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.