Exodus of the Phoenix by Robert Stadnik| Book Review

Exodus of the Phoenix by Robert Stadnik

Thank you to books forward for sending me this for review!

When I had received the e-mail, the subject line intrigued me to check this book out. The subject line said “Features interstellar drag queen”. I immediately was like “yes, I am intrigued.”

However, as I read the book the whole time I was waiting for aliens and a drag queen. Due to this being the first book in the series there was no drag queen to my disappointment. At the end of the book I had to read the books forward e-mail again and I realized that the new character who is a drag queen comes in the new book. So, there is something to look forward too.

With that being said, let’s discuss the book.

I had no idea what I was getting into, but this was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the main characters so much. The story has two main character John and Julie. I LOVED John. He was so funny. All the quotes that I marked with a pink sticky tab all had to do with him. His humor was so good. I almost felt like he was my best friend and we were making light of every situation. I think I liked him a lot because he would make remarks to lighten heavy moments and I was like yes, I would totally say that. There were moments that I even laughed out loud at his remarks. Julie was a serious character and I loved how John would poke her buttons. The writing was really enjoyable because you could feel what the characters were feeling. The annoyance that Julie displayed at John came alive off the page.

The story itself read like “guardians of the galaxy” mixed with “Star Trek” and a little bit of “X-men”. I enjoyed learning about the mission that these cadets were assigned too. However, due to how short this book is, it felt that nothing eventful was happening for along time and then all of the sudden we were battling a intergalactic force and the battle was easily resolved.

While I enjoyed the banter between the character the story itself fell short for me. I felt like this was the beginning of what should have been a longer book. And while I know there are follow up books in the series, I felt this portion of the story was incomplete and I wanted more conflict. I found myself thinking that the story was often abrupt. The flow of the story had interruptions in certain places where character would come up that were barely introduced and I had no memory of.

The book left off on a cliff hanger, which is understandable as there are other books in the series. Overall, I really enjoyed the main characters and learning the political system of this story. But, I was disappointed with the lack of interaction with the alien species that the cadets were training to interact with majority of the book.

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Loathe At First Sight |Book Review

Firstly, I want to apologize to the publisher that it has taken me this long to post a review. I honestly forgot that this book was e-mailed to me and began reading it right before the book tour was ending. This was a very careless mistake on my part and my sincerest apologizes and I want to do better in the future.


Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with challenges: an insufferable CEO; sexist male coworkers; and an infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—intern, Nolan MacKenzie, aka “the guy who got hired because his uncle is the boss.”

Just when Melody thinks she’s made the worst career move of her life, her luck changes. While joking with a friend, she creates a mobile game that has male strippers fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Suddenly Melody’s “joke” is her studio’s most high-profile project—and Melody’s running the show.

When Nolan is assigned to Melody’s team, she’s sure he’ll be useless. But as they grow closer, she realizes he’s smart and sexy, which makes Melody want to forget he’s her intern. As their attraction deepens, she knows it’s time to pump the brakes, even with her Korean parents breathing down her neck to hurry up and find a man.

With her project about to launch, Melody suddenly faces a slew of complications, including a devastating trolling scandal. Could the man she’s falling hard for help her play the game to win—in work and in love. (goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

Going into this book, I had forgotten the synopsis. As I started reading it I met Melody, who works for a company that creates video games. One day she is talking to a co-worker, joking about an idea for a video game when her boss overhears and wants Melody to create this idea into reality.

The creative juices start flowing but there wouldn’t be a story without some forbidden love twist and some drama. I will say that this book is funny. The characters are likable and the plot is something that I have never read before.

From the beginning, I knew there is going to be a romance in place and there were two different characters that I had suspected there would be the love interest. The romance takes time to build up and I would almost say this is a slow- burn romance type of book.

But, the writing is captivating and I feel like this book would appeal to readers that are into video games.

One element of the book that I found enjoyable was getting to know Melody’s family. They want to be involved in Melody’s life and they place themselves in a way that even if Melody wanted to she couldn’t avoid them. I really enjoyed that Melody made it a point to be very polite and respectful to her parents, even when her parents required her attention at the most inconvenient time.

Another element of this book that caught my attention, was that Melody spent a greater half of the book trying to prove herself and what one may consider a male dominant profession. As someone that has always been interested in working with programming sometime in this lifetime, it opened my eyes that such a profession is often male-dominant. This was not something that I thought about in the past. It also made me recognize that women that are in these positions often have to work hard to prove themselves because someone out there is expecting them to fail due to the fact that they are a girl.

Melody went through a lot of struggles being in the video gaming profession and she couldn’t have made it through without her friends. Although the friendships she had with her friends were not the main focus of the story, I felt that they portray what role females tend to play, in Melody’s case she found herself trying to get ahead in her career while balancing being in a wedding party for a friend. And anyone who has ever been in a wedding party can tell you that there is a lot of responsibility that comes with the job. Overall, I thought that this book was filled with rich friendships and showed that friends make the best alleys to one another.

This book contains a sprinkle of romance and enticing male characters that as a reader, you are left with wanting to know more about them. They are mysterious and throughout the novel, I as a reader was wondering who is Melody going to end up with. Is there a romance brewing? I did apprieciate that there were hints of romantic ques, but the story did not solely revolve around romance.

Overall, this was a fun read. And I am grateful to have had an opportunity to read this story. I think this one, is worth being picked up. Consider reading this with a caramel macchiato in hand. Thank you to the publisher for reaching out to me, to review this book.

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,



Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy)| Book Review (Contains Spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books)

shadow kissPages: 443

Published: January 2, 2008

Publisher: Razorbill


Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive? (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

I have read so many books in this series lately that I have just gotten myself immersed in the story. The anticipation of the storyline gets more and more intense with each book. There is just so much going on.

Throughout Shadowkiss, the main character Rose struggles with being a good guardian. In an assignment that is assigned to all the Dhampirs in their third year which is to protect a Moroi while the staff stage sneak attacks on them as if they were out in the real world battling Strigoi. However, Rose finds herself not only dealing with the staged attacks but also with spirits (ghosts) that begin to haunt her. As Rose figures out what is happening to her and why these spirits are contacting her, the Strigoi become an active threat to the academy. Mix in a forbidden love and you have one enticing tale.

I loved this book, I love this series. I have not read a series back to back in such a long time. I have been borrowing this series from the library.( YAY support your local libraries!!!) I used to own this series but the books sat on my shelf for so long that I ended up giving them away last year when I moved out because I was trying to be a minimalist but honestly who did I think I was kidding…

I really enjoyed that this books always has a flashback to the previous book. So, if it has been a while since you read the previous book the author makes sure that there are a few paragraphs at the beginning of the novel that recap what happened in the previous book.

I found this book to be addicting. I could not stop reading it. I was rooting for Rose and Dimitri’s relationship. Their relationship is forbidden and the character fight with their inner self in order to stay away from one another. But, their draw to one another is just too intense and they can’t help but want to be together. I was fangirling hard. There is also, another character introduced that happens to create a love triangle in this particular book and that is Adrian, a royal morori that the vampire queen has special plans for.

Lissa was one of those central characters that has an influence on everything that happens to the other characters yet she is slightly on the sidelines because the storyline is not mainly about her. I really enjoyed watching how her interaction with the other characters has a cause and effect.

The series just gets better and better as the books go on. This book is full action, twists and turns, and a romance which makes this series so difficult to put down. I think that the fact that the series keeps getting better and better with each book speaks for itself. You must check this series out, one of the best Vampire young adult series there is out there.

Have you read the Vampire Academy? Did you find them addicting?

Any fast paced books that you think I would enjoy? Leave a comment down below.

With Warm Cups of Tea and just a Few More Chapters,




Read-a-thon Extravaganza


 The_Fault_in_Our_StarsIsis and Scatty had a read- a-thon going on from May 1st to May 7th. I found out about it on April 30th, and I was excited to read my life away. However, my life said “No, Marina you can not just spend your days reading books.” I was completely unprepared for the busy week that I have found myself in. I didn’t make any goals for the read-a- thon because I knew that I would not have a lot of time to read. Through out the week, I actually forgot that I challenged myself to participate in a read-a-thon. So, without any goals and without any page counts, my progress stands at that I finished “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins, which left off on a book hang over. I wanted and needed the next book in the series, as I mentioned in a previous posted I hit up my friendly kindle store searching for the last book in the trilogy and was completely disappointed to find out that it doesn’t come out until August 2014. But, do not fear, as most book lovers and bloggers I found myself staring at an enormous to be read pile sitting on my shelf and an equal pile that has accumulated on my kindle. I ended up picking up “The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green, which I have heard a lot about and wanted to read for quiet some time. Currently, I am bout 48 pages into “The Fault in Our Stars,” and I am absolutely in love with the characters and the world building that John Green provides for the reader. I can not wait for the movie to come out and be able to relive the story again.


Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

For those who don’t know what “Waiting on Wednesday,” is, it is a weekly event where book bloggers display there most awaited reads. It is hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine

So, for those who follow my Goodreads, you may be aware that I have been sucked into the whole world of “Stephanie Perkins,” she is the writer of “Anna and the French Kiss,” and “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” the second installment in the addicting series. I found myself reading “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” and was positive that the third and last book in the series was out. So, the plan was finish “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” download “Isla and the Happily Ever After,” and continue to fall in love with the plot and the characters of these books. But, here is were we get to the moment of disappointment. Last night I go on amazon, and I’m looking through the e-books and there were the download button of “Isla and The Happily Ever After” should be there is a large yellow button that says PRE-ORDER!!! I felt like my heart dropped into my stomach and my entire reality had just shattered into a million pieces. Ok, well now I’m being a little dramatic, but it was quite a sad moment.

So, without further or due todays “Waiting on Wednesday,” is “lsla and The Happily Ever After,” by Stephanie Perkins.

ImageFrom te glittering streets of Manhattan to he moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new

Mark your Calendars : August 14, 2014