Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #8

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Talon
Julie Kagawa

Expected Publication: October 28th 2014

Synopsis:
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Let me just go ahead and point out the one thing that really drew me to this book... dragons. Yes. It's that simple. I'm a HUGE sucker for anything involving dragons. They're probably one of my favorite mythical creatures, and to be honest, they're the only reason I need to justify getting a book. The synopsis sounds cool as a whole though. But mostly, dragons. (: 

 

Review: Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Title: Doon
Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Series: Yes. #1
Pages: 368.
Source: Shelf.
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Romance
Published Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Zondervan




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Summary:
DOON…

Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.


My Thoughts:

My obsession with Scotland probably started here. This would be a good place to point the metaphorical finger.

I was actually surprised by this book and ended up liking it a lot more than I was ever expecting. Though there was still some issues I had, namely the actions of some of the characters, which is why this didn't get 5 stars. Overall however, I really enjoyed reading this and getting to know the characters. For me this was a fairly easy read. I felt like I flew through it within two days (which for me is pretty frickin' good). And I had a hard time putting the story down. Yes, specific characters annoyed me, but the plot was interesting and the character development wasn't bad. At least in my opinion. Personally I felt like one of the main male characters (I'm not going to name anyone in particular) could've been a bit less of a douche. But after I understood why he was acting that way he irritated me less than he did in the beginning.
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"I'd learned from experience hoping for the impossible just ended in heartbreak... but did that mean I stopped believing altogether?"
- Veronica
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I thought the world building was great. Definitely one of my favorite aspects. Doon sounds like an amazing place to be able to live at. I only wish it was real! I would definitely relocate there in a heartbeat. A mixture of old and modern times, be still my beating heart, I swear that sounds more than perfect for me.

The story as a whole was a lot fun for me to read, even with the annoying aspects of a couple characters. In my opinion, I found it comical that there was a fairy even balance, between the things that annoyed me and the things I enjoyed. One of my favorite things as a whole... Duncan. I don't want to say too much because spoilers are not our friends here, but holy crap on a cracker did that boy know how to make me swoon; so much swoonage. Truly a great creation of fictional hunk. The two main female characters were... interesting. There were things I liked about them both but at the same time there were also things that irritated me. I still couldn't tell you which one I like more.
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"Wait. Escaping into fantasy was a symptom of schizophrenia, wasn't it?
- Veronica
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Now, let me just say this. Some people will not like this book (obviously). There are the impatient ones who wont want to finish the book after a certain amount of pages. I was almost one of these people. But If you do stick through the book I think you would like how everything turns out. Maybe. I did. I won't lie to you however, I liked the second half of the book much more than the first, and I'm glad I stuck it out till the end. There were definitely flaws with the writing. A bunch of contradictions throughout the story and a fan-fiction-y feel as well. Tip: If you hate fanfiction than this probably isn't the book for you. But if you're one of those who don't judge books based off things like that then please do feel free to give this a try. It's actually quite fun to read at least once. I'm certain that when I can, I'll be getting the second book, and continuing on with the series. I can't just stop here. I'm already too far in.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Disscusion Posts, What?!



Hey everyone! So I've been thinking that I'd like to start doing some discussion posts, but my only problem with this idea is... I have no clue what types of topics I should talk about. I've seen many bloggers posting random discussions and I really like them, but my dilemma is, I can't think of any good topics. I know I want them to be a mixture of bookish and other general topics, but a part from that I'm stumped. This has been stewing on my mind for a while. I even have an idea of what I'll call these little posts (hint: It's written in the photo above).


So this is where I'll need your help. Give me some ideas. Anything. This is just as much for you as it is for me. Topics of what you would like me to randomly discuss, things you'd be interested in hearing my thoughts on, maybe even some kind of meme goodness. I think that sounds like fun. So let's brainstorm together. I'd really like to do more with my blog and I think these discussion posts will help get it to where I want it to be. Plus I feel it just makes everything a bit more personal, don't you agree? So speak up! You know I love hearing from y'all. Don't be shy. Bounce around ideas with me. I'm sure that will make this whole experience a lot more entertaining.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #7

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


The Darkest Part of the Forest
Holly Black

Expected Publication: January 13th 2015
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Synopsis:
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


I thought this sounded interesting. I personally have never read a Holly Black book, but people are always raving about her stories, maybe this would be a good place to start? I think so. I wonder who will be the one that does the betraying.
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Reads! (9.12.2014)









I'm still working on this beautiful bazooka of a book and I'm loving every single minute of it. And I've already got the second book so that will be happening VERY soon; I assure you of that. I'm about 70% done with the book thus far and I just CAN'T get enough of it. It's so unfortunate that I now have to deal with school and other crap. There are just too many distractions!

Life, stop keeping me from my beautiful books!!

Including this book, I'm also reading two others, in a read-a-long with other people. And even though I'm not really loving the distraction from my wonderful obsession, I won't say that the books I'm reading aren't also amazing; cause they are. So amazing. I'm having a brilliant reading week. I just hope school doesn't end up suffering for it.

I'm about half way through Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and a few chapters into Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Both of these are really good from what I've read so far. There's not much I can complain about yet. Except for maybe one or two things in Shatter Me. Although I'm really liking the writing style of the story.

I'm actually super excited about all this reading I have to get done. Normally it would feel a bit overwhelming, all these things needed to be read at once, but strangely I'm just really stoked and ready for all the feels. At least... I hope I'm ready. If not, I should most likely be afraid. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Have you joined me in my love for Scottish men and kilts!?

I sure do hope so. It's much more fun over here. We have Jamie Fraser.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #6

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Liars, Inc.
Paula Stokes

Expected Publication: March 24th 2015

Synopsis:
It all starts with one little lie…

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc. they call it. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

I thought the synopsis of this book sounded really intriguing. I haven't read very many YA mysteries myself, but I think this one may just be worth picking up. The reviews I've seen for it are overall very positive so I figure, why not? I'm curious enough. What about you? Does the synopsis peak your interests?
 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A to Z Bookish Survey



This was created by Perpetual Page Turner. I wasn't tagged by anyone, but it looked like fun and I wanted to do it; so I am.

AUTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM:

 It's a tie between Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling


BEST SEQUEL EVER: 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (There is the possibility of this changing)


CURRENTLY READING:

Outlander  by Diana Gabaldon
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


DRINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING:

Tea! Hot or cold, black or herbal, doesn't usually matter, but I always need to have my tea!!


E-READER OR PHYSICAL BOOK?

 Now I use both and I don't particularly hate either of them, but if I had to chose one over the other, than I personally prefer the physical book.


FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL:

Oh man... this is hard. I don't... know... Maybe... Levi from Fangirl. He's so sweet and nice. I was a real sucker for that.


GLAD YOU GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor


HIDDEN GEM BOOK:

The Genius and the Muse  by Elizabeth Hunter


IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE:

 Discovering Booktube. Finding booktube essentially lead me to discovering the book community, Goodreads, and book blogs. I never would've made my own blog if not for booktube.


JUST FINISHED:

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon


KINDS OF BOOKS YOU WON’T READ:

 Usually non-fiction (unless it's for school or language learning). I haven't found any that have ever caught my attention.


LONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ:

 Well... I'm reading A Clash of Kings which is about 1000 pages long. Does that count? If not then A Game of Thrones which is about 800 pages long.


MAJOR BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE OF:

 When I read the Harry Potter series, I had a book hangover for a long while after that. Also for a few days after The Darkest Minds I was a wreck.

NUMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN:

3. Though they're not all completely organized yet. :'(


ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES:

 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


PREFERRED PLACE TO READ:

Wherever it's most comfy. Usually the couch or bed.


QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU/GIVES YOU ALL THE FEELS FROM A BOOK YOU’VE READ:

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
-A Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor 


READING REGRET:

I'm not sure. My regrets are probably not reading a lot throughout high school.


SERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH(ALL BOOKS ARE OUT IN SERIES):

 Haha! Wow. Um. Well there's quite a few of these. I'll just name a couple though:
Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series (I'm on the last book)
Percy Jackson Heroes of Olympus Series (3rd book)
Darkest Minds Series (2nd book)
A Song of Ice and Fire Series (2nd book)


THREE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


UNAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL FOR:

Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Outlander, SuperWhoLock, all of my other fandoms and so on.


VERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE MORE THAN ALL THE OTHERS:

 Probably Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.


WORST BOOKISH HABIT:

 I don't know! Maybeee.... Over buying books? What is deemed as a bad book habit?


X MARKS THE SPOT: START AT THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR SHELF AND PICK THE 27TH BOOK:

 Eragon by Christopher Paolini


YOUR LATEST BOOK PURCHASE:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

ZZZ-SNATCHER BOOK (LAST BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY LATE):

Haha! I'm pretty sure Outlander is the answer for this question too. It's SO good I can hardly put it down.

Well this was fun! I'm not going to tag anybody in particular, but if you want to do it, then please do! I want to see your answers too. Leave your link in the comments.

 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Reads (9.5.2014)


I started Obsidian by ‎Jennifer L. Armentrout yesterday. I'm about half way through right about now and I'm not totally sure how I feel about it yet. There are things I like, things I don't like, perhaps I'm just reading this at the wrong time; I'm not certain. I don't think it helps that my focus on this book is warring with my recently accumulated obsession, and I think all of it might be putting me in a small funk; the obsession being the only thing I'm able to think about. It's upsetting, but I think I might need to put this book down and come back to it in a few days.

Now, my obsession. A couple of days ago, y'all may or may not be surprised, I started watching Outlander. Yes. And holy crap, I'm completely hooked. Only problem is... there's only 4 episodes out right now. So, obvious solution, I needed to get the book. Which I did. Now all I can think about is reading it! To me, it seems the only answer is to just listen to my heart, and my heart is telling me to read Outlander! Therefore...
I'm just going to start reading it and come back to Obsidian later. I can feel myself falling into a funk if I don't and nobody wants that. I don't at least. School has started and I don't want to fall behind on reading the books I want. This book is huge however, a good 700 pages, so it will most likely be the only thing I'll be getting into this weekend. But I'm excited. More than excited. I need more Jamie in my life!

Anyways, how about you? What are you reading this weekend? Do you have any new found obsessions you can't stop thinking about?

Side note: Isn't this cover beautiful? I love it. My copy is on my kindle so, unfortunately, I don't own such beauty, but I wanted to show it off for you anyway.


Review: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Title: Days of Blood & Starlight 
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Yes. #2 
Pages: 513.
Source: Shelf.
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal
Published Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books




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Summary:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.


Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?


My Thoughts:
Wow. What a book. An amazing sequel that was nothing like I expected it to be. This second installment by Laini Taylor is a wonderful continuation of her first book A Daughter of Smoke & Bone. It deals with loss, betrayal, distrust/trust, friendship, loyalty, learning right from wrong, fighting for what you believe in, and much more. Things were brutal. This book gave me so many feels and I couldn't believe how it ended. Consider my mind blown. A mixture of sadness, excitement, anxiety, and a wild need to know what happens next all consumed my mind after finishing this book.
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“Dead souls dream only of death. Small dreams for small men. It is life that expands to fill worlds. Life is your master, or death is”
                       ____________________

Just like the first book, there were times that I got a little confused, but it was nothing that wasn't easily cleared up. I enjoy how the author progressed the story and the characters. I was more than pleasantly surprised with Zuzana's involvement in the story and I enjoyed getting to know Mik and some of the other characters a little more. It's hard to say who all my favorites are, but Zuzana, Mik, Ziri, and Hazael are definitely part of that list. I loved reading about each of these characters and I also loved learning more about the world of Eretz. Days of Blood & Starlight definitely focused a little more on world building and I, personally, wouldn't mind visiting that beautiful place if it were even possible.
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“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. 
And its snap split the world in two.” 
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Laini Taylor definitely stepped up her game with this installment. I can only imagine how everything will turn out in the final book. A small part of me is a little worried. I've already had a few characters I really liked killed in the last two books and I'm terrified of who might be next. I don't want to lose my fictional loves! I already know, however, that the last book will be totally epic. Crazy things are going down and I need to be ready for all of the feels. Major feels are ensured. I hope I'll be ready and can survive them all.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
 
 
A Thousand Pieces of You
Claudia Gray

Expected Publication: November 4, 2014
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Synopsis:
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.


Do I really need to explain why I want this book? First, that cover. Just look at that beautiful piece of art. I need this book specifically because it's beautiful. Second, just read the synopsis. It's all I know about the book and it sounds so amazing. I mean, honestly, doesn't it just sound so fascinating?
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Yes. #1
Pages: 466.
Source: Shelf.
Genre: Paranormal | Thriller | Mystery | Young Adult
Published Date: January 21, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books


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Summary:

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.





My Thoughts:
Holy crap can we all collectively join together and say "creepy"? I believe that accurately describes this book as a whole. Going into this book, I knew it was a paranormal thriller, but I still wasn't expecting the level of creep that this book delivered. What I really loved about this story is how it would flip between super creepy paranormal to cute and witty contemporary in the span of a few paragraphs. And if you're anything like me, as soon as you pick up this book, you won't want to put it down until it's done. There's suspense, mystery, sass, and the handsome boy that knew exactly how to make me swoon. Oh I would like me some Noah Shaw in my life right about now. 
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"You're distracting," I said truthfully. "I won't be. I promise," Noah said. "I'll get some crayons and draw quietly. Alone. In a corner."    
-Mara and Noah
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While I was reading this book I found that I was always questioning what was going on or what something might've meant. I was never 100% certain of anything and I really enjoyed that. The characters were so great, in my opinion, though of course, there were also some not so great ones too. I really enjoyed the fact that even though the story was very creepy, it still often had me laughing at a lot of parts, and I thought that was a very fresh take on the story. But even with this comedic aspect of the book, Michelle Hodkin knew when it was time to get serious, and I felt like her serious involved massive amounts of suspense. She pulled it off brilliantly. 
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“You could start a fire with the heat between you two."
"You're mistaking bitter animosity for heartfelt affection.” 
- Jamie and Mara
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The ending of this book was absolutely cray. And that cliff hanger... oh my. I can't get over the way Michelle Hodkin ended this book and I hear the the second book's cliffhanger is, if not worse, just as bad as the first book. This was a really fun read and the cover? I think it's awesome. I really like it. It's beautiful, and the water, all of it. I enjoy looking at it very much. I will definitely be reading the second book very soon, but I'm already calling it, this is more than a little likely going to be part of my favorites. I'm hooked and in love.