Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up!


Hello all!
Welcome to my Weekly WrapUp!
I use this post to participate in the following meme's:



Posts this week:



I recently downloaded this book from Edelweiss!

by Mindy McGinnis

Book The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.


So, how was your week?


Saturday, March 29, 2014

TAG! You're it!

Hello all!
I recently was tagged by
Elyssa at Books and Iced Coffee.
She sent me some questions to answer...
and I did!
Here is what I came up with!


Q: What was the first book you read? 
A: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 

Q: First book collection? 
A: I had a huge collection of Dean Koontz books in my teens. But before that I had a collection of Sesame Street books that I cherished. lol

Q: Favorite genre of all time? 
A: Young Adult

Q: First favorite author? 
A: Dean Koontz (Although I haven't read anything of his stuff since the late 90s. I really need to correct that.) The first book of his I read was Phantoms and it completely blew my mind!

Q: Favorite author (s) of all time? 
A: Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Dean Koontz, Cassandra Clare, Lauren Oliver, Chuck Palahniuk, Augusten Burroughs, Jonathan Tropper, Suzanne Collins, David Estes... so many more!

Q: Favorite series of all time? 
A: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Harry Potter by JK Rowling.

Q: Favorite YA character of all time? 
A: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

Q: Favorite YA female character? 
A: Katniss Everdeen or Hermione Granger or Tessa from The Infernal Devices series

Q: Favorite YA male character? 
A: Harry Potter or Alex from Delirium or Magnus Bane from City of Bones or Jem from The Infernal Devices series or Tarver from These Broken Stars

Q: Where do you usually do your reading? 
A: Either on my back porch or in my comfy living room chair or on my comfy couch.

Q: Is there anything that you must have with you while you read (coffee, tea, etc.)? 
A: No, not really.

Q: Any bookish pet peeves? 
A: Dog-earing pages. Filthy library books. Writing in a book (Unless a text book or autograph lol)

Q: Paperback or hardback? 
A: Hardback

Q: Where do you buy your books? 
A: Amazon for my Kindle or BN for print books.

Q: If you had a chance to meet an author who would you choose and why? 
A: Neil Gaiman because he seems super cool! (And he is married to Amanda Palmer, my fave musician!)

Q: If you could live in an YA fictional world, where would you go and why? 
A: I read mainly Dystopian, so I really don't want to go anywhere near their fictional worlds!

Q: If you had a chance to have dinner with a character who would you choose and why? 
A: Parzival from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline because he knows a lot of trivia and would probably crack me up.


Well, if nothing else, you have all learned how indecisive I am!! LoL
When it comes to books, it is so hard to pick just one favorite!
So, I am supposed to tag people individually and still may...
But I thought, why not TAG EVERYONE to join in on the fun!
Post answering these questions and be sure to let me know!

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Think Out Loud #89: Drunk Girls


Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud!
This is my weekly meme that encourages
bloggers to do anything they want!


I don't remember where I found this,
but for some reason thought it was hilarious!
I hope you do too.

Chris D'Elia - Drunk Girls






Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WWW Wednesday #28: Scorpion Shards


Hello all!
This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading!


What did you recently finish reading?

by Sarah J. Maas

Book After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


What are you currently reading?

by Neal Shusterman

Book Six teens struggle to discover the source of their strange and horrific abilities in this first book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

Dillon has the terrifying power to create massive amounts of destruction with the slightest tweak of his will. Deanna is so consumed by fear, it has become like a black hole, drawing to her the very things that terrify her. Then, when the glare of a supernova sixteen light-years away illuminates the night sky, they have a vision: There are six of them out there, all teenagers, and all suffering from supernatural afflictions that disfigure their bodies and souls. Only by finding one another will the six ever be strong enough to defeat these mysterious forces that, bit by bit, are devouring their souls from the inside out.

Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman “combines personal quest, horror, and science fiction into an absorbing exploration of good and evil, guilt, forgiveness and personal responsibility” (VOYA) in this thrilling start to a riveting trilogy.


What are you reading next?

by Sarah J. Maas

Book "A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


So, what are you reading?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #42: Scorpion Shards by Neal Shusterman


Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday,
a meme hosted by Should Be Reading!


"Like the strange and awful thing that had been happening to him for almost three years now. Of course no one talked about that to his face anymore. No one but little Thaddy, who was just too dumb to know any better."


This Teaser is from

by Neal Shusterman

Book Six teens struggle to discover the source of their strange and horrific abilities in this first book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

Dillon has the terrifying power to create massive amounts of destruction with the slightest tweak of his will. Deanna is so consumed by fear, it has become like a black hole, drawing to her the very things that terrify her. Then, when the glare of a supernova sixteen light-years away illuminates the night sky, they have a vision: There are six of them out there, all teenagers, and all suffering from supernatural afflictions that disfigure their bodies and souls. Only by finding one another will the six ever be strong enough to defeat these mysterious forces that, bit by bit, are devouring their souls from the inside out.

Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman “combines personal quest, horror, and science fiction into an absorbing exploration of good and evil, guilt, forgiveness and personal responsibility” (VOYA) in this thrilling start to a riveting trilogy.


I loved Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
So, I saw this at the library and thought I'd give it a read!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up!


Hello all!
Welcome to my Wrap-Up!
The last 2 weeks have been super hectic,
so I haven't been able to post as much as I wanted.
So, this Wrap-Up will include both weeks.

These are the meme's I am participating in with this post.

Recent posts:



And here are the books that I acquired lately!

From Netgalley


Book VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.


I was also Pre-Approved thru Netgalley for this book.
Hope it's as good as it sounds!

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

Book A dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange offers an inventive, suspenseful, and decidedly original vision of the dangers of technology and of the enduring power of the printed word.


In the not-so-distant future, the forecasted “death of print” has become a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers, and magazines are things of the past, and we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication but also have become so intuitive that they hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order takeout at the first growl of a hungry stomach, and even create and sell language itself in a marketplace called the Word Exchange.
Anana Johnson works with her father, Doug, at the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL), where Doug is hard at work on the last edition that will ever be printed. Doug is a staunchly anti-Meme, anti-tech intellectual who fondly remembers the days when people used email (everything now is text or videoconference) to communicate—or even actually spoke to one another, for that matter. One evening, Doug disappears from the NADEL offices, leaving a single written clue: ALICE. It’s a code word he devised to signal if he ever fell into harm’s way. And thus begins Anana’s journey down the proverbial rabbit hole . . .
Joined by Bart, her bookish NADEL colleague, Anana’s search for Doug will take her into dark basements and subterranean passageways; the stacks and reading rooms of the Mercantile Library; and secret meetings of the underground resistance, the Diachronic Society. As Anana penetrates the mystery of her father’s disappearance and a pandemic of decaying language called “word flu” spreads, The Word Exchange becomes a cautionary tale that is at once a technological thriller and a meditation on the high cultural costs of digital technology.


So, how was your week?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Think Out Loud #88: Little Rebel


Hello all!
Welcome to another
A time to do whatever you want!









Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #41: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday,
a meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


"The truth was, when I looked at my reflection in the window, I couldn't see any bit of the Ruby that had lived in a little white house at the end of the lane. And it made me feel empty in a way - like I had forgotten the words to my favorite song. That girl was gone forever, and all that was left was a product of the place that had taught her to fear the bright things inside of her heart."


This Teaser is from

by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of GlassTitle: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Format: Ebook; 404pg
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1599906953

Synopsis:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


I read four of the novellas that prequel Throne of Glass. I am so happy that I did, because it provided a back-story that helped me better understand and empathize with the character of Celaena. To anyone that plans to read or read and loved Throne of Glass and haven't read the novellas, I highly recommend them.

Throne of Glass was a captivating read. It begins with Celaena Sardothien, the Assassin of Adarlan, being propositioned by Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Gaurd, to become the King's Champion. (Champion meaning Assassin. *Wink wink*) As much as she detests the current King, Celaena's only other option is to die working in the Salt Mines of Endovier. Celaena has already made it a year in the death camp, but doubts she can make it much longer. Needless to say, Celaena jumps at the chance of freedom from Endovier. The next few months are mostly filled with training and competing to become the King's Champion. However, things change when a competitor shows up gruesomely murdered, shortly followed by another and another... Now Celaena must figure out what is going on before she becomes the next victim.

The character of Celaena was very multi-faceted and I greatly appreciated that. For all that she has been through, Celaena retains her sharp, sarcastic wit and an amazing amount of confidence. There is, of course, a love triangle between the handsome Prince Dorian and Chaol, Captian of the Gaurd. I had a hard time distinguishing those two characters apart in my mind. I kept envisioning them looking alike and since they were close friends it made everything a bit confusing for me. They were still interesting characters though.

The plot was fast paced and kept me interested. It took a bit of a supernatural turn that I definitely wasn't expecting. Overall, I would say Throne of Glass is a highly entertaining novel that packs a punch.

5 stars to Throne of Glass!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Think Out Loud #87: First Kiss


Hello all!
Welcome to my meme, 
A time to do whatever you want!


This video is entitled 
20 strangers were asked to be filmed
for their first kisses. The outcome is beautiful.







Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #40: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays,
a meme hosted by Should Be Reading!


"Shut your mouth, you damned pig," Celaena snapped. 
Chaol and Dorian pushed off from where they 
both leaned against the wall, coming closer to the ring.


This Teaser is from 

by Sarah J. Maas

Book After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


What are you reading?

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