Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

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Summary from Goodreads:


Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. 

This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can't read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change?

My Review:

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #9

Reviews:

The Rosie Project: Review
Strobe Edge Volume 2: Review
Pretty Deadly: Review
Afterparty: Review
We Are The Goldens: Review

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

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Summary from Goodreads:

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle. 

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop... 

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Graphic Novel Review: Pretty Deadly Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos (Illustrator), Jordie Bellaire (Illustrator)

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Summary from Goodreads:

KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and EMMA RÍOS (Dr. Strange, Osborn) present the collected opening arc of their surprise-hit series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Death's daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her origin story is a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.

Collects PRETTY DEADLY #1-5

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Manga Review: Strobe Edge: Volume 2 by Io Sakisaka

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Summary from Goodreads:

What is love, anyway? Ninako Kinoshita’s friends tell her it’s one thing, but Ninako wonders what this mysterious feeling really is. When she meets Ren Ichinose, the handsome, enigmatic guy that all the girls worship, her life takes an unexpected turn. With just a few words and a smile, he changes her world... Once Ninako realizes that she’s fallen for Ren, she confesses her feelings to him even though she knows he has a girlfriend! Meanwhile, a new semester brings an outgoing guy called Ando into Ninako’s life—is Ando just an outrageous flirt or will he turn out to be Ninako’s savior?

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Wishlist Wednesday # 5

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.

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick.

Summary from Goodreads:
18054175or thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.

A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.
My Notes: I LOVED Silver Linings Playbook, so I need this book right now. :D





Waiting on Wednesday # 5

"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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Summary from Goodreads:

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

My Notes: I really liked her other novels, and this one sounds awesome so I will be reading it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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Summary from Goodreads:

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

My Review:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading # 8



Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? # 5

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, May 25, 2014

Review: Death Masks (The Dresden Files # 5) by Jim Butcher

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Summary from Goodreads:

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he’s getting more than he bargained for.

A duel with the Red Court of Vampires’ champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards…

Professional hit men using Harry for target practice…

The missing Shroud of Turin…

A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified…

Not to mention the return of Harry’s ex-girlfriend Susan, who’s still struggling with her semivampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life.

Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you’re charging.

My Review:

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher.

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Summary from Goodreads:

HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment

Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't even recall the last time he took a shower.

The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man.

And just when it seems things can't get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can't refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him--and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name.

It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case. No pressure or anything.

My Review: 

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #8


Reviews:

Murder of Crows: Review
Since You've Been Gone: Review
Manga: Reviews
Grave Peril: Review
Pushing the Limits: Review
Magic Bites: Review
Dark Days and Love Letters to the Dead: Review
Claymore: Volume 7 and Hot Gimmick: Volume 2: Review

Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

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Summary from Goodreads:

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way…

My Review:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Manga Reviews: Claymore: Volume 7 - Fit For Battle/Hot Gimmick: Volume 2

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Summary from Goodreads

Fearing that she's no match for the deadly Claymore named Ophelia, Clare spirits her companion Raki away to relative safety. But no matter how far they run they won't be able to escape Ophelia's heightened senses. And now that Ophelia knows that Clare has awakened, she will not rest until she has destroyed Clare.

My Review:

Waiting on Wednesday # 4

"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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Release Date: August 14th, 2014.

Summary from Goodreads:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

My Notes: I loved the first two books, I even own Lola and The Boy Next Door in the original cover (but pine for the new ones, lol), I can't wait for the this one to come out.



Wishlist Wednesday # 4

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.


Skyblue Shore, # 2 by Yamada Nanpei

Summary from Goodreads

A dramatic shojo romance, in a delightful beach setting, about a second chance at true love! Follow the continuing adventures of Tomo, who believes the sea and its skyblue shore can bestow treasures on people. She may be proven right in ways she never could have imagined!

My Notes: I read the first volume in the series a while ago because I found it at a used book shop for a buck. It was so cute, I can't wait to read the next one.
       
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files # 3) By Jim Butcher





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Summary from Goodreads:

Harry Dresden - Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble - and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone - or something - is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....

My Review:

Review/Reread: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Summary from Goodreads:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Review:

Monday, May 19, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? # 4/Bout of Books 10 Wrap Up~!

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 (For Bout of Books 10): 10 Books, and Two Graphic Novels/Manga.

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson


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Summary from Goodreads:

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try... unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait... what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um.

My Review:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bout of Books 10 Update - Day 6

I did not do much reading because I spent a lot of the day helping my parents with their yard (pulling up bushes is not easy work), but I did read one book. I read Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, a reread of my favorite book of hers, and it was 392 pages. It is on kindle for.31 cents right now! :D And I read the first volume of the Dresden Files comic, and it was 128 pages.
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Total Pages Read:  3,320

Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bout of Books 10 Update - Day 5

I took my time reading, instead of reading books I had planned to I read Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, which was such a good book! It was 228 pages. Then I (sadly) finished Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop and it was 353 pages total. I also started reading Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson and read 50 pages before bed, and read twenty more pages of Pushing The Limits.
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Total Pages Read:    2,800 (2,920)

Review: Fool Moon (The Dresden Files # 2) By Jim Butcher

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: After the End by Amy Plum

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 World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

My Review:

Bout of Books 10 Update - Day 4

I did not read very much because I had a horrible headache most of the day that did not allow me to do anything. But it went away later in the day and I managed to read one book and start on a few others. I finished Fool Moon (The Dresden Files # 2) by Jim Butcher, and really enjoyed it (sadly I have to wait until I can get a copy of Grave Peril) which was 342 pages. I also read around 32 pages of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, I've already read it but since I got the kindle ebook for cheap I wanted to reread it. And I also made it 50 pages into Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop, which is amazing!!

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Total Pages Read: 2,219 (2,301)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bout of Books 10 Update - Day 3

Yesterday I ended up reading a lot, so I went slower today because of classes (finals, ugh), lol. I finished the rest of After the End by Amy Plum (and enjoyed it). Which was 336 pages. Plus some books I had on hold came in, and I will be reading them this week. Next picked up Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover and finished that as well and it was 321 pages. And before I went to bed I made it 30 pages in Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher.

Total Pages Read: 1,877 (1,907)
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Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Summary from Goodreads:

It's 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin's extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It's a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: Tease by Amanda Maciel

Summary from Goodreads:

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

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Bout of Books 10 Update - Day 2

I did not read as much as I wanted to, I spent a lot of time reading Between Shades of Gray (awesome and so sad) finished 204 pages. Next I finished Tease by Amanda Maciel, which was 336 pages (another book I owned and needed to read), and then I started reading After The End by Amy Plum, I made it 50 pages. 

Total Number of Pages Read So Far: 1,270
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