So Many Books, So Little Time

Sunday, 28 September 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

I know for a fact that I'm not the only one with this problem. My TBR pile is ginormous and I don't think I will ever be able get through it all. With new books constantly coming out and my taste in books occasionally changing, I have come to accept that maybe there is a reason the books that I will never get to will go unread. You know?

If it was something I know I would have liked, I would have read it while it still interested me.

And I think that this is the reason I will never be able to stick with any TBR I set for myself.

Honestly, if I could add a few hours to each day, I would just so that I could get some more reading done.

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See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #77

Friday, 26 September 2014
I had a very hard time figuring out what my favourite banned book was for some reason. I think it may have been because I needed to google a list of banned YA books.

Anyway, I've decided that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is my favourite banned book. (Disclaimer: This will probably change as I cannot and should not be expected to choose a favourite book.)

My Survival Pack:
- Books
- Water Bottle
- Books
- Phone
- More Books
- Sweater
- Even More Books
- Phone Charger
- Did I mention BOOKS

Let's just say that I would not survive in the wild.

Automatically, my mind went to America Singer from The Selection as the character that would suck the most at surviving the wilderness. For those of you who don't know, she is very indecisive and cannot make rational decisions.

Hands down, Rowan from Heir of Fire is the best fictional character to be stuck in the wild with. First, he's a warrior. Second, he has magic. There isn't much more that you would need.

Also, in order to signify to other crumpets who we are, we could tug our ears like they do in The Selection. Just a thought.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

The Murder Complex Read Along - October 2014

Wednesday, 24 September 2014
So The Fires of Calderon by Lindsay Cummings came out yesterday and I was just thinking about how October is coming soon and thus, another read along. The only problem with choosing The Balance Keepers was that it's not scary/dark enough for what I'm calling HorrorTober. (Clever right?) But Lindsay does have another book called The Murder Complex and based on what I've heard, it's a pretty dark book.

And that's the story of how I chose this month's read along book.

Anyway, the review will have spoilers in it so do be sure to read this before the end of October.

And the hashtags for this month will be #HorrorTober and #ReadTMC so do be sure to use those so that I can find your tweets/photos and like them!

Also, there is a goodreads group that you can join. Link here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/144408-hearts-and-crowns-s-read-alongs Do be sure to join so that we can also discuss it over there.

I'll put more information about the book will be below as well as a few edits I made for the book.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13576132-the-murder-complex

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


Here are some edits I made. Hope you like them.



Five Reasons Why I'm Excited To Read The Fires of Calderon By Lindsay Cummings And Why You Should Read It Too

Monday, 22 September 2014
The Balance Keepers #1 - The Fires of Calderon comes out tomorrow and to celebrate, I've going to list five reasons why I'm excited to read this books, and why you should read it too! Here we go!

1. It has a map. If a book has a map, that usually means it's going to be a good book. And to prove it to you, I'm going to give you a list of books that all have maps that I think are amazing:
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  • Renegade by J. A. Souders
As you can see, good books have maps (especially fantasy ones).

2. The Balance Keepers have superpowers called Tiles. Let me break it down for you: superpowers = magical/special abilities and magical/special abilities = awesome.

3. There is a dragon (at least I think that's what it is) on the cover. I love dragons.

4. It sounds like something a Percy Jackson fan (such as myself) would enjoy.

5. It's written by Lindsay Cummings and she is awesome! She's so funny and talented that if you haven't checked out any of her books yet, you are seriously missing out. You can follow her on InstagramTwitterYouTube, or her website.

The link to book's goodreads page is here.

***Also I have plans to read one of her books for the October read along, so be sure to look out for that.***

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Book Information:

Summary: The first book in an epic middle grade fantasy adventure series that takes place in an underground society at the center of the earth. Packed with action, humor, magic, and mystery.

After following a mysterious map into the woods and then under the woods, eleven-year-old Albert Flynn learns he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for fixing problems in three underground Realms at the Core of the earth. His new job is important; if the realms fall out of balance, the world above could be in great danger.

Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy arrive in the Core not a moment too soon. There’s an Imbalance in the Calderon Realm and it’s threatening to bury Albert’s hometown of New York City in a mountain of ash.

The three must train hard completing mental and physical challenges, but above all, they must harness the power of their Tiles—unique superpowers given to each Balance Keeper. So far, Albert’s mastered the art of not mastering his Tile....

With the situation in Calderon growing worse every day, can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie restore balance before New York is destroyed forever? Will Albert master his Tile before it’s too late?

Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, The Unwanteds, and the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth.


Buy now from Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/balance-keepers-1-lindsay-cummings/1117907042?ean=9780062275189.

***UPDATE***

The Balance Keepers is out today!!! And I'm so excited to start reading it!

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #76

Saturday, 20 September 2014
Hello everyone and welcome to this week's Tea Time Rewind post!

1. If you have any author write you as a fictional character, who would you choose?

If I could have any author write me as a fictional character, it would probably have to be either Sarah J. Maas, Ally Carter, or John Green. If you've read their books then you probably know why.

I'd love to be a fantasy heroine in one of Sarah's books, or a spy/thief with a gorgeous boyfriend *cough* Zach and Hale *cough* in one of Ally's books, or sound more intelligent than I actually am in one of John's novels.

Either way, it's a win win situation for me.

2. What are you currently reading?

I'm actually in-between books right now. The next one I pick up is most likely going to be The Fires of Calderon by Lindsay Cummings (pictured left) because it sounds awesome. (Blog post in which I tell you why you should read it here.)

I also fully intend to read Garth Nix soon. (And by soon I mean it's taken some priority on my TBR pile. And by that I mean hopefully within the next year. #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime)

Anyway, see you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Royal Baby Watch

Thursday, 18 September 2014
***SPOILERS FOR THE SELECTION SERIES AND EPILOGUE!***

And by royal baby I mean the Maxerica baby.

As you all know by now, America and Maxon are having a child together. This is why I hope that it's a girl.
  1. A selection in which the daughter must find a husband would be awesome.
  2. A girl could end up married to Marlee and Carter's child, Kile.
  3. Amberly had a boy. Now it is time for America to have a girl.
Either way, Maxon needs to be an excellent father otherwise we're going to have a bit of a problem. If you're reading this Kiera (which you probably aren't), don't make me hate Maxon the way I hated Clarkson. Okay?

Which gender do you think the baby will be? I'd love to know!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

If You Like #3 — Contemporaries

Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Hello. Today I'm here with another instalment in my "If You Like" series. This one is for all my fellow fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian readers. I know that navigating stories set in the real world is hard. Hence why I'm going to recommend some set in present-day earth. Hope this helps!

1. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her? 

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

Why You'll Love It:
With fun characters, funny dialogue, excellent plot lines, and cute boys, this action-packed book is going to leave you wanting more. (It's a good thing that this series consists of six books, all of which are out.) If you enjoy movies like Mission Impossible, and James Bond then you might just want to give this book a go since it follows teenage spies during their time in this boarding school for spies. I'm really doing the book justice with my description, but trust me, it's a good book.

2. Heist Society by Ally Carter

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

Why You'll Love It:
On the flip side, this novel about thieves from the same author combines mystery and suspense with superman pyjamas. Also action-packed, you probably won't be able to put it down. You're welcome.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Why You'll Love It:
I think a better question would be why would you not? Just go into it without expecting it to live up to the hype and I think you'll enjoy it more than going into it with impossibly high standards and being disappointed afterwards.

What other genres would you like me to recommend? Leave a comment below. See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Instalove

Sunday, 14 September 2014
Ever run into those couples in books that from the moment they lock eyes know that they are destined to be together forever? I'm sure a lot of us have. That's instalove — or as I like to call it, an excuse that some authors use to drive their plot.

Here's the problem: instalove in about as unrealistic as it gets. That's not how it works in real life. Most of the time, those two people have known each other for a while before they decide to become a couple. 

If you're still confused about what instalove is, read Epic Reads's definition here, or just read this cheesy example I wrote for you all. I have a feeling that you're probably going to get bored at some point while reading this and skim the rest. Don't worry, I would too if I saw this in a novel. Hope you enjoy it.

On the first day of school, I walked down the crowded main hall without a choice since it was the only way for me to get to my Advanced Calculus class. As always, I could barely get through the masses clogging up the hallways.

Suddenly the crowds parted. And that's when I saw him walking in my direction with his friends. A cool breeze came out of nowhere and hit his face, fanning out his luscious hair. He looked like he could be a professional supermodel. 

Then his yellow-purple mysterious hybrid eyes met my boring brown ones and I just knew that we'd be together forever. We ran to each other, pushing people aside. Then we kissed, which felt like heaven.

The End

I'm not even going to bother edit that now because it's just awful. First, there is no plot (which is my fault), and second, it's not relatable at all. It's one thing to develop a crush on someone the first time you see them, and another to instantly fall in love.

So if you're ever writing any sort of work of fiction that involves a romance, please try to avoid this cliché under any circumstances. That is unless you would like me to skim over parts of your work. Seriously, I can wait for them to learn each other's names first.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #75

Friday, 12 September 2014
Currently Reading: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I need to read Garth Nix. It'll happen (one day).

Anyway, Graceling by Kristin Cashore made me want to work out so badly. For those of you who don't know what this book is about, Graceling follows a girl named Katsa who has heterochromia, which makes her a Graceling — a person gifted with an extraordinary ability. Katsa's just so happens to be killing.

I wanted to be graced in killing like Katsa and strong like Po. The things they can do and their journey really just made me want to be able to throw knives and learn hand-to-hand combat.

Fleetfoot is my fictional pet. Done. No explanation needed. (For those of you who haven't read Throne of Glass, which you should go do, Fleetfoot is Celaena's dog.)

I also REALLY want a wivern. Anyone know where I can get one?

Now, there's still the whole Sabriel vs. Katniss. From what I've heard, Sabriel would win any day of the week. A lot of people would beat Katniss like Celaena, Katsa, and Manon for example. Yes, I know that these are all characters from fantasy novels, so you can add Bex from the Gallagher Girls books. And all the other girls besides Liz (because she is more computer savvy).

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

How To Read More During School

Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Here are some tips on how to read more during school or just in general. You've probably seen most of them before, but they're the ones that I tend to use. Hope they help.

1. Read what you want to read. Don't force yourself to read anything that you don't want to read. Remember, you usually have the option to audiobook the book if there's one in particular that you're trying to get through. *cough* The Maze Runner *cough* If you read what you like, you're more motivated to read to find out what's going to happen.

2. Set a specific amount of time aside for you to read and stick with it everyday. Don't let anything take it away from you. You deserve that time to do what you want. (Just don't set aside too much time because you have other things like homework to do.)

3. Don't let anything distract you. Like Netflix. I know that sometimes watching movies or checking your Twitter (I'm @HeartsAndCrowns on there) or your Instagram (I'm @heartscrowns on there) involves less effort and you're tired and such (or you're at a boring part of your book), but you need to go read.

4. GO READ NOW!!! (Actually, finish reading this first and then go read.) Don't procrastinate like you do with your schoolwork (I'll admit it too, I procrastinate).

Leave your tips for how you get more reading done down below and I'll see you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Top Five Best Minor Characters

Monday, 8 September 2014
So I've been thinking about characters lately, mainly minor ones and how they influence the story. Here are some of my favourite minor characters in no particular order.

1. Nehemia Ytger (Throne of Glass)

Nehemia is a strong-willed character that knows what she wants and will fight for it. Though she made some possibly wrong choices, she helped guide Celaena in the right direction.

2. Marlee Tames (The Selection)

Quite possibly one of the sweetest characters ever, Marlee is just so much fun to read and she brings out the best in America.

3. Harvey Maldoon (Taken)

I just liked him as a character and found his fate meaningful and well thought out.

4. Rebecca Baxter (Gallagher Girls)

Bex is basically the one of the most kick-butt characters I have ever read. While Cammie blends in, she stands out and is not afraid to be herself.

5. Macey McHenry (Gallagher Girls)

I love her I may be rich but that doesn't mean I'm not just as smart as the rest of you attitude. She's also excellent in Double Crossed (The Novella).

Hope you all liked that! Who are some of your favourite minor characters? See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

10 Things That Make Me Happy

Sunday, 7 September 2014
So I was tagged by @zoelovescatsandbooks on Instagram to do the 10 Things That Make You Happy Tag (I don't know what it's actually called though, so I hope that's correct). Of course, I interpreted as 10 books that I love because we all know that I love books.

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass (Review Here)

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Review Here)

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This book is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella. Need I say more?

4. Taken by Erin Bowman (Review Here)

5. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting (Review Here)

6. Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Review Here)

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The feels! This is quite possibly the best contemporary novel I have ever read.

8. Splintered by A. G. Howard (Review Here)

9. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is awesome. And so is greek mythology.

10. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Review Coming Soon - Update 1)

There you have it, 10 books that I love. There are more but I couldn't list them all. See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #74

Saturday, 6 September 2014
Here is this week's Tea Time Rewind!

Currently Reading: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Which is also one of the September Read Along Books of the Month for Sardothien September.)

Updates:
Favourite YA Transformations:
  • Mia in The Princess Diaries
  • The Selected Makeovers in The Selection
For some reason, I cannot seem to remember any other transformation scenes that I love. What are some of your favourites? I'd love to know.

Dystopian Society I Would Live In: I would live in Ludania (The Pledge Trilogy by Kimberly Derting) because it seems like the least dangerous of the dystopian societies and they are prepared for rebel attacks and that sort of stuff, so I think that I might actually manage to survive in this one. Which dystopian society would you live in and why? Tell me down below.

Anyway, see you all tomorrow for another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

Heir of Fire Update 3

Friday, 5 September 2014
*Spoilers Ahead Beware

Rowan is basically my new favourite fictional character because he is SO sassy and just everything I want in a book character.

I'm pretty sure the Dorian/Celaena ship is non-existent by now. I'd ship Chaol/Celaena but I don't know their ship name, so I'm going to ship them as Chaol/Celaena.

I want Celaena and Aedion to be reunited already. Period.

This book is everything I wanted and more! Anyway, leave your thoughts below about the book/any of the Throne of Glass books (just no spoilers please).

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

Heir of Fire Update 2

Thursday, 4 September 2014
Spoilers ahead.

I ship Dorian and Sorscha so hard! They are perfect for each other! They also prove that Chaol and Celaena were meant to be together forever. And maybe I am a little bit biased since I've shipped those two from the beginning, but you have to admit, they do make a good couple.

Rowan! Whoa there! A hawk? Really? Why must you be so perfect and cruel at the same time? Like seriously, my heart breaks every time you torture Celaena, but it's you and I know you have good intentions.

It's official, my feelings are too complicated to explain.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Heir of Fire Update 1

Wednesday, 3 September 2014
This book is everything I've ever wanted and more! It was so cool to see Celaena outside of Adarlan, outside of the king's control. It was as if she was showing a whole different side of her — one that was lazy and didn't have a care in the world.

I'm loving Manon Blackbeak and how awesome she is. I'm also excited to see what she does throughout the rest of the story.

Aedion and Rowan have officially joined my list of fictional boyfriends. No. Explanation. Needed.

Also, does anyone else have this weird feeling that something is off with Maeve? Kind of like she's secretly linked to the King of Adarlan?

Well then, I'm off to go read some more. Talk to you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

September TBR

Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Heir of Fire is out today! I'm so excited to read it (and all of the other September releases).

I basically never stick to my TBRs, so this one is going to consist of only a few books. Goodreads pages will be linked for each book if you're interested.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas *Sardothien September Book of the Month


Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

The Fires of Calderon by Lindsay Cummings

The first book in an epic middle grade fantasy adventure series that takes place in an underground society at the center of the earth. Packed with action, humor, magic, and mystery.

After following a mysterious map into the woods and then under the woods, eleven-year-old Albert Flynn learns he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for fixing problems in three underground Realms at the Core of the earth. His new job is important; if the realms fall out of balance, the world above could be in great danger.

Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy arrive in the Core not a moment too soon. There’s an Imbalance in the Calderon Realm and it’s threatening to bury Albert’s hometown of New York City in a mountain of ash.

The three must train hard completing mental and physical challenges, but above all, they must harness the power of their Tiles—unique superpowers given to each Balance Keeper. So far, Albert’s mastered the art of not mastering his Tile....

With the situation in Calderon growing worse every day, can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie restore balance before New York is destroyed forever? Will Albert master his Tile before it’s too late?

Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, The Unwanteds, and the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Blackbird by Anna Carey

This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

I told you it was small. TBRs were made to be broken. 

What are you planning on reading in September? Leave your answers down below in the comments.

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

It's September!

Monday, 1 September 2014
Hi everyone! I cannot believe how fast August flew by! It feels as if only yesterday I posted my August update.

Anyway, are you ready for the Sardothien September Read Along? I hope you are because this series is truly amazing and I hope you all enjoy it. Remember to use #SardothienSeptember on social media so that I can find and like your photos/tweets/other things. Also, my Anna In August review/discussion will be up on my blog soon, so keep an eye out for that.

I finally got around to seeing The Giver movie yesterday and I was really impressed by how well the book transitioned from page to screen. If you've read the book or seen the movie/trailer, you'll know that everyone in the Community sees the world in black and white, so I was kind of curious to see how they would do it, but in the end, it turned out really well. However, I will admit that it did leave out/change certain parts which was a bit disappointing. Overall, it's worth seeing.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

P.S. Somehow, I managed to post every single day in August *pats self on the back* and you can find all of those posts around here.

And Heir of Fire comes out tomorrow! *HAPPY DANCE*