Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TTT: Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
Top 10 Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book
*These are in no particular order.*

1. Magic- I LOVE magic. And after Harry Potter I'll read anything dealing with it.

2. Romance- Call me mushy, but in order for me to read it, it has to have some romance.  And if its forbidden love, all the more better! 

3. Mythology- After reading Rick Riodran's Percy Jackson series I am HOOKED. I will give anything with mythology a try. 

4. Mysteries- I really love mysteries. I love to try and guess the ending, but then hate it when I'm right because that means I was able to find it too easy lol 

5. Paranormal Creatures: I love the made up paranormal world. I love the way authors can make up their worlds and their predicaments. 

6. World Building- I love to see how things can be made up or enhanced through the author's eyes. 

7. Time travel- I love the flashing of back and forth! 

8. Retellings- It doesn't matter what its a retelling of, I love them! Even if I had never heard of the book its a retelling of, I will still read it just to see the twist. 

9. Humor- I love to laugh. 

10. Beautiful Covers- I know, I know.... Shallow. But I love a beautiful cover. If its attractive, I'll pick it up and THEN read the synopsis. 

What about you??? 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Middle Grade Monday: The 13 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

ARC, 239
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Recieved from the Publisher
For fans of: Humor, Adventure, Middle Grades

Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-story treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporizer and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favorite flavored marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry.

Two new characters – Andy and Terry – live here, make books together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Because: ANYTHING can happen in a 13-story treehouse.

This is a major new series from Andy and Terry- and it's the logical evolution of all their previous books. There are echoes of the Just stories in the Andy and Terry friendship, the breakaway stories in the Bad Book (the Adventures of Super Finger), there's the easy readability of the Cat on the Mat and the Big Fat Cow, and like all these books, the illustrations are as much a part of the story as the story itself.

     For some reason, as of late, middle grades have caught my attention. I've been reading them nonstop knowing that I have other review  books that HAVE to be read, but I can't stop reading them. I'm not sure what it is, but I can't put them down. And this one was no different. 
     When I was a little girl I always wanted a treehouse. But considering I never had a tree big enough to hold one, I never got to have one. Lucky for me, I was able to live that childhood dream out through this book. And even more lucky for me, this tree house isn't an ordinary one. It's a 13 story treehouse with story after story of cool things to do and see. Throughout the entire book I was super jealous of all the cool things they had distracting them from writing and illustrating the book. I wanted to get out and join them with the "catnary" issue. It seemed really fun.
     It was a really cute read and it kept me laughing the entire time. I can't wait to see what else these two have in store for the kiddos. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #36

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we begged, borrowed, and bought throughout the week. Its hosted by Tynga's Reviews! 

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)Triangles
Torn (Torn Trilogy, #1)

Received for review: 
BurningA Corner of WhiteThe Planet Thieves

A huge thanks to the Publishers and Netgalley!

So, there's what I got!
What did you get in your mailbox?!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Nook E-Book, 360 pages
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Covenant, #4
Source: Own
For fans of: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mythology, YA

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself. (From Goodreads)

     Everything about this seris is amazing. And then there are all the amazeball covers. This series is so good; I love how its all climaxing. Unfortunately to me, this wasn't the best one (my favorite is still Deity...) but it is still so so good. If you haven't started this series, get to reading! 
     This addition to my favorite series starts right where Elixir leaves off. Alex is still in the cell and Aiden is still trying to figure out what to do with her. Finally something snaps and she becomes the same ol Alex... With a completely different attitude. As the war brews, Alex's mission becomes a little blurred. A quest must be taken to answer the many questions that arise. After that, to keep it short and simple, the ish hits the fan.
      One thing that I've always loved about Armentrout's writing is her world building and imagery. Everytime I cracked the book open, I could feel myself being transported to Alex's world. I was able to picture everything as if I was Alex. And with the imagery, everything seemed so real it sometimes scared me. (I mean the "giant fruit" bit for those who have read it. *shudders*) Even the color of the cover plays a huge role in the book. It seems like Armentrout thought of everything.
    Armentrout also doesn't disappoint with the way the story is told. This book is quite obviously used to aid in the build up of the oncoming war. But in no way does it feel like an info dump or too much stuff being thrown at you at once. It flowed nicely and the steady stream of action and adventure is sure to keep you entertained. 
     The only thing I disliked about this was the romance between Alex and Aiden. As they stated numerous times, there are bigger things to worry about other than them being together, but that took away the steaminess for me. I loved when they had to sneak around. That was how Aiden became my fave book boyfriend ever. He wasn't afraid to show Alex that she was his weakness. But eh, with scenes like the "lavender pool," I'm not really complaining lol. 
     Armentrout has surely done it again with the nonstop action in this book. With the war on the brink of beginning and the HUGE cliffhanger ending, super fans like me are anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this epic series.
Overall, I give this


Friday, April 26, 2013

Follow Friday: Music & Reading

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.
The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

So here's this week's question:

Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?

A: I'm not too big on listening to music while I read unless its classical, but I there is one classical song that I associate with Twilight whenever I feel the urge to go back and re-read it. It was said to be the original lullaby that Edward wrote for Bella but when it got to theaters they decided to change it and give her some other song that to this day I can't really stand. But here is the one that I love. Like love it so much I added it to my iTunes after I listened to it. 

Yiruma- River Flows In You 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 4/24/13

     This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. 

This week I'm waiting on: 
Starry Nights
     Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.
     The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can't help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world's greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they've ever known.
     Like a master painter herself, Daisy Whitney brings inordinate talent and ingenuity to this romantic, suspenseful, and sophisticated new novel. A beautifully decorated package makes it a must-own in print.

Release Date: September 3, 2013
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens 

 Why I'm waiting: The originality is astounding to me. I don't remember reading anything else with this type of premise. (I HEARD about something, but then I saw that it got all 2 star reviews...) But anyways, I'm really hoping to love this one. It sounds good and with that beautiful cover, it LOOKS good too. This will be my first novel by Whitney so hopefully the hype around her and this book will be justified. 

Are you going to read this?
What are you waiting on this week? 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I thought I'd like more/less than I did

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic (for me!) is:
Top 10 Books I thought I'd like more/less than I did
*These are in no particular order.*

Well seeing as I have a couple of each, I'll do 5 and 5. Let's start with less

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Come on... Cyborgs?! Yeah wasn't expecting all the greatness. 

2. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: That cheesy cover? Call me whatever you want, but covers are a huge part on what makes me decide if I want to read a book or not. It took me forever to read this one because I thought I just wouldn't like it. 

3. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent: I'm not sure why I thought I wouldn't like this one. I guess because it was about some weird type of being that I hadn't read about before. 

4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: It took two tries to read this book, but I realized that the first time I just couldn't get through it because I wasn't in the mood for it. When I got over the mood I was in I went back to it, and I loved it. 

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: If you've followed my blog from the beginning, you know that it took me two times to read this one as well. Idk what it was, but I just couldn't get into dystopian/post apocalyptic novels. Finally when I heard the movie was coming out, I gave it another try and I loved it. 

Now let's go on to more

6. If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin: I wanted so bad to love this book. I was expecting some heart wrenching sobs from it, but it didn't even produce teary eyes smh. 

7. Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum: Killer robots?! Yessss! Well it turned out to be a huge no to me. I DNF'ed it after reaching page 88. 

8. Pivot Point by Kasie West: I know, I know, its about a parallel universe. But I expected it to be more about the huge decision (if you read it you know what I mean) versus the decision between two boys.... Well that's what I felt like she was basing the decision on. 

9. Dualed by Elise Chapman: Twins fighting each other to the death? Yes, please. But it didn't do any good. The main character seemed like a hypocrite and it wasn't anything else interesting about the story. 

10. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff: This is another classic tale of "Don't judge a book by its cover." I was so super excited to read this because the cover is breath taking. But the mystery was drug out, it spent more time on the romance than the mystery, and I figured out the killer wayyyy before I should've. I was really disappointed. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cover Crazy Mondays!

I don't normally do Cover Crazy Monday's, so when I do, it has to be for a cover that I a absolutely nuts about  And this week, I definitely found one that I really and truly love! It was released earlier today by its author Jessica Khoury and Bookish . So, without further ado, I'm cover crazy about Vitro by Jessica Khoury!

     Ummm Idk what everyone else thinks, but I think the island in the middle of the test tube gives an ominous feeling about the island. I can't wait to see what its all about. And the blue is soooo pretty. That was the perfect color for the water  I also love how everything else is sort of burred out and letting the test tube take the front line. It really looks good altogether. 

What do you think about today's cover? 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Follow Friday:

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.
The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs! 

This week's question is a doozie!

Q: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

(Image found through Google Search) 
A: I would love to hang out with Rick Riordan! Just watching what he tweets and reading his words, I'm sure I would never stop laughing! I would love to meet him! He seems hilarious! 
Weekend Wrap Up Post
1. Friday (4/12/13)- Reader Conventions!
3. Sunday (4/14/13)- None
4. Monday (4/15/13)- Catching Fire Trailer!
5. Tuesday (4/16/13)- TTT: Rewind (Top 10 Aww Moments) 
6. Wednesday (4/17/13)- WoW: Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 4/17/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) waiting on! This meme is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. 


     In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
     Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
     Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
     For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone?
Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?
Available: September 10, 2013
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

Why I'm waiting: As I just started reading Eleanor & Park, I love Rainbow Rowell's writing style. The humor and light heartedness is exactly what I need right now. And on top of that, this book is really for fangirls (like me!!!!)  everywhere. I'm so excited about this book and I can't wait to see what is so special about this Simon Snow!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: TTT: Rewind (Some topic you missed or want to revisit)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic (for me!) is:
Top 10 Aww Moments in Books
*These are in no particular order.*

CAUTION: Some of these may contain spoilers! Please be mindful and look at the book covers. If you haven't read it, skip over it! 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
1. When Snape says "Always" when talking to Dumbledore at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I think I was boohooing for about 15 minutes after that. I still can't read it. I end up doing the ugly cry... 

If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
2. The entire book of If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Especially when Adam says my favorite parts of the book, "I want you to play me like a cello." and "I'll leave, If you stay." My goodness, I melted. And I was completely in tears. 

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, #3)
3. In Chain Reaction when Alex was getting married to Brittany and when Carlos proposed to Kiara and Luis was still trying to convince Nikki to be with him. All those times I was either laughing or crying. It was so super adorable. 

Time Between Us (Time Between Us, #1)
4. The point where the letter in the Time Between Us finally begins to make sense. So sad that they're amazing love story had to be such a loooooooong distance apart. 

5.In Easy when Lucas is telling Jackie why he helped with the self defense class and everything. I felt my heart break about 10 times when I read it!

6. The secret that Chelsea drunkenly stumbles across at the party that makes her take the vow of silence and what happens because of her and her big mouth in Speechless. I don't like discrimination and this is what the book is all about. I felt so bad for them that they were found out that way and that he thought about hurting themselves because of that. 

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
7. The part where Noah meets Echo's dad in Pushing the Limits and he showed them how much he cared for Echo. I think I about melted then. And there was also the part about Noah's brothers when he finally made the ultimate decision about their care. Huge awwww moment. 

The Fault in Our Stars
8. The eulogy by Hazel in The Fault In Our Stars. (I promise I was saying aww in between all my heart wrenching sobs...) 

Something Like Normal
9. The sea turtle scene in Something Like Normal is completely adorable. And then at Charlie's funeral... I think I cried buckets. 

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
10. Will's realization that nothing was keeping him from loving anyone and so he tells Tessa that he wants to be with her, and then she tells him she's engaged to Jem in Clockwork Prince. And then in Clockwork Princess when Jem dies and Will can feel it. My God, I was bawling in the middle of Quizno's smh. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Catching Fire trailer!

     Ok I know I normally do a review on Monday's, but this one thing is super duper important. I mean even my boyfriend even said "Man I can't even lie, its looks live" and he doesn't care to read it or watch it or anything. It really must mean something serious lol

So, without further ado, here's what captured my attention last night and all this morning. I swear I watched it three or four times smh

The Catching Fire Teaser Trailer

Saturday, April 13, 2013

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

Nook Book, 289 pages
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Own
For fans of: Chick lit, Contemporary, Sparkly Covers, Tear Jerkers, YA

If he had been with me, he wouldn't have died.

Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other's sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting. But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years. But she's always wondered what if...

The night she's about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy.

     This book could have been so extremely epic. But there were so many things preventing it from being that. It took me  couple days just to sit down and figure out how to word the review without turning it into a rant. Yes, I am just THAT mad at this.
     When I first read the synopsis I was super excited to read this. And then looking at the cover I could almost feel the grief radiating off of it. But when I opened it and read the first few pages, I was disappointed in the writing. And when I say disappointed, I don't mean in a little bit. The writing in this book is bad. Like really bad. The only reason I continued reading it is because I was hoping it got better at the climax of the story. At one point I had half a mind to DNF it, but I really wanted to know how the ending would be. My curiosity was the only thing that saved it.
     Another thing I didn't like was the characters. Like the way Autumn was so dependent on her friends and boyfriend. She felt like there was no way her and Finny could be friends (even though they knew each other since birth) and she wouldn't do anything without their permission. And then there was how childish she was. The book goes over memories from elementary school, middle school, and high school and it seemed like they were all the same. None of them showed any growth in her besides the fact that she didn't want to be friends with Finny anymore. It was weird. She still seemed as if she was in middle school the entire time. And Finny? He was just unrealistic to me.  
     The biggest thing that I hated about this, was the fact that there wasn't much feeling. To say that this book is about death, I really felt it was going to be a tear jerker, but I found my self just shrugging and saying "Oh, he's gone." I really expected to be in heavy tears. And not only then. There was graduation and the breakup too where I didn't feel any type of emotion from the writing. It was just another moment in the book to me. Until the very end. And when I say very end I mean at 95%. If it had been like that the entire book, I would have liked this soooooo much more. 
     Lastly, because the characters weren't the most exciting and the emotional connection wasn't there, the whole book just seemed a little drawn out. I mean when they graduated high school you would think it would end there,but it didn't. It was drawn out until the end of that summer where there was nothing really going on. It took everything in me not to skim to where the story will pick up. And when it finally did, it was over. I hated the ending. I wanted to know the answer to the final question. I'm guessing its implied but still.....
     In short, there was so much I was expecting out of this, but it just didn't live up to what I had in mind for it. I really wish I liked it a lot more than I did because I was really hoping to. Hopefully you all will like it more than I did. 
Overall, I give this
(Really 2 1/2) 


Friday, April 12, 2013

Follow Friday: Reader Conventions!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read. Today's features are: Dear, Restless Reader  & Mab is Mab
The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs! 
Q: We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?
A: Actually, I would love to attend ANY of them. I live in a small place and the nearest larger places are an hour or 3 hours away from me. Plus I'm a student so I can't just get up and go whenever I want to :( But I am (hopefully) eventually going to go to one as I am studying to be a librarian. For now though, I'm just going to participate in Armchair BEA and make the best of it!  
 So, what about you? 
Weekend Wrap Up Post
1. Friday (4/5/13)- Books that aren't my usual
3. Sunday (4/7/13)- Stacking the Shelves
7. Thursday (4/11/13)- Review Lost Girls by Ann Kelley

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lost Girls by Ann Kelley

ARC, 336 pages
Release Date: July 10, 2012 (USA)
Published by: Little Brown Books For Young Readers
Stand alone
Source: Received from ARCycling
Read: Summer, 2012
For fans of: Adventure, Historical Fiction, YA

No parents. No rules. No way home.
Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn't be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand. But when a strong current sweeps Bonnie and her friends past their appointed campsite, depositing them instead on what the boatman calls a "forbidden island," they're just happy to have reached dry land.
Overnight, things take a turn for the worse. Three torturous days pass, but the boatman doesn't return, and what once seemed like a vacation in paradise becomes a battle against the elements.
Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie's journal as she struggles to survive, Lost Girls tells the page-turning, heart-pounding story of a group of teen girls fighting for their lives.

     I honestly have no idea what to say about this book. I had heard so many great things about it being like the show Lost and having so much fun and adventure in it I was stoked to learn that I had gotten it from the ARCycling program. But when I got it and sat down to read it, I just couldn't get into it. I remember not even being able to skim it. The main character just seemed (for lack of a better word) Blah and everyone else was just as uninteresting. 
     I ended up putting it down, (after not even being able to skim through it) thinking maybe I wasn't in the mood for it and never picked it up again. I lent it to a friend of mine who loves The Lord of the Flies who read on Goodreads that this was a kind of modernized version of it. She liked it more than I did.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 4/10/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

The School for Good and Evil

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . . ?

The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. (From Goodreads)

Release Date: May 14, 2013
Published by: HarperCollins

Why I'm waiting: So many great things in the synopsis that I'm wanting to find out more about. The classes from both schools, how they're going to make the past students fit into this, and what the ultimate outcome will be once they start school in the wrong places. Also, I can almost bet that the world building is fantastic! And as yall know, I also can't wait to read it because the cover is BEAUTIFUL!