Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (49)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

24840459The Rise and Fall of the GallivantersMaterial Girls1790498520553857The Walls Around Us2304373118135513
Thank you to Egmont, Diamond Book Distributors, HMH Books for Young Readers, Amazon Children's Publishing, and Algonquin Young Readers!

I've already read all of these except for three of them, and let me just say, Material Girls is one of my all time favorite books now. 

Thank you to Scholastic!


What books have you gotten this week?

My Momentous Month: February 2015!

I did really well with reading this month! I had my goal set at only 50 books this year for reading, but somehow I've managed to read 30 already!

Books Read:
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahearn
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Love, Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox
Flunked by Jen Calonita
The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi
Just One Night by Gayle Forman
Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons
The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (Graphic Novel)
The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters by M.J. Beaufrand
Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos
Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
The Infinite by Lori M. Lee

Reviews Posted:
Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahearn
Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst
The Young World by Chris Weitz
Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Love, Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox
Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked by Jen Calonita
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi
The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner

To Be Read for March:
I'm just going to work on review books and then read whatever else I'd like! :)

Favorite Book of the Month:
Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos

Favorites in each genre:
Dystopian Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos
Contemporary Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahearn
Fantasy Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
Science Fiction In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

Favorite Cover of the Month:

Favorite Characters of the Month
Male Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Female Marla from Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos

Favorite Setting of the Month:
I'm going to have to choose the world that Lori M. Lee created in Gates of Thread and Stone. The idea of infinites is just so cool!

What books did you read this month?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Feature & Follow (19)

It is #FF Time! Feature & Follow – Get Your Hop on!
Your house is burned down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. What three books?
I would take my entire Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins! I would take this series because it's what got me into the dystopian and science fiction genre, so I have those books to thank for starting up my blog three years ago! :)

I prefer Bloglovin' and Feedburner followers, though Twitter, Linky, and GFC are okay too. Thanks for stopping by!

If you follow me, be sure to tell me in the comments and I will follow back!

Book Review: The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner

21980732Title: The Dead I Know
Author: Scot Gardner
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep and haunted by dreams he can't explain and memories he can't recover. Death doesn't scare him-his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. In this dark and witty psychological drama about survival, Aaron finds that making peace with the dead may be easier than coming to terms with the living.
**Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

Aaron Rowe is constantly tormented by his overly vivid dreams that he has every night. He has the same one every night. Aaron also lives in a trailer with his poor grandma who is slowly losing her mind. Sometimes she even forgets who Aaron is and she will call him David instead. Aaron prefers to keep this information to himself though, so that he won't lose her.

Aaron ends up getting a job with the local funeral director since he isn't that scared of death. He helps pick up the bodies and make them look nice for upcoming funerals. Aaron also goes to all of the funerals and helps out. His boss is John, who is a very kind man who is always looking out for Aaron and has his best interests in mind. John lives with his wife who is always making them little sandwiches for lunch, as well as his daughter, Skye who has taken an interest in Aaron and seems to always put a smile on his face.

I greatly enjoyed this novel. I have never known much about funeral homes and their directors and what went into preparing for a funeral, so this book really educated me on that topic. I felt so bad for Aaron the entire time because of the horrid dreams that he had every night, and it took me a while to piece together what it all meant, but right at the end it suddenly all clicked. Aaron was such a good guy and I couldn't believe what he was going through. It was much darker than I had ever expected.

On the other hand, this book had some lighter moments too. John was so kind to Aaron and I loved how they became good friends. Aaron was always amazed by how much John did for him and how he took care of him, but it was just so sweet. I also loved Mrs. Barton, John's wife, because she greatly cared for Aaron as well. Skye was such an awesome character. Even though Aaron's life was just so dark, Skye seemed to always bring a smile to his face which made him always look forward to waking up the next day. Their friendship was so innocent and understanding.

I don't know how Aaron held his life together because it seemed so hard, especially trying to keep his Mam sane all the time and caring for her as well as herself. He did so much more than anyone would ever realize. This book was very mysterious and interesting read, and I'd definitely suggest picking it up!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Music Recs: Vampire Weekend

Music Recommendations was created so that I can share some of my favorite artists and bands with all of you!

This week, I thought I'd share Vampire Weekend!
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Vampire Weekend consists of four members: Ezra Koenig (guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (guitar), Chris Baio (bass), and Chris Tomson (drums). For some reason, I always find it funny when two members of the same band have the same name. It must be annoying to hear your name called only to find out someone wasn't talking to you!

Vampire Weekend has very upbeat, pumped up music. If you need something to dance around to around your house or listen to while you exercise, I'd definitely suggest Vampire Weekend.

My personal favorite song of theirs is Diane Young, though it may be their most popular song. It's just so catchy! I've never quite understood the music video, because it's a bit crazy, but nonetheless, I love the song. 

Another favorite of mine by them is Unbelievers, which they never made a music video for.
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What about you? Are you a fan of Vampire Weekend?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on The Memory Key!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

17697565In a five-minutes-into-the-future world, a bereaved daughter must choose between losing memories of her mother to the haze of time and the reality-distorting, visceral pain of complete, perfect recall.

Lora Mint is determined not to forget.
Though her mother’s been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most importantly, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.
But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer’s, that isn’t easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora’s key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother’s disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?
Lora’s longing for her lost mother and journey to patch up her broken memories is filled with authentic and poignant emotion. Her race to uncover the truth is a twisty ride. In the end, Liana Liu’s story will spark topical conversations about memory and privacy in a world that is reliant on increasingly invasive forms of technology.

The Memory Key will be released on March 3, 2015 by HarperTeen!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Review: The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi

20420053Title: The Forgetting
Author: Nicole Maggi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Genre: Paranormal/Thriller
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

Georgie's new heart saved her life...but now she's losing her mind.
Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest doesn't seem to be in tune with the rest of her body. Why does she have a sudden urge for strawberries when she's been allergic for years? Why can't she remember last Christmas?
Driven to find her donor, Georgie discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and into a rough life on the streets. Everyone thinks she committed suicide, but Georgie is compelled to find the truth-before she loses herself completely.
**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

In The Forgetting, the reader follows a girl named Georgie who recently got a heart transplant due to it failing. As soon as she wakes up after the surgery, she knows that something is wrong. She can tell that her heart doesn't belong to her because it seems to have a different rhythm than the rest of her body. It's definitely not a good feeling. Georgie tells others how she feels, though everyone, even the doctor, says that it's normal to feel this way.

The thing is, Georgie starts forgetting memories that are replaced with memories of the former owner of her heart. She completely forgot about her strawberry allergy, and instead believed it was her favorite fruit. How can someone forget something like that? That's when she knows that something is wrong, and she goes on a quest to find out who owned her heart before her and to find out why this is happening.

WOW. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I just had to know whose heart Georgie had and why this was happening to her. It made it even harder because everyone kept saying that the owner of her heart was a Jane Doe. Everyone also believed that the girl had committed suicide, though Georgie's memories are pointing towards the idea that she really didn't.

I was a huge fan of Nate because she was always there for Georgie and didn't really think she was crazy, which was really sweet of him. I felt horrible for him as well, since he knew the previous owner and didn't know that she had died, or as everyone says, killed herself. Nate works for FAIR Girls, where he tries to help girls who were forced into prostitution. He knows that he has to be careful in the ways he does it. Nate mainly gives them a place to stay and also gives them food and warmth.

This book was much darker than I had originally thought when I went in. There's much involved with sex trafficking, which was something that I hadn't known much about before reading, so it really opened my eyes. It's horrible that people are forced into situations like that because they are so scared of what could happen to them if they tried to leave. It's also scary because of all the power that these guys in charge have over the young girls.

I have to say that this was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It opened my eyes and taught me about things I didn't know much about and also made me kept turning the pages. I also loved that Georgie played the oboe, because that was so unusual and it was one of her quirks that made me like her more as a character. If you're in the mood for a mysterious thriller that's a bit more on the heavier side, I definitely suggest picking this up for a read.


Top Ten Favorite Heroines from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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2. Lena from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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3. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
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4. Daenarys Targaryen from Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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5. Teresa from The Maze Runner by James Dashner
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6. Mara from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

7. Astrid from Gone by Michael Grant

8. Paige Mahoney from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

9. Cassia from Matched by Ally Condie

10. Clara from Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked by Jen Calonita

21996359Title: Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked
Author: Jen Calonita
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.
Full of regret, Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform school with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.
Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she's not to sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at lest three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its sweet mission. There's a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villain really change?
**Thank you to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I've always been a huge fan of fairy tales and the idea of a happily ever after, so when I heard about this book, I just knew that I had to read it!

Flunked is about a 12-year-older named Gilly who steals from the rich to help her family in a sort of Robin Hood-esque sort of way, since her family is poor. She figures that the rich folk won't really miss their items if they're taken. They could always replace it with all their money. Her family was doing okay at one point since her father is actually the one who originally created the glass slipper, but then the fairy godmother ended up getting all the shoe orders for it instead, which really made her father's shoe-making business go down.

One day, she steals a hair clip for her sister Anna since it's her birthday. The thing is, she gets caught. Since she's caught, she's taken to Fairy Tale Reform School, where she has to try to reform herself and stop stealing from people. This school is run by Flora, who was Ella's (Cinderella's) evil stepmother. Other fairy tale characters teach at their school, like the big bad wolf and even a siren. At Fairy Tale Reform School, Gilly befriends Kayla almost immediately, who she ends up being roommates with. She also befriends Jax, who has constantly tried to escape the school but always failed. After finding out that the school may be hiding something, they do their best to find out what it is.

This book was so amazing! One of my favorite things about this book was the idea of the evil stepmother actually running a reform school. It's a pretty cool idea that definitely grabbed my attention. I really felt for Gilly as well; I was sad that she had gotten caught stealing even though it's wrong because she was just trying to help her family who was struggling to get by. Sometimes such a nice gesture can be done by the wrong means.

The friendship between Jax and Gilly was such a reliable one. Jax was always there for Gilly and vice versa, unlike Kayla who I really despised at first... she grew on me though! Jax was such a sweet guy and it was very brave of him to constantly try to escape school grounds even though he knew that it would get him in trouble anyways. Another thing that I really liked about this book was the magic mirror, Miri. I love how she was added into the story, as a kind of connection between the royals. I'm so glad that I got the chance to read this one; it's definitely one that you should pick up if you have the chance too! It was so fast-paced and I couldn't put it down once I had picked it up.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (48)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Thank you to Kensington, Sourcebooks Fire, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, HMH Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, Flux, and EgmontUSA!

I've read almost all of these already, and they've all been quite good!

Purchased on Kindle:
This week I also got a KindleFire HD 6! It's in the color citron, and let me just say... it's gorgeous! I've been reading on it nonstop! There were some really good deals on Kindle (I was quite amazed! I wish I had purchased a Kindle sooner.) so I bought quite a few.

Won from Giveaways:

What books have you gotten this week?