Monday, July 18, 2016

It's Monday...What Are You Reading



This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  It's a meme where you share what you read last week, what you're currently reading and what you plan on reading that week. 






Still Have To Finish: 


I only have about 150 pages left on this one, so I should be able to finish it tonight actually. Hopefully! 


The contents of Happily Ever After are as follows:


-The Prince (with the two bonus chapters), Maxon’s novella
-The Guard, Aspen’s novella
-The Queen, Amberly’s novella
-The Favorite, Marlee’s novella
-Three scenes from Celeste’s POV
-Lucy’s scene (bonus scene from The One)
-The bonus epilogue
-Where are they now?
-A map
-Various illustrations


This Week I Plan To Read:  


I started this one at the end of last week, but didn't have enough time to actually read much of it.(Yeah I only read 6 pages!) So this week I plan to read the rest. 

 Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.


In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?



Up Next: 

Crave by Melissa Darnell 
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour






That's it for me this week, both of these books are rather large, but if I finish one I'll probably be adding one from the list above.  


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Audiobook Review: Me Before You



Ali Listens is my new review title for Audio book Reviews.  I wanted to start splitting up my reviews into categories.  Something I've been wanting to do for awhile, just haven't had the chance.  So today I have a great audio book review to share with you. 







Title: Me Before You 
Author:Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Audio Publisher: Penguin Audio
Date: 12-31-12
Read From: April 13 till May 10th, 2016
Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
Reading Challenges: 2016 TBR Challenge
Authors WebsiteGoodreadsBuy This
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.








To say this is one of my all time favorite books is an understatement. I adore this story and the characters. I will warn you right now though, this book will make you cry so hard and laugh even harder at times. Any book that can elicit that much emotion out of it's readers is one amazing story in my eyes.

If you don't know much about this book, it's one filled with great joy and great lose. Lou Clark is a very interesting character, she's very spunky to say the least. She wears interesting cloths and pretty much says what's on her mind. Will Trainer isn't like that anymore, when I say anymore I mean he used to be this high powered business man who also knew how to love life. Will is in an accident right at the beginning of this story and after awhile they two cross paths, due to his mother needing a care giver for him. Really what she wants is someone to talk to him and bring life back into his own.

The way Jojo Moyes writes this story, you can tell through her words the passion she puts into her writing. Everything just flows so nicely and it's a very easy read, (except for the end) I really enjoyed every last word of this book. The thing I really enjoyed about this book is that you can see what's going to happen, but you love it so much while reading that you can't stop yourself from finishing it. Even if it breaks your heart in the process and yes it did just that.

The plot of this story though, isn't even about Will, it's about Lou and her journey in life. I really loved that about this book, author Jojo Moyes didn't just focus on Will and how awful his life can be at times, even though it could be, she focused more on how Lou handled everything and how much she grew as a person because of Will. 

As far as the audiobook portion, I really enjoyed listening to this book, at least for the first time through it. The next time I think I might read it myself. It was easier to cry with it as an audio (insert laugh here) The narrator was amazing and easy to listen to and I really enjoyed this audiobook. 

I absolutely love this book and plan on re-reading this one and the second book in the near future. Author Jojo Moyes is a spectacular author and I can't wait to read other book that she has written as well.



I'm pretty sure just by reading my review that you know what my rating is for this amazing book.

The Story Rating:


 The Audio Rating: 








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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #97







Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:



  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

 He tilted his head. "It's a very pretty color. I think it might be nicer if it was shorter." He shrugged and started to walk away. "Just a thought," he called over his shoulder.  I sat there for a moment, considering.








I'm super excited about this book, if you've been around my blog for awhile you know that I love this series so much.  Care to give me a tease into what you're reading? Leave me a comment below or a link to your own Teaser Tuesday. I'd love to find new things to read. 


Monday, July 11, 2016

It's Monday...What Are You Reading?



This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  It's a meme where you share what you read last week, what you're currently reading and what you plan on reading that week. 







This Week I Plan To Read 
 
 
 Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
 
My amazing Mom bought me this for my birthday last month and I've been dying to read it. So, it's time to do so.


The contents of Happily Ever After are as follows:


-The Prince (with the two bonus chapters), Maxon’s novella
-The Guard, Aspen’s novella
-The Queen, Amberly’s novella
-The Favorite, Marlee’s novella
-Three scenes from Celeste’s POV
-Lucy’s scene (bonus scene from The One)
-The bonus epilogue
-Where are they now?
-A map
-Various illustrations


The World from Up Here by Cecilia Galante

This is been on my tbr for a few months and I'm super excited to finally get to read it.

 From the award-winning author of The Patron Saint of Butterflies comes a story about the courage it takes to face your biggest fears.

Wren Baker has never felt brave a day in her life. She doesn't even know what she's afraid of, really. Only that if she raises her voice or leaves her mark or ventures too far from home, she'll risk falling flat on her face.

But that all changes when Wren's cousin Silver walks into her life. Silver is totally fearless. Maybe that's why she's the most popular girl in the sixth grade. She dares Wren to take risks, to live out loud, to finally spread her wings. So when Silver decides to break all the rules, Wren is forced to make a choice: Is she in or is she out?

There's only one way Wren will ever learn to fly. It's time for her to stand at the edge of the unknown . . . and jump.

Full of heartache and hope, The World From Up Here is a tender, moving story about old secrets, new friendships, and what it means to face the things that scare us most.


Up Next: 

 The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick



That's it for me this week, both of these books are rather large, but if I finish one I'll probably be adding one from the list above.  
 
 


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #96




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:



  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
 "I saw them when I was running the other day. And detoured around them because, yes, enormous." "Anyway, tonight, I kept catching movement in my peripheral vision. So I stop, and it's birds. A whole flock of them. Flocking back and forth, in unison, just outside my windows."












This book is fantastic so far, it's a bit out of my reading comfort zone, but honestly I'm loving it so far. We shall see once I finish it though. Care to give me a tease into what you're reading? Leave me a comment below or a link to your own Teaser Tuesday. I'd love to find new things to read. 

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