Feb Book Haul!


Mind Games by Kiersten White ❥ Book Review

Mind GamesMind Games by Kiersten White
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Wow, this book was really good.

Not only is it have 2 POVs, it had 2 timelines intertwined in the story, which gave the book something really unique and the reader a little insight to how things started out for Fia and Annie.

Fia was an extremely strong main character- she always stood up for herself and not once kept quite when she had something to say. Although she’s the little sister, every single decision Fia made was for her sister, to keep her safe.

Annie was such an interesting character- a blind girl who can see glimpses of the future, now that’s something you don’t get to see every day. I found throughout the book that Annie was strong and extremely brave in her own way. She always did what she thought was best for her sister.

The storyline was very interesting. I loved James and how confusing Fia’s feelings for him are. I honestly really loved Fia and James together (if not as a couple, then just how they influence each other), but that’s totally up for debate.

So, button line- so definitely recommended! The only downside to this book is that I wish it was longer!! Can’t wait to read Perfect Lies!

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Contest Time!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m here to share with a you a fun little contest involving your favorite book quotes!
I am totally a fan of going through GoodReads in search of awesome quotes that lead to awesome books (Like with Looking For Alaska by John Green, where I seen the rain quote and totally had to check the book out!) and thought it would make a fun contest!

The Book Depository just came out with some cool new bookmarks that help you share your favorite quotes on social media sites – Quotemarks – and to celebrate that they are giving away some of them to you guys!


All you have to do to enter is share your favorite quote or quotes with me! The more quotes you share, the better your chances are to win! (The official rules are listed below).
You can take a picture of your quote and send it to me on twitter, facebook or instagram with the hashtag #YaelReads or just type it down below on this blog post or on twitter or facebook!


There will be 5 winners-
First place will get his/hers book of choice from The Book Depository (of a value of up to 10$US) and a Quotemark.
The other 4 winners will each get 4 Quotemarks.
First place winner will be chosen by creativity and the others will be chosen at random!

To win the first prize, you have to be creative! This is your time to make your favorite quote into a fun little art project 🙂

This contest will run from today, August 9th till August 19th, so hurry!

Official contest rules:

– Must be subscribed to this blog; yaelreads.wordpress.com
– Must be 12 or older (or have parental permission) to enter
– This contest is open internationally!

Have fun and don’t forget to be creative!!

Happy entering! 🙂

Looking for Alaska by John Green ❥ Book Review

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first half of this book was amazing. I loved reading about Miles (Pudge) and Alaska.

As a main character, Miles was just right. I liked how he wanted a change and he just left his old life to pursue this “Great Perhaps” and that he wasn’t afraid to be himself with his new friends or to speak up around them (even if he did it less than I would have liked him to).

Alaska was just the most fascinating character to read about. She was so fun, extremely outgoing, creative, super smart, unique… this list can go on and on. I absolutely loved her obsession with reading (which I totally share) and looked up to her for her amazing quirkiness and weirdness (in the best way). She was so mysterious, but from Miles’ view, I felt like I got to know things about her maybe not everybody sees.

As for the second part of the book. Agh. It was horrible. And not in the way “horrible” usually means, but in the agonizing “I need to know what happened” way. As in, what the heck just happened.
I honestly didn’t even fully accepted what happened till like the end of the book. So yeah.

This book was good. Really good. I honestly really enjoyed it (maybe the first part more than the second), but it wasn’t a five-star book for me. I was honestly expecting a little more for John Green’s acclaimed Looking for Alaska, but it was not by any means bad.
Totally recommended if you like the type of books that make you think. And John Green. And romance. And boarding schools. And fun.

Go read it.

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2013 Reading Challenge Update!

I’m half way through!! Whoooo

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Hey there! Today I finished my 40th books of the year (!) and wanted to share my Reading Challenge progress with you guys!

As you can see from the snapshot above, I challenged myself to read 80 books this year (20 more than last year) and so far, so good! 40 down, 40 to go–

Here is a list of all the books I read this year~ just click the covers to read my review for each book / get more info about it through Goodreads!

P.S~ You can always follow my progress on my Goodreads page or on the Reading Challenges tab here on my blog!

Entwined with You (Crossfire, #3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) This Is What Happy Looks Like Just One Day (Just One Day, #1) The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)
Complete Me (Stark Trilogy, #3) Gone (Dream Catcher, #3) Fade (Dream Catcher, #2) Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)
Ready Player One Paper Towns Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) Entwined
Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) The Prince (The Selection, #0.5) The Elite (The Selection, #2) Parallel The Selection (The Selection, #1)
To Stand Beside Her Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2) Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3) The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3) Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)
Inside (Insider, #1-2) The Boyfriend App Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1) Release Me (Stark Trilogy, #1)
Fury (The Fury Trilogy, #1) Fever (Parallon Trilogy, #1) Radiant (Unearthly, #2.5) Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2) Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Scent of Magic (Healer, #2) Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1) Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1) Harken (Harken, #1)
Did you challenge yourself to read more this year? How far along are you?
Happy Reading!

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ❥ Short Book Review

This Is What Happy Looks LikeThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was so lovely and cute!

As with the first book I read by her, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Jennifer’s writing was amazing! I loved the summery vibe this story has and it is one of those perfect beach books- the ones that don’t take too long to read and are just fun.

I really liked the characters in this book. I thought they were both really interesting and I quite enjoyed the hidden depth they both had. I liked finding out things about their lives I would never have expected as the story progressed.

This is What Happy Looks Like was cute, sweet, romantic and a whole lot of fun and I truly recommend it if you’re looking for the perfect summer read.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ❥ Short Book Review

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book was really good! As always, Maggie’s writing was beautiful.

I loved the entire concept of the story. I liked how the author mixed the creepy mystical aspects of the book with the fun youth of the characters.

I really liked all the characters- which is seriously impossible, usually. Blue was a strong main character, she was opinionated, smart, funny and I really just liked following her becoming familiar with the boys and her own powers.
As for the Raven Boys- Adam was sweet and innocent and quite surprised me towards the end. Noah was quite, but interesting, all at the same time. Ronan was really mysterious the entire time and I cannot wait to read about him more in the sequel, The Dream Thieves. And Gansey, oh Gansey. I love him. So much. He is unique, strong, passionate, smart and just all around perfect. Blue and him need to end up together RIGHT NOW.

Overall, really interesting plot, great writing and a drool-worthy bunch of fellows, what else can you ask for?

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Paper Towns by John Green ❥ Short Book Review

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was… really something.

It was a little hard for me to get into the story at first, the beginning is interesting and fun but then it just morphs into this search after Margo and then into the search of the meaning of life and it just turns into a really complicated story. I wasn’t so sure I liked it and it was hard for me to read more than a couple pages at a time when I picked it up, but at some point, I really cannot pin point exactly when, it just got so amazing and real and addicting. I could not put it down and when I did, it hunted my thoughts all day.

Green’s writing is just phenomenal. There is no other way to describe how beautiful his writing style is and just how captivated I become when I read one of his books. The characters definitely evolved throughout this story, from the point of view of the reader, but also from their point of view, as well. I loved the adventure-y vibe this book has and how it succeeded at contemplating death, suicide and life in a manner that put the reader at ease.

It was really something.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ❥ Book Review

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book was really good! The story line was extremely unique- a breath of fresh air.
Going into this book I didn’t know what to expect what so ever. I didn’t even know the premise of the book! All I knew is that I heard people raving about this book non-stop and just had to read it. I’m so glad I did.

Ready Player One takes place in the 21st century, about 40 years from now. In the book, planet earth is almost completely destroyed and reality completely sucks. It’s a good thing they have a way to get away from it. It all started when a guy named Halliday invented the most amazing video game of all time. The OASIS, which evolved into a way of living instead of being just a game, took over everything- everyone started to go to school online, to work thorough their consoles and even interacting with people became a thing you only did on the OASIS. Basically, it became their alternate reality.

Then, out of nowhere- the creator of the OASIS, Halliday, passed away. In his will he left the greatest video game created yet. A series of riddles and challenges that will get the winner everything. Control over the OASIS, the entire fortune Halliday made over the years which amounts to more than 50 billion dollars and world-wide recognition.

Ready Player One follows Wade Watts (or Pazival), a teenage boy who dreams of winning the competition. In the story, we get to encounter some quite amazing characters (I especially liked Aech), fun 80’s references and a super cute love story.

I loved Cline’s writing style. I felt like I was a part of the hunt and could totally see the world actually evolving to what was described in the book. It felt realistic, while keeping a fun unexpected twist to the whole plot.
I really liked the characters, I felt like, as a teenage girl who spends most of her time online, I could totally relate to them. The plot was interesting and quite unique- I was a little surprised when I just started reading the book that it was mainly about video games, but I found that I really enjoyed it. My inner geek totally came out.

I think that if you’re a fan of video games, computers, technology, the 80’s or anything of that sort, you will absolutely love this book. But even if you’re not necessarily a fan of these things, which I didn’t know I was prior to reading this book, give it a try- you will not be disappointed.

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