Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012

TTT again hosted by the broke and the bookish. today is: Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012

1. heather dixon- enchanted

2. jhumpa lahiri- interpreter of maladies

3. carrie ryan-  forest of hands and teeth

4. kami garcia and margaret stohl- beautiful creatures 

5. anna banks- of posidon

6. marissa meyer- cinder

7. cindy pon- silver phoenix 

8. kristen cashore- graceling 

9. laini taylor- daughter of smoke and bone

10. alison goodman- eon

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Review: Divergent series

book: divergent
author: veronica roth
book birthday: may 3, 2011
rating: 3.5 stars

this book was a fun read.  i love the premise and the secrets. tris is such a kick butt character. her conflicting emotions did get annoying sometimes, but thats just part of being human. the book as a whole lived up to the hype.
that being said, the world does have a lot of holes. we dont know how long the society has lived the way it has or why anyone would go against natural instinct and be told that certain personality traits define who they are. at least in hunger games and forest of hands and teeth we get get a time frame of how long they have been living this way and why the teenage generation thinks the way they do.
i guess i wonder what the message is about the divergent. is it good that they are different? i had some issues with the world building, like why every section had to fit stereotypes. dauntless were basically punk, amity hugged people a lot and were kind of the creepy happy, erudite were scholars down to the crisp white shirts tucked into their pants. 
overall i looked forward to reading what would happen next and to knowing where the story was going.

book: insurgent
author: veronica roth
book birthday: may 1, 2012
rating: 2 stars

i hate the ending. yea i understand that its an edge of your seat cliff hanger but seriously??? i feel like roth didnt know where to go with the story and just left it there.
the one thing i love about the book (and reviews i found hate this) is that it picks up directly after divergent ended. i think that it is unique and great for those who could not wait and reread divergent before they bought insurgent.
another thing i didnt like about this book is the romance. why did four and tris have a body crushing kiss every time? and why were there more holes in this book? the way people were acting made me think that everyone can develop and become divergent. 
sympathy for characters was missing for me too. we were introduced to some characters and reintroduced to others and when they died i didnt care.

*spoiler alert*
how did you not know that edward was on the erudite side?!?!?! he wore blue on his patch alllll the time for crying out loud!!!

overall review:
i will read the third book in the series when it comes out. the series is interesting and i do want to know what happens. however i feel like the same dystopian concepts repeated over again. the closed off society to make a better one was very forest of hands and teeth. the factions were like the sections in hunger games with their different functions. the list goes on. im sorry if im harsh, i never really cared for dystopian novels to begin with.
would i own the series? probably not. i'll recommend it to customers who like dystopian action and romance etc.

With my discount...

As you know, I have an employee discount at my store and this happens to be Employee Appreciation weeks. Anyway, however often I buy books I will post what I bought to give you an idea of what I'm reading now or what I'm into aside from the books I get from the library.

Yesterday I bought:

take me there by susane colasanti

winter town by stephen emond

dash and lily's book of dares by rachel cohen and david levithan

entwined by heather dixon

uses of enchantment by bettelheim

walking dead books for the boyfriend

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me

TTT again hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today is: 
Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me 

1. Eloise at Christmastime or Eloise: the Ultimate Collection by Kay Thompson 
2. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
3. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black
4. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
5. The Faery Reel edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
6. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
7. Gigi by Colette
8. Vanity Fair by Thackery 
9. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
10. Pop-up Peter Pan ^_^

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

TTT again hosted by the broke and the bookish . Today is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

1. of triton by anna banks
sequel to of poseidon. no cover or info for this yet.

2. splintered  by a.g. howard

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

3. teeth by hannah moskowitz

A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Break and Gone, Gone, Gone.
Be careful what you believe in.
Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.
Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

4. all i need by susane colasanti

The last night of summer is only the beginning.
Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it's obvious to both of them that this is something real.
But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?
Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

5. out of the easy by ruta sepetys

It’s 1950 and the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets. Seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine, known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute,wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in a police investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.Should she avoid Jesse, the mysterious motorcycle boy? Can she trust Patrick, her best friend at the bookstore? Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

6. scarlet by marissa meyer

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. 

7. just one day by gayle forman

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

8. kindness for weakness by shawn goodman

In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive?

9.  of beast and beauty by stacey jay

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised merely to sacrifice herself someday to ensure her people's vitality. In the desert outside, Gem, a mutant boy, fights to keep his people from starvation. Neither dreams that together they could return balance to their world. Isra, a Smooth Skin, bound by magical covenant to the city of Yuan, wants to help the Banished people of her city, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits the blind princess believes she also possesses. One night, Gem is captured while trying to steal the city's enchanted roses, and he becomes Isra's beastly prisoner from the desert. But when Isra enlists the aid of Gem to help her grow herbs that will prevent mutation, she discovers just how human he is, and she begins to question everything she's been raised to believe. As dark secrets from the past are revealed and Isra's sight returned, she will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

10. strands of bronze and gold by jane nickerson
The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .
When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.
Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.
Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

Monday, November 26, 2012

From the Library (3)

Hello all! i hope your holiday was great and you didnt over eat too much. here is a new list of library books i have recently acquired! ^_^

1. lament by maggie stiefvater
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .
Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

2. ballad by maggie stiefvater
Remember us, so sing the dead, lest we remember you
James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.

3. girls in white dresses by jennifer close
Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working a dead-end job, Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother, and Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar and wondering why she's attracted to the sleazy bartender.
With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering years of early adulthood as she pulls us inside the circle of these friends, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.

4. one day by david nicholls
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

5. divergent by veronica roth
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

6. insurgent by veronica roth
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

7. color of water by kim dong hwa
When Ehwa goes to the town festival, she meets a handsome young wrestler named Duksam who’s eager to catch her eye. After he wins the festival wrestling championship, he and Ehwa begin to meet, sneaking spare moments to be together. But a shadow falls on their romance when Master Cho sends Duksam away and asks for Ehwa’s hand in marriage himself It is then that Ehwa discovers the pain of heartbreak – and that love is always complicated.
In the tradition of My Antonia and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, from the pen of the renowned Korean manwha creator Kim Dong Hwa, comes a trilogy about a girl coming of age, set in the vibrant, beautiful landscape of pastoral Korea.

8. dark and hollow places by carrie ryan
There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For

 Today is TTT hosted by the broke and the bookish. today's topic is: Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For

1. S.E. Hinton- for the outsiders

2. Eva Ibbotson- for writing historical fiction with characters in their late teens and early twenties

3. Holly Black- for writing tithe and other books about faeries

4. Susane Colasanti- for writing romance stories that take place in New York City and for writing from multiple perspectives.

5. Laurie Halse Anderson- for being a fantastic writer and giving us books like catalyst and speak

6. Maggie Steifvater- for basically everything she's written

7. Jessica Day George- for writing sun and moon, ice and snow

8. Edith Pattou- for writing east

9. Jackson Pearce- for her fairy tale twists

10. Melissa Marr- for her faerie stories

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: Kingdom of Xia series by Cindy Pon

title: silver phoenix (kingdom of xia book 1)
author: cindy pon
book birthday: april 17, 2009
rating: 4 stars

this book was a combination of fushigi yugi by yuu watase and graceling by kristen cashore.  ai ling's food cravings and power were like miaka in fushigi yugi but her journey was kind of like katsa's in graceling especially how she runs into cheng young. over all i loved the book. it is something i would have on my shelf. maybe it's because i am obsessed with asian culture. ai ling's story is so unique and cheng po is the perfect love interest. i loved the mystery of the book, it's what kept me going. i just had to know what was going to happen next ^_^

title: fury of the phoenix (kingdom of xia book 2)
author: cindy pon
book birthday: march 10, 2011
rating: 4 stars

i did not feel the fury of the phoenix in this book. i understand everything is explianed in this novel, however i feel like the titles of the books should have been switched. because this one explains the origin of silver phoenix, i think this book should have been titled silver phoenix. in the first book you feel the anger and wrath of silver phoenix so that should have been named fury of the phoenix.
in this book the relationship between cheng young and ai ling grows intense. again i am reminded of the graceling series, but this time it was more like the way that bitterblue explains graceling. it did not bother me so much though. i was totally into the story and origin of silver phoenix. the tension between cheng young and ai ling was great too. it kind of fell apart for me after the first half, but it picked up again.

over all, a very good series i would love to have on my shelves.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

from nanowrimo.org:

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

i am participating this year. my idea is still kind of in progress but i'm writing as ideas come. we'll see how this goes :/ my thing is that i tend to edit as i write. i need to shut that off and just let the story in my mind take its course. wish me luck ^_^

anyone else participating?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Kick-A** Heroines

TTT again hosted by the broke and the bookish. today is: Top Ten Favorite Kick-A** Heroines. since i mostly read YA and it was hard for me to choose, here is my top 11 kick-butt YA heroines.

1. eona from eon and eona by alison goodman

2. rose from east by edith pattou

3. the girl from sun and moon, ice and snow by jessica day george

4. scarlett and rosie from sisters red by jackson pearce

5. mary from forest of hands and teeth by carrie ryan

6. grace from shiver by maggie steifvater

7. suzume from shadows on the moon by zoe marriott

8. katsa from graceling by kristen cashore

9. karou from daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor

10. cinder from cinder by marissa meyer

11. kaye from tithe by holly black

Sunday, October 28, 2012

From the Library (2)

i recently got a nook even though i swore i never would. in my defense, i'm such a library junkie a nook lets me carry multiple library books at once to work ^_^ plus i can get ARCs (score!).

so here is my list of library books i have borrowed for this month. i will not get to write reviews for them all so i have included the blurb from bn.com in case you want to look into them.

1. delirium by lauren oliver
They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

2. shadows on the moon by zoe marriott
 A powerful tale of magic, love, and revenge set in fairy-tale Japan.
Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to re-create herself in any form — a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? Or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or is she Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to use her skills to steal the heart of a prince in a revenge plot to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even the one true aspect of her life- her love for a fellow shadow-weaver.

3. beautiful creatures by kami garcia and margaret stohl
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

4. the juliet club by suzanne harper
Kate Sanderson has been burned by love. From now on, she thinks, I will control my own destiny, and I will be reasoned and rational. But life has other things in store for Kate. Namely, a summer abroad studying Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the very town where the star-crossed lovers met, Verona, Italy. Kate is thrown together with two other American teens and three Italians for a special seminar—and for volunteer duty at the Juliet Club, where they answer letters from the lovelorn around the world. Can Kate's cool logic withstand the most romantic summer ever? Especially when faced with the ever-so-charming Giacomo and his entrancing eyes . . . ?

5. temptation by karen ann hopkins
Your heart misleads you. That's what my friends and family say.
But I love Noah. And he loves me. We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms. It should be ROSE & NOAH forever, easy.
But it won't be.
Because he's Amish. And I'm not

6. the unquiet by jeannine garsee
 When Rinn Jacobs moves to a new town she hopes it will be a fresh start—a place where nobody knows about her past. At first, everything goes according to plan. She falls in with the popular girls at her new school and falls for the very cute boy-next-door Nate. But River Hills High School has a secret. The ghost of a girl who died back when Rinn’s mom was a student supposedly haunts a hallway. Rinn’s not sure she believes it, but when strange things start happening to her friends, Rinn decides there’s only one way to know for sure. She needs to ditch her bipolar meds and see what the voices are really trying to say…

7. silver phoenix by cindy pon
Ai Ling can see into other people's minds and reach into their spirits. But she doesn't know why this power has awakened inside her. She only knows that it is growing. It leads her on an epic journey—one that brings her to the edge of the deepest evil.
Chen Yong has a quest of his own, but then his path crosses Ai Ling's. And there's a connection so strong that neither can ignore it.
Now they must face terrifying demons determined to kill them, and battle through treacherous lands. It is their destiny. But can destiny keep them together?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Days of Blood and Starlight

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that highlights upcoming books that we're dying to read.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" is:

title: Days of Blood and Starlight
author: Laini Taylor
book birthday: November 6, 2012

from goodreads:
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit

TTT again hosted by the broke and the bookish. Today is: Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit. I don't do halloween, but here are some titles that give me the creeps or fit into the halloween theme.

1. blood and chocolate by annette curtis klause - hot werewolves in summertime, power struggle, teen hormones and a killer on the loose.

2. coraline by neil gaiman- a doorway to an alternate world where the other mother is waiting to make your world a better place but only at a price. the book gave me nightmares >_<

3. rot and ruin by jonathan maberry- zombies zombies zombies. i cannot stand zombies so any zombie book is a halloween creepy book to me.

4. anna dressed in blood by kendare blake- if the name of the book doesnt scream halloween to you then idk what will.

5. forest of hands and teeth by carrie ryan- it wasnt so much the zombies in this book that creeped me out, though i still cant stand zombies >_< in the beginning of the book it was more the sisterhood that gave me the shivers than the zombies.

6. sisters red by jackson pearce- two sister werewolf hunters who wont stop til the last one is dead. so kick butt awesomeness!

7. tithe by holly black- dark faerie court where nothing is what is seems. still one of my favorites. i think its a great halloween pick.

8. white crow by marcus sedwick- two girls and a priest in a small town alternate telling this story. definitely for all those horror lovers out there.

9. the blessed by tonya hurley- just reading the book jacket of this one at work gave me the chills. twisted martyrs in a distorted version of new york city. the opening takes place on halloween which is creepy to begin with. im kinda scared to read this one because of all the dark religious stuff. i cant handle it :[

10. practical magic by alice hoffman- witches and curses. can't have halloween without witches and curses.

some other classics:

the legend of sleepy hallow by washington irving
brothers grimm fairy tales
interview with a vampire by anne rice 
short stories by edgar allan poe

Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: Graceling series

title: graceling
author: kristen cashore
book birthday: october 1, 2008
rating:  5 stars

i love this book. i bought it the same week i finished it at the library. the world was vivid, the story was action packed, there were no questions left afterwards. it was one of those books that after i finished it i held it to my chest and sighed with happiness. katsa and po are officially one of my favorite couples of all time. i love that their relationship is not mushy or sappy. graceling was the new read i needed, so unexpected, i was never bored. i like that katsa is not your typical heroine, she is flawed but thats part of what makes her likeable. her spitfire attitude makes for some very good action and comedic scenes. i admit some part were a little flourished too much like descriptions of scenery that i wanted to skip. 

title: fire
author: kristen cashore
book birthday: january 25, 2011
rating: 3 stars

i didn't love this book at all. i understand how it relates to graceling with the prologue being about king leck as a child and later in the book how he gets the patch on his eye. honestly the prologue was my favorite part of the book. the story of fire was interesting. i did not like her relationship with archer at times. it felt like it got in the way of the bigger story. i think there was a lot of drama in this book and not enough action. there was a lot of sex, a lot of conflicting emotions from the characters, a lot of the characters trying to find out who they are. this book is definitely for the older teen/young adult. 15 and under should not read this book. cashore's writing style is consistent, but the story was lacking.

title: bitterblue
author: kristen cashore
book birthday: may 1, 2012
rating: 3 1/2 stars

i was looking forward to this book to see where the story went. i think it is a good sequel to graceling. bitterblue is a much more fragile character than katsa but she has her own strengths. i think i liked the second half of the book more than the first. the world was still tight which was something i was worried about. i love that questions about leck are answered in bitterblue. the things that leck did to people and his kingdom were sad, heartbreaking and horrific. i had to put the book down a couple times and clear my head before i kept reading. i was disappointed in bitterblue's relationship with sapphire. considering her other books, i thought cashore would have made the sparks fly a lot sooner.
i think i will buy this book when it comes out in paperback to have because it is the sequel to graceling and because of the questions it answers. at the end of graceling, you know that all is not well, things have to get done to make everything better but the bad guy is gone and there is a moment of peace. that is the same feeling i got at the end of bitterblue however i was still left with a lot of questions about minor characters like raffin and gideon. also i was left wondering about bitterblue's marriage situation. after all the drama it was forgotten and never addressed. she never said at the end if she would consider marriage or not.
idk i'm still trying to figure out what was missing for me.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Top Ten Books That Make You Think

TTT again hosted by the broke and the bookish. today is a freebee. i chose to do: Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.)

1. green angel- alice hoffman
how would you handle it if you lost everything you know and love?

2. bloom- elizabeth scott
what do you do when you have everything, you live a comfortable life but you're still unhappy?

3. dead tossed waves- carrie ryan
how precious humanity is.

4. ps i love you- cecelia ahern
when you love so deeply and lose him. how can you find the strength to move on? the first chapter of the book had me in tears >_< ahern captures the pain of loss and emptiness so so so perfectly. 

5. 13 reasons why- jay asher
how much our lives and the things we do affect the people around us more than we know. 

6. the uses of enchantment: the meaning and importance of fairy tales- bruno bettelheim
theorizes that fairy tales are vital to childhood ^_^

7. wintergirls- laurie halse anderson
the damage anorexia can do to a person.

8.  the picture of dorian gray- oscar wilde
live life, give into physical desires? or wonder "what if"?

9. stay- deb caletti
abusive relationships. i was in one, ironically the ex in this book has the same name as my ex and i read this book after the break up. definitely a lot to think about there.

10. 5 centimeters per second- makoto shinkai, yukiko seike
what happens when you love and lose your best friend to distance? do you forget and move on or do you hang on to the memories? how much can those memories affect you and can you handle it?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

From the Library

i am a library junkie. so, i decided to post a monthly list of the books i take out. i figured i will read many but not get to review all that i read because of school and other duties. so here are the books i have out now with a summary in case you would be interested in reading them someday.

1. bitterblue by kristen cashore
The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

2. interpreter of maladies by jhumpa lahiri
Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.
2000 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction. 

3. land of stories by chris colfer
Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

4. the forest of hands and teeth by carrie ryan
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

5. the kite runner graphic novel by khaled hosseini
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the present.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant,
The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about the power of fathers over sons -- their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
The first Afghan novel to be written in English,
The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvasses of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject -- the devastating history of Afghanistan over the past thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, 

The perennial bestseller-now available as a sensational new graphic novel.
Since its publication in 2003, nearly 7 million readers have discovered The Kite Runner. Through Khaled Hosseini's brilliant writing, a previously unknown part of the world was brought to vivid life for readers. Now, in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel adaptation, Hosseini brings his compelling story to a new generation of readers.

6. miss peregrine's home for peculiar children by ransom riggs
A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

7. eona by alison goodman
Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is Eona, the Mirror Dragoneye, her country's savior - but she has an even more dangerous secret. She cannot control her power. Each time she tries, it twists into a killing force. And more destruction is on her trail - High Lord Sethon's army. She and her companions must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona's power if he is to wrest back his throne. But to help him, she must drive a dark bargain with an old enemy, which could obliterate them all. Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama, unforgettable fight scenes, sizzling tension - and many surprises - brings to a close an epic story.

Review: the Perks of Being a Wallflower

title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
author: Stephen Chbosky
book birthday: February 1, 1999
rating: 3 1/2 stars

this isn't a book i would have read if my coworkers didn't peer pressure me to do so. maybe i would have since i like to read a book before i see the movie and curiosity would have gotten the best of me.
what to say about this book... i did enjoy it. i like that it took place in the '90s and that the narrator is writing to an anonymous person. idk i think this book just wasn't my cup of tea. the content, the culture is not what i'm used to reading. what i loved about this book the most was the narration. it was so down to earth and genuine. the twists and turns it took were unexpected but remained plausible which was great. oh and i loved the ending. it was beautiful, the way everything ends and you know things are not ok but for that moment they are and things will get better with time. more endings need to be like that.
would this book make it onto my bookshelf? eventually. if i see it and i have the money i may get it. i would recommend it to certain people i know will enjoy it. i guess i'm still soaking everything in. the book hits some hard issues about a teen's life. it is true that even though it takes place in the '90s the issues hit every generation and there is a character for everyone to relate to.

Waiting on Wednesday: Princess of the Silver Woods

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that highlights upcoming books that we're dying to read.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" is:

title: Princess of the Silver Woods
author: Jessica Day George
book birthday: December 11, 2012

from bn.com:

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse.
The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Scarlet

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that highlights upcoming books that we're dying to read.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" is:

title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles Book 2)
author: Marissa Meyer
book birthday: February 5, 2013

from bn.com:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.