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!

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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!

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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! 🙂

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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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins ❥ Short Book Review

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The first 150 pages or so were very slow for me, but from then on it was really interesting, action filled and overall quite enjoyable!

I really liked the love interest in this book and the shocking secret we learn about him at the end. I also really liked all the magical creatures in the book, since I’m a huge fantasy fan, and I think the way the author described them all and made them all fit together in this spooky school was really good.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Sophie, to be completely honest. She was totally missing a back-bone in my opinion and just did not stand up for herself very much. I still really enjoyed the world Hawkins created and the story, so it wasn’t all bad.

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To Stand Beside Her ❥ Short Book Review

To Stand Beside HerTo Stand Beside Her by B. Kristin McMichael
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wish I could give this book a 5-star rating. I really do. It’s just that although this book had an amazingly strong start, at about 70% into the book I could barely make myself keep reading it. I felt like the author stretched this story so much that it became almost boring.

Don’t get me wrong- this book was absolutely amazing! The story was extremely unique, interesting and really gripping and the writing was really good! It just wasn’t as great as it could have been. I felt like the ending was really rushed at some parts and stretched too thin on others. I would have much rather it had a sequel that contained all the information that was thrown onto the reader in the last couple chapters.

Overall, this was definitely a good book that’s totally worth reading, even with the not-so-satisfying ending.

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Past, Present & Future (Reading Recap #5)

Hey Guys!

For the past week I have been visiting my best friends in Canada, so the only books I have with me are the ones I have on my Kindle! Since I can only read ebooks while I’m here, I decided to take advantage of that and try to read more eGalleys or ebooks I received for review purposes! Here is my recap:

Past

20130113-045156.jpg Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2) by J. Kenner
Expected Publication: Apr 23, 2013
My Rating: ★★★★★

For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real.

Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.

I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.

But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close… or shatter us completely.

Present

20130113-045156.jpg To Stand Beside Her by B. Kristin McMichael
Release Date: Jan 24, 2013

To be the best courier in the world, eighteen-year-old Benét Leila follows three simple rules: always work alone, never stay in one place too long, and never fall in love. Too bad she didn’t follow her own advice.

Leila is a courier. To the people she takes from, she is seen as a common thief; to the people she helps, she is a savior.

Nalick is your typical king. He’s rich, powerful, and always assumed to be right. When Leila crosses paths with King Nalick, she finds herself trapped. In a rush to save her best friend Kay from a prison sentence for a crime Leila committed, Leila trades her hand in marriage in exchange for Kay’s freedom.

Tomboy Leila does not want to grow up, but in three months’ time, she will be married to King Nalick, if Nalick can keep his end of the bargain. First, Nalick must make Leila fall in love with him, a hard task since Leila is not ready to love again after losing her first love to a greedy king. Second, Nalick must keep her safe. He is not the only king trying to hold onto her. Leila has made many enemies over the years, and even more admirers that want her as a prize. Lastly, Nalick must convince Leila that ten years of love is better than a lifetime without. Unless Leila can trust her destiny, she might not reach her wedding day at all.

Future

20130113-050623.jpg Parallel by Laura Miller
Expected Publication: May 14, 2013

Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She’d go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it’s as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby’s life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby’s senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby’s never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn’t choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that’s finally within reach.

 

Happy Reading, everyone! ❤

Past, Present & Future (Reading Recap #4)

Hey Guys!

I am currently staying in the United Stated visiting my brother, so I only have a very limited amount of books I brought with me/ bought while I’m here, so I am planning to read at least half of them during my visit! Here are the ones that I read this past week/ currently reading/ planning to read next!

Past

20130113-045156.jpg The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess test, #3) by Aimeé Carter
Release Date: Feb 26, 2013

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

Present

20130113-045156.jpg Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3) by Melissa Marr
Release Date: Apr 21, 2007

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

Future

20130113-050623.jpg Entwined by Heather Dixon
Release Date: Jan 25, 2012

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her… beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing… it’s taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Happy Reading, everyone! ❤