Totally Should’ve Book Tag!

Hello readers! I hope that everyone’s day is going swimmingly. Once again I found myself on YouTube (watching booktube videos) and saw this tag! It was originally created by Emma over at emmmabooks on YouTube. I wasn’t tagged but I thought it would be a fun Thursday post so without further ado lets jump right in! If anyone wants to do this tag you have now been tagged!

1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

The Host by Stephanie Meyer takes the cake with this one! I adored reading this book and try to re-read it once a year. I read this before I read Twilight and I was sucked into this world that Meyer created. Also, the ending was left open enough for a sequel!

2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series

I’m going to go with the MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood. The are so many amazing things that happen within this trilogy and I believe that a spin off would be so wicked. The minor characters were just as interesting as the main characters that I think books revolving around them would be pretty darn awesome.

3. An author who totally should write more books

PATRICK ROTHFUSS!! I live and breathe for Pat’s writing and the thought of getting more makes my heart flutter. When we get the conclusion to The Kingkiller Chronicle I would love for him to write more in the world that Kvothe lives in or completely write something else. His writing is spectacular and I feel it needs to be shared more!

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

I’m going to go with Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. I so desperately wanted the main female lead, Calla, to end up with who she was originally supposed to be with. I felt that there was just a bigger connection between the original two characters instead of Calla and the new interest.

5. Totally should’ve ended differently

For this question I am going to go with Rapture by Lauren Kate! I enjoyed the ending, don’t get me wrong, but I was hoping for more of the ending. To me it felt very open ended and I don’t know how I feel about those endings yet. I can’t delve into too much detail since this is the last book of the series but I was just “eh” at the end.

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

I believe that Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo would be a killer movie. I feel that the plot would be spectacular to see on the big screen, as well as see the characters come to life. The book is so fast pace and full of action and sorrow that the adaption to film would be interesting to see.

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show

The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin would have been interesting to see on TV. The characters and the plot have a lot of depth in my opinion and I believe having that as a tv show would be cool to watch. I think that since this book has a lot of paranormal things that happen that it would have to be done in a really great manner. It couldn’t be cheesy!

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view

Sadly I don’t have one! I really like multiple point of view books because I love seeing what’s happening to other characters.

9. Totally should have a cover change

I believe that Hopeless by Colleen Hoover could have gotten a cover change. I’m fine with the covers now but they are just like many other book covers with the people on the front. I’m 50/50 on this one!

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

I’m going to go with The Diviners by Libba Bray. I love the hardcover edition but the soft cover addition isn’t my favorite! Mainly I don’t prefer the paperback cover editions of these but the hardcover ones are A+.

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines could have been one larger book! Instead they were split up and were both really short. This isn’t so much that book 2 was’t necessary I just wish that book 1 and book 2 were combined.


Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Hard Topics

Hello readers! For this week’s #T5W we will be discussing books with hard topics (i.e. sexual assault, mental illness, abuse). If you would like to find out more about Top 5 Wednesday or join us please check out our Goodreads group! I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far. 🙂

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Probably one of the most talked about books in my opinion. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in EL James trilogy and starts off by introducing a young Anastasia Grey to the one and only billionaire Christian Grey. This book has hardcore BDSM and is not suitable for younger readers. Hard topics and explicit sexual scenes are written in detail.

2. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

This book was fantastic. The story follows a young girl named Gemma as she recounts her tale of being stolen at an airport while with her parents. She is taken to the Australian outback with her captor who is named Ty. The book is a letter that Gemma writes to Ty recounting those months she was with him and how every feeling she’s ever known blurs together.

3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank is the first novel I read that dealt with a hard topic, in this case it is drug addiction. The story follows straight A student Kristina as she is introduced to crystal meth or “crank” while visiting her out of the picture father. While taking this drug Kristina discovers she has an alter ego named “Bree” that will do everything in her power to break innocent Kristina.

4. Flawed by Kate Avelynn

This story is one that will break your heart. Sarah and James O’Brien are closer than most siblings. 12 years ago James promised to always protect Sarah from their abusive father. Soon the bond between them shifts and suddenly nothing is as it once seemed to be. Through in James best friend Sam, a boy who swears to save Sarah from both her brother and father, and the whole situation crumbles to the ground.

5. Reason to Breath by Rebecca Donovan

Heartbreaking sums up this story. Readers follow Emma, a girl who has lost her parents and is sent to live with her aunt and two cousins. We soon discover that Emma’s aunt is abusive towards her and more coldhearted. This aunt is truly one of the most cruel and evil characters I have read about. Emma has learned to keep her head down and stay invisible… until one day someone notices her. From that point on it is a challenge to save and protect Emma.

The Diviners: Libba Bray


Book Information:

Published: September 18, 2012 by Little Brown Books

Author: Libba Bray

Page Count: 578

Amazon: Hardcover – $15.49 / Paperback – $ 7.92

Barnes & Nobel: Hardcover – $ 15.49 Paperback – $8.12

This novel blew my socks off! Libya Bray takes us back to the 1920’s in the most unique and chilling way. The Diviners takes us from our daily lives and brings us back to a time where things were so different, not to mention we are introduced to some stunning characters.

The story follows Evie O’Neil as she is shipped off to live with her bachelor Uncle William in New York City, a place of dreams and she is just ecstatic to be there. What shipped Evie off to New York in the first place just might be able to catch a dangerous murderer who has suddenly popped up before it’s too late. As he Uncle Will is called to investigate these devastating and terrifying murders Evie realizes that she has the power to help. Throughout the novel there are other stories told about those who live in the city that never sleeps: Memphis, a boy who’s had everything taken away; Theta, a girl with big dreams and nightmares that chase her; and Jericho, a young man who has a deep secret that must stay hidden.

I absolutely adored this book. It captured my attention from the first page and I was hooked. I must admit that it is one of those slow building books but once it takes off you can’t stop reading! I found the characters interesting and relatable, especially the main character Evie.

The plot itself was very intriguing. This is my first time reading historical fiction/paranormal mixed into one and I really enjoyed myself. I found that the author did a wonderful job at creating a realistic setting of New York in the 1920’s and I found myself picturing what the characters saw through their eyes.

I was quite surprised at how gory and scary this book was at times. I wasn’t expecting that at all! If I must admit I had to turn on the lights a few times at night. It was very satisfying and left me on good standing with the first book. The second book is already on it’s way to my home though!

Where I ran into trouble was not with the slow burning start of the book but more a problem with some of the decisions that characters made. There were times where I had to set the book down and ask myself if that was something I (a young adult) would do if I was in that situation. I was able to get passed these aggravating moments but they still were a slight drawback.

Reading this book has me very excited to start Lair of Dreams (the sequel) and explore the other works that Libba Bray has to offer!

This book was given a 4.5 stars rating on Goodreads.

Top 5 Wednesday: Rainy Day Reads

Ahhh my first #T5W has arrived! I’ve been looking forward to this all week. Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) over on YouTube. If you want to lean more about T5W feel free to check out our Goodreads group! This week’s topic is “Rainy Day Reads.” I personally adore just any book when it’s gloomy but these are just perfect when  it is rainy and dark outside. Without further ado here are 5 of my favorite rainy day reads!

1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

This is the first novel in Cassie’s Infernal Device Trilogy. The writing is spectacular and the series is set in gloomy England. Perfect for the rainy weather outside! The story follows a young lady named Tessa who is being hunted down for her gift. She stumbles upon a group of Shadowhunters and they help her on her journey to protect herself and find out who she truly is. It is full of action and characters that will leave you swooning over and over again.


2. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

This novel is just a bundle of fun and mystery! After the death of Mr. Samuel L. Westing sixteen people are called to listen to the will that was left behind. In his will it is stated that he is to leave his vast fortune to one of the strangers in the room. Not knowing who the murder may be, the group of people are given clues to solve the riddles left behind. Nothing is going to stop Westing from playing last game.


3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern

The Night Circus will leave you forgetting about the chilly weather outside and will suck you into the circus life. We’ve all wanted to join the circus at one point or another and here is your chance to do just that. The story follows two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, as they are thrust into a contest where one must be crowned victorious.  As the tale begins to grow thicker minds and objectives change. The story is seductive, playful, and just as enchanting as the two illusionists themselves.


4. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Wallbanger is the first novel in Alice Clayton’s fun Cocktail series. After Caroline moves into her new apartment the last thing she expected was a neighbor with some… loud nightly actives. Curse you paper-thin walls! Since Caroline has been on a sad pleasure-less hiatus she isn’t too happy that the Romeo next door is enjoying himself. Throw in an adorable cat and you’ll be laughing for days, even after the rain has passed.


5. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

What rainy day would be complete without a chilling retelling of a classic fairytale? The stories Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are combined in this chilly story. Towns all over have fallen into a deep sleep; the people, the animals, all except spiders who spin their silky webs over those who sleep. On the eve of her wedding a young queen, along with her helpful dwarf friends to find the source of this power and put an end to it all.

Top 5 Wednesday’s Coming Soon!

Hello fellow book lovers! I recently stumbled along the Goodreads group “Top 5 Wednesday” and thought that it would be a good idea to join the fun. Originally it was started by the YouTuber Lainey (gingerreadslainey). Every Wednesday I will be covering my Top 5’s of whatever topic that has been picked for the group. This coming Wednesday (4/6 – I can’t believe we are already into April my gosh! Time truly is flying…) will be Rainy Day Reads. I am very excited to join in the fun of #T5W and hope to share my thoughts and give recommendations for some new books.

I hope that everyone has had an amazing weekend and has a good book on hand (or on the bedside table!)