Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #34



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.



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Summary from Goodreads:

In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister – feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family; the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again – a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lightning’ – and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price…


This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.

My Notes:

I've been in a Stephen King mood so I'm planning on renting this soon.

Waiting on Wednesday # 34



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Release Date: June 2nd, 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.


A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

My Notes:

This sounds so creepy and I cannot wait to read it. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 #37

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 #37

Review: Danergous Boys by Abigail Haas


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Summary from Goodreads:

It all comes down to this. Oliver, Ethan, and I. Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house one night. Hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding. The other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder ...? Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces ...


My Review:

Monday, December 29, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #34



This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.


The Books I Read Last Week:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #34



Reviews:

Dangerous Girls: Review
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley: Review
Landline: Review
Red Rising: Review
Snow Like Ashes: Review
Prisoner of Night and Fog: Review


Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas


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Summary from Goodreads:

Elise is dead.
And someone must pay.

Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.


Soon Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world, Anna isn't just guilty, but dangerous. As the court case unfolds the truth is about to come out, and it's more shocking than you could ever imagine..

My Review:

Friday, December 26, 2014

Review: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson.



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Summary from Goodreads:

Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.

Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.

Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.

But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.

A partly graphic novel.

Release Date: January 20th, 2015.

My Review:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell


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Summary from Goodreads:
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble;it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?


Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

My Review:


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday # 33



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Release Date: May 5th, 2015.

Summary from Goodreads:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

My Notes:
I want this so much I plan on preordering it. :)


Wishlist Wednesday #33



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

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The Mime Order (#2) by Samantha Shannon.

Release Date: January 27th, 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.


Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

My Notes:

I have the netgalley ebook and can't wait to find out what happens next.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown


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Summary from Goodreads:

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

My Review:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year #36



1. Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas. Pretty sure this one is going to happen. :)
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2.  Well of Ascension (#2) and Hero of Ages (#3) my grandparents picked them up for me in London.
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3. My True Love Gave to Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins. Missed out on grabbed the UK edition.:(
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4. In a Handful of Dust (#2) by Mindy McGinnis. I have the first one and I just know I will love this series.
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5. The Gilmore Girls Companion by A.S Berman. I'm rewatching this show right now and love it even more the second time. :) Sadly it is $30.
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6. Deadly Class Volume 1 by Rick Remender, Wesley Craig (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator). This looks like an amazing graphic novel.
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7. Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Illustrations). Just like everyone else I'm loving this series.
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8. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona (Artist). I've read the first issue and now need to get my hands on the full volume.
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9.  The Duff by Kody Keplinger. I saw the trailer and it made me remember I need to read this book!

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10. The Rosie Effect (#2) by Graeme Simsion. I loved the first one and can't wait to read the next one.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch


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Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.


Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

My Review:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #33



This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.


The Books I Read Last Week:


#XMASBOOKTUBATHON Wrap Up

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Books Finished:

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Words Read: 700

Sunday, December 21, 2014

#XMASBOOKTUBATHON Day 2 Wrap Up

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Day 2:



Books I Read Yesterday:

I finished up Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, reading about 100 pages. And I read 50 pages of Red Rising.
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Finished Novels:

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Total Pages Read: 550

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman


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Summary from Goodreads:

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

My Review:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

#XMASBOOKTUBATHON Day 1 Wrap Up

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Day 1:

Books I Finished or Started:

I finished reading Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman, I read about 200 pages of this novel. I also finished Landline and read 200 pages of that as well. And today I will be starting Red Rising by Pierce Brown. :)
Finshed:
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Starting:
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Words Read: 400

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #33



Reviews:

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan: Review
Stolen: Review
Beware the Wild: Review


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker


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Summary from Goodreads:

It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.


This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

My Review:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday # 32



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

23215471 Royal Wedding (#11) by Meg Cabot.

Release Date: June 2nd, 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding--but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.


But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

My Notes:

I adored the Princess Diaries books when I was in 5th grade and up so I cannot wait for the new one. :)




Wishlist Wednesday #32



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

9419 Shopaholic Ties the Knot (#3) by Sophie Kinsella.

Summary from Goodreads:

Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky’s head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky’s overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum’s frilly old gown. While Luke’s high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can’t seem to turn down either one. Can everyone’s favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

My Notes:

I've been meaning to finally read the rest of this series, so far I've reread the first two and the third one is finally one I haven't read yet. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014 #35


1. Noughts and Crosses (#1) by Malorie Blackman. I plan on finishing the series next year.
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2. The Dream Thieves (#2) by Maggie Stiefvater. By far my favorite series of this year.
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3. The Raven Boys (#1) by Maggie Stiefvater. My first Audiobook in a long time, and now I love them.
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4. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (#3) by Maggie Stiefvater. I almost died when I got this from Netgalley.
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5. Written in Red (#1) by Anne Bishop. I cannot wait until the third book comes out.
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6. Murder of Crows (#2) by Anne Bishop. 
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7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
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8. Heir of Fire (#3) by Sarah J. Maas. I liked the others but this one was my favorite.
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9. Veronica Mars, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (#1) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. The movie was also my favorite of the year.
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10. Compulsion (#1) by Marina Boone. 
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