31 August 2015

Review: Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: Bill Walsh
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Rating: 8 out of 10 (for interesting and learning); 6 out of 10 (for entertainment value in general)

Summary (I care about Goodreads): Calling all language sticklers—and those who love to argue with them! Usage maven Bill Walsh expounds (rather than expands) on his pet peeves in the long-awaited follow-up (note the hyphens, please) to The Elephants of Style and Lapsing Into a Comma.

Could you care less? Does bad grammar “literally” make your head explode? Test your need for this book with these sentences: 
"Katrina misplaced many residents of New Orleans from their homes."

"Mark had a full schedule of meetings. His first of the day was a small businessman, followed by a high schoolteacher."

"Betty was 100% percent wrong."
 My Thoughts: [I'm concerned that if this author reads this he will find something wrong with my writing but maybe he would be kind enough to not say too much about it. Here's to hoping that he is too busy to read book reviews.]

This book was hilarious. It got off to a scary start. Some of the topics at the beginning I found myself disagreeing with but I stuck it out. It was worth it. This author has A+ sarcasm and I learned things from this book too! I find myself suddenly into words and language and grammar (and generally sounding smarter) so this book fit into that perfectly. I'm well aware that most of what I learned won't stick in my brain but I also am certain that a lot of it will. I think that it was a fantastic idea to read this right before going back to school but it was also just funny. Did I mention that already? I thought that a book like this would be plain old boring but it wasn't. The examples were memorable and I laughed out loud at his comments. I found the tweets at the top of the page (from the author's twitter) to be just as entertaining as the content of the novel.

I would recommend this book to language snobs and language jerks and those of us who just like words and language but lack the jerk side of it. English majors, this one is for you too! I think that anyone interested in language could get something out of this book. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Could you care less? Personally, I couldn't.

28 August 2015

Follow Friday

Share a random quote from the book you are currently reading.

I am currently re-reading Heir of Fire in preparation for Queen of Shadows, so I will try to keep my quote un-spoilery. 
"He expected her to bolt like a hare. And she wanted to. Gods, this place, that damned barrow only a hundred yards away, made her want to run and run and not stop until she found a place where the sun shone day and night." - Heir of Fire, Sarah J Maas 
So that's my quote of the day, what are all you reading?
- Kristen


Like Kristen, I am also reading Heir Of Fire in high anticipation for Queen of Shadows! Gotta refresh my memories with all my baes (Dorian, Celaena, Rowan, Aedion, you know), so I will also keep my quote non-spoilery. Short and simple.
"See what you want, Aelin, and seize it. Don't ask for it; don't wish for it. Take it"
Simple, yes. Boring, perhaps. But very relevant.
- Kayla


I am not rereading Heir of Fire, although I should be. You might be happy to not have three quotes from the same novel but that luck will run out when you find out that I am currently reading Huckleberry Finn. It's not exactly exciting or current and I'm already adding this late so you are just getting the next line no matter how boring it is.

     "No you won't, you'll start now; and don't you lose any time about it, neither, nor do any gambling   
      along the way. Just keep a tight tongue in your head and move right along, and then you won't get
      in any trouble with us, d'ye hear?"
                - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I wish I was reading something that wasn't for school...
- Kelsey

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Rick Yancey
Pages: 457
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 8.5/10

Summary (thanks, Goodreads):
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

My Thoughts:
Okay, where do I even begin with this book?

First of all, the plot and the storyline reminded me of a zombie apocalypse meets The Host. I'm usually not into the alien thing, but this totally made it work and it was worth it! It was so creative and well-thought out and this apocalyptic world literally gave me goosebumps! I had no trouble picturing what it looked like and I got so enveloped in the story, I would come out of it momentarily confused and in a haze. The writing was impeccable and I loved how the characters' relationships to each other.

Speaking of characters, I don't think there was one character I didn't like, besides Vosche, but I mean you're supposed to hate him. I absolutely adored Cassie cause she was so kick-butt and so tough but at the same time still such a sassy teenage girl dealing with teenage girl things. And Ben, I loved Ben. I loved hearing his story and that character development though! At the beginning of his POV I wasn't sure what I was going to think of his character, but his drive and determination really made me root for him the whole way. And Sammy! Aw he's so adorable, he basically had everyone in this entire book going after him and saving him. Epitome of innocence. Also Evan. DAMN. Literally the only words I said after I shut the book were "WHAT ABOUT EVAN?!?!?!"

The only criticism I could think of through this book was the instalove. Oh yes, the instalove. We all know how we feel about the instalove. Though maybe they had been together for months and stuff, which I think they were, but still. It happened to quick for my taste. I honestly don't know who I love more, Evan or Ben. Like they would be such a lethal dream team. There was so much action and adventure and drama and the end had me hanging on by a thread

Final Thoughts:
This book was quite something I enjoyed, and I'm so excited to see the direction this storyline takes!

26 August 2015

Review: The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass 0.5)

Reviewer: Kristen
Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 10 out of 10

Summary (Goodreads, you the bomb dot com): 
Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

My Thoughts: I read Throne of Glass last year, I'm all caught up and EAGERLY awaiting Queen of Shadows, so you'd think that between these two events, I would have picked up the glorious book that is The Assassin's Blade to go with Celaena on a few more adventures before figuring out what happens to my precious babies (aka Dorian and Rowan and Celaena of course). But no, because I am, apparently, a certifiable idiot. This book is just as amazing - or probably more amazing - as you'd expect from Sarah J Maas. Each book keeps getting better, and this is absolutely no exception. Celaena is as sassy as you'd expect, the story is as tremendous as you'd expect, the plot is as heartbreaking as you'd expect. What I didn't expect? Was to fall even more in love with characters who I knew would break my itty bitty fragile heart (SAM), for the book to flow like it was an actual novel and not 5 separate novels, or for me to still be thinking about the events that took place weeks later. Each novella flows right into the next, and you follow Celaena as she conquers pirate lords, practices general badassery, is betrayed, and as she finds herself in situations she never thought she'd be in. This book tells the reader how Celaena ended up in Endovier (I hope I spelt that right but I am at Tim Horton's and don't have the book on me), and allows for huge insights into her character to be made. We see why Celaena ticks, we get a glimpse into her past, and if you loved the Throne of Glass series (if you don't, I'm assuming that's because you just haven't read it yet) this novel is a must read. A gut-wrenching, beautiful, must read. 

Final Thoughts: Sarah J Maas, who did you sell your soul to? How are you so amazing?

24 August 2015

Review: The Cure For Dreaming

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: Cat Winters
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Rating: 7 out of 10

Summary (Dreaming about goodreads): Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

My Thoughts: This book was different. Even the cover was different. My copy has this weird ridged spiral (see the above pictures) over the whole cover that intrigued me. So, I judged a book by its cover...sue me (but actually don't because I don't have any money). It turned out to be a good thing that I picked up this book. 

I've been getting more into these historical fiction books. They show you a world that you don't get to experience every day. Modern novels are great but why not use books to really experience something new? I felt the same about the Diviners

Anyway, the characters. Well, I kind of hated Henri. I mean, really? You had to let this girl suffer? There was absolutely nothing that you could do? I call BS. If I were Olivia, I wouldn't have helped him. I don't think that I would have liked him very much. She seemed upset but oddly fine with the whole thing. That bothered me quite a bit. As for Olivia? I felt so bad for her. Even I was getting frustrated. Her life just wasn't fair and she couldn't even do anything about it. I thought that it was fantastic that she tried to follow the women's rights movement even though she had so little freedom and it caused her so much trouble. 

This is the first book I've read with a hypnotist and a dentist in it. It was a strange combination. This is one of those bizarre book things that makes me wonder what the writer was doing or thinking about while writing this book. Winters, if you read this, I'm curious how you feel about your dentist.

However, I think that I wanted more. I want more interaction between Olivia and Henri and I want to get a better conclusion. It was a good ending but it left me with too many questions about everyone's future. 

So: I thought this book was great. I enjoyed the uniqueness and the struggle that Olivia was facing. I've never read books about the women's rights movement or dentists or hypnotists and I haven't read much that takes place in the 1900's. All of these things together made for a special experience. Winters spins a wonderful tale with A+ writing and attention to detail. I would read this book again in a second. 

I think I will keep an eye out for Winters' other novels.

21 August 2015

Review: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Also known as Yours Truly)

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Annabel Pitcher
Pages: 261
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 8/10

Summary (thanks, Goodreads):

Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can—in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

My Thoughts:
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I picked it up on a whim. I did not expect to get so attached to this particular book and feel so sad when I closed it at the finale. Not a typical love story and it kind of makes me sad how Pitcher decided to end things between Zoe and the brother who lived. Still, I guess it's better it did end like that because then it would be the same as any romance novel, and it would lead both characters as being selfish and heartless. And neither of them are that.
With that being said, it was a great book. Slow start, but keeps you hanging on the last word of the chapter begging to know what the next one holds. I recommend definitely. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on this book, but I certainly loved it!

Final Thoughts:
This book is definitely worth a try, and it's honestly so surprising!
P.P.S. I'm thinking about making a blog post about my thoughts, opinions, and feels about title & cover changes. Let us know if you'd like to see something like that!

18 August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors

Hello again, friends! Hope you all had a lovely week! I know I did ... in that I sprained my ankle so I've been pretty much bed ridden for the entire week, but I did go to sushi with Kristen and one of our other friends, and I SAW THIS FISH THIS IS A LINK TO MY PERSONAL INSTAGRAM VIDEO IN WHICH THIS FISH DID SOME WICKED COOL THING PLEASE GO WATCH IT I WAS WATCHING THIS FISH FOR LITERALLY AN HOUR.

Anyways, this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (literally this alliteration gets me every time) is our top ten auto-buy authors, and again, this is going to be different for each of us on this blog, but this is my (Kayla) personal list. As per usual, our Top Ten Tuesday topic comes from TheBrokeAndTheBookish go check em out they're rad.

1. Sarah J. Maas
It should really be a surprise to absolutely no one that Sarah J. Maas is very first auto-buy authors. I know she has a few books in the works as of now, as well as QUEEN OF SHADOWS COMING OUT IN A MERE 16 DAYS HOLY COW. Her worlds are so unique and her characters (especially male suitors mmm mmm) are written to perfection. She has such a way with words that completely captures me, so much so that I want a quote of my favourite series (TOG duh) tattooed onto my body. Permanently forever. I just love Sarah J. Maas so much.

2. John Green
I love John Green. As you probably could have told from my last Top Ten Tuesday, I enjoyed all of John Green's books immensely, especially The Fault in Our Stars. For such a long time, TFIOS had been my favourite book (until TOG swept in and stole the title), and John as a person is hilarious, sassy, and truly cares for his characters. Seeing the stories John has written come to life is something he is also truly passionate about, and you can tell through his books that his passion for writing is one that is a huge part of his life.

3. Renee Adieh
2015, so far, has been a year full of epic debut novels, one of them in particular being The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh. If you have no read this book, go do that now. Stop what you're doing, and go buy it. Read it. Then come back. This book, while I admittedly have some problems with (see my review here), this book was incredible, and the writing is some of the most beautifully scripted I have ever encountered. This book deserves all the hype surrounding it and then some.

4. Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games trilogy was where I initially dipped my toes into the genre of dystopia, and Suzanne Collins did not let me down, oh no. This trilogy is so well crafted, full of tropes and foreshadowing and metaphors and many literary devices it should be studied in an English class. Honestly I think it is in some places. That would've been better than a lot of the crap I had to read in high school.... Anyway, Suzanne Collins' artistry that is presented in her Hunger Games trilogy really set the bar high for other authors of the same genre, therefore I will gravitate toward any bind up of pages with her name on it.

5. Lauren Oliver
While I may have some problems with the Delirium trilogy and her novel Panic, I thoroughly enjoyed the roller coaster that was Lauren Oliver's books. While I may not have read ALL of her books, whenever I discover she has written something new and exciting, you can bet I have my nose up in that trying to figure out who what when where why and how. I am partially ashamed that I have yet to purchase/read Vanishing Girls, but I mean sometimes budget is a thing that exists. Despite money issues, if I had an unlimited budget, you bet Lauren Oliver's books of the past, present and future would be on my to-buy list.

6. Sabaa Tahir
Comparatively to The Wrath and the Dawn, another debut novel that came out and lived up to the expectations was An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. How she thought she could get away with leaving this book as a standalone is beyond comprehension. This book was action packed, mysterious, and made me feel all the things in the absolutely best way possible. I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in fantasy, and dystopia, as it has all the elements to make an amazing start to an epic series/trilogy/idk what this is going to be but MORE IS COMING
7. Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles has to be one of my most beloved series. It's twist on retellings is absolutely incredible, and it definitely put Marissa Meyer on the list of one of my favourite authors. Not only does she have a brilliant way with words, but the way her stories intertwine with each other to create the large scale story while still having minor storylines within them as well is an aspect she does admiringly well. If you have not yet read the Lunar Chronicles, what the hell are you waiting for? Do yourself a favour and dapple in some Marissa Meyer!

8.  Morgan Matson
Whilst I have only read one of her books, the one I did read (Amy & Roger's) is probably one of my favourite contemporaries I've ever come across, and I undoubtedly plan to read Matson's past, present, and future books in the near future. Her ability to entangle romance and family and self growth into one book of greatness is an ability not many contemporary YA authors can hold to their name. Because they gave it to Matson. She's great. Read Amy & Roger's now please thanks.

I'm so bad at Top Ten Tuesdays. I'm going to have to cheat again and leave the list with these awesome authors. I promise I will try to do better next time! Make sure to leave a link below to your Top Ten Tuesday so I can find more amazing books and authors to love & hate all at the same time

And with that, I bid you adieu,
Kayla @ one-chapter-ahead

14 August 2015

Review: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pages: 446
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 8.5/10

Summary (thanks, Goodreads):

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself

My Thoughts:
"You have a soul. It's damaged, but it's there. Don't let them take it from you, Elias."

Oh. Hot. Damn. For whatever reason, this book was far from what I was expecting. I seriously, seriously enjoyed this book, it was absolutely amazing and lived up to the endless amount of hype surrounding it since before it's release. Also HOW DID THE AUTHOR THINK SHE COULD GET AWAY WITH LEAVING THIS AS A STANDALONE? THAT IS SO NOT A STANDALONE ENDING? This story had so many twists and turns and it all fit perfectly together in the end. The questions and obscurities came through at full circle at the end, and I very much appreciated that almost all questions were answered by the last few pages. The last quarter of the book had my heart racing and my eyes swimming through the pages, not wanting to waste more time not knowing any longer. It was action-packed from the first page, and it was amazing how much Sabaa Tahir was able to jam so much within 446 pages without it being rushed in any way. I enjoyed the characters and their role to the story, and I appreciated how both Elias and Laia each had their own stories to tell that did not rely solely on the other person. I liked how it wasn't entirely romance based, and the romance that was included was done well. While it wasn't necessarily instalove, I did think the romance blossomed a little too quickly, but I feel like that's easily forgivable.

While this book really was a whirlwind of emotions and amazingness, I did have a few problems, which is why I could not make it a full five star book. While the world was unlike anything I've ever read, the storyline became repetitive to a lot of other YA fantasies, and though there were some unexpected turns, there was also things I saw from a mile away. My feelings about the characters changed constantly throughout the book, as well as the characters's dynamics with each other. At first, I liked the relationship between Elias and Helene, but then Helene became a lil bitch and then I hated her (blunt, I know). Still even after concluding the book and understanding why she did the things she did, I still hate her. I don't have a certain person I want Elias or Laia to end up with, which makes for a very confused Kayla because I usually have my pairing set by at least the middle of the book. I think Laia and Elias are a kick butt duo and I can't wait to see what the second book has in store for them, but I'm not sure if I necessarily like the idea of them as a "thing", you feel? 

Final Thoughts:
Looking past the nitty gritty details and taking the book in as a whole, it was completely captivating and I'm pretty pissed it took me so long to read it, and I AM EAGERLY AWAITING THE SECOND BOOK LIKE GIVE IT TO ME NOW PLEASE

11 August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I've Read The Most Books From


Welcome readers, to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week, I'm going to try a different layout to last week's and see if it is more aesthetically pleasing. I am all about that aesthetic, you know?

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (wow much alliteration) is yet again brought to us by BrokeAndBookish, and that is Top Ten Authors I've Read The Most Books From. I know for Kristen, Kelsey and I, all of these authors are different. This is my list of top ten authors, and if Kristen or Kelsey want to contribute, they're not allowed go away...
jk they can participate I suppose.

1. Lemony Snicket (13 books)
While many readers of our age reminisce over the Harry Potter books as being a significant part of their early reading life, mine has to be The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I have read all 11 books and loved them incessantly! While they cover quite "unfortunate events" -- yes that was pitiful -- they were always such a joy for me to read! I am so excited for the Netflix show to release (honestly celebrated for an embarrassingly amount of time when news broke), and though the movie was kind of a flop, I've watched it probably 50+ times. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.


2. Nicholas Sparks (11 books)
I have read many, many Nicholas Sparks books. His books are what kick started my love of reading, and though I don't read his books anymore, or particularly see the appeal in them (lbr they're all pretty much the same - man and woman fall in love, have sex, someone dies. more or less), I will still always remember the love I had for Nicholas Sparks and his books. I still recommend The Guardian and A Bend in the Road.

3. J.K Rowling (5 books)
Yes, I know, only five. I don't think I've read all of the Harry Potter series, but I was an avid Harry Potter fan as a youngin, as well. I went to a pathetic little Harry Potter camp in fifth grade at the University in our city, I've had the Harry Potter posters, Harry Potter Scene It, which I dominated tbh, the whole nine yards. As many readers, Harry Potter has a memorable place in my heart.

4. Sarah J Maas (5 books)
Sarah J Maas is not a new author, but she has written five books. And of those five books, I have read and loved every one of them. Sarah J. Maas is my favourite author, for she has written my all time favourite series, Throne of Glass. If you haven't read it, we can't be friends. Maas is one of the most talented writers I've ever come across, her books are absolutely captivating! QUEEN OF SHADOWS COMES OUT IN 24 DAYS OH LORD. And have you seen any interviews with her?! She's hilarious and witty and I want to be her best friend. Tbh I have a major crush on her and to hold even a ten second conversation with her would make me truly #blessed .... I am sorry I will never do that hashtag business again. Honestly though, ALL HAIL MAAS.

5. John Green (5 books)
Much like my fascination with Nicholas Sparks, a love for John Green books became an easy love for quite a while. The Fault in Our Stars easily became one of my favourite books ever, and frankly I adore John Green's writing. John Green is pretty much the YA version of Nicholas Sparks. Similarly, my love for John Green books has dwindled much like my love for Nicholas Sparks books. I say this loosely, though, because I will gladly pick up anything John Green writes over what Nicholas Sparks writes. Still, I have kinda gotten over the John Green hype, though he is still a fantastic writer and person.

6. Marissa Meyer (4 books)
The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series I have read this year, and I am eagerly awaiting the Winter release. The Lunar Chronicles follow the same sort of YA fantasy/dystopia theme, but Meyer does it in such a magical and fantastical way that is so unique and unlike anything I have read before. The touch of sci-fi we get through Cinder is something that makes me want to read much more sic-fi in the future, for it is so captivating and intriguing that I need more. Much more than that, I need more Marissa Meyer in my life.

7. Lauren Oliver (4 books)
Lauren Oliver is not an author I hate, but I don't necessarily want to go out and pick up any and all of her books. The Delirium trilogy was so intriguing and the concept was so interesting and cool, and the characters were ones to be reckon with. Even so, the ending was quite disappointing, and the same rings true for her other book I read, Panic. While I did enjoy it overall, the ending was a bit lacking for me. Still, I have read four of her books and I did enjoy them.

8. Kiera Cass (4 books)
I'm not entirely sure how many books Kiera Cass has released, but I have read the Selection trilogy, as well as the "companion" novel that just released this year, The Heir. While I did have many problems with the trilogy as well as the companion novel, I did enjoy it. It was a cool combination between the Bachelorette and The Hunger Games. The political issues also interweaved in the story was also quite refreshing, as it made for a more dystopian rather than contemporary feel.

9. Stephanie Meyer (4 books)
Yes, yes, I had to add this in the list, for I did read all four of the Twilight saga. I read these in high school, and unlike the movies, the books were quite entertaining. Of course, I had the obvious problems that many people have with these books. Still, I read them.

Okay, I apologize, I need to cheat here. Turns out I'm terrible with author consistency, so I have a top nine authors instead of ten. If I were to add one more, it would be an author I have read three books from, and since I have read many trilogies, I cannot choose just one author for the number ten spot. I'm sorry I suck.

And with that, I bid you adieu,
Kayla @ one-chapter-ahead

7 August 2015

Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 7/10

Summary (thanks, Goodreads):

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

My Thoughts:
I am completely and utterly aware of the vastly different opinions people have of this book, but wow, I really enjoyed it! At first I was nervous about the continuation of the series, how it would be focusing on America and Maxon's daughter, worried that it would be corny and weird and uncomfortable. Honestly, though, I thought this was a great start to a "companion" series.

I thought Eadlyn was much more tolerable than America was, and I love seeing the Selection process through the royal's perspective for a change. There were many aspects of her character that I did enjoy, but I can also understand and appreciate why other readers might not like her and find her bratty and whiny. To me, Eadlyn is strong and independent, and I admire her mindset of not wanting a husband, but wanting to rule on her own, to be free of the constraints of marriage. Her stubbornness, fear and reluctance toward the boys did frustrate me.

One thing that did bug me about this book was the constant hints toward America and Maxon's selection; the way they kept sneaking glances at each other at times when they were reminded of their selection, or little snippets of what happened throughout the original three books. I personally hated that and it got pretty annoying. Also, I didn't like how America and Maxon's motivations for having a selection in the first place. I think they could have probably thought of a better solution.

Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book and I can't wait to see what happens! The twists and turns through the book had me on my toes, a place where I like to be while reading! I recommend if you've read the Selection trilogy, because why not?

4 August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairytale Retellings I've Read/Want To Read

Hello fellow earthlings! How is thee?
Okay, the time for formalities are over.
Unsurprisingly to some, surprisingly to most, today is Tuesday, August 4th. I mean, where the hell has the time gone? School starts again next month, we're all 21 years old. IT'S TIME TO SLOW DOWN.
Anyway, let's forget about the agony for a few minutes and talk about BOOKS. More specifically, TOP TEN TUESDAY BOOKS.
I found the top ten Tuesday list from the blog BrokeAndBookish, and I thought I would contribute just for shits and giggles.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Fairytale Retellings I've Read/Want To Read, which is absolutely fabulous because I love fairytales and retellings so much.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (read)
  2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (read)
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (read)
  4. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (read)
  5. Splintered by A.G. Howard (want to read)
  6. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redline (want to read)
  7. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (want to read)
  8. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (want to read)
  9. Beastly by Alex Flinn (want to read)
  10. Stitching Snow by R.C Lewis (want to read)
Obviously, the "want to read" list is longer than my "read" list, which is strange because I love fairytale retellings! If you've read any of these books, leave your thoughts, comments, opinions and feels in the comments! I'd love to discuss them with you!

And with that, I bid you adieu,
Kayla @ one-chapter-ahead

3 August 2015


It is my greatest pleasure to announce to you all that we now officially have an instagram HOLLAAAA! (ps. that was the link)
I know this is pretty exciting! Follow the account for reading challenges, real & reading life updates, and genuinely pretty pictures of books!
Also, did you know you can Instagram from your computer? Technology is wild
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