Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stacking The Shelves {3}: Lots and Lots of Books!


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where everyone gets to share what books they've acquired over the last week!


Alright so I haven't done a Stacking the Shelves post for over a month! Been so busy with everything I just couldn't get around to it. So here we go, it's a big one!!!

I also apologize for the not so great photos, had to use my camera on my phone!


From The Library:



Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Review to come this week!)


Won:

 

(I also won a shirt and flashlight, I'll try to get pics of those later)


For Review:



The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington (Review to come this week!)



  Bought For Kindle:



The Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter (Review to come this week!)


Swag:

I got some awesome Hysteria bookmarks to giveaway on the blog, and they're signed by Megan Miranda! Keep a look out, I'll have the giveaway up sometime this week!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone! How are you Holidays going? Did you get some great books for gifts? I hope you did!

I have been SO busy with family stuff over the last week, and the week before that were my finals! I passed my classes, so I'm super happy about that. Now I have no class until the 7th, so I get to read a bit more at night now. I usually do my schoolwork after my little goes to bed at night, so sometimes I don't get around to reading as much as I would like.

I apologize for my absence the last few weeks here, it's been busy! Hopefully after the New Year I'll be able to pick everything back up and get rolling.

I PROMISE that tonight I will get that post up for my Stacking the Shelves! It's been well over a month since I have done a post for it, and I have a lot of books to share with you! I also have some great reviews to write up, so look for those this coming week as well!


Friday, December 28, 2012

Cover Reveal: Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun + $60 Amazon.com GC Giveaway!



Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun (Courtlight #1)

Publication date: March 15th, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the  kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond  initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday {6}: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we all share what books we're eagerly waiting for!



"Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain ofthe Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike."
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)

I am beyond excited for this book! I love love loved the first book, and I can't wait until this is out. I am not a fan of the cover though, I even wrote a short post on it earlier this week here. I hate it when a cover to a series is changed mid series. But, I will still have to get this book because I love the story so much!

What are you looking forward to?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Magnificently Magic Read-A-Thon Wrap Up


The Magnificently Magic Read-a-Thon 

is hosted by Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts.


Alright, so I really failed at this read-a-thon. Like big time. This weekend I was so busy with schoolwork that I barely got to read at all. I read a little bit of The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter, but that was all I got around to! Besides the homework, I was really upset over the shooting in CT. I spent most of Friday and Saturday morning watching the news on it. 

How did your weekend go? What books did you read?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Too Many Cover Changes: Blood of Eden

Original Cover


Blood of Eden is one of my new favorite series out there right now, and I can not wait until The Eternity Cure comes out! I love love love the original cover though of the first book, I can not fathom as to why the publisher's have felt the need to change it. Here is the article from Harlequin TEEN about the cover change.

Far too many series are having these cover changes mid series lately. I, for one, am getting rather irritated. I buy the first book, then the cover changes and the books no longer match! What is up with this? Come on publishers, stick by your original designs!

What do you all think of this? Is it getting to be a bit ridiculous?

New Cover Design

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Scourge by A.G. Henley ~ Review & Giveaway! ~




Book Synopsis:

"Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. 

And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone. 

The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's. 

Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him. 

As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest." -from Goodreads.com

The Scourge

What I Thought:

Fennel has grown up blind, never knowing what the world truly looks like. She lives with her mother, brother, and the rest of their community in a post-apocalyptic world in constant fear of the Scourge. When the Scourge comes they have to take shelter in the caves from them, they are safe there because the Scourge will not go into the darkness of the caves. 

This darkness has no effect on Fennel because he her blindness, one of the many gifts according to her elders. Aloe, who is one of the Three of the council, used to be the Water Bearer. This job has no passed down to Fennel, because to be the Water Bearer you must be blind. Blindness gives you protection from the Scourge and you can walk among them.

Little did Fennel know that by collecting the water for her community, the Groundlings, that she would interact with a Lofty that actually seemed nice. A Lofty happens to be part of this community as well, but they live in the safety of the trees. The two groups do not get along though and they are in constant turmoil with each other. 

When the Scourge seems to be sticking around for longer than normal Fennel decides that she wants to go deeper into the caves and find the Hidden Waters. She's only heard stories of it, but she believes that it is out there. The Hidden Waters are supposed to be protected and safe from the Scourge. So she sets off in search of this, but not alone. Out of the darkness of the caves pops out Peree, the Lofty that watches over her as she collects water. And so their adventure begins...

I really enjoyed this book, a lot. I'm a little bit iffy with most self published manuscripts. Some are really great, some are not. This was one that I am just blown away by. The writing is amazing  the story just kept me going, I couldn't put it down!

The idea of having a book from the POV of a blind girl threw me off at first, but it really worked out well. Henley has a great way of describing the world that Fennel 'sees' without actually seeing it. She relies greatly on describing things with other senses. 

My only issue I had with the book was that there seemed to be a little bit of a lull in the story at one point, but it quickly picked up again. There was a little bit of a love triangle but it was nothing like what is in most YA novels. I could look past it, as it was pretty obvious most of the time who Fennel was interested in. 

If you like a full out, in your face, zombie novel...well this book probably isn't it. It's more of an adventure story, and a love story. Not so much a zombie eating your face off type of thing. That's ok though, I enjoyed the zombies being a part of the background of the story. 

I do suggest this book if you're looking for a great YA dystopian though, it's one of my favorites of 2012! 


Rating:



About The Author:


A.G. Henley is the author of the young adult novel, THE SCOURGE. She is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.aghenley.com


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Magnificently Magic Read-A-Thon Kick Off; and My Reading List!


The Magnificently Magic Read-a-Thon is hosted by Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts.


The goal of this read-a-thon is to read some magical books. They can be related to Christmas or winter too!

There will be daily mini challenges, giveaways, and a twitter chat a 9pm GMT  #MMReadathon. 

I'm not sure how many books I'll get through, or even if I'll get through one! It's a bit busy around here with my finals next week and my toddler, there's a house showing today too so we have to clean and leave for that. 



Here is my reading list/goal list for this weekend:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Yes, I did choose all Harry Potter books! It has been about 5 or 6 years since I've read the first three, so this should be fun!



To join this read-a-thon, visit the sign up post HERE or the posts HERE!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Back to the Classics 2013 Reading Challenge



I haven't read a classic since high school, and that was about five years ago. I'm really excited for this challenge and am so glad that Sarah decided to host it again this year! So, here are the categories and the books I plan on reading for each category:


The Required Categories:
  1. A 19th Century Classic: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  2. A 20th Century Classic: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic: Beowulf 
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  5. A Classic Adventure: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
  6. A Classic that prominently features an Animal: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Optional Categories:

    A.  Re-read a Classic: Dracula by Bram Stoker
   B.  A Russian Classic: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
   C.  A Classic Non-Fiction title:  Not sure on this one yet...maybe something by Darwin. 
   D.  A Classic Children's/Young Adult title: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
   E.  Classic Short Stories: The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Waiting on Wednesday {5}: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we all share what books we're eagerly waiting for!



"Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.



After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge."-from Goodreads.com

Requiem (Delirium, #3)

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter




Book Synopsis:

"EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT'S KATE'S TURN. 

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

IF SHE FAILS..." -from Goodreads.com


What I Thought:

First of all, I absolutely love the covers in this series. They are so pretty with her white dress and leafy backgrounds! It lured me in, I admit, I am a bit of a cover addict. 

Kate is a teen who has been pretty much by her mother's side the last five years. Kate's mother is slowing dying of cancer, and has been in and out of the hospital for most of Kate's teenage years. I can respect a girl who sticks by her mother like this, that takes a lot of love and dedication. The thing that does bother me though, she doesn't even take the time to mingle and make friends. I mean, what teen living in NYC doesn't mingle and have a lot of friends? Even if they are an outcast. 

so here we are now back in Michigan, where Kate's mother grew up and wanted to go back to before she dies. I live in Michigan, so I though that was pretty awesome. They go up to the UP, which I thought was pretty awesome too, and stay in a town called Eden. 

Eden??? Spoilers my dear, spoilers. 

Anyways. So there are a lot of places in Michigan with fun names. Kalamazoo, Mackinac, Ypsilanti  Hell.  Yes, Hell. That is a real place here, and it does in face freeze over. I was slightly saddened that they didn't stop in any cities on the way to Eden, since there are oh like hundreds of pit stops on the way. 

Eden's a pretty small town, also normal for Michigan, and has the usual cliques in the school. Fast forward a bit and Kate is invited to a party by Ava. Except when they get there they discover there is no party, Ava dies, the god of the Underworld revives her, Kate now has to come back and live in his manor. Summed that up pretty fast huh?

The rest of the story is pretty much Kate flouncing about the manor, little incidents happening, and then judgement by the gods to see if she can be immortal.

Gods just make you immortal. they don't give you a judgement. THEY ARE GODS. 

The gods in the book all called themselves brother and sister, when in fact only a few of them were actually related by blood. Technically Zeus is sort of related to EVERY SINGLE ONE by blood. Also, his wife is his sister. Yeah. 

On that note, Hades aka Henry, in no way was ever the saintly type of person he is in this book. He would not have cared that the other girls died, he wouldn't have healed Ava, etc. Hades was just as bad as the rest of his family, incest and all. I know authors can take things and use their own creative intellect on it, but this stretches Greek mythology a bit too much for my taste. 

I don't really know where else to go from here with this review. The writing was decent, there were some catch ups on the dialogue though. That's to be expected from a debut author I think. If you're OK with Greek mythology being taken and stretched a bit far, then by all means please read this book. If you like the myths the way they are, don't read this book. The choice is your's my friends. 



Rating:


I Liked It

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winners of the $5 Amazon.com GC's are...


Congrats! I've emailed both of you, please respond within 48 hours!

Everyone else, thank you so much for entering and becoming readers! I appreciate all of you! Stay tuned for more giveaways in the near future. 

Teaser Tuesday: The Dead and Buried

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. 

This week's Teaser is from my ARC of The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington



"Most people have the ability to hide it when they are embarrassed or feeling a particularly strong emotion. At worst, a little pink may rise into their cheeks. I, on the other hand, have been struck with this problem where my neck turns bright red and splotchy." -The Dead and Buried, p. 31

Monday, December 10, 2012

Musing Mondays: My Last DNF


What was the last book you could not finish and why?

The last book that made it into my DNF list was Pure by Julianna Baggott. I got about 30% into the book, and it was just not for me. I got it for a review from Netgalley over a year ago, so I have no idea if I can even submit a review for it through there even if I had finished it. The book itself was ok up to the point that I got...I just couldn't handle the constant descriptions of fusing. I get that the fusing is important and all, but it took over the story and just got in the way for me.