Monday, December 30, 2013

On My Wishlist (58)

Back from hiatus! In On My Wishlist I spotlight books that I'm really looking forward to. I know there's a meme Waiting on Wednesday and there even are others, but I'm going to rebel and do it how I want it (hehe). I'll feature the synopsis as posted on Goodreads and put a linkie to the Goodreads page of the book. This week: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han.



To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Expected publication date: April 22nd, 2014

Synopsis
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Goodreads page

The sound of this book ZOMG give it to me now! I loved the first two books in the Summer series (I'm pretending the third book didn't exist) and I really like the sound of this book. It sounds so cute and aahhhh I just want it now *pouts*


Monday, December 23, 2013

On My Wishlist (57)

Back from hiatus! In On My Wishlist I spotlight books that I'm really looking forward to. I know there's a meme Waiting on Wednesday and there even are others, but I'm going to rebel and do it how I want it (hehe). I'll feature the synopsis as posted on Goodreads and put a linkie to the Goodreads page of the book. This week: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.



Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Publication date: November 6th, 2012

Synopsis
Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Goodreads page

While Daughter of Smoke and Bone wasn't exactly as mind-blowing as I expected it to be, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and to be honest, the ending leaves me hanging a bit there. I'm curious to dive deeper into this world, because I always love a good war. I'm hoping there will be more of a connection between Akiva and Karou, because I missed that in the first book, but the whole idea behind this world and how it works makes up for that. I'm excited!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

On My Wishlist (56)

Back from hiatus! In On My Wishlist I spotlight books that I'm really looking forward to. I know there's a meme Waiting on Wednesday and there even are others, but I'm going to rebel and do it how I want it (hehe). I'll feature the synopsis as posted on Goodreads and put a linkie to the Goodreads page of the book. This week: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco.



Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Expected publication date: August 2014

Synopsis
Who could tell the origin stories of the gods of Olympus better than a modern-day demigod? Percy Jackson provides an insider's view with plenty of 'tude in this illustrated collection.

So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."

Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining.

Goodreads page

The thing about this book that makes me most excited (besides PERCY of course) is the fact that this book will have full-colour illustrations by John Rocco. WHEEEEE! I love his cover art for the books and whoaaaa to find that inside this book will be even more amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book, but unfortunately I'll have to wait until August.. Maybe make it a birthday present for myself? :)


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Get Read-y for 2014: First Check-in!


Today marks December 15th, which means we're halfway through the month and Get Read-y -- so it's time for a check-in! Unsure of what this whole Get Read-y thing is? Check out the kick-off post for more information. Basically, we read as much as we can to get read-y for 2014. Simple!

How did you guys do? Did you manage to get some books read? Or maybe even a lot? Feel free to use the linky thing at the bottom of this post to link your progress post(s) or even reviews if you've already reviewed them :)


My progress
I've been doing pretty darn awesome if I may say so myself! I finished four books and started a new one from my TBR pile for this month.

So far I've read:
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
2. Missing Ellen by Natasha Mac a'Bhaird
3. The Night Itself by ZoĆ« Marriott
4. A Dark Inheritance by Chris d'Lacey

And I've started Avalon by Mindee Arnett, but I haven't got very far into that one yet (11%).

This may not sound like a lot of books but it's already double the amount of books I read in November lol!


So how did you guys do? I'm very curious to see your progress so please let me know!



Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee


Angelfall by Susan Ee
Published: May 23rd, 2013 (Hodder and Stoughton)
Pages: 325
Source: bought
Series: Penryn and the End of Days, #1
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★★☆


It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...

Thanks to Debby's book pushing practices my expectations for this book were sky-high*. If I'm being perfectly honest, that was the reason it was a bit of a letdown for me. As soon as I realised I was projecting impossible expectations on this book, I let it go. And I ended up enjoying Penryn's story a whole lot.

While I enjoyed the first half of the book, I felt disappointment because I was expecting so much more. So I put it aside for a couple of days so everything could settle and I adjusted my expectations from expecting something mind-blowing to expecting something enjoyable. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

Let me just say that the idea of an angel apocalypse is fascinating to me. I loved this idea. Not another nuclear disaster or war or alien invasion to start the end of the world. No, I really liked this. Angels are supposed to be good and pure and it was nice to see how this was worked into the story. The different personalities in the angels we saw in this book was interesting.. I hope Susan Ee will explore that a bit more in the sequel as well.

The last 50 pages or so really made up for the first however chapters I read while I was let down a bit. I loved how action packed it was, how much was happening, and how much the characters were developing. I particularly enjoyed the development of Penryn's hate-relationship with Raffe but then again, I'm a sucker for hate-love-relationships *shrugs*.

Having said that, I probably won't have to tell you that I will definitely be reading book two, but I'm going to anyway. I've already ordered it and I'm very curious to find out what's next after THAT ENDING. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to post by the mailbox until my copy of World After arrives..


* No hard feelings, Debby ;-) Keep pushing them books!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris [audio]


Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Published: April 24th, 2012 (Balzer + Bray)
Narrator: Katie Schorr
Source: bought
Series: Unraveling, #1
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★★☆


Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

I'm not entirely sure how I should write my review after reading the awesomeness and agony that was the ending.. Right at the last minute, my heart was stamped on. And now I'm left hanging..

The thing with this book that really stood out to me was the way the world was built and the idea of more than one universe existing. I really liked the way this was incorporated in the story and most of all I liked the surprise elements that Norris managed to fit into the story.

The chemistry between Ben and Jenelle was fantastic. I absolutely loved their interaction, conversations and just in general how they were together. Since I've listened to this book on audiobook, it may not have been as obvious as it was when you read the book, but I think Katie Schorr did an excellent job of narrating this story. She managed to get the story across in a way that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The story is quite fast-paced, with lots of things happening. Everything entwined during the buildup of the plot and I really enjoyed that. I also liked the idea of the countdown that had been incorporated throughout all the chapters -- it really added to the haunted vibe Jenelle must have been feeling while everything was unraveling around her.

The ending led up quite nicely for the sequel, which I will be purchasing in the near future. Because honestly, does she expect me to be able to wait after that ending?! Just thinking about it makes me sad. Sigh.. But I'll definitely be picking up the next book! I need to know moar!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Haul (80) - The Digital Edition

It is time for a book haul of epic proportions! I went on Edelweiss this week and I may or may not have gone a little crazy on there, resulting in a ton beautiful books on my Kindle. I'm very excited to read all of them and cannot wait to dig in. For more info about the book, simply click the title to go to Goodreads.

















Whew! That's quite the list, huh? Big thank you to Harper, EgmontUSA and Janet Gurtler for these gorgeous galleys! 


Monday, December 9, 2013

On My Wishlist (55)

Back from hiatus! In On My Wishlist I spotlight books that I'm really looking forward to. I know there's a meme Waiting on Wednesday and there even are others, but I'm going to rebel and do it how I want it (hehe). I'll feature the synopsis as posted on Goodreads and put a linkie to the Goodreads page of the book. This week: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King.



Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Publication date: October 23rd, 2012

Synopsis
Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better.

Goodreads page

A couple of months ago I picked Please Ignore Vera Dietz up off my shelf and I ended up loving it. I love these gritty, realistic and intense feeling stories and it made me hungry for more. I love the sound of this story and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy to find out if I will like it as much as I did with my previous King book.



Saturday, December 7, 2013

Get Read-y: Readathon Time!


Welcome to the first readathon weekend of Get Read-y! Unsure of what this whole Get Read-y thing is? Check out the kick-off post for more information. Basically, we read as much as we can to get read-y for 2014. Simple! Hopefully this weekend we can make a dent in that TBR with the first out of two readathons.

There are no rules; just read and read and read! Feel free to tweet about your progress using the hasthags #readyathon for the readathon and #getready2014 for the main event.


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I'm just gonna steal this post a little bit to list my own goal for this weekend: I want to finish 3 books. One of them I've already started, so hopefully that'll be a quick goal to reach :) I'm behind on my reading and still have to read 9 books to be able to read 75 books in 2013. With December being as busy as it is and me being ill that's gonna be a challenge, but I'm determined to kick this challenge's arse!


Good luck everyone! Feel free to link your readathon posts in the comments, I'd love to check them out :)

Happy reading!



Friday, December 6, 2013

October and November 2013 Wrap Up


Since I read so few books in October, I've decided to combine October and November in this wrap up. Here's what happened on the blog!


Books read
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon



Book of the month

Sooooo this was a really hard decision. I read so many awesome books in the past two months! I know 6 books isn't much, but since 5 of them were amazing.. I'm gonna go with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, even though Alina took the wrong ship. I want to know what happens next! So many feels! Close, very close, second is A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger because Kody once again broke my heart.


Books not yet finished
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Missing Ellen by Natasha Mac a'Bhaird
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (re-read)
The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (audio)


Reviews written
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Fractured by Teri Terry
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston


Other posts written
September Wrap Up
On My Wishlist (46)
Back to the Series (1)
On My Wishlist (47)
On My Wishlist (48)
On My Wishlist (49)
On My Wishlist (50)
Announcing Get Read-y for 2014
On My Wishlist (51)
On My Wishlist (52)
On My Wishlist (53)



So this will be painful.. I already changed my Goodreads reading goal for 2013 from 90 to 75, and it's making me sad. Anyhoo, in these two months I've read 6 books and started a handful more. This equals 2,278 pages which makes a grand total of 19,895 pages read so far in 2013. I'm assuming I won't make it to 25,000 pages this year *snort* well, at least I'll definitely reach 20k pages! #glasshalffull


That's it for October and November! Have you read any of the books mentioned?


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Get Read-y for 2014: My reading pile


Get Read-y is on its way and even though I've been feeling ill since December has started, I managed to make a list of the books I want to read this month in between coughing fits. So here's my list of 9 books I want to read this month -- 3 of them I've already started. Here we go!









Yes, Debby, I plan to read Stormdancer this month. Perhaps I shall do that in secret.. *evil laughter*


And because I love lists, here's a list of the books I plan to read with links going to Goodreads:
- Avalon by Mindee Arnett
- A Dark Inheritance by Chris d'Lacey
- Fragments by Dan Wells
- Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- Her Dark Curiosity by Meghan Shepherd
- Missing Ellen by Natasha Mac a'Bhaird (started)
- Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
- The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter (started)
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (started)


Which books do you plan to read this month?


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King


Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Published: April 10th, 2010 (Ember)
Pages: 326
Source: bought
Series: none
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★★☆ ½


Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?


Sometimes I just really need to read a book that is mostly or purely character driven. In terms of events in this book, there isn't that much happening. Sure, there are things hiding underneath the surface, but nothing major is witnessed during the span of this novel. Vera is trying to come to terms with her best friend's death and what happened to lead up to his passing. While this may sound a bit odd and quite possibly a bit morbid, I loved experiencing Vera's grief. It was so heart-felt and realistically and well-written that I felt like I was experiencing it with her.

Even though the rational part in your brain tells you that you should under no circumstances like Charlie, you can't help but do exactly that. Somehow, you feel what Vera feels and that is exactly the magic I felt while reading this book. It's not that Charlie is such a massive douchebag when you compare him to other male characters in books, but you know what liking him isn't right when you see how he treated Vera at points.

The writing in this book is magnificent. This was my first A.S. King book and I know that it will definitely not be my last. A.S. King does not tell you what to think or feel, you are made to actually experience those feelings and to convey that with words is difficult, but Please Ignore Vera Dietz really hit all the right buttons with that.

The book has a bit of a slow start, but it's a bit like a diesel.. Once it gets going, it really gets going. It's taking you on a rollercoaster of feels. And you're going to enjoy it.

While I was writing this review, I was looking at the rating I wrote down for it and got confused a bit. Surely I should rate it higher than four stars if it resonated this much with me? So I upped it to 4.5 stars. The reason this isn't a 5 star book for me, even though it was magnificent, is that some of Vera's decisions were so, well, stupid. While I understand that she is overtaken by grief and all other feelings, some of her decisions didn't make sense at all and that didn't sit well with me. Yes, I am aware that I am nitpicking here.

Having said all that, everything else in this book was fantastic and I really think you should read it. Right now.


Monday, December 2, 2013

On My Wishlist (54)

Back from hiatus! In On My Wishlist I spotlight books that I'm really looking forward to. I know there's a meme Waiting on Wednesday and there even are others, but I'm going to rebel and do it how I want it (hehe). I'll feature the synopsis as posted on Goodreads and put a linkie to the Goodreads page of the book. This week: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.



Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publication date: September 10th, 2013

Synopsis
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Goodreads page

So I actually read Eleanor and Park a little while ago and Rainbow pretty much ripped my heart out, tore it to pieces and stomped on it before putting it back. All in a good way, of course. The book gave me so many feels, it was ridiculous. Rainbow has the ability to suck you in, to make you feel all the feels and live through everything the characters go through. Like, wowza. Anyhoo, this isn't about Eleanor and Park (though I still think you should definitely read it like right now), this is about how excited I am to pick up Fangirl. I need more of Rainbow's writing so I cannot wait to get my grabby little hands on this book. Soon, my precious.. Soon. *wrings hands*


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Get Read-y for 2014: The Kick-Off!


Welcome to the kick-off for Get Read-y for 2014! During the month of December we read as many books as we can to get ready for 2014 and all the shiny new books the new year will bring us. For more information, please check out the Announcement post.

How it works
Read as many books as you can to clear your TBR for 2014. Easypeasy. There are no requirements for the books you can read, just that they are on your current TBR. You can track it by making a list in your kick-off post, making a shelf on Goodreads, or just tweeting about it. This is not a competition; it is a way to help you make room for more pretties, because we always want more books. This is just a way to get some of them read.. Hopefully.

If you use twitter to track your progress, please use the hashtag #getready2014 so I can see how you guys are doing and cheer you on!

The calendar
Because the focus is on reading books, there won't be many set events during the month. There will be a check-in on the 15th and the 31th so you guys can link up your progress, or maybe even reviews if you're more productive in that area than I am, LOL. Besides that, there will be two readathons, both covering an entire weekend:

December 7th - 8th -- 48 hour readathon
December 28th - 29th -- 48 hour readathon

There will be some mini challenges during the month, but I don't want the focus to be on that -- it's extra. This month isn't a competition of who reads the most, but of course you are encouraged to read a bazillion books if you want to!


The administration
Signing up for Get Read-y can be done by filling in the linky at the bottom of this post. It asks for a link -- if you don't have a blog, just use your Goodreads, Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter account, whichever you'll use to track your progress. Please use that as well to post your sign-up posts: I'd love to see what your goals are!

Feel free to share this post -- the more, the merrier!

If you have a blog, you can add a button to show you're joining in. Please save this to your computer instead of hotlinking :)



Questions?
If you have any questions, please ask me! I hope you'll join me in cleaning out the TBR a little -- 2014 looks like it'll bring us a ton of awesome books.

Feel free to leave links to your reading lists, kick-off posts and the like in the comments below!

Enough talking, let's get reading. We can do this!





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