Thoughts|| A Taxonomy of Love.

ataxonomyoflove

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen
4 out of 5 stars.

“Sometimes you have a day that is so epic that you know, even before it’s over, that it’s going to be one of the dozens that you remember forever.”

Goodreads Description: The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was January 9th, 2018.

A Taxonomy of Love had ALL the feels. It was cute, it was happy, it was sad (omg, was it sad!), it had me tearing up, it had me laughing, there were times I was annoyed, and times I was angry. Like I said, it had all the feels. I think all that makes for a good book, especially if you’re able to connect with the characters and experience all of the feelings and emotions they are going through. I felt that when I was reading this book and Rachael did a good job with writing it.

The book stars off with Spencer and Hope being in just seventh grade and it following them all through high school. It was really cool getting to see all the characters in this story grow and navigate life and high school. It wasn’t always easy for Spencer (especially in his younger years) since he has Tourette Syndrome. I felt so bad for him a lot of the time and I was rooting for him every page. It felt like he had to try 100 times harder than everyone. Hope had her own struggles through the years as well. It wasn’t always easy for her, but I think in ways both Spencer and Hope got through things because they had their friendship.

There were also times where Hope made me pretty angry as well. I felt so protective of Spencer, so anything that was against it made me mad or annoyed me though. So many other great characters in this story as well as the MC; like their families, although Dean (Spencer’s brother) was questionable at times. There were also times I did think things were a little weird or didn’t make sense to the story. It also jumped around quite a bit without warning. Like first they were in seventh grade and then all of a sudden it would be months or a year later without warning. So had to figure that out. I’m also not sure if that’s just the way that the e-ARC was setup, because there weren’t always breaks or headers other than “chapter numbers” or when Spencer created a taxonomy list.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I am really happy that I was given the opportunity to read it. There were a lot of things to take away from this and it was interesting to learn a little about Tourette Syndrome. I haven’t read any books that had a character with TS, so that was also cool about reading this one. New experiences and learning things I don’t know a whole lot about. It was just released earlier this month, so definitely go check it out!

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #45.
Photo A Day|| January 9-12.
Thoughts|| The Cruel Prince.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

Thoughts|| The Cruel Prince.

2C166F55-3A11-4A32-BEA2-023BCACC38DC

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
5 out of 5 stars.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

Goodreads Description: Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


I was sent an ARC of The Cruel Prince from The Novl. (Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!) It was just released earlier this month.

I was BEYOND stoked when I got an ARC of The Cruel Prince in my mailbox. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it and I was dying to check it out myself. Most of the time, hyped books aren’t usually my cup of tea. For some reason I never love hyped books as much as everyone else. I was definitely nervous going into The Cruel Prince because of that reason. It’s totally a curse and I don’t know why!

BUT! If you can’t tell by my star rating, I freaking loved The Cruel Prince! This may end up being more a post of me fangirling than a review, just a warning! I got about 30% into the ARC and then I rushed to Barnes & Noble the next day and bought myself my own finished copy. It was so freaking good, you guys! Personally, I thought it was flawless. So many feels! So much excitement on every page. The twists! Holy crap! There were so many of them and quite a few I didn’t see coming at all!

I love the world that Holly Black painted with her words. I loved the characters and I had a love/hate for a couple of them too. You want to hate them, but you secretly love them more. Jude was pretty much kick-ass! I loved her personality, I loved how much a fighter she was. She was hands down one of my favorite characters. Honestly, probably one of my favorites in any book in such a long time. I was rooting for her the entire time.

Taryn and Vivi; Jude’s sisters. I really enjoyed them as characters, but at times Taryn  (Judy’s twin) made me a little angry, especially when it came to certain things with Jude; like Jude standing up for herself with the Prince. There was a lot of character developments, like Prince Cardan. He’s wicked, he’s cruel, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Lots of character development with him and I can’t wait to see how he continue to develop as the series goes on. Madoc is one of those characters where you don’t know if you like him or hate him. There are so many characters in this book though! SO MANY!

Overall, I thought a The Cruel Prince was EVERYTHING! There were so many things happening and it kept you on the edge of your seat and flipping through the pages at top speed. There are so many secrets for Jude to uncover and it gets pretty crazy! I loved this one and I highly recommend picking up a copy! It’s out in the world now, so no excuses! If you want the black cover like me, I got it at Barnes & Noble. I plan to buy the original white cover too, because I loved it that much. 😛

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| January 5-8.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Books I meant to read in 2017.
Travel|| Lakeland…again.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Thoughts|| Being Fishkill.

beingfishkill

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill’s fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck’s mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy. Poet Ruth Lehrer’s young adult debut is a stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains “family.” And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was November 14th.

I seen Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King) talking about Being Fishkill and how amazing it was, so I had to check it out! I love his books, so anything he recommends, I’m down to read. I was super excited when I was approved for it on Netgalley and I am glad that I was finally able to read it, because it was so amazing.

I instantly fell in love with Fishkill she was only thirteen years old, but she felt so much older to me. She had to grow up pretty fast with the life that she had to live her first thirteen years of life. It wasn’t easy for her and when she met Duck-Duck and Molly, things seemed a lot brighter for her. I was rooting for Fishkill and so badly wanted her to have the life that she deserved. Fishkill and Duck-Duck had this amazing friendship and you could feel all the love between them and Duck-Duck’s mom Molly.

I can’t even count on one hand how many times I cried while reading this book, there are SO MANY FEELS! 320 pages of feels, you guys! Good and bad. Fishkill’s story is really sad. The book as a whole is really sad, but there are still happy moments too. It was so well written and I flew through it pretty quickly. It was hard to put down. It was beautiful and it was sad all at the same time. It was everything you could hope for in a good book. It was so easy to connect with the characters, fall in love with them, and go on this emotional roller coaster with them.

Overall, I really loved Being Fishkill. It’s hands down one of my new favorite books now. Although it was so sad, I still enjoyed it so much. The ending was a shocker to me and so unexpected. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I keep thinking about the book and I keep wanting to cry every time I do. I think this will be a book that sticks with you for a very long time. I know it will for me. I highly recommend reading it. It’s out in the world now, so you should definitely go pick it up!

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #71.
Travel|| Disney World.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleychristmas

Twitter: whoa_itsashley
Instagram: heyyitsashley
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_

Thoughts|| The Hollow Girl.

thehollowgirl

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Five boys attacked her. Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh. Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her. One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers. She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It was released earlier this month.

I was looking for some spooky/creepy reads for this month in celebration of Halloween and came across The Hollow Girl on Netgalley. Magic, witches, I’m all for it! I love books about witches. That’s now all this book is about though. There are so many elements to this story and some being very serious and important topics.

Bethan wants revenge on the boys that harmed her and her friend Martyn and in doing so she has to do some pretty intense things. Things that could damage a person’s sanity and change them completely. The story was pretty dark and the journey Bethan had to go on was not an easy one. I was rooting for Bethan all the way. I loved her and she did what she had to do. I felt like she grew throughout the story, especially with the things that she had to do (some pretty gory things!) and the things that were done to her. They will completely change a person.

Overall, I loved this story and I loved Bethan and Martyn. I especially loved Bethan’s relationship with her Gran. There is a strong family bond in this story, which I loved so much. Bethan went on this dark emotional journey, but she also gained so much as well. I honestly wish there was a sequel, because I would really like to see more of what happened after the things in The Hollow Girl. Perfect Halloween read or to read anytime, really. It deals with a lot of important things such as physical abuse (and more). I highly recommend checking this one out!

In case you missed it;
Random|| HUGE picture post (50+).

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyhalloween

Thoughts|| The Hearts We Sold.

IMG_8709

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
4.5 out of 5 stars.

“Most people feel like their lives are out of their control. Like everything could change in a moment, depending on luck or chance. And while that’s probably true, I like to think that I was the one who made the choices that brought me to this moment.”

Goodreads Description: When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined. With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?


I was sent an ARC of The Hearts We Sold from The Novl(Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!) It was just released last week.

I am so happy I received an ARC of The Hearts We Sold. I read the description of the book and I knew it was right up my alley. I am a hardcore Supernatural (tv show) fan, so when I seen this book was about making deals with demons, I was ALL over it.

I loved all of the characters in the book, especially Dee, Gremma, and James. I loved James and Dee together. Gremma had me laughing so much. The daemon was super creepy, but I really enjoyed his character a lot. A lot of things in this book were creepy though and that’s what made it fun. Can you imagine living in a world with demons? They’ll grant you anything you want in exchange for a piece of you. Most of the demons want body parts (arms and legs), but the daemon wants more and that’s where the hearts come into play!

heartswesoldheart

I really liked that there were chapters in the book that let you know about all of the other “heartless” and what they sold their hearts for. It helped to better connect with them as people. Everyone wants different things, good or bad, what are you willing to give in exchange for what you want?

Overall, The Hearts We Sold was such a fun book to read, but it was also heartbreaking which I was honestly not expecting. I thought that this book was really original and not something that I’ve read before. There were definitely some “WHAAAAT???!!!!” moments as I was reading this book.  The plot twist was very unexpected, but was so good. I liked that there were little bits of romance in the book, but it wasn’t overpowering. Perfect creep factor too. I loved this book and I would highly recommend it.

“Some secrets you keep all tangled up in yourself, so tight that that to pull them out is physically painful.”

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| The Border.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyred

Thoughts|| The Border.

theborder2

The Border by Steve Schafer
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: One moment changed their lives forever. A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them. Crack. Crack. Crack. Not fireworks―gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them. Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families’ murders have put out a reward for the teens’ capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape…


I was emailed by the publisher and sent an ARC of The Border on Netgalley. Release Date: September 5th 2017.

Just by reading the description of The Border, I knew it was going to be an emotional roller coaster type read and it was. SO MANY FEELS. I laughed, I mostly cried. It was such a sad and emotional story. It’s also a story about survival and boy did Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys fight to survive. I grew to love every single character; even Marcos and at times it was so hard to. The things that they had to see and live through, no kid should ever have to. They lost everything and in the end they only had each other and they needed each other more than anything. They fought hard and I was rooting for them all the way to the end.

I’m glad I was given the opportunity to read this book, because it’s so important. Things that have happened in this book are things that have been going on in Mexico for decades. This isn’t something new and it’s still happening today. The Border may be a work of fiction, but some of the places and things happening are not. There are thousands of people that lose their lives in the Mexican desert just trying to get out of an already crappy life in Mexico. They’re willing to risk everything (even their life) for the chance and hope for something better for themselves and their families.

Overall, The Border was a very emotional read. At times it was pretty scary and some of the events that happen are horrific. There were some good moments as well even through all the bad. Hands down, one of my favorite books of the year so far. This book, this story, these characters were EVERYTHING. I loved this book so much and it’ll be one of those books that I will forever think about, talk about, and recommend.

theborder

In case you  missed it;
Friday Finds #69.
Thoughts|| Little & Lion.
Recap|| July.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Thoughts|| Little & Lion.

IMG_0007

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
3 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.


I was sent an ARC of Little & Lion from The Novl(Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!) Release Date: August 8th 2017.

First I have to point out that the book cover for Little & Lion is pretty freaking amazing! I really liked how diverse Little & Lion was. There’s bisexuality, mental illness, biracial characters, and so many other things that make this book diverse. I loved that it centered around Suzette and Lionel’s sibling relationship. That was a big thing I enjoyed about this book and there was so much love between them, but I would have liked more. I felt like there was a lot missing and it would have been nice to get more backstory and flashbacks.

While I did enjoy Suzette and Lionel as characters, it was hard to completely connect with them and same with some of the other relationships/characters in the book. I did enjoy the book a lot and it was easy to read. I liked Colbert’s writing style a lot, but I just felt like character development was lacking for me and it was hard for me to get super excited about them and to go through all the emotions with them. I also felt like some things were left unresolved or that I wanted more of. For example; Suzette and Iris. I won’t say anything more than that though, because I don’t want to give spoilers.

Overall, I really liked Little & Lion. For the most part I enjoyed the characters, but would have liked to have more. I think the book probably should have been a little longer to better develop the characters and relationships. When I got to the end I was actually surprised it was the end. I was expecting an epilogue of some sort, because I really wanted more and to see what happened with Suzette and Lionel and the aftermath of what happened when they went on with their lives. It kind of just ended and I was like “wait, that’s it?”. It just randomly ended with so many things unresolved. It was still a good story and it did leave me wanting more, so that’s a plus. I would still recommend checking out this book, especially if you’re looking for a really diverse book. This one has so many different aspects of diversity in it.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July.
Recap|| July.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyorange