15. ruj 2014.

Bookish Problems #9 - Reading and music

Greetings all. While writing an review last week I started thinking about this question and actually problem for me. I have met many people who like to listen to music while reading or studying and I've always admired them. My brain seems to lose it when I try to do both simultaneously. 

Paying attention to words (but which ones?).

       However, I do love both and I don't think I can imagine my life without any of the two so why cannot I combine them. The answer is really simple. While listening to music I can't focus on the words if there is some lyrics in the song. I either sing it or try to understand and catch all the words. I lost track of the story and I need to reread that part again. I don't need complete silence though. I live in the city where there is always some noise and I got used to it so it's not really bothering me. But I do like to read with my TV and music player off.

But writing and music 

      Well this is another story altogether. While writing posts and reviews I noticed that I usually do that with some background music. There is a catch of course. I listen to classical music while doing this. Now, don't give me weird looks and no I'm not such geek (even though Zemira probably considers me the biggest geek in the Geekdom), but classical music rarely (if ever) has words and all those soothing and melodic pieces really give me inspiration. However, I really don't know all Beethoven's or Mozart's pieces by heart and I probably never will. There are rarely ever on my playlist. But there is one piece that I truly love and listen often. Its by an amazing violinist Itzhak Perlman.

What about you - music or not? If yes, please share your magical powers with me and teach me how to train my brain to process both?  

Until the next time,

14. ruj 2014.

The Sunday Post (#24)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

It'll be pretty chaotic this week on the blog as we actually don't have things planned out. Glass's been busy with job hunting still and well Tanja's mom has this thing that's called fall clean, as you know normal people have big spring clean, but in her household it's fall clean - logic was never strong with us. Tanja has been dusting and vacuuming all week and didn't have much time to plan the next week. So this schedule below might wary! 
At the same time we're way behind responding to comments and we shall get to it soon. 
Also Tanja is taking part in #TackleTBR read-a-thon and below you'll see update. 
Thanks for being around peps! Catching up to come! 
  • Bookish Problems #9 - Reading and music 
  • Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil (review)
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#113)
  • ReBorn by Ada Adams (Cover Reveal)
  • Month9Books (Cover Reveal) 
  • Dunno - go with the flow people! 
Tanja's haul 
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (bought) 

Tackle your TBR read-a-thon - Check in! 

So we're half way through this read-a-thon and I can actually be very optimistic about reaching my goal. Hopefully it'll stay that way. Now this is just a quick update about my reads till now. I've managed to read 4.5 books till now and they are: 

Crushed by Eliza Crewe 
Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton 
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis - last 50% of it. 
Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander 
Stray by Elissa Sussman 

My goal is to read at least 6 books, but I'm secretly hoping to get to 10. We shall see. Till the wrap-up stay cool!

Until the next time, 


13. ruj 2014.

ARC Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

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Book summary: 
“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”
Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.
Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.
          Comparing a book with some mainstream concepts such as Sherlock or Doctor Who is not something I look forward while reading a book. Yes, it can do wonders for marketing, but it can also create false expectations. Beware of that! As you can see the blurb for this book did just that but I cannot tell you if it's for the better or worse as I didn't read the blurb before reading the book, so I didn't have those kind of expectations.

          One thing is sure you can draw parallels between the three. Jackaby is weird detective in town who has unusual way with investigating crimes and resolving mysterious cases. He is not praised by police or other townsfolk but at the end of the day it's the best they have got. When Abigail finds herself in little town called New Fiddleham she couldn't dream that she would find herself in the middle of serial killings which got stranger and stranger. In desperate need of job she finds an open position as Jackaby's assistant and slowly starts to change her views on the world.

          When I started this book it sounded like a story of mystery and killings, but paranormal elements here surprised me. Everything sounded so real and touchable that I though it would be more Sherlock than Doctor Who like. But at the same time I was impressed how the author managed to put folktales and legends and shape them so they fit the story. It was really well done and I really enjoyed it.

          Despite the references this book had everything I wanted. It was funny, interesting and nicely packed together. I'm sure that many will enjoy it as much as I did. Only things that I can put as con here would be the predictability. But nothing scary, I assure you.

Rating: 4 stars.

Until the next time,

12. ruj 2014.

Cover Reveal: Where the Staircase Ends by Stacy Stokes

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After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky.
Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable -- unless the staircase breaks her first.
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11. ruj 2014.

The TBR Tag

Hello. Yes I've got tagged again. Like I said to Lola she has started something. I haven't gotten tagged before, so this is really new for me. I love doing these posts. So let's focus on the TBR Tag. I've got tagged by Montana @The Book Bells. Thanks, hon! I'm supper excited to do this. So let's go! 

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
God bless Goodreads and whoever invented it. I still claim it's the best invention since Internet came to life. I would be lost without it.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-books?
It's mostly e-books, and a lot of them are ARCs actually. I have got plenty of print books that are still sadly on my shelf unread but I shall change that.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR pile to read next? 
It really depends. Sometimes I like organize it by publication date if I have got a lot of ARCs, but I usually just start reading whatever I feel like reading.

4. A Book that has been on your TBR list the longest.
The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw. I'm really not proud of this as this book is really short and I should read it and I have heard such great things about it. But every time I get determined to read it I start something else. Why? I have no idea.

5. A Book you recently added to your TBR pile.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I added this on as soon as I finished Red Rising. I really want to read more and go back to that world soon!

6. A book you never plan on reading 

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto. Or any by this author really. I don't like people who cannot understand critics and well I don't want to have anything with them.

7. An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for

Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman. I sadly haven't got approved for this one and I usually get over that easily as I'm lucky enough to get approved for lots of books. But this one!! I want it badly.

8.  A book on your TBR that basically everyone's read by you 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Yes I know! I'll get to this series one day. I will. Really! It's just I somehow always skip it. I have no idea why.

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you 

The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons. I don't think I know anyone who didn't like this book. I heard so much about it and I really cannot wait to read it.

10. A book on your TBR that you're dying to read 

I take it we're talking about already published books. So Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I really want to discover that secret too.

11. How many book are on your Gooreads TBR shelf? 

114. I'm really trying to keep this under control but I'll probably lose it sooner or later. I'm happy for now, but there is that old saying - for every read book I add 2 more on my TBR shelf.

So I won't tag anyone specific this time. I always feel bad that I left someone out of this and he/she really wanted to do it. So you all consider yourself tagged! :) 

Until the next time,

10. ruj 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (#112)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick

The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.

The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.

Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.

Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.

Until she enters his life.

She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.

A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.

Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?

Expected publication: October 14th, 2014

Tanja's pick


It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.


Expected publication: October 21st, 2014

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

9. ruj 2014.

Bookish Problems #8 - It's Saturday? Already?


Hello darlings. We didn't do a bookish problems post in a while and today while emailing with Glass I realized that I actually have a problem we should discuss. This "little" issue is something you are at some point faced with - organization.
I know that we're all different and that some of us work better in complete chaos while others, like me, need things neat and organized. Therefore I'll share some things I do and how I organize myself and what helps me to keep everything up to date.

1. Planner

As simple as that. I think that it'll really help you organize everything. When you have ARCs requested that should be read and reviewed by certain date, plus more blog tours to schedule, with some cover reveals and all that you've got library books and what not. It's pretty chaotic to think of all that so the best way for me is to have everything written that in my little planner (which by the way is a gift from my dearest Glass) and I have no problems with dates.

2. The Sunday Post 

Now this leads us to the source of my title. So The Sunday Post is something that helped us organize even better. It is pretty chaotic every Saturday when we're constantly emailing each other to see what should we post and when we have posts due, but it also helps you get rid of all the headaches during the week. We already have everything planned and scheduled so we can take care of books and other things.

3. Use inspiration while you have it 

Basically don't be lazy and leave everything for later, as you'll regret it. I have done this many times and regretted it every single time. There are days when I feel like writing reviews and words are just coming and sentences creating in your brain - USE THAT TIME. Sit down and write as many reviews or post as can or feel like. There will be moments when you have post to publish tomorrow and your brain is tabula rasa. It's stressful and we don't want blogging to be that.
So a post a day, keeps headaches away.

How do you organize your readings and posts? Share your tips and who knows maybe I'll start using them. :)

Until the next time,

8. ruj 2014.

ARC Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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Book summary:
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out. At any cost.
Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
          When my friend Zemira read this one and couldn't suppress her excitement about this book it was my cue to go and request it as I knew I'd enjoy this one too. I did, which is not a surprise. But what surprised me was that all this military talk didn't bother me the slightest.

          Our main character in this story is Sam, who finds herself in men's world. Being raised in a military family it was a surprise and not to see her taking the same steps as her bothers before her and joining the military. A bit controversial move for some members of Denmark Military Academy but for some highly offensive. Even though she knew that the training and living up with high expectations would be hard for her, she couldn't even dream that not only military officers but rather her mates will try to turn her life into a living hell. Not only try, but rather succeed in that.

         It would be insane but not to admire Sam on her persistence and strength which she showed in this book. How even in the worst moments she didn't give up and kept going, fighting and going forward, never backward. Even though at moments it was cruel, it really made her stronger and fierce. But Rites of Passage is not just cruel and dark, but it has a rather nice romance. Which starts as a simple crush Sam has on her drill sergeant and grows and develops into a nice romance, which is persistent and fierce like both of them are.

        Only reason why I couldn't think of this book as a perfection is its ending. I really wish it was a bit more closed as this was it leaves space for a possible sequel which in my opinion feels unnecessary.

Rating: 4.5 stars. 

Until the next time,
*Note: An ARC of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, HarperCollins. Thank you!

7. ruj 2014.

The Sunday Post (#23)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

Hello guys! As we're both short on time this won't be long. This was jet another rainy day in Bosnia where both of us managed to read a lot. Which is good. Glass is still job-hunting and Tanja is still enjoying her free time. 
Next week Tackle Your TBR shelf is starting and Tanja is hoping to read at least 6 books. Also she is truly hoping not to forget about it and to actually remember to post updates as she've already forgotten about it a couple of times (nothing new there you see). Maybe this one read-a-thon will actually be successful for her. 
In the meantime sorry for not being around again. It's just last week was full of I-don't-want-to-get-out-of-bed days. We shall change that :)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Tag 
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (ARC Review)
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#111)
  • White Hot by Sandra Brown (review)
  • Kiss of Broken Glass by Medaline Kuderick (ARC Review)
  • Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley (ARC Review)
  • Bookish Problems #8 - Sunday? Already? 
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#112)
  • The TBR Tag
  • Cover Reveal 
  • Jackaby by William Ritter (ARC Review)
Tanja's haul 
Thank you: Ripley Patton, Eliza Crewe and Disney-Hyperion.

Glass' haul 
Until the next time, 

6. ruj 2014.

ARC Review: Kiss of Broken Glass by Medaline Kuderick

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Book summary:
Madeleine Kuderick’s gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.
In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.
When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for mandatory psychiatric watch. There, Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment.
          It's not new that I love reading books with issues, and honestly that's the only type of contemporary books that I still enjoy. So when I saw Kiss of the Broken Glass for the first time it was hard not to be intrigued by it. I'm happy to inform you that this book was everything I hoped it would be.

          Kenna, our main character in this story is a teen girl who when looked from the outside had a really normal teen life. What many parents ignore is that school highly influences kids and their behavior as schoolmates put the worst kind of pressure on you - peer pressure. Which is hard to ignore especially as that critical age is when kids wish to belong most of everything. So when her friends started cutting Kenna didn't feel like having a choice. Only what happens when cutting becomes much more than just some game and it turns into competition and serious issue.

         It was while in psychiatric watch that we get to meet Kenna better and when we get to see her story. It was really easy for me to feel for her, even though she is not really an optimistic character. At some moments she reminded me of Hazel from The Fault in Our Starts with her views and feelings. That's why this book felt real to me, as neither the author nor Kenna didn't feel like sugarcoating the situation.

          Now we come to the writing. When you read the blurb you can see it's written in verse and that kind of writing usually works for me. I shall say that not only I liked the verses but I also liked how writing changed throughout the story. It stopped when Kenna did and it changed as her thoughts did. Some might not like the chopped verses, but they correspond with Kenna which made me feel really connected with her.

          Lastly, kudos to whomever created this title, as it really is poetic and it fits the story.

Rating: 5 stars. 

Until the next time,
*Note: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, HarperCollins via Edelweiss. Thank you!

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