Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 End of Year Book Survey

End of Year Book Survey is the brain child of the AMAZING Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner

Best Books in 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

C - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I can't even begin to explain just how much I fell in love with this book and just how much it resonated with me as a reader. It confounded me. well and truly.

J - Excuse me a moment while I scroll through 103 books I've read to date. Hmm. This isn't even a book that came out this year, but I'm going to have to go with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Listened to it on audiobook, sobbed like a baby, then worked a 12 hour shift in a deep depression.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

C - Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, which was like a kick in the face after loving Amy and Roger to death. Without sounding harsh, it was pretty boring and made me cranky. I felt manipulated. The best part was the Amy and Roger cameo on like page 5, the rest was just white noise.

J - Catching Jordan. Everyone else loved it. I thought it reeked like designer impostor perfume. And Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh. After broadcasting my eternal love for Nevermore for the past two years, I figured the sequel would be equally amazing. So very wrong. 

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 

C - Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion which is a book about ZOMBIES. I know. I hate them too but this book was just plain beautiful.

J - Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. ALIENS, you guys. Gross, right? Sticky green men. Except this man is not green he's kinda om nom.

4. Book you recommended most to people in 2012?

C - Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Naturally. I think I yammered on about this one so much people were close to introducing my face to their fists. Also? ALL THE THINGS by Melina Marchetta because come on, it's Melina Marchetta.

J - Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. I fell in love. I wanted to scoop this book into my arms and make it rain on all the cities. That might hurt, but the people who didn't suffer injuries could definitely enjoy. And more recently? Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. 

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

C - The Lumatere Chronicles (Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn) by Melina Marchetta. Without a shadow of a doubt, THE best YA fantasy series I have ever read. Not read them? GET ON IT, JUMP ON IT.

J - Across the Universe by Beth Revis. The first two books consumed my whole life for a time. It's totally turned me on to sci-fi and if you haven't read it yet? DO IT.

6. Favourite new authors you discovered in 2012?

C - Vicki Wakefield, Kristin Cashore, Elizabeth Wein and Beth Kephart. 

J - Beth Revis, E Lockhart, Marissa Meyer

7. Best book out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

C - Code Name Verity, because books about WWII just don't appeal to me, I mean, I was practically bullied into reading The Book Thief.

J - I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. I don't like reading about murderers, period. But the way Barry Lyga wrote this novel totally entranced me. The inner workings of a serial killer's brain? CRAY. I feel weird admitting this.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

C - Quintana of Charyn. I couldn't stop reading because I just HAD TO KNOW EVERYTHING. I still get a jolt of frenzied anticipation when I think about it, and I've bloody read the thing.

J - Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG WARNER.

9. Book You Read in 2012 That You Are Most Likely to Re-Read Next Year.

C - All of the Lumatere books, Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar (writing so sumptuous you'll want to have a wee cry) and The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater because duh.

J - Easy by Tammara Webber. This will definitely be my go-to swoon book. This book was so hot that the fists in my brain were totally keysmashing all over the place. *Sudsfjaud&Ahflsdf!!!!!!!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2012?

C - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

J - Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. ALL THE COLORS.

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

C - Froi. Naturally.


12. Most beautifully written book in 2012? 

C - Warm Bodies by Iaasac Marion

J - Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Her words are exhilarating. 

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

C - Code Name Verity. Honestly, I was almost catatonic.  There was a fetal position sobfest. 

J - Second Chance Summer. I had just lost a loved one to cancer, so to read this was like ripping my heart out and smashing it with a sledgehammer repeatedly. I holed myself up in my bedroom for a good hour, loudly sobbing.

14. Book you couldn’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 

C - The Graceling books by Kristin Cashore because LOL WHAT AM I CRAZY OR SOMETHING. I don't even know what my problem was.

J - The Across the Universe series. When I wasn't reading them, I was dreaming about reading them.

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?

C - “It's like being in love, discovering your best friend.” Code Name Verity

"I dream my necrotic cells shrugging off their lethargy, inflating and lighting up like Christmas deep in my dark core. Am I inventing all this like the beer buzz? A placebo? An optimistic illusion? Either way, I feel the flatline of my existence disrupting, forming heartbeat hills and valleys." Warm Bodies

"My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them." The Raven Boys (because it wouldn't be a Carla list without at least one Maggie quote)

J - "And I've realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn't all we need. Love is all there is." - Second Chance Summer 

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2012?

C - All I Ever Wanted by Vicki Wakefield - 202 pages - shortest. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - 870 pages - longest

J - Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (170 pages); New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (563 pages)

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

C - I am a weirdo in that I don't always want to talk to people about moments in books that I love; I see these things as mine and I'm always reluctant to share with people because I have possessive tendencies

J - All of Unravel Me.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

C - All of the relationships in all of the Melina Marchetta books. ALL OF THEM. I don't even care if this is cheating or whatever. TOUGH.

J - Noah and Mara. And Harry Potter and everyone. 

19. Favorite Book You Read In 2012 From An Author You Read Previously.

C - Am I allowed to say the Lumatere books again? NO? Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo and Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar then. (but the Lumatere books too).

J - Wicked in Your Arms by Sophie Jordan. Not only can she write about dragons, but she can write about sexy closet times, too. 

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else.

C - The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White. Angie recommended this book to me and went so far as to send me a copy (isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful) and I can't handle how amazing this book was. All of the feelings and all of the gratitude to Angie especially, for introducing me to something so extraordinary. 

J - Angelfall by Susan Ee. Anna freaked out and told me to read this. I did. I see why she freaked out.

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012?

C - Young Adult Anonymous. SERIOUSLY I don't get how this blog hasn't skyrocketed to blog stardom already because they are ASTOUNDINGLY good. It's a blogging tag team (hell yeah for co-bloggers!) consiting of Maggie and Noelle who btw are the nicest most loveliest hilarious people in the whole of the blogging land. You can like them too, but I saw them first. 

J - Paranormal Indulgence. I love Asher. She's hilarious and an excellent reviewer. You can tell she puts so much effort and pride into her blog and I cannot help but want to buy everything that she recommends. Her reviews are top notch. Just TRY and not get excited by everything she reviews. JUST TRY.

2. Favourite review you wrote in 2012? 

C - Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar and - review as in one? WHAT'S THAT I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE TOOTING OF MY OWN HORN - The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, plainly because I deliberated over them for so fecking long and I do not deliberate. 

J - Carla, you SERIOUSLY DID deliberate over TPS. I have the DMs for proof of it! Well, I didn't write it. But I took pictures of myself making various reactive faces to various scenes in Harry Potter. And a picture is worth a thousand words or something. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

C - hahahahaha discussions. what is this, the news desk?

J - EXTRA, EXTRA. I actually did a discussion post this year when I was feeling crappy about my slow reading and jelly of everyone who can fly through books like that one Olympian runner whose name I can't remember.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

C - I really loved Jamie's post on a high school friend finding her blog because it has a John Green gif and she says some really smart things that I agree with.

J - ^ what she said.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

J - RT CON. And my sleepover/photoshoot with Anna, Jamie, and Tara.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

C - Joining Makeshift Bookmark. OBVIOUSLY.

J - ^ What she said. And the wine sleepover.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

J - probably that Harry Potter post I talked about. 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

C - Every single post by my lovely co-blogger Jen, because she is the bomb diggity and is my favourite. 

J - Bahahah, Carla. I love you.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

C - AbeBooks which is this amazing online used bookstore - I have managed to get some pretty fab Aussie YA books for a frigging steal (it literally hurt to tell you this because I don't want you all buying all the good books that I might want, selfish, I know)

J - Kindle for my iPhone because OMG ALL THE CHEAP SEXY EBOOKS.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

C - I am too lazy for anything that involves goals or challenges. It messes with my creativity, I need to be one with the art, or whatever.

J - Yeah, I fell short of my 115 book goal. But I think I'm going to take a page from Carla's book and through all the f*cks out the window, as far as giving any.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

C - Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King because this was a gift by the lovely Lenore (who btw has her debut novel Level 2 coming out in January! go buy it, I've read the first chapter and it is AMAZING) from last christmas and I still haven't read it. SHAMEFUL. also, as a contemp YA connoisseur  its ridiculous that I haven't read any A.S. King.

J - PFFFSHHH... all of them. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

C - SO MANY. Howling Boy by Cath Crowley. More Than This by Patrick Ness. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry. Just One Day by Gayle Forman. September Girls by Bennett Madison. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund. Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller.

J - I am honestly too lazy right now to look at all of them, because there are so many. But I'll just shoot off a few. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  Game by Barry Lyga. The next 2 Morganville Vampires books. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

C - I hope that I manage to inspire people to read more, or recommend them a book that changes their world for the better. 

J - If I can recommend even ONE book that becomes someone else's favorite, my life has meaning.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

In My Mailbox (67) / Stacking the Shelves (8)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga.

These bookish memes allow us to share with other bloggers the awesome books we got, and of course be jealous of everyone who got super awesome books, too!

This will be my last IMM of this year, as well as one of my last posts of the year. I'll be running around like a crazy person with traveling, working, and Christmas/New Year's. No time for blogging or reading! I think Carla and I will be doing one of Jamie's End of Year Bookish Surveys, but then it'll be 2013 before you see me again. 

That being said, I totally failed on reaching my goal of 115 books this year. I figured having 4 days off per week would maybe help with reading more? WRONG. I read less than I did last year, when I worked 5 days a week, as well as had school full-time. HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

At any rate, I've read 102 books so far this year. Maybe I'll make it to 105, but that is highly doubtful. Hey, I'm still proud. That is an insane amount of books!

I'd really like to try for 110 in 2013, but we'll see. For whatever reason, I'm being crazy and considering  going back for my Bachelor's in Nursing (BLECH) and maybe making a couple other life changes like moving to Chicago. 

But I digress.

It was a fab week in mail for me!

For Review
Asunder by Jodi Meadows: (requested) OMG OMG OMG OMG.
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shephard: (unsolicited) I haven't heard much about this one, other than Jamie telling me how great it was. Hey, that's good enough for me!
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza: (NetGalley) This looks ridiculously good.
Pivot Point by Kasie West: (NetGalley) I'm about 50 pages into this and I'm not sure I'm gonna finish it, unfortunately.
thank you, HarperTeen and NetGalley!

Lilly Pulitzer 2012 - 2013 planner
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt (Kindle): I've only heard incredible things about this book. Plus,  it was practically illegally cheap on Amazon.
Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair (Kindle): April's review sold me on this one. Plus, CHRISTMAS!
Christmas on Mimosa Lane by Anna DeStefano (Kindle): Another Amazon ebook I found. Christmas and a nurse. I will buy any book about nurses.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Book Blogger Woes (7)

I am a huge fan of First World Problems. I'll be the first person to scroll through their Twitter and laugh out loud to myself, thinking "yes. I DO THAT. In ALL of life." And honestly, guys? I do it in blogging, too. A LOT. I get all uppity about the most ridiculous things. Thus, Book Blogger Woes was born. Every so often, I'll be sharing a different blogger pain pertaining to all of the sulking... but in a comical way.

(Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels these things. You just have to. I can't be the only one.)

Okay, so you've got some extra money. LET'S GO TO THE BOOK STORE. There's all kinds of awesome new titles out. But you don't know if you're in the mood for adult romance, YA romance, or the literary sister of that one BDSM book. (Listen, no judgment here. We all need those reads sometimes.)

Easy solution. GRAB THEM ALL.

But, oh crap. It's time for the struggle. The antithesis of a Staring Contest. You know that struggle. That whole trying not to make eye contact when you stroll up to the checkout counter with One Night in a Scotsman's Kilt, Boys Boys Boys OMG LURVE, and the 22nd book in the Angsty Loins series. And when you do, just to see how the transaction is moving along, 16 year old Book Clerk Boy is giving you one of these looks.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Tempest by Julie Cross

I was so excited when Sara of Through the Looking Glass asked me to be a part of the Tempest Blog Tour to celebrate the paperback release! Naturally, I jumped on it. Tempest had been sitting on my shelf for awhile and I needed a reason to finally read this fantastic book. And WOW, am I glad I did. Take a look at my thoughts, if you want to know more. Otherwise, read on for an awesome guest post by Julie.

What's your favorite time period that you'd choose to jump to, if you had the whole time-traveling capability?

The 50’s/60’s. First off, I have to tell you that I’m a die-hard Grease fan. Oddly enough, I grew up watching and listening to the record (yes, and actual record!) for the Grease 2 sound track. At five years old I could belt out every word to the song Reproduction. Not that I had any clue what I was singing. I’m not actually sure what time period Grease 2 is supposed to be set in. Frenchy is still in it so I’m guessing it’s just a year or two after Grease.

Anyway, when I was in 7th grade my aunt made me watch the first Grease movie because I had told her that I’d never seen it. The first time I watched it, I really didn’t like it. It just wasn’t Grease 2. I thought Michael with his accent and geeky charm was way more appealing as a male lead than Danny Zuko. But then I kept watching it and watching it and the songs became familiar and it grew on me. And because it’s set in 1959, there’s still poodle skirts and cute cardigans and those cheerleading outfits…omg. I’d love to spend some time in 1959 and be able to say things like, “that’s my name, don’t wear it out” or “you’re cruisin’ for a bruising.’” And then if I wanted to tell a guy off in a PG-13 way, I’d be able to say, “Go flog your log.” And then there’s drive in theaters and the closest you get to a mean girl in high school is Patti Simcox who’s more annoying than vindictive.
But it’s also quite possible that the Grease version of 1959 is a little different than the reality. If that’s the case, then not only would I need to time travel, I need to time travel to a fictional version of the 50’s/60’s.

So, in addition to answering this question, I’m going to give a piece of advice to the readers out there much younger than me. If you haven’t seen Grease (and it doesn’t count if you’ve seen the Glee Grease episodes though they totally rocked!) then you need to allow yourself to experience this because musicals as movies now seemed to be limited to Disney Channel versions and that’s just tragic because they’re too squeaky clean to include lines like, “why don’t you go flog your log.” As I’ve pointed out, one viewing might not be enough to become addicted so I recommend listening to the sound track a bunch (the Glee version is okay for this too). And then watching the movie a few times and see if you can catch the bug and impulsively decide to sew your own poodle skirt or better yet, build a time machine to give us a ride back to the 50’s and we can hang out for a while.

Check out the other stops on the Tempest Blog Tour...

And make sure you don't miss these future stops...

Thanks for stopping by, Julie! And now, for the part you've all been waiting for. THE GIVEAWAY. Julie is giving away a signed paperback of Tempest.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Tempest by Julie Cross

Published: January 17, 2012
St. Martin's Griffin, 352 pages, hardcover
Source: won in contest
Series: yes
Goodreads Summary: The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.
This was one of those books I had put off initially, because there's NO WAY I will love this book as much as everyone else did, you know? So it sat and sat and sat on my shelf. I even got a little nudge from the Universe in April 2012 when I got an extra copy of it at RT. EVEN STILL, it sat and sat and sat. I tend to resist the books that the majority of the book blogging community loved. Why? I'm stupid. There's no other explanation.

Because Tempest, you rocked my face.

I should've gotten my first clue with the fact that everyone loved it. But secondly, I should've known beforehand because it's entirely from a guy's point of view. The guy's name is Jackson, and that is my absolute favorite guy name of all time. Doesn't he just sound like a suited-up non-lame TV host or a sexy lawyer or, you know, a time lord? Shazam. He is.

I finished this in one sitting. Seriously. This was such an effortless read that I feel like I opened the cover, then closed it five seconds later. Except I lived a whole lifetime in between. There was just enough action to keep me on the tip top of my toes and enough romance and heartbreak to sate even the most hopeless of romantic. (HELLO, ME. I am raising my hand high.) The dynamic between Present Jackson & Holly was a fantastic set up for the Holly and Jackson of yore (or 2 years ago, whatevs) and reading their love story from not only an established relationship point of view as well as a "just met & giving you the side eye, then looking away" standpoint made me fall for them as a couple even more. Julie Cross knows how to bring the swoons.

Not to mention the action was thrilling. I couldn't make eye love to these pages quickly enough to satisfy the thirst for more insight as to WHY, WHEN, HOW? (And also, how can I become a time travel guru?) I love conspiracies and secret THINGS...which you'll find out more about if you read the book. COME ON, READ THE BOOK.

Other Bloggers' Thoughts

Monday, December 10, 2012

Carla's Thoughts - Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Published by Atria on 26 April 2011

I detest zombie books with a passion I usually reserve for people who talk with their mouths full or people who don’t like the taste of alcohol.   There is something about wanting to eat someone’s grey matter that just doesn't appeal to me; all the oozing and decaying and poor dental hygiene. YIKES. But then Angie reviewed it and well, that girl has never steered me wrong. And she was right; this is a zombie book that isn't a zombie book.

R is a zombie. A brand spanking new zombie (well, as new as you can get when you’re dead and eating people instead of mac and cheese) if his state of decay is anything to go by. Because the thing is, R can’t actually remember. He can’t remember how long he’s been this way, unchanging. He can’t even remember his name, only that it begins with an R (well, he thinks it does).  R spends his time shuffling around an abandoned airport with a group of ‘friends’ and making regular trips into the world to find some decent leg of human or arm of child (undead, naturally) and that’s about it. His days are filled with nothing but the stench of death until one day they become filled with wonder and you know? wonder doesn't die, wonder comes in the shape of a human girl called Julie, who R decides to keep. And the world shifts.

wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did; like R, I shuffled my way through the first couple of chapters completely indifferent not thinking or feeling much. And then there was a shift, a quiet shift that took me wholly by surprise, and I was full of wonder. This tiny book about a boy who doesn't even have a name consumed my every thought. From the way that R lamented his lost humanity and the hope that Julie emanated, I was all in.

The message Marion conveys isn't all that elusive; you know from the start the metaphorical meaning of this zombie wasteland and even though at points it did feel a little too heavy handed, not once did it diminish my love for this book. Warm Bodies hit my sweet spot – prose that was hauntingly lush and beautiful. The narrative works perfectly; we get to see R’s wry observations and witness his obvious discomfort with his state of undead. He is a zombie who doesn’t want to be a zombie. Because R is different; somewhere inside his zombie brain there is a part of him that got left behind and man, if it isn't beautiful to watch unfold. Because what we are left with is hope shining bright on the horizon, lighting everything up. A beautiful debut. 

p.s. just in case you didn't know, Warm Bodies is coming to a theatre near you in 2013.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

In My Mailbox (66) / Stacking the Shelves (7)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga.

These bookish memes allow us to share with other bloggers the awesome books we got, and of course be jealous of everyone who got super awesome books, too!

Hope everyone had a great week! I started a new job with a new hospital. It's much smaller than I'm used to, but everyone is so fantastically nice and helpful. Tomorrow's my first day on the med-surg floor and I'll be with a preceptor, but I cannot WAIT to learn, learn, learn!

In other news, some of you following me on Twitter probably saw that my cat Bo (who has anterior uveitis, which is an inflammation of the inner part of the eye) had quite a crappy week. His eye was worse than I've ever seen it before. Unfortunately, this is a very vague symptom and can be indicative of lots of diseases, both manageable and fatal. I took him to a feline opthamologist and spent way too much money on some labs which will give us some insight as to why this is happening. I don't yet have these results, but I'm crossing my fingers that whatever it is, Bo will still be able to live a long and happy life with us. Some good thoughts, please?

Onto the books... I got a few, but MAN. They're amazing.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (thanks, Erica!)

Nighshifted by Cassie Alexander
Moonshifted by Cassie Alexander
Thanks to my amazing co-blogger Carla for recommending these to me. Paranormal romance novels about a nightshift nurse, written by a nightshift nurse? This is the best ever.

Oh, hey. You didn't miss a post this week, did you?

Monday, December 3: Jen reviews Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and shamefully admits a crush on an alien. WEIRDNESS. But also, kinda sexy.
Tuesday, December 4: Jen does Top Ten Tuesday and talks about the books she wants for Christmas. And you know what? She made some up, too. Hello, a couple more Harry Potter books? IF SANTA'S REAL, HE'LL MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Friday, December 7: Jen reviews Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr and, as if anyone is surprised, is STILL flying her Melissa Marr Fangirl Flag, high & proud.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Published: February 21, 2012
HarperCollins, hardcover, 418 pages
Source:  publisher
Goodreads Summary: Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.
From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.
Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

Anything that Melissa Marr writes is absolute gold to me. I fell in love with the Wicked Lovely series years ago and haven't stopped loving it to this day. When it ended with Darkest Mercy, I bawled. SOBBED. Because I was so happy and sad that it was over and everyone had their ending and it was friggin' beautiful.

And I couldn't get enough of Irial/Leslie/Niall.

Imagine my utter joy when I find out Marr is releasing not one, not two, but 12 short stories in a compilation with a BEAUTIFUL cover. And the majority of the Faery Tales & Nightmares stories? WICKED LOVELY WORLD. How could I get this lucky? Not to mention the story that spawned the series, "The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King." The best part about these stories is the fact that it features some lesser-explored Wicked Lovely characters. I loved seeing more of Gabriel, Sorcha, and Devlin. Especially because while reading the series, I was so enraptured by Seth, Ash, and Keenan. And Niall. And Leslie. And Donia. And Irial. And Irial. And Irial. (Nope. NOT A TYPO.)

Added bonus? Unrelated stories. About vampires and selchies. I can only hope and pray to the book gods that Melissa Marr decides to continue upon that vampire short story because WOW. It was dark and intriguing and twisty, and those three qualities are her forte. Faery Tales & Nightmares is essential for any Wicked Lovely fan. There's really no question about it. You need this book.

I wave my Melissa Marr fangirl flag high and proud.

Other Bloggers' Thoughts

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Getting for Christmas

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and born & raised by Jamie.
Listen, I could think of a billion books that I could ask Santa for. But then I remember he's Santa, not Jesus or or Dumbledore. He's just a chubby brother with magical, flying mammals. But you know what? SCREW IT. This is my Christmas list and, real or not, these are the books that I want. He fits his plus-size down chimneys, you guys. If he's any kind of Santa, he'll make it happen.

1. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Listen. I'm back in Twihard mode. I saw Breaking Dawn Part 2. I just finished rereading Twilight and New Moon. My little heart is twitterpated, yet again. And I will not rest. I WILL NOT REST. And I will never be 100% satisfied until Meyer gives me what I want. I don't want stupid stories about Bree Tanner. I NEED EDWARD'S BRAIN THOUGHTS.

2. Blood Promise (Dimitri's POV) by Richelle Mead
Haven't you guys ever wondered what went through his head during this book? Because after thoroughly breaking my heart ten times over, I need some serious insight. (I won't get into it all, because that'll cause some spoilers.) Especially that bridge scene. THAT MOMENT. Sigh. I would love to know exactly what went through his mind when the realization sunk in.

3. 5 more Harry Potter books.
Hey, why not? You know we are all wanting more anyway.

4. Every YA romance audiobook EVER to be narrated by Ed Westwick.
I haven't even listened to that Mortal Instruments book yet. But you know what? I've recently discovered Gossip Girl, thanks to Netflix. And man, I would listen to that voice narrate my death sentence.

5. A Continuation of the Gemma Doyle Series.

And now for the actual existing books I want...

6. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
You guys have sold me on this. I need it in my life.

7. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Never read any Gina, but Alice is one of my favorites. I must read her interpretation. Aaaand also, who would ever complain about some zombies being thrown in? Not this chick.

8. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
I gushed over Anna Dressed in Blood and I need to find out what happens next. Cas is THEE BOSS.

9. Timepiece by Myra McIntyre
I had this on NetGalley and never read it. Why? Because I have mental problems. Now I need to own it in all its glory and have and hold Kaleb for-eva.

10. Defiance by CJ Redwine
Another book that you guys have gone buck wild over. I need to see what all the fuss is about.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: May 8, 2012
Entangled Teen, e-book, 361 pages
Source: purchased
GoodReads Summary: Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. 
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 
If I don't kill him first, that is.

So I first heard about Obsidian's awesomeness from Anna. Then Ginger. And Ginger's enthusiasm just sealed the deal for me. A sarcastic, arrogant, obnoxiously self-assured (and pretty) boy and a book blogger for a main character? PLEASE. My decision was made for me. It was a force of nature and I could not deny it.

But aliens? Really? I couldn't watch E.T. when I was a child because he was so hideously ugly and scary and that VOICE. Ew. Sick.

But I'll be damned. Katy moves next door to a hot alien.

Katy is awesome. She's what many of us are. She lives a normal life, reads the crap out of some books, then unleashes her enthusiasm upon a community who loves exactly the same thing she does. BOOKS. This is PERFECT. And really, when you move to a new town where everyone's weird and related and has like 65 siblings, what else is there to rely on other than books?

I can't help it. I love the love interests who are seemingly unattainable. I love a good guilty pleasure story about a sweet, pretty, normal girl who reels in the guy with the kind of confidence reserved for, oh I don't know, Narcissus. In real life, I hate these guys. In books? SIGN ME UP. As long as I'm reading about someone else dealing with it, it's perfectly acceptable. The struggle, the tension (OH IT'S PLENTIFUL), the small moments where you start internally and externally jumping up and down thinking "this is it, this is it, this is it" only to have the moment thwarted by some act of God or snarky comment by one of the parties involved. Those little stomach-flippy moments. Those are what I live for in my romance books.

Not to mention that Jennifer L. Armentrout is a seriously gifted storyteller. And she has this magical power that makes aliens appealing.

Other Bloggers' Thoughts

Saturday, December 1, 2012

In My Mailbox (65) / Stacking the Shelves (6)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga. 

These bookish memes allow us to share with other bloggers the awesome books we got, and of course be jealous of everyone who got super awesome books, too!


So I've really been abstaining from buying the books these last couple weeks, guys. Mostly because of the holiday and family was in town, so there wasn't much time for bookish shopping, but also because I have been GODAWFULLY SICK. I can't taste ANYTHING right now. That's a crime against my stomach and tastebuds. Hoping to get unsick very soon, but it's not looking good.

Which sucks, because I'm starting a new job on Monday! You really have no idea how much this excites me. Instead of driving 40 minutes to work, I only have to drive 5 minutes. Plus, everyone at this hospital is ridiculously nice, so I'm really looking forward to an eye-opening experience. I sure hope this will be the right move for me.

Anyway, you don't care about that. Onto the books!

For Review
I read this already. It was fantastic. I am loving the whole sci-fi genre right now.
This is next up on my reading list. You know, after I do my Twilight Saga re-read. (HEY, Breaking Dawn 2 was awesome and inspired me to dive back into this world with a fierceness. And I'm loving it.) 
OH MY GOD EVERYONE GO READ THIS RIGHT NOW. One of the best books of 2012, no contest.
This looks really cute and it's just about to warm up for a week or so here, so I may as well pretend I'm getting a little summer read in, right?
I've never read a Barnholdt book. I KNOW, I suck. But I plan to remedy that with Right of Way, and it sounds like a great contemp!

thanks Macmillan, FSG, Tor Teen, and NetGalley!

Oh, hey. You didn't miss a post these last few weeks, did you? 
(I'm recapping since the last IMM!)

Friday, November 16: Jen reviews Anna Dressed in Blood and hides in the corner from all of the murderous ghosts. Except Anna, cause she's cool. 
Monday, November 19: Jen reviews Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt and WOW, this is an issue book. But it's painfully real and one that every young girl should read (with discernment. There's lots of sex, drugs, and  language.)
Wednesday, November 21: Jen reviews The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington and totally experiences a flashback to the Fear Street days, because that's the fun, nostalgic feeling that Harrington brings to this book.
Friday, November 22: You know those free days where you're all "I'm gonna get stuff done" when it comes to the blog, but then Pinterest or whatever other social media totally takes over your life and before you know it, it's tomorrow? Yeah, me too. 

Wednesday, November 28: Jen is waiting on The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett and falls straight up in LOVE with this cover. 
Thursday, November 29: Jen reviews The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver and would love to pass this along to every middle-grade reader EVER.
Friday, November 30: Romance Covers. Man nipples. Joey Tribbiani. Yep, it's this week's Book Blogger Woes.