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Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people of Broke and Bookish
This week's topic: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Books are not in any order and are all 2013 releases.

1. Golden by Jessi Kirby 
The main character is one of the most relatable characters I've read so far. 

2. Champion by Marie Lu (Legend #3)
THIS is how you end a book. Champion was the perfect ending to a fantastic series. ALL the stars to Marie Lu.

3. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (Pushing the Limits #3)
I'm just too emotionally attached to all of these characters and their stories, and the wait for the final book is killing me.

This book definitely lived up to all the hype. 

5. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
I will read anything from Trish Doller, and this did not disappoint. 
6. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey (The Fifth Wave #1)
I put off reading this book for a while because of the hype and the fact that it's a sci-fy, but I have to admit that I loved it. This is a great start to a series.

7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #2)
This series just gets better and better. 

8. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)
I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, but after reading this I'm now in love with the series.  

9. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (The Heir Chronicles #4)
Was anyone as excited as I was when Chima announced the additional three books to the series? 

10. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #2)
This year was just a win for second books in a series. 

Honorable Mentions
(books that aren't published this year)
11. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I've been picking this up for years and can't believe it took me this long to read it. Thank goodness to Chloe from YA Booklover by making me read this. 

12. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (March 4, 2014)
Get excited, people. Be on the lookout for this book in 2014.

13. Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3 | February 4, 2014)
I was really impressed by how Marissa weaved in Repunzel's story.

What are YOUR top ten books you've read this year?
Be sure to leave a link with your comment so I can drop by.

Recommend A... Book You Read This Year

Be sure to check out future prompts here as well as more info on this feature. Want to join in? 
All you have to do is answer the week's prompt and leave a link to your post down below.

This week's prompt:
Recommend A... Book You Read This Year

Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore
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Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 387 pages
Series: Goodnight Family #2
Release Date: May 14, 2013

Daisy Goodnight can speak to the dead. It’s not the result of a head injury or some near-death experience. She was just born that way. And she’s really good at it. Good enough to help the police solve the occasional homicide.

But helping the local authorities clear cold cases is one thing. Being whisked out of chemistry class by the FBI and flown to the scene of a murder/kidnapping in Minnesota? That’s the real deal.

Before the promotion can go to Daisy’s head, she’s up to her neck in trouble. The spirits are talking, and they’re terrified. There’s a real living girl in danger. And when Daisy is kidnapped by a crime boss with no scruples about using magic—and Daisy—to get what he wants, it looks like hers is the next soul on the line.

To start off I have to say that you do NOT have to read book one, Texas Gothic, to understand this book. I didn't even know this was a companion until after.

One thing the summary doesn't hint at is that this book is FUNNY. I was not expecting to laugh as hard as I did. Daisy is one of the sassiest characters I've read so far, and I loved it. Spirit and Dust was not as serious as it sounded, and was definitely an entertaining book. There's more to this book than the blurb lets on. I would even recommend this to people who aren't fans of the paranormal.

What book did you read this year that you'd recommend?
Join me next week in the new year for 
Recommend A... Book You Want to Reread for the 1st Time. 

Recommend A... Completed Book Series

Monday, December 23, 2013
Be sure to check out future prompts here as well as more info on this feature. Want to join in? 
All you have to do is answer the week's prompt and leave a link to your post down below.

This week's prompt:
Recommend A... Completed Book Series

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
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Dutton Juvenile, 201 pages
Series: If I Stay #1
Release Date: April 2, 2009

On a day that started like any other…

Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Dutton Juvenile, 208 pages
Series: If I Stay #2
Release Date: April 5, 2011

No summary because of spoilers, but just know this is possibly my favorite book of all time.


THE EMOTIONS FOR THIS SERIES. I just love these two books so much and have been recommending them to everyone. Gayle Forman is absolutely amazing in making you just FEEL. These two books hit right in the feels. I'm not even joking about the feels. I was fortunate enough to meet Gayle at an event an the bookmark she gave looks like this:

If I Stay will be out in theaters 2014, so read it before you go. Seriously though, go read these books.

What completed series would you recommend?
Join me next week for Recommend A... Book You Read This Year.

Shop at Barnes & Noble and Love Libraries?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The library is something I hold near and dear to my heart, so I was beyond excited when I heard that a new library opened up in my neighborhood. The library has just reached 1 years old, and is still growing strong. But we still need your help, and who better to turn to then you lovely people. 

Here's how you can help! Simply bring the Book Fair ID# 11218286 with you when you shop at any Barnes and Noble, anywhere in the country. When you buy something, give the number to the cashier and tell them that you are shopping in support of The Aloha Community Library and Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of the sale to help us put books on the shelves of a public library that is entirely funded through the efforts of the community.

This donation opportunity will run through December 19, 2013, which leaves for only FOUR MORE DAYS.

For more information about my local library, check out their website HERE. And click HERE to learn more about our fundraiser. If you're browsing through their website then you might notice that I'm also part of the library's Board of Directors as a student representative. 

I also want to give a shout out to Novel Novice as well as North West bloggers who make up Novels, New, and Notes for helping build the YA section by donating books. 

Thank you, everyone! And I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season. 

Recommend A... Book That Lived Up To Your Expectations

Monday, December 16, 2013

Welcome to the first Recommend A... on Vy's Blog. Be sure to check out future prompts here as well as more info on this feature. And also check out last week's introduction post. All you have to do to join in is answer the week's prompt and leave a link.

This week's prompt:
Recommend A... Book That Lived Up To Your Expectations

Champion by Marie Lu
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Putnam Juvenile, 369 pages
Series: Legend #3
Release Date: November 5, 2013

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion. [goodreads]

CHAMPION was the perfect ending to the Legend series. 

I expected greatness, but this surpassed all of my expectations. It was an emotional and satisfying end to such an amazing series. Everything in this book was absolutely spot on. AND THAT ENDING. ALL the TEARS, but I promise there were many happy tears involved.

If you're looking for a new dystopian series then this is it. I highly recommend you start this series now.


What book lived up to your expectations?
Join me next week for Recommend A... Complete Book Series

Join Me For Recommend A...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Recommend A... is a clever feature to recommend books that was created by Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit. I recently remembered I participated in this and wanted to continue after my hiatus. This was one of my favorite features to do because what I love as much as reading is recommending a read.  Since Shanyn she has been busy and haven't been able to continue the feature, I asked if I could pick up where she left off. Shanyn was really nice about it and agreed to let me host. 

Join me every monday for a new prompt for books recommendations. All you have to do is leave your link on the week's post so I can see what you recommended. 

The first prompt will be next week on Monday, December 16th: Recommend A Book That Lived Up To Your Expectations

Be sure to check out the Recommend A page for future prompts!

Epic Recs: December Intro

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Epic Recs is hosted by Judith from Paper Riot and Amber from Books of Amber. Each month they recommend each other a book to read. Be sure to check out their December post to participate.

This was first introduced to me by Chloe from YA Book Lovers. Since I loved this so much I also introduced this to Jen (Books and Other Happy Ever Afters) Aneeqah (My Not So Real Life), and Willa (Willa's Ramblings / Lit Up Review), too! 

Chloe recommended me to read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I've been meaning to read this for a while, but now I finally have that push to start. I on the other hand recommended Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder for Chloe to read. This was one of my favorite fantasy reads, and definitely one I want to recommend to everyone. 

Each month will be a different combination of recommendations between Willa, Jen, Anneqah, and I. For December, Jen recommended me a book, and I recommended Willa a book. Jen chose These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman. I've only heard great things about this book, and I can't wait to get started. I chose Unearthly by Cynthia Hand for Willa. I had such a hard time picking a book for Willa because we read all the same books. 

Be sure to check back at the end of the month to see what we thought about these books. 

And also be sure to check out what Jen, Willa, and Anneqah recommended, as well as Chloe's thoughts on reading Poison Study.


Welcome Back to Vy's Blog

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Welcome back to Vy's Blog, everyone! I took a much needed break, and now it's time to get back into blogging. To start off the return, there will be some new things on the blog.

Epic Recs is hosted by Judith from Paper Riot and Amber from Books of Amber where they recommend each other a book to read each month. I was introduced to this when Chloe from YA Book Lover asked if I wanted to participate with her for December. Since this was such a great idea I also suggested it to Willa (Willa's Rambling's), Jen (Books and Other Happy Ever Afters) and Aneeqah (My Not So Real Life) to be part of it, too. My December post will be up tomorrow with our book recommendations.

Recommend A... was a feature created by Chick Loves Lit. I participated in a few "Recommend A..." posts, but it has been dropped for a while. Since I really enjoyed the meme I asked Shanyn if I could continue the meme. She was really nice about letting me continue this, so now I'll be the new host! A post will be up on Monday with more info. 

Looking back at my review archive I noticed something strange. Where are my reviews of my favorite books?! And that was when I realized I never wrote any of them. Reviews will be more frequent on the blog as well as reviews of my favorites! 

I love reading discussion posts from other bloggers, so I think it's time I wrote a few, too. There are many things I want to discuss and yet I still haven't written one in my two years of blogging. There will be some discussions in the future featuring some fellow bloggers.

I'm not sure what "more things" will be, but there will be more things. But to start off there will be more commenting. Since I've been gone for a while I haven't been commenting either! Leave your links down below and I'll stop by. 

Thanks for sticking around, everyone! And also, welcome back. 


WORDSTOCK Recap | Portland's Festival of Words

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Wordstock's book fair is an annual even that I look forward to every year. This year marked my 3rd trip back, but like all my previous years, I only made it to one of the fair days. Here's a quick recap of my saturday:

Coda by Emma Trevayne | The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna | The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson | Amplified by Tara Kelly | Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin

My day started off with this fun panel. I love it when music is incorporated into a book, and enjoyed hearing these authors talk about their process. They discussed their favorite genres of music, how being a musician influenced their writing, and also their past music experience. Beaudoin even played for us an old piece from his band. The highlight of the panel was Emerson's confession of his past of being in a funk band. 

Lish McBride | Insomnia by J.R. Johansson | Struck by Jennifer Bosworth  
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block | Unremembered by Jessica Brody

This panel of ladies was full of fun. My friends and I ended up laughing the entire time. Since I was laughing so hard I forgot to jot down some notes. But the overall discussion was how YA gave them more freedom to write in multiple genres.

Stephanie Perkins | Just One Year by Gayle Forman 
OCD Love Story by Corey Haydu | Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Stephanie highlighted some of my favorite parts of contemporary which included family, friends, and relationships (and also the guys). I was basically starstruck by Stephanie Perkins the entire time. Can we just all agree that she her fashion is flawless? 

Jessica Brody | The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
Arclight by Josin McQuein | False Sight by Dan Krokos

Thank goodness for Mel's (Northwest Neighbors) coordinating skills! There were two different YA panels at the end of the day, but fortunately she rearranged it to create one gigantic panel. I was laughing to the point of tears with this group. At one point everyone was trying to tell a story with hand gestures and I completely lost it. I even have some footage of that but not sure if they'll want it online. I have to say that this was one of my all time favorite panels from Wordstock.

It was great seeing Maggie, Jessica, Jennifer, and Cinda again! I've have the chance to meet that at past events and had fun catching up. But this was my first time meeting Stephanie and Gayle and I was FLIPPING OUT. They're two of my all time favorite authors, so I was basically hyperventilating while waiting in line. 

Unfortunately I only took pictures with Jen and Sara, but I know that I met way more bloggers than just these two. I did I bumped into Candace (Candace's Book Blog), Mel (NNN), Angie (Disquietus), Shelley (Tsk, Tsk, What To Read), and Eliza (The Book Tramp) through out the day. I was reading Candace's recap and completely agree that Wordstock is like a reunion every year. 
I had a fantastic time at Wordstock this year. It's getting fun recognizing so many faces and catching up with bloggers. See you at the next Wordstock?

Be sure to check out Candace's recap at Novels, News, and Notes for more detailed notes on the panels.

*Jen's face was blocked due to privacy reasons

Top 5 Favorite Detectives & Hackers | Guest Post

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock in BBC’s SHERLOCK series. He’s such an amazing Sherlock Holmes. The new adaptation is stylish, slick, and I am completely hooked. I also love how when Sherlock goes to his “mind palace” it looks like some sort of gorgeous, techie screen. Wick would be all over a computer system where you just wave your hands to go from file to file. All while wearing the perfect trench coat, of course.

Sonja Sohm as Kima Greggs in THE WIRE. This series was a mic drop for me. It’s just so astonishingly good. Kima is my favorite kind of heroine. She’s cold, takes no prisoners, and is really good at her job. But it’s the softer moments, when you see Kima off the job, that make her strength so much more than bad-assery. She chooses to shut down her humanity to get the job done. She knows what she’s doing and the cost it’s going to take on her. It’s truly heroic.

Lisbeth Salander from THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. You had to be expecting this one, right? Lisbeth is violent, does not play well with others, and is one of the most honorable characters you’ll meet in Stieg Larrson’s universe. Don’t believe me? Take a closer look. Lisbeth only goes after people who have wronged her and, frequently, these people are far, far worse than she ever was. It’s a chilling code. You do not want to mess with this girl.

Chloe O’Brien from 24. She’s a computer science whiz and, though she rarely gets out of the office, she can still wield weapons when needed. I love her loyalty even though, sometimes, it comes at a very high personal price. She believes in people even when they don’t believe in her.

Rachel Gibson from ALIAS. Like Lisbeth, Rachel is no stranger to violence. She was recruited into an organization she thought was a black ops CIA branch. It wasn’t. And her life was never the same again. I love how she didn’t know if she could do the job at hand, but she did it anyway because the thought of not trying, not knowing if she had what it took was way worse than failure.


Find Me by Romily Bernard

HarperTeen, 307 pages
Expected Publication: September 24, 2013

“Find Me.” These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead. Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step? Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare. But she’s going to find this killer no matter what. Because it just got personal. [goodreads]


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I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.

So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.

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Hugely grateful to Vy for having me today on Vy’s Blog. Thanks a million!I hope you enjoyed the post and I hope you enjoy FIND ME.


New Look

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Vy's Blog now has an new look thanks to Stephanie who runs Hopeless Romantics with her sister. Stephanie was such a great person to work with and was patient with all my little requests. 

There will be a few changes and such throughout the week as I'll be adjusting to the new layout, so bare with me. 

Be sure to check out her blog and her design work. Stephanie's current blog design service is FREE


Find Me by Romily Bernard | Book Review

Monday, August 26, 2013
Find Me by Romily Bernard
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HarperTeen, 307 pages
Expected Publication: September 24, 2013
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Format: eARC
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

“Find Me.” These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead. Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step? Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare. But she’s going to find this killer no matter what. Because it just got personal. [goodreads]


Find Me is a solid debut novel by Romily Bernard. The story kicks off with the mystery of Tessa Waye's death which was ruled as a suicide until Tessa's diary lands in the hands of Wick with a post-it with the words "Find Me". From then on everything in this books just escalates with each passing page that I ended up finishing it in one day.

Wick is a character that I've been waiting for. She's a hacker with a complicated history of being the daughter of a felon. A reason why I loved reading though her point of view was her constant stream of analyzing every situation. I also found her entertaining with her armor of sarcasm and pessimism. Although Wick may come off as cold, she has a soft spot for her younger sister, Lily. The two sisters have a great relationship, and I loved how they balanced each other. Almost every decision Wick made was for her sister's benefit. She would have ignored Tessa's case if not for realizing that Lily may suffer the same fate as Tessa.

Now lets talk about Griff. When I was first introduced to Griff I thought that he had that boy next door quality. And I was partially wrong since Griff was actually revealed to be a fellow hacker. I loved how Griff easily fit into the story and how he played off of Wick's character. And the romance was nicely written since it wasn't overwhelming. The only problem I had was that I wanted more of Griff and his history. He seems as though he'd have a great back story from what little I've read of him.

My initial reaction after finishing the story was, "well that escalated quickly." The intensity of the story continuously built with each clue Wick gathered. I would have liked to have the story be a bit longer to delve into some of the details in the story, but the information given was enough to keep me hooked to the end.

Overall, I most definitely enjoyed Find Me with its fast paced story and intriguing character. I'm not certain if there will be a sequel, but I'll be excited if there will be. Find Me is a great debut and I look forward to more work by Romily Bernard.

    Bloggers who also enjoyed Find Me:

    Book YA Review: "Overall, I loved Find Me to pieces, and I never wanted it to end"

    I Swim For Oceans: "All in all, I was really pleased with Find Me. I think it's an excellent debut novel..."

    Questionnaire Tag l Outside Life

    Saturday, August 17, 2013
    For our third and last question for the questionnaire tag, we asked: What do you do outside of blogging? Since I haven't been blogging for a while I decided to make my post about what I've been doing instead of blogging. 

    Be sure to check out JEN and WILLA'S post!

    Thanks for reading our questionnaire tag! This will be the last of the tag, so now I tag all of YOU to answer our questions.

    Did you miss any of the previous tag posts?

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