Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review: Volition by Lee Strauss

Volition (The Perception Trilogy, #2)Volition (The Perception Trilogy #2) by Lee Strauss
Published: April 10th 2013
Publisher: ESB Publishing
Rating: Why is it Over???!!!???

What doesn't kill you... Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody. They're in love. Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake. Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them. And their fight for survival has only begun.
My Review
It had been a while since I read the first book, Perception and I was nervous I wouldn't remember much. However, Lee Strauss does a great job of catching the reader up to speed without totally recapping the book. After the first few pages, I had already remembered the first book and was falling in love with the characters all over again.

I loved how throughout the beginning of the book we were following Noah and Zoe's journey. I could not help but feel all their emotions. Their anxiety of being on the run, the tension between them, and the sadness that their relationship was changing. I really felt for Noah and Zoe and could never imagine what I would do in their position.

The secondary characters in this story played more than an important role. The first new characters we meet definitely had me the most suspicious. With Noah and Zoe being on the run, I was not buying the whole "we are just really friendly" act. You'll have to read the book to see if my suspicions were right ;)! The second group of characters we meet later on in the story also annoyed me. Let's just say I am not a fan of Mary and her love for Noah! I mean c'mon! I almost threw my Kindle at my wall while reading scenes between those two!

The writing flowed very well throughout the story and Strauss included a great amount of action and romance. There was nothing confusing about the story and never a dull moment. In fact, there were a lot of parts that I didn't see coming at all. Lee Strauss will definitely have the reader wondering who can actually be trusted.

Overall, Volition was an amazing book that I would reccomend to anyone! I'm already almost done with the third book!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Revival by Jena Leigh Sneak Peek!

Today, I'm sharing with you guys an awesome sneak peak for Jena Leigh's, Revival.

Revival (The Variant Series, #1)Revival (The Variant Series #1) by Jena Leigh
Published: November 9th 2012
Publisher: S/P
Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life. If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is. After being zapped out of a burning bookstore by the mysterious Declan—a hero nearly as handsome as he is infuriating—Alex finds herself under the protection of the powerful Grayson family. It’s through them that she learns the truth: that the world she’s always known is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with them than she might want to believe. Now, on the run from a fire-wielding hit man and a secretive government organization, Alex must navigate a strange and treacherous new world filled with superhuman mutants known as Variants. As she begins to unravel the many secrets of her family’s past, she uncovers the real reason for her parents’ death twelve years earlier—and finds out that the threat to her family, and to everyone she cares about, is still dangerously real.
Sneak Peek...
The fire swept toward her as if it had a mind of its own, a sentient being driven by a single

goal: to consume her.

Alex reached the end of the row of books and turned left, the fire spreading, following,

taking the corner and closing fast, licking at her heels as she ran along the bookstore’s inside


The only exit she knew of was at the front of the building, the area surrounding it now a

veritable inferno. In desperation, she fled to the rear of the building, hoping to find another

way out.

A putrid gray smoke had thickened the air inside the shop, stinging her throat as it filled her

lungs. The threat of asphyxiation now seemed as imminent as the flames trailing only a few

feet away.

Reaching the back corner, Alex spotted a door leading to the shop’s storeroom. She tried the

handle with no luck, finally kicking the base of it in desperation.

Taking as many steps back toward the flames as she dared, Alex got up a running start and

slammed her shoulder into the very center of the wood.

A blinding pain rocketed through her arm, spreading from the base of her neck to the very

tips of her fingers. With a yelp, Alex bounced off the heavy door and fell to her knees before


The door was locked tight. It wasn’t going to budge.

She looked to her left. Her only other option was a spiral staircase leading to the upper

balcony. The second tier of the store offered more walls lined with books, but no visible exit.

Alex got to her feet. The glass-paneled bookcases set against the nearby walls were already

alight. Soon even the staircase wouldn’t be an option.

Realizing that the approaching flames had effectively made the decision for her, she started

up the stairs, the handrails already hot to the touch.

Alex risked a glance upward and her heart sank at the sight of what awaited her at the top of

the stairs.

Dirty blonde hair. Hazel eyes. Gray military-style jacket.

She came up short, four steps from the landing.

The look on his face held just a hint of amusement. “Well?” He offered her his hand. “You


She hesitated, weighing her options. Risk running back down the flaming aisles to find

another exit? Or trust the guy who’d been stalking her all afternoon?

The fire had spread to the nearby shelves. The heat was growing unbearable.

“You cut me deep,” he said. “You’d actually choose a fiery death over the prospect of my

company. I have to admit, that stings a bit.”

She didn’t move.

His expression grew serious. “Trust me, Alex.”

Still uncertain, but more fearful of the flames than of the stranger before her, she took his

outstretched hand—and very nearly dropped it in surprise. The sensation was… electric.

Literally. There was an actual, live current passing between their joined hands.

The flames were closing in.

Dismissing the odd sensation, she gripped his hand tightly and climbed the remaining steps.

Upon reaching the landing, Alex looked quickly for the exit through which the stranger must

have arrived… and found nothing. How had he gotten there?

Alex came to a stop before him and tried to pull her hand from his. He wasn’t letting go.

“Ready?” he asked. The self-assured smile he’d worn earlier was once again firmly in place.

“For what?” she choked out, the mixture of heavy smoke and utter panic causing her throat

to tighten. “There’s no door!”

“Door?” The smile grew wider. “Who said anything about using a door?”

Alex opened her mouth to reply—and instantly wished she hadn’t.

Before she could form a word in protest, the world around them had fallen away. The sound

of thunder roared in her ears as a sudden change in pressure knocked the air from her lungs

and forced her eyes closed.

Just when she felt certain that her body would soon do the impossible and turn itself inside

out, it was over.

The pressure was gone… and she was falling.

Alex’s eyes burst open. She was eye level with the treetops and falling fast, heading straight

for a dark body of water that stretched out below her.

A cry of surprise slipped from her throat.

The grip on her hand tightened.

Alex caught one last glimpse of her savior as they broke the surface of the water. He was still


So good! Leave in the comments what you guys thought!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Update: January 6th 2013

Sorry guys, I had really hoped to have a review for today but Insurgent is taking me a little longer than planned!

  • I need Vampire Diaries now. I mean how dare you end the mid-season with not only a "delena" split but with a Katherine/Stefan beginning (*pukes*). And then Katherine may or may not be dying? Ugh. I am highly annoyed. 1. Because I am not a fan of Katherine and Stefan being together at all. I mean, at all. I am a "stelena" shipper so the thought of that happening repulses me. 2. I want Katherine dead. Okay, maybe not dead because we need something interesting but at least go run from someone so you're not filling up the show with your traumatic aging process. What we need to see is how Elena takes this Katherine & Stefan relationship. It's perfect! Elena feels betrayed, Stefan realizes he doesn't want Elena hurting and breaks up with Katherine, Elena and Stefan get back together and we get Katherine out of the picture.
  • I have been really bad about watching The Originals but I'm trying to catch up. I just don't find it as interesting as "VA"
Book Reviews
Here are a list of books I finished, am currently reading, or plan on reading next so you can expect these book reviews in the near future  

  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Currently Reading)
  • Volition by Elle Strauss (Currently Reading, For Review)
  • Contrition by Elle Straus (To Read, For Review)
  • Only For You by Genna Rulon (To Read, For Review)
  • A Shadow of Light (To Read)
What books are you guys reading?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Top 5 Book to Movie Releases Coming Out in 2014

This year seems to be the year of the book-to-movie adaptations. It can be hard to keep up and because of this I put a list together of all the ones you need to catch in 2014!

1. Vampire Academy

Releasing February 14th and starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry, "Vampire Academy" is sure to be the next big thing. While I'm a little hesitant on the trailer, I will definitely be seeing this in the theaters!

2. Divergent

Have I mentioned how excited I am for this movie? With a release date of March 21st, fans have been counting down the days until they can see Shailene Woodley and Theo James on the big screen. Me included!

3. The Fault in Our Stars

*squeals* The Fault in Our Stars has to be one of my favorite books of all time. To hear that's it's getting a movie is amazing news (or not so amazing-depending on how you look at it.) The film stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort and is set to release June 6th.

4. The Giver

The famous novel from Lois Lowry is finally getting a movie. Releasing August 15th, "The Giver" stars Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites. It also stars Taylor Swift and I must say I'm interested to see her acting skill!

5. Mockingjay: Part 1

The world has been anticipating "Mockingjay" since seconds after Catching Fire ended and readers of the novel, even before that. Releasing in two parts, "Mockingjay" is sure to be as great as the first two movies. I'm interested in knowing where they're going to cut off the movie at! "Mockingjay" is set to release November 21st.

Which one of these are you most excited for?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Top 5 Bad Book Blogging Habits

As every blogger knows, you are quick to fall into routines/habits with your blog that can be hard to break. And some of them aren't good. Here are my bad book blogging habits...

1) Procrastinate reviewing 
This is definitely my worse habit but seems to be the habit I just can't break. You see, I'll read a book but then instead of writing my review for the book immediately, I'll say "I'll just wait another day." But soon another day becomes another week and when I am finally ready to write my review, I can't even remember what the book is about. It's horrible.

2) Reading a book without reviewing it
This is another habit that has become second nature. I'm sure you guys didn't expect me to review every book and I know you would all understand if I skipped one or two books. But if I revealed all the books I kept from you, you might be appalled! It's not that I do it on purpose, I just see a book, read it, and skip the review part. Sometimes Most of the time, I just don't feel like reviewing the book and other times I'm not too certain on how to actually write the review. Whatever the cause, I hope I can break this habit.

3) Checking emails...
*hides head in shame* I used to be famously known for my quick responses to emails (okay, maybe not famously-but still.) However, I have slowly fallen into routine of not checking my emails. Okay, I get the notifications for emails on my phone and I'm always annoyed with the notification so I just "x" it out, without reading the email. Add that up overtime and I get anywhere from 100-150 emails in my inbox.

4) Excuses, excuses
When I say excuses don't think I mean making up excuses to other people. No, I mean making up excuses for myself. For instance, "No, I can't write that review until I do this..." or "I can't check my emails yet because I have to do this..". I need to stop making excuses and just do it!

5) Proof reading
This is actually a funny one. I never reread a post after I typed it. I'm sure you guys can tell :). I don't know why I don't reread it, I just don't. And to be honest, I don't think I ever will. I know you're always supposed to double check your work but I feel that if I reread my posts I would just think my whole post was terrible and want to start over from scratch. So, I give you my posts flaw filled :)

Hopefully I can break all these habits this year! What are your bad blogging habits? Comment below, I would love to hear!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year, New Goals!

Hi everyone! I hope you are having an amazing new year!

For those of you who read my last post, you know that I wanted this year to be Ramblings of a Book Junkie's year. Now it's time to describe how I'm going to do that!

Blog Related Goals

1) Write better blog posts- What does this mean? Well, I don't want to fall into a routine where it's memes on certain days and reviews on every other day. No, I want to have top 10 lists and times where I just ramble and talk about books I can't wait for. I want you guys to come to my blog and always have something new to look at. I won't say I'll post everyday because for me that's almost impossible but I will try my hardest to have all the posts that I do put up be creative. That requires more effort and patience on my part.

2) Network more- For the beginning of 2013, I was a networking maniac. Responding to emails on time, constantly updating Twitter, and telling more and more people about my blog. And then I just stopped. I don't want that to be the case this year. I want to talk to fellow bloggers and authors. I want to get your guys feedback on posts. I want to be more involved in the book blogging community.

Find me on Twitter: @bookramblings

Book Related Goals

1) Read more- The first half of 2013, I always read. I swear there were times where you couldn't catch me with a book not in my hands. But then I got busier. I had less time to read and when I had free time, I did not want to spend it on reading. Well now, I want to read as often as possible. I already have cleared spots in my schedule dedicated to reading. I hope that soon I can get back into the swing of things.

2) Follow my book list- I have a bad habit of not following my "Kayla's Book List". It's horrible actually. If I see a book, I just begin reading it without checking if it's next in my book list or adding it to a to-read pile. While this may be hard, I want to follow my list without being tempted with other amazing books.

These aren't all the goals of 2014 and I may share some more with you throughout the year but I hope all of you can see the direction that Ramblings of a Book Junkie is going in and that you all follow along!

Leave your goals below!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Update

"Kayla, is that you?"

Yes, it's me and I am aware I haven't posted in almost a month. Honestly, I have had so much on my mind and it seems that towards the end of the year I get so packed that I have to put my blog on the back-burner. That means that I haven't been able to reach my goals for the year and I'm actually not even going to check. However, everything I wasn't able to accomplish this year will just become next years goals. I will try, to post more this new year and have more original posts. But we will talk more about my new year's goals in another post.

Happy Holidays to all of you and hopefully you get a great selection of books underneath your tree :)
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