Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bookish Lifestyle Digest: December 2015

Today is the last day of 2015, how crazy is that! I don't know why I'm so shocked that the year went by so fast - it always seems to do that. I hope you all had a fabulous 2015 and will have an even more fabulous 2016!

Bookish Lifestyle welcomed our newest reviewer, Reagan! Be sure to check out his welcome post and enter into the giveaway!

If you're going out tonight, be safe! And if you're staying in, you be safe too! See you in 2016!


We concluded the 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge with Andrea's wrap-up of September - December and a giveaway!
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Sign ups went live for the 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. If you haven't signed up yet, be sure to do so soon!  :)  There was vote for our January Book Club read and the winning title is Pivot Point by Kasie West! If you've been meaning to read this book, read and discuss with us next month!

Book Reviews


http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/blog-tour-in-shadow-of-storm-by-anna.html 
Evie, 5/5
http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/throwback-thursday-something-strange.html
Andrea, 5/5 TBTd
http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/castles-customs-and-kings-true-tales-by.html
Debbie, 5/5 
http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/blog-tour-tell-me-three-things-by-julie.html
Evie, 5/5d

http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/audio-book-review-these-broken-stars-by.html
Andrea, 5/5
http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/throwback-thursday-darkness-strange-and.html
Andrea, 5/5 TBTd
http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/book-review-this-night-so-dark-by-amie.html
Andrea, 5/5 
http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/throwback-thursday-remembrance-by.html
Andrea, 5/5 TBTd

Debbie, 5/5
Debbie, 5/5
Andrea, 4/5 
Debbie, 5/5

Debbie, 5/5
Andrea, 4/5 TBT
Jessica, 2/5 
Andrea, 4/5 TBT

Product Reviews



Promotional Posts

http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/12/bookish-christmas-shopping-guide-2015.html 

Discussion Posts


Tell us - what went on in your month?! What were some of your favorite books this month? Favorite posts from either your blog or others? What are some new (or old) and noteworthy things we should know about? Be sure to leave a link!

Throwback Thursday Review: Timeless by Michelle Madow

Some of you may know that I originally had my own blog, Beauty but a Funny Girl, prior to joining Bookish (now Bookish Lifestyle). I was thinking the other day about all those reviews I left behind when I transferred and thought they should get some love too - no matter how badly written and newbie they come off! So I present to you: Throwback Thursday Reviews! Every once in a while I'll post an old review from Beauty but a Funny Girl, unedited in terms of content, with the exception of any spelling or grammatical mistakes. It's definitely going to be fun and interesting to see how my tastes and writing style have changed over the years!


Series:
Transcend Time Saga #3
Genre:
Young Adult, Romance, Time Travel,
Publication.Date:November 14, 2012
Pages:231 (Kindle)
Published By:  Dreamscape Publishing
Website:Michelle Madow 

Timeless on Goodreads
My review copy:
Bought

Where to get:
 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ready-player-one-ernest-cline/1100055635?ean=9780307887443 http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062083265



IT'S A RACE AGAINST TIME.

In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together.

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path.

Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make matters worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.

Because to make things right, they must travel back to when it all began ... and Lizzie discovers that the final events in her past life were more sinister than she ever imagined.

(Goodreads)

Originally posted April 23, 2013 on Beauty but a Funny Girl

Overall, I thought Timeless was a very nice wrap up to the Transcend Time Saga. The solution to Chelsea’s oops in Vengeance wasn’t a cop out and easily solved, which was really nice, though I would have liked the climax to have been a bit more climax-y than an “Oh, okay” vibe. I really can’t say more without giving it away.

I think Lizzie and Drew have one of the cutest relationships I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. While they are in high school, I don’t get the high school relationship feel from them. All the characters are actually rather mature in this novel. I even grew to like Jeremy! Even though he wasn’t really in the novel, he had an awesome attitude about Drew and Lizzie being together - even asking Lizzie if she thought he had a chance with one of her friends!

I was annoyed with Chelsea in the beginning of the novel, I mean who wouldn’t be? I have to give her a little bit of break because she wasn’t aware of what the repercussions of the curse would be, but I found her actions to be on the side of desperation. Chelsea had her own form of redemption when Lizzie informed her what the curse really meant and became determined to help Lizzie and Drew fix what she did wrong.

I thought the magical element Madow used was a nice tough. It wasn’t overdone but it wasn’t so underused that there was no point in mentioning it. It was a very nice balance and fit the series very well in regards to the past-lives and curse elements that we’ve come across thus far.

Everything fell nicely and easily into place for the characters. Perhaps a little too easily for my taste, but it stuck with the feel and tone of the series so it was rather perfect actually.

This was such a great series and I loved reading every page of it. The characters were all well developed, even the minor ones, and the plot was original and intriguing. If you haven’t a chance to read Timeless, or begin the Transcend Time Saga in general, it’s definitely something you should consider moving up to to the top on your TBR list. I’m just saying.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Exciting news!!! Welcome Reagen!!!

Hi guys!! :D Today is a very exciting day for the Bookish team! We have some BIG news to share and I am totally screaming on the inside from happiness right now! 

GET THIS - the fabulous Reagen (who you may know from his fantastic Instagram account @Reagen.Reads) is joining the Bookish Team today! *throws confetti in the air and dances around* We could not be happier to have him! 

Reagen will be reviewing books, sharing great discussion posts and features, as well occasionally helping out with the product reviews (he will make an awesome model!). Ray takes amazing photos, I was completely blown away by his Instagram account (which you should totally be stalking BTW!) when I first discovered it. We then got to talking a bit, and even though it hasn't been long since we've connected, I am so in love with his personality! I am positive you will all grow to love Reagen in no time at all! :) 

Here's a little bit about Ray in his own words, and also a giveaway I put together to celebrate this exciting event! :)

Please, give a warm welcome to Reagen!!! ^____^




"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." J.K. Rowling - Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination. -- a.k.a the Queen. 
Hello friend, my name is Reagen Bailey, and if you can't already tell I am a 23 year old, book-loving, crazy Potter-Head. The Harry Potter series gets all of the credit as to where I am today on my Bookish Journey, it gave me the passion all readers have for reading. Since then, I have developed an actual thirst for literature in any way, shape, or form. Be it YA Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Historical Fiction/Non-Fiction, Contemporary, Poetry, anything of the like. So much so that, along side my Political Science major that I am currently engrossed in, I have selected English with a focus on Creative Writing as a minor in College. I believe whole-heartedly that Books hold the power to change not only the course of our every day lives, but the strength to change the World. Our imaginations are boundless, so why keep them locked away in our heads? EXPRESS your creativity, and above all, never give up on anything that gives you a feeling of magic inside.

Reagen's reading preferences:

ANYTHING Fantasy based, such as works from Sarah J Maas, Victoria Aveyard, A Song of Ice and Fire, etc. Science Fiction is a huge love of mine as well, such as Morning Star by Pierce Brown, the Mistborn Trilogy. I love horror, and a little mix of contemporary every now and then.


Check out Ray's fabulous Instagram account HERE
Giveaway:

Prize:
- 2x book of choice from either Amazon or Book Depository!
- 2x bookish mug of choice from my Society6 store!
Ends: January 15th



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Book Review: Roommates by Erin Leigh

Roommates

Genre:
Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication.Date  October 24th, 2015
Pages:300
Published By:  Erin Leigh
WebsiteErin Leigh

Roommates on Goodreads
My review copy:Bought (Kindle Unlimited)

Where to get:


Life is full of expectations.
For Brady Coldwell it’s always been about the game.
Hockey is and always will be, his life.
His family sacrificed everything to get him here and he won’t let them down.
He knows what’s expected of him.
Natalie Banks is no different.
She too knows what it means to have everyone sacrifice for you.
She knows about the debt that’s left owing in the end and the price you pay for making up your own mind.
But when an innocent mistake lands them as roommates, neither of them is prepared for the feelings they have or the consequences of their actions.
How do you negotiate matters of the heart?
How do you say no when it simply feels so right?

(Goodreads)

"It's true." I wrap myself around her and kiss the tip of her nose. "I do like you."
"Never thought I'd see Brady Coldwell meet a group of women he feared."
"Me either, Nate-Dog. Me either." 
When I lay her down, she looks up at me with her hair spread around her and her eyes wide and sparkling with humor and excitement.
She looks like an angel, surrounded by the white bedding.



I've come to have something of a Kindle Unlimited addiction lately. Whenever I'm bored, I go through the KU section on my Kindle and give books a try. I can't remember exactly what led me to this book in particular, but I know for certain I snagged it because of the cover and title. It looks cute---ice skates, indicating a hockey player, and girl shoes. So I assumed that this would be a cute and funny read where this hockey player and this girl have to be roommates and all that jazz. And with that tagline! I was seriously looking forward to this. But... it didn't turn out that great at all. My enthusiasm and enjoyment went downhill fast.

The premise was still great. It was exactly what I thought it'd be, in ways of how the story was set-up. And the characters had so much potential. But I think the biggest downer here was the execution. There was so much here that could have been GREAT. Instead, I kept getting angry. And bored. Neither of which are things I really want to feel when reading a book I was hoping would be cute and funny (or any book AT ALL, for that matter).

One thing that seriously got on my nerves was the descriptive sex scenes between Brady and girls who were NOT Nat. As in, we get to see him with random chicks. Just because. It serves no purpose... other than to make me rage, apparently. I never ever want to see the hero with someone else other than the heroine, even before they get together. It bugs me and sticks in my head and just drags me down. But what really gets me here was that there was no point here. We just got to see his hook ups because. Just because. *shrugs* I hated it.

Another thing that lacked about the execution was the possibility of Nat becoming good friends with Brady's friends. Don't get me wrong, they get along just fine. Have some laughs, play some games. But it never developed as much as I'd hoped it would---as much as it truly could have. Which leads into the next issue I had, which was the humor. Sure, I laughed a little. But so many of the jokes fell flat. Situations that I knew were supposed to be humorous but actually had me rolling my eyes.

The plot in general ended up feeling pretty weak. I'm more of a character driven reader than plot, anyway, but when the characters aren't filling that gap, the plot becomes the focus. Brady had so many points knocked off because I had to read him with other girls (his stupid "Clintoning" that was unnecessary for us to even know about, let alone read in graphic detail), and while Nat was cool, she bothered me. I get that her parents (specifically her mom) were the way they were, but she still didn't sit right for me. Maybe because I wanted her and Brady to become more than friends faster, or maybe it was because we didn't get to see a whole lot of them and their friendship develop. Whatever the reason, the plot was weak and the characters didn't pick up the slack.

The romance wasn't terrible. I wanted more from it, but I can't say there was anything I specifically disliked about it, either. I'd wanted Brady and Nat to be a couple from the beginning, so seeing that happen was good. Another good thing about the book was Nat and Brady's friends. Sure, Nat didn't have that bonding thing I'd hoped for, but they were cool dudes and great friends to Brady. And Nat's friend Sami was nice. They, along with Brady and Nat getting together, were bright spots in this story.

Overall, Roommates was a sadly disappointing read. I'd hoped for romance, humor, and cuteness, but only ended up getting very small doses of those amidst anger and boredom. I'll probably pick up another Erin Leigh book at some point, because a couple of them look kind of interesting (one in particular), but I'm not really itching to do so right away, and I don't exactly recommend Roommates. But if you do pick this one up, I hope it turns out better for you!




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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top 10 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

So many great books coming out the first half of 2016! Hopefully they get read and not pushed to the bottom of my list.

January


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21414439-truthwitch?from_search=true&search_version=service

February


 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17302879-remembrance

March


  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20443235-the-winner-s-kiss 

May


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17927395-a-court-of-mist-and-fury https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16131489-the-last-star  

What are some early 2016 releases you are looking forward to reading?

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