Guess What’s On My Mind! #1 draft

Hi! This is another all new post made and hosted by Ali’s Reviews and More.

The things talked about here will be all about books, fandom, cosplay, and all other random ideas that have popped into my head.

So for my first ever post of this new theme….

Book Signings

Book signings or also known as Author events is when one or more author come to your area ( or convention, or you travel to meet/see them) to get your books signed.

Now at theses events the authors will talk about their newest book and doing a reading, along with a Q & A. Then they will sign all of your books or a specific number ( depends on author and place). They can sign it with just their name, or to you ( that’s personalized). Or/and add a little something, something ( tagline from book, or it’s was nice to see you).

Now on to why this is on my mind, and why I’m talking to you in the first place.

Part one

Lately I have been going to book signings for authors that I have not read anything from, but I hear great things and they are really popular authors. I have gone to five book signings ( that I can think of at the moment)  and ( bought almost all the books by that author), but only the ones that interested me. When I think back on it, I notice that some of my book blogger friends might have strongly recommended the rest of the books. And I also seem to get caught up in the hype and excitement for the author and their books. It’s not a terrible thing to happen, except the being broke and never finding time to start reading the books.

The really big flip side to this is reading things my newish friends have read and being able to talk about more things with them now. Reading out of my comfort zone and finding some great new titles to read.

Part two

Another thing I have noticed since going to book signings, is the great people you meet. Also the swag is pretty great too.

Over the years of going to countless different book signings, I have meet some of the nicest people. I have even been able to meet with some other book bloggers and  have great chats with them about books. But I love that once you guys become friends, if you cant make it to assigning they will get your books ( or books for you signed!) and vise versa. They also have your back with seating  and meeting up earlier to go eat at the good places near the event. I love doing this with my group of girls that normally go to the same signings as me, it is so much fun and we talk about books the whole time. I love talking with people about books that I have or have not read yet. I also like to hear different peoples thoughts on books I have loved or not loved because it always gives me different view on them.

What do you guys do for book signings? Do you even go to the signs or just order them? Or does having the book signed not matter to you? Let me know in the comments!!!

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Review of The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)  by Renee Ahdieh

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Review: I have been hearing about this book for ages, and have had it on my shelf for many months now. SO I finally picked it up off my shelf and went into my house with it. Now I have to start off by saying this , I have once before tried reading this book when it first came out. Now there was nothing wrong with the book when I first got it, only that I checked it and about a million other book out from the library. So if you can see where I’m going with this, is that I had to return the book before I could really get into it.

Anyway, I picked it and started from the beginning once again. Could not and would not put this book down the whole time I was reading it. I mean if someone wanted my attention they would have had to use a crowbar to get me off this book. I loved it so much! I just could not get enough of the story line and characters. I had no clue which way the book would be going or way the “boy king” was killing his wives each dawn.  I was so intrigued and pulled into this story I lost all track of time and of what the heck was going on around me. I loved that, that is the best thing to find in a book.

The characters and the plot were so layered and had so much to them that I could not get enough of finding more out about them. I am super excited that there will be a second book for this series and that the author will be doing an event in my area! I cant wait!!!

5 out of 5 stars.

395 pages. Hardcover.

Romance. Re-telling. Young Adult. Fantasy. Fiction.

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Summary: One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

The Comic’s Dungeon! #2

Hello! This is an original post made and hosted by by Ali’s Reviews and More!

This weekly post is about comic books, or mostly discussion about the comic book of the week.

This week will be….

Saga

Summary: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Graphic comics. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Adventure.

Published by Image comics.

My Thoughts: This is one of my favorite comics that I am currently reading. Heck, it was the first comic that I first picked up when I started to get into comic books. Anyway, this comic series is so complex and full of rich elements that its hard to even begin to talk about. But here I go, every page full of color will leave you breathless and a little grossed out and wanting to read more. The plot to Saga feels like trying to solve a rubiks cube.

I also really love how diverse this comic series is. I mean with the characters and where the plot goes for that individual character. It is just so amazing how diverse comic books are progressing lately, when it is taking a lot longer for Young adult/ New adult books to get there.

What do you think of this comic? Have you read it? Thinking of giving it a try? Let me know in the comments!!

Manga Monday! #82-Alice on Deadlines by Shiro Ihara

Alice on Deadlines by Shiro Ihara

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Review: This is one of the weirdest series I have ever read. Although I liked the art style and the humor or the series. I did not like the characters or plot, all that much. I felt it could have been better if the series did not focus on the nudity and perverted times going on. And put more thought into the characters and story line.

2 out of 5 stars.

1-4 volumes.

Manga. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Romance. Action. Comedy.

Published by Yen Press.

Summary: As punishment for slacking on the job, the shinigami Lapan is ordered to go to the Human Realm in the body of a skeleton to retrieve a wandering soul. However, much to Lapan’s lecherous delight, a slip-up lands his soul in the body of the young Alice, a buxom student at a local all-girls’ school. With the skirt-chasing shinigami (as Alice) leaving a storm of sexual harassment allegations in his wake, whatever is poor, beskeletoned Alice to do?!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Power (Titan #2)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: I am so happy that I was finally able to have the time to just read this book all the way through! I love Seth and Josie more then anything and have been waiting all read to read more able them.

Seth and Josie’s character development along with their development in their relationship together was through the roof! I just wanted to scream and jump around because they made me happy! But the times that Seth was being a dick, I knew it was going to happen but I was still not ready. So Seth had me very angry and upset with him, while at the same time loving the crap out of him too. And the beautiful intense moments that they shared brought actual tears to my eyes!!!!

And this plot, dang it! It keeps getting more in-depth with new challenges for the characters to face alone and together are getting so good. I was just screaming my head off at the end of this book because we will have to wait another year to find out what the heck happens next! And I really need my Seth and Josie moments people!

5 out of 5 stars.

344 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Fantasy. Mythology. Paranormal.

Published by Spencer Hill Press.

Summary: With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)  by Marie Rutkoski

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Review: I finally started going through my big pile of second books in a series, and this just happened to be what I read first. I was a little bit disappointed with how this book turned out once I finished it. Because the first book had all of this different elements to the plot and characters that I just loved. But after reading this sequel, I just felt let down. But don’t get me wrong I am still and with baited breath waiting to get my hands on the third and final book in the series.

The overall thing that put me off from really loving this book was the characters, I did not for one second liked how they were developing. They just seemed to be going in a completely different direction then they had in the first book. I’m really hoping they are able to get back on track in the last book with a big blow out of an ending.

3 out of 5 stars.

402 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).

Summary: Following your heart can be a crime

A royal wedding means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself?

Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. she’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world…and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.

This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)  by Katie McGarry

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Review: I have had this book sitting around and being moved from bookshelves to bookshelves since charismas. I finally was hungering for something new to my eyes and looked through a couple of my shelves till I landed on this pretty book. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. Katie Mcgarry really does know how to catch and keep a readers interest and still leave them wanting more of her words.

The world Mcgarry is able to create and pull you into, in this series is so flawless. The characters were also complex and seem to be a lot more then you can see at first glance.

I just fell in like with this Thunder Road world and its characters, and I’m also very much looking forward to reading a lot more about them.

4 out of 5 stars.

496 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. New Adult. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Contemporary.

Published by Harlequin Teen.

Summary: An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home. 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

Top Ten Tuesday! April.19

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

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April 19: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

1.Castle in the Air (Howl’s Moving Castle #2)  by Diana Wynne Jones

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Hehe, I love that this book is such a surprise laughing fit.

2. Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1)  by Holly

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The parents in this book still make me laugh.

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Simon was just so human and like your everyday teen, and what he would say or think would get me to smile.

4. Play (Stage Dive #2)  by Kylie Scott

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I now wanted my own Mal because of this book. There was not one moment that I was not smiling because of something he was saying.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Just Cath and how she though that got me laughing.

6. Screwdrivered  (Cocktail #3) by Alice Clayton

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This book make me laugh so hard and so many times I thought I would pee myself. Now if that’s not a book, then I don’t know what is….

7. Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4)  by Christina Lauren

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Oh my gosh, the characters in this book made me want to laugh while hiding in a hole and face palming at the same time.

8. Last Call (Cocktail #4.5)  by Alice Clayton

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Man all of the characters bring out all of the humor in this last book, I mean the jokes talked about and the dirty stuff. LOL!!!

9. Beautiful Beginning (Beautiful Bastard #3.5)  by Christina Lauren

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I just to marry Will after I read this book, The prank was the best part of this whole thing.

10. Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)  by Kresley Cole

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Jo kicks ass and is funny while doing it!

What are your top ten books that make you laugh? Let me know in the comments!

Manga Monday! #81- Library Wars: Love & War by Kiiro Yumi (Story & Art), Hiro Arikawa (Original concept), Kinami Watabe (Translator)

Library Wars: Love & War

by Kiiro Yumi (Story & Art), Hiro Arikawa (Original concept), Kinami Watabe (Translator)
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Review: This is one of the best new series that has come out in the last couple of years from VIZ media. The plot and characters are never dull, and as each volume came out the story line and the ships got even better. I was so sad to find out last week that this series was coming to an end this month. I still feel like there could have been more volumes that the story could have progressed to, along with the characters. Anyhow, the final volume ( 15) was everything I could have hopped for and more. I was not at all disappointed with how the story or characters ended up.

5 out of 5 stars.

1-15 volumes.

Manga. Shojo. Action. Romance. Fiction.

Published by VIZ Media.

Summary: In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!

Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she’s finally a recruit, she’s finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Forever with You (Wait for You #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Forever with You (Wait for You #5)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: I put this book off for the longest time, because every time I picked it up and took a peak. I never felt motivated to keep reading it. But I am so happy that I had time during my short spring break to take it with me on the many ferry rides I too to Seattle for con. So it gave me many hours to read the whole book through. But personally it only took about three hours from start to finish to get this book done.

I think the best part of this book was the characters, Nick and Stephanie. So far in the series we have only heard a little bit about them and have judged them from that. but from reading this book my opinion completely changed and in the end I ended up really liking them. Although the plot and the character development were a bit boring to me. Although the main plot and topic of this story was very serious and heart breaking , and oh so very real. The only thing that was hard for me was how slow and bland the overall plot was.  I still enjoyed the story anyway. I also liked Jennifer L. Armentrout’s slight little hints about some of the other characters who we might be seeing more of in the future books to this series.

4 out of 5 stars.

370 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Mature Content. Mature Themes. Contemporary.

Published by Avon.

Summary: In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you’ve never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It’s out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she’s got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph’s eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick’s self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he’s knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she’s building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can’t walk away. Not when she’s the only one who’s ever made him wish for forever . . .

-Summary from GoodReads.com