Book Review | Nirvana by J.R. Stewart

Title: Nirvana

Author: J.R. Stewart

Series: Nirvana #1

Age: Young Adult

Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Publisher: Blue Moon

Source: NetGalley

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | KoboiBooks 

When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?

Larissa Kenders lives in a world where the real and the virtual intermingle daily. After the supposed death of her soulmate, Andrew, Larissa is able to find solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world where anything is possible – even visits with Andrew. Although Larissa is told that these meetings are not real, she cannot shake her suspicion that Andrew is indeed alive. When she begins an investigation of Hexagon, the very institution that she has been taught to trust, Larissa uncovers much more than she ever expected and places herself in serious danger. Her biggest challenge, however, remains determining what is real – and what is virtual.

Nirvana is the first installment in the three-part “Nirvana” series, a fast-paced, page-turning young adult trilogy that combines elements of the romance, mystery, and science fiction genres. This first novel introduces readers to a heroine who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so.

My Rating: 

My Thoughts:
This was a total shocker for me. I went into this book with low expectations and not much interest. The book is definitely slow paced which I'm not a fan of it, but I did enjoy the characters, world-building and all the secrets within the story.


Bout of Books 17.0 Readathon

Hello my fearsome booknerds!

This is where I will be posting my progress throughout the Bout of Books 17.0 readathon. This is where I will have all of my updates, my goals and TBR list. I'll even have links to the challenges I partake in as well.

TBR List
  • Nirvana by J.R. Stewart
  • Buzz Books 2016 Young Adult F/W
  • Tears of the Sea by MaryLu Tyndall
  • Reflections by Jena Baxtar
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
My bonus read will be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and throughout the read-a-thon I plan to read Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson.

My Goals
  • Read at least 4 of these books
  • Partake in at least 2 challenges
  • Make a mid-week video
  • Make a wrap up video
These are simple goals I wish to achieve during the readathon. Nothing major because I just want to have fun reading these books.

Day One - Aug 22nd

BoB Challenge | Book to Movie Challenge

Hello book nerds!

Today is day one of the Bout of Books 17 readathon and I'm super pumped! I decided to take part in a challenge today hosted by Writing My Own Fairytale. The challenge is as follows:
It’s super easy. Share with us your favorite book-to-movie adaptation and your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation. You can give reasons for your answers or just names, it’s really up to you how much you share. 
I think this challenge is awesome especially since I just found my first book to movie adaptation ever this past month!

My favorite book to movie adaptation =
This is absolutely my all time favorite book to movie adaptation ever! This is also my all time favorite contemporary romance AND in my top 6 books of the year. I just cannot put into words how amazing this was. The book had me in tears, the movie had me in more tears. They both were excellent and the movie was EXACTLY like the book. Just pure perfection! It's a must read and see.

My absolute least favorite/most hated adaptation ever =
What do I say about this -- the book wasn't so awesome for me and the movie wasn't that great either. I just had no connections or feels for this book or even the movie at all. Not the best for me.

What are your thoughts on these book to movie adaptations? What's your favorite and/or worse book to move adaption?


Book Review | The Fine Art of Deception: Undoing Time by Alyssa Richards

Title: The Fine Art of Deception: Undoing Time

Author: Alyssa Richards

Series: The Fine Art of Deception #1

Age: Adult

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Mystery

Publication Date: July 18, 2015

Publisher: Smashwords

Source: NetGalley

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks 

Art appraiser Adeline Montgomery just wants a normal life. One where she can ignore the vicious ghosts who follow her. One where she’s free from her “gift” of touching an object and seeing the owner’s deepest secrets. And one where she can fall in love without having all of the above get in the way.

But when tall, dark, and dangerous gallery owner Blake Greenwood enters her life, normal is the last thing she’s feeling. The man has more secrets than the priceless art he sells, giving Adeline’s quest for normal no chance. That, and he may just hold the key to uncovering the truth behind her father’s unexplained disappearance.

Despite her paranormal gifts warning her to stay away, she feels an inexplicable, captivating fascination for him, something that goes deeper than attraction. There’s something between them that’s older than time, and if she can learn to give him her trust, it may just save her life. 

My Rating: 

Quote(s) I Like:
"The perfect life can disappear without warning. Like an elegantly designed wisp of smoke, it can be here one minute then gone the next." - Adeline

"You know sometimes wisdom arrives in the form of fear. It warns us, keeps us safe. But sometimes our fears can push away the wisdom. We must discern which is which." - Carolena 

My Thoughts:


Book Review | Talon by Julie Kagawa

Title: Talon

Author: Julie Kagawa

Series: Talon #1

Age: Young Adult

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal

Publication Date: October 28th 2014 

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: eBook

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Play Store | iBooks 

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey--and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him--and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

My Rating: 

My Thoughts:
This book was incredible! I am a huge fan of dragons (they are my second favorite paranormal/fantasy creatures) but find it hard to find really interesting dragon stories. This book has definitely given me hope to find other great dragon reads. This is my second read from Julie Kagawa and I'm just excited to continue reading more works from her.
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