REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

anna and the french kiss books keep me saneTitle: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: December 2nd 2010

Purchase: Amazon (Paperback or Kindle)

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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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I Survived A Hell-ish Week!

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When I started this blog my focus was on book reviews but now that it has grown, I want to share some stuff other than book reviews. Ramblings Keep Me sane is essentially about, well, ramblings. It could be book-related ramblings… or not. It’ll be like a discussion post where readers can share their opinion about anything under the sun.

I Survived A Hell-ish Week!

I don’t know if you have noticed this but I haven’t posted in the last week. I kind of feel bad for going AWOL on you, my readers. But worry not for I have returned!

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Top Ten Tuesday #16: Books I MUST TOTALLY Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list.

The following books are the ones that have received so much hype in the past months and people have been recommending them to me nonstop! I really hope I can get to reading them someday….. when my TBR mountain shrinks to a manageable size (like that’s ever gonna happen).

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REVIEW + AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake

antigoddess books keep me saneTitle: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: YA Fantasy/ Mythology

Release Date: September 10th 2013

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Hardcover)

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The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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The moment I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this novel. I am a fan of anything and everything Greek deities. Not to mention the title is very catchy. It seemed like I was going to enjoy reading the book, and enjoy I did.

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Top Ten Tuesday #15: Books I Recommend to Those Who Haven’t Read New Adult and Young Adult

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list.

This is a really interesting topic this week. Normally I don’t write recommended books posts just because I pretty much recommend all the books I’ve rated four or five stars in this blog. Writing a recommendation post would be redundant, still I am writing this now because I want to highlight some outstanding books (at least in my opinion) in two particular genres. One is new adult, which genre I haven’t heard of until I started blogging. I’m not really sure if the term “new adult” just recently popped in the book market but I am really enjoying this one.

The second one is Young Adult. This genre is really booming! More than 60% of what I read is YA and I freaking love this genre. A lot of people read YA but I’m pretty sure there are some of you that, for some reason, haven’t/ don’t read YA. This post is for you! :P

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REVIEW: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

shatter me books keep me saneTitle: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Genre: YA Dystopian

Release Date: November 15th 2011

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Hardcover)

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I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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At first glance Shatter Me seems just like all the other dystopian books out there, but there’s something that makes Shatter Me a cut above the rest.

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Top Ten Tuesday #14: Authors I Read the Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list.

This week’s Top Ten topic is really interesting but I kinda cheated a bit, haha! First, I changed the topic from “…I Own the Most Book From” to “…I Read the Most Book From” and I only have seven authors in my list. The reasons are that first, if I follow the original topic then I would only have a handful of authors in my list (less than five). When I read series that are way too long—I’m talking about having more than five books in a series— I don’t buy all the books because it would be very expensive, so instead, I just borrow books from my friends. Also, my taste in books is very eclectic, I very rarely read more than five books by the same author.

Let’s get this started, shall we?

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ+ GIVEAWAY: Doe Eyes (Good Gods #3) by Staci Hart

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share this news to you– Doe Eyes officially comes out today!

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I am a huge fan of the Good Gods series and I’ve been really looking forward to this book. The Good Gods series is like a breath of fresh air in the New Adult category. It has steamy romance with a little fantasy twist in the form of the Greek deities in the mix. So without further ado, here’s the blurb and the very gorgeous cover of Doe Eyes.

doe eyes books keep me sane Aphrodite knows better than anyone how the heart works. Just don’t ask her to figure out her own.

She’s been away from Olympus for weeks, which wasn’t near long enough for her move on from everything that happened, to get past the betrayal and loss. She has no idea what she’s walking into when she gets back other than a new competition, this time against Artemis. The goddesses have never been friends, but now they have more in common than ever, though they’d rather face eat ambrosia straight than admit it.

Artemis can’t help but be smug. Her player, Josie, is a private investigator who’s lost more than she’s won. Every waking moment is consumed by her fire to catch the man who killed her partner, and when Jon comes back into town after leaving her without a word, it’s more than she can handle. She’ll never let him in. Not again.

But Jon only did what he thought was right, and he’ll do anything he can, give her everything he has to give to prove that he can be trusted with her heart again.

With Adonis gone and the threat of Ares around every corner, Aphrodite’s past presses on her, leaving her more alone than she’s ever been. She can’t help wondering if she’ll ever escape, and how much pain she’ll endure before the whole ordeal is behind her.

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