Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Book Superlatives

These Book Superlatives are based on my opinion, so if you don't agree, please leave a comment because I would love to hear what you think! All of the following books are completely based on books that I have READ during the year, not based on books that have come out this year! This list is comprised of YA and MG books, if you want to see the Superlatives for NA and Adult books, click here.

You can click on the book images to go to their Goodreads pages to find out more about the books.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

. I absolutely loved this book, and once I had picked it up, I was unable to put it down. I would highly recommend this book if you haven't already read it.

This was such a difficult question because there were so many good debut books I had read this year. It ultimately came down to a tie between Karen M. McManus and Stephanie Garber. So I chose Stephanie Garber as the best debut author because Caraval was my favorite book of the year.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I loved reading One of Us is Lying. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and seeing the relationships develop between them. It was also the most exciting of the mystery books that I read this year. Check out my review here.

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

I really enjoyed To Catch a Killer. I sped through this book without taking a break because I was that intrigued by the plot and the characters. Check out my review here.

Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux

I love the Asylum series, but this one by far was the best out of all of them. It was more creepy in my opinion then the rest of the series, and I just liked the edge that the book taking place when the Asylum still existed. 

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Last Day on Mars was an amazingly captivating MG sci-fi read that I sped through in a few short hours. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book, and cannot wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. Check out my review of the ARC here.

Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

Gone Too Far was an amazing book that really caught my attention, and held it. It was an emotional ride for me (going from happy and giddy, to sad, to angry and frustrated). I was glad for the opportunity after reading this to discover Natalie D. Richards as an author. Check out my review here.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

I wish that there were more YA pirate novels, because they are exciting and adventurous, and everything I absolutely want in a novel. Hands down, my favorite fantasy of the year - maybe ever. Check out my review here.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book is absoutley amazing - I love everything about it. From the historical aspect, to the horror element, the characters, and finally the romance. And it's about Jack the Ripper (and I'm kind of obsessed with Jack the Ripper retellings - because I love the unknown in the history of Jack the Ripper). Check out my review here.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love by Kasie West was one of my favorite romances that I read this year. And if you know me, you know that I love Kasie West books, and this was no exception.

Legend: The Graphic Novel Series

I really enjoyed the graphic novel version of this series, and I cannot wait to read the full-length novels.

Rebellion by Kass Morgan

Another book that I really enjoyed reading was Rebellion. I did have some issues with the book, but none that took away from my love of this novel. You can check out my review of the whole series here, but not an individual review for this book.

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Finally, I have concluded the Lux series, with an amazing end with Opposition. The Lux series is my favorite supernatural/paranormal series, so it's not a shock that I think it was the best book I read in this category this year.

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio

I found this book to be the humorous, and just so unique compared to every other book that I read this year.

Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene

. This was a difficult book to get through because I couldn't stop crying - I would recommend a box of tissues if you ever decide to pick up this book.

Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

I was a huge fan of this novel, and absolutely loved the story - although I read many other novels that I ended up loving a little more than this one! But this was one of my absolute favorite covers of the books that I read this year. I love the color choices and just everything about the cover. I mean, look at it! Check out my review here.

End of Year 2017 Reading Resolutions Recap

So at the beginning of the year I let you all know what reading resolutions I had set for 2017, and now you all can see whether or not I completed those challenges. If you set your own goals for this year I hope that you completed them.

1. Meet My Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal

My reading goal was 50 books, and I completed that by reading over that initial amount and reaching 75 books this year, which was more than I read last year.

2. Complete the State Reading Challenge

This challenge is basically to read a book that takes place in every state in the United States. I have yet to complete this challenge, but I try to complete it every year. This year, I did not complete it. :( And as for now, this might be the last time I try to complete this challenge for awhile.

3. Read 10 Contemporary Novels

Contemporary books are my least favorite genre, so every year I just aim to read 10, sometimes I read more and other times I don't read enough.

Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Language Inside by Holly Thompson
By Your Side by Kasie West
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
Sketches of My Soul by TC Booth
Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry


4. Read a book in all of the following genres:

Dystopian/Apocalyptic: Rebellion by Kass Morgan
Historical Fiction: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Fantasy: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Fairytale Retelling: Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey
Mystery: Cellar by Natasha Preston
Thriller/Suspense: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
Horror: Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Graphic Novel/Manga: Legend by Marie Lu
Poetry/Verse: Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Sci-Fi: Last Day On Mars by Kevin Emerson
Nonfiction: Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson
Play: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
Middle Grade: Real McCoys by Matthew Swanson

The books are shown in the order that I completed them.


6. Complete the 2017 Debut Author Challenge

This is the only challenge where I allow books read from this challenge to also complete other challenges. This is a new challenge that I discovered this year, but I love how it challenges me to read books by authors that I am not familiar with. Here is a link to the original challenge post. This challenge was also added on later than my reading resolution announcement.

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Review: Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene

34974120Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene

Lighter. Leaner. Faster. 

Raesha will to do whatever it takes to win Nationals. For her, competing isn't just about the speed of her horse or the thrill of the win. It's about honoring her mother's memory and holding onto a dream they once shared. 

Lighter. Leaner. Faster. 

For an athlete, every second counts. Raesha knows minus five on the scale will let her sit deeper in her saddle, make her horse lighter on his feet. And lighter, leaner, faster gives her the edge she needs over the new girl on the team, a girl who keeps flirting with Raesha's boyfriend and making plans with her best friend.

So she focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she's going to lose more than just the people she loves, she's going to lose herself to lighter, leaner, faster...

"Sit quietly with this book. Feel the wind, the dusty air. Taste the sorrow and the wonder. Listen to the heart that is beating on every page. Then be grateful that Catherine Alene gave us this stunning story. It's a thing of beauty." --Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor and National Book Award Finalist

Pages: 352
Format: E-Book
Published By: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA - Contemporary, Mental Health

TRIGGER WARNING: Eating Disorder

Cover Review:
I absolutely love this cover. I feel like it expresses more about the book than the original cover did.


For the most part, Catherine Alene's novel Sky Between You and Me was absolutely amazing, and I personally felt that telling it in verse was a great choice, although I can see how others would not like that. The thing about this book is even if you aren't suffering from an eating disorder, you can still relate to what Raesha is going through, whether that be from coping with the loss of a parent or just dealing with self-image issues. I think it's a wonderful story that hits on a topic that is very prevalent in our society today, not only with teens/adults who are struggling with an eating disorder.

What I love most about this book is that you see how Raesha's eating disorder progresses into her life. Most novels about eating disorders don't show how quickly eating disorder's can take over your life with just a simple thought and choice.

Another great thing about this book was the relationships that are very prevalent with the Raesha and the other characters in the novel. Most YA contemporary relationships focus, almost solely, on the romantic relationship, which is present in the novel. Sky Between You and Me focuses more on Raesha's relationship with her father, and with her best friend. Her relationship with her boyfriend wasn't a favorite of mine, and I wish it had been told differently, but at the same time, I'm glad this relationship was on the backburner to the relationships that are focused on.

I would highly recommend this book if you read YA contemporary books that focus on tough topics. I think it's an important story to read if you are able to get through the writing style. If you are like me, though, I would definitely recommend some tissues on hand.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tour + Teaser and Giveaway: Tainted Legacy by Tabitha Peattie

Tainted Legacy: The Ash Academy Series
by Tabitha Peattie
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: August 25th 2017

What would you do if your parents had committed the worst crime in history? 
Who would you turn to if the laws, meant to protect you, were corrupted? 
When is it ok for all the good people to do bad things and the bad people to do good things? 
How can you fall in love with the person who was destined to hate you? 
Welcome to the world of the world of the Gifted. 
Ava has always lived on the fringes of society with her close-knit family. Ever protected, loved and sheltered until the day it’s time to start at Ash Academy. 
Nothing is as it seems, as Ava finds out that everything she thinks she knows is tainted. Tainted by death, lies and deceit. It is her job to learn the truth and stay true to herself despite the darkness all around her. 
No one survives that kind of drama alone. Through Ava’s discovery of their society and her place in it, she will find kindness and support in the most unlikely places. 
From the Ashes we Rise! 

For Readers who enjoyed authors such as: 
Richelle Mead 
Cassandra Clare 
Kelly St Clare 
Jaymin eve 
Laura Thalassa 

A gripping first book in the Ash Academy series. This book is a full-length novel with a HEA and no cliff-hangers. Step into a magical world about love, loss and self-discovery.
Welcome students and parents to your first year at Ash Academy. It is OK to be nervous. It is your first day at the place you will live, breath and eat for the next three years. When your parents leave this room, they are taking with them your protection and your title. Here like generations before you, you will learn how to protect yourself and earn your title back into your family.
I warn you now, the journey you will embark on will be long and painful. But it will be a journey where you will grow and learn.
So, you begin as equals; wealth, power and status are no longer important. Understand this now and you will learn quickly, ignore my words and your ignorance will be costly.
Now say goodbye to you parents and promise to write regularly because no doubt they will miss you more then you will miss them.
We give you the key to the future, it is up to you whether you open the door and prosper.

From the ashes, we rise.” 


About the Author
I have been writing for 6 years and have written a number of books. I am really excited to start publishing these and see if others love my books like I do. I'm influenced by so many authors and books that I couldn't list them all the! All my stories have a theme of overcoming what nature has given you as this is something I have really experienced in life. I have struggled with MS since I was 17. This is something which has given me the strength and the experience to be able to write about the lowest lows and the highest highs. 

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