Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Timeless by Alexandra Monir


Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Series: book #1
Source: I purchased this book.

Rating: 3/5

GoodReads Summary: When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

My Thoughts: LOVE AND TIME TRAVEL. Yeah, I'll take it. When I first read about Timeless, I geeked out about the impending release. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love star-crossed lovers. Who doesn't? Those couple who have that all-encompassing love that the world is out to divide and conquer, to me, make the best stories.

Michele was a hard character to pinpoint. I couldn't decide if I liked her or not. There really wasn't anything distinguishing or unique about her personality, so she was just kind of...there. I absolutely sympathized with her because she was dealt a pretty crappy hand, but would I hang out with her? Probably not. I like my characters to be a little more boisterous and interesting and Michele fell a little bit short.

I'll be honest... I went into this book figuring there'd be a bit of insta-love going on. I guess I wasn't too surprised when I was proven right. I don't like being proven right in books. I do try to remember that as a 16 year old, it's easy to fall in love with any "kinda cute" somebody who throws a passing glance in your direction. I was totally that girl. However, 26-year-old me thinks that 16-year-old me was a friggin' idiot. DOWN WITH INSTA-LOVE. The connection between Philip and Michele was a cute one, but not one with much foundation. There was one scene in particular where I thought to myself, "OH! THAT'S why he's so crazy about her," and that redeemed the relationship's credibility... but other than that, it was a lot of the same "I love you but I can't have you and OMG I'LL JUST DIEEE IF WE DON'T HAVE MARRIAGE AND BABIES RIGHT NOW!"

Luckily, the storyline was relatively entertaining and I do love the idea of time-travel in YA books. I hope that this will be a trend. I did enjoy the flashbacks with Michele's great-great-relatives, especially Lily. She was fun and spunky and had an attitude, which I love. I think this story was supposed to have some sort of Butterfly Effect going on, but Monir wasn't very clear what the "changes" were after Michele went back in time and tinkered around with the past. And I didn't really feel like going back and re-reading all the times that she time-traveled to see if anything had changed. I wanted to be TOLD.

Will I read the sequel? Maybe, because there were a few intriguing turns of events toward the end. Will others love the crap out of this book? Most likely. I wanted to love this book, but it fell slightly short for me.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Peek at My TBR (7)

Disclaimer: these are books that I WANT to read and are on my TBR list, not books that I necessarily own (unfortunately!) And if I do have any of them on my shelf, I'll specify :)

A Peek At My TBR is a feature inspired by Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spine and Books To Pine For by The Story Siren. I did WoW for awhile, but honestly, there's never only one book I'm "waiting" on. And a lot of the books that I "pine for" aren't just up-and-coming books. There's still a ton of oldies but goodies that I'm just now discovering or want to read soon, and I feel like those deserve some recognition as well as the fresh meat.

Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh
Published: January 24, 2012 (wahhh!)
My review for Nevermore is the very first thing I ever posted on this blog. I pretty much lost my shizz over the sheer ridiculousness of that book. And I mean it was a good ridiculous. Nevermore was one of my top 3 books of 2011 and I have been waiting and waiting for a release date and cover to be announced. But FRICKIN A, I didn't think it'd be 9 months away! Like... in a whole different year. Not to mention Kelly Creagh is probably the nicest author I've ever met. She's so gracious and sweet and not to mention she has a knack for writing Varen Nethers. Go buy Nevermore and meet him. Now. I'm praying to the book gods for some divine miracle that will cause this book to come out like, tomorrow. I'll keep you posted on my success.

Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
Published: March 1, 2011
I'm pretty much going to do every possible thing I can to get my hands on this. Apparently it was pubbed in Australia and I'm not sure if it's coming to the States. But can we please gaze upon that cover? HOW SICK IS THAT? Remember those Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book? It kinda reminds me of that, only it's a little bit pretty, too. It sounds like some sort of twisted horror-dystopian-fantasy hybrid and I love it. I cannot lie. I'm a sucker for pretty covers, but you already knew this. Throw in a good story within the covers (it has a 4.22 rating on GoodReads) and I'm sold.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Published: March 30, 2010
So yes, it's not YA. But I know several primarily YA bloggers who have read this and raved about it. Do not you love that girl's dress? I do. My experience with historical romance is VERY limited, so I think I need to widen my horizons a little bit and venture out from present day paranormal YA. I do have this one sitting on my shelves, waiting for the day when I tell YA that it's time to take a break. I often wonder when that day will come! (A little secret. When I first read the title of this book, I thought that they were legitimately referring to a rake. Like a leaf rake. Oh dear.)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Meet Lynn Marie of Bringing the Epic!

So I've contemplated this for awhile, ever since April from Good Books and Good Wine planted it into my head last year. Being a newish blogger is scary. When I started out, I didn't want to talk to ANYONE because I felt like I was trying too hard and no one wanted to hear what I had to say. It's an awesome feeling when people spread buzz about your blog and give a proper introduction into this wonderful, tight-knit community.
I decided to start a feature where I spotlight bloggers who have 150 followers or less, to help spread the word of their awesomeness. No idea what to call this feature yet, so your ideas are VERY welcome.

I really didn't think there'd be a better place to start than my absolute FAVORITE new blogger, Lynn from Bringing the Epic. I may have a very slight bias because she is my bestie in real life, but trust me. You want to know this chick. She's super enthusiastic and passionate and has really fallen into blogging like an old pro. Let us not waste anymore time and you may see for yourself how great she is!
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A bit about yourself in 50 words or less. Ready, set, go.
Ridiculous is the first word that comes to my mind in describing myself. I will try most anything once for two very good reasons: Just to say I've done it or There's a free t-shirt involved. Seriously. I ran my first 5k because I wanted the t-shirt.

Running? For a T-SHIRT?! Goofball, much? :) So, what brings you to the wonderful world of blogging?
I was introduced to blogging by peer pressure and jealousy :) When your IRLBFF tells you you'd love it over and over again and then starts talking about her wicked awesome friends from around the States and over seas it's hard to argue with! Also when a certain Texan is being used as back up for said bff...*cough* LINDSI *cough* You have to just try it, right? That and like stated, now I can say I've done it! Do you think I'll ever get a t-shirt out of it?

I'm pretty sure a t-shirt can be arranged! :) Biggest excitement about blogging?
The biggest excitement I've had so far was no doubt the Dark Days Tour!! Meeting so many fab bloggers was beyond words. I'm so new to this community and they were all so welcoming. By the time we got to the signing the authors were the cherry on the top! It's true, bookish people are the best! The most exciting thing I can imagine about blogging right now is that maybe one day an author will read a review I've posted for their book! I hope it makes them smile! Even if I never hear about it, what a cool impact to make on someone you respect, ya know?! :)

YES! Having an author acknowledge your review (and especially being able to discuss their book with them) is the craziest kind of starstruck excitement! Now tell us about your biggest blogging fear.
EASY. Failure. I'm horrified actually. I usually will start doing something (singing, crafting, gymnastics, gym memberships in general lol) and love it but then I fall behind and I leave it. Sure, I come back to it every now and then but it's never really the same. So far so good! This community keeps you wanting to come back for more!

You get a lunch date with one book character. Who is it? Why? What would you talk about?
Kartik from Libba Bray's A Great & Terrible Beauty. I fell SO in love with him. His skin, his passion, his eyes, his dedication...ugh, it was soo much to handle! And I'd say he was my first book love! When I finished the series I literally cried. I won't ruin the ending but seriously, my heart stopped. I'd ask him about the caves first. I want to hear his version of the texture of the walls and the scents that surround. And I'd want to hear about 19th century England. I want to hear about him walking through the streets and the sights and sounds of somewhere so magical. And since by then I'd be more than wrapped up in the moment, I'd probably not so smoothly hit on him and see if he'd be willing to take on another Ginger :) I mean, hey, Gemma's away at school right!?

It's true! Gemma did have red hair, so I think you may have a shot! Tell us about a book that has recently blown your freaking mind.
Oh man...what book has recently blown my mind...I haven't picked up a bad book lately so this is tough!! I think on a personal level I have to go with The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott. I chose to read it because it looked like a nice easy read. I finished Radiant Shadows and had to wait of my lil sis to finish Vampire Diaries so we can read Darkest Mercy together :) So I figured this would be light and fresh and revamp me for the finale of the Wicked Lovely series. I didn't expect it to hit me. But I've been there. I've been the stepping stone for guys to get close to my best friends. I've hooked up guys that I was crushing hard for with my friends because they liked each other. Ever do that and then have the guy thank you, hug you and tell you he loves you? SUCKS. Unwritten Rule was like my redemption. I shoulda got the guy, I coulda got the guy! I couldn't wait for the next piece of silence between Ryan and Sarah!

Yeah... I'm gonna need you to read Darkest Mercy ASAP. Like NOW :) Anyway, suppose your life is being made into a YA novel. Write the blurb that will be on the back. (Please don't hold back on the outlandishness. After all, it's your book!)

He walked up to her, parting the fey that had surrounded her with his appearance, never once taking his eyes off of hers. He reached out and grabbed her hand, kissing it gently and releasing it. She felt herself glow, her cheeks warmed and her heart throbbed. She stumbled for what graceful thing she could say to this creature. The closer he got to her she could see that his eyes were a light green and every light source around them seemed to find their way to them, they danced with a joyish fever she'd never imagined.

The life she never had inspiring a world she created. Join Lynn Marie in the epic journey that started with a life-threatening illness, grew into a passion for all things and ended in the ultimate use of her imagination. Friendship, heartache, defeat and triumph fill the pages of this normal girl's chance to live the life of her dreams.
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Dude. Nicely done. I always knew you could write, but may I pretty please ask you to finish your current writing project so you can get it published and in bookstores? I'M INTRIGUED. There you have it, folks. I told you she was awesome. Now go visit her blog, Bringing the Epic, and show her a warm welcome. She needs to know just how incredible the book blogging community can be!


Are you a blogger with less than 150 followers who would like to be featured on this as-of-yet-unnamed Blogger spotlight thingamajig I've got going on? Email me at: makeshiftbookmark at gmail dot com! I've already got a good handful of bloggers, but I'll be glad to put you on the list. Please bear with me, as it may take several weeks or months to spotlight you!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (22)

In My Mailbox is hosted by the blogging sensation Kristi at The Story Siren, who is even more awesome in person than she is online!

The past two weeks have been pretty fab, bookwise. I know I've been MIA but there's been a lot going on with school, plus Dark Days was last weekend, and I had an impromptu family weekend from which I just got home. It's been a good couple of weeks, IRL. School's been ridiculous and I just started OB clinicals at the hospital, which is my favorite nursing specialty so far. No, seriously. I got to watch a birth. And I cried a little bit. NURSING = AWESOME.

Also, my Wicked Lovely giveaway ends on March 31, 2011. It's international. ENTER IT WHILE YOU CAN!

Anyway, onto the part you guys actually care about...




For Review/Tour
Graveminder by Melissa Marr (thank you, Donna and Melissa!)
Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray (not pictured - thanks, Ramona!)
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis (thanks, NetGalley & HMH!)

Bought
Fragile Eternity (hardcover) by Melissa Marr (signed!)
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schrieber (signed!)
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (signed!)
Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty
Thirsty by M.J. Anderson
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Dancing in My Nuddy Pants by Louise Rennison

Gifted
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (from Ginger at GReads!)
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting, signed! (from Lynn at Bringing the Epic)
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen (from Heidi at YA Bibliophile)

Kinda-Sorta-Bookish
An iMac, thanks to my incredibly awesome husband.




Friday, March 25, 2011

New Look! New Look!

Allow me to be frank: Ginger from GReads EFFING ROCKS.

Do you see the newness of my blog design? GINGER DID THAT. Because she is awesome and I think you should all go follow her because I love her. (And not only because she took my horrible description of what I wanted in a blog, interpreted it perfectly, and made it a reality!) And also because she's one of the best blogs out there. No lie.

THANK YOU, GINGER!

What do you guys think!?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano


Published: Simon & Schuster (March 22, 2011)
Pages: 356
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1 of 3
Source: NetGalley ARC

Rating: 5/5

GoodReads Summary: What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
My Thoughts: "Here I am in a pretty dress as the world falls apart."

That quote struck me right through the heart and spoke volumes of the entire 350+ page novel. I turned off my Nook and immediately opened up a Notepad doc at work to type up this review. You guys, I am so floored by this book. I had slight difficulty getting into it at first, but about 100 pages in and I was completely hooked, just as I'd dreamed I'd be.

Rhine didn't ask for any of this. She didn't ask to be stolen away from her brother and forced into a polygamous marriage. But FREAKING A, did she do a good job of putting on a great facade while internally deteriorating. I connected so much with Rhine. What she goes through in this novel is ghastly, disturbing, dismal, and bleak. I seriously think those four words flashed across my mind's eye for the duration of this novel. All the pretense, sadness, and terror resonated in me while reading about the horrible things that occurred within this book. Yet I couldn't look away. It was addicting. And it contains possibly one of the more frightening villains I've ever read about.

The relationships in Wither are so very carefully built. I am practically rendered speechless, but will try to pound out my feelings on this keyboard regarding the emotional investment I have in these characters. Did Cecily, the youngest sister wife, annoy the bajeezus out of me 85% of the time? YES. But did I love her? OH YES. I adored the relationship amongst Linden Ashby's three wives. They were so fragile, dysfunctional, and loving. They were all each other had, in a sense. The connections among the three of them was something delicate and beautiful. But my favorite character, hands down, was Linden. No lie, there was one passage in particular that made me almost choke up. I was not expecting him to become such a sympathetic character, but here we are. He's so multi-dimensional and there are so many things that we've yet to see from him, I feel.

The love story was despairing and desperate. I mean that in an extremely good way. DeStefano managed to depict finding love in the darkest of situations in such a breathtaking way. The gradual chemistry between Gabriel and Rhine (and Rhine and Linden!) was stomach-tumblingly good. I cannot WAIT for more. There's still so much of a story to be told and I, for one, NEED IT RIGHT NOW.

And do I even need to elaborate on the GORGEOUS imagery? I could picture every single outfit that Deirdre made for Rhine. I could see the eerily perfect garden and landscaping. The swimming pools, the flowers, the June Beans. I can't even take it.

Wither is painfully, beautifully tragic. Can you imagine only living until 20? Can you imagine watching those you love die in the prime of their life? It's awfully depressing, but I cannot wait for more of this. DeStefano knows how to tell a depressing, horrifying story and make it irresistible. SHE KNOWS. And she should know she knows and NEVER STOP WRITING EVER.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Review/Interview/GIVEAWAY: The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan

A huge thanks to Savita for stopping by and for Melissa at i swim for oceans for hosting this fabulous blog tour!



Review

Wow. That's not at all what I was expecting. You know that feeling when you wake up from a nightmare and you have that lingering skin-crawly feeling that stays with you the entire day? This book is that nightmare.

I really liked Sam and my 12-year-old self could totally relate to him. He's the new kid, slightly awkward and looking for a super awesome BFF. He finds said BFF in Lloyd, one of the coolest kids in school. At 12, that's kind of a big deal. Lloyd makes cautious Sam want to be a brave, adventurous kid.

An honest mistake causes these boys to find themselves in the most horrifying of nightmares. I knew I was getting myself into something creepy when I first saw the cover of The Long Weekend, but there are some extremely disturbing happenings within its covers. Traumatic, even. I devoured this book in one sitting and not just because it's short. It's engrossing and made my heart pound, all the while making me queasy.

You can never, ever be too careful. The things that these boys endure is something I'd never wish upon my worst enemy. It makes me want to never let my future children out of my house or out of my sight. When we go into public, it makes me want to cut anyone who even LOOKS at them wrong. This book is terrifying, hands down. Because as scary as vampires, werewolves, and demons are, it's ten times worse to read about the horrors that are real and happen among us every single day.
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Interview

MB: Seriously, Savita. Was your sole purpose in writing this book to give me goose
bumps in my spinal fluid? Because it worked.

SK: Hi Jen! Thanks for inviting me here today. Sorry about the goose bumps in your
spinal fluid – trust me, I got them too, when I was writing the book!

MB: The Long Weekend was an extraordinarily unsettling book. What are you hoping that
readers take away from this experience?

SK: Basically, I hope they absolutely love the book, enjoyed it, connected with it – withor without the goose bumps! I wanted the book to be enjoyed for what it is, a dark,tense thriller, and to be memorable. If they take away more than that, then even better. If they read it and it makes them think about those moments of distraction, especially teens, that would be a very good thing indeed. And if, in some small way, it helps those who need to know that just because a monster crept into your life and tried to destroy you, your life doesn’t have to end there, then I’ll be very happy.

MB: What has been your biggest challenge as a published author?
SK: Writing a book that can follow The Long Weekend! The pressure for my second book to match up to the standard The Long Weekend set is incredible. That aside, I think my naivety in what being a published author entailed was a challenge. There were so many aspects of being a published writer that I was completely unaware of and it has been hard work coming to grips with. Finding a balance between time to write, marketing and promoting, raising my profile on the internet, networking and trying to have a life outside of it where you can switch off from it all is pretty tough.

MB: The scenario in which Sam and Lloyd found themselves is pretty much a nightmare.
Tell us about the scariest dream that you've ever had.

SK: There’s a recurring nightmare I’ve had since my teens. It’s definitely the scariest of all my nightmares and it resembles one of those Night of the Living Dead type films. It’s pretty horrific, so I’ll spare you the details, but basically it involves being chased through a dark, deserted town by a group of zombie like things, and just when you think you’ve managed to elude them you turn around and they’re standing right there... If you want to read the whole nightmare, I’ll be putting it up on my website, so check it out there – and prepare for major goosebumps!

MB: If you could take a non-nightmarish long weekend to a vacation spot of your choice, where would it be? What would you do?
SK: Okay, if it was for longer than a long weekend, I would say Malaysia because I LOVE the sea and the sand and warm tropical weather. But for a long weekend...? I would say Paris. I’ve been there several times and I never tire of it. I love the cafe-culture there, the food, and the wine, and I always go to the Musee d’ Orsay, which is one of my favourite museums.

It’s stunning isn’t it? It used to be a railway station.

MB: Sam has a monumental amount of courage. In a parallel universe where Sam finds
himself in the same situation, let’s pretend that he has one super power to help him
save the day. What would that one super power be?

SK: Mmm, I think he’d probably like to be able to fly, so that he can get out of there as fast as possible. If he wasn’t allowed that super power, then he’d go for invisibility because when you’re trapped and being hunted, hiding and trying to stay alive, that’s what you want to be – completely invisible.

I try to keep my website, up to date with all my newand events. So please have a look around, and say HI! on my message
board. Let me what you think of The Long Weekend!
You can also find me on tweeting on random things over on Twitter!
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Thank you so much for stopping by, Savita! Well, there you have it, folks. An amazing book written by an amazing author, who harbors a serious fear of zombies. Anyone who fears zombies is okay in my book, because I'll have a partner in crime to run away with me instead of fight during the zombie apocalypse. Plus, authors are smart, so she'll obviously save the day!

And now... THE GIVEAWAY!


For the international GIVEAWAY competition, I’d like your followers to answer
the question that you asked me! In the comments section tell us – What movie
or book has caused goose bumps in YOUR spinal fluid!
I’m looking forward to
reading your responses!
Thank you for your great questions, Jen! I’ve had a great time on your blog!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dark Days of Supernatural. I'M GOING!



I'm so excited. I've only ever been to one author event before and it was by myself. I've never met any other bloggers, other than Jacinda, Jasmine, and Lynn BEFORE they were bloggers. (And they're going to be there, too!) But this is going to be like Blogger Heaven for me, since I can't go to BEA this year. (BITTER!) I'm totally looking forward to meeting Anna, Tara, Kristi, Susan, Heidi, and Erica.

Dark Days of Supernatural will be at the Naperville, IL location at Anderson's Bookshop from 7-10pm, so if you're in the area, stop by! If not, I'll try to take as many pictures and potentially videos as I can to document the badassness. YAY for blogger unity <3

Not only am I excited to meet bloggers, but there are going to be some seriously fantastic authors present as well: Kimberly Derting, Courtney Allison Moulton, Ellen Schrieber, and Claudia Gray are all going to be there and OMG. I'm going to fangirl. Like, a lot. It's going to be embarrassing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bo's Almost-Meow

Today, readers, today I bring you cuteness.

Whenever I sit at my computer, my cats immediately demand my attention. It's odd, because they really don't want attention at any other time, other than when I'm not paying attention. (Have you seen the Cat vs. Internet comic over at The Oatmeal? Yeah, it's kind of like that.) Anyway, I woke up early this morning because I have this sick new iMac that I wanted to start putting to good use, commenting and such. And my little marshmallow, Bo, decides he'd like to have a conversation.

A little background on Bo: we adopted him in February of 2010 along with Bella, my other cat who I've featured on here before. Bo was found practically unconscious under a bush, lying in the snow. He was taken to an animal clinic where the office manager unofficially adopted him and made him her project, so to speak, and to ensure that he healed. He was only 0.8 lbs at 3 months old and his body temperature was 94 F degrees. (The norm for a cat is 100 - 103 F.) He had to have the majority of his fur shaved, because it was full of dirt and mats. The prognosis was not good, given that he had respiratory problems as well as such a terribly low body weight and temperature. Thankfully, my little man was a fighter and made a full recovery. He has a bit of a vocalization problem, probably due to the respiratory and vocal cord problems he had as a kitten. His meow was completely absent for the first few months that we had him.

When I set out on my adoption conquest, I seriously obsessed over those pet finder sites. When I came across his photo, I fell in COMPLETE and utter love. His long, cream colored fur and bright blue eyes won me over. I went to visit him and my decision was made. We took him home the next week. He was very, very timid at first and scared of everything. He still hates loud noises and loves to hide under the bed from practically everything. But I tell you, he is the most loving cat in the entire world.

At any rate... he has some things he'd like to share with you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Peek At My TBR (6)

Disclaimer: these are books that I WANT to read and are on my TBR list, not books that I necessarily own (unfortunately!) And if I do have any of them on my shelf, I'll specify :)

A Peek At My TBR is a feature inspired by Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spine and Books To Pine For by The Story Siren. I did WoW for awhile, but honestly, there's never only one book I'm "waiting" on. And a lot of the books that I "pine for" aren't just up-and-coming books. There's still a ton of oldies but goodies that I'm just now discovering or want to read soon, and I feel like those deserve some recognition as well as the fresh meat.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 29, 2011
I mean, honestly. Do I even need to express my excitement for this one? Anna and the French Kiss was such an incredibly sweet, surprisingly emotional book for me. I was extremely invested in the characters and Stephanie Perkins is such a gifted author when it comes to character development and individualization of them. I LOVED it. I cannot wait to get my anxious little hands on a copy of this book! Also, can I just say that I do love that these covers are kind of generic? For people who haven't heard the hype, I feel like they'll get a pleasant surprise when they read what's within, because the covers don't scream "I'M THE BEST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE," but DUDE, I loved Anna. I need this book to come out NOW.


Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
Published: May 23, 2010
I do own this book, thanks to Kelsey at The Book Scout! Since acquiring this one, I've also purchased the next two in the series and they've all been sleeping sounding atop my shelf, waiting to be selected. It hasn't happened yet, and honestly, I don't know why. I've read a ton of good reviews (namely Pam's)and I'm not TOTALLY spent on vampires yet. I feel like I should knock this series off my TBR sooner than later, before I DO become spent on le vamps :)

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
Published: April 9, 2009
I KNOW, YOU GUYS. I haven't read it yet. But I bought it last June. I remember this because I purchased it the same day I purchased The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Maybe I thought it made me look less lame if I purchased a well-known, seriously loved and respected book along with that piece of work. I've heard every possible thing you could hear about a book. Everything except negative stuff. No one has pimped this book to me more than Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner and she's practically out of her mind waiting for Where She Went. (Admit it, Jamie. You are! :) So I can only imagine the wondrousness that lies within. I hear this book makes tears happen. Can any of you attest to this as well?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King


Published: October 12, 2010 (Knopf Books)
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Series: No
Source: I purchased this book.

Rating: 4/5

GoodReads Summary: Vera's spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she's kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.
My Thoughts: I wore a sadface the entire time I was reading the pages of Please Ignore Vera Dietz. There was this overwhelmingly somber, generally depressed haze that settled over me with every page turn. I don't mean it in a bad way. It was a book about loss, grief, coping... all things that depress the life out of me and probably anyone. Yet A.S. King was still able to keep my bittersweet boat afloat with her kickazz humor, incredible writing, and effective portrayal of friendship, family, and a grief-stricken girl attempting to move on with her life.

There were so many times when I wanted to give my book a big old hug and hope that it would make the pages ahead bright and happy for Vera. I totally experienced a vast array of feelings throughout this book. Can I just say that ANY scene with ANY tiny bit of Charlie made me super sad and happy at the same time? Sure, they had some seriously crappy times and some crazy stuff went down, but those flashbacks... those detailed freaking looks at their private moments together. The LITTLE THINGS like the McDonalds napkins and the dog bumper sticker all tugged at my heart. A.S. King is a rockstar because she took the most minute details that would ordinarily be deemed unnecessary and therefore omitted from a novel, and she made them beautiful.

Also, maybe I vent about my hatred for Jenny Flick and how ashamed I am to share a name with her? (No one calls me Jenny though, I forbid it.) Talk about a villainous, HATEFUL WENCH that makes you want to put your fist through the book. Every character, though, MADE this story. I appreciate the multiple views from Vera's father, "The Dead Kid," and hilariously enough, the Pagoda.

A.S. King = auto-buy. I need to find her other novel and make it mine. She is unspeakably talented and I'm so glad I didn't let this one slip away just because my local bookstore didn't have it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

In My Mailbox (21)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

I didn't do one of these last week :( I am such a slacker! So this IMM is for the last two weeks. I haven't really ventured out to the bookstores. Definitely trying to display a little self-control. It's my birthday on Sunday (or today, when you'll read this!) and I will be occupied all weekend, so I'm scheduling this on Friday :)

Before we get to the books, I want to make sure you guys know about my BIRTHDAY/BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY. It's international. You don't have to follow or give up your children. Just leave a comment on the post with your e-mail and win ALL FIVE WICKED LOVELY BOOKS. Click on the huge, bold letters to head on over to that post. Because that's how much I love you guys.

Onto the books!



Bought
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
White Cat by Holly Black
Vesper by Jeff Sampson
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
The Boy List by E. Lockhart (not pictured)

For Review
Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens (thanks, Jennifer!)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (thanks, Netgalley/GalleyGrab!)
We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (thanks, Netgalley/GalleyGrab!)
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz (thanks, Netgalley/GalleyGrab!)
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (thanks, Netgalley/Harlequin Teen!)
Hereafter by Tara Hudson (thanks, Netgalley/HarperTeen!)
Starcrossed by Josie Angelini (thanks, Netgalley/HarperTeen!)
Die For Me by Amy Plum (thanks Netgalley/HarperTeen!)

Friday, March 11, 2011

6 Month Mini-Blogoversary/Birthday Giveaway!


I can't believe I've been a part of this awesome community for SIX WHOLE MONTHS! I've met some amazing people and formed some really great friendships. Who knew I'd end up talking to bloggers more than I talk to my real life friends? (Wow, that makes me sound lame. Ah well.) At any rate, I just wanted to thank you guys for making this an awesome experience. I know six months isn't a MAJOR milestone, but it's significant to me.

Because my 6 months happens to fall on March 12, 2011, which is that day I'm going to see Lady Gaga in concert. And it's the day before my birthday! This weekend will undoubtedly be full of "rah rah ah ah ah's" and fist pumping. But to you guys, it's just any other weekend. So I wanted to give you a reason to fist pump, too. To thank you guys for being awesome and because I love to be a book pusher, I figured there's no better way to celebrate than by giving away the books that I push more than any other.




I will be giving away the entire Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr to ONE LUCKY WINNER. OH YES, GET EXCITED! The first four books will be in paperback (Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, and Radiant Shadows) and Darkest Mercy will be in hardcover. You don't have to do anything special, just leave a comment with your email address!


Contest Information

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Must be 13+ to enter.

Leave a comment in the comments section (w/ email address) to enter.

One entry per person, please.

This contest is international.


Winners will be chosen using Random.org and I will contact you via e-mail, as well as announce on the blog, if you win.

Contest deadline is March 31, 2011.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington


Published: Scholastic Point (March 1, 2011)
Pages: 242
Format: Hardcover
Series: This is book one
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 5/5

GoodReads Summary: When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?

This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

My Thoughts: When I saw Clarity's cover, the first thing that popped into my mind was "dang. That girl has some wicked sweet eyelashes. I wonder if she uses that prescription lengthening junk that costs 7 trillion dollars." The second thing was "I want it. I don't care how or whose grandma I have to throw bows at, I need to have it." I am so excited to report that I was not at all disappointed by wicked eyelash girl OR the story between the covers.

Clare is psychic. She can see past events when she touches people's belongings. Therefore, she's "different." Therefore, she's ostracized and labeled a freak. We learn from the start that Clare is feisty. She DOES throw bows and it is glorious. I may as well have just closed the book and flailed my arms at that moment. I'm glad I didn't, however, because Kim Harrington is a gifted storyteller. I loved the fact that Clare is totally self-sufficient and stood up to the guys who did her dirty (won't mention any names to avoid spoilers!) Nothing drives me more crazy than when a girl doesn't hold a grudge when said grudge needs to be held. DON'T BE DOORMATS, WOMEN.

The romance is subtle, but the first book in the series focuses more on Clare's development in each of her relationships/friendships with the opposite sex. I'm surprisingly okay with this. Usually I'm waving my "Team ____" flag, but I didn't have one in this story. There's definitely a potential for a love triangle in future books, but this is one triangle that isn't necessarily annoying and can honestly go either way. This is 100% acceptable in my book. Unpredictable triangles are something you don't see very often, where each of the "competitors" are evenly matched. This is new and unchartered territory for me and I am smiling ear-to-ear.

The mystery and suspense were well-constructed and there were plenty of twists and turns. I am hoping, however, that we get a more thorough introduction to some of the minor characters, because this story and its participants have SO MUCH POTENTIAL. The groundwork has been laid and I cannot WAIT to see how it all pans out. This books was relatively short, however, and I'm hoping this doesn't hinder the story if future books are of similar length.

Definitely pick this book up if you're looking for an entertaining heroine that is smart, assertive, and won't hesitate to put a guy in his place with her words or a swift kick to the face (I'm only exaggerating a little about the swift kick.) So much badazzness packed into one 240-page package. I rejoiced in this book. REJOICED!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Peek At My TBR (5)

Disclaimer: these are books that I WANT to read and are on my TBR list, not books that I necessarily own (unfortunately!) And if I do have any of them on my shelf, I'll specify :)

A Peek At My TBR is a feature inspired by Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spine and Books To Pine For by The Story Siren. I did WoW for awhile, but honestly, there's never only one book I'm "waiting" on. And a lot of the books that I "pine for" aren't just up-and-coming books. There's still a ton of oldies but goodies that I'm just now discovering or want to read soon, and I feel like those deserve some recognition as well as the fresh meat.

After Obsession by Carrie Jones and S.E. Wedel
Published: September 5, 2011
I really freaking loved Carrie's first novel, Need. Not too much a fan of Captivate and haven't yet read Entice, but I'm loving the premise for this future release. And yes, I love the cover, too. coughCOVERWHOREcough. The idea of possession by a river spirit is pretty scary to me. The idea of possession by ANYTHING AT ALL is petrifying, truly. But when a book has a cover like that, I'm willing to face my fear for the sake of an awesome storyline.

Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Published: January 11, 2011
I do have this book, but review books keep getting in the way of it. I have heard RAVE reviews of this book and I cannot wait to dig in myself. I've never been to New York (though I hope to some day!) but that doesn't mean I can't read about it and get myself pumped up for BEA 2012! (Crossing fingers that BEA 2012 actually happens for me.) Plus, it looks like a good, emotionally charged read. Those are my FAVORITE kinds of reads. Yay for books that make you feel ANYTHING.

Valiant by Holly Black
Published: June 19, 2006
I read Tithe back in 2009 and really freaking liked it. I am a huge fan of dark faerie tales. Duh, do I really need to point that out?! I have since bought the final two books in that series, but just haven't gotten around to reading them. I'll be honest, I was put off by the fact that Valiant doesn't feature Kaye and Roiben. But they are short reads and they have awesome covers and I absolutely want to read them sometime in the next 5 years. I need my faerie fix, dangit!

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Have you guys read any of these? TELL ME ABOUT IT!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Review: Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson


Published: WorldMaker Media (December 15, 2010)
Pages: 276
Format: Paperback
Series: This is book one in a series.
Source: I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary: Meet Priscilla Sumner, an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn’t hard enough, not only does Priscilla have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill her and her family. Armed with wit, strength, and a genius best friend, Priscilla must defeat the Selliwood Institute, an organization dead set on turning children into killing machines.

Add an older brother annoyingly obsessed with Christina Aguilera, mischievous baby twin brothers who could scare the sin off of Satan, and parents more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube in the Bermuda triangle and expect a smoking page-turner!


My Thoughts: I think all of us wanted to be "special" when we were kids. I know I did. I remember watching The Secret World of Alex Mack and hoping a van would tip over and douse me in GC-161, granting me the ability to zap people with my fingers and move things with my mind. And that puddle thing? COOLEST EVER. Though I was never able to do any of that business myself, I still enjoy reading about it.

I was really, really surprised by the awesomeness of this book. I hadn't heard much about it and was a little hesitant to read it, since it's a middle grade and I haven't been a middle grader in half my lifetime, but I decided to take a shot. I am SO glad I did. Sybil Nelson has crafted a fabulous middle grade novel that both the target audience, young adults, AND we old folk can enjoy. It's like Toy Story.. it's good for EVERYBODY.

Enter Priscilla Maxine Sumner--yes, her initials are PMS--the spunkiest 12 year old you'll ever read about. I fell in love with this story very early on, when Priscilla overtly threatened to tell the world about her older brother's obsession with Christina Aguilera. No, not the woman herself, but her SONGS. Things start to get ridiculous when Priss starts setting things on fire and burning people and unable to even think about her first kiss without an inferno. I love this girl. She is so well-written and rife with those uncertainties that we all remember without being anywhere near annoying.

This is fresh, fun, hilarious, QUALITY storytelling. No joke. I laughed out loud, which hardly ever happens when I read books. I can say this about maybe two or three other books. The characters? I loved them and each of them are so memorable with distinguishing characteristics. Her twin brothers, Chester and Charlie? Awesome. And I loved Tai and her "rock box." I LOVE QUIRKY CHARACTERS! It was an absolute pleasure to read about Priscilla adjusting to her new, crazy superpowers, all the while struggling with doubt, heartbreak, and her first crush(es). It ends with a killer cliffhanger and I, for one, NEED the next book in the series.

I really loved everything about this book and it doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves. You guys, I am BEGGING you not to let the fact that it's middle grade turn you off. Sybil Nelson knows what the eff she's doing. But hey, don't take my word for it. Go buy it yourself and then come back and tell me how right I am.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Soundtracking (3): Blood Promise by Richelle Mead


huge thanks to ginger from greads! for this awesome graphic!

Soundtracking is something I pretty much do subconsciously. I listen to a TON of music and I read a TON of books. Somehow, the two just end up colliding. Movies have soundtracks, TV shows have soundtracks... why not books? I probably won't do this consistently... I guess whenever inspiration strikes :) Just a disclaimer that Soundtracking is potentially spoilery... but they're going to be pretty obvious spoilers, not big brain-busting spoilers.

EXCEPT THIS ONE. THIS WILL HAVE SPOILERS! OMG OMG AIJSOIUQOIRPU LOOK AWAY!

***SPOILERS FOR BLOOD PROMISE AND ALL PREVIOUS VA BOOKS***

Don't say I didn't warn you.

It's no secret that the Vampire Academy series is FULL of emotion and angst. After the end of Shadow Kiss, I had to wait SIX MONTHS for Blood Promise. Worst cliffhanger ever. EVAR. I had so many songs that shot through my head for that one, knowing that Rose was about to set off on a journey to drive a stake through the heart of her one true love, gargantuan Russian smorgasbord of nom, Dimitri mothertrucking Belikov. How could you do it, Mead!? HOW!?
I seriously didn't think there was any possible way that my heart could break anymore after that. Along came Blood Promise, and I was proven wrong. The emotional torture that Rose endured seriously ripped me apart. Could YOU kill the person you loved more than anything? Even if they were evil? You can't tell me there wouldn't be some weighing of option going on in your head.

Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars
is big time angsty. No one can perfect the whisperscream like Jared Leto (not to mention he could totally pull off the role as Dimitri) and I'd like to believe that Dimitri can sing like this. It's such a beautiful, heartbreaking song and I can imagine the internal turmoil Rose is experiencing when she's confronted with Strigoi Dimitri, who promises her everything. Having made a promise to kill him if he was ever turned, and to have him right in front of her, telling her he wants her forever? Plus, he's gonna end your life if you don't come over to the dark side. Hard decisions.

I would've posted the official music video, but there is far too much sexytimes going on and I know there are some young readers that wouldn't appreciate that. Venture to watch the official video on your own time, peeps. And prepare to blush a little, perhaps.



Notable Lyrics

tell me would you kill to save a life
tell me would you kill to prove you're right
crash, crash
burn, let it all burn
this hurricane's chasing us all underground

no matter how many deaths that i die
i will never forget
no matter how many lives that i live
i will never regret
there is a fire inside of this heart
and a riot about to explode into flames
where is your god?

the promises we made were not enough
the prayers we had prayed were like a drug
the secrets that we sold were never known
the love we had, we had to let it go

do you really want
do you really want me
do you really want me dead or alive
to torture for my sins?
do you really want me dead or alive
to live a lie?


Blood Promise Quotes

"Roza." His voice had that same wonderful lowness, the same accent... it
was all just colder. "You forgot my first lesson: Don’t hesitate."

I’d said it before and meant it: Alive or undead, the love of my life was a badass.

I looked him in the eye. “I will always love you.”
Then I plunged the stake into his chest."

"Then, his struggles stopped. His eyes stared at me, stunned, and his lips parted, almost into a smile, albeit a grisly and pained one.
"That’s what I was supposed to say..." he gasped out.
Those were his last words.

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BREAK MY EFFING HEART.

PLEASE. Do tell me which songs remind you of Blood Promise! I'm always looking to expand my musical horizons! <3

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes


Published: New American Library (March 1, 2011)
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: I won this ARC from GoodReads First Reads program
Series: Yes.

Rating: 2/5

GoodReads Summary: Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

My Thoughts: I was so unbelievably excited when I won this from a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. First, it was a debut author. Second, OH MY, that cover. Third, the premise sounded so interesting. I had a heck of a time waiting until 2011 so that this would count toward the 2011 Debut Author Challenge, but I jumped in as soon as I could.

I hate to say it, but I was disappointed.

Theia definitely embraced the TSTL tendencies. I couldn't connect with her at all. In the first chapter, we find out that Theia a very introverted girl, well-mannered and raised by her exceedingly strict father. Who, by the way, is creepily referred to as Father throughout the book. I didn't know if he was supposed to be an enemy or a good guy. Anyway, once Theia starts dreaming about Mysterious Guy and he shows up at school in all his menacing glory, all hell breaks loose. This is definitely a case of showing instead of telling. I find it very hard to believe that Theia falls desperately in love with Haden after the lack of development in their "relationship." For example, she witnesses him having his hands all over practically any girl he can get his hands on, but because he's looking at her when he's getting his grope on, that makes her swoon. Additionally, when she finds out exactly what Haden is and that he would likely kill her in a moment, she gets all hot and bothered and wants to make out with him. I get that Theia is sheltered and hasn't had much experience with boys, but I would hope she'd have some sort of self-respect.

Haden, on the other hand, was intriguing at first. Not as a love interest, but as an anomaly. I couldn't put my finger on what he was and that amped up the suspense. It was genuinely creepy, the dangerous things that would happen when Haden got pissed off. Unfortunately, Haden's character could not keep my interest piqued. This love story quickly transformed into the "I love you." "You can't love me. It's not safe." "But I love you." "I shouldn't. I'll hurt you." I've grown so freaking weary of that kind of romance.

The plot, while intriguing at first, became a bit disjointed towards the end and I couldn't quite understand what was happening or why it was happening. I know that's entirely vague, but I cannot say too much about it without giving away a rather large portion of the plot... and Haden's TRUE IDENTITY.

I did enjoy some of the characters. Donny and Amelia had a healthy amount of personality and I love how Donny would always put Theia in her place. My favorite part about the entire book? Varnie, the hip surfer-dude/cross-dressing psychic woman. I'll admit I cracked a smile. I really, really wanted to enjoy this novel and I can imagine that people who aren't yet sick of the whole murderously dangerous guy/oblivious girl scene will gobble this up, but it just didn't work for me.

Perhaps I'll just stare at the cover a little while longer and all will be well.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Peek At My TBR (4)

Disclaimer: these are books that I WANT to read and are on my TBR list, not books that I necessarily own (unfortunately!) And if I do have any of them on my shelf, I'll specify :)

A Peek Into My TBR is a feature inspired by Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spine and Books To Pine For by The Story Siren. I did WoW for awhile, but honestly, there's never only one book I'm "waiting" on. And a lot of the books that I "pine for" aren't just up-and-coming books. There's still a ton of oldies but goodies that I'm just now discovering or want to read soon, and I feel like those deserve some recognition as well as the fresh meat.


Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Published: October 11, 2011
TOO LONG OF A WAIT. I need this awesome looking book with the word "cool" spelled using frickin' iPod earbuds! Though I'm not quite sure what the iPod earbuds have to do with the storyline, I'd like to believe they're perhaps used as a murder weapon. This girl finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the chastity club. First off, does this "chastity club" exist? Or is she being facetious? Anyway, Nameless Girl (for real, there's no name in the summary) goes to find the scandalous perps and discovers the girl D-E-A-D! Didn't I tell you? Murder weapon! Also, do they sell contacts in the color of this chick's eyes? I have blue eyes, but you can never go TOO blue.


Once A Witch by Carolyn McCullough
Published: September 8, 2010
I actually own this one! But I own the hardcover version that has a different cover than this one. This is the paperback and I do believe that the next book in the series will be sticking with this general cover scheme. At any rate, I have never been big on witch books. Tara from Hobbitsies LOVES them, however, and has made me want to love them, too. I figure I may as well listen to others' recommendations, because Lord knows I push faerie books on everyone! By the way, this one takes place at a boarding school. HOLLA!


The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Published: May 5, 2009
Ever since Carla from The Crooked Shelf told me about these books, I've been dying to read them. Carla has never lead me astray with book recommendations (Jessica Darling, anyone?!) so I know that I'll love these. I've heard other incredible things about this series. People have CRIED. Maybe I'm a masochist, but I love it when books make me cry. Have you read this? TELL ME ABOUT IT!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: The Books I Just HAD to Buy...But are Still Sitting on my Shelf

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the gals over at The Broke and the Bookish. And thank you to Jamie, for reassuring me that I don't always have to have 10 on my list :) Though I do this time! YAY!

I'll be honest, I love love love reading all of these, but I always feel totally inadequate, because people have all the classics on their lists. All of my lists would consist of: "um... 1-10...TWILIGHTZ!" So I normally don't do them. However, this subject matter is something with which I can totally jump on board. Book hoarding and not reading them right away? My number of unread books on my shelves is hovering somewhere around 200 now and I feel like they need to be acknowledged. Well, ten of them. The top ten. Hence the name of the meme.

Be right back, I need to go stare at my shelf and compile a list.



1. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
I made a huge stink about this book. I fell in absolute love with the synopsis and the cover and even had the release date circled and starred in my planner. I honestly cannot tell you why I haven't read it yet, other than the fact that I haven't read Bleeding Violet yet. Yes, I know you don't have to read Bleeding Violet in order to read Slice, but it takes place in the same world, so I want to read it in the order of release. Books just keep piling up in front of it, and then there's the whole NetGalley thing. There's something so enticing about getting your hands on books that aren't even out yet, so I always rush to read those!

2. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
How can anybody not fall completely in love with that cover? After reading a handful of unfavorable reviews, I unfortunately bumped this one down the reading pile. I actually bought it for half price at Half Price Books, and figured that if I didn't enjoy it, at least I didn't pay the entire cost for it. I do still want to read it for myself and form my own opinion about the book, but sweet merciful crap, it is LONG. That is definitely daunting. Maybe someday when I run out of reading material.

3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I immediately went out on the release date and bought AtU and hugged it and pet it and called it George (if you don't get that, you're too young. Or you need to watch way more Looney Tunes.) It's freaking outer space. Again, with the whole "lots of pages" thing. I could probably read two short books by the time I finished this one. And I'm not put off by the negative reviews, because I really haven't read any. This one hasn't been sitting on my shelf for too long just yet, so I think there's a good chance I'll read it this month.

4. The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes
So basically, this is a Caribbean play on Phantom of the Opera. I won at ARC from the lovely ladies at Forever Young Adult, and almost passed out from the excitement. Yeah, that was last year. I really, really, need to read this still. I have an emotional connection with Phantom of the Opera. I saw the play in Vegas last year (and I want to go again this year!) and fell absolutely in love with Gerard Butler when I saw the movie. But truly, but obsession began with the music that we played back in 7th grade band. We played Music of the Night and seriously, it moved me to tears. We weren't good AT ALL, and the song still moved me. That's serious. That all being said, anything Phantom-related provokes the "gimme" hands.

5. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
DRAGONS! Er, DRAKI! I don't know what that is, but effing A I want to find out. I really love this cover and I love the cover for Vanish even more. I've read wonderful things about this book and I'd like to form my own positive thoughts and rave review.

6. Matched by Ally Condie
Uh, did anyone NOT freak out when Matched was released? There was a lot of early hype, something that sometimes doesn't sit well with me because I end up constructing these impossible standards. When I started reading the more negative reviews, I got a little discouraged. After all, I already hold unread Matched in such high regards and I don't want that to change. However, I will read it someday. For real.

7. Ghost Town by Rachel Caine

I seriously DEVOURED the first 8 books in the Morganville Vampires series. I knocked them out in a little over two weeks, I do believe. I was pissed off when I found out that a) I was going to have to wait like, 6 months for this one. And b) when it was being released in hardcover when the rest are obviously NOT. I mean seriously, there are only 4 books left in the series and the previous 8 are all mass market paperback. These technicalities, however, do not negate my intense, twisted love for Myrnin. Perhaps I've been putting it off because I don't want to have to wait forever for Bite Club. But I think that's going to come to an end soon, because it's just about Myrnin o' clock.

8. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
I liked Shiver quite a bit and was very excited to see how things would go in the next book. I think the reason that I haven't read the next one is because I was actually rather content with how Stiefvater ended things in Shiver. Plus, while I did enjoy it, I wasn't as obsessed as everyone else was. But it does have green font and that is effing cool.

9. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
You guys, I really don't think I'll ever grow weary of werewolves. Yeah, vampires are definitely on their way out, though I will always have a soft spot for Twilight and Vampire Academy. But I'm still not tired of werewolves. I hear there's a Christian spin on this one, which should be interesting. I've never really read about anything with religious undertones in YA and, being a Christian myself, I'd be pretty interesting to see what's up with this. Plus, I've heard good things! Plus, I have The Lost Saint, which I also just HAD to buy on release day.

10. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
I don't know what it is about these tiny little books that intrigued me, but I had to have them once I saw their covers. Sure, I know they're just faces. But this chick has an EYEBROW RING. Obviously she's a rebel. I have read Forget You, which was decent, but I've heard GTF is way better, which is very exciting!