Bout of Books Read-a-Thon 10.0 | Days 5-7 Recap

Wednesday, 21 May 2014






The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team




I started off the week really well, but it kind of went downhill when I was on vacation, but then again, I expected it to. I did get to read 6 books in a week, which is so great, because I go on vacation/ to camp for a week next week! Gah, I'm away for so much of the month! Anyway, I finished reading Cruel Beauty, and read the novella Gilded Ashes, both of which I really enjoyed. I would definitely recommend them to everybody! I thought that they were so much fun and so well written.

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Books Read: 6
Pages Read Overall: 1,975 Pages

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon 10.0 | Day 4 Recap

Friday, 16 May 2014






The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team




I spent the day travelling which meant that I got a lot of reading done. I drove from Toronto, to Buffalo, and flew to Florida today, so it was about 9 hours of travel. In that time, I started and finished Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, and I really enjoyed it! The ending was a little unsatisfying, but I know that it's set up to be a series. I'm starting Cruel Beauty, and the novella Gilded Ashes by Rosamond Hodge Today!  

Books Read: 4
Pages Read Today: 452 Pages
Pages Read Overall: 1,476 Pages

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Blog Tour: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes - Review

Thursday, 15 May 2014








Book: The Art of Lainey

Author: Paula Stoke

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 384 Pages

Source: HarperCollins Canada - Thanks Ladies!!

Format: ARC

Release Date: May 20th 2014

Where to Buy: Amazon USAmazon CABarnes and NobleChapters IndigoThe Book Depository
Left Bank Books - Paula's favourite Indie! You can order a signed copy!





Goodreads Summary

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they're sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few "dates", it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.


What's a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you're meant to be with, if you're still figuring out the person you're meant to be?


My Review

I realize now that I have been on a contemporary kick, but it's been really dark contemporary, and I wanted a mood boost and I found exactly what I wanted with The Art of Lainey.

First off, can you say character development? I mean, at the very beginning, I wasn't really a fan of Lainey but when her boyfriend broke up with her in the first chapter of the novel (not a spoiler!), she started to grow. And looking back from the end of the novel, she grew so much, and it was so incredibly well paced that it was just a natural progression.

I don't know how Paula Stokes was able to write such an incredible and natural relationship between Lainey and Micah, but I loved it and I want more. The realistic relationship they had made me smile, and laugh, and just root for them. They are such solid and strong characters alone, and they worked so well together. At the end of the day, I just wanted Lainey and Micah to be happy.

Paula, along with creating such incredible characters, wrote such an interesting plot. Seeing a romance as war, and your significant other as your enemy was a really interesting way to look at a relationship. I mean, wouldn't you want your partner to be on your side, instead of against you? After reading this, I had a big conversation about what a healthy relationship is, and what it means to be apart of a relationship.

I had a lot of fun reading The Art of Lainey and I got very attached to the characters. This book is so sweet that you'll get toothaches, and my god it's so smart. I loved reading this book.

4.5/5 Stars. My one problem was that it wasn't long enough!



About Paula Stokes



Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated from Washington University and the Goldfarb School of Nursing. When she's not writing, she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula loves interacting with readers! Find her online at www.authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.




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Follow the Tour!

May 12: Jessica @ Read My Breath Away – Kick-Off
May 13: Giselle @ Book Nerd – Review
May 14: Emilie @ Emilie’s Book World – Character Interview
May 15: Indigo @ Adventures in YA Fiction – Review
May 16: Kristie @ Lost in Ever After – Deleted Scene

May 19: Ciara @ Lost at Midnight – Review
May 20: Allison Grace @ Sleepless Reads - Interview
May 21: Siobhan @ Conversations of a Reading Addict – Review
May 22: Amanda @ Stuck in YA Books – Guest Post
May 23: Christa @ More Than Just Magic – Review

May 26: Lynne @ Words of Mystery – Review
May 27: Caitlin @ The YA Bookworm Blogger – Review
May 28: Tanya @ Book Loving Hippo – Guest Post
May 29: Alyssa @ Swept Away By Books – Review
May 30: Kathy @ A Glass of Wine – Wrap-Up

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Book of Books Read-a-Thon 10.0 | Day 3 Recap






The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the 
Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team




Yesterday was a pretty good day! I had a lot of stuff going on, including play rehersals, packing for a wedding in Florida, homework, and just general school. But thanks to my two free periods, I actually finished a book, and read a novella yesterday! I finished Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, which I liked a hell of a lot more than Cinder, and I started and finished the Dorothy Must Die novella, called No Place Like Oz. The novella was okay, but it was really just for context, and I think it will add to the overall story. Now, I'm reading Dorothy Must Die! 

Books Read: 3
Pages Read Today: 354 Pages
Pages Read Overall: 1024 Pages

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon 10.0 | Day 2 Recap

Wednesday, 14 May 2014





The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the 
Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team




Today was a day of many meetings, many phone calls, and a lot of school work. The play that I wrote and am directing is being shown next week, I'm preparing for prom in a month, and I'm going to my cousin's wedding in Florida this weekend. SO, I didn't get much reading done. In fact, I only read 250 pages of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I didn't like Cinder all that much, but I'm really enjoying this one. It's got this great pacing, a great balance of all of the stories going on, and it's really suspenseful!  

Books Read: 1
Pages Read Today: 250 Pages
Pages Read Overall: 670 Pages

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon 10.0 | Day 1 Recap

Tuesday, 13 May 2014





The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the 
Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team



On Day 1, I started out really strong. I started and finished Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard, and I loved it. I think it's one of my favourites of the year. Such incredible characters, and such a great story.

Books Read: 1
Pages Read Today: 420 Pages
Pages Read Overall: 420 Pages

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon 10.0 | My TBR

Sunday, 11 May 2014





The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the
Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team



Hey guys! Welcome to my Bout of Books TBR! This time around, I wanted to do something a little different, so I went with a themed TBR! I am reading all retellings, all week. Some of these are fairy tale retellings, retellings of classics, or books that retell historical situations. So onto my TBR!

Book 1: Her Dark Curiosity



A retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckll and Mr. Hyde by Rober Louis Stevenson! The second in the Madman's Daughter Series by Megan Shepherd

Book 2: Scarlet


I read Cinder a few years ago and have recently wanted to pick up the series again! If I like it, I might read Cress soon! A retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Book 3: Dorothy Must Die


I've heard so much surrounding this book that I want to read this so badly! It's based in the world of The Wizard of Oz!

Book 4: Alice in Zombie Land 


Apparently this isn't a fully faithful version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but it sounds really cool, none the less! I can't wait for it!

Bonus Book: Cruel Beauty



This book is a maybe! I don't want to push myself to read it if I can't fit it in, but I still want to get to it. My friend Michelle from Lipstick and Literature is going to be sending this to me, and if it gets here by the end of the week, I'll add it to my TBR!


What are you reading during the readathon? Let me know below, and tell me which book I should read first!! <3

-Indigo
@indigowayworth



Bout of Books Read-a-Thon 10.0 | Introduction

Friday, 9 May 2014

Bout of BooksI am so excited because, starting Monday, I'll be participating in my second Read-a-Thon; Bout of Books 10.0! I'm really excited because I've got a themed TBR this year! If you haven't signed up, what are you waiting for? Sign up now! 

If you don't know what Bout of Books is, here's some info!


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
 So this is my official Introduction and sign up post, and I'll be posting my TBR on Sunday! I'm planning to read 5 books, for sure, but i'm going to aim for 6. And you'll find out the theme of my TBR this weekend! I'm going to a wedding in Florida on Thursday, and I hope that i'll get lots of reading done while travelling, but I'm not sure.

Are you participating this time around? Let me know in the comments! I'll talk to you guys later!!

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Review: Great by Sara Benincasa

Thursday, 8 May 2014







Book: Great

Author: Sara Benincasa

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: 263 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Preordered from ChaptersIndigo

Where to Buy: Amazon CAChapters IndigoBook Depository




Goodreads Summary


In Sara Benincasa's contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.

Everyone loves a good scandal.

Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta's carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.

Based on a beloved classic and steeped in Sara Benincasa's darkly comic voice, Great has all the drama, glitz, and romance with a terrific modern (and scandalous) twist to enthrall readers.


My Review


The Great Gatsby is my favourite book of all time. No joke. But I'm not a purist. I love adaptations and recreations of the original text, because I'm just so in love with the story. And I loved Great. I absolutely loved it.

One of my favourite characters in The Great Gatsby is Nick Carraway, who is Naomi Rye in Great. What I loved about her character was that she wasn't a passive voice like Nick's in GG. She had this spunky and sassy personality that lept off the page and I really loved her development. There were times when she kept thinking that she should do something and then she didn't because she was scared, or she just didn't want to. Every decision that she made formed her into a better and better character.

Keeping on the character track, I loved how Jacinta's feelings towards Delilah were not seen as love by any other character. THANK YOU, SARA BENINCASA!! The relationship between the two characters is not love! It's mutual obsession and it's weird and scary to people outside of the relationship and I loved how the characters were able to so quickly point that out. I was so glad that that was included.

And Sara Benincasa is hilarious. I mean, I spent the majority of my time reading this laughing my head off. I loved her witty and sarcastic sense of humour, and the humour in this book made the tragedy hit even harder.

Overall, I loved this. I absolutely adored Great, and I think that you would be a 'beautiful little fool' if you didn't pick this up. Without a doubt, 6/5 stars. One of my favourites of this year.

- Indigo
@indigowayworth

April Book Haul

Sunday, 4 May 2014

I went on a bit of a buying spree this month, and got some really great books! Check out my haul video and my new Booktube Channel below! :)



Great by Sara Benincasa

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Thanks for watching guys, and i'll see you guys later! Happy Reading!

-Indigo
@Indigowayworth

ARC Review: Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat

Friday, 2 May 2014





Book: Unspeakable

Author: Caroline Pignat

Publisher: Razorbill Canada

Pages: 288 Pages

Format: Advanced Readers Copy

Source: Picked up at the Penguin Booth at OLA2014. Thanks to the ladies that recommended it to me!

Publication Date: May 6th - Paperback Original

Where to Buy: Amazon CAChapters Indigo




Goodreads Summary

On her first voyage as a stewardess aboard the Empress of Ireland, Ellie is drawn to the solitary fire stoker who stands by the ship’s rail late at night, often writing in a journal.

Jim. Ellie finds it hard to think of his name now. After their wonderful time in Quebec City, that awful night happened. The screams, the bodies, the frigid waters … she tries hard to tell herself that he survived, but it’s hard to believe when so many didn’t. So when Wyatt Steele, journalist atThe New York Times asks her for her story, Ellie refuses. But when he shows her Jim’s journal, she jumps at the chance to be able to read it herself, to find some trace of the man she had fallen in love with, or perhaps a clue to what happened to him. There’s only one catch: she will have to tell her story to Steele and he’ll “pay” her by giving her the journal, one page at a time.




My Review


I don't read enough historical fiction. I love the genre, and all of it's subgenres, but I don't read enough of it, and I don't know why. The last few historical fiction books I read were incredible, and I'm so glad that I let the ladies from Penguin convince me into taking Unspeakable at the OLA14 Super Conference. I went into this book expecting a lot, and I was really happy with what came out of it!

First off, I love Canadian lit. I don't know why, but Canadian lit is always so well written, and I think that it's because of the fact that only the best of the best gets mainstream attention and is published internationally. I always find myself captivated in the story, and these authors, Caroline Pignat in particular, make sure that I am captivated all the way through. But even though I was captivated, there were still a few parts that were a bit slow, but once I pushed through those bits, it was back to the great pacing and suspense.

Speaking of being captivated, Girl knows how to write suspense. I was seriously on my toes the entire novel, trying to figure out how it would end, and how everything would play out, and I just flew threw this because of it. Her writing was never superficial or cliched, and it was just so much fun to be so engaged in a book.

The characters of Ellie and Jim were incredibly well crafted. Within the first couple chapters of reading, I had this great understanding of who they were, and I was ready to get to know how they got to where they are now. They were such interesting characters to read about and their relationship with each other and with the other people in their lives were so fascinating and I just found myself wanting to know more and more about who Jim and Ellie really were and how they were going to end up.

Overall, I had such an amazing time reading Unspeakable. It's fast paced, fun, and the characters are ones that are not easily forgotten. This book goes on sale in May, and you would be a fool not to pick it up then.

4.5/5 stars.

-Indigo
@indigowayworth