February 2017 Book Haul

Hey everybody!

These books are books I got for free off of iBooks and Kindle:

  • Billionaire Eternity box set by Anna Collins
  • Billionaire Romance box set by Anna Collins
  • The Legend of the Blue Eyes by B. Kristin McMichael
  • Dirty Billionaire by Meghan March
  • Hard and Fast by Lucia Jordan
  • The Ex-Pacifist (Second Edition) by Sarah K. L. Wilson
  • Keeper by Ingrid Seymour
  • Emerge: The Scholar by Melissa A. Craven
  • Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
  • Soulmate by Kellie McAllen
  • Emerge: The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven
  • Discerning Spirits by Kellie McAllen
  • Obsidian by Kimberly Loth
  • Air Awakens by Elise Kova
  • Drone by Jackson Dean Chase
  • Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

These are the books I bought this month:

“Red Moon” by Benjamin Percy: When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very things he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge…and the battle for humanity will begin.

“Austensibly Ordinary” by Alyssa Goodnight: Cate Kendall is no stranger to daydreams of brooding men and fancy parties – after all, she teaches one of her beloved Jane Austen novels in her English classes every year. But as for romance and adventure in her own life, the highlight of most weeks is Scrabble with her cute coworker, Ethan, and he draws the line at witty banter. But Cate is ready for a change. When she finds a mysterious journal that seems to have a link to the soul of the great Jane Austen herself, she knows it’s her chance. And she grabs on with both hands…Before she knows it, Cate has invented an alter ego with an attitude, attended some seriously chic soirees, and gotten tangled up with a delicious mystery man. And she’s uncovered enough unexpected secrets about Ethan that her Scrabble partner has taken to brooding looks and unfathomable silences. It’s a positively Austenite predicament, and Cate is sure she’ll land in hot water and heartbreak – but maybe not with Jane herself to guide her…

“The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin: When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

“Paper Towns” by John Green: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows. When their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Margo has disappeared. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Embarking on an exhilarating adventure to find her, the closer Q gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew.

“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her step-mother. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.

“Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas: In a world without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be released from prison to serve as the King’s Champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a faraway land will befriend her. But something evil dwells in the castle – and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival – and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price – and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other first.

“Famous In Love” by Rebecca Sterle: When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People‘s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life begins to resemble her character’s. In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on- and offscreen, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – as the whole world watches.

“Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi: No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovered a strength to fight back for the very first time – and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

“Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi: Juliette has escaped from The Reestablishment. Now she’s free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.

“Ignite Me” by Tahereh Mafi: Everyone Juliette cares about may be dead. Now Juliette is the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. But to take them down as well as Anderson, the man that nearly killed her, Juliette needs the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew – about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam – was wrong.

“Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo: Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal – and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina’s extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destroy the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart – and her country – in two.

“Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo: Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past – or her destiny – for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and further away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

“Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo: The capital has fallen and the Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnents of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction – and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

College Update and Why I Put Down the Harry Potter books

I wanted to update you guys on my life for the next couple of months.

I am currently taking 18 credits (6 classes) in college and I need most of my time for my homework. I may be taking 5 online classes, but it is still a lot of work.

I am also working a lot. When I’m not in school, I am most likely at work.

I had to put down the Harry Potter series. I really want to read this series, however, too much is in the way. I want to marathon this series when I’m not stressed out and have 10 other things going on. This is a series that I want to be able to delve into and not have a care in the world…something I cannot do right now. Hopefully, when school lets out this summer, I will be able to marathon this series.

-Stephanie 

One Year!

Hey guys!

I know that it has been a while (over a month) since I last posted a blog entry. I am currently working on getting my blog up-to-date.

Today, March 6, 2017, makes one year of my blog! I am so excited! Thank you to all who have helped me over this past year!

-Stephanie

The Girl on the Train: Book vs. Movie

Hi guys!

I am going to be comparing and contrasting the book and the movie of “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.

COMPARISONS

  • They had the same emotional value
  • Rachel was the same whiny ***** in both the book and the movie
  • The moods were the same

CONTRASTS

  • The book
  1. Takes place in England
  2. All British characters
  3. Barely had cursing (if any at all)
  • The movie
  1. Takes place in NEW YORK CITY
  2. ONLY ONE BRITISH CHARACTER
  3. Cursing……a lot

As ya’ll can tell, I may have not really liked the book, but I absolutely HATED the movie. I couldn’t even get half an hour into the movie before I had to turn it off because it was so bad. Emily Blunt made the BEST Rachel, and I applaud her on her performance…….but the movie was terrible.