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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke & the Bookish
Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

These were some of the first books I read. Most of them are one star. Painful to get through in different ways

Amy and Isabelle
Emily and Isabelle
Elizabeth Strout
My aunt gave me this book to read for class because her name is Amy and her daughter is Isabelle. She loved it. I didnt. The synopsis for this book should be "Like Mother Like Daughter and Karma is a Bitch"

Blue is for Nightmares (Blue is for Nightmares, #1)
Blue is for Nightmares
Laurie Faria Stolarz
I didnt care for this too much. I almost DNF this but my roommate made me finish it. I even read the following two books but they didnt get anything other than a one star from me.

Malinda Lo
Not my style. I couldnt relate to the characters very well. DNF at page 80.

Cum Laude
Cum Laude
Cecily Von Ziegsar
The MC was too stupid most of the time to connect and relate to her. She drove me mad. I DNF at page 210.

Dead to You
Dead to You
Lisa McMann
Worst book written by Lisa McMann. All you have to do is read the last 15 pages to find out what happens. Not worth the read.

The Devouring (The Devouring, #1)
The Devouring
Simon Holt
I DNF at page 88. The writing was confusing. The plot was all over the place.

R. A. Nelson
This is the worst vampire book I have ever read. I actually fell asleep to this. I DNF at page 122.

Leah Bobet
I couldnt get through the dialogue. DNF at page 46.

Matched (Matched, #1)
Ally Condie
When the Grandfather was forced to die I couldnt take it anymore. This book came out on my Birthday so I preordered it and it arrived the day before release date. I was really sad I didnt like it. I swapped it for a copy of "She's the Man"...I love that movie.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
Across the Universe
Beth Revis
I loved this book but it totally creeped me out. So many twist plots and I didnt see any of it coming. The writing was fabulous but I almost DNF it because it was so intense. Glad I did though. But the second book was harder to get into and I still have yet to read the third.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Bookshelf Tag

I saw this and really wanted to do it. Not sure who created it. 
Here we go:

1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven't because you know it'll make you cry?

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3) 

its the last book in the trilogy and I dont want it to end!

2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

Lightspeed Magazine, January 2014 by John Joseph Adams 

Lightspeed Magazine introduced me to short stories. I loved Beth Revis's The Turing Test.

3. Find a book that you want to reread.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

4. Is there a book series you read but wish you hadn't?

Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, #1)

5. If your house were burning down and all your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back in and save?

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Altered (Altered, #1)

6. Is there one book on your shelf that brings back fond memories?

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)

I read this in one sitting the day I moved into my new house in a new city. I read this on my brand new matress which was the only thing in my bedroom at the time. For some reason I have a fondness for move in day. Its been four years since Ive read this book and I remember the plot well.

7. Find a book that has inspired you the most.

Savannah Grey

This was my first ever requested YA ARC I received from a publisher. Receiving this book has given me hope to request more.  

8. Do you have any autographed books?

I have a Kindle with over 56 signatures and I have over 50 autographed YA books.

My Kindle Keyboard

Veronica Roth, Simone Elkeles, Rae Carson, Laura Bickle, Elizabeth Norris, Lauren Oliver, Aprilynne Pike, Bethany Griffin, susane Colasanti, Geoffrey Girard, Denise Verrico, Ellen Hopkins, A.S. King, Althea Kontis, Neal Shusterman, Jay Asher and more.

Dan Krokos, Lisa McMann, Tess Sharpe, Marissa Meyer, Cecil Castellucci, Andrea Cremer, Alexandra Bracken, Cristin Terrill, Robin LaFevers, Andrew Smith, Mindy McGinnis

Left Side: Liz Coley, Mindee Arnett, Colleen Clayton, Kristina McBride, Megan Miranda, Laurie Halse Anderson, Marie Rutkoski, Laurie Stolarz, Andrew Fukuda, David Leviathan, Kevin Emerson

Right Side: Lauren Myracle, Nancy Ohlin, Amber Lough, Michelle Madow

Jennifer Brody, Joelle Charbonneau, Meagan Spooner, Rae Carson, E. Lockhart, Alex London and Paolo Bacigalupi 

9. Find the book that you've owned the longest?

Dracula in Love

10. Is there a book by an author you never imagined you'd read and enjoy?

The Opposite of Maybe

This book introduced me up to Woman's Fiction. That being said, I really have to find the plot interesting to want to read it but I finally found a genre other than YA in which I can admit to like. 

So what do you think? Have you met any of the authors I have? Please share :)

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Between the Stars and Sky Releases Today!


A note from the author: I'm so excited for BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY to finally be released. This book is... different for me. First, it's a contemporary story. It's real. It could happen. Writing something like that was so different for me I wasn't sure if I could do it. But then I found these characters, and in Jackson and Sarah I found a place where I loved to write. Second, this story. THIS STORY. I didn't think I would get through it. It's one of those stories that is so big and so small and so delicate and so IN YOUR FACE lovely and scary and sad and happy that I wasn't sure I could make it through this book alive. But again, THESE CHARACTERS. I love them. And I love this story. It's a minimalistic story, so there is very little filler. Just words that mean something. To Jackson, the main character, this is important. I took what was important to the characters and reflected that in the way I told the story. This isn't a long story, but it is a big one. Complete with a crazy, scary dare, a secret game. A test of bravery. A love story. Kisses. Betrayals. First loves. Second loves. Diverse loves. All kinds of loves. Life and death. Fear and not. And in the end, I'm not sure if this story wrote me, or I wrote it. I guess you'll find out. :)

If you have questions about the content of this story, READ HERE.

"Between the Stars and Sky
 is a vivid contemporary novel from Young Adult author David James. Lyrical and deeply romantic, Between the Stars and Sky is a poetic and heart-stopping read for fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and E. Lockhart.

 In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again. But there is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the Firelight Fall. A secret game. A legendary lie. A test of bravery. Those who fall risk everything, and Jackson is on the edge. Until he meets a girl who pushes him over. For Jackson, falling for Sarah Blake might be as dangerous as jumping in the Firelight Fall. As summer burns away, Jackson and Sarah ignite an unstoppable love game. For her, his heart is on fire. And soon, Sarah shows him life, saves him from loss, and opens his heart to an infinite and wild love found between the stars and sky."

 David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, SHADES OF THE STARS, was released July 2013, and includes the exclusive novella, THE ENCHANTER'S FIRE. The final book in the duet, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2015. BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is his first contemporary novel for young adults. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. David enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Also, hipster glasses!



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #4

Stacking the Shelves

My second Stacking the Shelves post. 
Hosted by Tynga's Review's.
September 16th-28th
*Met the author in person
#Featured in Top Ten Tuesday

Books I borrowed, traded, bought, given will be posted biweekly.

From the Library:

My Faire LadyThe Falconer (The Falconer, #1)The Stepsister's Tale

Traded Through YABE:

Not Shown:

ARC Something Red by Douglas Nicholas
ARC The Magician's Tower by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
PB Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter
PB Septimus Heap Magyk by Angie Sage
PB Septimus Heap Flyte by Angie Sage
e-book Pan's Revenge by Anna Katmore
e-book Languish by Alyxandria Harvey
e-book From Gods by Mary Ting 

Given To Review:

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't FlyAlthea & OliverCatch Me When I Fall (Dreamcatcher #1)
God's PlayFirst Day on EarthThe Walled City

Upcoming Blog Tours:

Between the Stars and SkyThe Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld, #2)The Gathering Darkness


The Top are all Hardcover purchases and the Bottom (Excluding Push) are ebook

Not Shown:

e-book Spark by Brigid Kremmer
e-book Spirit by Brigid Kremmer
e-book Secret by Brigid Kremmer
e-book Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis
Hardcover Starling by Lesley Livingston
Hardcover Towering by Alex Flinn
Hardcover Parallel by Lauren Miller
Hardcover Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Hardcover Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
Hardcover Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan*
Paperback Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt  
Paperback The Lair by Emily McKay



Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)Wolfsbane (Nightshade, #2)Bloodrose (Nightshade, #3)Snakeroot (Nightshade Legacy, #1)

I had them autographed

Swag and Goodies:

This Lovely was purchased from Becca @ Pivot Book Reviews 

I received swag of and from:

Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow
Mix it Up Chronicle Publisher
Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich
Batman from The Learned Owl Bookstore

What do you think? Share your posts and thoughts!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The 100: Day 21

Day 21 (The Hundred, #2)
ISBN: 978-0316234559
September 16, 2014
Amazon Link
 * I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Morgan picks up right where she left off in The 100. Bellamy will stop at nothing to find his sister Octavia. They've been on land now for 21 days and they arent alone. When Clarke and Bellamy search for Octavia, things take a turn for the worse. Clarke seems to be the only one to connect with the "Grounders" to get answers which only leads to more questions. How far they willing to go to save Octavia and what if its already too late?

It has been over a year since I read the first book, The 100. I thought it would be difficult to get back into because I have read so many books in between, but I had no problem. Morgan does an excellent job recapturing elements from the first book. That being said, I am a big fan of the CW TV show. I've seen every episode and there are plenty of differences between the show and book to be confusing but it really wasnt. Reading Day 21, I pictured several different episodes from the first season. There are slight differences here in there with cast and character names but the hardships they face and the people they meet are very similar to the show. Reading this book is like re-watching the season from a different director.

Overall, I enjoyed book two more than the first. The writing style improved and there was more action, drama and hardships and less romance. I dont think trilogy needs romance however for Glass, it works. Also, Bellamy isnt a huge douche as he was in book one. Of all the characters, he's my least favorite and I want him to die. I'm still not a huge fan of the four points of view and would like to see at least one these characters die off in the third. (Is that bad :o) To be honest, I wasnt going to read Day 21 but I would watch the show instead. I'm glad I gave this a chance I am really interested to see direction this series will go.

have you read Day 21? What did you think of it? comment below!

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