Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis



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Amara is never alone. Not when she's protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they're fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she's punished, ordered around, or neglected.

She can't be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he's yanked from his Arizona town into Amara's mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He's spent years as a powerless observer of Amara's life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she's furious.

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan's breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they'll have to work together to survive--and discover the truth about their connection.

My Review:

The plot was the main reason I checked this book out, and also the awesome cover. I read it because of the read-a-thon, for Whimsical Wednesday, where the book had to be fantasy or science fiction. I was looking forward to reading it, however, the book just dragged on it was hard for me to get through it. It did pick up at the end, but I'd rather read something that starts out exciting and the format/writing style was also hard to read.



I recommend giving it a shot if only for the unique plot.

My Review:

Three Out of Five Stars 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?/Week of Wisdom Wrap-up #10


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.  Week of Wisdom, is a read-a-thon, where the goal is to read one book a day for a week.


The Books I Read Last Week:

Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8) by Jim Butcher (5 Stars) - Mature Monday. One of my favorite Dresden books.
Persuasion by Jane Austen (4 Stars) - Timeless Tuesday. Really enjoyed this classic, I only have one more book of hers to read.
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown (5 Stars) - Not apart of the read-a-thon, I only had about 100 or so pages to go, amazing book.
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (3 Stars) - Whimsical Wednesday. My least favorite books of the week.
Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5 Stars) - Thrilling Thursday. One of my favorite books of the read-a-thon.
Crash by Nicole Williams (3 Stars) - Friday Feels
White Night (The Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher (4 Stars) - Series Saturday . I finished my Friday read early and spent two days reading this book.
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (4 Stars) - Sunday Funday - I got behind at the end of the read-a-thon, but finished the book today, so not bad. 


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Total number of Pages I've read this week: 2,923

Books I Want to Read This Week:

The Calling (#2) by Kelley Armstrong
The Rising (#3) by Kelley Armstrong
The Reckoning (#3) by Kelley Armstrong

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Top Five Sunday: FAVE BOOKS 1st HALF OF 2014 #10



Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa and Friends' Bookish Life

1. The Dresden Files 1-9. I've always wanted to read this series, but I just could not get into it until now. And I love it. :)
2. Torn Away by Jennifer Brown. I read this book this past week and it was so brilliant and heartbreaking.
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3. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. It had been on my list for ages, and I finally read it this year and it was so good. I have the second one ready to go on my shelf, so I hope to read it this summer. Plus the third book comes out soon.
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4. The Other Series by Anne Bishop. This series really got me started on paranormal adult novels, and I recommend it.
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5. Take Me On by Katie McGarry. It took me less then a day to finish this book, and it is my favorite contemporary read this year. 
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Week of Wisdom Read-a-thon Update - Day 6 - Series Saturday


 Week of Wisdom, is a read-a-thon, where the goal is to read one book a day for a week. Thanks to the head start I managed to finish White Night (The Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher, and I even picked up the next two books in the series at the library. However, I'm not going to read the next book on my TBR (however, I still , instead I'm changing it up. I'm reading The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong at the moment, a series I've been meaning to read for a while now.

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Total Pages Read: 2,276

Review: White Night (The Dresden Files # 9) by Jim Butcher.


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Summary from Goodreads:

In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...

My Review:


My only complaint is that there was not enough Murphy in the novel. I like Elaine (glad that we got more character development for her, the last time she showed up was book 4) but I love Murphy. Plus I loved the fact that we got more Thomas and his story progressed, love him. I'm also glad that we got more of Molly Carpenter, she was such a great character in the last novel, and it was awesome seeing her as Harry's apprentice.

As always Harry is an awesome narrator, and he always makes me laugh (and so does Bob), but Mouse his Temple dog was by far my favorite character (and he has been for the last four books).

I'm planning a trip to the library to get book 10 and maybe 11-14 as well, lol, I doubt 15 will there since it's so new.

My Rating:

Four Out of Five Stars

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Week of Wisdom Read-a-thon Update - Day 5 - Friday Feels


 Week of Wisdom, is a read-a-thon, where the goal is to read one book a day for a week. I finished my Friday Feels read Crash by Nicole Williams early, so I started on my Series Saturday novel. I made it half way through White Night (The Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher (and it is so good), and will finishing it today.

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Total Pages Read: 1,824

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #13



Reviews:

Millennium Snow 1-3: Review
Ruin and Rising: Review
The Earl and the Fairy: Review
Proven Guilty: Review
Persuasion: Review
Torn Away: Review

Bought:

Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files # 8) by Jim Butcher
Captain's Fury (Codex Alera # 4) by Jim Butcher
Princeps Fury (Codex Alera # 5) by Jim Butcher
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot
Big Boned by Meg Cabot
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (for class)
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

My Review:



I'm not much of a mystery reader (besides The Dresden Files) but I managed to read this amazing book in one day. This is my first Armentrout book (I tried to read White Hot Kiss, but did not care for it), and now I will be reading her other books! :D

I really liked the main character, I'm glad we got to see the amnesia version of her and not the queen bee one because I'm not a huge fan of mean girl characters. The side characters were good as well, and it was interesting to see her interactions with the mean characters and the nicer ones. Plus the way people reacted when she was nice was pretty funny.

And the fact that the romance aspect of the novel did not take over the whole story was a nice change.

I recommend checking this book out if you enjoy great mysteries, and characters.


My Rating:

Five Out of Five Stars

Friday, June 27, 2014

Week of Wisdom Read-a-thon Update - Day 4 - Thriller Thursday


 Week of Wisdom, is a read-a-thon, where the goal is to read one book a day for a week. I had a much better day and managed to finish two books instead of just one. I read Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and it was just as good as everyone said. I recommend checking it out if you like mysteries. Plus I read the book Crash by Nicole Williams, it was the book I was going to read for Friday Feels. So, I'm moving on to my Saturday book early, White Night (The Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher, I like to read the Dresden books fully and slow so I'm glad to have the extra time.

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Total Pages Read: 1,824

Review: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown


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Summary from Goodreads:

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives -- but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.

In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she's never considered before -- one in which her mother wasn't perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that's something no tornado can touch.

My Review:



Jennifer Brown tackles subjects that most authors shy away from, and she does it so well it usually ends with the read (me, lol) in tears. I enjoyed her other books, but this one is by far my favorite out of them all.

And Torn Away was so heart-breaking, Brown did a brilliant job portraying the devastation of tornadoes and how they can strip away everything in a matter of seconds.

There are a lot of characters that will make you want to kill them, and also a majority that make you love them (the main character Jersey is on the love side, while her horrible extended family is on the hate) and it just makes you even more invested in the story.

I recommend picking this book up, but be warned it will pull on your heart all the way until the end.

My Rating:

Five Out of Five Stars

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Book Covers: Color Edition: Purple # 9


This meme is hosted by Book Badger.

1. The new covers are so pretty. Sadly, I own pretty much all of her books in the old covers, but if I find them for cheap I may swap them for the new covers.

2. One of my favorite covers, even though I only read the first of this series and haven't wanted to read the rest of it (plus other covers are not as pretty as this one).

3. I like the American covers, but I like the UK ones even more (and I love this one because of the purple).

4. I really want this nice cloth bound of The Secret Garden, I love the book and the movie.

5. I loved the Wake series, and I actually own this one.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Week of Wisdom Read-a-thon Update - Day 3 - Whimsical Wednesday


 Week of Wisdom, is a read-a-thon, where the goal is to read one book a day for a week. This was my worst day, I still managed to read the book, I just did not care for it. I read Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis, and it was hard to get through for me. My review will be up sometimes tomorrow. Next up I'm reading Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout, for Thrilling Thursday. I'm about 100 or so pages in and really enjoying it.

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Total Pages Read: 1,090

Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen



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Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

My Review:

I had a hard time reading Emma, also by Austen, so I was not expecting much with this novel. However, I really enjoyed Austen's exploration into high society and how the people acted silly about gaining favor with high borne people.

Anne was a brilliant main characters, I think she is now among my favorite Austen characters (with Lizzie, and Marianne) because she is a lot more down to earth and kind then the rest of her family. However, I did not care that much for the love interest, Captain Wentworth, I do not think he was given enough development, and instead Austen focused on Anne's annoying family and how atrocious they acted. I would have liked a little less of the satire about the high class people and more of Anne and Fredrick's love story, I wanted them to end up together but they did not get enough of the book.



If you enjoyed Jane Austen's other novel (or even if you did not care for Emma like me) I recommend checking out this classic, but be warned many of the aristocratic characters are annoying (which was Austen's point).

My Rating: 

Four Out of Five Stars

Thursday Treasures # 4

Thursday Treasures is where I tell you guys what I love at the moment: books, movies, or anything that I'm obsessing over.



I haven't been watching much TV this summer (mainly because their are few shows that interest me) because of my busy schedule. However, I have been watching Master Chef (and Teen Wolf, but I already talked about that last week), the food competition show on Fox with Ramsey, and I've always enjoyed watching it since the first season. The main reason why I like it (besides the glorious food) is that the cooks are not professional, instead they are home cooks, and it is always cool watching how far they come in the show. I recommend checking out this fun show (I believe some episodes are on youtube) as a way to pass an hour during the summer.

Film Thursday # 3: Jaws 2 (1978)

This meme is hosted by Reviews from a Bookworm, and it is where you share a review of a movie you've seen recently.


Recently I won a copy of Jaws 2, the remastered edition from 2004, and watched in my mom who is a hardcore fan of the original movie. I still need to watch the first movie again, but I thought the squel would be fun to watch and make fun of. The main reason why I have not watched a lot shark movies is that when I was a child they scared the crap out of me. And still I had to go on the Jaws ride at Universal, *shutter*. It was actually pretty full jump scares, and the shark did not look that fake compared to the first one. The best part (hence the gif) was the bad acting/scareaming of one of the teenagers, after the fifth scream of so it did get annoying, lol. I recommend checking it out for the awesome shark scenes and jump scares, just try hard to ignore some of the actors.