What I’m Excited For: The Selection

Title: The Selection
Author: Kierra Cass
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Date Read: February 26
★!!!


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.


Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


I am finally getting around to reading the book in my to-read pile since my semester is slowing down and I am getting used to the work and read load of an English major. Man did I pick a good first book to start with. The Selection series has been on my list for some time and I was a little iffy about it. I feel like I say that about every book… But I am a huge fan of dystopian novels and series, and I find that the societies are super similar in many of these books.

The Selection has a really unique society. People are not ‘controlled’ in this society and things are not planned out and selected for them which was surprisingly refreshing. It took a whole different spin on dystopian because the people within it were free really. I almost had the feeling that it wasn’t dystopian but realistic. Everyone is divided into specific, defined classes. The only difference from today is in the book there is an actual number to each class, other than that it isn’t so far off.

So I started off hating Aspen. I get it, they are in love and were trying to overcome societies view on their social class, but it was just so… unrealistic. I thought that it wouldn’t be worth marrying him, and once entered in the selection, America’s rank is bumped even higher up. I just, I don’t like them together. I don’t even think I am bias towards a Prince, which I admit I usually am, I like Prince Maxton’s personality so much better. He is just a big attractive sweetheart.

I also want to highlight my love for the main characters name. America. Okay, so maybe it’s weird especially thinking of meeting someone tomorrow with that name, but , The description and reasoning was so beautiful. I believe (not direct quote) that her mother named her America because as a country, America was strong and kept on fighting and that’s what she wanted for her daughter. Try and convince me there is a better name for this character because no, you’re wrong.

I am realizing I have so much to say about this book, it’s amazing. I haven’t really connected with a book in this way in a while. I want to analyze every bit of it, but then again I also want to start reading the next in the series! One thing I loved was that this was a modern book, as it was recently written, but it could become a classic there was so much to analyze and think about. And lastly, I want to bring attention to the author, Kierra Cass, at the end of the book, she thanked the reader for reading it and for possibly staying up late to finish it, which I did!

Overall, if you havent read this book yet I’d say you should hop on this bandwagon ASAP



xox Cat

Academy Reviews: Frost Bite Vampire Academy 2

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Title: Frost Bite
Author: Richelle Mead
Date Read: February 9
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
★★★★
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…
It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…


I was quite annoyed with the beginning of the book, I loved the first one, and I read it, meaning that I don’t want to read a summary of it. A second book means that you read the first and it was annoying to have a good portion of the beginning dedicated to a summary. I truthfully, skimmed and skipped all of it.

I want it to be known that I love the dynamic between Rose, Mason and Dimitri. Love triangles are something that can be over done or executed incorrectly, but I love the ones where the choice is so difficult to see. As a reader, I had a personal favorite character that I wanted Rose to be with, but you can also see, wow, under these circumstances, it could go either way. With Dimitri unwilling to be involved with someone younger and that they would have to protect Lissa together and they can’t have kids together, why choose him? (even though I love him)

I really enjoyed the plot and action that occurred in this  book. I felt that the characters became really well developed, and they became almost real life people. I love that about this book, it is a stretch to say that it was ‘realistic’ but the writing style and events that took place made me feel as if it was real. I was transported into this world, I became lost in it.

Rose is just bad ass. Try to tell me you don’t wish you could fight the way she does. I enjoyed to see the development with her and her mother, who is by no means motherly to her, but ends up warming up a little. It was heart warming to see their relationship develop, because as I have mentioned, Rose is possibly my favorite character that I have read about in a long time and therefore I want to be her/pretend she is my best friend…ha.

This second book did not have second book syndrome at all (snore fest) It was, don’t kill me, almost better than the first one. It has all the makings of a series to just keep getting better and better… I can’t want to read more of these books.

xox Cat

Review: The Academy Introduction



Title: The Academy Introductions
Author: C.L. Stone
Purchased: Free on Amazon Kindle
Date Read: February 18

With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.
When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.
Only the boys have secrets of their own and they’ll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they’ve sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she’s forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she’s traded one house of secrets for another?
Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships and heart-throbbing intimacy.
The Academy, ever vigilant.

I was surprisingly shocked while reading this book. Call me crazy, but free books on amazon don’t always carry the same level of content that a book for a price does. I was shocked in a good way. This tale kept me on my toes the entire time, I actually couldn’t even figure out the plot/secret until it was shoved in my face, something I am not used to.
Let me start out with the characters. These hot guys just kept popping out of the woodwork. This is going to put love triangles to shame, Stone must have thought “look at you and your silly triangle, try out my octagon of love.”  Really though, the ratio of girl boy in this book has me excited. I have never read a book of this sorts, so I am excited to see how it plays out because this book, is after all, an introduction.
It was kind of frustrating to read which is why it has only a three star rating from me. The seven boys met Sang, um, twice, before she was like their little child. They protected her unconditionally and bought her an iPhone? The relationships they had really progressed at a pace too fast to believe, but I understand there is a reason for it. 
A plot that I am really enjoying (but not really, I’m not a sicko) is the fact that Sang’s mother is abusive. So it isn’t a topic you can really enjoy, but it adds so much to this story. It allows for a level of psychoanalysis on Sang’s character as well as her family. For example, she is quick to trust and rely on the boys because she has no one else in her life willing to do that for her. 
Overall, I am pleased with this book, and intrigued enough to be excited to purchase and read the other books in this series. 
P.S. I am team Silas
xox Cat

Proud Momma of a Blog

I wanted to take a moment to really express how proud of my blog I have been lately. I don’t mean to brag but I find that I have been progressing greatly at my blog, in terms of my writing, post, view counts and followers my blog has become something I am exceptionally proud of. I only can hope and wish that it continues to grow and be successful. So this is a little shout out to all you for helping to make this blog a part of my regular day and something I can’t compare to anything. I hope you are all enjoying my blog as much as I am and continue to be active!

Thanks everyone for your support!
xox Cat

Monday Madness: Vampire Academy

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Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Finished Reading: February 7
Purchased: Amazon Kindle
★★★★★
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.


I am excited that I finally took some time out of my busy college schedule to read a book that I love, not to mention Vampire Academy  was the perfect choice. I have been meaning to read this book for some time now, though I did have some doubts. I usually do find that I enjoy the popular books that everyone is loving, but I have found that vampires aren’t usually my thing.
I found that this book was extremely well written and captivating. I finished this book in one night, from the first two pages I was sucked in. Rose is possibly my favorite character of all time, yes. I went there. She is such a powerful character, and a girl which makes it that much better. I had a thought throughout the book that Rose is a girl that everyone wants to be. She says snarky, bitchy things that most of us can only manage to say in our heads. She is plain and simple a bad ass.
I saw from reading through some reviews after I finished reading, that many people weren’t too happy with the fact that Rose knew she was attractive. She did say a few times that she had a body that she knew everyone found attractive. But it wasn’t as if she was saying it out loud. It was a narrative so we can only assume she was saying it in her head, which I am sure there are many people who think the same. It is not wrong to acknowledge that you are attractive. Her statements were inner thoughts and the author used them to help further explain to the reader the dynamic and body types of the other characters.
On the other hand, Lissa I found to be slightly annoying. She started out as a helpless character. She was whiney and almost needed Rose, not for protection but to function. As their dynamic unfolds, Lissa becomes too independent and in turn becomes a new kind of annoying. I believe that it has to be that way with her, no matter how annoying she is, for the book to work, but she is not a favorite character.
Overall, as you can probably tell, I loved this book and cannot wait to get started on the next one!
xox Cat


Mini Waiting for: The Tyrants Daughter

17910573Title:  The Tyrants Daughter

Author: J.C. Carlson
Finished: January 27
Purchased:  NetGalley
Release Date: February 11, 2014
★★★
 
When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?
J.C. Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl—and a country—on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics. 

I found this book to be entertaining and unlike the books I usually read. While there was still mystery, action and friendship, I found that this book was slightly too real for me to love. While I don’t blame an entire nation, it was hard to sympathize with the characters because it was based off of the family who cause 9/11. And when I say based, I know it is a loose connection.

 I enjoyed the book nevertheless and being an avid reader I can appreciate a good story as well as the excellent writing style. I for one just couldn’t enjoy it to the fullest. I know there are probably many people out there who would really like this book, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m sure many of you have come across books that are the ‘not for me’ type, that you want to like and enjoy but it just is not possible.

You know what they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover and don’t write it off just because someone wasn’t a fan. If this sort of story is what you like, give it a go. Personally, it just hit too close to home for me.

This book comes out tomorrow and if it sounds up your alley you should try it out!

xox Cat

Update!

I just wanted to type a quick update to let you all know what was going on in my life recently. I am back at school.. yippee. But I am actually having a great time. It is really just a wonderful experience to be an English major and enjoy classes. Reading and writing is my passion so for it to also be my major now is super exciting. However becoming an English major has really taken up all my time, I have so many books and essays for class that I haven’t had time to read things that I pick out myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love the books I have been reading, but free time reading has taken a back seat. My reviews should be posted once a week for the duration of this semester, typically on Thursday-Sunday. Then hopefully when the semester ends I can get a few more posted a week!!

xox Cat