August Wrap-Up

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WOW! So much happened this month. I participated in two read-a-thons, read the most books this month so far this year and had some amazing stats on my blog this month! This was such a good reading month and now I just have to catch up on all my reviews!

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Books I Read:

Confessions of a Working Girl by Miss S.

The Wedding by Nicolas Sparks

♠ The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

♠ The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

♠ Tithe by Holly Black

♠ The Giver by Lois Lowry

♠ Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

♠ Messenger by Lois Lowry

Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston

♠ The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead

♠ We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Aug Stats

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

August TBR List

August Book of the Month

Book Blogger Shout-out : Kitty Cat Reads 

RABT: Black Dog Night Blitz 

Read.Sleep.Repeat. 2014 Series Challenge|Update

E-Reader Chat 

Book Shelf Tour

Dusting Off The Shelf Read-a-Thon

Second Chance Summer {Mid-Way Reactions}

Bout of Books 11.0 

Bookish Bucket List Update

5 Book Challenge 

August Book Haul

Second Chance Summer {Final Reactions}

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From August (Links to the threads of post)

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Third Sentence Thursday 

Friday Reads

Swoon Worthy Saturday 

Upcoming Excitements!

September Book of the Month – FCLA Book Club Read

♠ Falling For Autumn Read-a-Thon

♠ Debut Author Tour

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Tithe by Holly Black | Book Review

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Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Series: Modern Faerie Tale Trilogy

Crippled things are always more beautiful. It’s the flaw that brings out beauty.
– Holly Black, Tithe

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.[Goodreads]

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This book came highly recommended to me by Autumn @ Kitty Cat Reads. And let me just start by saying I am so happy I finally got around to reading it!

Tithe was a unique, edgy, dark urban fantasy faerie tale. I was greatly surprised because the book seemed to catch me off guard and was an unexpected story that was interesting and had characters that were unique , almost unlikable and a little odd. You are emerged into a world that is alluring and shows another side of faeries that are usually not portrayed in novels. The writing was hard to follow at the beginning and I found myself having to reread parts, but than a little bit into it stuff was starting to make more sense and worked itself all out.

I thought Kaye was a great lead character. She was real, with that sassy teenage attitude. Following her story you are just as lost and confused as she is as she’s pushed  into a world she wasn’t sure existed. Although there are many other characters I felt like a lot of them were all just secondary and you didn’t learn much about them besides Corny and Roiben. I really enjoyed Roiben and thought he was a fantasy faery hero!

The story was gripping and had just enough mystery that really pulled you in and wanting to know more of what exactly was going on. It had many surprises and twists that I didn’t see coming. It followed many faerie themes including changelings and the power of a persons real name. Than there was the epic divide of the good and the bad faeries and throughout the book it keeps you guessing at who is really the good faeries!

Overall this was a book that is either a love it or hate it book. I really enjoyed it and the dark, mature, violent side of the faerie world. It is an interesting story with unique characters and an intriguing writing style. The book ended abruptly and I can’t wait to read the next book. If you enjoy a action packed urban fantasy that has a different take on stereotypes and is a unique read I recommend this book to you! (Sorry this was a hard book to write a review on)

RATING-5

Swoon Worthy Saturday [8/30]

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Saturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday is a weekly meme where in we present a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy! (Hosted by StayBookish )

 

Evan Matthews 

Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan

I haven’t done one of these in awhile. My reading has been lacking the swoon worthy guys lately. I just finished Reason To Breathe and currently reading Barely Breathing both by Rebecca Donovan. And let me just say Evan is like the ultimate all around perfect guy and so swoony! Not only is he good looking, athletic,and smart, but he is so kind and caring. He literally will do anything for Emma and is so patience and just wonderful to her. I have to admit I was so jealous of her in the love aspect while reading this book.

Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan| Book Review

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Genre: YA, Contemporary/Romancce

“Love helped me live life instead of just survive it.”
– Rebecca Donovan, Reason to Breathe

Series: Breathing Trilogy

Synopsis: 
In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises – not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth – but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope. [Goodreads]

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I was taken on an emotional roller coaster with this book. It was heartbreaking, upsetting and at times absolutely beautiful. It touches on the dark subject of abuse. It was an inspiring story about how love and great friendships have helped a girl named Emma and have given her a reason to keep breathing. Donovan’s writing is poetic is a way and wonderfully descriptive and detailed. She paints such a beautiful picture of love, loss, pain and overall the reason to keep breathing. Although at times there were scenes that were so detailed and vivid, depicting the horror that Emma faces, there were also beautifully developed characters, relationships and romantic moments that were extremely moving. I love that for the most part it was told in a way that was day by day. It did become repetitive at points, but it really helped you to feel like you were in the story and were an invisible bystander in Emma’s life.

Emma was such a dynamic, complex and overall extremely strong woman. The struggles that she faces the whole book make you really feel for her and develop a sense of awe at how she holds her life all together throughout all that she is faces with. She excels academically, is a phenomenal athlete, while she suffers such cruelty at home. She is definitely an amazing character. I did get frustrated with her at times, but I guess that is to be expected. I went through scary movie syndrome, where I was yelling at her at times to tell someone and to stop keeping everything such a secret, but I do understand why she was doing the things she was in order to protect others. Emma had an exceptional best friend, Sara, who was another awesome character. She is the ultimate best friend, she doesn’t care what others think and would do anything to help/protect Emma. It was hard at times when you see Sara breaking down and scared about the events and situations taking place. Then there is the amazing love interest, Evan! He is pretty much the perfect male character. Also it was great that there was actually a natural growth of love throughout the book and it was not insta love. It really added depth to the story and made it that much better.

This book had me captivated from the very beginning. I became so attached to the characters and engulfed in the story. I am happy I listened to it on audiobook because it was a fantastic narrator. I was so shocked at the ending and could not believe what had happened. I just had to start the second book right away. Overall this is a riveting book that had me laughing, crying and completely in love with every bit of it, although it was upsetting and frustrating at time. I highly recommend this, it is worth the read.

RATING-5

Audiobook rating 5/5

Friday Reads {8/29}

Untitled design-1112396528It is coming towards the end of the month so I am trying to finish up the books I am currently reading! I just finished Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan and I was listening to that on audiobook so I started the next one Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan. I just couldn’t not start the next one right away because that ending…. I am also finishing up Hollow City by Ransom Riggs which I am buddy reading (which I am horrible at) with Krystal @ Books Are My Thing. I am really hoping to be able to squeeze in one more book before the end of the month! So After I finish Hollow City I am hoping to pick up an e-arc I received from Entangled Teen, The Girl and the Clockwork Cat by Nikki McCormack that comes out September 2nd ! I am not really sure what it is about, but it has a cat and if you know anything about me I am obsessed with cats! I think that might be all I can get to this weekend. 18980000

What are your plans for the weekend? Anything fun or exciting happening ? What are you reading/planning on reading? I would love to hear from you!    

Second Chance Summer { Final Reactions}

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 THOUGHTS | Chapters 21-40

* WARNING this post will contain spoilers and probably too much personal information about Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads and I. So if you haven’t yet read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson I would recommend closing your eyes/computer/tab or anything else that might ruin the book for you. 

♠ Last 50 pages saved the book. Very effective writing (Autumn)

♠ Still love Warren! He is so cute with all of his facts.

♠ Autumn loves that her dads favorite poem is The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S Eliot.

♠ I was annoyed with Taylor still and just some of the things she did. Especially not being able to say I love you.

♠ The end was incredibly sad, to be expected.

♠ I loved the Casablanca references!!!

♠ This book had a hard time conveying a story a lot of it was hard to get through.

♠ The “huge” event was so anti-climatic and was such irrelevant drama compared to everything else going on in her life.

– We both feel like we are very good reviewers of contemporary because we don’t really read it a lot.
*Make sure to look out  for September’s Book Of The Month *

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We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han | Book Review

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Genre: YA, Contemporary

“Maybe that was how it was with all first loves. They own a little piece of your heart, always.”
– Jenny Han, We’ll Always Have Summer

Series: Summer Trilogy
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)
It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2)

Synopsis: 
It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.[Goodreads]

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*Warning this is the last book in a series and this review might contain some spoilers*

This was definitely an interesting conclusion the The Summer Trilogy. Although I was happy with the way that it ended, the beginning of the book caught me completely off guard. When I started We’ll Always Have Summer, I almost put it down and refused to continue. I am always for the cute and romantic fluffy stuff, but I can’t stand reading a book when the main character is being a complete idiot. (Or at least according to me being stupid and needing to grow up).

Belly, throughout the whole series has been annoying and really turned me off from the books. The books saving grace has been the boys, mainly Conrad. And again that was the case for this book. I have been team Conrad from the beginning. I could not believe the events that took place at the beginning of the book. I completely agreed with all of the other characters reactions to the news. In the end everything was set right and ended the way I wanted it to end!

Jenny Han is extremely good at writing fluffy, drama filled stories. The book was such a fast read and even though I was mad with what was happening I still could not put the book down. If it wasn’t evident already she also has some very swoon worthy guys. I feel even more in love with Stephen in this one and was head over heels with Conrad! Han also writes some realistic and very good friendships, no friendship is perfect and this shows through all of the books in this series!

Overall this book was a nice conclusion and the series was a solid, fluffy, easy summer read filled with drama, teen angst, friendship, family love and beautiful boys!

RATING-4

Overall Series Rating: 4/5

Third Sentence Thursday {8/28}

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“Giants are real,” Claire murmured, her voice weak but full of wonder. “And so are the Tales!”

– Ransom Riggs, Hollow City 

I’m still towards the beginning of the book and the children are just starting off on a bigger adventure as they discovered that there are others. That the tales they have heard all their life have had a semblance of truth! 

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This month was a month for e-books. I got a Kindle and started to purchase more e-books via Kindle Unlimited and Kindle lending library. I also found a lot of free e-books, won some books/e-books, received some from publishers, book outlet  and netgalley.

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(All of the physical books!)

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (I received this from a giveaway hosted by Stacee @book_junkee on Twitter!)

Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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Girl of Nightmare by Kendare Blake

A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale

Destined For Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon ( I received this from BookLookBloggers/ Harper Collins in return for an honest review)

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Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

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Lailah by Nikki Kelly (I won this arc in a giveaway by Fierce reads on Twitter!)

The Best of Me by Nicolas Sparks

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Lirael by Garth Nix

Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Kindle E-Books 

Netgalley (I received the following from Netgalley in return for a honest review)

Game by Barry Lyga

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Of Monsters of Madness by Jessica Verday

Entangled (I received the following from Entangled in return for a honest review)

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

The Girl and the Clockwork Cat by Nikki McCormack

Amazon 

Wait For You by J. Lynn

Be With Me by J. Lynn

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Keeping Her by Cora Carmack (I won this on a twitter giveaway!)

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

What books did you get this month? Have you read any of these? Which one should I read first?

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet. This is one of the most difficult list to create ever. There are so many books I want to read and don’t yet have in my personal library. My amazon wish list is like 5 pages long. There are also so many not out yet that technically I want to read, but don’t own so I am only going to have the books that are already published on this list. These are in no particular order.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Splintered by A.G Howard

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The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

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Soulless by Gail Carriger

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

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Honorable Mentions:

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

♠ These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

The Demon King by Cinda Willams Chima

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

 

What are some books that you want to read, but don’t own yet? Have you read any of these books?