Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Momentous Month: May 2015!

I did pretty well this month! I mostly only read review books, but I was impressed with the amount of books I read.

Books Read:
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy
Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Srsly Hamlet by William Shakespeare & Courtney Carbone
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright
Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein
Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
City Love by Susane Colasanti
Those Girls by Lauren Saft
The Dickens Mirror by Ilsa J. Bick
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Thrones & Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders
Thrones & Bones: Nightborn by Lou Anders

Reviews Posted:
The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters
Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance 
Cuckoo Song
Center Ice
YOLO Juliet
Srsly Hamlet
City Love
Mia and the Bad Boy
Those Girls
Charlie, Presumed Dead
The Dickens Mirror
Frostborn
Nightborn
Anna Dressed in Blood
Side Effects May Vary
Deliver Me

To Be Read for June:
After Hours by Claire Kennedy
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy
Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion
Bomb by Sarah Mussi
The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa
Valiant by Sarah McGuire

Favorite Book of the Month:
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Favorites in each genre:
Contemporary Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein
Fantasy Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Favorite Cover of the Month:
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Favorite Characters of the Month
Male Darren from None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Female Mia from Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein

Favorite Setting of the Month:
All the wonderful places that the characters from Charlie, Presumed Dead went!

What books did you read this month?

Interview with Nikki of The Bibliophibian!

Today I have an awesome interview with Nikki of the Bibliophibian for all of you! 

About Nikki & her blog:
Intro to me/my blog -- hm. That's kind of tough because I read a bit of everything. If you like following the kind of blog where you're never sure what will pop up next, The Bibliophibian might be a good bet, because I never know from minute to minute what I'll be interested in. I review fantasy, SF, historical fiction, non-fiction, comics, romance, YA, literature... It all depends on what's crossed my path recently.

Onto the questions!

1. Hardcover or Paperback? 
I tend to prefer ease of reading, so probably paperback. If it's a hardcover, I'll take off the dust jacket because I hate getting them crumpled while I read. I'm really careful with my books, so a paperback stays in pretty good condition for me anyway. Unless my mother borrows it, and then I hope it's a hardcover every time, because I swear I can hear my books screaming when she pins them open.

2. Book or e-copy? 
I don't mind. I don't see it as a dichotomy; I use both. Ebooks are useful for convenience, they're often cheaper, and they don't take up storage space. I do love paperbacks, particularly the smell and feel of a book, though; I don't feel at home without a shelf full of books somewhere.

3. Library or book store? 
Both! Libraries mean new books without guilt; book stores have that joy of acquisitiveness. Both allow you to browse and flick through, which puts them a cut above ebook stores for actually finding new books to read.

4. New books or used books? 
Either. It's almost easier if it's a used book, because then I don't worry about keeping it looking nice.

5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (ex: hero, villain, sidekick, love interest, etc.) 
Probably the sidekick. I'd be always getting myself into trouble, etc. I could be the Doctor's companion; he'd never have a moment's rest. In a superhero book, I'd definitely have a support role. Unless being a good audio to text transcriptionist is a superpower. (Correct answer: yes, yes it is.)

6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you? Somebody average, not a big name of any sort! I mean, sure, I'd like to think I'd be a leading lady like Jennifer Lawrence or something, but being realistic? It sure wouldn't be a star.

7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why? 
Fantasy. Anything can happen. I mean, there's rules, but there's also always exceptions to those rules, and a world full of wonder and enchantment would be good. On the other hand, I don't feel like being a dragon's snack or a vampire's aperitif, so maybe I'll play it safe and say SF -- then I can live on a peaceful colony world and avoid aliens, and maybe have a fun implant that lets me read faster.

8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet and why? 
Well, if we're going for "any author, ever, alive or dead", I would plump straight for Tolkien and get him to talk to me about Beowulf and the Norse sagas and maybe tutor me a bit in philology. And then I would probably annoy the heck out of him by asking endless questions about Middle-earth. Otherwise, I'd maybe say Jo Walton, who has been very kind to me via the internet for a couple of years now, except I probably will meet her soon, so that might also be cheating. So -- I'll go for Cherie Priest. I have a lot of things I'd like to ask her, unresolved questions about her Cheshire Red books, and she sounds fun.

9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called? 
You know the British nursery rhyme, 'The House That Jack Built'? I've always thought a book about me would be The Person Books Built.

10. Which character in a novel most resembles you and why? 
For sheer voracious reading power, Mori in Among Others (Jo Walton). Well, there's also the Welshness, which helps.

11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again? 
That requires me actually figuring out what my favourite book is! The Lord of the Rings, probably: I maintain still that you can find more in that book every time. There's also The Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper), which I reread every year. I do tend to reread my favourites, as long as they're fiction: I love re-experiencing a story with the benefit of hindsight/foreknowledge. It changes everything a little, and in a good book, it can be so satisfying because you see how things come together, or surprising all over again, or both at once.

Find Nikki on:
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (62)

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

For Review:
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Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy (Thank you Entangled Teen!)
Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini (Thank you Sourcebooks!)

Won:
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None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (Won from Michelle at Michelle's Minions!)

Book Review: Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch

20877865Title: Deliver Me
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Genre: Dystopian
Source: Purchased
Edition: eBook (250 pages)

One People. One Union. One Future.
Wynne's entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a carrier on her 16th birthday-one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certain they will both make the cut, but when Odessa is chosen and whisked off to a lie of privilege, Wynne is left behind to work as an assistant, delivering perfectly planned babies for the Union.
As Odessa slips deeper and deeper into the role of Carrier, Wynne begins to see the Union for what it really is: a society that criminalizes the notion of love, and forbids words like mother and family.
For the first time in her life, Wynne is faced with a choice: submit to the will of the Union, or find a way to escape and save Odessa before she is lost forever.

After purchasing my new Kindle, I kept seeing this book on the Amazon book store. I saw it so much that I decided it must've been a sign and that I just had to buy it, so I did just that. As soon as it downloaded, I instantly started reading it. The blurb made this book sound so amazing in my mind, but sadly I was a bit let down.

The world-building in this story would probably have to be my favorite part. In this world, once you're 16, you get told what your job is going to be for the rest of your life. Most people want to be Carriers, which means that they have to give birth to one child a year for ten years. This seems like the dream job to many young girls, because it means that they are allowing the society to continue to grow.

Sadly, none of the girls really think about what it's like to give birth and then have your child taken away from you. It's a much darker experience than you'd imagine. Each girl carries their child for nine months only for it to be taken away the second it's born. The mother is asked to name the child and then it's taken, never to be seen again. It's absolutely horrid. Each family in this society isn't even related by blood. They are given a random child that the Carriers have given birth to. Everyone who isn't a Carrier isn't allowed to have a kid, because they want only superior genes to continue on. Natural selection at it's finest, I guess.

I think I was mostly let down by this book because of its length. By the time the world had been so blown up in my mind the book was over. I wish that it was longer. However, I did love the character relationships. I felt so horrible for Wynne when Odessa became a Carrier and she wasn't, though I didn't feel bad anymore once I realized everything that Odessa had to endure. Like I said earlier-it's horrible. This book wasn't a hit for me, but it wasn't a miss either.

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Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Forget Tomorrow Cover Reveal!

Forget Tomorrow
Release Date: 11/03/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided...by your future self.

It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie's case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself. 


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About the Author
When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.
I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.
I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I'm a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I'm a member of Romance Writers of AmericaWashington Romance WritersYARWA, and The Golden Network.

I live with my husband and children in Maryland.

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Book Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

15728577Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Source: Library
Edition: Hardcover (330 pages)
Genre: Contemporary


What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying-only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs-however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her-and to the one person who matters most?
I had heard so many great things about this one, especially from one of my favorite booktubers, so the instant that I saw this one in my library, I ran to the checkout so that I could finally read it. As soon as I got home, I went on Goodreads to see what other people had to say about the book too. I found that there were actually a lot of negative reviews, which kind of brought me down a bit before reading this, but in the end I think it made me like it even more.

My favorite character was definitely Harvey. He was ALWAYS there for Alice, even when she didn't want him to be. He was just so sweet and kind and everything wonderful in the world. Plus, his huge crush that he had always had on Alice was super adorable. I absolutely loved it when I got to the chapters told through Harvey's point of view, just because I loved him so much as a character.

Alice could be annoying at times, but she began to grow on me the more that I read about her. I did find some of her decisions to be iffy at times (I'd say specifically when but I don't want to be too spoilery!). However, in the end, she did seem somewhat okay.

I definitely would recommend giving this one a read sometime. It's a quick read that you won't regret. I'm really looking forward to reading more by Julie Murphy in the future.

Notable Quotes:


Then he left, and with him he took the sun, the moon, the stars, and anything inside of me that might have been good.


In a hundred years, no one would know us, but this moment for us would last as long as we did.


I wanted nothing more than to feel something, but I didn't know how to deal with what came after the feeling.


I'd always heard that when you truly love someone, you're happy for them as long as they're happy. But that's a lie. That's higher-road bullshit. If you love someone so much, why the hell would you be happy to see them with anyone else? I didn't want the easy kind of love. I wanted the crazy love, the kind of love that created and destroyed all at the same time.

Rating:

Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Library Jumpers Cover Reveal!

Today I have a super awesome cover reveal for you guys!

Library Jumpers
Release Date: January 2016
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.


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About the Author





Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

9378297Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: October 17, 2011
Source: Library
Edition: Hardcover (316 pages)
Genre: Paranormal


Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas's life.

Anna Dressed in Blood was extremely creepy yet beautifully wonderful at the same time. I absolutely loved Cas. It was so cool that he traveled around just searching for different dead beings to put to rest. It definitely reminded me of the show Supernatural in a good way, which was so great because I love that show. I found Cas's father's back story to be really interesting as well.

Anna was the creepiest ghost. I felt bad for her tons of times though, especially because she wasn't always in control of what she was doing. It definitely made me want to help her stop herself even though she couldn't! The relationship between Anna and Cas was wonderfully great. I loved the both of them and they made wonderful friends.

I absolutely love that this book is part of a duology instead of a series. It's great to know that I don't have to purchase another 2-5 books just to finally figure out what happens. I just have to purchase one more and sadly that will be the end! I'm not sure if I'm ready to lose all of these wonderful characters once and for all.

This book was quite horrific considering that it's only a young adult novel. I absolutely loved that about this book! It didn't hold back on any gory or gross details that most young adult books do. This is definitely a horror novel, if you know what I mean. It's perfect for Halloween or any time that you're interested in not sleeping at night, because boy will this book keep you up! I've heard that the sequel, Girl of Nightmares, is even better. I can't wait to get my hands on it and finally give it a read!

Notable Quotes:


She's my purpose and we're going to save each other. We're going to save everyone. And then I'm going to convince her that she's supposed to stay here. With me.

You make me want things I can't have.

I've seen most of what there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth, the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can't forget are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination. Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes blurry. Eyes remember for much longer. 

Rating:

Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Music Recs: The 1975

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

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I found The 1975 a long time ago on Pandora Radio (literally how I find just about all of my music). I automatically fell in love with the music produce after hearing their song Chocolate. It's just the catchiest thing ever!

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I ended up looking their album up on iTunes and found that every single one of their songs was wonderful. I'm just hoping that they release a new album sometime soon because their last one was released a while ago!

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Their music videos are always really cool and I love how they are always in black and white usually. My favorite song by them is Heart Out.



Do you like The 1975?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Because You'll Never Meet Me!



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

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Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Morit'z weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters than become a lifeline during dark times-as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.
A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

This book will be released on July 2 by Bloomsbury Children's Books. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

Note: I don't necessarily own all of these books, but they are all books I plan to read this summer!

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What books do you plan to read this summer?