COVER REVEAL for FROM THE FALLS by Heather Renee

Hey, guys! I am so excited to be a part of the Cover Reveal for the second book in the Falls trilogy that is titled From the Falls! This is the second book in a YA fantasy series that I am super excited to read because it sounds really interesting to me and you all know that my favorite genre is fantasy. But this cover is absolutely gorgeous. Its one of the most beautiful covers I have seen like ever, and that just makes me want to buy a physical copy of this when it releases on August 4 of this year. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the Cover Reveal of this gorgeous book!

From the Falls

 

Title: From The Falls

Series: The Falls Trilogy, Book Two

Author: Heather Renee

Release Date: August 4th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Amazon US Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2rivByA

Amazon UK Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2sPAtgs

Amazon AUS Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2rNXoue

Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/2r4osme

Synopsis:

Arvata is thriving and Kali is finally getting a handle on being an Elder. She’s been learning her Arelia abilities, while enjoying being a newlywed. The only thing missing from Arvata is their town healer, who left a year ago and didn’t tell anyone why.

Lorelle finally returns and explains to the Elders what the Fates had assigned to her, but she now needs their help with the mission. Half-Guardians, that shouldn’t even exist in their world, are out there and need to be protected, but time is running out.

Dark magic lurks within these hybrids and nobody knows how they came to be. They possess powers unlike full Guardians and it’s up to Kali and her friends to figure out how to protect the half-Guardians and prevent more from being created.

Trust will need to be earned, unseen powers will emerge and loved one’s lives are threatened. Will the risk be worth it in the end?

About Heather Renee:

Heather Renee lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest in Oregon. She writes YA Fantasy that has a mixture of suspense, humor and a little romance.

When Heather’s not writing, she is spending time with her beautiful daughter and amazing husband. Two cats and a dog who loves the snow, complete their household. On weekends, if she doesn’t have a book in her face, you can find Heather going on different adventures with her family. Her favorite being hiking Multnomah Falls.

She loves to hear from her fans, so visit her webpage and the Contact Me link for ways to connect. http://www.HeatherReneeAuthor.com

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And there you have it! That was the cover reveal for the second book in the Falls trilogy, From the Falls by Heather Renee. What is your opinion on the cover? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Five Popular Books I Had Issues With

Hey, guys! So this is a post I am somewhat reluctant to make because these are all books that a lot of you really liked, but I just didn’t like them, and I will explain why, but my goal is not to offend any of you. These are just my opinions. If you like these, I am happy that you did. If you didn’t, great. We can discuss them together. Just because I didn’t like these, doesn’t mean its wrong for you to enjoy them. You are entitled to your own opinion. But let’s go ahead and get into the discussion!

One: This first one I am talking about is actually an entire series, and its one that you may or may not have heard about: The Immortals series by Alyson Noel.

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This is a series that is loved by so much of the book community, but I had a lot of problems with it. Now the first book wasn’t that bad. The first book tricks you into thinking its going to be a good series when it just isn’t. What also reels people in (it reeled me in) was the breathtakingly beautiful writing style of Alyson Noel. She has one of the best writing styles I have ever read about, but with that being said, what really turned me away from the series was a couple of things. One of those was the similarity to a few other series I have read. But the main thing that turned me off from the series was this annoying thing that happens at the end of Blue Moon, the second book in the series. Because that annoying thing just drags on and on for the next million books. And to me, it just is not worth it. This series wasted a lot of my time because I read five of those six books, which I continue to regret to this day.

Two: The second book that I was not a fan of was The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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This is a series that I don’t really hate, but I still would never choose to read it because I think its a little bit of a waste of time. One thing I had major problems with was James’ writing style. I couldn’t stand it. It was a chore to try to read through that writing style. But also, I just didn’t like the characters, at all, especially Thomas. Thomas annoyed the hell out of me in that book. Also, I just didn’t like the weird ass language used in the book (shank, crank, etc), and I really did not like how Thomas came up with everything. He saw what was coming. The other characters just seemed like side characters because they didn’t come up with any of the plans. With that said, I do actually really love the movies. I definitely think the movies are better than the books…

Three: The third book I had problems with was Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

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This is the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy, and it was by far the worst in the series. I had a lot of problems with it, and I actually am not in the minority with this one. A lot of people didn’t like this one. One big issue I had was how Veronica just suddenly changed the perspective of the book and made it dual perspective when the rest of the series was only Tris’s perspective. I think that really hurt the book because you couldn’t differentiate between the POVs. You never could tell whose head you were in. I always had to go back a few pages and see whose head I was really in. I also just did not like the direction the story went and what Veronica did to the characters. I really liked Four, but she turned him into an angsty, annoying character, and I grew to not like him throughout the series. There were a lot of other problems I had with this book, too, but those are a couple of the main ones. I just choose to believe that this isn’t a trilogy, but a standalone because the rest of the series definitely falls short next to Divergent.

Four: The fourth book I just did not like was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

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This is a book that I’ve talked about a few times, and I am one of the only people in the world who apparently did not like this book. I really wanted to like this. I really did, but I just didn’t. I had problems with the love story, for starters. I felt no chemistry between the two of them. No romantic, chemistry anyway. I could see them as friends, but never as more than that. I also really hated the concept presented in this novel because I am against it, personally, which is Assisted Suicide. I was not a fan of that, and I just felt that the story line was a bit too predictable for my tastes. I could see the end coming from a million miles away. I also just didn’t really connect with any of the characters, and I just really was not a fan of this novel. With that said, I did really enjoy the movie adaptation. I think it fixed a lot of the problems I had with it. But yeah, I just was not a fan of this novel.

Five: And the last book on this list of popular books I did not enjoy is actually another series, and that is the The Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

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This is a series that I think had a lot of potential. I think it had the potential to be a really great series, but what it came down to was it was severely underdeveloped. The magic wasn’t very developed as well as the characters and the world. I thought they could have been better. This could have been improved in the editing process, and it wasn’t. I also think the love story was underdeveloped, and that is something that could have been fixed. Also, if you have seen these books, they are literally so unnecessarily long, which ended up making the story drag a lot. The story could be adequately told in half the length that the books are. Normally I do not mind big books, but it was just so unnecessary with this series. I also was not a fan of the writing style. I think Kami on her own is fantastic, and I am sure Margaret on her own is great, but the two of them together just made the books that much harder to read. I just didn’t like the writing style at all. I think almost all of the problems I had with this series could have been fixed in the editing process, but they were not, and that ended up really hindering my enjoyment of the series.

And there you have it! Those were five of the more popular books/series that I had issues with. What is a popular book you didn’t like? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Most Anticipated Releases | Spring 2017

Hey, guys! Happy First Day of Spring! I am very excited to talk about the releases I am most excited for this Spring, and ironically, all of these are being released in May. With that said, there are some releases I left off of here, and I may have not included some releases because I am not excited for them or if its a sequel, I have not read the first book. So please understand that some of the releases you are excited for may not be on this list. But with that said, let’s go ahead and get into these book releases!

The first book I am really excited for is Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han, and this comes out on May 2.

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This book is the third and final book in the To All the Boys I Loved Before trilogy. This series was originally a duology, but enough fans requested another book that she decided to write one. But this series is a contemporary series that follows Lara Jean, a teenage girl who has written these deeply personal love letters to these guys that she has loved, and then one day they are sent out to those boys. Its a really cute and funny series, and I am very excited to see where Jenny Han takes the series with this third book.

The next book I am really anticipating is A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, and this also comes out on May 2.

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This is the third and final book in her fabulous A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This is a series of retellings (they all follow the same characters, so it is necessary to read them consecutively), with the first book being a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and the second one being a retelling of Hades and Persephone. This series has magic and strong female characters and fae, and it is just so badass and I love it so much. I have already preordered this, and I am so excited (and very nervous) to see how Sarah concludes this series. I am sure this is going to be an explosive finale, and I am just really anticipating this. This is arguably the most anticipated book on this list.

The next book I am excited to get to is The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, and this comes out on May 2 as well (This is a really popular day for book releases, apparently…)

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This is the second book in The Trials of Apollo series, and while I wasn’t blown away by the first book, I definitely still want to continue on with the series. This is a series that follows the god Apollo who has pissed off his father Zeus, so Zeus casts him out of Olympus and curses him to live as a normal, ordinary teenage boy. That is more like the bare bones of the premise, but saying more would spoil things. I did enjoy the last book. The humor was on point, and I am excited to see where Rick takes the story with this next installment to the series.

The next book I am really excited for is The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, and this comes out on May 16.

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This is the first book in a series that has a really interesting premise. So there is this secret organization that cultivates teenage spies known as Love Interests. There are two Love Interests assigned to the same girl who is really important to the organization. Cade is a Nice, meaning he is like the guy next door while Dylan is a Bad, meaning he’s a brooding, sexy bad boy. They are both competing for her heart because whoever she does not choose will die. It sounds so compelling, and I actually am getting vibes from the synopsis that the boys might end up falling for each other, and I am here for it! I am all for more diverse reads in the YA book world.

The next book I need in my life is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and this comes out on May 23.

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This is the second book in The Dark Artifices series, and I am so freaking excited for this book. The last book ended on a crazy cliffhanger, and I just really need this book in my life. This is a series that is set in the Shadow World and occurs five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire. In this series, we follow Emma Carstairs, a girl whose mother and father were murdered, and no one really knows who did it. So in the book, she is trying to figure out what happened, and she also falls in love with her parabatai, Julian, which is a huge thing that you aren’t supposed to do, and that could result in the both of them getting stripped of their Marks if anyone finds out. But this second book is the book I have needed ever since I finished Lady Midnight, and I am just so excited to see where Cassie takes the series in this installment.

And the last book I am anticipating in Spring 2017 is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, and this book comes out on May 30.

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This is a contemporary novel featuring a person of color, so its diverse, and I have been hearing nothing but raving reviews about it. This book follows two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. That’s the basis of the story line. Its supposedly hilarious and cute, and I am so excited to read this. I have never read a book like this before, and this is also an Own Voices novel. I am just really excited to read this, and I am hoping that it lives up to the hype. I just need this in my life right now.

And there you have it! Those were all the books I am most anticipating this Spring season. What book are you most excited to get to this Spring? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Demi Lovato Book Tag! (ORIGINAL)

Hey, guys! Today I thought I would come at you with a book tag about one of my favorite musicians ever. Demi Lovato’s music speaks to me on a spiritual level and she has always been a sort of role model to me. Also, her music is freaking badass. I always feel empowered when I listen to her music. None of the book tags for Demi Lovato are up to date or really in the English language, so I figured I would create one. Let’s get into it!

Old Ways: A Book You Continue to Go Back to Again and Again

I will forever go back to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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This book will always keep me coming back for more. This book has it all for me. It has a great story line, relatable characters, a toe-curling romance, a realistic friendship, and fantastic writing. What more could you want? I swear I notice something new every time I read it that relates back to me. This will forever be my favorite book of all time.

Kingdom Come: A Book With Deep, Scorching Hot Romance

The first book to immediately come to my mind is definitely Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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Jennifer practically invented scorching hot romance. And this book has way more in it than I ever thought possible. I will ship Ivy and Ren until the day I die. This book has both the sexy, scorching hot romance and the cute, very adorable romance that just makes you smile and squeal when reading it (or is that just me?). It literally has both sides to romance. Why wouldn’t you want to read this?

For You: A Book You Love No Matter How Many Times It Hurts You

For me, personally, this honor goes to The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

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You all may or may not be aware that this book broke me. Alex let me fall in love with all of the characters and the real story line, let it weasel its way into my heart, and then BAM!! She delivered a killing blow to my soul. I nearly drowned in an ocean of my own tears and my best friend was even wondering what the heck was wrong with me. I couldn’t talk about this book without bursting into tears for over six months. But alas, I still love it and like a masochistic freak, I continue to reread this book to this day.

Lionheart: A Character Who Will Stay With You Even Though They’re Gone

*Warning: Spoilers Below. They will be italicized in purple text*

A certain character’s death in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas will always remain in my heart.

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I will never ever get over Nehemia’s death. She was literally one of my favorite characters in the series. She was so headstrong and such a good friend to Celaena and I will forever be upset that she is gone. She was so sweet and kind too and I just…I’m still upset. She was Celaena’s first real friend and I was sobbing in the middle of class (I was in school when I read this) because of her death and…I am just really upset. And I forever will be.

Stars: An Empowering Friendship

I always felt empowered when I read about the friendship between Emily and Sloan in Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

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Their friendship always reminded me of my friendship with my best friend Emily. Our friendship makes us stronger, like theirs did. Emily was willing to do anything to find her best friend when she disappears. She does all of these things on a list that she would never do to find her best friend who is closer than a sister to her. Its so empowering and always puts me in awe when I read this book.

Yes: Two Characters You Wish Would Just Get Married Already

I can’t not go with my favorite ship of all time, which is Damon and Elena of The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith.

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Damon and Elena are two of my favorite characters ever and I will ship them until I take my last breath on this earth. They make each other better versions of themselves. Damon challenges Elena, surprises her, and makes her do things that she loves, but would never actually do herself. And Elena brings out Damon’s soft side, forces him to actually think about his actions, and just in general balances out his darkness with her light. They are perfect for each other and I want a Delena wedding. Pleeeease?

Confident: A Character Who Becomes Their Own Person

The character that immediately comes to mind for me is Feyre of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

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In this book, Feyre really struggled to figure out who she was and what she was and coming to terms with that. As the book progressed, she started figuring out things for herself and started saying to hell with everyone who tries to hold her back, trying to stomp out her fire. She embraced her own awesomeness and that made her a force to be reckoned with. And she realized where she truly belonged. This book just emphasized all of the development she’s gone through, I think.

Who Do You Tag?

I tag:

Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf

Rebecca @ Intrepid Pages

Emily @ Books & Cleverness

There you have it! That was the Demi Lovato Book Tag! What is your favorite song ever by Demi Lovato? Mine right now remains Skyscraper because of the pain you can feel in that song and I personally relate to that because I was bullied severely in middle school. But that is going to be it for this post today! Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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Book Review: “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin | Spoiler-Free

So I am back with yet another spoiler-free review! This is for those thinking about reading this book. I am also making this because I can’t accurately and articulately do this review in a spoiler fashion, so here we are. Let’s get into it!

Plot:

We follow our main character, Mara Dyer. She was involved in an accident in an abandoned insane asylum with her best friend, another girl and the girl’s brother, her boyfriend at the time. She is the only one who was left alive. Apparently the building had collapsed on top of them. Mara doesn’t remember anything about it. To help recuperate from it, she asks her parents to move. So they do, down to Florida where she ends up meeting a boy named Noah Shaw.

He is rumored to have slept with pretty much every girl in the school and now he has his sights set on Mara. As she tries to piece together what really happened on the night of the accident, he inserts himself into her life and refuses to leave. And with his help, she finally realizes what happened and how it has infinitely changed her.

That is the most spoiler-free description I can possibly give for this book. So there you go.

My Thoughts:

OH. MY. GOD. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. There was so much suspense and intrigue and hilarious moments, heartfelt moments, terrifying moments…this book had it all. I really liked the chemistry between Noah and Mara and just the over all creep factor this book had. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It gripped my heart and refused to let go. It was a never ending rollercoaster that I never wanted to stop. This is a book that I had been wanting to read forever, but I finally have read it and now I need book two. NOW. RIGHT NOW. I NEED IT. I highly, highly recommend that you pick this book up. I promise you won’t regret it. It was truly amazing.

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Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie

 

Series I Am Ashamed I Haven’t Finished Yet

 

So I figured it was high time I actually discuss stuff I really need to read. Like this is ridiculous. I am a book procrastinator on many fronts. I do like to be hipster on a few things, such as Divergent and/or The Hunger Games. But let’s get to talking about this because having this out on my blog really motivates me to finish these series.

This first one is one that I have been slowly getting through lately, but I took a break recently and I now have no motivation to read the last two books. And that is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

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I have read the first two books, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, but have yet to read Heir of Fire, which I own, and Queen of Shadows, which I also need to get.  I love this series and I love fantasy books, but I have read so much fantasy lately that I feel like I need to take a break. But that streak will be broken once Lady Midnight arrives.

I also need to finally finish The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

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This is a series that I have been reading for years. I am actually reading the last book now (thank the freaking Lord) and it has been a long-time coming. I will feel so accomplished when and if I actually end up finishing off this trilogy. It has caused me so much emotional trauma. So many of my feels were shattered…

This next one’s last book is coming out this year. And that is The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey.

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I read this last year and absolutely loved it. But I have not read the second book, The Infinite Sea, and I have no motivation whatsoever to read it. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. The last book is coming out this year and I haven’t even read the second book yet. I just need to get to it soon. Hopefully I’ll read it this year.

I really need to read the last two books of the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi.

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I absolutely loved the first book. I have the second one, and I really want to get to it. Its even on my TBR for this month, but I for some unknown reason have no desire to read it. Like at all. It has beautiful writing and an amazing world and characters, but I have this problem with finishing series. I have this bad habit of not finishing them off, and it irritates me. I NEED TO FINISH IT.

I really need to read the last book in The Dark Elements trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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I absolutely am in love with this series. I love Jen’s writing, I love these characters, the storyline, the world…I am so upset with myself for not finishing it off. It is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I guess I just need to binge buy it even though I don’t have the rest of the trilogy. Because I have this thing where I hate libraries (for a good reason; maybe I’ll go into the story in another post), so I have to buy all of my books. And I just really want to read this.

Now this one I am sad about. And it is the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

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I know, I know. HOW DARE I NOT FINISH THIS SERIES?! But in my defense, I have been told (and still am) by my parents that if I read these books and watch the movies that I am letting Satan into our house. I guess they think I am going to become a witch or something. It is stupid. Anyway, I need to finish the last two books and then I would have read the entire series. Just two more books…

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So I hope you enjoyed this. I am going to feel so accomplished when I finish all of these series. But you all should comment which one I should finish first and/or which one is your favorite. And that is going to be it for this post today, so I will see you with my next blog post.

Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie