Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Aquired ARCs



I have acquired more ARCs in the past two months. I get a few every couple months, so I figured it was time to share some of that with you. Here are the ARCs I have right now.



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Characters That I'd Name My Children After


TTT hosted by the broke and the bookish. Today is a TTT freebie so I decided to do: Ten Characters That I'd Name My Children After in honor of my cousin Emanuel and his wife Desiree who are having a dispute over what to name their baby girl. He likes the sound of "Emma" and she likes "Saya" after a kick butt heroine from the anime Blood +.
Anyway, here are the names of characters I'd name my children after. Let's see if my fiance agrees ^_^

1. Mei (girl) - a character from the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro and a character from the manga/anime series Love Hina. I would like to name my first daughter Mei mostly because the character Mei in Totoro reminds me of my sister when we were kids soooo much.

2. Jace (boy) - from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I picked this one mostly because my fiance likes the name Jason. I would like Jason if I can call my son "Jace" instead of Jay ^_^

3. Gabry (girl) - short for Gabrielle from Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan. I have always loved the name Gabrielle but mostly for characters in my short stories. I'm considering it now after reading Dead Tossed Waves because I like the nickname Gabry.

4. Eloise (girl) - I love this name. I would teach my daughter to say "I'm Eloise, I am six" just like the character in Kay Thompson's series ^_^

5. Naoki (boy) - from Itazura Na Kiss by Kaoru Tada. He is handsome, smart, sarcastic, strong sense of family. (I think my fiance acts like him sometimes >_>). Anyway, it isn't at the top of my list but it is one I'd consider before others.

6. Kenji (boy) - ok. I will admit the first time a heard this name was a guy in high school I had a couple classes with. But I became more familiar with the name after watching a few episodes of the anime School Rumble and reading about the manga Rurouni Kenshin (which I keep saying I will start but I haven't gotten to it yet >_<).

7. Nymah Rose (girl) - from East by Edith Pattou. I think this is such a pretty name. It has a nice flow to it. East is one of my most favorite books of all time so I think I would pitch this one to my fiance if we ever were to have a girl.

8. Katsa (girl) - from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Ok, so I know this one may not be a realistic choice for me for a girl. But I think if my cousin could want the name of a twisted heroine, then I could consider a skillful assassin.

And that's all I can think of for now. It was really hard thinking of names >_<. I think it's time to reread a few books.

**UPDATE**
My cousins compromised and named their baby girl Saya Emma.

**UPDATE 07/13/2015**
My husband and I had a baby boy! The husband's choice: Jayse  ^_^

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like


title: this is what happy looks like
author: jennifer e. smith
book birthday: april 2, 2013
rating: 2.5-3 stars


this book was cute. like disney channel movie cute. i appreciated that some things were real. the characters attitudes to the situations they faced were pretty true to how you would think someone in their situation would react. i did expect the characters to talk online longer than they did, but it didn't bother me. i liked both characters and that is what kept me going more than anything, because i wanted to see where their story went. the way they connected was adorable. the long separation between them was unexpected but realistic. *small spoiler* i didn't expect them to be apart for that long, though it is realistic to ignore someone like that over a summer.

idk i just think the book was cute. there wasn't much to it. i mean, the author did make it have a little tension with ellie going to meet her father but that was it. there were no "oh crap" moments, more like "awww" parts where i felt bad for the characters. overall it was a good book. the characters were likeable, there were funny parts, sad parts and a not-so-perfect ending. i could see this one becoming a tv movie someday.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: A Moment Comes

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

My "can't-wait-to-read" this week is:


title: a moment comes
author: jennifer bradbury
book birthday: june 25, 2013

book blurb from bn.com:

Before India was divided, three teens, each from wildly different backgrounds, cross paths. And then, in one moment, their futures become irrevocably intertwined.
Tariq. Anupreet. Margaret. As different as their Muslim, Sikh, and British names. But in one moment, their futures become entirely dependent on one another's.
While the rest of India anxiously awaits the upcoming partition that will divide the country into two separate religious states, eighteen-year-old Tariq focuses on his own goal: to study at Oxford. But for a Muslim born and raised in India, there is no obvious path to England—until Tariq is offered a job translating for one of the British cartographers stationed in India, tasked with establishing the new borders.
Margaret, the cartographer’s daughter, has only just arrived in India. But already she has discovered it to be hot, loud, and dull. She can’t go anywhere alone for fear of the riots and violence. Eager for a distraction, she finds one in Tariq.
But it’s Anupreet, another member of the staff, who has truly captured Tariq’s eye. She’s strikingly beautiful—but she’s a Sikh, so not someone Tariq should even be caught looking at. And yet he’s compelled to…
Against the backdrop of the nearly forgotten history of the partition of India, Jennifer Bradbury, as if with strands of silk, weaves together the heart-pounding tale of three teenagers on wildly different paths, on the verge of changing each other’s lives forever.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Favorite Covers of Books I've Read


TTT again hosted by the broke and the bookish. today is: Top Ten Favorite Covers of Books I've Read.
Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Burning by Elana K. Arnold



title: burning
author: elana k. arnold
book birthday: june 11, 2013
rating 3.5 stars

book blurb: Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447. 

Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.


ok, first, the gypsies that are in this story are not like the ones on 'my big american gypsy wedding' with crazy outfits and wild dancing. lala is not allowed to show her legs at all. her family is very conservative and traditional, even an arranged marriage. 

everything about this book was appealing to me. the cover, the back story, alternating points of view, the book blurb. the time frame of it is just a couple days, which is a pattern i've been seeing lately with other books. burning is a forbidden love story. both characters are searching for something new and out of their normal. ben wants to get out of small town living, lala wants more to life than what she knows. there is an instant connection between both characters and it is obvious that lala is risking more for their relationship than ben is. 

now, why did i rate this book below 4 stars? it was just lackluster. i wasn't drawn into the story as much as i'd hoped. the characters weren't interesting in the beginning but after lala and ben met it got better. the writing was well done, but something was missing. just as i was getting into the book, it ended. i do want to know what happens next in their story, so if there ever is a sequel i will read it. but this is one that will not own a place on my shelf.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Of Beast and Beauty

title: of beast and beauty
author: stacey jay
book birthday: july 23, 2013
rating: 5 stars

i absolutely loved this retelling of beauty and the beast. i love that it is told from multiple perspectives and the world it took place in. i have never read anything by stacey jay so i went into this one just knowing it was a fairy tale retelling. after i finished reading, i texted my best friend right after i finished telling her how amazing it was ^_^

the book follows the original story pretty well. it is dark, i would say darker than jackson pearce's work considering the sacrifice concept and gods. there is a lot to take in when reading, i won't go into too much detail because that might give things away. there is a lot of back story, so if you are the type to not like getting enveloped in a fantasy world and going with it then this book is not for you. you really need a suspension of disbelief to read this one.

the relationship between isra and gem is fantastic. their connection and growing friendship was so much fun to read. isra is such a kick-butt character, very strong personality and gem is a great match for her. there were so many twists and turns and unexpected plot lines.

couple things i did not like. one was the parts written from bo's perspective. it was so random and not enough of it. his voice came in so late into the book it was awkward and unexpected in a bad way. another thing is the ending. it was a little lack luster for me compared to the rest of the book, though i do appreciate it and where the characters ended up.

over all, i loved the book. i cant wait for it to come out so i can have it on my self!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: Anna and the French Kiss


title: anna and the french kiss
author: stephanie perkins
book birthday: december 2, 2010
rating: 4.5 stars

i understand why everyone has been so obsessed with this book and i almost hate myself for waiting so long to read it. i was so worried it wouldn't live up to all the hype. i finally borrowed it from the library last week because i wanted something light to read during finals. OMGSH! anna and the french kiss was exactly what i needed.

first off, anna's voice is so adorable and real. the way she openly checks out guys and analyzes things is hilarious and true to how girls can be. st. clair was a great love interest. i loved his perspective on things and the way he and anna interacted. his attitude towards what he was going through is how you would expect someone in his situation to act which makes it that much more real.

i think that anna's experience is relatable; going away for school to come home and find that things have changed and you have changed. over all it was a great coming of age story. i will admit, i did roll my eyes at the ending, but i didn't care because i was smiling when it was all over and a cheesy romance is just what i needed. anna and the french kiss is definitely on my list of my feel-good books now.

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects



TTT again hosted by the broke and the bookish. Today's topic is: Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects. this is a topic i can go on and on about. i decided to pick a few that probably won't be on everyone's lists today to bring some attention to them and the important issues they deal with.

1. room by Emma Donoghue- told from the perspective of a 5 year old boy kept in an 11 x 11 room with his mother. He hides in the closet when "Old Nick" visits his Ma at night. To Jack, the Room is all he knows.

2. stay by Deb Caletti- I have a love/hate relationship with this book. Right now I will show the loving side and say how much I admire Caletti for writing this and bringing awareness to abusive relationships because I was in an abusive relationship very similar to the one in the book.

3. the nature of jade by Deb Caletti- Jade suffers from panic disorder. Sebastian is a teen dad raising his son alone and living with his grandmother.

4. something like normal by Trish Doller-  Travis returns from Afghanistan to find his brother took his girlfriend and his parents are getting a divorce. On top of it all, he is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and is having nightmares about the death of his best friend in the war.

5. story of a girl by Sara Zarr- caught having sex at age 13 by her father and labeled a 'slut' at school. Her brother becomes a teen dad raising his baby on his own.

6. the time traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger- I picked this one because of the miscarriages Clare has. It took me so long to get through this book and majority of my time reading it was spent trying to get through that part of it. 

7. p.s. i love you by Cecelia Ahern- losing the love of your life and best friend and finding the strength to move on. Idk how I'd handle it if I lost my fiance, so this one is a biggie for me.

8. the story sisters by Alice Hoffman- abuse, mental issues, drugs, sisters/family.... very intense read

9. where she went by Gayle Forman- depression, anger, love and loss

10. crazy beautiful by lauren baratz-logsted- amputation from an explosion he caused so he has hooks for hands, depression, accepting the fact that someone accepts you for you.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Top Ten Books When I Need Something Light And Fun

TTT again hosted by the broke and the bookish. today is: Top Ten Books When I Need Something Light And Fun.
ok, so i define "light and fun" as my "feel good" books; the books that make me feel better no matter how many times i've read them or how sucky i'm feeling.

1. son of the mob by gordon korman
2. take me there by susane colasanti
3. east by edith pattou
4. blood and chocolate by annette curtis klause
5. perfect chemistry series by simone elkeles
6. sisterhood everlasting by ann brashares
7. sisters red by jackson pearce
8. itazura na kiss by kaoru tada
9. entwined by heather dixon
10. graceling by kristen cashore