bit ridiculous and over the top but I was expecting that going in.

Hop Poster

I loved the chocolate/candy factory!!! It was soo pretty with all the bright colors. Hop was a cute movie but definitely more suited for smaller kids.


These are the most recent movies that I’ve watched. What have you watched recently?! Let me know in the comments below!!

Jessica

Taylor Swift Book Tag

Book Tag

I saw this tag on HauntedbyBooks13’s blog. I wanted to join in on the fun so here we go!!

We Are Never Getting Back Together– Pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with but then wanted to break up with.

Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4)

So…I really enjoyed the first three books but then I reached this one. I couldn’t stand it and have since DNF’d the book and series. These books are all interconnected so you can’t just skip one or you’ll miss vital information to the series/characters.

Red– Pick a book with a red cover.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

I cannot stress how amazing this book was. I loved it soooo very much!! You should definitely try it!

The Best Day– A book that makes you feel nostalgic!

Amelia Bedelia

Here’s my childhood! I read this series a lot growing up. I couldn’t get enough of the kooky Amelia Bedelia.

Love Story– Pick a book with forbidden love.

On the Line (Milwaukee Dragons, #1)

My new favorite bookish trope is single dad and nanny romances. EEK!!! I’m obsessed. Leave me some recs below!

I Knew You Were Trouble– Pick a book with a bad character that you couldn’t help but love.

The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology, #1)

Lord Alvi…..yes please! Don’t judge me lol

Innocent– Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

I was told about a character’s death in this one. It honestly ruined my entire vibes for this series. STOP THE SPOILERS!!!!

Everything Has Changed– Pick a character from a book that goes through extensive character development.

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)

Zsadist went through some MAJOR things. I admire his character so much.

You Belong With Me– Pick your most anticipated read.

Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1)

Is it August yet?!?!? UGHHH…..it’s taking forever for me to get my hands on this!

Forever and Always– Pick Your favorite book couple.

The Hardest Fall

Dylan and Zoe were COUPLE GOALS!!! OMG I loved them so much!! I wish they had another book coming out 😦

Come Back, Be Here– Pick a book you least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.

Scoring Wilder

I finally have this in PB and there’s no way I’m lending it out lol!! SORRY!!!!….not sorry.


Nominations:

Kris @ Boston Book Reader

Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

Dani @ The Introverted Book Nerd

Linda @ Linda’s Little Library

Jessica

Stacking the Shelves | 11

Stacking the shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!


*Clicking each photo will take you to its Goodreads page*

Freebies:

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1)

Rescued (McKenzie Ridge, #1)

Hidden (McKenzie Ridge, #2)

American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy, #1)

Purchased:

Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)

Gus (Bright Side, #2)

E-Arcs:

His Brother's Fiancée


What books have you recently acquired? Which one are you most excited to read?! Let me know in the comment below. Have a great one ❤
Jessica

The Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Book Tag

I was tagged by Kris and Dani for this book tag. Be sure and click their names to see their blog posts. These are two of my favorites bloggers!!!


*Clicking each book photo will take you to its Goodreads page*

The struggle of getting started: A book or series you struggle to begin because of its size

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

I really want to try out this series but MAN! There’s like 150 books to this series lol!!! I may give it a shot next year….we shall see.

Cleaning out the closet: A book or series you want to unhaul.

Starflight (Starflight, #1)

I enjoyed the Alienated series by Melissa Landers but I’m just not interested in this series.

Opening windows and letting fresh air in: A book that was refreshing.

Scoring Wilder

This is one of the few books that the moment I finished reading it, I immediately wanted to start over and read it again. It was such a great book!!! Check out my review here.

Washing out the sheets: A book with a scene you wish you could rewrite.

Blood Type (Blood Type, #1)

The vault scene. BLEH!!! Couldn’t stand it and it almost ruined my vibes for the book that I was immensely enjoying. I just blocked this scene from my mind and forget it exists. Check out my review here.

Throwing out unnecessary knick knacks: A book in a series you didn’t think was necessary.

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

One of the novellas, Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky, felt completely unnecessary. I really didn’t get the purpose of having it as well as a few other novellas in this bind up.

Polishing doorknobs: A book that had a clean finish.

The Hardest Fall

The ending to this book was perfection!!!! I absolutely loved it!! The entire book was awesome but that ending…..YES! Check out my review here.

Reaching to dust the fan: A book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

This book tried WAY too hard at having a “unique/weird” female MC. It’s like they threw every single quirk at this girl and it just did not work. I really enjoyed the other books in this series but this one just didn’t work for me.

The tiring, yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: A book series that was tiring but satisfying to get through.

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

While I liked the first three books A LOT, the last two books…..weren’t the most entertaining. The MC in the final two books was a difficult one. I’m not sure if that was intentional, like one of those hard to love characters but at the end you get why they are the way they are…..but that didn’t happen for me lol. I was glad to wrap up the series.


Nominations:

Lexie @ Reading in the Wings

Allysa @ Hungry for Books

Patricia @ Bookish Geek

Libby @ Libby Reads

Jessica

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that originated on The Broke and the Bookish. As of January 2018, it moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is: Best Character Names


Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)

Easton

I LOVE the name Easton. If I ever have a son, this will be his name.

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace

I love this name. It’s super sweet!!! Perfect for a little girl ❤

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Harper

I’m obsessed with this name. It’s my girl name if I ever have a daughter.

Ugly Love

Miles Archer

How hot is that name?!?! *Swoons*

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Aedion Ashryver

I LOVE this name!!! Very strong and brave.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Shahrzad

This is a beautiful, yet strong name. I really love it, as well as her nickname Shazi.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Kaz Brekker

WHAT a bada$$ name!!!! So cool!!!

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Kestrel

I have NEVER heard this name before. Love when authors come up with unique, never heard before names. (yes I realize it’s a bird, I didn’t know lol)

Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm

Amelia Bedelia

This will forever be my all time favorite name. It brings back so many memories!

Scoring Wilder

Kinsley

LOVE this name too. It just sounds so bubbly and adorable!


Honestly, I could’ve made this list 500 times longer. I love reading and seeing all the unique/cool/cutesy names. What are some of your favorite names you’ve read in books?

Jessica

Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood Review

Burning Up (Flirting with Fire, #1)

Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood

3.5 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

So, something happened while reading this book that has never happened to me before. I liked the book but didn’t like the couple….so weird right?! I didn’t even think this was possible while reading a romance. How can you enjoy a book but not like the couple?! That’s exactly what happened though. First time for everything I suppose.

First off, I don’t think these two are a good match. I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. I think they are on different paths in life and just not a good fit. Erin doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know what she wants. Jake is the complete opposite. He has his daughter, his career, his friends, etc. He just needs his other half to share his life with. Erin doesn’t know where she wants to live, she doesn’t know how she feels about her family, she second guesses every decision she makes etc. Erin just isn’t ready for the life Jake is living. They also gave up too easily when things got hard. I think if this is true love and the person you are truly meant for….it wouldn’t be that easy to let it walk away.

I did really like the town and the secondary characters in the story. It was so much fun seeing Jake’s sisters running around and interacting with Bailey. The families on both sides were just awesome. I’d take either one of them honestly. I also loved the small town vibes this town had. Every time they mentioned the bakery, I could almost smell the baked goods through the pages. Also, the story was really well written. I was impressed that an author could make me smell baked goods from printed pages lol. I did enjoy the story overall but just couldn’t get into the couple. Luckily, this is a series and I will definitely be continuing on with it. I cannot wait to see whose story is up next.

Jessica