Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Summary from Goodreads:

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high..

My Review:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #25

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.

Summary from Goodreads:

Would you try to change the world if you thought it had no future?

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities — but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way... until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

My Notes:

I'm a big fan of this author, mainly because of Please Ignore Vera Dietz, so of course I am going to read this one. I have the audiobook of this waiting for me on my kindle, so I need to finally listen to it. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

Summary from Goodreads:

When Alix's charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee's room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee's cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: "Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you."

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life--secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she's been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee's phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee's lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they'd thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to--but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?

My Review:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason

Summary from Goodreads:

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

My Review:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #25

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:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday TV/Game Time #6: The Last of Us

Over the last two weeks or so I've been playing the PS3 game The Last of Us, yep, I'm like a year behind in trends, lol (but I'm cheap and it was only $20). The company Naughty Dog made the game, and they also made all three of the Uncharted games and I love this well (but that is another post). I've managed to get better at harder games like this one, mainly because I want the story as well as the gameplay. The stellar graphics and story-telling are well-worth the billion times I died in the game. :) But warning this game will shatter your heart and make you cry a whole lot.

Friday TV Time #5: Reign Season 1

 I actually started watching this show back when it premiered last year, however, I stopped after episode 6 because of my busy schedule. But now thanks to Netflix (where most of my TV shows come from) I can now binge watch the first season. And maybe catch up so I can start watching the second season which is airing right now. Anyway, the show is entertaining to watch, it is pretty much a soap opera set in 15th century. Plus all of the cast of the show are great in their roles, my favorites are: Mary, Kenna, Bash, and Nostradamus. The show throws a lot of drama and drastic twists at you and it makes sure not to bore you. And most of all, the costumes and the music are amazing. I would recommend checking this show out.

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (#3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Summary from Goodreads:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

My Review:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)
Summary from Goodreads:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

My Review: 

Film Thursday #17: From Dusk to Dawn (1996)

 I started off my horror movie marathon early this year and watched a few older titles, and first off was From Dusk to Dawn. It had been a few years since I had last watched it (the edited for TV version and plus I just watched the new TV show last month on Netflix. I think that Clooney did a great job as Seth Gecko (even though I love the new guy playing him on the show), and I liked the way the TV show told the story and extended it compared to the movie. It was just a fun and gorey movie to watch. 4/5.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top New Series I Want To Start #27

1. Snow Like Ashes (#1) by Sara Raasch. After Heir of Fire I am in the mood for fantasy so can't wait to read this one.
2. Talon (#1) by Julie Kagawa. 
3. Blackbird (#1) by Anna Carey. I still need to read the last book in the Eve series by this author but this one sounds interesting.
4. Not a Drop to Drink (#1) by Mindy McGinnis
5. Soar (#1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
6. In the After (#1) by Demitria Lunetta.
7. Red Rising (#1) by Pierce Brown.
8. The Uninvited (#1) by Sophie Jorden.
9. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. I've owned this for a while, lol.
10. Better when He's Bad (#1) by Jay Crownover.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Summary from Goodreads:

Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

My Review:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #24

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, October 19, 2014

Review: Heir of Fire (#3) by Sarah J. Maas

Summary from Goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love

My Review:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Summary from Goodreads:

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

My Review:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday # 23

"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.

Release Date: March 3rd, 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

My Notes:

I loved the first novel in this series so I can't wait for the next one to come out. Plus I just love that cover, I'm a sucker for girls in dresses. :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #23

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, October 12, 2014

Review: Outlander (#1) by Diana Gabaldon


Summary from Goodreads:

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Review:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Film Thursday #15: Godzilla (2014)

 I managed to get this movie for free on Ultra Violet, which made my day (I wasn't sure I wanted to buy it) and I enjoyed it more then I thought I would. However, the first hour was too slow for me, but the second hour and the end of the movie was so action packed and amazing. Of course my favorite part was Godzilla, plus I loved the main character Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, from Kick-Ass) and the other characters were not bad. It would have gotten a better score if the monsters, mainly Godzilla had shown up sooner, way too much build up. 3/5

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday # 22

"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.

Summary from Goodreads:

After escaping through the bottom of Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives aboard the great mechanical bird land on the ground to finally learn what has lived beneath their floating island home all these eons.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and customers watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park. 

It is also a land at war. 

Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven. But caught under the watchful eye of another king that wants to dominate his world, they wonder if coming to the ground will drag Internment down with them

My Notes:

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Perfect Ruin, more then her Wither series, so I am excited for the second book. However, I won't be buying it because ugh that cover is ugly. :P

Wishlist Wednesday #22

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.

Summary from Goodreads:

In this action-packed and timely "Tarzan for the digital age," Cade, a teen raised in the wilderness, is brought into modern civilization.

The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving-that's all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he's the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger...

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy-he's stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he's not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade's past tear them apart?

My Notes:

I mainly want to read this because it is a retelling of Tarzan and I love that story (and George of the Jungle).

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels #25

1. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater. My favorite character driven series at the moment, I love all of the main characters.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
3. Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin. There are so many different characters that you love and hate in this series.
4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 
6. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.
7. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.
8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
9. Books by Katie McGarry.
10. Torn Away from Jennifer Brown
Torn Away