Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 2013 Monthly Wrap-Up


I decided to start doing this because I know I had a lot of posts this month and even brought back a meme, so here is a wrap-up of all I did!

Books Reviewed: 9


Books Read & Reviewed!



Beyond the Book

  • Features: How to Love by Katie Cotguno and teen pregnancy
  • Features: The F-it List by Julie Halpern and my Bookish Buket List!
  • Features: Divergent by Veronica Roth and what would be in my fear landscape!
Top Ten Tuesday!
  • Top 10 Book Turn offs: featuring Insta-Love, Over done cliches, and ugly overs.
  • Top 10 Best Series Beginnings/Endings: Featuring Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready, and All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.
  • Top 10 Books I was forced to read: Featuring Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, and I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. 
  • Top 10 Unusual Character Names: featuring Mundungus Fletcher from Harry Potter, Cather & Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and Araby from Masque of the Red Death!
  • Top 10 Scariest Looking Book Covers: featuring Red Hill by Jamie McGuire, Gated by Amy Christine Parker, and All the Truth that's in Me by Julie Berry. 
Waiting on Wednesday

Swoon Thursday!


Feature Follow Friday!

Stacking the Shelves

  • 10/6/13: Features Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, Find Me by Romily Bernard, and Shadows by Robin McKinley. 
  • 10/19/13: Features Pawn by Aimee Carter, Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally, and Broken by CJ Lyons. 
Other Posts: 

Swoon Thursday: One choice will define you Edition!

Swoon Thursday is a weekly event hosted by YA Bound.

 Here's what you do:

From the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell me what made you swoon. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. Shout it out on twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments or grab the button above and share it on your blog.

"     I shake my head, still struggling for air, and crush him against the wall with my body, my lips finding his. For a moment he tries to push me away, but then he must decide that he doesn't care if I'm all right, doesn't care if he's all right, doesn't care. We haven't been together in days. Weeks. Months.
     His fingers slide into my hair, and I hold on to his arms to stay steady as we press together like two blades at a stalemate. He is stronger than anyone I know, and warmer than anyone else realizes; he is a secret I have kept, and will keep for the rest of my life. 
     He leans down and kisses my throat, hard, and his hands smooth over me, securing themselves at my waist. I hook my fingers in his belt loops, my eyes closing. In that moment I know exactly what I want; I want to peel away all the layers of clothing between us, strip away everything that seperates us, the past, present, and the future."
43% (Nook Book)

Mini Review: Trust in Me by J. Lynn

Nook Book, 237 pages
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Published by: William Morrow Impulse 
Wait For You, #1.5
Source: Own (Pre-ordered) 
For fans of: Guy POV, Sparkly Covers, Novellas, Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Hot Literary Guys


     It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.
     Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.
     Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery's life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

*MY THOUGHTS* 

     My favorite thing about reading a contemporary romance from a guy's POV is being able to read the swoony situations in his head. And with Cam being one of my fave book boys and with him being the super swoony boy he is, I was super excited to read this one!
"...things can't be that bad if the sun is out and shining."
77% (Nook Book)
     Cameron Hamilton is no less amazing than he was in Wait for You.With this story being from his POV we're able to see more of his thoughts and what he was thinking during the times that Avery was still in her hard shell and not trusting him yet. This is what I loved about him. He was so sweet and patient and caring. It was maximized by ten from his POV. It made me fall for him even more. And his nickname for her that she doesn't even know about? Cutest. name. EVER. I wasn't sure I could love him anymore than I already did, but its evident I can.
"I'm not everyone, Avery! Not to you, not with you."
84% (Nook Book)
     I also loved that his story felt so much more real coming through this novel than in Wait For You. I mean we got the story he gave Avery, but we get to feel so much more emotion in this one. It just makes his pain so much more real. I hated that I couldn't comfort him so many times. Because trust me, I definitely would lol Cameron Hamilton is one for the books y'all!
"You have me. [..] You so fucking have me."
89% (Nook Book)
     Anddddd, my e-book comes with a sneak peek at Be With Me and I almost freaked out! I'm so excited for this one as well! I can't wait to see what Jase and Tessa go through! Especially with the little sneak peeks that we see in this one. JLA thinks of everything with her books. I can't wait to see what else this story has. Because if its anything else like Cameron, I'm going to lose it!
Overall, I give this


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WoW: 10/30/13

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!

Insanity

     Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing....When the dead husband of one of Forest's patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected. 
     With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.

Release Date: February 14, 2014
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's

Why I'm Waiting: Gah this synopsis sounds amazeballs. An asylum, bells ringing randomly, and ghosts showing up?! Hell yes I want this. And this cover is definitely creepy too. I wanted to use it yesterday on my Top 10 Tuesday, but I wanted it for my WoW today more! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top 10 Scariest Looking Book Covers

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  Scariest Looking Book Covers
*These are in no particular order.

FiendishAll the Truth That's In Me
1. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff: This hasn't been released yet (June 2014, but I'm already asking myself if I really want to read this because the cover is scaring me so  bad. The synopsis is super scary as well!

2. The Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry: I've seen ratings from good to bad on this book and the only thing that's making me still want to read it is the creepy looking cover. 

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3. Gated by Amy Christine Parker: This is another one that people have been rating all over the place. I want to read it because the cover and synopsis really creep me out!

4. Red Hill by Jamie McGuire: It just reminds me of The Walking Dead for some reason. And to be honest, the fact that it has zombies is the reason I haven't read it yet. Zombies really freak me out lol 

Nearly GoneNo One Else Can Have You
5. Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano: I think this one is creepy to me because she is obviously running or scared of something from the sweat we see on her upper lip. The scary part is, we have no idea what she's running from. I can't wait to find out though! (Releases March 2014)

6. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale: Dude, there is a moose(?) that's hung on this cover.... You can't tell me that's not creepy and intriguing! (Releases January 2014)

Engines of the Broken WorldThe End Games
7. Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee: Look. At. The. Hands. On. That. Step. If that doesn't creep you out, I don't know what will! I feel like as she was going up the steps they tried to grab her or something. *shudders*

8. The End Games by T. Michael Martin: Another one about zombies. And this one has the walkers on the cover. Super scary to me. 

Teen SpiritAnna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
9. Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block: I love this one because it has the Ouija board look, with the placard and font and everything. It looks so good! (Releases Febrary 2014)

10. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: If this book didn't make it to your list, you are BLIND. The sole reason I added this to my TBR was because I was in love with the cover and I needed to see what it was all about! If you haven't read it, it's the perfect time!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! It ends soon!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Beyond the Book: Divergent by Veronica Roth


This bookish feature is an original by me! I had the epiphany for this the other day when I was writing out my 15 bookish confessions. (See #7) A lot of times I like to go "beyond the book" and do something that will connect me with the book and characters a little more. It will pop up on Mondays! Be on the look out for which books caught my eye and made me go beyond just reading it!  

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

“Being fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” 
― Veronica RothDivergent

     Today's Beyond the Book has Minor Spoilers, so be warned!

     So everyone knows where Four (Tobias) got his name from, because there were only FOUR things that he was really afraid of.... Since we're doing the "Dark and Stormy Week at Take Me Away" and the recent release of the last book in this series, Allegiant, I decided to let y'all in on what actually scares me! I wish I was like Four or even Six (10 points to you if you remember who that is lol) I'm pretty sure my nickname is like "Baker's Dozen" lmao So, if you were to ever go through my Fear Landscape, I'm pretty sure you'd at least find these things: 

1. Spiders. You guys I'm not kidding. I have arachnophobia. Like I don't even care if they are smaller than my fingernail. They have wayyy too many legs and it freaks me out lol  

2. Cancer. I had two family members on both sides of my family members pass away from  it. I had to watch them with the illness for so long that it definitely scared me. I'm deathly afraid that I or someone else in my family or someone else I am close to will find out they have it. 

3. The Dark. When I was a little girl, my cousins put me in a closet and would bang on the doors and tell me a ghost was coming and make the vacuum turn on inside the closet. It freaked me out. To this day I still can't sleep without some light from the tv.

4. Feet. Ok I know this sounds weird, but I don't like them. I don't like when people wear tennis shoes and their feet are sweaty and I don't like when people wear sandals and their feet look weird or they're dirty. It freaks me out. And before you think I'm strange, its an actual phobia, podophobia to be exact. 

5. Socializing. This one isn't that hard to believe seeing as I am an introvert. Having to get up, put on pants, and talk to actual real people stresses me out. In order for me to actually do this, some drinking must be involved lol 

6. Roaches. Self-explanatory. 

7. Claustrophobia: Yes I'm another one that's afraid of closed in spaces. I don't even like to be in an elevator. And if said elevator has more than 3 people on it, I will take the stairs. I don't care how high we're going up. 

8. Spoilers. I never read reviews for books until I've finished the book and have finished writing my own review. I HATE knowing what's going to happen in a book before I've read it. I'm even afraid of them in movies. I know yall may be excited, but keep the feels to yourself please!  (I have been lucky enough to have avoided any and all spoilers for Allegiant! I muted it on my Twitter feed. Shame I had to do that, but I'm not taking any chances! I have no idea how it will end and I want to keep it that way until I get to it.)


So, what about you? What are YOU scared of?


Don't forget to enter my giveaway! It ends soon!


Have you ever had such a connection with a book that you had to go beyond just reading it? 
Join me on Mondays with Beyond the Book! 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Nook Book, 343 pages
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Published by: Katherine Tegen (Epic Reads) 
Divergent, #3
Source: Own (Pre-ordered) 
For fans of: Action, Adventure, Dystpia, Post-ApocalypticRomance,  YA


One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?

What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?

What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
     The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
     But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
     Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Divergent gave me all the feels. I cried, laughed, and got so angry at some parts I was yelling at the book. Insurgent had me on edge and I knew that their city was on the brink of war and I was strangelt so excited for it. So, naturally, I expected Allegiant to be all about the war and how it would change Tris and Four's life.... Did I get what I expected? Well..... No.
"Who are you? I demand. 'We are the Allegiant,' the voice replies. 'And we are many, and none."
11% (Nook Book)
     I say "no" because there were so many things I had problems with. For instance, the characters. I'll start with Four.... When I met him in Divergent, he was a knife throwing, gun wielding, bad ass. He didn't take any shit because he had taken it most of his life already. But in Allegiant, he definitely hanged my entire attitude about him. He had none of his original qualities and I felt like he was a completely different person. I've seen a lot of bloggers say that Tobias and Tris both sound the same and that's the perfect way to put it. I felt like he was acting more like a female than the sexy bad ass I knew him to be. 
"Death is so quick, so certain. Where we're going now, nothing is certain.."
17% (Nook Book)
     Which brings me to their romance. This was really the only thing tying me to this. I was in love with them when they were together. It was the only time that I felt like Four was back to being strong and Tris was showing her growth. And then at the end, I can't lie, my heart broke for Tobias. I wanted to jump through the book and console him. I felt EVERYTHING that he felt. 
"If they told us what to believe, and we didn't come to it on our own, is it still true?"
24% (Nook Book)
     As for the plot, I was a little let down. In Divergent, it seemed like every chapter had a cliff hanger. And in Insurgent every PAGE had a cliff hanger. In this one, I just didn't feel like anything was hardly happening. In the beginning I was digging it, because put yourself in that situation. If you found out that your life was an experiment and your friends were dying because of other people, how would you handle that news? But then right afterwards it went to nothing. I had become so accustomed to Roth's gritty, in your face, eff your feelings attitude, that I wasn't a huge fan of the fact throwing in my face. Because that's pretty much all that Allegiant did. Which, I don't feel was 100% explained. That was a lot of information to process, and it was info dumped in my lap. I'm sure I would have had more fun with the action on the last few pages spread throughout the entire book than that madness that was the end. 
"Everyone has to blame something for the way the world is."
41% (Nook Book)
     And speaking of the end, I will now attempt to put my thoughts of it into words..... I understand why it happened, but the WAY it happened, I just couldn't deal. *SPOILER* Tris is bad ass and she had just survived the death serum.... And then she dies from gunshots.... -___- *END SPOILER* I felt like it should have been in a blaze of glory. With more then one person shooting or something else to acknowledge the bad ass that she was. Honestly, I'm ok with what happened in the ending, but not the HOW. I was one of the few that was spared from the humongous spoiler, but I kind of wish I was. I would've read it and been spared the heart ache I got from reading it all the way through. 
"It's strange how a word, a phrase, a sentence, can feel like a blow to the head."
55% (Nook Book)
     In short, I didn't hate it, but the only reason I stayed intrigued was my curiosity of what the major event that everyone was talking about was. And unfortunately, when I got to it, I wasn't impressed. I honestly could've done without. 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, October 27, 2013

It was a Dark and Stormy Week at Take Me Away... Featuring THRILLERS!


THRILLERS

     One of my favorite creepy genres is thrillers. I love to curl up with a really good one and scare myself silly. And if its a mystery thriller, I like to see if I can guess the mystery. According to Goodreads, a thriller is "characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more-powerful and better-equipped villains. Literary devices such as suspense, red herrings and cliffhangers are used extensively. Thrillers often overlap with mystery stories, but are distinguished by the structure of their plots. In a thriller, the hero must thwart the plans of an enemy, rather than uncover a crime that has already happened. Thrillers also occur on a much grander scale: the crimes that must be prevented are serial or mass murder, terrorism, assassination, or the overthrow of governments. Jeopardy and violent confrontations are standard plot elements. While a mystery climaxes when the mystery is solved, a thriller climaxes when the hero finally defeats the villain, saving his own life and often the lives of others." If you tell me that doesn't pique your interest, I'll already know you're lying!

     I've only read a couple YA thrillers (before I read YA I read Adult thrillers and that was it!), but I do have A LOT on my TBR pile. Here are a couple that I want to read ASAP! (*Covers will take you to their Goodreads page!*)

Vicious3:59Find Me (Find Me, #1)
All the Truth That's In MeThe SoundDangerous Girls
No One Else Can Have You

     
     Here are the few that I have read and loved!
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)Ten

What are some YA thrillers that you have read and loved (or want to read) that aren't pictured? I would love to add them to my TBR pile! Also, don't forget to enter the Dark and Stormy giveaway I'm having to celebrate Halloween and my birthday! You can find it here and win any of these books and more! 

Stacking the Shelves #60 & Weekly Wrap Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

Bought:
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Trust in Me by J. Lynn

Small haul this week, but it was still a great one! Can't wait to finish both of these!

Weekly Wrap-Up
Sunday 10/20/13: My 3 Star Review of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Monday 10/21/13:  My Beyond the Book Post of my Bookish Bucket List featuring The F-It List by Julie Halpern!
Tuesday 10/22/13: My Top Ten Tuesday of the Top 10 Most unusual character names
Wednesday 10/23/13: My WoW pick of the week featuring Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin..
Thursday 10/24/13:  My 3 Star review of Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins & my Crash & Bangin Swoon Thursday!
Friday 10/25/13: My Follow Friday featuring my favorite read in a funny place!