Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review: Head Case by Sarah Aronson

title: head case
author: sarah aronson
book birthday: september 4, 2007
rating: 3 stars

blurb from goodreads:
 ONE MISTAKE.  ONE BAD NIGHT.  ONE TOO MANY DRINKS.  A powerful and heartbreaking debut novel about a guy who had it all...until he drank that fifth beer and got into the car. Frank Marder is a head, paralyzed from the neck down, and it's his fault.  He was drinking.  He was driving.  Now Frank can't walk, he can't move, he can't feel his skin.  He needs someone to feed him, to wash him, to move his body. But if you ask most of the people who are posting on www.quadkingonthenet, he hasn't been adequately punished.  Two people are dead because of him.  Frank should go to jail.  Only "Annonymous" disagrees.

 For a first novel, this is not bad at all. I actually enjoyed it. I gave it 3 stars because I wanted more. I felt like it was predictable, slow moving, minor characters are mentioned and forgotten. Overall, it felt like this would make a great movie to warn people against drunk driving. Once I started reading the book from that perspective, I enjoyed it much more. The long pauses, the stares from people, the struggles in adjusting to home, that nightmares that Frank had, it all was much more vivid once I started thinking of the book as an outline for a movie. 

***spoilers ahead***
 
Frank's character was believable, the tragedy behind his situation was plausible. I really liked the fact that he was a genuinely good guy before his girlfriend and that one night of jealousy and drinks led him to a bad decision. I had recommended the health teacher in my school to use Frank's speech/story he gave at the end of the book because she needed a reading/literacy piece to incorporate into her curriculum. 

Overall, while the story was predicable and I was really bored at times, it was a good read and I liked Frank's story.  Definitely one I would recommend to my older students to caution them against drinking. 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Sandman Overture Deluxe Edition

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

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

title: the sandman overture deluxe edition issues 1-6
author: neil gaiman, illustrator: j.h. williams III
book birthday: november 10, 2015

blurb from goodreads:
Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe hardcover edition!

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman’s return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman’s origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Crazy by Amy Reed

title: crazy
author: amy reed
book birthday: june 12, 2012
rating 3.5 stars

blurb from goodreads:
He's falling in love and she's falling over the edge of sanity. From the author of Beautiful and Clean, a heartwrenching exploration of a romance marred by mental illness.

Connor knows that Izzy will never fall in love with him the way he's fallen for her. But somehow he's been let into her crazy, exhilarating world and become her closest confidante. But the closer they get, the more Connor realizes that Izzy's highs are too high and her lows are too low. And the frenetic energy that makes her shine is starting to push her into a much darker place.

As Izzy's behavior gets increasingly erratic and self-destructive, Connor gets increasingly desperate to stop her from plummeting. He knows he can't save her from her pain...but what if no one else can?


So, I read Crazy because of my students. A bit of information about this book that the blurb doesn't mention: the story is told completely through a series of emails, so if that is a turn off for you then don't read this book. This literary element is one of the things my students love and can relate to. Also, Connor and Izzy are very random and go on a lot of tangents so if that bothers you then this book is not for you either. 
I will admit, I did not enjoy reading Crazy very much. I found myself skimming through a lot of it and still understanding the story. However, I love the book for my kids. The literary elements that I found annoying, my kids loved. Also, the randomness of Izzy was something that my kids loved too because that's how a lot of them are. (For those of you who are just tuning into my blog, I teach high school special ed.)  
Overall, I liked how the author showed Izzy's downward spiral and how family can be a trigger of a mental illness. I did think it was convenient that Connor's mom was a psychologist but for the purpose of the book it wasn't a big deal. I liked how Connor was direct with Izzy and how his uncertainty was expressed, it is very true to real life. 
I have recommended this book to my students before and some of them have asked me if I've read it because they love it. 3.5 stars for it being not my cup of tea but still good for the age group it's trying to reach.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated a month ago for a Blogger Recognition Award by Captivated Reader. I haven't had the time to truly thank her and accept the nomination so here goes.
 It is such an honor to be recognized by the blogging community.

So here are the rules for this award:

1. 
Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. 

2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.

3. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the Blogger Recognition Award to and let each blogger know you've nominated them for this award.

 
How my blog got started: 
I started my blog when I got a job at Barnes and Nobles Fifth Avenue in 2011. I started there as a cashier and then was moved to the Children's section. While the 30% discount was the best thing ever, I loved the fact that the store let employees borrow hard cover books like library books. I was reading so much and had so many opinions that I needed an outlet for my thoughts. I am a huge "rocker chick" and while listening to the song "Unopened Letter to the World" by the Ataris, I thought that a blog would be the best way to express myself and leave an impression in the world somehow. Thus, my blog was born ^_^

Advice for new bloggers:
Be yourself.
Choose a topic that you love and it will be easy to write about.
Keep it easy and fun and don't worry about getting followers right away.
Make sure you are reading other blogs and seeing what's out there. 
Share ideas and inspirations
 Be honest in your reviews and don't lose your personality.

My Nominees: (I am having trouble getting 15 so here are my 10 for now)

1. Sandee http://awhimsicalreader.blogspot.com/
2. Erika http://erikabooksandstars.blogspot.com/
3. Tricia http://libraryqueue.blogspot.com/
4. Hannah, Cassie and Laura http://psilovethatbook.blogspot.com
5. Cody http://literary-lyobsessed.blogspot.com
6. Maureen http://diariesofabooklover.blogspot.com/
7. Rachel http://www.beautyandthebookshelf.com/
8. Steph http://iamsimplyabookdrunkard.blogspot.com/
9. Ms. Yingling http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/
10. The Book Zone  http://bookzone4boys.blogspot.com/



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Serpentine


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

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

title: serpentine
author: cindy pon
book birthday: september 8, 2015

blurb from goodreads:
SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. 

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.


ok, I am totally freaking out! I have read Cindy Pon's other books in the Kindom of Xia series (see my review here)  and I 'm looking forward to this addition ^_^ It may be a stand alone novel, but if it's set in the same world as the others I'm all for the adventure. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ten Books That Focus on Disabilities

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.) I chose to make my list on books that focus on the disabled. While I have talked about this topic before (see that post here), I'm making my top ten today a list of books that my students have read or that I have recommended to them. My students (ages 16 to 21) are mostly students with learning disabilities but they have an interest in books about teens that overcome obstacles.


Crazy by Amy Reed - Connor knows that Izzy will never fall in love with him the way he’s fallen for her. But somehow he’s been let into her crazy, exhilarating world and become her closest confidante. The closer they get, however, the more Connor realizes that Izzy’s highs are too high and her lows are too low. And the frenetic energy that makes her shine is starting to push her into a much darker place.

As Izzy’s behavior gets increasingly erratic and self-destructive, Connor gets increasingly desperate to stop her from plummeting. He knows he can’t save her from her pain...but what if no one else can?

In this novel, Karl has dyslexia.
book blurb: In this contemporary love story, a teenage boy named Karl enlists a famous writer to help him impress his girlfriend, Fiorella. She has asked him to write her a letter in which he reveals his true self. But Karl isn’t convinced he’s good enough with words, so he tracks down Fiorella’s favorite author and begs him to take up the task. The writer reluctantly assents, on the condition that Karl agrees to a series of interviews, so that the letter will be based on an authentic portrait of Karl. The letter, though effective, has unexpected consequences for Karl, Fiorella, and the writer. 




Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit
Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.
After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.
Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.


Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles -
In this novel, Kiara has a stutter and goes to speech therapy
 When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for the past year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Colorado. When he meets Kiara Westford, a good girl totally unlike any of the girls he's usually drawn to, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she's too good for him. But will he put his pride aside when he realizes that being with Kiara might finally allow him to be his true self?
   
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller -
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s
stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.
 
Break by Hannah Moskowitz -
Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow
back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah’s only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders.
When Jonah's self-destructive spiral accelerates and he hits rock bottom, will he find true strength or surrender to his breaking point?

 Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught -
When Jason Milwaukee’s best friend, Sunshine, disappears from the face of the earth, the whole town, including Jason, starts searching for her. But the insistent voices in Jason’s head won’t let him get to the heart of the mystery—he’s schizophrenic, and the voices make it hard to know what is real and what is not. As the chase becomes more panicked, Jason’s meds start wearing off, and he is looking more and more guilty. But of what, exactly? Both brilliantly witty and intensely honest, this poignant novel draws upon the author’s many years as an adolescent psychologist, but it’s Vaught’s powerful voice and expertly crafted mystery that will keep the pages turning.
Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he's been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye—an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic…and her life.

On April 21, 2008, Steven "Crash" Crashinsky saved more than a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David Burnett from taking their high school hostage armed with assault weapons and high-powered explosives. You likely already know what came after for Crash: the nationwide notoriety, the college recruitment, and, of course, the book deal. What you might not know is what came before: a story of two teens whose lives have been inextricably linked since grade school, who were destined, some say, to meet that day in the teachers' lounge of Meadows High. And what you definitely don't know are the words that Burn whispered to Crash right as the siege was ending, a secret that Crash has never revealed.
Until now.
Michael Hassan's shattering novel is a tale of first love and first hate, the story of two high school seniors and the morning that changed their lives forever. It's a portrait of the modern American teenage male, in all his brash, disillusioned, oversexed, schizophrenic, drunk, nihilistic, hopeful, ADHD-diagnosed glory. And it's a powerful meditation on how normal it is to be screwed up, and how screwed up it is to be normal.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Atlantis Rising

title: atlantis rising
author: gloria craw
book birthday: january 6, 2015
rating: 3.5

blurb from goodreads:
I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…


 I totally judged this book by the cover and the book blurb. The cover is beautiful and the blurb immediately caught my attention. One disappointment: there was no water. No Atlantians coming up from the water or anything like that. In this version, they walk among us and can take over our brains which seems more epic in some ways. 
I gave Atlantis Rising 3.5 stars because I was bored for some of it. There were exciting portions but other parts dragged on. For example, Alison was being trained should have been one of the most interesting parts but I found myself skimming through instead of reading. Actually, I found myself wanting more throughout the book. I wanted to see more with Nikki and maybe some more about how people at school perceived Alison as she grew as a character.
It was kind of weird that some random guy went to Alison said "your life is in danger, hide your powers" and that changed her whole life. It was kind of awkward to have this random encounter that changed her life, but I get the purpose. I admired Alison's dedication to her family and that she didn't leave them once she found out who she was later in the book. She stayed faithful to her brother and parents and touched base with them often even if she was lying to cover what was happening she still had the love for them to let them know she was ok.
One major plus was that the romance took a back seat and solving the problem was more important. Ian made a great love interest and the playful banter between him and Alison was fun to read. 

Overall the book had kind of a Jennifer E. Smith kind of feel but with some paranormal aspects and deeper storyline. It's not one I would keep on my shelf just yet but I'll go back to it for a feel-good read. Maybe if the sequel is kick-butt and adds more umph to the story I'll make it an addition to my library. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ten Recently Acquired Books

Top Ten Tuesday again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is ten recently acquired books. I'm going to have to go back to January for this one because I haven't had much time for books this year.

From the library:
Brazen by Katherine Longshore
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey
Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw
Head Case by Sarah Aronson

Bought:
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Ensnared by A.G. Howard

For Baby:
Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (with the toy puppy ^_^)
Little Friends: Splish Splash by Priddy Books

Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: Ashes on the Waves

title: ashes on the waves
author: mary lindsey
book birthday: june 27, 2013
rating: 2.5-3 stars

blurb from goodreads:
Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, "Annabel Lee," Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

 
Okay, so I have so many issues with this book. I thought I would like it considering the subject matter. A novel based on Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabell Lee" with demons? Yes please. But sadly this book failed to deliver. 

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*

The main question I have is for all of my Celtic lore experts out there: Can a selkie seriously use another selkie's pelt? I have read so many stories about selkies and this is the first I have ever encountered this twist and it's driving me crazy because I can't find any information on it. Also, the selkie's in this novel spoke English. I don't remember it being specified if they learned English at any point. Muireann just popped out of the ocean and knew the language compared to the housekeeper, Brigid Ronan, that was held captive and had years to learn.

Now, other initial issues:
- the island is so isolated. there is no electricity, the people still have rituals where a 14 yr old can marry a full grown man, and there is only one other child on the island.
- there are no demons.
- insta-love x 100,000,000,000
- very little Poe reference except for the quotes at the beginning of every chapter and Annabelle Leighton's name.

Next thing, it took me a while to get the alternating points of view in the beginning.  Muireann's voice was unique and seeing her longing combined with watching Liam and Anna were some of my favorite scenes. However, it wasn't clear who she was at first. It also took me a while to get the switch between Liam's old world language and the random interjection of Anna's forced American slang. 

I read a lot about this next point in other reviews and I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this: Liam's voice was annoyingly feminine. The descriptions of Anna were too elaborate and over written. Also, a young man that has fantasized and obsessed about a specific girl for years is not going to turn her down when she offers herself to him. The hormone crazed make out scenes were to be expected and I would have been pissed if they weren't included considering the situation, but Liam turning Anna down so many times and then having sex with her finally on their "wedding night" was just not realistic. AND the awkward beginning to the wedding sex we expected to read was not described. That was a WTH moment.

After finishing the book, I would like to see the story told from Francine's perspective. She had enough insight of the folklore to give us info on the bean sidhe, Na Fir Ghorm, washerwoman, and selkies. She had knowledge of Liam and the mystery of his birth. She had knowledge of how Liam was obsessed with Anna and a little of Ronan's back story. Even though she threw Liam at Anna, she had good intentions. I think if there were a novel of her story about the romance with her selkie I would read it.

* MAJOR SPOILER! STOP READING IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW THE END OF THE NOVEL* 

Lastly, is Liam killed by the
Na Fir Ghorm? Every other character that went toward the sea and drowned felt like they were being called by a dead loved one when it was really the pull of the Na Fir Ghorm. To Liam, dead Anna was calling out to him. Yes, we knew we had to see Liam die because he saw the washerwoman thing. BUT if he died this way does that mean the Na Fir Ghorm won? Another thing that bothered me was his death was so abrupt. There was no reflection on Anna's death, no reconciling with his father or finding out why his father grew to care so much.

Overall, this book was just okay. I went into it expecting greatness and I was very disappointed.

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Please excuse the appearance of this blog. Major construction will be taking place this weekend.

Thanks for visiting! ^_^


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

A Whole New World Cover Reveal


title: a whole new word: a twisted tale
author: liz brazwell
book birthday: september 1, 2015
blurb from goodreads:
Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.


Finally a cover and there are mixed feelings.
first thought: It's beautiful
second thought: this is too Disney. Now I'm scared.

I was so looking forward to this book, mostly because it says "a twisted tale" in the title. BUT now seeing the cover, I'm having some doubts. I'm hoping this will be the dark twisted version of Disney I've been longing for and making up in my head.

Review: Splish Splash Bath Book



title: little friends: splish splash
publisher: priddy books
book birthday: january 7, 2014
rating: 5 stars

blurb from bn.com
One sunny day, Mother Duck decides to take her ducklings swimming. Little Duck is worried – he thinks he can’t swim! But, he soon discovers that he CAN swim, and that swimming is actually lots of fun as he splishes and splashes on his favorite pond. With softly padded pages to squeeze and hold, this is a wonderful waterproof book to stimulate play, help young children feel confident in the water, and most of all, make every bathtime fun!

my son adores this book at bath time. I bought it especially because it is about a little duck learning how to swim so I can use it later when my son learns to swim.I think this is a good investment if you're looking for a bath book for baby.

Waiting on Wednesday: Wendy Darling

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

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


title: wendy darling volume one: stars
author: colleen oaks
book birthday: october 13, 2015

blurb from goodreads:
From the Best-Selling Author of Queen of Hearts comes a dark and mesmerizing twist on the beloved Children's Classic, Peter Pan.

Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning, to Neverland, a intoxicating island of feral freedom.

As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from—and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her—have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.


ok first can i just say i absolutely adore the cover. i want this one based on that alone ^_^ another thing... what's up with all the peter pan retellings? i mean i can't wait to see finding neverland on broadway, i have seen peter and the starcatchers on broadway (which i highly recommend) and i have read the book as well. tiger lily was a complete disaster and peter pan in scarlet (which is the official sequel to peter pan) was okay . Also there is a movie coming out later this year called pan in which hugh jackman is playing blackbead.

what do you guys think about this whole peter pan craze? 
what is your waiting on wednesday this week?

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. today is Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read. Prepared to be shocked ppls...

1. Paper Towns by John Green
I KNOW! I'm not a big fan of John Green. I'm sorry YA community, I have tried but I just can't get into his stuff. One of my best friends and reading partner loves his books and tried to get me to read Looking for Alaska... I read it but never finished it -__- (shame).

2. Game of Thrones series
I think this will forever be on my TBR list. My husband is obsessed with these intense fantasy novels but I can't get into it.

3. Matched by Allie Clondie
I don't find the subject matter appealing.

4. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas My friend Taina probably wants to jump through the computer screen and strangle me right now. I have the first book in this series but I haven't gotten to it yet.

5. Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
I know, I know! I have heard amazing things about this series and I must read it.

6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
ok so I tried to read Allegiant but I got bored. I couldn't get passed the first 5 chapters.

....The more I name books the more disappointed in myself I'm getting :[

8. Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

9. Lunar Chronicles by Merissa Meyer
I read Cinder and loved it but when I went to read Scarlet I got bored so I never got back into the series. It's on my TBR list to go back to.

10. Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I promise myself I will get to most of these.... eventually...