2019 Bookish (and non-bookish) Resolutions!

Hey bookies!

2018 is coming to a close and it’s time to think about the next year. A lot of times people make resolutions and most of them kick it aside by February. I try not to do it this, but stuff always happens. So for this year I thought I’d make a list and post it on here to keep myself accountable:

 

Get to 5K followers on Instagram

 

  1. Request arcs from publishers

 

  1. Run 3 readathons
  2. Start interviewing authors
  3. Start doing more blog posts that are not review posts
  4. Make Indie Blog Hop bigger
  5. Finish my book
  6. Go to the gym at least half of the days of the year
  7. Start a podcast
  8. Make more memories and be happier

 

What about you? What are your bookish resolutions this year and what are some of your non-bookish ones?

My Life As A Rock Album by L.J. Evans

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date:

 

Genre: YA Romance

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (romance)

 

Publisher: Indie Author

 

Pages: 400

 

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Synopsis: “They took broken and made it art.” 

SETH 
I’m a trash artist.
I’m a recovering alcoholic.
I’m a rude bastard.

It’s why I was better of alone until feisty blogger PJ Hensley entered my life with her fairy-like quality. Suddenly I couldn’t imagine a life without her in it. And when she loved me and left me, it was what I expected but it isn’t what I wanted.

And because I couldn’t just let her go, I’ve spent the last five months writing her letters trying to convince her to come home even though I know she won’t. I don’t deserve for her to come back.

PJ 
I was ignoring my screwed up past and a bunch of stalker like texts while focusing on graduating college. The last thing I needed was a moody trash artist entering my world. But like all things Seth, he entered my life anyway with an intensity and focus that left me breathless.

And when the summer collided into one big mess, I ran. To try to heal. To try and escape.

But Seth’s letters are tearing at my soul and slowly reeling me back in. He’s almost convinced me that he can weld our lives back together into something beautiful.

Almost…

 

Review: Again, another great book and now I can say that I have finally finished the series! I absolutely loved this series from beginning to end and I think it was absolutely amazing. The characters were very deep and developed, the plot was interesting, and the world building was just as great.

 

Again with the sappiness and all the clichés, but I can live with it for this series.

 

Verdict: A cute cute cute romance!

My Life As A Pop Album by L.J. Evans

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: March 30, 2018

 

Genre: YA Romance

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (romance)

 

Publisher: Indie Author

 

Pages: 371

 

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Synopsis: What if you are my dream? 

I’m Good Girl Mia. At least that’s what my brother called me before my kidney killed him…

Four years later I’m still trying to do penance for that single act of failure until all my promises fly out the door when a beautiful musician saunters into my life.

Derek Waters and his band have just signed on with a major record label and are touring the country. He has his own set of baggage that he hides behind a huge smile and a famous Johnny Cash quote.

Derek says he isn’t into sex just for sex, and yet he’s also told me that he can’t leave unless I come with him. I’m a little confused, but I find myself unable to say no to Derek and the adventure he promises me.

I’m hoping this three-week trip will help us both find a way to live with ourselves. To forgive ourselves. But I’m afraid that we’ll be left more broken than before.

From award winning author, LJ Evans, comes a novel inspired by Ed Sheeran love songs about forgiveness, love, and healing.

 

Review: So I read these books in quick succession lol and I feel that this book holds a lot of the same great qualities from the first book over into this one. The characters are deep and complex, they make you want to learn more about them and root for them. The world building was amazing and the book was just as great as the first book.

 

The only downside is again that I found the characters tiring with the drama and sappiness after awhile, but that’s just me.

 

Verdict: An adorable romance!8

Fliers by Laura Mae Promo Tour


Fliers Synopsis: As descendants of fairies, fliers were an old, forgotten species who appear human but could fly without wings. They lived peacefully amongst humans for several decades until a secret government agency developed new technology that allowed experimentation on fliers and discovered how to make ordinary people fly. Not sitting back and accepting the news, Sydona Wilder and her fairy Raoul, set out to find the agency and put a stop to the capture of the rare species. But Sydona will have to fight her own battles of facing her dark past and learning how to trust people again.

My Life As A Country Album by L.J. Evans

Disclaimer: I received these books for free from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Publication Date: April 17, 2017

 

Genre: YA Romance

 

Recommended Age: 15 + (romance)

 

Publisher: Indie

 

Pages: 368

 

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Synopsis: “Loving you was a race I was determined to win.”

I belonged to you before I was born.

I belonged to you when you first called me Cam and when I said my first word, your name, Jake.

I belonged to you as we grew up sharing a treehouse, a yard, and the lake. I even belonged to you when our three-year age difference tried to pull us apart rather than put us together.

But, I was most especially yours when you kissed me and told me you weren’t letting me go.

Except you did.

In the most painful way possible.

And now I’m wondering how to turn my life from a country love song without a happy ending into one that does…

Inspired by Taylor Swift songs, this is a story of aching love and loss and learning to live through life in all its pain and glory.

 

Review: Guys this is such a cute romance! It had me turning pages until the very end! The character development was amazing, the world building was solid, and the story was touching.

 

I feel that maybe it was a bit corny in places and that sometimes the main characters got a bit too annoying for me, but I’m a person that can only stand romance for so long lol.

 

Verdict: A amazing romance!

The Agony House by Cherie Priest

Disclaimer: I received this book through KidLitExchange and the publishing company. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Genre: MG Mystery

Recommended Age: 12+ (mystery, some spooky moments)

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 272

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Synopsis: Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and have finally returned, wagering the last of their family’s money on fixing up an old, rundown house and converting it to a bed and breakfast.Nothing seems to work around the place, which doesn’t seem too weird to Denise. The unexplained noises are a little more out of the ordinary, but again, nothing too unusual. But when floors collapse, deadly objects rain down, and she hears creepy voices, it’s clear to Denise that something more sinister lurks hidden here.Answers may lie in an old comic book Denise finds concealed in the attic: the lost, final project of a famous artist who disappeared in the 1950s. Denise isn’t budging from her new home, so she must unravel the mystery-on the pages and off-if she and her family are to survive…

Review: For the most part this book was cute and enjoyable. The book had a good mystery in it and the characters are fairly well developed. The story is engaging as well and it would be a cute mystery for younger readers.

However, I didn’t like how the book brought up the topic of white people coming in to “white up” the neighborhood but didn’t go anywhere with it. It seemed like the book could have done better on some of the more social conscious issues but it failed to push those. Instead the book pushed random/unimportant aspects to the point where I felt that it was just trying to fill the book.

Verdict: A cute mystery.8

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Disclaimer: My husband gave me this book because he loves me <3.

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian

Recommended Age: 16+ (language, violence, death, gore, trigger warnings for suicide and rape)

Publisher: Del Ray

Pages: 382

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Synopsis: “I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Review: Okay so for the most part I really liked this book. I loved the world that Pierce Brown was able to weave and it really flowed effortlessly. The character development was amazing and the book was so interesting. The plot was amazing and there wasn’t really any dull moments in the book.

My only downside to it is that the book took forever for me to get into it. My personal preference is to have the world building based somewhat on reality and this book is really an epic sci-fi. It took a bit for me to get into it, but that’s just personal preference.

Verdict: This book is an amazing book for those who are hardcore sci-fi readers and even for those who want to try epic sci-fi books!

Dragons’ Hope – Melody Jackson Book Tour

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How can you stand for something when you don’t remember who you are?

Kaiden Dyran is and always has been a liar. This has been clear for years, and seems to hold true even now despite his muddled memories, as he leaves his teammates behind to search for a family he barely remembers, and a clue to who he is.

But returning home may end up doing more harm than good. Desperate to reestablish her control in the Bane’s absence, the Empress has sent those loyal to her to hunt down all the Gifted, and those who side with them.

Faced with an ultimatum that leaves him reeling, Kaiden finds himself directed back to the friends he’s abandoned — if they will even take him back. Reconciliation is a difficult path, and one he’s not yet sure he deserves.

With the Bane still unaccounted for, and the team racing to find the Gifted before the Empress does, can they find a way to work through past grievances in time for their final stand, no matter what it may cost them?

The easiest road is not always the best one.

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Disclaimer: I bought this on my own accord! Yay me! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

Genre: YA Romance

Recommended Age: 14+ (romance, cute moments, the selection ending)

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 416

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Synopsis: The contents of Happily Ever After are as follows:

-The Prince (with the two bonus chapters), Maxon’s novella
-The Guard, Aspen’s novella
-The Queen, Amberly’s novella
-The Favorite, Marlee’s novella
-Three scenes from Celeste’s POV
-Lucy’s scene (bonus scene from The One)
-The bonus epilogue
-Where are they now?
-A map
-Various illustrations

Review: I’m so so sad to see the end of The Selection series. Like bawling! I loved the extras Kiera included. It really added depth to all of the side characters and I’d love to read more about them. Also there were pictures!!! Like omg!

I do feel that the book could have done better at Aspen’s story, I feel that it was a bit abrupt. I also feel that Lucy didn’t get enough attention. But maybe we’ll eventually see a TV series or another book!

Verdict: I miss this series!8

Our Dried Voices – Greg Hickey

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Synopsis:
In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race traveled to a far distant planet called Pearl to begin the next chapter of humanity.
Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every want is satisfied automatically, and there is no need for human labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to malfunction, the colonists are faced with a test for the first time in their existence.
With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is left to a young man named Samuel to repair these breakdowns and save the colony. Aided by his friend Penny, Samuel rises to meet each challenge. But he soon discovers a mysterious group of people behind each of these problems, and he must somehow find and defeat these saboteurs in order to rescue his colony.
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Author Bio:
Greg Hickey is a former international professional baseball player and current forensic scientist, endurance athlete, author and screenwriter. His debut novel, Our Dried Voices, was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Science Fiction Book of the Year Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.