I've been reading a lot of three star books lately and honestly something's got to give or my head is going to explode. What is with this? I'm not in a reading slump, I'm in a reading drought. I'm reading but, everything is below average and I would rather be in a slump than dealing with this. The worst thing is I'm reading books by authors I love and they are just eh.

Three books I've wanted to read by authors I adore, just recently came out:

And believe me there are many more. All of these books were three star reads for me. I enjoyed them but there was no wow. Where is the wow?!?! My wow is apparently on vacation sunning on the beach somewhere and I'm stuck here doing nine to five (actually 7 to 3:30).

There's this saying: There are no bad books just unprepared readers. But I was so ready for these books. Maybe too ready? What if it was my complete excitement that ruined my reading experience? and if so why? If it was just a really good book shouldn't I have gotten more from it despite my excitement?

These are questions that plague me in the middle of the night when I should be getting oodles of beauty rest but alas that ain't happening. I have recently read one book that was amazeballs (see mondays post) but everything else for the past three months have been near misses.

Have you ever suffered from constant three star books? How long was your drought and what did you do to end it?

Until the next post,
See Ya!!!!!!!
Summer of Supernovas

Rating: 4 out of 5 Cosmic stars

Astrology obsessed teen Wilamena Carlsile has looked towards the stars for most of her decisions in life. When she discovers a planetary alignment that won't repeat for another decade, she's forced to tackle the fifth house of relationships and love. But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitarist who hails from the wrong side of the astrological chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother's legacy.

The Summer of Supernovas is the perfect summer read. Take it to the beach, park or on any vacation and it will delight and entertain.

I have been waiting for this book for some time. The minute it came out I knew this book was going to save me from the drought (long story). This book has everything you need in a summer book:

1.) It is not over-wrought with drama or unnecessarily mean character. This book does focus on some personal issues the characters have but it approaches these issues with out completely bogging down the story of making it depressing and dreary.

2.) Cute, lovable, and quirky characters. Every character in this book is unique and wonderful. They each have traits that are honestly refreshing in a YA book. There are no real stereotypes here and I loved Wil's funky vintage style because we have that in common. The minute that she mentioned doing her hair in victory rolls I was sold!

3.) A Wonderful Romance filled with Passion. I not going to give away a plot twist but a large portion of the book deals with astrology and signs. Wil and her special someone had heat a passion from the moment they meet and I was completely enamored. He is the perfect, sweet, and caring guy. I wasn't surprised when we learned his sign because I too am that particular sign and we are awesome!!

Summer of Supernovas is Darcy Woods debut novel and if she keeps delivering books like this she will instantly make it to my authors who I adore list. 

Until the next Review,
See Ya!!
Well hello there! Remember me? Obsessed reader, book blogger, all around shy nerd?

So yeah, it has been a long time since I've blogged. Not by choice but because my laptop, my trusty, handy- dandy, precious baby finally decided that it could not stand the cold rainy weather and bit the dust. Sadly, that was the only computer in my household. After days and months of saving I finally got a brand spankin' new one and like McDonald's fries I'm Loving It!

So, I'm limping back into action totally psyched and ready to talk about all the old and new books I've been reading and maybe even a few new tv shows I'm willing to try out. Until then I just wanted to mention a few books that stood out in my dark aged disconnect from the inter-webs.

What I've Enjoyed:

Recently, I've really gotten into Jay Crownover books. Totally on accident, too!! I was recommended to read Rowdy (the fifth book in the series) and at first I wasn't sure but I had nothing to lose. Doing that annoying thing I usually do I read the series out of order but I enjoyed Rowdy enough to want to read EVERYTHING!!! So that's what I did. This series really surprised me. No lie, I didn't expect it to be so good. I thought it would have flat sexy characters with a stereotypical story line. But now I know why Ms. Crownover is a NYT Bestseller. Each character is fleshed out and three dimensional. They each have their problems and they confront them individually, with friends, and through love. My favorites are:

Aside from this series (and the spinoff which I am just starting) I really loved The Wrath & the Dawn Duology. I also enjoyed the novella Sidebarred in Emma Chases Legal Briefs trilogy. I adored Jake and Chelsea in Sustained. They were my favorite couple and this novella did not disappoint.

I'm Looking Forward To:

At this point anything by Lauren Layne. I'm really excited about her new Wedding Belles series and I can't wait for Someone Like You to come out. I'm also really looking forward to the last book in Jennifer Lynn Barnes Naturals series. Of course Bad Blood and Someone Like You doesn't come out until November so I guess until then I just have to knit or something to pass the time.

I hope you have a happy fourth (if you are in the US) if not I hope you have a happy Sunday and a great week!

Until the Next Post,
See Ya!!!!
So I'm totally late on this bandwagon. Of course it's because I've been M.I.A since  mid- February however, I promise you that I am still reading and still freakin' out over every thing!!! My latest freak out is on The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

I was seriously surprised by this book. I don't know what I was expecting but I didn't expect to become so enthralled by it and I promise, you will too once you read it and here's why:

Such imagery. The words actually leap off the page. You can imagine the clothes that they are wearing and the food that they are eating. Ahdieh brings to life the world that Shahrzad lives in and the past that haunts Khalid I was completely captured in the story to the point where I couldn't wait for the smallest breaks at work just so I could dive back in.

2.) If You Begged for More Diversity: 
The Wrath and the Dawn in the most diverse YA book I've read in a while. It is loosely based on the story A Thousand and One Nights. Every character remains true to the original Persian story's origin even to the point of having historically appropriate facts which is always a bonus. It brings to life a culture that is rarely mentioned in books and it was interesting to learn about the style of dress and typical food. I even learned some new words!!

3.) Shahrzad and Khalid: 

4.) But Seriously Every Character in This Book is Awesome:
Even the annoying ones you want to kick in the shin are great at being perfectly annoying. TW&TD is told mostly from Shazi's POV but it does alternate between a few other characters POV. I usually don't like books with multiple POVs but I actually didn't mind it in this book because there was a purpose for the alternating views and like I said it doesn't happen frequently. I love Shazi she was sassy but not in way that made her seem stubborn or reckless. The author gave her strength without making her seem childish.  I especially loved Jalal and Despina as secondary character.  Despina was hilarious as Shazi's handmaid and she was so spunky and fiery you got to like that in a person. Jalal was amazing because he was trying so hard to be Khalid's friend and he has this suave cool personality. I liked that he was loyal to Khalid despite all of his stubbornness.

5.) And Of Course The Plot:
What is a book without a little drama and believe me there is some drama going on up in here!!! This book has a bit of mystery with a touch of politics. Every thing that happens flow effortlessly in a way that would make sense. In other words there's no unnecessary drama. It's drama with a point and I have been missing that idea in a few books lately. I do hope we get to see more ideas that was touched on in this book in the next one.

I can't wait for the next book, The Rose and the Dagger which comes out next week. Unfortunately, there are only two books for Shazi and Khalid but I eagerly anticipate (more like impatiently wait for) next week so I can dive in and finish this magical story.

Seriously you should pick this up, like stop reading this and do it already!!!

Until the Next Review,
See Ya!!!!
An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I promised myself this year that I would get back into reading more fantasy and I'm starting to realize why I usually go towards contemporary novels. While An Ember in the Ashes was entertaining it left me with this...meh feeling.

With a unique and interesting plot, I'm not surprised that I was completely pulled into this story. The world that Tahir creates is dark and dangerous. The characters are put through harsh and emotionally straining situations that will either break them or help them move toward destroying their enemies. Apparently, this story is loosely based on ancient Roman civilization. While I don't really see that connection I get that this has more to do with the violence of that time than anything else.
The Negatives:
When I say violence I freakin' mean it! The villains in this story are merciless and will pretty much drop kick a baby off a cliff without a second thought. Sometimes though I felt that the violence was put in for shock value. I hate violence for no reason in books. I could see sometimes how it was necessary for character development but also just chill out a bit. I also just realized that the last fantasy-ish book I read was also pretty violent, what's with all the violence?!?!?!
I was hoping for a bit more. More knowledge about the society, about the resistance, about what this mean for their society but I felt that this whole book was just about the two mc's and their problems. What about the hundreds of people this will affect how will this change society? Maybe more of that is in the second book but I felt that some of this book was just surface issues and I wanted more political drama.
There is a bit of political debate but of course it is mixed in with the violence. I don't want to give away any part of this book but to put it simply a large part of this book revolves around a Trail that Elias has to take to prove his worth. Every trail was him trying not to get killed but not actually proving his worth for any other kind of leadership role. The Trials didn't seem all that trying, it just made it seem like Elias's whole life would have just been him avoiding assassination. Like where is the strategy, where's the thought it take to be a leader?
The Positives:
I actually liked the characters. I usually don't like books with multiple pov's  but I loved being in Laia and Elias mind. Laia wasn't a badass she was a scared girl trying to find her courage in a really harsh world. All she wanted to do was save her brother who protected her all her life and that was admirable. It's pretty hard not to like her because her emotions are real and what she's facing is complete torture but she still fights for her last bit of family. Elias is trying to escape his privilege but soulless prison. He just wants to be free and he fights against the Empire and all that it stands for. I liked every character in this book even the secondary ones. Elias best friend Helene and Izzi, heck even Cook was an interesting woman.
Holy suspense Batman!!! This book was a page turner! It had my heart pounding in the right places. I often feared for the MCs, life's, I was questioning people and their motives, I liked it! It was one of the things that keep me completely enthralled with this book.
I don't know how I feel about the romance in this book but I liked how any romantic feelings the characters had didn't swallow the plot and point of this book. While there seemed to be two love triangles (or would that be a love square?) going on it didn't bother me because it wasn't consuming the whole book.
I give An Ember in the Ashes a solid three rating.
Have You read this book? Did you like it? What non-contemporary books have you read and enjoyed so far this year?

Until the next book,
See ya!!!!!