The Death of Google Reader

Yes, this is that post where I inform you all that the demise of GFC is fast approaching.

For those of you confused, Google Friend Connect and Google Reader will be discontinued as of Monday, July 1st.

But how will we ever follow our favourite blogs, you say?!?!  Ah, you have options my friends.

Many bloggers have already discussed alternatives that you can choose.  I've tested out both Feedly and Bloglovin'.  Both have options that allow you to transfer all the blogs you follow via GFC over.  For now, I am sticking with Bloglovin'.  I actually really enjoy the site, and it is extremely straightforward to use.  You can track stats, scroll easily through your reading list, and discover new and exciting blogs!

All you have to do to follow Reading-AndCoffee on Bloglovin' is CLICK HERE, or there is always the widget available on the right side of your screen.  

***If there is another way to subscribe that you are interested in me perusing, leave a comment and I will definitely look into it for you!***

This has been my obligatory post on life after GFC, and I hope to see you all on the flipside.  *cheers**clinks glass of whatever you choose to drink*

Much love, Samantha


"Waiting On" This Song Will Save Your Life

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!

This week I am excited for...
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.
Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together. (From Goodreads)
One, I love this cover.  Two, that's a solid synopsis.  Maybe it's just me, but I just got that feeling I got when I read It's Kind Of A Funny Story.  Third, music is fantastic so let's just pair it with books!  All that's missing is coffee.  Or wine.  Beer?  Okay, I'm off-topic.

This Song Will Save Your Life will be available September 17th, 2013.

What are you waiting on?

Much love, Samantha


Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2013 (so far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful ladies over at

This week, the topic is...
Top Ten Twelve Books I've Read in 2013 (so far...)

Geez, it's an easy topic this week and I still feel the need to cheat!  I went onto my Goodreads account and looked up my 5-star reviews for so far this year.  I didn't think I would have had enough, but apparently I've had 12!  Hence, another week of cheating :)

So far in 2013, I have read 45 books, plus a couple of rereads.  My original goal was 52 books, but I'm thinking that number may have to go up a little.

In no particular order...
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Shadow on the Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Wait For You by J. Lynn

Much love, Samantha


Book Review: Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine

Published November 6th, 2012
404 pages (Hardcover)

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse. (From Goodreads)

I am a huge fan of this series, but I'm starting to worry that Rachel Caine has hit the limit for this series at book 13.

A lot happened, but it felt like nothing.  I don't understand the significance of half of the events here, and it really started to drag.  I was only into the story for about the last 60 pages, when shit finally hits the fan.

This once awesome, action-packed series has started to turn into a lot of the same ol' thing over and over.  I'm hoping that the events of the last few pages will be enough to revitalize the story for book 14, Fall of Night, due out in May, 2013.

Much love, Samantha


Review: Until I Die by Amy Plum

Published May 8th, 2012
384 pages (Paperback)

I wish there was only today, just right now, and no forever.

It seems fitting that I fell in love in Paris. Under the city's glamorous surface there's a battleground of immortals.

Vincent, too, is an illusion. Handsome, chivalrous, and witty, he's got everything a girl could want . . . except mortality. But when I chose Vincent, I chose love over reason and safety.
Vincent swore to resist his very nature so that we can be together. But I refuse to stand by and watch him suffer. I'll do whatever it takes to fight against his fate. (From Goodreads)

I'm surprised that I waited so long to continue this series, but with book three of the trilogy out, I figured I should give it a go.  I'm glad I made this choice.

They're basically zombies!  How fun is that?!  While not technically "zombies" the idea of revenants is a refreshing change within the paranormal genre I already adore.  I still can't quite wrap my head around the idea of dying and coming back to life.  Intriguing, but a little weird.

As far as characters go, by far my favourites this time round are the secondary ones.  Jules, Ambrose and Georgia add a lightness to the book.  They're the humour, which a book about dying needs.  Vincent and Kate continue on with their undying love thing.  It's fine.  There's a little tension, but nothing major until a good chunk of the way into the book.  I really wanted Kate to do something "epic".  Her dialouge started to get a little predictable, and she really needed a spark in the plot to get her going again.  As I said though, the secondary characters really kept this book going for me.

The Parisian setting is likely my favourite part.  It makes me wish I was sitting there right now, drinking coffee on a patio to the scent of fresh bread.  I have never had such an urge to go to Paris in my life!  Kudos, Amy Plum.  My other favourite part was the ending.  Some of it was predictable, but parts of it were also completely unexpected, and have set up for an exciting third book!

While I really enjoyed this book, it was missing a little something.  Until I Die is a good sequel, but I hope for a little something more from the conclusion to this trilogy.

Much love, Samantha
PS.  I don't recall any leather pants in this one.  This makes me sad but hopeful...


"Waiting On" The Distance Between Us

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!

This week I am excited for...
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.
She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about. (From Goodreads)
Guys.  Look at that cover.  I am in love with it.  I guess the book sounds great, too.  Set for release on July 2nd, 2013, this is a book that I cannot wait to display on my shelf (and read too).

What are you waiting on?

Much love, Samantha 


Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful ladies over at

This week, the topic is...
Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

Sam got lazy this week!  Between work and school, this is another week of me scrambling to get stuff done.  Fear not, my work life should be less crazy within the next couple weeks.

Because I lack time, I literally just plucked 10 books off my TBR shelf that I guarantee won't be there by the end of summer!  There is zero method to this madness today.

You Against Me by Jenny Downham
Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Much love, Samantha


Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Published June 4th, 2013
Henry Holt and Co.
435 pages (Hardcover)

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.  (From Goodreads)

Awesome book.  Pure awesome.

It takes a good fantasy to really attract my attention.  Very few even interest me enough to attempt a read.  This book did just tempt me.  I was pumped to read it!  Magic in a mystical version of Russia?  BAM.  I was no match.  And it is done well.  The magic is complex and thought provoking, in that it kept me engaged and very concerned about what would happen next.  The setting is also complex and well written, with a map, an addition that I love.

As usual, the character dynamics are my favourite part.  Character growth is a huge component of this book.  Alina is changing with the growth of her magic.  Mal is adapting to all this crazy-ness, and it impacts their relationship.  There is an actual, palpable cause-and-effect there.  Then there is The Darkling, who I wish we had seen more of, but has left a lot of room open for what madness could ensue.  Sturmhond is a great addition, providing that snark factor I adore.  As for Genya, my favourite character from Shadow and Bone, I hope book three allows for more of her.

I will admit though, that I found the middle of the book a little slow.  I was just craving some sort of action or event that would draw me back in.  The beginning was engaging from the start, and the end was solid, but that centre chunk was missing a little something.

While I will say I enjoyed Shadow and Bone a wee bit more, Siege and Storm is a fantastic sequel that left me craving more!

Much love, Samantha


Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Published May 5th, 2009
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
276 pages (Hardcover)

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. (From Goodreads)

Disclaimer: This is definitely an emotion-influenced review.  I tried to rewrite it, but couldn't make it work.  If you don't like reviews that bring in too much "personal baggage", I don't recommend this review.

Overall, The Summer I Turned Pretty is the perfect read for a lazy day at the beach or cottage this summer.  Unfortunately, I chose to read it on a day when my mood was less than stellar, which may have wrecked the experience for me a little.

Belly has been added to my list of annoying characters.  Maybe it's just her age but OMG she is so whiny.   She threw a fit over every little thing and I just wanted to tell her to shut up and calm down.  She also showed no development, with the book culminating in one giant temper tantrum.  It's a good thing Jeremiah and Conrad were a little more "likable".  Both felt more down-to-earth and balanced out the emotional nature of Belly.

I've always wanted to have a beach house, but you don't see a lot of those in farm country.  This allowed the setting to really draw me in, although I wish there had been a little more beach.  It felt real enough without an excessive amount of description.

I might give It's Not Summer Without You a read, but I'm definitely waiting until summer to do so.  I think if my mood had been better, I would have enjoyed this book far more.

Much love, Samantha


"Waiting On" Tumble & Fall

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!

This week I am excited for...
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings 

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand. 

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.  (From Goodreads) 

One, this cover is gorgeous.  Two, this premise is great.  Three, I just really want to read it!  Tumble & Fall is out on September 17th, 2013 and I can't wait!

What are you waiting on?

Much love, Samantha


Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful ladies over at

This week, the topic is...
Top Ten Books I Would Read At The Beach This Summer If It Stopped Raining

Fun fact about where I live is that the nearest beach is over an hour away.  We don't even have lakes around here.  Welcome to farm country.  Therefore, I am not fluent in the "beach read".  When I think beach, I think all-time favourites, contemporary and novellas.  And with that here are some things that I have not necessarily read, but totally would on the beach!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Golden by Jessica Kirby
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi

Much love, Samantha


Stacking the Shelves: Happy Birthday To ME Edition!

Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga's Reviews!

Hello, friends!  Today is my 21st birthday, which lined up nicely with Chapters' "Buy 3, Get The 4th Free" sale!  Needless to say, I went shopping and picked up a nice stack of books, plus some for my mom and a present for my lovely friend Phee.  I also got a high five from my favourite Chapters employee ever.

Until I Die by Amy Plum
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (thanks Mom!)
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Dare You To by Katie McGarry (thanks Mom!)
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Reboot by Amy Tintera

I also bought from Kobo.com:
Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Much love, Samantha


Coffee Talk: New Adult and Why I'm Over It

Ahh, the long overdue post about my thoughts on New Adult.  You guys have no idea how many times I've tried to write this post.

Earlier this year, I went on a bit of a NA binge.  I'm not gonna lie, I kind of loved it.  Being a almost-21 year old University student, I felt like I could almost relate to the characters and the stage of life they were at.  I'm also already enjoyed both YA and adult novels, and NA is almost a middle ground between the two.

So, yeah, I'm not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed reading NA as much as I did, but I grew tired of it.

Every NA book I've read has felt the same.  Less experienced girl meets more experience, bad boy and they fall in love, then fight a bit, have a crazy break up before realizing their mistake and living happily ever after.  And don't forget the dark pasts that each character must overcome.  Plus, in half these books, the guy is possessive and abusive.  I call this "predictable".  Only a couple have really stood out to me (Wait For You, Losing It).

While I question why this is a genre in itself, my biggest issue is that my experiences with NA have all been the same.  I haven't read anything that has strayed from this model (I have one book on my Kobo that claims to be dystopian NA that I haven't read yet).  But if we switch it up and have dystopian, post-apocalyptic or paranormal undertones, is it still NA?  Or is it YA with characters that are 2-5 years older?

There are too many questions about this genre still for it to feel legitimate.

But the real question: Will I continue to read NA titles?  The answer is yes.

If the plot sounds interesting then I won't not read it simply because I have an issue with NA as a genre.  I've enjoyed many (but definately not all) of the NA books I've read.  A couple weeks ago I featured Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout as my Waiting on Wednesday post.  I love her writing.  So there.

What are your thoughts on NA?  Do we even still care, or has this topic been worn out?  Leave me a comment or a link to your post on NA.  I'm still curious about what people think.

Much love, Samantha


Review: Shadow on the Sun by David Macinnis Gill

Published March 26th, 2013
Greenwillow Books
352 pages (Hardcover)
Durango has always relied on Mimi--once his tough-as-nails squad leader, she is now the bitingly sarcastic artificial intelligence flash-cloned to his brain. Mimi is the only reason he is alive.

Durango has always looked out for his devastatingly beautiful and brave second-in-command, Vienne--now wounded, crushed, missing. Vienne is the only reason he wants to live.

Durango hasn't always despised his father. But he does now. Lyme wants Durango to be the Prince of Mars, and he'll stop at nothing to realize that dream. He'll sacrifice anything and anyone in the name of domination. Even Mimi. Especially Vienne.
Lyme forgot one thing. You don't want to mess with Durango. (From Goodreads)
Action!  Action action action action action action action action action violence and more ACTION!

Can you tell that I liked Shadow on the Sun?  This is one of the most underrated series out there and deserves a lot more attention.

This book starts fast and does not slow down.  I like my books to be action-packed, but it never gets dull.  I'm also not a science fiction fan.  I like it, but I'd rather read something else.  This book is different.  I can't tell you exactly what it is, but there is something about David Macinnis Gill's writing that makes me love it.  I like to think it's part the action, part the snark.  And by snark, I mean Mimi.  Mimi's always there with a sarcastic response when you need one.  Some of the lingo and science-y stuff can get confusing, but it all works and comes together, leaving the reader satisfied.

Let's discuss Vienne for a second, and how she is one of my FAVOURITE CHARACTERS EVER!  She's tough as nails, confident, and a complete badass.  She's also true to what she believes in.  Having her perspective was great and gave even more power to her, as a character.  I can pretty much say the same thing about Durango.  I love their relationship and how it has developed.  In Black Hole Sun, it was a minor part of the story.  By this book, it has developed and ends up driving the story without turning this into a romantic novel.

If I had any complaints, it was just that the ending felt a little rushed.  This is the end of a trilogy and wrapped up the story, but left a few unanswered questions.  I finished the book and had a "That's it?" moment.  I'm hoping that room is just being left for the possibility of more books.  I was satisfied by the ending, but it simply felt a bit rushed and awkward.

Ultimately, this book, just like the past two in the series, have left me spinning and thinking that maybe I am a sci-fi reader.  Shadow on the Sun is an action-packed thrill that is nearly impossible to set down.  The story is great.  The world is great.  The characters are beyond awesome.  I can't ask for much more.

Much love, Samantha
Confused about what I'm talking about?  Check out my reviews of Black Hole Sun and Invisible Sun.


"Waiting On" Ink

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!

This week I am excited for...
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.  (From Goodreads)
 Does this not sound awesome?!  The reviews seem mixed, but with a premise like this, I can't pass it up.  Plus, that cover is a thing of beauty!  Ink is out June 25th, 2013.  If you've given it a read already, let me know what you thought!

And what are you waiting on?!

Much love, Samantha


Top Ten Travel Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful ladies over at

This week, the topic is...
Top Ten Books featuring Travel

I'm going on a loose interpretation.  Most of these involve travel via foot.  Some involve planes.  One is time travel.  Because I say that that counts.

The Statistical Probability is a love story on a plane.  Sweet Peril also has some air travel.  A Million Suns is on a spaceship.  Shadow on the Sun has some travel... on Mars.  The Time Traveller's Wife is self explanatory.  Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl who traveled to France.  Last Sacrifice has a road trip with fugatives.  The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Through the Ever Night, and Shadow and Bone involve foot travel, which counts.

Now, what's your favourite book featuring travel?

Much love, Samantha


Book Review: Clash by Nicole Williams

Published September 1st, 2012
216 pages (ePub)
The only easy thing about Jude and Lucy’s relationship is their love for one another. Everything else is hard.

Especially when it comes to reigning in Jude’s trigger touch temper and Lucy’s increasing jealousy of Jude’s Spirit Sister on the cheer squad who’s attached herself to him in just about every way a girl could. Feeling the stress of trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy while becoming the foremost dancer in her class, Lucy knows something’s going to break. She wants both. She needs both. But if she doesn’t make a choice, she risks losing everything.
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love might be the thing that just isn’t enough. (From Goodreads)
I'm sorry, but the best way to describe Clash is by calling it a "sophomore slump".  Here's an example of when one book is enough (my review of Crash, although I am now questioning what I was thinking when I wrote that...)

This book is 200 pages of fighting and trust issues, none of which was all that entertaining.  The other 16 pages was Jude being his crazy self (I don't recommend running through an airport in a hospital gown).  It felt like I was reading the same argument over and over again, in varying settings.

But here's the kicker... I still flew through it.  This was likely a combination of procrastination and expecting something to happen, but all that ended up happening was the procrastination.

I will give the cover some credit.  The ballerina in me loves it.  If only I felt the same about the book itself.  (Note: since writing this review, I was introduced to the new covers.  There goes that point...)

Much love, Samantha


May Recap!

Goodbye May.  This is completely cliche, but the month just flew by!  Rather than my previous "Favourites" post, I'm trying something new.  Let me know what you think and here is a recap of my not-so-exciting May!

Eight Books Read in May (with one word reviews!)

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (what!)
Icons by Margaret Stohl (meh!)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (asdfghjkl;1!)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (awesome!)
Shadow on the Sun by David Macinnis Gill (action!)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Samantha!)
Fragments by Dan Wells (science-y!)
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (emotions!)

Five Moments from May
--- I watch my old dance studio's annual recital.  I cried the whole way through, and can't believe that I haven't laced my fake pointe shoes for three years!
--- Managed to get the worst sunburn that I've ever had at work.  I can barely lift my arms.
--- Speaking of which, I've worked a lot, thanks to a coworker quitting.
--- I should mention that I work in a fry stand off the highway.  Hey, it's a paycheck in a small town where there aren't a lot of jobs to begin with.
--- I now remember why I hate online classes so much.  Turns out my easy class is a lot of work!

Four Instagrams
They're pretty boring this month.  Sorry, but this actually sums up my month well.

Three Songs on Repeat
It's Time- Imagine Dragons
Just Give Me A Reason- P!nk feat. Nate Ruess from FUN.
Rebel Beat- Goo Goo Dolls

Two Must Reads for June
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Dare You To by Katie McGarry

One Recommended Read

Happy June everyone!

Much love, Samantha