Counting the Stars (18#) and Reviews

counting the stars

Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet! This meme allows you to display what books you have gained in the last week! Feel free to join!

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

I bought these two weeks ago and they FINALLY came!

  • Starcrossed by Josephine AngeliniStarcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)
  • Dreamless by Josephine AngeliniDreamless (Starcrossed, #2)



For Review:

  • Shadow Embraced by Cheree SmithShadow Embraced (Haven, #1)
  • Thin Space by Jody CasellaThin Space
  • The Drowned Forest by Kristopher ReiszThe Drowned Forest
  • Daughter of Isis by Kelsey KetchDaughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1)


  • Sanctum by Sarah FineSanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)
  • Chaos by Christine O’NeilCHAOS (Kardia Chronicles, #1)
  • Silver by Talia VanceSilver (Bandia, #1)
  • The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae MillerThe Summer I Became a Nerd
  • Gold by Talia Vance (to be reviewed)Gold (Bandia, #2)


To be read:

As you may know, I am participating in the Tackle Your TBR Readathon, so here are my reads…

  • Behind Barres by Miriam Wenger-Landis, Amanda Brice, Leslie DuBoisBehind Barres
  • Sideshow of Merit by Nicole PietschSideshow of Merit
  • Everlast by Andria BuchanenEverlast
  • Chasers by James PhelanChasers (Alone, #1)

Currently reading:

  • Thin Space by Jody CasellaThin Space


Silver by Talia Vance Review

Silver (Bandia, #1)

Publication date: September 1st 2012

Publisher: Flux

Number of pages: 374

Series: Bandia (1#)

Source: Borrowed

Goodreads synopsis:

“As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she’s been hiding even from herself.

Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.

But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.

Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.


I don’t think I can go through this review without mentioning the beauty of this cover. It’s SO pretty. You need to see it in real life to truly appreciate it. And guess what? The sequel Gold is just as gorgeous. And guess what? The book father that will probably still be amazing!

Now to the story:

Silver was something different. Not one of those books you pick up and are like argh! Not again! But more like ooooh. Interesting. Sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference, whether it is Brianna’s bracelet or even just the change of scenery.

The characters were pretty good. I never really like the main guy and needed more of a description of Brianna’s physical appearance but that was basically all my issues. In one sentence too.

I loved the settings and the back stories. In fact, I was really impressed with the story in general.

3.5/5 stars


The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller Review

The Summer I Became a Nerd

Publication date: May 7th 2013

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Number of pages: 267

Series: ?

Source: Borrowed

Goodreads synopsis:

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.


You know the part of the synopsis over The Summer I Became a Nerd where it says something along the lines of “Maddie spends more time agonising over what happened in the latest comic…”, (well something like that anyway) I can certainly say I spend just as much time thinking over what happened in this book. Give me a sequel.

This book was so character driven and I felt as if I really knew Maddie, Logan, Dan and Vera (I could go on). They felt so real. Actually they still feel pretty real. It feels as if they exist. Maddie was perfect for her role in the book in every way I can think of.

The Summer I Became a Nerd made me realise it had been too long since I had read a nice, fun contemporary. The writing was bubbly and kept me reading. I don’t usually read books in less than a day, so this says something. It was easy reading but not too airy (you get what I’m saying?), there was meaning behind the words.

I couldn’t really have wished for a better story. It was as amazing as I was expecting, maybe even better. I had been wanting to read this for ages and when I got the chance to read it, I grabbed it. I feel incredibly guilty saying this but I can’t rate it a complete five stars. Thinking back I realised that I didn’t feel much of a plot because the characters kind of took over…it’s hard to explain. It doesn’t particularly annoy me or influence my opinion much but the plot is definitely something I look for in a book.

I adored the originality of the story, I have never come across or read anything like it. It was such a sweet story, *makes stressed hand gestures* argh I just love it,

If you love contemporary, read this. If you like contemporary, read this. If you don’t like contemporary, seriously consider reading this. I can’t recommend it much more than that.

4.9/5 stars!!!!! First time I have EVER given that rating.

Goodreads author bio:

Leah Rae MillerMother, wife, and YA author living on a windy hill in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I love fuzzy socks, comic books, cherry coke, and brand new office supplies.


One thought on “Counting the Stars (18#) and Reviews

  1. You always have such an awesome list of books on here! 😀

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