Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

FIRST: I am going insane y'all!! (Not literally, though people have been known to question my sanity.) I have a ton going on in my personal life- which has affected my writing time recently :(
So, my book will definitely not be ready for selfpublishing this year- but hopefully next year!! (I'm so hopeful right now...)

But you guys can expect a lot of Booktube videos on my channel this month (they needed to be done) and some book reviews I meant to do awhile ago on here- but didn't \0/.


My awesome friend Tessa nominated me for another blogger award! (Am I the only one that didn't know there were several?)
Please check out her blog here! She's an amazing friend that I've found through the bookblogging community!

But doesn't ''sunshine'' fit Summer so well? (Even though it's really close to fall.)

~ Rules ~

• Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog.
• Answer the questions.
• Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions.
• List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

~ Le Questions (Tessa's in case you missed that part) ~

1. What is your biggest piece of advice you would give to new bloggers?

Be yourself and honest, that's the best success! :)

2. To spread the sunshine love, who are three bloggers you admire?

I honestly admire things about everyone, so this one is a bit hard... My friend Tessa's generosity, my friend Elle's honesty, and my friend Desara's creativity are the ones I'll have to go with!

3. If you were stuck on a deserted island with three fictional characters, who would they be and why?

Percy freaking Jackson, Keefe Sencen (he makes everything goofy and interesting!), and Scarlet Benoit.

4. What was the first book that really got you into reading?

Honestly- The Hunger Games. I've loved reading ever since!

5. What is your favorite genre?

 Everything I can get my hands on. Does that count as a genre?

6. What are some of your favorite songs? (This question is purely selfish--I need to update my playlist.)

 Something Just Like This - Coldplay and the Chainsmokers

 Ride - TWENTY ONE Pilots

Monster - Skillet

Today Was A Fairytale - Taylor Swift

7. If you could make everyone in the world read a single book, which one would it be and why?

The Bible.

8. Who is one of your auto-buy authors that you always buy books from?

Rick Riordan, Marissa Meyer, Shannon Messenger... all I can think of right now!

9. What is your favorite dessert? (Yes, I was hungry when I wrote this.)


10. What plans do you have for your blog?

Plans? I do this for fun... I just talk about books, there is no plan Lol.

11. Shameless promo! What is your favorite blog post that you have written this year?

I love doing Wrap-Ups! My favorite was probably my July one!! Link here.

~ My Questions ~

1. What was the last book you hated?

2. What was the last character you fell head over heels for?

3. What's your favorite kind of cookie?

4. What pets do you have? (If you have one.)

5. Most recent show you watched? (TV show or movie.)

6. What blog posts are you looking foreward to doing soon?

7. What's your favorite season?

~ My Nominations! ~

Desara @ D. Books and Reviews

Elle @ Keep On Reading

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-Ear?

A. J.  @ Read All The Things!

Eve @ Tea, Chocolate and Books

Thank you guys for reading!! :)

I will have more out soon!

~Books with Noel

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Published: September 20th, 2016

Series?: 3 books

Other books by author: Anna Dressed in Blood duology

 Synopsis: When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

First I had so many ''feelings'' after reading this book, that I'm going to be doing lots of spoilers throughout this book review- so be warned! 
I just don't see how I can talk about this book without spoiling certain things that happened, or what certain characters decided to do, etc.

I honestly expect nothing less from Kendare Blake, I am in love with her first duology (Anna Dressed In Blood) so when I saw she'd made another series I had to try it. It was more than I had wanted!
 The characters (even side ones), the plot, and the world were so amazing and inticate- I can definitely see why more books were needed.

Blake's writing style is so haunting and unique- that's what stands out the most to me in her books.

There were so many things I didn't see coming, especially the last couple chapters.The characters kept me so distracted and were rather hard to predict.

Favorite Character? Katherine! 
While I did like all three sisters, Mirabella was the one I liked the least.

Least Favorite Character?
I liked Joseph up until all that stuff with Mirabella- and then I was so close to forgiving him when he does it again! 
So Joseph is my least favorite character due to that, but then Mirabella is close- though she wanted to find her sisters and did care for them most of the book... I do like her, but I don't like her enough to care if she lives or dies in the next book. Make sense?

Thoughts on the Romance?
   Well, Arsinoe and Billy are entertaining- and there wasn't any Instant Love to be concerned about there. It was gradual, and I kept waiting for one of them to kiss the other, etc. 
    Katherine and Pietyr were my favorites until he...did some ''questionabe things'' though I still like him better than Joseph *cough*. 
    And then I loved Jules and Joseph until Joseph decided to cheat on her more than once with Mirabella (who he knew would have to kill his best friend). 

So...the guys, I don't know who taught them what is acceptable in a relationship- but tossing your girlfriend off a cliff is not the way to show your affection. Though he had his reasons, but if they'd just taken a minute longer to explain what had happened and why Katherine had run- need I say the outcome would have been different?

Thoughts on the ending? Okay, when I learned Katherine and Arsinoe didn't have their gifts yet, I literally thought to myself ''Wouldn't it be funny if at the end they had each other's gifts? But there's no way the author would-''  Yeah....

I was so happy to see Katherine alive, but...when she was like ''I want my crown and my sisters dead.'' I just sat there, and was like

I feel like I need to read the rest of the series, before I put it off too long and either lose interest or have to reread Three Dark Crowns again.

What were you guys thoughts on Three Dark Crowns?

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐]

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Summer Heat Contest~

I have some news to share with y'all!!

Addison Carmichael, author of the Guarded Trilogy (I have book reviews for the first 2 books here and here), is hosting a contest!


(1) $25 Amazon Gift Card

(2) Surprise Gift Bags

Just visit and complete your name & email address on the Contact Form.

(add "Summer Heat Contest")

Contest will run from August 1st - 20th.

Winners will be randomly drawn & contacted, then announced on website & GoodReads blog on August 21st.

(1 entry per person)

Addison is currently writing the last book for her trilogy! The title is going to be Guarded Crown, and I'm sure the cover will be just as lovely as the first two.

Run over and join in on the contest while you can!

Also, I meant to do some more book reviews in July- that I didn't get around to doing. So I will be posting some on my Booktube channel, that you may not find on my blog!
Just letting you know!

Thanks for reading!!
~ Books with Noel

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Tower by Nicole Campbell + My August TBR

 I have a book review for you guys at the top of this post, and at the bottom is my TBR for August!

*I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts and opinions in any way.*

Title: The Tower

Author: Nicole Campbell


Synopsis: "On our sixteenth birthdays, our kind is gifted with awesome powers. Except no, not really because this isn’t Narnia, or Hogwarts, or whatever other mythical realm where witches supposedly live. This is Elizabethtown, Illinois, and much to the chagrin of the local chapter of Susie-Homemakers, we live here."

All witches understand that the universe is a scary sort of powerful on a good day. On a bad day? 

Well, that’s when The Tower card shows its face during a reading. As summer draws to a close before the beginning of junior year, Rowyn Black is tired of seeing that card stare up at her from the table.
 Rowyn, Reed, and Rosalyn have made it through just about every dramatic storm their sarcasm could weather during their seventeen year friendship, and it would be nice to have a quiet semester. Rowyn hopes that the only thing The Tower foretells is the frightening sight of the school parking lot come the first day- full of more jacked-up trucks and cut off shorts than a Luke Bryan video. 
True to its nature, however, the universe doesn’t care much for hopes and wishes, and when the promise of The Tower comes crashing down, they might fall right along with it.

The synopsis gave me a different idea of what the book would be about, but I still liked the version I got.
Yes, Rowyn is a witch- as are her best friends. While the other people in town know that as well, they tend to bully and cause problems for the witches.

I kind of have mixed feelings about this book.

On one hand, I did like the story it told and the characters. I was devastated when *cough* someone *cough* died earlier than I would've thought, but the author really developed the other characters through that.
I really enjoyed reading this book, but...if we look at pretty much everything else besides viewing it as a regular teen life drama- then it was kind of a let down.

There was just more regular life drama than I would have expected. That does not mean I didn't like it though!

I feel like I'm not explaining this right...
Okay, so I was let down at first when I realized it wasn't what it had seemed. BUT give it a chance.
I literally got caught up into the story and characters before I knew it.

The romance was up and down at times, but I found myself as torn as the characters were at times. Though there were times where I was just kinda...wanting to skip to where it got better than them whining about it. BUT as I later found out, the whining was necessary for their character development!

 There wasn't really a need for world building, seeing as it was nowadays...

And there were several things that threw me off, to where I couldn't exactly see what the plot was about...

So I'll say this: this book is not for everyone. Though I did enjoy it, I enjoyed it mostly because I am the person that likes to read books where things are unclear at times, and I end up being surprised about what it's actually about- y'know?
I liked this book from the first page, and if there was a book 2 I would read it as well.

I wouldn't say I connected with the characters, but I cared about them and wanted to make sure they were going to make it- that they were going to be okay after the next page.

The ending was surprising, because there was so much that had changed (and stayed the same) since the beginning. And I found that I wanted to reread it from the beginning again, just to get the feel of it again.

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐]

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!!
~Noel Walker

P. S. I have my August TBR in a video here:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Month of July and Inspiration ~ A Wrap-Up

Hello my inspriring friends!!
I have a monthly wrap up for you guys, and lots of things to share with you!

But first one quick question, What was most inspiring to you this month?

~ Blogger Buddies + Shoutouts ~

Thank you Addison so very much for the gifts you sent and the shoutout! (I've been putting the coffee to good use, Lol!)

Thank you Tessa @ Crazy 4 YA for nominating me, and for your sweet comments and support!

Thank you Desara @ D. Books and Reviews for nominating me as well, and for Buddy Reading with me and co-hosting a readathon with me as well! It was lots of fun!

Thank you Elle @ Keep on Reading for your comments, support, and awesomeness!

And Lindsi @ Do You Dog-Ear? for being awesome as well!

Thank you A. J. @ Read All The Things!

And Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

 Also thank you Eve @ Tea, Chocolate and Books

Thank you each so much!!

~ Weather + Books I Collected this Month ~

Melting heat, with rain at random times describes the past month rather well. I hope all of you are doing well, I know weather can be very chaotic at times!

For me it was more like this: ''Oh it's lovely outside- I should stay inside and write!''

The books I got this month include:

Guarded Wish by Addison Carmichael

Guarded Heart by Addison Carmichael

My Warrior by Glynnis Campbell

Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1 Special Edition 

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 10

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 12

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Watcher In The Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

Death Comes To Pemberly by P. D. James

~ Anyone Been Baking Recently? ~

I love to bake, which means I'm obsessed with Pinterest! Though I actually tend to just take the treats that I spent hours baking around the neighborhood. (I bake too much, so who else will eat them except my neighbors?)

Here's the treats that I baked this month! (The link will take you to the recipe, which is not mine!)

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apple Fritter Muffins

Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

~ How's My Novel Going? ~

So near the beginning of the month, I did the COVER REVEAL for my scifi novel.

What was most inspiring for me this month?
That all of you were so sweet, and supportive of me writing and hoping to selfpublish a book!

I am officially halfway through my revision draft! I've been going out of my mind with revising, editing, and preparing for when my Beta Readers give me feedback. (Coffee has been a must, Lol.)

But I did participate in my friend's UnicornWriteAThon, I'd set a goal of writing 10,000 words for it. And I wrote 11,656 words!

~ I have a YouTube Channel ~

So this may come as a suprise to most of you, but I am a Booktuber as well as a Bookblogger!
Here's the videos that I've uploaded this month:

Double Book Talk: The Empress + Warcross

Double Book Talk: Wintersong + The Assassin Game

I Should Have Stopped Buying Books A Long Time Ago Book Haul

Music Genre Tag!

~ What Books Did I Consume in July? ~

This month I read (or consumed) this month:

[4.5 stars] Review here

I Buddy Read this with Desara on July 10th

[3.5 stars]

The Book of the Month for a book club my friend started. Though I ended up reading this book for the readathon I was in because I didn't get it until halfway through the month :(

[2.5 tars] Review here

[3.5 stars] Review here

I recieved an ARC to review for you guys!

[3 stars]
The only Marie Lu book that took me longer than 3 days to finish, Lol!

[3 stars]

[4 stars] Review coming soon!

[5 stars] Review coming soon

Read for the HufflepuffReadAThon as well.

[3.5 stars]

[3 stars] Review coming soon

Also read for the Hufflepuff read-a-thon

[3 stars] Review coming soon

I will be doing a seperate post for my August TBR, but it should be up soon!

What did you guys think? How was your July?! How many books did you get to read?

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel