Friday, May 31, 2013

Monthly Recap: May 2013


Hello people of Earth, (and if you're not from Earth let me know so I can change this)

It is true it is time for ANOTHER monthly recap. The month of May is over (cue tears) and I have to say this was an okay month. Not readingwise but life wise. (kind of) School's almost over! (Thank goodness!!!) and here's what I've done the past month. (It's not a lot, so don't hate)






Prophecy by Ellen Oh
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Short Review)
Compliance by Maureen McGowan
Silent Harmony by Michelle Scott
The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Keeper by A.G. Henley (Novella)
Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep (Novella)
Touched by Corrine Jackson







Okay, I actually have two! One is The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram, which is a great fun light read with AMAZING characters, that constantly makes you laugh.

And the other is about parallel universes and is phenomanal! Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris was AMAZING and a must read for Sci-Fi fans of basically anyone else... I haven't written my review yet, but I'm working on it!



So I took the plunge and signed up for a couple book tours. (Maybe a couple too many!)
I don't want to become a blog that ALWAYS has tours and I want the books I showcase to actually mean something to me. So I think in the future I am going to make sure I don't overextend myself and have  a gazillion tours....So here are the ones I will be doing for the next month....

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson----June 14th----This one is going to be AWESOME!!!
Rewrite Redemption ----onJune 19th
Where Darkness Walks---June 25th
Live Long and Prospero---June 30th


And on June 28th I am having an interview with Cindy Lyle, the author who wrote The Dragon Within! (A book that I have dying to read!) Check out her book!

So I decided to try and better organize myself with this blog! (Yeah look at that! Working on my organizational/plan making techniques!) And in order to do so I wanted to create a semi schedule which I will try to keep to. So here is that schedule...
Monday: Review
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Review/Something else...
Thursday: Poem of the week
Friday: Feature and Follow
Saturday: Discussion
Sunday: Weekly Recap and quote of the week, maybe even book of the week/Review

So my first change is the cut down of memes. I feel as though I had gotten to caught up in doing things that al lot of other bloggers are doing. And i realized I don't like posting about books I've gotten or books I want to read. And I really hate posting about books I'm waiting for because I can never think of anything I'm waiting for on the spot like that. BUT I really love Top Ten Tuesdays and Feature and Follow is a great way to make new friends. So I shall continue with that.

I also decided to dedicate Thursday as a day of Poetry. And reading that you might think that I love Poetry and the truth is I DON'T!!! But I have read some great poems that I love and I think they should be spotlighted. (I am going to try to stay away from super popular poems.)

And the discussion....Well, I haven't done any discussions. It doesn't mean I haven't written them because I have....they just don't seem very good. So I am going to try and work through my doubt and post them. (Hopefully one tomorrow)

And then I thought I should start doing a weekly recap with one of my favorite quotes I've read and maybe highlight some new books or something like that...not to sure yet...

Dates are subject to change depending on my schedule.


So in the next couple of days I am hoping to get some reviews out for the following:
The Girl With the Iron Touch by Kady Cross (Which so far is EPIC)
Invisible by Marni Bates--received via Netgalley (Loved it!!)
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (It's been over a week since I have finished it and just WOW...)
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (This book redeemed the series for me!!!)







And that, my dear dear readers is all for this month. Well actually I could list all of my posts, but that would make this already really long pot even lomger and who would want that....

If you've made it this far, CONGRATS!!! And if you chose to just skip to the bottom, I still appreciate your effort. It is extraordinary.


Touched

Title: Touched
Author: Corrine Jackson
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Sense Thieves #1
Rating: Starfish

How I would Blurb it: An intriguing story line with a flaw in the development of the romance. 

This book was....interesting. The idea of it was so cool! I mean, a girl who can heal people by assuming the injury? So AWESOME! I've heard the idea before and I may have even read something similar, but the whole idea is just so cool to think about this! I don't know how I feel about this book. I still don't know how I'm going to rate this book. And I really hope that writing this review will help me straighten my thought...So here it goes...

THE PREMISE
Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her—if Asher doesn't kill her first.

(Summary via GoodReads)

THE PROS
1.) The first half of the book was so fast paced and interesting. The first chapter sucks you in and really makes you wonder where this book is going to go.
2.) Remy was a really strong character.....for the first half of the book. She wasn't afraid to try and save her mom and stand up to her dad. She believed in what she was doing for her mom.
3.) As I've already mentioned, I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Assuming someone's wounds in order to heal them is such a neat idea. The one thing that bothers me is that I feel I read this same exact concept in another book. (Not that this affected my view of the book, but I just can't remember what book was like this.)
4.) Lucy. I really liked her. She was the concerned sister and she was very sweet. She was probably my favorite character in the book!
5.) Gah!!! The cover!! It's just so pretty!!!

THE CONS
1.) This to me seemed like insta-love and a cliched scenario all rolled into one bundle of joy with a gorgeous cover. Imagine this scenario (you've seen it millions of times)
       -Broken girl sees hot guy.
       -They hate each other.
       -Or so it seems
       -They then decide (after much arguing) that they are actually in deep like.
       -Moments later something drives a wedge in their relationship
       -They then get back together after they realize that they are better together and declare their undying love.
       -They then get their happily ever after. (at least for the moment)
This is so cliched!!! AND on top of this cliched scenario THERE IS INSTA-LOVE!!! I did not see either Asher or Remy fall for each other. It was all of a sudden like----BAM----I LOVE YOU. You are my world...BLAH, BLAH, BLAH! I don't want to hear it!!!
2.) The villain, (Remy's stepfather, Dean) was your average villain. He was full of evilness. Once again it was just so cliched.
3.) And then you have the clueless dad who after realizing he wasn't a good parent tries to win his troubled daughter back.
4.) WHAT WAS WITH THE RANDOM FLASHBACK IN THE END???? All of a sudden they were talking and BAM flashback! Out of no where.....It really annoyed me....
5.) Asher is a total creep. First he takes pictures of Remy (in a creepy way) And then he goes into complete creeper psycho mode. Then.....Hang on I'm going to need to put a spoiler here...**SPOILER** He freaks out at Remy and attempts to kill her, but her being totally dumb, and not at all afraid of him. Stands there and takes it. They then decide that he's only doing it because he fears for her safety....Yeah, Okay. Go on believing that.
6.) Remy became defenseless. She started of SO STRONG and ended up being so dependent on Asher and her Dad. It really started grating on my nerves...
7.) The second half of the book was a drag...I considered DNF. (Which is so unlike me) but I stuck through it...
8.) Is it just me or is a creepy old guy as a love interest weird. I tend to stay away from books that have immortal beings as love interests (unless the MC is also immortal) but the whole idea felt creepy.....

OVERALL
Okay, when I first started this review, (like a week ago) I had no idea about how I was going to rate it. But after writing this review, ny thoughts have settled and I've realized that I really didn't like this book....I wanted to, but it was so cliched (to me anyways.) The idea was great but I did not like the execution...at all. So I'm going to give this book two stars and I have to say I was expecting so much more. This book just fell short for me...
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: NOT LIKELY
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: NO
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: NOPE
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: PROBABLY NOT
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: Maybe, her writing style was enjoyable she just needs better characters.

STARFISH=2.5 STARS

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Spartan Frost (Short Story)

Title: Spartan Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology, Short Story, adventure
Series: Mythos Academy #4.5
Received via Netgalley
Publishing Date: June 25th, 2013
Rating: Zebra

How I would blurb it: A quick fun read giving fans of Mythos Academy a glimpse into Logan's head to tide them over until the release of the next book.

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE PREVIOUS BOOKS!! (THIS INCLUDES BOOK 4) AND IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THEM, DO SO IMMEDIATELY!!!






Feature and Follow #5

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

This weeks Question is:


WHAT BLOGGER WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET IN REAL LIFE??





Well, I really haven't been blogging long so I really don't know any bloggers I'd like to meet! I mean there are some awesome bloggers out there, but I don't really know any of them.....Yeah so that's it! 


If you want to follow me, anyway is fine, but I would rather you DON'T USE GFC. 
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #8

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This weeks topic is:

TOP TEN BOOKS FREEBIE
So I chose to pick my top ten books that made me cry!! (I'm not actually sure I can think of ten, but I'm going to try!)

1.) I mention this book way too much, but it is only because I LOVE IT SO!!! This was the last book that made me cry!

















2.) Okay the last Harry Potter book was so sad and so good! And because I'm sentimental (about books anyways) every time I read it, by the end I will have cried....A LOT...

















3.) As I mentioned above when a favorite series ends I tend to cry...

















4.) This didn't make me cry, but I was so sad it was over, especially with an ending like that. The story was so good and the characters were so easy to connect to!!!

















5.) This was so epically awesome!! And there were parts that I did not see come and made me cry, but then there was an awesome twist that made me smile again!!

















6.) This book just blew me away and I was so sad it was over!!

















7.) This book was so sweet and cute. There were some really emotional moments and it was so easy to feel the characters pain!

















8.) I remember reading this book when I was really little and crying my eyes out at the end. It was an amazing book though!

















9.) Okay I really can't think of anything else that made me cry in a good way. So these next few I cried because they were so bad.


This book may have also made me cry because I didn't understand and was getting really bad grades on the tests and quizzes. So that might be a better reason....












10.) This book.....BLAH...Sorry if you liked it, but I couldn't finish it. It just goes to show that schools DO NOT know how to pick good reading material...
















So those are some books that made me cry (and not always in a positive way)!!

WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS THAT HAVE MADE YOU CRY?????

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Keeper


Title: The Keeper
Author: A.G. Henley
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Romance, Short Story
Series: Brilliant Darkness #1.5 (Originally the series was called The Scourge, with Scourge as the first book)
Rating: Owl

How I would blurb it: A great short story with a great insight into Peree's character, for those who are anxiously awaiting the the second book in the series.

I was so excited for this short story. A.G. Henley's first book was sooooo good! And when I realized there was going to be a short story from Peree's POV? I immediately went and bought the book!!



THE PREMISE
Peree knows what he’s doing as the new Keeper of the Water Bearer, Fennel.

He knows Fennel’s Sightless. He knows that means the Scourge can’t hurt her while she gathers fresh water for her people. He knows how to wield his bow and arrow to take out the revolting flesh-eaters when they swarm around her. He’ll motivate her, distract her, do anything he can to keep her working. And most important, he'll make sure his people get every drop of their share of the water she collects. Peree knows his duty is to his people and his people alone, and not to the Water Bearer.

What he doesn't know is that he's falling in love with her.

(Summary via GoodReads) 

MY THOUGHTS
Okay first of all, the cover......WOW! It goes with the cover for the first book so well!! The blue color really stands out and makes you connect the two books! (Sadly though on my kindle the cover is in black and white. :'( If only I had bought it later!) I really love looking at these covers!!

Second of all....I LOVE PEREE!! Not only are he and Fenn great together, but he is just so awesome!!! 

Getting insight into what Peree was thinking in the beginning of The Scourge was really interesting. He was a fun character to read about. 

I also really liked the ending. It was right when Peree came to a great realization! 

Be forewarned if you read the first book then you already know most of what will happen. Reading this is purely so you can get insight into Peree's view of Fenn and his life among the lofties.

And on top of that there was an excerpt from the next book and from the looks of it, it sounds good!!! 

OVERALL
This was a fun enjoyable read that fans of The Scourge will love!

WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: YES!!
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YES!!!!! (99 cents on Amazon!!)

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: ONLY IF YOU LIKE SHORT STORIES
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: YEAH!!!

WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: OF COURSE



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #4

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

This weeks Question is:
The #FF is 150 weeks old! And we want to hear from you! What would you change about the hop? What do you like about it? Or just suggest a question to be used for next week!



Hmmmmm, well I haven't been participating that long so I really can't think of anything to change!

Sugesting a question.......If you could have an author write a book about any topic, who would that author be and what would the topic be??? (Sorry I have no ideas!!)

 Congrats to Parajunkee and Allison Can Read for their success!!


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Rating: Zebra
How I'd blurb it: A fun light read, with a great romance and hilarious characters that will keep you flipping the pages until the last one, leaving you wanting more!

I was so scared going into this book. I mean EVERYONE loves it! It was so intimidating and really, I've been putting off reading it for a while.....AND I CAN'T BELIEVE I DID THAT. This book was so sweet. It had it's flaws, but the characters were great, the idea was cliched, but it still felt so unique. I loved this book.

THE PREMISE
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

(Summary via Goodreads)
THE PROS
1.) Anna was awesome! She was so unique and fun. Instead of conforming to all of the normal YA heroines Stephanie Perkins managed to make her different from every other YA character I've read! She definitely stood out from the crowd.
2.) Meredith. She was a really cool friend to Anna. She was a fun character and I wish there had been more about her.
3.) Loved Anna's little brother and how much she cared about him! It was such a sweet relationship!
4.) The writing style. Stephanie Perkins is so descriptive that I really felt as though I was actually in Paris.
5.) Okay.....I really loved basically everything about this book! (Except for what is listed below!) And to keep from boring you, I won't go into details!
THE CONS
1.) I hate the name Étienne. Who knows why, but I really, really don't like it. Every time his name was mentioned, it was just weird. (This was not the reason that I took off half a star, but I felt like bringing it up)
2.) St. Clair not breaking up with his girlfriend, Ellie, who he obviously didn't even like any more. It just really annoyed me. I get his whole, I don't want to be alone thing, but seriously get a grip.
3.) Anna's fight with Bridge. GET OVER IT!!!!! That just kind of annoyed me. I get that Anna felt betrayed and I think it was stupid for Bridge to never tell Anna, but it seemed way to overblown.
OVERALL
In all, I really loved this book. The characters were fun and it was a really enjoyable read. I was not a huge fan of St. Clair. I liked him and thought that he and Anna were cute together, but there are characters out there that I like way more. He just had some characteristics that annoyed me. This was a great light read, that I will definitely reread! I can't wait to read the companion books to this one!
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: YES!!!!!!
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YEAH!!!!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: YEP!!!!!
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: YES!!!!
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: DEFINITELY!!


ZEBRA=4.5 STARS




Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday # 7

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks topic is
 TOP TEN BOOK COVERS OF BOOKS YOU'VE READ!!!

This is a topic that I love because a cover can make me pick up a book. And really whoever said don't judge a book by it's cover is wrong. I am a big judger. (Although I will still pick up books with bad covers if the concept sounds promising!)


1.)
This cover is just so epic. The book is too!

 2.)I really like this cover! Mostly because of the dragon!
 3.) Normally I'm not a fan of contemporary covers, they always seem cheesey but this cover is beautiful!!
 4.) I just love this cover! The picture is so cool and fits the book so well! And I love how they put the title!
 5.) I LOVE THESE COVERS!!! They are so simple yet manage to capture the books so well!!!
 6.) There are so many girl in pretty dress book covers out there and personally I'm not a big fan of them, but this cover is so pretty and mysterious!!
 7.) I love the colors for this one! The hand is cool and it really reminds me of the book!
 8.) I really love this series! And the covers are so mysterious and pretty!!!
 9.)Love the book and the reflection of the eye in the knife is so neat!!
 10.) I really love the covers for the whole series!! They are pretty and simple!




 Honorable Mentions:



 All of these were books I really LOVED! (Except the Tiger's Curse, which was just okay) Does this indicate that awesome covers, often have awesome stories? Yes, yes it does!!!
So tell me, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE COVERS????