Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Characters To Check Up On

So I missed this one a few weeks ago and since today is a freebie it's the perfect opportunity to share my list ^_^

Top Ten characters to check up on:
1. Tana from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
2. Jade from The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
3. Travis from Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
4. Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss (and Isla and the Happily Ever After) by Stephanie Perkins.
5. Lala and Ben from Burning by Elana K. Arnold.
6. Peter Pan from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
7. Katsa and Po from Graceling by Kristen Cashore
8. characters from the Harry Potter Series
9. Eleanor and Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
10. characters from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Carry On

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

title: carry on
author: rainbow rowell
book birthday: october 6, 2015

blurb from goodreads:
Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is ten authors I really want to meet.

1. Susanne Colasanti
2. Jennifer E. Smith
3. Laurie Halse Anderson
4. A.G. Howard
5. Rainbow Rowell
6. Anita Desai
7. Jackson Pearce
8. Neil Gaiman
9.  Holly Black
10. Katherine Longshore

Monday, May 11, 2015

Baby Jay's Library (3)

Went to B&N for some books for baby Jay. Here's what we have this month:

So, Colors and Shapes was such a disappointment. The touch and feel aspects are too small, but I bought this one more for the names of objects and shapes and less for the "touch and feel" parts. Though the shiny parts do attract Jay's attention which is great for mommy-baby learning time.

Review: Brazen

title: brazen
author: katherine longshore
book birthday: june 12, 2014
rating: 4.5 stars

book blurb from goodreads:
 Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?

Ok, so everyone knows that I'm totally obsessed with anything to do with the Tudors. This book was such a wonderful point of view. It was a look into arranged marriages in the court, how the king and queen controlled lives and choose who the ones that served them will marry. It was a look into how Henry VIII treated his son. It was a look at marriages in court and how marriage was more of label with duties. Over all I loved the book. It really makes you have an appreciation of the freedom we have to choose who we want to be with today.

the one thing that bothered me
at the end, it was annoying how Mary went to Anne's execution and fainted and that's why her husband and brother were standing. I understand that it was how Longshore imagined why the two men were standing when everyone else went down in historical records, but I didn't like that interpretation.

I thought the relationship with Fitz and Mary was beautiful and a good speculation of what really happened. I love that they kept their intimacy for themselves. I would have liked to see more into Mary's life after she had this new sense of self, maybe to see the court from her perspective later on in an epilogue and to catch up with her friends.

Again, I have very few complaints about this book. I loved it. I may even give Gilt a chance even though the cover is such a turn off for me.

Review: The Geography of You and Me

title: the geography of you and me
author: jennifer e. smith
book birthday: april 15, 2014
rating: 4 stars

blurb from goodreads:
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too. 

So, this is not one of the books that I would have on my shelf. That being said, it is a book I will borrow from the library as a feel good read to make me smile.

I've read other reviews about Jennifer E. Smith's books, this book in particular, and there is something that you have to understand. Her books are fluff and if you do not like fluff then don't read them. Get over it and enjoy the book for what it is.
I love books that take place in New York City, mainly because I live here. I liked how this book traveled with the characters. I really enjoyed seeing each city from each character. However, NYC in a blackout will not look like that. I understand that they are in like 70 something street so it may be that way because there are a certain kind of people that live there. But it would have been nice to see other places in New York after like on the news or on the radio so readers who are not familiar with NYC can further understand Lucy's parents' concern about her alone in a black out. Though I figure that people reading kind of have this idea of other boroughs compared to Manhattan.... so yea.

Another thing..


after the big fight when Owen and Lucy met up in San Francisco and each of them told their significant other that they were in love with someone else, the book went downhill. Yes, the postcard thing was cute, but after when they lose touch it was expected they would find someone else. The whole thing with Liam and Lucy in Scotland did seem kinda bleh and Lucy stressed how it all happened in a matter of days which was like "yup rebound". It was kind of annoying at first that it was like "insta-love" but again, you have to take the book for what it is and this is where the characters are. Also for some teens this is how it is. You meet someone and are instantly attracted and you can't help but wonder "what if" all the time and when that person keeps in touch in some way, the thoughts keep on coming.

Overall, the book is one I may come back to later when I need to smile. It may not be one to have on my shelf because it's not completely my style, but it was good for what it was.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is: Top ten books I will probably never read.  I kind of went with genres or topics on this one.

1. current affairs- yup. That's never happening.

2. erotica- any harlequin romance, fifty shades of grey.... yea just no.

3. horror- my sister loves horror stories, the more blood the better. I can't take it. I did read Anna Dressed in Blood, but that took a lot for me to. I read it once and most likely never will again.

4. nonfiction- It's not a "never will read" topic, I'm just really picky about biographies/memoirs and history. I find most of them boring. My husband can sit down with a book like the Fall and Decline of the Roman Empire and fully enjoy it but I can't.

5. epic reads that have a map in the front- OMGSH Game of Thrones. I have been trying for years to read Game of Thrones. Any series that has more than 3 books and a very intricate world I find intimidating.

6. Allegiant by Veronica Roth- I read the first couple of chapters but I couldn't get into it. Then someone from work spoiled the ending so it's hard for me to get back to this one.

7. Pretty Little Liars- gag.

8. anything by James Joyce- I've tried, I really have. I had to read excerpts when I was getting my BA in creative writing but I can't do it.

9. On the Road by Jack Kerouac- I totally faked my way through reading this in school.

10. Zombies/post apocalyptic- I have read some so I can't say "never" but I'm very selective because it's not a topic I can handle well.