Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #12)

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

Top Ten: ( in no particular order)


Since my collection isn't that big, I don't have many options for this post being that I am a college student with very little extra cash to buy books.... But that aside here are the authors! :)

1. Christopher Pike
 2. J.K. Rowling
3.Stephenie Meyer
4. Rick Riordan
 
5.Cassandra Clare
6. Richelle Mead
7. Scott Westerfeld
8. Sarah Dessen
9. Meg Cabot
10. Sophie Kinsella

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #11)



 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is:


Author(s): Chris Weitz
Series: The Young World Trilogy, #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication: July 29, 2014
Buy Now!: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
 Goodreads Blurb:
After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #11)

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island 

Top Ten: ( in no particular order)


I feel that all of these characters would benefit me in some way if I would ever get stuck on a deserted island with 10 other people. I would definitely want those people to be these people!


Rose Hathaway
Who wouldn't want Rose on their team when they get stranded on a deserted island? She's a kick ass trained fighter and protector.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6tQzyjgFy1g/TtLlbUW5CuI/AAAAAAAAAcE/OW6fM-SQptE/s1600/team+juliette.jpg 
Juliette Ferrars
 Now although she can't touch us, I feel that she would be valuable to our defense. Say some unwanted, dangerous people come for whatever reason, we definitely need someone with some unexpected power on our side! The element of surprise is our goal!


 Tessa Gray
Tessa's pretty smart so maybe she could be helpful on this deserted island. I'm assuming that we could use her warlock skills in some way to help the group and ensuring our survival.



 Tris Prior
Tris is definitely someone you could use as an asset to help you out if you get stranded on a deserted island.

  
Katniss Everdeen
Katniss is the Queen of the Bow and Arrow. For food, she will be very valuable in feeding all of us.

 
Ze'ev "Z" Kesley (Wolf)
I also feel that Wolf would be helpful in bringing in food and providing that needed man power for possibly building shelter.

 
 Tobias Eaton (Four)
 I'm thinking Four could help Wolf with the essential manly tasks.... as well as just being Four.


Hermione Granger
The ultimate best friend.....plus she's ridiculously smart.....plus she's a wizard.... and she could definitely help with simple spells to cook food or make fires, etc. Maybe even figure out some way to send for help.


 William Herondale
It's Will Herondale....umm...so... I mean ...yeah....okay...

 
Magnus Bane
Magnus could use his magical warlock skills to possibly bring us help or conjour up us a way to leave the island...or at least to help make life easier on the island. With both he and Hermione we should manage!

*****
Which characters would you want to be with you on a deserted island? 
Comment and let me know!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekly Reading Update (WRU, #7)

Currently I am still reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare; I never got back to it, but hopefully this next week I'll make more progress. I also finished The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau as well as The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Lastly I just started Uninvited by Sophie Jordan today. Hopefully I'll be able to finish all of these this week!


City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

  City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)


Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: Chapter 5
Acquired: Ebook
Published: 2008


***No Goodreads Blurb to avoid any spoilers since this is the 2nd in the series.***



The Testing (The Testing, #1)

  The Testing (The Testing, #1)


Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Pages: 336
Acquired: Library
Published: 2013
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Blurb:
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.



The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

  The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)


Author: Rae Carson
Pages: 423
Acquired: Library
Published: 2011
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Blurb:
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.



Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)

  Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)


Author: Sophie Jordan
Pages: Currently reading page 30 of 384
Acquired: Library
Published: 2014


Goodreads Blurb:
The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

***** 
Tell me what you're currently reading or what you've read this week!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #10)



 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is:


Author(s): Stephanie Diaz
Series: Extraction, #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication: July 22, 2014
 Goodreads Blurb:
"Welcome to Extraction testing."

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don't want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender's Game and leave them breathless for more.

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #10)


 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top Ten Favorite TV Shows



1. Vampire Diaries
 Vampire Diaries is one of those shows that I started watching on Netflix one day just to see what all the hype was about and now I am completely addicted to watching it. I much prefer to marathon the seasons and episodes on Netflix rather than watching it on tv so I don't have to wait for the next episode. I currently have about 4 episodes left on Netflix and I'm stretching them as long as I can!

2. Orange is the New Black
Along those same lines, I checked out OITNB after all the hype surrounding the first season and I find it to be really addicting. I have 3 episodes left of the second season! :(

3. Ugly Betty
This was a completely random watch for me. I just decided to check it out one day when I was bored and looking for new tv shows to marathon. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was and I'm currently on the 2nd season.

4. New Girl
I LOVE this show! I found it on Netflix earlier this year and watched all the seasons available in a week. I'm impatiently waiting for new episodes to appear on Netflix because this show is sooo funny and entertaining to watch.

5.Orphan Black
I am SOOO addicted to this show. The suspense and action is crazy and keeps you glued to the screen waiting to see what happens next. It is not on Netflix and the 2nd season started in March so I am forced to watch the new episodes as they are aired on tv but it is completely worth it and addicting.
 
6. Don't Trust the B**** in Apt. 23
This tv show is another one like Ugly Betty that I decided to try out on a whim and I really like it. I also, like some of my other shows, only have a couple more episodes to watch on Netflix so that sucks, but I am still enjoying the show nonetheless.

7. Pretty Little Liars
Of course this is on my list and almost everybody's list haha. I am pretty behind on the seasons and episodes but recently I got back into watching it when I found out what happened in the later seasons. I stopped originally because it was starting to bore me with how long it was taking to find out who A was, but now things have picked up again and I'm interested to see what is in store for the latest season.

8. Freaks & Geeks
This was one of those unlikely discoveries that I made while at school my junior year. My sociology teacher introduced us to it one rainy day to pass the time and everyone, including myself, fell in love with it! We literally asked everyday when we could watch it next because it was just that funny and entertaining to watch.

Literally Just Started These So I Decided to Include Them Since I Needed Two More :)

9. Once
10. Supernatural

Both seem pretty interesting so far so I am excited to continue watching them on Netflix!

What are some of your top TV Shows/Movies?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Frozen


 Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)

 Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Heart of Dread, #1
Pages: 336
Challenge: Goodreads Challenge 2014, 2014 Book Bingo Challenge
Genre: Paranormal/ Fantasy
Acquired: Library
Rating: ★★★


*****

Goodreads Summary:

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

  *****

 My Thoughts:

Frozen follows Nat, a blackjack dealer, with a very interesting past and a couple of dangerous secrets. When she hears of the "the Blue", a place of freedom and safe haven where she won't be persecuted by her secrets when and if they come to light. She soon sets off on a journey with a boy named Wes and his band of misfits who promise to get her to "the Blue".

I really liked Nat's character and her secrets even more. She was easy to connect to with her strong demeanor and determined nature. I also thought the supporting characters were interesting and enjoyable as well. The problems the characters faced were believable for their specific storyline, and I loved the fantasy aspects throughout the novel and the mix of magical elements, pirates, "the Blue", and the other intriguing people and creatures we met along the way.

I enjoyed reading the book and seeing Nat's transformation and evolution from a scared yet determined girl with a huge secret into a key figure with extreme importance to the storyline as the book progressed. Was the book different from what I expect? Yes actually! I was pleasantly surprised with the plot and its originality. I haven't read a book like it and it was refreshing. Really liked the fantasy and magical elements and how they balanced each other out in the novel.

My favorite scene was the ending scene as well as the pirate showdown. I liked learning more about the characters and finding out more about their stories. I least liked the romance between Nat and Wes. I felt that it seemed a little forced and wasn't needed or necessary to the story. I feel that more and more recently authors are including romances in their stories possibly because they feel that there should be one.... they are not always necessary and as a reader I don't mind reading a novel without a romance especially if it isn't needed.

I found the plot to be new and interesting and different from what I've read recently and I think that's why I liked it and really enjoyed reading it. For the most I was kept guessing but some events I could easily pinpoint what was coming before it happened, but otherwise the story didn't bother me much. The ending was pretty good and was a nice wrap to this installment and I will check out the next book when it comes out.

I rate the cover 7/10 and give the story a 4/5 stars. I would recommend this to those looking for a action-packed and different story in the fantasy genre.

*****

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #9)



 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is:


Author(s): Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles, #1
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication: July 15, 2014
 Goodreads Blurb:
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #9)


 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top Ten Blogging/Bookish Confessions

1. I suck at reading my own books. For some reason I neglect them because I feel that I will always have them so I can read them later... or not in my case. My ratio is probably along the lines of reading 1 of my books to every 10 library books I check out.

2.Along those same lines, I check out way more library books than I need or can read at a time. With me being a college student I don't have all the funds to buy ALL OF THE BOOKS... or really any of the books so the library has been my long lost friend recently. 

3.Writing reviews.... oh... that's a thing? I completely fail at this. I will read 4 books before I get the urge to write even one review of the ones I have read recently. I have always been more of a talker than a writer so writing reviews tends to get pushed to the side.

4.Classics! I've always been the person to want to read more classics....but the actual reading of the classics hardly ever is attempted. More recent or newly released books with tons of hype get more of my attention.

5.Now with the same theme, "YA Classics". Those books that everyone and their granny has read but I am still on the first book. To name a few... Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the Uglies, TMI and a couple more.

6.I am a terrible series finisher! I have more than enough series where I only have the last book or last two in a longer series that I have to finish. I think it's my fear of the story not concluding like I would like it to.... Mockingjay...(cough)... Allegiant.... (cough cough). I really don't like to be disappointed or left on a less than perfect note so I tend to not finish to prevent this.

7.I tend to get behind on the reading a book and then going to see the movie adaptation. For example, Perks of Being a Wallflower, TFIOS, and a couple others. It's not that I don't want to see the movies, I just haven't gotten to the book yet and by the time I do the hype and excitement for the book has passed. The one exception where I cheated is with Harry Potter and those movies... opps. :)

8.My reading goals progress is laughable... seriously. Every year I make specific goals that I want to try to complete and every year I seem to get worse at completing them. Goodreads, 2014 Challenges, Personal reading goals. I have a couple ideas to help this like Reading Sprints, Joining book clubs, and possibly buddy reads. Maybe these will give me the motivation I seem to need to actually complete all my challenges this year... also less Netflix could help!

9.I seem to be partial to almost every genre EXCEPT contemporary! The amount of contemporary books I've read can be counted on my hands. It's that bad. But I actually don't mind contemporary books, I just seem to go for the books with more action in them than a contemporary with a cute romance. But I am planning to read more contemporary! Any suggestions?

10.Lastly, I am a booktube/book blogger stalker...not really but kind of. I really need to be more active on the blogs or channels I visit. I tend to read and go or watch and go, and I really should like or comment more often than I do. Leave some of your favorite bloggers/booktubers in the comments and I'll be sure to check them out!

What are some of your Blogging/Bookish Confessions?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Miss Match (Lauren Holbrook, #1)


 Miss Match (Lauren Holbrook, #1)

 Author: Erynn Mangum
Series: Lauren Holbrook, #1
Pages: 365
Challenge: Goodreads Challenge 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Acquired: Library
Rating: ★★★


*****

Goodreads Summary:

Lauren Holbrook has found her life's calling: matchmaking for the romantically challenged. And with the eclectic cast of characters in her world, there's tons of potential to play "connect the friends."Lauren sets out to introduce Nick, her carefree singles' pastor, to Ruby, her neurotic coworker who plans every second of every day. What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything.
  *****

 My Thoughts:

Miss Match follows Lauren Holbrook on her journeys to wed off all her friends. She, however, wants nothing to do with marriage but prides herself on setting up everyone she knows with their perfect match. Lauren is a cool character who works at a photography studio that her childhood bestfriend Brandon has now acquired from his father. She is very spontaneous and lively as a character and I connected with her the most. I related to her and also shared her love of drinking coffee and devouring virtually almost anything covered in chocolate, which was a bonus!

As far as other interesting characters, Lauren's sisters  as well as Brandon had frequent appearances throughout the book and I liked that aspect because it really put emphasis on the importance of family and friendship within the book.

Also the problems that Lauren faced with setting up some of her friends were realistic and believable with made the story that much more interesting. I also liked the Lauren had a small character change later in the novel as she evaluated her views on life and what was best for her.

Was this different than what I expected?  No not really. I specifically picked this up from the library because I wanted a light  chick-lit book to read so this was exactly what I wanted to read that the moment. My favorite scene was the "pact" that Lauren and Ryan made. It was interesting to see where it went and how it affected the two of them. I liked Lauren's character most as well as her and Brandon's cute friendship. It just goes to show that some friends will always be there with you even as you transition into adulthood. What I liked least was the lack of an interesting or surprising storyline. It was a bit boring in some parts. I didn't expect this book to be full of action and adventure or anything but I still found myself wanting a little more from the story.

With the ending, I thought it fit the book well and was a good conclusion to this book and I look forward to continuing on with the story in the future. Cover gets a 3/10 from me, it's not very eye-catching or appealing and I rate the book 3/5 as a whole. I would recommend this to someone looking for a laid back read and isn't expecting much from the story other than a light, enjoyable read. I think this would be a perfect winter read or even a beach read.

*****

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #8)



 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is:


Author(s): Livia Blackburne
Series: Midnight Thief, #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication: July 8, 2014
 Goodreads Blurb:
Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #8)

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top Ten Classics I Want to Read

Top Ten: ( in no particular order)


These are some of the classics that I hope to read someday! All of these stories interest me in one way or another and I plan to read them in the near future.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories
 
*****
What are some classics you want to read? 
Comment and let me know!!