Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Book Haul

Hey everyone!
I hope you enjoyed the holidays! For actual Christmas,  I received two books (kind of... you'll see!) and I also got some gift cards that, yes, I've already used. So I have eight books to share with you all!
First, I got the 50th Anniversary Edition of Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's absolutely beautiful and long, so hopefully I'll get around to reading this soon! Since the picture won't work, you can see and buy it from Amazon.
FangirlNext, I am so excited because I finally got my own Harry Potter series. My brother owns 2-6, I own the 7th, and we lost the first. I've been wanting to reread them for a while, and now I can that I finally have the first book!
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)With my gift card, I got six books. The first one I already started reading, and I'm enjoying it a lot! It's Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (perfect for me). It's a coming-of-age contemporary story about a fangirl of the "Simon Snow" series, similar to Harry Potter. Goodreads.
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)I also got another book I've heard about called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A boy is sent off to an island off of Wales and finds these photographs from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It sounds a tad creepy, but really interesting. Goodreads.
The next book I got is one that I've been wanting to read. I thought about getting the box set, but I just saw it there, sitting alone. I bought the first in the Infernal Devices trilogy, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I'm looking forward to reading the prequel to the Mortal Instruments. Goodreads.
Finally, I decided to buy this trilogy I've been really wanting to read. I got all three of the Chaos Walking books: The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters and Men by Patrick Ness. It's a dystopian society set in a town where you can hear everyone's thoughts. I've heard nothing but great things, and I can't wait to start it!
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)
Thanks for reading! -Kait

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Hey everyone!
Today I am doing the Winter Wonderland book tag and thought this would be great to do since it is currently snowing outside!

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?
The book I'm picking is definitely not a happy book, but I have a lot of happy memories while reading this book and it was the first book I read  and just loved (long story why it isn't Harry Potter... which I love!). And that is, of course, The Hunger Games.
2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

Champion by Marie Lu. I still have to do a review for it!
3. You're sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?

Last year I was doing that exact thing without the onesie, and I was reading PJO: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan.
4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Leo Valdez! Plus he'd be easier to beat.
5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

Honestly, Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Not because I don't like the ending, it's just that it was really sad!
6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn't read before but wants to get into reading?

I'm going to go with a bit of a different answer and say The Book Thief by Markus Zusak since you were probably expecting Harry Potter, THG, or PJO or something. I think this is a book that everyone could get something out of and enjoy!

Thanks for reading, Kait

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bump in the Night Book Tag

Hey everyone!
Today I decided to do a tag which as you can tell is the "How I Read Tag." I found this on YouTube, but I really needed to post, so I decided to do a tag. More posts soon, again, sorry for the horrible posting! Let's get started!
1) How do you find out about new books to read?
I find out mostly from the BookTube community on YouTube. Also a few I've found out from Goodreads.
2) How did you get into reading?

I always read when I wad younger, but I went through a phase were I only read Harry Potter for two years (5th and 6th grade). In the beginning of 7th grade, I read The Hunger Games which got me reading again and how I found YA.
3) How has your taste in books changed as you've gotten older?

I read a lot more science fiction than I thought I would've. I've always liked fantasy, too, but I mostly read realistic fiction when I was younger. I've also discovered YA which broadened my taste as well.
4) How often do you buy books?

It depends on how much I can spend! When I was reading PJO and HOO, I went to the bookstore every week (long story as to why I didn't buy them at once). But sometimes I go for a month or two without new books.
5) How did you get into BookTubing?

Since this is from YouTube, I am changing it to book blogging. Originally, I had a beauty blog (and THG) because I wanted to share my own thoughts on the series as well as some products. However, I realized I liked talking about books more and I also personally think books are more special to me. So I decided to start this blog!
6) How do you react when you don't like the end of a book?

I feel a little disappointed, but you can't let just the end ruin a book!
7) How often have you taken a sneaky look at the back page of a book to see if it's a happy ending?

Too much. I learned my lesson with Catching Fire, but I did it for Allegiant and Champion (review coming soon!)
8) How many people are you going to tag, and who are they?

ALL OF YOU! Yes my typical answer.

Thanks for reading, Kait

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Hey everyone!
Today I am doing the long-awaited book review for Allegiant by Veronica Roth, book three in the Divergent trilogy. Overall, I really liked this book. It probably wasn't my favorite of the three, but I still am giving it 5/5 stars! There was a lot of new information and crazy actions. And let me just say: Veronica Roth is definitely a Dauntless when it comes to that ending; which of course I'll talk about in the Spoiler section. That being said, since it is the last book in a trilogy, as of right now it will contain spoilers for the first two, but not yet Allegiant.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Currently Reading and Writing Update

Hey everyone!
I've never done a post like this before because I do not like to read more than one book at a time. However, I'm currently reading three!
For school, I'm reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. It's a short book and we're only two chapters in.
I also started reading Unsouled by Neal Shusterman a little while ago, but I barely have time to read. So I was about 120 pages in when Allegiant by Veronica Roth came out.
I decided to put down Unsouled a day after Allegiant came out and started to read that. I'm currently at 88 pages.

As for writing, I wrote a short story called Cerebrum Lavacrum which is (of course) science fiction and takes place in the future. If you would like to read it, click here! It's five pages, so I would love if you could take a few minutes and check it out.

Thanks for reading, Kait

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Halloween Reads

Hey everyone!
Today I'll be sharing some Halloween reads. Personally, I am not a fan of horror movies and am hesitant about books. I'm also very sorry about the lack of posts. Everything has just been crazy! But I still hope you enjoy this one! I didn't forget about you guys! These books are mostly supernatural or paranormal. They contain varying degrees of creepy or spooky, and like I said, I hate horror stuff so some of these books may not be that bad at all. Some of them aren't really scary, but they fit into the supernatural theme (i.e. The Mortal Instruments with vampires and werewolves, etc.)  If you want to hear what I personally thought about them, you can search them on my blog (Top left or on the right) or click on one of the labels below of the book's title!
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin'
  • The Mortal Instruments (series) by Cassandra Clare
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Thanks for reading, Kait

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Hi everyone!
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)
I'm finally able to do this post! After a long await, House of Hades by Rick Riordan is available (and read by me)! This post could be very long, so I'm going to try to shorten and word all the feelings. If you haven't read any of Rick Riordan's books, I have no idea what you're waiting for, but this will contain spoilers. I STRONGLY suggest that if you haven't read this book, you won't continue reading! (WARNING: FANGIRLNESS AHEAD.)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

September Wrap Up and October TBR

Hey everyone!
Today I'm doing my September Wrap Up and my October TBR. To be honest, September wasn't a great reading month. I read 1 and about 3/4 of a book. But in October, there are many new releases that I'll be reading!

So I randomly decided to reread The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan this month. Oops?
I also started reading Insight by Jamie Magee (it was free) but I haven't finished it yet!

This is a bit more exciting. I might reread Insurgent by Veronica Roth to refresh myself.
I will also be reading these new releases:
  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (4/5 Heroes of Olympus)
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth (3/3 Divergent)
  • Unsouled by Neal Shusterman (3/3 Unwind)
  • Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (2/3 The Darkest Minds)
  • Altered by Gennifer Albin (2/3 Crewel)
I'm looking forward to this month's reading! Thanks for reading, Kait

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Autumn Book Tag

Hey everyone!
Today I am doing a tag that I found on YouTube. It's the Autumn Book Tag which I thought was pretty convenient since, you know, it's fall now. Anyways, let's get started! Let me know if you do this tag. I tag all of you!

1) What is your favorite thing about Autumn?
I love the weather and fashion. It's also so pretty outside since the leaves are changing.
2) What book on your shelves reminds you of going back to school/your school days?
I have some books that I read for school on my shelves. Otherwise, I can't think of one!
3) Find a book on your shelf which has something Autumn related on the cover.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
4) What is your favorite horror/Halloween story?
Maybe The Diviners by Libba Bray because it is kinda creepy and scary.
5) What is your favorite horror film?
I hate horror films, but for Halloween I like to watch the Disney movies!
6) Which book release are you most looking forward to this Autumn?
7) Which film release are you most looking forward to this Autumn?
8) Three books that you are hoping to read this season?
  1. House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  3. Champion by Marie Lu
Anyways, hope you enjoyed this tag! What book are you most anticipating? Thanks for reading, Kait

Thursday, September 26, 2013

What I'm Excited for in House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Hey everyone!
It's almost the end of September and you know what that means... House of Hades! I cannot believe we're almost there! Anyways, here are some points I'm excited to see. Keep in mind that these may not happen, but since I read Mark of Athena, I have had a few ideas in mind. This will contain spoilers for the Heroes of Olympus series. If you haven't read them, let me say that you have to, for your own awesome.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Hey everyone!
Today I'm talking about novellas in general, nothing specific. For those who don't know, novellas are not long enough to be a book, but too long to be a short story. Most of the times (maybe even all of the times) novellas are small parts of the main series. For instance, Destroy Me by Taherah Mafi is book 1.5. It's not essential to understand the main series's plot or characters, but it does improve your understanding. Others novellas are mini stories that it different from the main plot line of the series or happens in between series if there's a spin off or addition. A good example of this is the PJO/HOO series. Rick Riordan has written the Demigod Files and The Demigod Diaries which include a set of stories in them that don't have anything to do with the main plot focus of the series. Many series have novellas, here are a few listed.
  • Divergent,Roth
  • The Kane Chronicles, Riordan
  • PJO, Riordan
  • HOO, Riordan
  • Caster Chronicles, Garcia & Stohl
  • The Darkest Minds, Bracken
  • Shatter Me, Mafi
  • Delirium, Oliver
  • Cinder, Meyer
And those are only a few! Thanks for reading! -Kait

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Something About September

Hey everyone!
Today I wanted to do a more of a rambling post. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and wanted to share it with fellow readers. There's something about September for me that makes reading special. The weather is perfect (most of the time) for where I am. It's chilly, but not freezing. You can just sit outside and be comfortable. The leaves start to change and the sun is perfectly put to enjoy your day. There's just something about September that makes me want to read outside or in an imaginary place or somewhere so pretty and woodsy. Is this just me? Haha, sorry for this weirder post, but it was something I was just thinking about and wanted to share. Thanks for reading, Kait

Monday, September 9, 2013

Important Dates for Readers

Hey everyone!
In the upcoming month and beyond, I feel like there are many new book sequel releases and movie adaptations coming out. So I decided to help myself and hopefully you, too, with these dates. These are all from Goodreads for the books. Also, these are all the books I've read and heard of, so there's a high possibility that a book you read is not on here. (I also couldn't find the date for the TFIOS movie.)

House of Hades, Rick Riordan   | Oct 8, 2013
Never Fade, Alexandra Bracken | Oct 15, 2013
Allegiant, Veronica Roth            | Oct 22, 2013
Altered, Gennifer Albin              | Oct 29, 2013
Champion, Marie Lu                  | Nov 5, 2013
Unsouled, Neal Shusterman       | Nov 7, 2013
The Book Thief (Movie)            | Nov 15, 2013
Catching Fire (Movie)               | Nov 22, 2013            
Cress, Marissa Meyer                 | Feb 4, 2014
Ignite Me, Taherah Mafi            | Feb 4, 2014
Divergent (Movie)                     | Mar 21, 2014
Lair of Dreams, Libba Bray       | Apr 22, 2014
City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare | May 27, 2014
The Retribution of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin | Jun 3, 2014

So these are just a few of the many releases coming out. I'm excited for them all! Thanks for reading, Kait

Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Wrap-Up and September TBR

Hey everyone!
Since August is almost over, you know it's time for a wrap-up! I didn't read a lot this month (5 books, 3 being for school). I'm saving my money for October for all of the new sequels, so I haven't bought any new books. Anyways, here are the five books I read this month and my thoughts!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Uncompleted Series Tag

Hey everyone!
Two posts ago I did the
Completed Series Tag but I realized I had many uncompleted series as well. So here I am, doing this post for you all! Like last time, I'll be listing all the book series I haven't finished- and I believe for most of them, it's because the additions in the series are not out yet. This time, I'm providing links to my reviews, too!
Those are all the uncompleted series that I have! I'm excited to finish all these series. I hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading! -Kait

Thursday, August 22, 2013

How I Get Through Reading School Books

Hey everyone!
So I am sorry if you're already back in school and therefore, this blog may not be all that helpful, but you can still use these tips year round. As for all you procrastinators (including myself) here are a few things I'm doing to get through reading my school books.
  1. Read 100 pages a day. Most of my books that I have to read are almost 300 pages long, so if I read 100 pages every day, I'm done with the book in three days. On the fourth day, I do all the work for that book.
  2. Mark every 100 pages. If you do decide to read 100 pages every day, I find using a sticky note and marking every interval helps motivation. You can visually see your progress.
  3. Set aside time. Sometimes, you have to tell yourself that for the next few hours, I'm going to read and sit down and do it.
  4. Remove all distractions. Put whatever it is that distracts on the other side of the room, or at least not in reaching distance without getting up. If you get hungry, get a snack before you start reading.
  5. Read in order of the work load. For instance, the first book I read had a good amount of work, but it wasn't overwhelming. So I did that first so I ease my way into things. Then read the hardest one, or the book that looks the least interesting or something. Lastly, finish it off with the most exciting book or the easiest. Especially if it's a book that seems interesting, hopefully that could motivate you to finish the others first so you can get to the last book.
Hope you enjoyed! Let me know your tips in the comments! Thanks for reading, Kait

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Completed Series Tag

Hey everyone!
Today I'm doing the Completed Series Tag! For those who are unfamiliar to this, all you do is list all of the series you've completed. Between series that still have books that need to come out and stand-alones, there's not that many! I'm also doing this off the top of my head, so I might miss one or two; I'm also going by the order on my bookcase.
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Steifvater
  • Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Eve trilogy by Anna Carey
  • Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
  • Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis
I think that's all! Hope you enjoyed reading! -Kait

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Update: My Story

Hey everyone!
Today I'm doing a small update on my story which you can read on Wattpad by clicking the tab labeled, They Chose Me (My Story). I knew I needed to blog today, although I didn't know what to blog about! So I wanted to share my progress with you on my story.
I started chapter 16 recently, and admittedly, I haven't worked on it in a few days. The great news though is that I am almost done writing! I'm planning on having one more chapter after this one which is very exciting! It's a fairly short story- probably about 38K words, but once I'm finishing revising it with the help of a friend, it will probably be longer. I am planning on finishing the first draft before I go back to school! I might just keep the first draft on Wattpad and then I might upload the whole, final story a few drafts later.
I'm sorry for the short post! If you have any requests, feel free to leave them on any post. Thanks for reading! -Kait

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shatter Me #3 Title and Cover Reveal

Hey everyone!
Yesterday, Shatter Me #3 by Taherah Mafi had earned its title and cover! I honestly love both of them and thought to do a quick post on it! The name for the third and final installment is IGNITE ME which I love. Some crazy stuff is going to happen in this third installment! As for the cover:
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
This is by far my favorite in the series and possibly my favorite cover of all time. I really just want to get a poster of this and hang it in my room. It's so pretty! I love the flowers and the orange and yellow-green and... it's really great.
Hope you guys enjoyed! Sorry for the short post! -Kait

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseHey everyone!
Today I'll be reviewing Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I read this because one of my friends loves it and we made a deal: If I read this, she has to read the first Percy Jackson book. Overall, I actually really enjoyed this book!

"Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be."

I'm not a huge contemporary reader, but I did like this one. It wasn't my favorite, but still very enjoyable. One thing I loved about this book was the characters. Whether it was Ari or Dante or even to Legs, I really thought they were all interesting. This book also made you think about everything in a way. For instance, when Ari talked about laughing, he was just thinking about it. The concept of the book is fairly simplistic, but it was brought up to a whole other level. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary books!
Thanks for reading! -Kait

Saturday, August 3, 2013

My House of Hades Theory

Hey everyone!
So... I kind of created a theory surrounding House of Hades. If we can't read it yet (which is comes out October 8th, 2013), why not come up with some crazy theories? I've gathered some information about the story, and I already read the first chapter which comes with "The Son of Sobek" (which was great!). I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!
This will contain spoilers for the Heroes of Olympus series 1-3!

Monday, July 29, 2013

(Updated) BOOKSHELF TOUR (July 20, 2013)

Hey everyone!
**For some reason, I saved this as a draft and didn't publish this earlier when I was planning to. So today you'll just get two posts!**

In March, I did a bookshelf tour, but since then, my book shelving has drastically changed. I even got a new bookshelf and probably 20 or so new books! So I thought it was time for a new one! I hope the pictures show up, I'll try to fix it if they don't! Here's my last (and first) bookshelf tour. (Sorry, pictures become blurry when I put them on here!)
 My bookcase is the Billy Bookcase from IKEA in white. I really like it!
My first shelf, I have my viola on display as well as a few orchestra binders (two are cut off) and a few yearbooks.
My next shelf is categorized by series that are all hardcover. But first I have a gray K from TJ Maxx and a few trinkets decorating it. Then I have the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption. Then I have The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. After that I have Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu. I have the first book in a trilogy, Crewel by Gennifer Albin. Then The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Lastly, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.
Then I have my "favorites shelf". First I have The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. I also have The World of The Hunger Games and The Girl Who Was on Fire (no specific author; other has various authors). Then I have Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Next, I have my Rick Riordan collection of sorts. First I have the Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and The Serpent's Shadow. After that I have my Percy Jackson and the Olympians stacked: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. On top of them I have the first book in the Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero with the other two standing beside the stack, The Son of Neptune and The Mark of Athena. I also have The Demigod Diaries and The Demigod Files as well as a replica of the Marauders Map and my two Mockingjay bracelets and pin.
The next shelf is my "other books that aren't even in height, a favorite (per say) or a tall book". Starting on the left, I have the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Steifvater: Shiver, Linger, and Forever. Then I have The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is next. After that I have Paper Towns by John Green and then the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick: Hush, Hush, Crescendo, Silence, and Finale. Next I have Shatter Me and Unravel Me by Taherah Mafi. Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer are after that. Then I have Unwind and Unwholly by Neal Shusterman. Continuing, I have the Eve trilogy by Anna Carey: Eve, Once, and Rise. Lastly, I have the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver: Delirium, Pandemonium, Requiem, and Delirium Stories. Next to them I have my bookmarks! (Four are THG ones!)
On the second to last bookshelf, I have my tall books. I also have my little container thing with a K on it and some shells. The first book I have is The Diviners by Libba Bray. Then I have The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. After that I have my Matched trilogy by Ally Condie: Matched, Crossed, and Reached. Following that is my Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis (I know, my covers are completely messed up): Across the Universe, A Million Suns, and Shades of Earth. Last but not least I have The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls. I also have a little prism there, too!
My last shelf is not my favorite (but I do have a Harry Potter book on there). First I have two of my box sets' boxes: The Kane Chronicles and Beautiful Creatures. Next to that I have Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (My brother owns 1-6.) I have the first Narnia book, but it's the movie tie in and my brother has a box set of the actually books so I'll probably just read those. By the way, my brother gave me this randomly. He also gave me the first two books in the Ranger's Apprentice series: The Ruins of Gorlan and the Burning Bridge (I believe that's their names). I also have a piggy bank and a teddy bear with a little Harry Potter journal on it!
That was my book shelf! Hope you enjoyed! -Kait

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green (Spoiler-Free)

Hey everyone!
Paper TownsLast week, I finished reading Paper Towns by John Green and thought it was appropriate to do a review. I really enjoyed this book! The only other book I've read by John Green is The Fault in Our Stars which I did like more than this one. Anyways, this is a spoiler-free review!

"Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew."

Like I said above, I loved this book! John Green's books always make me think, and this one didn't disappoint. I thought Quentin was a great character. I liked Margo, too, just not as much as Quentin, Ben, and Radar. The mystery aspect of this book was very enjoyable as well. I love figuring out the clues the same way the character does. The road trip was very fun and funny as well. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to contemporary readers!

Sorry for the short review, but thanks for reading! -Kait

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

TAG: Playing With Your Emotions

Hey everyone!
Today I thought it would be fun to do another tag! I found this on YouTube (I believe it was created by padfootandprongs07- love her videos!). Pretty much, there's nine emotions and you match an emotion to a book you've read.

1. Happy?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now I could easily put this for sad, but the characters always make me laugh and smile! (Wow, that sounded really... strange.)
2. Sad?
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. THAT ENDING?!
3. Angry?
Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I'm still not over what you've done CALEB!
4. Nostalgic?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.... first YA book....
5. Scared?
The Diviners by Libba Bray. That book was creepy.
6. Surprised?
I have no idea for this one... I'm gonna pass!
7. Disappointed?
Once by Anna Carey. I liked Eve (first book-4/5 stars), but for whatever reasons, I didn't like Once that much!
8. Distressed?
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis. IF NOT FOR THAT LAST CHAPTER I SWEAR....
9. Confused?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I'm sorry, but this book was kind of confusing. I liked the writing and all, but some things in the book didn't make any sense to me, personally.

That's the tag! Hope you enjoyed! -Kait

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to Pick a Book for Your Vacation

Hey everyone!
Soon, I'm going on a vacation for a week, and of course I had to get a book. While I'm there, I'll be reading Paper Towns by John Green. I've picked three things why I chose this book (besides that it's by John Green and I really want to read it) and thought you might find these helpful, too. This are all personal preferences.
  1. Length- I like short to average books for vacation. Paper Towns is about 300 pages. At the beach I can read for sometime, but I also want to go swimming and all that fun stuff. This way, over the course of the week I'll be able to finish the book.
  2. Genre- Personally, I like to read lighter, happier books. The same vacation last year, I read Once by Anna Carey. It is a dystopian sequel, but it wasn't as intense as The Hunger Games (hi.) or Divergent. Another book I read on vacation was Matched by Ally Condie. I feel like it was also a lighter dystopian, possibly because of the peacefulness and ignorance of the people in the setting.
  3. Recommendations- Of course, you want to read a book you've heard good things about! I had people recommend Paper Towns, and I'm finally getting around to reading it. Even if someone you trust wholeheartedly with recommendations suggests a book or if it's a Goodreads rating, make sure you'll get a book you'll like. Or love. It will only make the vacation better.
Hope you guys enjoy! If you're going on a vacation (or did- sorry for having this up later), have a great time! -Kait

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bookish Your Vacation TAG

Hey everyone!
Today I'm doing a tag that I found on YouTube. I thought it was really fun, and expecially since it's summer, people tend to go on vacations a lot. Anyways, I hope you enjoy and I tag all of you reading!

1. Your destination/setting.: where do you want to go? Why?
I'm going to be different and not say Hogwarts... but CAM HALF-BLOOD
2. Constant Companion: the literary character you'd want to take along with you. Why? This character doesn't have to be from the book your setting is from, but they can be.

I thought about this, and I decided to pick Reyna cause then I can show her the Greek side and all that stuff. Maybe it would prevent *SPOILER ALERT* a war between Greeks and Romans.
3. Disgruntled Copilot: The one character you WOULDN'T want to be stuck sitting next to on the plane. Why?

I'm going to stick to the PJO theme and say Gabe Ugliano. Or Smelly Gabe. I don't think that needs an explanation.
4. Tour Guide: one person from your chosen setting that you'd want to show you around.

LEO VALDEZ. Enough said.
5. Site to see: the one place you'd want to see first. Why?

Probably the cabins. It would be cool to see how they're decorated and all.
6. Something to avoid: an aspect from the world or setting you would prefer not to be a part of.

The rock climbing with lava wall! I wouldn't do that. Or the attic with the Oracle if you're going by the earlier books.
7. Souvenir: one thing from your chosen destination that you'd want to take with you.

Maybe a pegasus like Guido or someone else.
8. One time visit or go to vacation spot? Why?

A VACATION SPOT, DUH. Actually, my vacation spot would be one of the cabins and I would go there every summer because I -wish- am a demigod.

Thanks for reading! -Kait

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Five Books to Continue a Series I Can't Wait for PART 2

Hey everyone!
A little while ago I did part one to this blog, which you can find here. Since then, I read several new series that were uncompleted! This is in no specific order; however, in part one, House of Hades is number one and Allegiant is number two. Both of those are in order- I want HOH the most, and Allegiant second! Otherwise, like I said, there's no order.

     1. The Retribution of Mara Dyer | Michelle Hodkin (October 22, 2013)
         I love this series. I have a review on them here! Especially after the cliffhanger in the second one! But I'm so excited for this book!

     2. Never Fade | Alexandra Bracken (October 15, 2013)
         I adored The Darkest Minds (which I also have a review here). However, I'm not sure I like the direction that we're headed in. I talk about it in my review, but without trying to spoil anything, a few characters that I really liked and made the first book might not show up in this one. But I still bet it will be amazing!

     3. The Diviners #2 | Libba Bray (March 11, 2014)
         I loved the first book! I just did a review a couple of days ago, which you can see here- more self promotion!). It was pretty creepy, but really interesting! I love the characters, the plot, the setting... and we have to wait a long time. I thought waiting for October 8th will be hard, but this is even longer. Thank you.

     4. The 5th Wave #2 | Rick Yancey (August 2014)
         You see, I really did enjoy the first one. But I didn't like it as much as other people. I think I was in a reading slump when I read this. HOWEVER, from page 300 and on.... it was so awesome! And how this book ended... it makes me excited for the next one!

     5. Shatter Me #3 | Taherah Mafi (February 4th, 2014)
         I really liked the first book, but in the second, personally, I found the place she was at (trying not to spoil!) a little uninteresting. But I loved the ending and when she talked with Warner and all that exciting stuff. How Unravel Me ended makes me super excited for this book!

This were a few of the books that I can't wait for! I hope you enjoyed! -Kait

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray (Spoiler Free)

Hey everyone!
So yesterday I finished reading The Diviners by Libba Bray. At first I was intimidated by it, partly for its size (and it's not even that big- close to 600 pages), but for some reason, I thought this book would be very challenging to read and more of an adult book than a YA book. But I pos-i-toot-ly loved it! (See what I did there? If you read the book, you'd know!) I must say, I love the book jacket and actual cover itself!
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
"Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first." (

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

June Wrap Up & July TBR

Hey everyone!
Today I'll be sharing the books that I read in June and what I'm planning on reading for this month.

  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review here)
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (review here- for whole trilogy)
  • The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  • The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis (review here)
  • A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Do not have a review for this one and Shades of Earth, if you would like to see one, let me know!)
I just finished Shades of Earth yesterday, but since it was July, it doesn't count! Just to let you all know!

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
      All by Cassandra Clare. Yes, I'm planning on rereading TMI this month. I might stop after the first three because I have a lot of other books I want to reread, but I'll see how far I get. The Diviners might take a while- it's thick, and I have read books this thick in two days, but I'm not sure how much the story will capture me! It's kind of intimidating!

Thanks for reading! -Kait

Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Hey everyone!
I finished reading the first book in a trilogy, Across the Universe by Beth Revis. It's what I would think of if you said, "Science Fiction." There's also a dystopian element, too. But unlike a lot of science diction I read, the dystopian part isn't the whole story/conflict. I really enjoyed it! I would give it about a 4.5/5 stars.

"Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming."

The characters in this book were pretty good! I feel like I didn't fully get to know them in this one, but I have the rest of the trilogy which I'll be reading. I was so happy to have Amy on the ship because she's the only one who's not ignorant and is aware. Elder was also intriguing to me because at times I thought he was ignorant, but then he would be explaining things to Amy. The one thing that bothered me in this book was the Season. I thought it was a cool idea, but I didn't need the details on that one. But otherwise, I thought the whole concept was really cool!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (Spoiler Free)

Hey everyone!
First of all, I want to apoligize for the lack of posts. Believe it ornot, I still have two days left of school and I've had many exctiting things happen recently. I've also being reading a lot and managed to finish The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rereading This Summer

Hey everyone!
Since I recently got a lot of books for my birthday and there are tons of books coming out this fall, I'm not planning on buying that many books this summer. But of course I'll be reading! I'm planning on rereading a ton of books this summer, all in series. So far, I know I'm definitely rereading The Mortal Instruments because I don't love them, so I want to get another perspective on them 9 months later. I'm also going to reread the Harry Potter series, because, let's be real, who can resist? I've been rereading THG trilogy over the past few months, here and there, and I want to start on Mockingjay soon. So that's a total of 13 books, which I definitely think I can do! What books will you be rereading or just reading in general this summer?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ask Me Questions and a Review: Macmillan Audio of Cinder (Ch.1)

Hey everyone!
Macmillan Audio asked if I'd like to review a sample of Cinder (which you can hear here!) and I thought it would be a great way to actually get a chance of reading an audio book, since I've never used one before. Therefore, this experience was even more exciting! I want to thank Esther for reaching out to me, as well!
All this being said, I really did enjoy the audio book. Having not used one before, I don't have much to compare it to. However I did love it! The voice was clear and easy to follow, and the pace was perfect for me! One of the reasons I've never listened to an audio book is because I thought it would go too slowly. But this one was really nice! Overall, I do recommend them. You can find Macmillan Audio here.

On the other hand, I also asked you guys to ask me some questions! I did this a little while ago on my beauty blog, but it didn't go so well. So I'm hoping you guys will be willing to ask some! The more the better, so feel free to ask as many as you want! I'm hoping to get some questions within the week or two, but I might mention in a future post if anything changes. So go write down below in the comments!

Thanks for reading! -Kait

(This review was 100% my opinion!)