The Light Trilogy|| Title Reveal Game.

1) Sunday Aug. 28 any time after 12pm (EST)


I am so stoked to tell you guys all about this title reveal game that Lauren is hosting on her social media channels! The Light Trilogy kicked off last year with Shattered Blue, which was one of my favorite books of the year! I raved about it so much to you guys and all over social media. It is now time to reveal the title of the second book in the trilogy and I am so stoked! I am taking part in this reveal game and also hosting it on my social media accounts and my blog. So without further ado…

Calling all of Callum’s Pixies and Judah’s Rebels… Calling Sasha’s Sisters and Noa’s Poets…  it’s time to reveal the TITLE of BOOK TWO of THE LIGHT TRILOGY!

Starting tomorrow morning, August 29, we kick off our TITLE REVEAL GAME, where we will  reveal the next book’s title in pieces. You’ll get new clues throughout the day here and on author  Lauren Bird Horowitz’s social media channels and her website and you can log your guesses anywhere! So Channel your inner Sasha and be the first to solve the puzzle!

Connect with Lauren Bird Horowitz
Website –
Facebook – Lauren “Birdaileen” Horowitz
Twitter – birdaileen
Instagram – birdaileen

I will be doing a new post tomorrow to kick off the title reveal game and I will be updating that post throughout the course of the day with new clues! Don’t forget to also head over to Lauren’s social media accounts (linked above) to make your guesses!

If you have not read Shattered Blue yet, I highly recommend it! You can purchase the paperback for under $10 on Amazon and the e-book is only $3.99! Book cover below linked to Amazon.


I hope you have a great day and stay tuned!


Friday Finds #57.


FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by Babs at Babs Book Bistro.


I hope everyone had a good week! I am so glad that it’s finally Friday. I am looking forward to my next two days off work. I read halfway through Ruin and Rising this week and I am pretty stoked about it. I am hoping that I can finish it this weekend. Once again I haven’t been adding a lot of new books to my TBR. I added a few though. Here are the books that I added to my Goodreads TBR shelves recently. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

intowhiteInto White by Randi Pink

Into White sounds like a really interesting book and it sounds different from a lot of diverse books I’ve seen out there. I can’t wait to read it! I’m posting the Amazon description of this book, because the Goodreads one didn’t really say a whole lot about it.

Amazon Description: LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. It seems as if her only friend is her older brother, Alex. Toya doesn’t know where she fits in, but after a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were . . . different. And then a higher power answers her prayer: to be “anything but black.” Toya is suddenly white, blond, and popular. Now what? Randi Pink’s audacious fiction debut dares to explore a subject that will spark conversations about race, class, and gender.

thenamingofgirlThe Naming of Girl by Rhonda G. Willams

Warning, this book description is kind of long. The Naming of Girl sounds so good though and I need to get my hands on this book and read it ASAP!

Goodreads Description: You’ve met Scout Finch, Ellen Foster, and Ruth Anne Boatwright (Bone): Now meet Girl Brown, the spunkiest nine-year-old in all the South. Girl lives with Tracie, her guardian, who smokes so much pot she “can’t remember a thing,” and Antoe, who is “big like a grown-up” only he is Girl’s best (and only) friend and playmate. She spends most of her time taking care of Antoe and making sure they both keep out of Chuck’s way. Chuck is Tracie’s disabled Vietnam vet boyfriend who is fighting his own demons with too much whiskey and too much heroin and he hates what he calls “sassy-mouthed” kids. And Girl is the sassiest of them all with a mouth like a sailor on leave, and fingers so sticky she can clean out the local Woolworth store in a heartbeat. Life begins to spiral out of control when she finds a friend in the only African-American girl in her class, Cerese Miller, and begins to spend time with the Millers against Chuck’s demands. Things take an even grimmer turn when Chuck is thrown in jail for beating up Cerese’s older brother, Brady, and Antoe is mysteriously sent away. Girl sets off on a journey to find Antoe that leads her to some unexpected allies in a monastery of Carmelite friars, and from Brother Joseph, she is able to piece together the heartbreaking truth about her parents. After Brother Joseph takes Girl back home, there is an unexpected death that she may or may not have had something to do with, and Brother Joseph offers Girl the opportunity for a different life. 

thethousandthfloorThe Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

I love the book cover of The Thousandth Floor. It sounds really interesting and something that I might really like.

Goodreads Description: New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough. Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose. Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched. Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart. Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one? Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies. And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!


WWW Wednesday #30.


WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. :)

 The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


I am currently slumping pretty badly right now. I haven’t been in the mood to read and the books that I did read ended up being not that great, so it pushed me further into this reading slump, sigh. I need to get out of it! I have so many books to read! I’ve also been going through a lot this month and so many things floating around in my head; it’s kind of making it hard to let it all go and read. My mind wanders too much to these other things happening in my life that I can’t focus on what I’m reading. I have done a little bit though since my last WWW post. Here is what I’ve been reading in the past couple weeks.

Currently Reading:


Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I am halfway through Stealing Snow and so far I am not really enjoying it like I hoped I would. It’s been a really slow start. I am also finding it hard to connect with the characters. I don’t want to DNF it though, because it took me awhile to really get into Dorothy Must Die (Paige’s other series) and I ended up really enjoying the entire series; so hopefully it gets better for me. I am about 100 pages into Ruin and Rising. I’m stoked to be back into this world and so far I like this book. It already seems to be a bit better than Siege and Storm was.

Recently Finished:


With Malice by Eileen Cook
The Last Star by Rick Yancey

I rated both of these books 2.5 out of 5 stars. They weren’t that great. They were actually pretty boring the majority of the time. I did a review of With Malice, which I will link at the end of this entry. The Last Star was such a disappointment, because I really loved the 5th Wave and the Infinite Sea. I don’t know what happened with this book besides the fact that nothing happened. I was so bored that once I stopped the audiobook, I had forgotten most of what even happened not even five minutes later. I expected a lot out of both of these books and was let down.

Reading Next:


Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

I am honestly not sure what I will be reading next. With this reading slump that I am in, I don’t know what may happen. I usually fly through CoHo books, so I may give Slammed a try. I am also next in line for the audiobook of Highly Illogical Behavior at my library, so that may be my next audiobook.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| With Malice.
Random|| Picture Post Update.
Platform 9 3/4.

I hope you have a great day!


Thoughts|| With Malice.


With Malice by Eileen Cook

“Don’t you get it? Who we are is what comes out when shit goes bad. You can’t tell anything about a person when things are great. If you want to really know someone, be there when everything goes to hell.”

Goodreads Description: It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t. Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

I seen With Malice around the blogosphere/bookstagram a lot and I seen a lot of good things about it. I finally got my hands on a copy and I was actually a bit disappointed. I liked it at the beginning, but then it started to go downhill for me. There isn’t a whole lot for me to say about this book, sadly.

It seemed really promising at the beginning and I was dying to know what happened. I felt like it took forever to get to the real details of what happened. Everything leading up to the big reveal was pretty boring and not that exciting. I felt like the big reveal wasn’t even that great. I think I expected way too much out of this book and I was let down a lot. I didn’t really care for Jill much either. There were times that it was interesting and even though it wasn’t the best story, I still kept reading because I still wanted to find out what happened. I cared enough to see it through to the end even with it being boring at times.

Overall, it was just an okay read for me. I felt like it could have been a lot better and I didn’t like the ending. I was expecting some huge thing, but it was actually not that great and it was a let down. I watch a lot of Investigation Discovery shows, so I was kind of expecting some crazy murder conspiracy or something. That was not what I got. You may like this book better though! It just wasn’t for me.

“People don’t want to be that kind of person, but push anyone far enough, and they’ll fight back.”


Have you read With Malice? If so, what did you think? Do you plan to check it out if you haven’t read it?

In case you  missed it;
Random|| Picture Post Update.
Platform 9 3/4.

I hope you have a great day!



Random|| Picture Post Update.


I have hit a bit of a reading slump, which is driving me crazy! I am currently in the middle of four books (one is a an audiobook) and I have not been in the mood to read. I haven’t updated here since Monday, so I figured I would do another random picture post. On Monday I updated all about my trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I’ll link that at the end of this post in case you  missed it.

I mentioned how I was visiting my childhood best friend as well as going to Harry Potter world. Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure not only have Harry Potter world, but they have a ton of other attractions and rides. All of the rides we went on were fun, but they were mostly 3D multi-dimensional rides. The big roller coasters we weren’t able to ride, because by time we go to the second park (Islands of Adventure) it had rained, so a lot of the rides were closed down for a bit. I am planning to go back to Islands of Adventure maybe toward the end of the year, so I can really enjoy that park since I didn’t get to do much this time around thanks to the crappy weather at the end of the day.


I am really good friends with Lauren (she wrote Shattered Blue), so I took a copy of Shattered Blue with me on my trip and got a ton of pictures around the parks. I thought it would be cool to get a picture with Curious George holding the book. He pretty much snatched it out of my hands and played around with it, lol. And below are just some random park pictures. I didn’t take a ton of pictures of everything, because I was just trying to enjoy the day and not to worry about getting a ton of pictures.


I am a sucker for sunsets and taking pictures of them. We drove through this town called Lake Wales and I fell in love with it. We drove through it at sunset and the sunset covered the entire town and it changed everything to bright orange and it was so awesome! It lit up the entire town. There was also the brightest double rainbow I have ever seen, because of the sunset reflecting off it. I couldn’t get a very good picture of it since I was in the car, sadly. If I ever move anywhere, I would move to Lake Wales LOL. The town was nice and the town at sunset sold me.

My friend, her boyfriend, the fiance, and my younger sister went Pokemon hunting a lot throughout the weekend. There is this really cool park/garden where they live in Lakeland and it was so pretty. I twas full of different flowers and awesome little statues. It also had this huge lake (maybe why they call it Lakeland😛 ) that was in the middle of the park. It was a Magikarp nest and I probably got hundreds that weekend. Here are a few pictures from that park.

We ate at this place called Mellow Mushroom on Friday night and that was so good! On Sunday we went to this place called Toojay’s and they had really good food. We also checked out the park again to do some more Pokemon hunting. They had this cute little zen garden type little area and I was totally digging it. It looked so relaxing in there. In the back where all the leaves are is a little waterfall (close up waterfall picture next to it). When I buy my own house one day, I want to recreate this.

On Sunday we also went to this shop called Rocket Fizz and they sold all kinds of old school candy and sodas. I ended up getting a ton of salt water taffy. Did you know that Reese’s came out with new peanut butter cups, but with Reese’s Pieces inside? I FINALLY FOUND THEM! It took going all the way to Lakeland to find them, but I did and they were amazing and everything I hoped they would be. And here is a picture from opening my first chocolate frog. My card was Salazar Slytherin. My sister got Helga Hufflepuff. I still have another chocolate frog to open! I want a Dumbledore card!

I believe that’s all the pictures from my weekend in Lakeland/Orlando. I had so much fun and I am so glad I was able to meet up with my childhood best friend again after so many years. I can’t wait to hangout with her again! I have some other pictures to share with you as well…so here we go!

Craftedvan has this new subscription service called Craftedvan Read Happy Plan and every month for about $10-12 they send you bookmarks! I love their bookmarks, so I wanted to give it a chance. They had just started it and this was the first package. The theme was “sea creatures”. Included was a card that says “just keep swimming reading” and on the back it tells you what’s inside. The bookmarks were sushi, a crab, and an octopus holding a bunch of books. I decided to give next month a try too, because I loved it so much! I also got a wooden “#currentlyreading” bookmark from another shop called Nook & Burrow. I made Harry Potter a birthday hat when it was his birthday last month.

I had that engagement photo shoot and I got some of the pictures back. I’m still waiting on the disc with all the others, but here are a couple of the ones that we got back. These two pictures below are definitely my favorite ones so far.

I went to the beach last night to go Pokemon hunting and I took this picture and I am obsessed with it. It’s my new favorite picture I’ve taken, lol. I also watched the moon rising out of the ocean (obviously not literally out of the ocean, but it looked that way – I wish my iPhone took good pictures, because you couldn’t really tell what it was in pictures). It was the coolest thing ever! The moon was huge and bright.


And last but not least, the furbabies. I also have to post pictures of my furbabies. It’s not a proper picture post without them! October, she discovered the bathtub for the first time. She usually just peeked inside it, but she finally figured out that she can jump inside. Dax, we took him to the dog park while we Pokemon hunted and he was stoked. ColbyJack and I, this was the night I got back from Orlando. I missed him!

That’s all for this post. I hope you enjoy all of my pictures! Feel free to add me on Instagram.

Instagram: heyyitsashley – personal Instagram account
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_ – book Instagram account

Hopefully I can get out of this reading slump and get these books I started read. I hope this weekend I can catch up on reading. If I can finish these books, I’ll have a review up of With Malice and Stealing Snow next week. Crossing my fingers! In case you  missed it, linked below is my post from Harry Potter world with a ton of pictures.

Platform 9 3/4.

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!


Platform 9 3/4.



Over the weekend I went to visit my friend in Lakeland and we all went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. In case you didn’t know, they are the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I was SO excited to finally get a chance to go to Harry Potter world and experience the books (and movies) in real life. I got to do a ton of things, but I am already planning my next trip to do what I could not do. It started to rain, so it was a lot harder to get to see the second half of Harry Potter world, but I did get to do a lot. I didn’t have a chance to go inside every single shop, which was sad. Like I said though, I plan to go back ASAP and go inside every shop!

Diagon Alley!


We started at Universal Studios and that’s the home of Diagon Alley. You go into a little whole in the wall and when you walk in you see all the amazing-ness of Diagon Alley. All the buildings and shops were amazing. It all looked so fun! Gringotts Bank was a ride, so we were able to go inside and tour the building as we waited to get on the ride and that was awesome! The ride was really fun. A lot of the rides we went on were 3D multi-dimensional, so it made the experience really awesome.

I went into Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to look around. I ended up not buying anything, next time! I went to Ollivanders and got my wand! I got Luna Lovegood’s wand. I got butterbeer, which was really good. It was really sweet though. I also got pumpkin juice, which I haven’t tried it yet.

Hogwarts Express || Hogsmeade


We did some other rides at Universal Studios aside from Harry Potter things and they were fun. After doing some rides, we hopped on the Hogwarts Express to go to Hogsmeade! The Hogwarts Express was one of my favorite things. I was so stoked to be riding it and they showed shadows of Ron, Harry, and Hermoine on the other side of our door talking and then the dementors came. It was so fun! The people in our cart with us probably thought I was crazy. I was just so excited!


When we got to Hogsmeade we walked around a bit and then I went into Honey Dukes and got some chocolate frogs and Gilly Water. I haven’t tried the chocolate frogs yet, but I plan to tonight! I wanted to see as much as I could even with the crappy weather toward the end of day, so I didn’t have time to try them.



Hogwarts ended up being a ride, so we were able to go inside and tour Hogwarts while we waited to get on the ride. I was SO STOKED! It was pretty dark inside Hogwarts, so sadly I wasn’t able to get a ton of pictures. I was also too busy looking at everything and enjoying it all and pictures weren’t at the top of my list. Next time though, I plan to try to at least snap a few more. The ride itself was pretty awesome and one of my favorites.

We also got to do a few of the rides at Islands of Adventure after looking around at Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. Since it rained during this half of the day, a lot of the rides were closed so we didn’t get to do a ton at this park. We plan to go back to this park only in the near future, so we can really experience Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, and the rest of Islands of Adventure better. I’ve been to Islands of Adventure before, but it was so long ago and way before Harry Potter world was there. I was still stoked that I was able to do a lot even for the weather at the end of the day. I did almost everything I wanted to do.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I wanted to get a lot of pictures, but I was just having so much fun and enjoying everything that I ended up not taking too many. I’ll probably do another picture post soon with pictures that aren’t of Harry Potter world and about the rest of my weekend.

I hope you have a great day!


Friday Finds #56 & the weekend.


FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by Babs at Babs Book Bistro*All linked to Goodreads*


It’s finally Friday and I am sooo happy! I’ve been dying for the weekend to get here, especially this weekend. I just have to survive work today and I am freeeeee! More on why I am dying for the weekend to happen NOW toward the end of this post. Let’s talk about books! I haven’t been adding a ton to my TBR shelves lately. I am trying to be really picky and cautious with what I add, because I am just drowning in books that I own to read and books I want to read. Here are three books (with descriptions) that I added to my Goodreads TBR shelves recently. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!


The Girls by Emma Cline

I didn’t really know much about this book, but then I was watching an Epic Reads YouTube video and they talked about how it had to do with the Charles Manson “cult”. I say cult in quotations, because I have strong feelings about it. To where I actually don’t feel like it was a cult at all and I maybe even defend him a little. Anyway, I’ve always been fascinated by Charles Manson since I can remember. So I added this to my Goodreads TBR and I also bought the e-book, because I couldn’t resist. I can’t wait to read it.

Goodreads Description: Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter sounds like it’s going to be really awesome. I read Crouch’s series Wayward Pines and I loved it so much. I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Crouch’s new book! If it’s anything like Wayward Pines, then I know it’s going to be so amazing!

Goodreads Description: “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible. Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.


Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner…do I even have to say more? The Serpent King was amazing. It’s definitely one of my favorite books of the year. I will read anything that Zentner puts out. Is it March 2017 yet?! Goodbye Days sounds like it’ll be really good and I am stoked.

Goodreads Description: Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell. Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

And now to why I am excited that it’s Friday…I am off to Orlando today after work! I am going to be staying the weekend with my childhood best friend; who I haven’t seen in almost 12 years! WHAAAT!? We lost contact so long ago and then maybe 2-3 years ago we got back in touch (the story of how that happened is pretty crazy and our friendship is pretty much fate!) and now we are finally going to hangout. LONG OVERDUE! So what’s the story? She doesn’t have any social media, so I could never find her over the years. One day I was scrolling through Pinterest in the “everything” section, which is basically where it gets updated every time someone (and I’m sure there are millions of Pinterest users/pins) on the website pins something. Well…I happen to scroll past one of her pins! What are the freaking odds? Out of millions I happen to stumble upon one of hers at random. We happened to be online at the same time, because that’s how it is. It’s a live feed of people pinning things at that moment. The last time I had talked to her was probably eight years before the day I found her again. I told you, our friendship is fate and we were always supposed to be friends.

It’s going to be so much fun hanging out again with her after so many years! I pray it’s not awkward, but I don’t think it will be. We still text and stuff since I found her again. We will also be going to Harry Potter World on Saturday and I am BEYOND stoked about that. I have been dying to go and it’s finally happening! I can’t wait to drink all the butterbeer, pumpkin juice, and eat all the chocolate frogs! And of course ALL THE Harry Potter things!😛 I am also excited to go on some roller coasters. It’s been so long since I’ve been on one! Universal Studios also opened up a new King Kong ride and I am stoked! Expect pictures posted on both of my Instagram accounts, so follow me so you can see them as it’s happening!

Instagram Personal: heyyitsashley
Instagram Bookstagram: foreverbookish_

I will most likely also be doing a blog post next week of my experience at Harry Potter World, so be on the look out for that and more pictures.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday.
Thoughts|| Every Exquisite Thing.

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!