Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kristy's Cozy Reads Week 3 (1/19-1/25)

This week I was feeling in the mood to read some romance novels…my guilty-pleasure. And what a pleasure they are (If you know what I mean).

Okay, okay, let me save the naughtiness for the bedroom….
So I decided to give in this week and read 2 romance novels about some very gorgeous yet brutish and arrogant Scottish Highlanders. The type that every girl wants to meet having the chance to go up into the Highlands and looking for some romance and adventure…I know I have been fantasizing about this more than I probably should. Not the point though.

Anyway, the books I read were actually rereads, because I still find them fascinating the second and third time around.

A Gentle Feuding by Johanna Lindsey

The Wedding by Julie Garwood

These two wonderful ladies are actually my two favourite Romance authors. They know how to create a story, add handsome and charming characters, adventure, and they definitely know how to captivate their readers. So if you like romance novels (like I do) you should read their novels. If you have already read a few or all of them, then leave me a comment so we can talk about it or recommend me some of the ones you all like.

P.S. Johanna Lindsey’s Malory series is the BOMB!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle
Year: 2012
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback

 “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before. ~ Goodreads

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Judith's Bout of Books 9.0 Wrap-up


I hope you all had a great weekend! We here at The Cozy Corner have been pretty busy this past week with life and reading for the read-a-thon so we haven't been able to post much at all! We are terribly sorry about that and we will be resuming frequent posts right away! So don't FRET! :) 

Now on to what everyone is here did the read-a-thon go???! 

It went GREAT!!! I had so much fun this time around. I didn't really feel any pressure since the only goal I had really set for myself was to try to read 4 books. Plus, having Kristy participating in it with me made it even more fun since we kept each other company while reading! I ended up reading 5 books, 1 novella, and a couple of pages of another book! I am really happy with this! It is the most I have EVER read in a week, with a total of 1,114 pages. Not to mention that I practically LOVED everything I read! But let's move on to what I actually read:

The first book I read was Looking for Alaska by John Green! I finally got around to picking this one up and I have to say I can see why so many people love this one. I don't know why but I had a preconceived notion of what is was going to be about, and of course it was nothing like what I thought. In a GOOD way! This was a good start to the read-a-thon since I read it all on Monday! I will be posting a review of this one later this week and further explaining what I thought about it but I am definitely looking forward to reading more of John Green's books! 

The second book I picked up was Angelfall by Susan Ee! OMG! OMG! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I can't stress it enough! I went in to this one with no real expectations because I have never really read an Angel book and wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, but I had heard so many great things about it that I gave it a shot. If you asked me what I one book I am most glad that I bought ever, it might have to be this one! It was terrifying and so good and action packed! The take on Angels and the world building were excellent! I will also be posting a review on this one later this week and I have a little treat to include: a paragraph ramble I wrote right after I finished it! I need the next one in the series NOW!

The third book I read was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This one was not originally on my TBR for the read-a-thon but I was really in the mood to read it so I picked it up. I really enjoyed this one a lot! I loved the unique writing style that Tahereh uses and I thought there were so many great characters with so much depth to them. I know everyone is team Warner but I have only read this one and so far I have to be team Adam! I have been assured that changes later on so we will see! I think I might pick up the Novella sometime this week or next week. And can we please just stare at that cover for a minute...I kept getting so distracted by it while I was reading it!

The fourth book I read was Stuff Every Man Should Know by Brett Cohen. This was a random pick for me as well. My boyfriend got this for Christmas and of course I was going to read it, it being a book and all! This is a book by Quirk Books and they make a lot of these fun books on various topics. I thought this was a quick and fun read and I did learn a couple new things! I do think that most of the stuff in the book EVERYONE should know although there were a couple things thrown in there for guys. Either way this makes for a fun and cute gift! I don't think I am going to do a proper review for this one unless someone really wants one.

The fifth and last full novel I read was Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book!!! This was another big surprise for me. I have not read books about Time Travel before except  for The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and lets just say I am not the biggest fan of that book. I totally fell in love with this book from the first chapter! The writing and dialogue was so hilarious and fun! The book takes place in London and so I read the entire book out loud in a British accent...I know...I am weird! But it was sooooo much FUN! I loved the story as well and the history involved! I cannot wait to pick up the sequel!!! 

After Ruby Red I wasn't in the mood to pick up another novel right away so I decided to pick up Life Before Legend by Marie Lu. This is the Novella that comes with the Legend box set. It is actually two Novellas, one about Day and one about June. They were good extra reads to learn a little more about the characters. Even thought I am a bigger fan of Day, I really enjoyed June's novella a lot more. I thought you learned a lot more about who she was and we got to see some more of her brother Metias. Overall a good extra read! 

The last book I picked up was Pieces of You by Tablo. This is actually a re-read for me. I originally read this book about 5 years ago and thought it would be a good time to give it a re-read. This is a collection of ten short stories by Tablo who is the main singer in a Korean Hip Hop group called Epik High. This is not a translation though. He is fluent in English as well and wrote it as such. I really enjoyed it the first read through. It is some what of a dark read but very good and thought provoking. I only got to page 64 during the read-a-thon but plan to keep on reading it this week. 

OKAY, so that is all I read during the read-a-thon!!! Like I said earlier, I am extremely happy with how much I read not to mention how much I enjoyed everything! I can't wait until the next read-a-thon! 

This week we have a couple posts coming your way! 

*Our Genre Spotlight on Contemporary
*Our weekly Cozy Reads 
*Kristy's reviews of Daughter of Smoke & Bone and The Raven Boys
*My reviews of Looking for Alaska and Angelfall

Hope you guys have a great week! Let me know what you guys are currently reading!

Judith <3

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Judith's Bout of Books 9.0 TBR and Updates!

I thought I'd do a quick post to let you guys know what I plan on reading...better yet what I HOPE to be able to read during the read-a-thon! This can change at anytime depending on my mood as the week goes on but I have been really dying to read all of these!! I got three of these during Christmas and have been saving them. So what are they you ask???


I have two extra on the side that I might pick up if by some miracle I get through all of these before the week is up! SHHH...I won't reveal those yet! All of these work towards one or more of my goals for this year which is GREAT! I think rather than making a daily update post I will just update this page with each day's progress! Don't forget to come back and check it out and let me know how you are doing! 



# of books finished: 1
# of  pages read: 324
Books read: Looking for Alaska [221 pages/COMPLETED]
                   Angelfall [103 pages]

Total books: 1
Total pages: 324


# of books finished: 1
# of  pages read: 180
Books read: Angelfall [180 pages/COMPLETED]

Total books: 2
Total pages: 504


# of books finished: 0
# of  pages read: 203
Books read: Shatter Me [150 pages]
                   Stuff Every Man Should Know [53 pages]

Total books: 2
Total pages: 707


# of books finished: 0
# of  pages read: 125
Books read: Shatter Me [74 pages]
                   Stuff Every Man Should Know [51 pages]

Total books: 2
Total pages: 832


# of books finished: 2
# of  pages read: 217
Books read: Shatter Me [114 pages/COMPLETED]
                   Stuff Every Man Should Know [39 pages/COMPLETED]
                   Ruby Red [64 pages]

Total books: 4
Total pages: 1,049


# of books finished: 1
# of  pages read: 354
Books read: Ruby Red [260 pages/COMPLETED]
                   Life Before Legend [41 pages/COMPLETED]
                   Pieces of You [53 pages]

Total books: 5 and 1 Novella
Total pages: 1,403


# of books finished: 0
# of  pages read: 11
Books read: Pieces of You [11 pages]

Total books: 5 and 1 Novella
Total pages: 1,414

Let me know what you guys are reading and if you have any books you think I should add to my TBR!

Good luck on the Read-a-thon! :)

Judith <3

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Tittle: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Year: 2011
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. ~Goodreads

Let's begin by saying that I know I am extremely late jumping on this bandwagon! EVERYONE has been raving about this series for some time now and I honestly have no idea why I waited so long to pick it up. A couple weeks ago I went to the bookstore with my boyfriend but Barnes & Noble didn't have any of the books I had intended on purchasing so I happened to pick up Legend instead. I started reading it for the Christmas Booktube-a-thon and could not put it down! I finished it in a couple of hours!


I went into this story not knowing much about it and not really expecting any particular thing from it. I was a blank slate, and I am really glad. I prefer to go into books with as little knowledge as possible because then all the opinions and feelings I form are completely my own. But anyways, right from the start I loved Day's character. He has this extraordinary will to live, but not solely for himself, but for those around him as well. He is a character that makes you feel, that to some degree most people can relate to. I also really enjoyed his charm and his wit, it made for some pretty funny moments! I enjoyed June's character as well, she was strong and she questioned things often enough that you didn't take her for a simple puppet of the Republic. I do think however that she has a lot more room for character development in the future books, She has a lot to learn about the government and its people and I think this information will alter her way of thinking and her actions further.

I have to say that I quite enjoyed the angle in which the society  was presented. In a lot of Dystopians we see more of the peoples daily lives and how they cope with the society the government has created. I liked that in Legend we learn about society through the government. We get to see the inner workings of the society and who exactly is running it. I often wonder how did a government get this way or why do they do the things they do and so it was fascinating to be reading from within the government. I'm not sure if the other books will continue with this format but I would love to dive deeper into the inner workings of the society.

In this first book we are presented with the idea that there is another side in the war called the Colonies. I would love to further expand on this and get the other perspective on the war. I know that more often than not the grass is not always greener on the other side and I would like to see the other side have it's governmental flaws as well.

I think over all the book was fast-paced and was jammed packed with action. I think Marie Lu did a great job at raising just enough questions that you would be intrigued with out being completely confused. There is great world building and an array of interesting characters. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Dystopians and is looking for a fresh take on one. I think the eerie part of this novel is that because we see the governmental side of things it makes the society seem even more believable, which is quite frightening to think that something like this could come to pass! I can't wait until I can read Prodigy and Champion.

Now go out and read Legend!!!

Judith <3

Friday, January 3, 2014

Genre Spotlight: Fantasy

It's that time of the week again to showcase one of our favourite genres with out Genre Spotlight of the week. Unfortunately last week due to the holidays, not much was posted and this was pushed back, but here it is!

This week's genre is FANTASY! There is nothing like diving into a whole new world!

Judith's Fantasy Recommendation: 

My pick for this week is The Alchemyst by Michael Scott! I read this book on my boyfriend's recommendation, since the series is one of his all time favorites. Well okay, it was more like "YOU BETTER READ IT! NOW!" What can I say, he's very passionate! :)  Regardless, I was glad I listened to him, because I really enjoyed it! It is quite the adventure and very action packed. If I am not mistaken, the whole story takes place within the span of one day. There is so much detail and world building on every single page. If you are even remotely a fan of history you will absolutely love this book. Michael Scott has an incredible talent when it comes to taking bits of history and giving them a whole new life. You begin to question certain events and even sometimes prefer his retelling to the original versions you know. This is one of those books you do have to pay attention to or you might miss an important part, but the ride is definitely enjoyable! If you are a fan of history and magic you will love this book!!! 

Kristy's Fantasy Recommendation:
6304335 Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Many of you are probably going to kill me for this, but actually, the reason why I read this book or even learned about it was because of the film. When it came out I was captured by the fantasy with the promise of magic where you would least expect to find it; "middle of nowhere South Carolina," as Ethan Wate, the protagonist of the story, puts it. Along with the fantasy aspect of it, comes romance and new friendships that you wouldn't expect and even a little bit of history. Your least favourite characters become your favourite.
Another thing I love is that these characters are avid readers with a love for "banned" books. It infuriates the overly religious women and you can't help but laugh at their outrage.
The more you read, the more the plot begins to twist and you don't know what is real and what isn't. You are trapped with the need to find out more...until you pick up the second book (which I need to continue reading). But you won't be disappointed. There is so much magic filling the pages that you will be entranced the entire way through.

If any of you lovelies have any fantasy faves that you would like to recommend or just really love, leave us a comment. We'd love to hear from you all!

Next Week's Genre Spotlight will be Contemporary. If anyone has any future genres they'd like to see in the spotlight or any ideas of their own, leave a comment to let us know.

Until next time lovelies!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Kristy: Cozy Reads- Week 1 (1/2/14)

I guess you could say that I am starting the year off right with a book on my lap and a cozy place to sit. However, it's more like three books and the corner of the couch with my Batman slanket* draped over me. That's usually where I'll spend my days and nights of's just so comfy! But this isn't what today's post is about, it's about my cozy reads for the day and remainder of the week.

 As I said earlier, I have three books, yes three, that I will be focusing on this week (though they may carry over to next week with the given the circumstances...i.e. I have to work). The way I'll be reading these aren't in any particular order yet all at the same time, if that makes any sense. Here they are:
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It's been a while and I have owned this book practically since it came out, but after reading Catching Fire I just couldn't seem to get into the third installment. However, I am happy to say that I am doing much better and loving and hating it. By hating, I mean, I don't trust the new characters and I still love the old. I'm currently at pg 40 and hoping to get further tonight, and possibly finish it before the weekend is up. The good thing is that Judith and I will be reading this together!! We've done this with one other and find it a great way to read since we read about 100 pages at a time then discuss everything we liked and disliked about that section. (It's fun if you have a friend to read with and very entertaining and challenging)

17675462Next, we have The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.This one I'm about 50 pages in, though I find it very hard to push through the beginning. I have read that at first it's hard to get into, but gets better so I'm trying to push through it but that gets harder when you have other books that you want to read. I'm hoping to finish this one too because I really want to know how it plays out, especially because I love all the supernatural and paranormal world. And when I do finish this one I can get the next one in the series *smiles evilly*


Last but definitely not least, Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger.Who would have known that I would pick this book up...well probably everyone who knows me well enough. Apart for my supernatural love, I love spies! And this book takes the cake because it pretty much has both packaged in one and tied up nicely with a pretty bow. I have yet to start this one, and my possibly be started next week, but I really cant wait. This one too has a second part which just makes it better because I hate to be left hanging and have to wait another year to know what happens. I guess you can say I'm a "little" impatient.

We're off to a good start this year and hopefully I can continue my cozy reads for more than once a millennium, at least that's how it feels like when school is in motion. Though it is one of my bookish resolutions for this year.

Well that's all for this week on my cozy reads....Hope everyone has some material for this week and don't forget to check out the next book challenge!! Hope to see you all participating and reading tons!

Bout of Books 9.0


I am!!! I know, I know, I just did one not too long ago, BUT they are so much fun! I love read-a-thons because they give you that little extra push to read more.

So for those of you that haven't heard about Bout of Books:

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, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I really don't have any concrete plans on how many books I want to read or what I will be reading but I think I might strive for 4 books, which is not too bad for 7 days. If I decide on a set TBR I will make a post if not I will just go with the flow and see what I am in the mood to read. I don't think I will be doing daily updates like I did with the Christmas Booktube-a-thon because that would be too many posts, I will probably do a mid-week update and then a wrap-up.

Good luck to everyone participating in the read-a-thon!!!
Let me know what you plan to read or accomplish.

Judith <3

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Kristy's Holiday Book Haul!

I got a few books over the holidays which I can't wait to read! These were actually all from Judith (and her you know he's a keeper)! I've also added tons more to my wishlist, which I will soon purchase. In the meantime, I have these three and a few more in my collection that I have yet to read; because, you know, I am constantly buying more and more books despite the fact that I have plenty that I have yet to read. But you can NEVER have enough books!

  • Harry Potter Film Wizardology
  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  • Legend by Marie Lu
 I'm actually excited about these, especially HP because I am the #1 fan (at least in my mind) and love everything Harry Potter. I'm a little obsessed. Okay....a lot obsessed. I flipped through the 100+ page book and was fascinated by it, as if I was in that magical world once again. There were also the most awesome props like the invitation/program for the Yule Ball, the Marauder's Map, my very own Acceptance Letter, and much more!

Etiquette & Espionage actually appealed to me because I love books about spies, especially when it's teenage girls doing the spying and kicking some major butt! I may just start with this one and get my fix.

Legend, well, it speaks for itself. I actually heard about it because I was intrigued by the second book, but I have to start at the beginning. War, action, secrets, and romance all in one. It sounds like my cup of tea!

Can't wait to read these!

If you lovelies got tons of books for the holidays, let us know what they are. it can be one or a trillion (which is about the amount that Judith got...jealous!) We'd love to hear from you!

Judith: Cozy Reads 01/01/14


I thought I would post a quick Cozy Reads letting you guys know what I am currently reading and will probably  be reading for the remainder of the week.

Psssst...I will let you in on a little secret. For 21 years I was strictly a one book at a time kind of gal, until I wasn't entirely done with one book I wouldn't dare pick up another one. This past year that all changed! I am not quite sure why but I think it has to do with my discovery that by reading multiple books in different mediums I could get a lot more reading done. I started reading three books at any given time, a physical book, an e-book for when I was laying in bed, and an audio book for when ever I was cleaning or doing something on the computer. That's the way it has been for the last couple of months but for some reason this week I seem to be wanting to read ALL the books at the same times! I have been reading a couple chapters of one and then picking up another and doing the same and just rotating. Luckily the three books are all quite different in content and I don't run the risk of the events jumbling together.

Well now that I am done rambling I will get on with the good stuff...the books!

The first book I am reading is Killing Floor by Lee Child. This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series. My MIL has been recommending the series to me for a while now and she recently lent me her kindle so that I could read it. I don't know how many I will read since there are about a MILLION in the series! It is a mystery/thriller/crime novel, which is great because I haven't read too many books that fall within those genres. I am about 43% into it and so far I am loving it! Although, I am constantly in a state of anxiety as I am reading because one bad thing after the other keeps happening! Like WOW can they please catch a break!!!

The Second book I am currently reading is The Magician by Michael Scott. This is the second book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. The first book in the series is actually my Fantasy recommendation of the week! I am really enjoying the series. It is a great mix of history and magic and I love the alternate explanations for various events! I am currently on page 113 out of 464 and there hasn't been a shortage of action! There are six books in the series and I am going to try to read one a month, unless there is a terrible cliff hanger at the end of one of them and then I must continue! Luckily my boyfriend owns them all and they are sitting on our shelf waiting patiently!

FINALLY, the last book that I will be reading is the one that I am most excited about! *Drum roll please!* Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins!!! This is the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy! As you all know, I read Catching Fire last month for the Christmas Booktube-a-thon and really loved it and couldn't wait to sink my teeth into the next one! It seems kind of crazy that I am finally going to finish the trilogy considering I read The Hunger Games sooo long ago. The most exciting part is that Kristy and I will be reading it together! She had yet to read the last one as well so we thought we would do it together! We are going to try to do it in sets of 100 pages at a time. I am currently on chapter 3 and will hopefully reach chapter 8 by the end of the night. much for a quick post! I am just so excited about this weeks reads! 

What will you guys be reading this week??! 

<3 Toodles! 

Kristy: New Years Bookish Resolution


The new year is upon us and I have already made tons of resolutions that I intend to keep. It's going to be hard but I am determined to go forth and push myself, especially this year when I have so many. These, however, are my lovely fun and crazy bookish resolutions. I don't know if I'll do ten like Judith or more or less, but the year is young so who knows?!
  1. Read 50 books (minimum-which is 1/week, 4/month)
  2. Reread and finish Blue Bloods series
  3. Finish all the books I own but haven't started (it's a lot!)
  4. Read more non-fiction books
  5. Post at least 3 times a week
  6. Read more short stories and poetry
  7. Read a book whose title starts with each of the letters in my name (stole this from Judith...grins evilly)
That's what I have so far, but like I said, the year is young so that can change at any moment. The one I really want to get through is the 50 books because last year I was barely able to read. Between school and work, I pretty much had no time for anything else, much less reading. How depressing. So this year I am determined to read more despite having work and school. I must make time for it, even if it's while I'm on break or an hour at the library. Any little bit counts. The rest are fun and entertaining but I won't go crazy if I don't finish those, though I will most definitely try! I can't wait to start and get these resolutions underway!

If you awesome readers have any bookish resolutions let me know in the comments! Would love to know what kinds of challenges and resolutions you all have set up for yourselves. But don't forget to just have fun with these.

Hope you all have an amazing year!!!

Judith: My Top Ten Bookish Resolutions!


It is that time of year again where we all make resolutions for the upcoming year! ...and then give up on them one month in... ;) BUT I have faith this year will be different! I have set for myself 10 bookish resolutions that I really want to stick to in 2014. Some are quite big while others are small and just for added fun! So here is the list:

1. Read 100 books (Still torn on whether to count novellas or not!)
2. Read a total of 40,000 pages
3. Complete 15 series
4. Read 10 Non-fiction books
5. Read 5 books dealing with a genre or topic I don't normally read much about
6. Post a review for at-least 50 books
7. Post at least 3 posts a week
8. Re-read all the Harry Potter books
9. Read all of John Green's novels
10. Read a book whose title starts with each of the letters in my name

Those all all my resolutions at the moment, thought I could always add more throughout the year! I will post an update  at the end of the month on how I am doing so far! The scariest ones are definitely the 100 books, 40,000 pages, and the 50 reviews! But all the other ones shouldn't be too much trouble. Of course, this is not a set list and I won't be too upset if I don't achieve all of them, but it is always fun to have a goal to work towards.  

What are your bookish resolutions?!! 
Let me know in the comments! 

Hope you all have an amazing year!!!