Thursday, July 31, 2014

TBR Thursday



So fellow awesome blogger Sarah, from Words With Sarah created her own meme to help cut down on her TBR pile by, featuring a book each week that she will be reading that has been on the bookshelf for three months or more. I love this idea because that is definitely an issue I have with books sitting on my shelf for way too long.

My read for this week is:




Imposter (Slide #2)
Author: Jill Hathaway 
Published: March 27th, 2013
Goodreads Summary:

What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.


This book and the first book in the series I won, I finally got around to reading the first one and it was a quick and entertaining read so I was interested to continue on with the sequel and find out what happens next. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday!



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming book releases that everyone is waiting on.

This weeks selection is:



Title: A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas 
Published: February 25th, 2015
Goodreads Summary:

A spinning wheel. A prick of a finger. A terrible curse. 

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairytale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. Everyone expects Aurora to marry her betrothed and restore magic and peace to the kingdom before revolution tears it apart. But after a lifetime spent locked in a tower for her own safety, Aurora longs for the freedom to make her own choices. When she meets a handsome rebel, he tempts her to abandon everything for a different kind of life.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her.

With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run

My Thoughts:

I love the idea of finding out what really happens after the happily ever after, I am definitely wondering what this one is going to be like!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: The Raven Boys (The Ravens Cycle #1) By: Maggie Stifvater



Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: July 30th, 2013
Source: Bought
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Thoughts:

So it took me a really long time to read this book, not because I didn’t enjoy it but, it felt so heavy to me for some reason. The plot was very intricate and I tended to get a bit confused at times. In the beginning their was so many raven boys that at first I couldn’t keep straight who was who, once I got more into the story this got much easier. Between Blue and the Raven Boys the story has so many places to go and I felt like I really had to pay attention and concentrate to understand everything that was going. Maggie has a way of writing that I really feel is different from any other author that I have read, I can’t quite pin point why but, her books just have a different feel to them and The Raven Boys definitely did not disappoint me, I can’t wait to continue on with the series and find out what happens next.

Honestly I have no idea to write a summary for this book that won’t spoil or make more sense then the summary from goodreads does, so I think I just want to talk about the book in general. This book had a more dark feel, which I have come to enjoy from Stievater. Throughout the entire book I just felt this ominous prescence and I couldn’t shake it throughout the story. Blue our main character has definitely grown up different from any other teenager around. The Raven Boys eventually each became so different and they added to the story in a different way, each of them was important to the plot and I can’t wait to see how they are involved next. Gansey was the main Raven Boy that was focused on the most. He was obsessed with mythology of ley lines and figuring it all out. The one thing that still kind of confused me was the whole mythology behind this book, it was complicated and intricate and I hope to find out more as I continue on with the series. Gansey was definitely the leader and you could tell that he was the thread that held everyone together.


Overall, this review made not a lot of sense lol, but this book is one that I feel like you really have to read to experience and It is definitely something different in the YA world. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stacking The Shelves!


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga's Reviews that is all about sharing the books that are being added to your shelves. It could be physical books, ebooks library books, or review books.


I am really bad about posting my hauls, they are so sporadic but, I am going to try harder to post each week, so enjoy!


Netgalley:







Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares By: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan



 Title: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Author: David Leviathan and Rachel Cohn
Published: October 26th, 2010
Source: Bought
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors ofNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

My Thoughts:

This book was a cute and quick read. An overall adorable romance that had me laughing out loud at times. I had never read either of these authors so I was definitely curious because I know how popular he is. I am guessing of course but, each chapter alternates between the POV of Dash and Lily, I assume he wrote Dash and Rachel wrote Lily, the story was just plain fun and a bit of an adventure.

Lily’s brother and his boyfriend decide that they need to find her a boyfriend, so they take a notebook inviting a boy to begin with a series of dares and leave it in The Strand for someone to find, Dash finds the notebook which begins a friendship with Lily and Dash passing the notebook back and forth and leading them on all kinds of crazy adventures around New York.

Lily was such a fun character, I could picture her so vividly because of the way she is described. She loves Christmastime and it was so funny to see how much she could get into all of it. It made me want to go and visit New York at Christmas myself just to see all the wonder she found around every corner. Dash on the other hand was the complete opposite of Lily and as he left the notebook with different relatives they kept describing him as Snarly. But through the notebook Lily is taken out of her comfort zone and learns different things about herself and has so much fun.


Overall, this book was just plain fun, I enjoyed the story and it was definitely a good time for me to read this and just gave me what I needed a little romance and a lot of fun. It was so cute and who doesn’t like a cute romance every once in a while. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TBR Thursday!



So fellow awesome blogger Sarah, from Words With Sarah created her own meme to help cut down on her TBR pile by, featuring a book each week that she will be reading that has been on the bookshelf for three months or more. I love this idea because that is definitely an issue I have with books sitting on my shelf for way too long.

My read for this week is:





Title: Deadly Little Secret (Touch #1)
Author: Laurie Fauria Stolarz
Published: December 23rd, 2008
Goodreads Summary:

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.
From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.


My Thoughts:

I have had this book on my shelf for such a long time, I have heard some good things about the series and I am definitely in the mood for a paranormal romance so I hope to enjoy this one. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday!



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming book releases that everyone is waiting on.

This weeks selection is:



Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: March 3rd, 2015
Goodreads Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

My Thoughts:

I am a fan of Lauren Oliver although her latest YA release Panic wasn't one of my favorites I am still looking forward to seeing what this book is like. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Characters that I Would Want With Me On A Desert Island!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic is Top Ten favorite tv shows or movies, I am definitely going to talk about tv because movies are just to hard to pick for me haha.

1. and 2. Dimitri Belikov and Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines By: Richelle Mead 

Dimitiri has always been my favorite book boyfriend and I would love to just have him with me for the pure reason that I am in love with him, although I am sure that he would be able to help out in some real way on the island. I love Adrian because of his snark and I think he would definitely be able to entertain me on a deserted island and he wouldn't be bad to hang around for pure book boyfriend reasons.














3 and 4. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games By: Suzanne Collins

I have a feeling that I won't be the only one who has these two on their list, for obvious reasons they have some great skills that could help me along my way on a deserted island. 




















5 and 6. Celaena and Chaol from The Throne of Glass By: Sara J. Mass

Celaena is a bad ass and I would definitely feel protected if she was there and Chaol isn't so bad at protecting himself and he is also pretty yummy if I do say so myself. 




















7. Noah from The Mara Dyer Trilogy By: Michelle Hodgkins

Noah is on here for purely the fact that I am madly in love with him and you can never have to many hot guys on a deserted island. 




















8. Tobias/Four from Divergent By: Veronica Roth 

I am in love with Four deeply but, I definitely think he would be an asset to the island and to me.





















9. Will from the Slammed series By: Colleen Hoover

I think Will is just a down to earth and good guy and I definitely need one of those on my island. 






















10. Saba from the Dust Lands Trilogy By: Moira Young

Saba would definitely be another asset on the island that would help me survive. 
























Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Lucid By: Ron Bass and Adrienne Stoltz


Title: Lucid
Authors: Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
Published: October 2nd, 2012
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Bought
Goodreads Summary:

What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.

The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers' hearts.

My Thoughts:

I was really excited to start this book, when it came out forever ago their wasn’t a ton of reviews for this one but, each one I saw were very good. I also was curious because the two authors are screenwriting partners and books that I have read so far written by movie writers have been really good. Lucid was a book that you didn’t quite know what is going on and even through to the end of the book you never quite knew exactly what happened and enough to know which girl was dreaming of which and I loved it, although I would have liked a more solid ending, I couldn’t put it down.

Sloane and Maggie each dream of each other’s lives every time they go to sleep. They both have the same name and you never quite know which girl is real and which one is made up in the dreams. Each chapter switches off in their lives, Maggie the glamourous wanna-be actress living in New York and Sloane, the regular girl living in Mystic, Connecticut. As the story progress each girl has a harder and harder time separating their life from the one they dream about each night.

I loved this book and as it progressed I only became more engrossed. I couldn’t decide which girl was the real person and which one wasn’t, because it wasn’t possible for them to both be real. Maggie had a life that seemed like it was going to be so exciting and I sometimes wondered if it was too good to be real. But, at the same time sometimes Sloane’s life seemed too good to be real also. I did have a couple of complaints, some of the love story seemed a bit too insta-love and I couldn’t always understand why someone was so in love or so upset with someone that they hadn’t known long enough to be in love with.


Overall, Lucid is a definitely a psychic thriller, I thought that it was creative and different and it was one of those books that at the end I just had to sit there and think about the ride that I had just been on and the ending threw me for a loop and had me analyzing anything. I definitely recommend it. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stacking The Shelves!


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga's Reviews that is all about sharing the books that are being added to your shelves. It could be physical books, ebooks library books, or review books.


I am really bad about posting my hauls, they are so sporadic but, I am going to try harder to post each week, so enjoy!


Bought:




Won From Goodreads:





Netgalley:






Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) By: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham



Title: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1)
Author: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Published: March 25th, 2014
Source: Bought
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:

The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends—Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas—Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

My Thoughts:

 I love anything and everything Veronica Mars, I am a faithful kickstarter backer and I could not wait for this book to be released. I have to say I was super happy with this one and I couldn’t give it 5 stars only because I needed me some more Logan but, everything else was absolutely perfect. The mystery was just like the show, each character came alive off the page just like on TV, I can’t wait to read the next book.

The plot picks up right where the movie ends, I don’t want to give much away because it’s a completely new and great mystery just like we know and love from the show, and its spring break and Neptune, California is invaded by partying college students. When a girl goes missing Veronica is enlisted to find her and it is

I don’t want my review to turn someone off who hasn’t seen the TV show before, if you enjoy a great mystery then I definitely recommend it for you. The characters are from the show but, they do a great job of introducing them enough for someone who has never seen the show to be able to get into it. If you have seen the series, they don’t over explain any of the characters so it doesn’t bore you. But, so many of your favorites are definitely in there and it made me so happy to get to read about each and every one.


Overall, for mystery and Veronica Mars fans alike this book was amazing! I was excited to see another email from Kickstarter and Rob Thomas letting the fans know that there will definitely be some more Logan in the next book, I can’t wait!
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