Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.
Check out their TTT here.

As you've seen from the title of this post, this week's topic is the top ten books that you've recently added to your TBR. I feel like I add tons of books to my TBR everyday, but the list below is the ten most recent that I've added on Goodreads.
  1. Front Lines by Michael Grant
  2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  5. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
  6. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
  7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  8. The Cage by Megan Shepherd
  9. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  10. The Crown by Kiera Cass



Saturday, January 16, 2016

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: Paperback, 394
Publication: June 14, 2012

Synopsis:
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.


Review:

I wasn't really expecting much when I picked this book up. I had had this book sitting on my shelf for a realllllyyy long time and thought that it was time to finally pick it up and read. It looked like something fun and light to entertain me. My expectations were low, but this book greatly exceeded any initial thoughts I had on My Life Next Door.

Samantha is a girl who lives a seemingly perfect life. Her family is wealthy, she has a best friend who she loves to death, and she's smart. Everything that a girl could ask for, right? 

Wrong. For a long time, Sam had been sitting on her roof and staring at her neighbors, the Garretts, wishing that she could be a part of a family like that. They are everything that her and her family are not, and I think that's what attracts her to them. So, on a random day, Sam finally talks to one of the Garretts, Jase.

From this point, Sam and Jase's relationship starts to take form in a slow and beautiful way. There's an initial physical attraction that Samantha observes, but, what I really liked about this relationship was that they started off as friends and developed into a romantic relationship. When they do get together, it's cute and fun, like any high school relationship. It's simple.

However, when Sam's mom, Grace, commits an unforgivable crime, that's when things get complicated. After the accident, Samantha's thoughts about her mom and everything that had happened simultaneously frustrated me and made me sympathize with her. While the way Sam acts for the latter part of the novel frustrated me, it's a 100% expected reaction for a teenage person. It's realistic. Additionally, I really love the way that this problem was resolved, even if it seemed a little to convenient.

The best part of this novel, the thing that really made me fall in love with it, was its ending. It was very bittersweet. Friendships and families are broken, but it was somehow able to end on a hopeful note because of how these characters that you've grown to love become individuals that you respect and admire. When I read YA romances, I don't typically expect this. I expect everything to be happy and completely resolved at the end, but this one didn't do that, and I loved it.

In short:
My Life Next Door is a bittersweet story somehow manages to combine be the fun and awe of first love with a story about what it means to grow up and become your own person. It had me aww-ing out loud at several points, but nearly crying at others.


Friday, January 15, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Vernal by Randi Cooley Wilson

Title: Vernal
Series: A Royal Protector Academy Novel
Author: Randi Cooley Wilson
Release Date: Spring 2016

I'm absolutely in LOVE with this cover. It's so gorgeous. Also, I can't wait to read this novel. It sounds really intriguing. What do y'all think?
Serena has a bright future etched in stone. Tristan has a dark past that haunts him. Together, they have a love that can never be.

Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?

When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love? Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away.


Randi Cooley Wilson is an author of paranormal, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance books for teens and adults. Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years. Randi makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. She currently resides in Massachusetts with her beautiful daughter and amazing husband.








Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the amazing girls over at The Broke and the Bookish.
Check out their post here.


It's no secret that 2015 was a pretty crappy year for reading and reviewing for me. I hardly read any new releases, which is extremely sad because so many amazing books came out last year. So, here's my list of 2015 books that I meant to read but never got around to:

  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    • I've heard so many excellent things about this book. It was EVERYWHERE after its release. I love books like this, so I'll definitely need to read it soon.
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    • Once again, this is one of those books that I've seen so much hype for. It's definitely right up my alley. I love fantasy.
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • LEIGH BARDUGO IS MY QUEEN, AND I BOW DOWN TO HER.
  4. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
    • The cover really drew me to this one. It's simple, but gorgeous. I've really been in a contemporary kick lately, so I'll have to read this soon. 
  5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
    • I love this series so. freaking. much. I have no idea why I'm not caught up on it yet.
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    • Sarah J. Maas is an excellent author, and this book really intrigued me, but I never got around to reading it. Like I said, 2015 was a slow year in books for me.
  7. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
    • I loved the first book in this series, and, obviously, everybody else loved it too. This series gets a lot of love, but I just never got the chance to pick it up.
  8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
    • This one had so much hype that I was scared to pick it up.
  9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    • When I checked this book out at Barnes and Noble, it was massive. I didn't think I was ready for that kind of commitment.
  10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    • I didn't really hear anything about this until the very end of 2015, but everything I heard was very positive. I love books that address mental health, so I def need to get this ASAP.
What books did y'all not get to in 2015?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead


Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: Harcover, 416
Publication: April 5, 2016

Synopsis:
A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Courttells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court. 

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands.

I've read the majority of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, and I looooovvvveeed it. So, take Richelle Mead's writing, Elizabethan fashion, and fantasy, and I'm alllllll over this. I'm so excited to read this book; it looks amazing.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Top Ten Resolutions I Have For 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and Bookish.
Check out their TTT here.
Book/Blog Related

  1. I want to read more books! This year was a huge struggle for reading books. With graduating high school and starting college, I barely had any time in 2015 to read for pleasure. Even though I know college is super busy and hard, I need to make time for myself to read more.
  2. I want to finish several series that I've started, but have not finished. This one has been on my mind forever. I've started a shit ton of series, but haven't finished them, and I hate doing that. It feels so weird having not finished them.
  3. I want to start some new series. Because of my YA hiatus, I've missed out on a lot of series in 2015! There are so many new series that look amazing, but I just haven't gotten around to reading them.
  4. I want to be more dedicated to my blog. This one is going to be hard. It's not that I don't love my blog; I do. I love it and what it's evolved into. It's just that sometimes I get so busy with my school work and personal life, that I don't leave enough time for the things that I love doing the most, like reading and reviewing.
  5. I want to improve my writing. This doesn't just go for my blog. While I'm hoping that this year I will refine my blog writing style, I think I have it down pretty well. This is more directed to my other writing projects. I'm currently working on a multi-chapter Hunger Games fanfiction that I'm extremely excited about. I've also started a blog on Tumblr that consists of my other, non-Fandom related, writing.
Personal
  1. I want to continue my internet projects. Not only do I run this blog, I also write for The Fandom (an entertainment news website), write a multi-chapter Hunger Games fic, and run a blog for my personal writing. I loovvveee all the stuff that I do, so I hope 2016 will be a year for dedication to my projects
  2. I want to improve my mental and physical health. While I've experienced depression since my early middle school years, this year, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and began taking medication to treat it. I'm hoping this year will be a year of stable mental health. Additionally, my physical health hasn't been all that great. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome earlier this year, and I've always struggled with my weight. This year, I'm hoping that I will be able to somewhat treat my PCOS and get healthier in terms of my weight.
  3. I don't want to stress as much. Yeah, this one speaks for itself. I just don't want to be stressed out all the damn time.
  4. I want to increase my GPA. My GPA for my first semester of college was pretty good, but I want it to be even higher.
  5. I want to figure out my major and minor! When I started school, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to major in, but that has since changed. I'm currently leaning towards a major in Political Science and a minor in American Studies, but who knows.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Confessions of a Book Addict is Looking for New Writers!

Happy new year! 

My name is Halee, and I'm the founder and core content creator at Confessions of a Book Addict. This blog was a brain child of mine several years ago and has since evolved to what it is now. This past year, I've struggled with keeping up with posting content. In fact, for several months there was absolutely no new content on the blog, and that made me extremely sad. I love what this blog is, but, as of late, my schedule has been way too hectic to post the amount that I want to post.


Because of this, I need some new co-bloggers! If you're interested, not only will you gain a new internet friend, but you'll also get the chance to be introduced to the amazing community of bloggers that I have discovered since starting my blog. Additionally, you will have the chance to receive ARCs of anticipated novels, be involved in various blog tours, and write/discuss your own opinions on different YA/NA books.

Requirements:

  • Have a decent grasp on the English language
  • Like reading YA and NA books
  • Dedication

If you're interested in joining the Confessions of a Book Addict family or have questions, please send me an email at bookaddictsblog@gmail.com.


Thanks!