Sunday, November 30, 2014

Top Five Sunday: Book Series Crossovers I'd Love to See! #28


Top Five Sunday is hosted by Larissa and Friends' Bookish Life

1. The Hunger Games and Divergent. It would be amazing to see Tris and Katniss team up.
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2. Hounded and The Dresden Files. Dresden and Atticus would be so funny together fighting Gods.
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3. Lunar Chronicles and Throne of Glass Series. 
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4. The Raven Boys Series and I Hunt Killers Series, I think Jasper would be an interesting addition to the group.
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5. Veronica Mars Series and the Supernatural Series, Veronica Vs Dean would be epic.
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Review: They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire.


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Summary from Goodreads:

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.

All because of the list.

Kenzie Summerall can't imagine how she's been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.

This is the power of the list. If you're on it, your life changes.

If you're on it this year? Your life ends.

The girls on the list have started to die, one by one. Is it a coincidence? A curse? Or is the list in the hands of a killer?


Time is running out for Kenzie, but she’s determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list...before her number’s up.

My Review:

I picked up this October release mainly because of the epic cover and it was a interesting read. It didn't blow my mind like other thrillers I've read this year (mainly Don't Look Back) but I did not see twist at the end of the book coming at all.

The main character Kenzie was okay, and seemed to be the only one who even wanted to figure out what was happening.

The only thing that bugged me was the whole Levi/Kenzie love story because it was the same thing we've seen over and over again. Bad boy everyone doubts that ends up having a heart that only the main character can bring out, ugh.




My Rating: 

Four Stars Out of Five

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #30



Reviews:

This One Summer: Review
The Bone Season: Review
The Girl From the Well: Review

Bought:
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (.50)
Shopaholic and Baby (#5) by Sophie Kinsella ($1.00)
All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry (.50)
11/22/63 by Stephen King ($1.00)

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For Review:


NonBook Related:

Heathers (1988) ($1.50)
Girl, Interrupted (1999) (1.50)
Equilibrium (2002) ($1.50)
Supernatural Season 7-9 ($30)
Arrow Season 2 ($10)





Friday, November 28, 2014

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Retellings #25

This meme is hosted by Book Badger.


1. The Lunar Chronicles

2. The Splintered Series
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3. Cruel Beauty Novels
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4. Robin Hood Retelling
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5. Beauty and the Beast Retellings (I haven't even read it, lol)
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Friday TV/Game Time #9: Peaky Blinders Series 2

Thanks to Netflix I was able to move on to the second season of Peaky Blinders, I loved the first season. And my favorite actor, Cillian Murphy did an amazing job as the main character Tommy Shelby, plus I was pleasantly surprised when Tom Hardy showed up in the second episode. Both of them are amazing actors and the second season was amazing, and sadly I have to wait a while for the third season. :( I recommend checking out this great BBC show. 5/5


Graphic Novel Review: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)


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Summary from Goodreads:

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.


In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teen age—a story of renewal and revelation.

My Review:

It is has been a while since I read a graphic novel that was not action based or Marvel, and this was the perfect one to read.

I now understand why everyone was saying to read this one over all of the others out there, it was amazing. The art was beautiful, and I loved that the whole book was one shade of blue, I think that it connected to the story. The story was heart touching and I had a hard time putting it down.

As you read you get sucked into the story and love the characters and by the end your heart is breaking, I loved how the artist/author was able to pull it off.



My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #29



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.


7958389Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. 

Summary from Goodreads:

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One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.


My Notes:

I tried reading this when it came out but one of the POVs through me off (they write with no punctuation) that I have up. But since I grabbed this for a dollar I'm giving it another shot. Plus it expanded my John Green collection. :) 

Waiting on Wednesday # 29





"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.


22055262 A Darker Side of Magic by V.E Schwab.

Releae Date: February 24th, 2015.

Summary from Goodreads:

From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

My Notes:

I've read a few of her books and enjoyed them so I'll be checking this out. Plus it seems to be my type of fantasy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: The Bone Season (#1) by Samantha Shannon


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Summary from Goodreads:

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.


Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.


My Review:

Months ago I had only made it two pages in this novel and put it down, and I'm glad that I made myself finally read this (and having the second book on my kindle helped).

I loved this book and the new world it shared with me, plus most of all I loved Paige, she was great character to follow (and also it did not have duel povs, so yay).

The only thing I had trouble with was the names of certain things, and too late did I realize that the back had a glossary, because I was reading the ebook. The side characters were well done and I loved Warden and the others.


But the plot was unique, and the romance was down played and did not happen until near the end, which was refreshing. I'm already planning on reading the second book, I cannot wait to see where this series heads.

My Rating:

Five Out of Five Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR #32


1. The Mime Order (#2) by Samantha Shannon. I'm half-way through the first book and have this one from Netgalley.
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2. Hexed (#2) and Hammered (#3) by Kevin Hearne. I have a kindle book from the library with both of these on it. :)
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3. Talon (#1) by Julie Kagawa. This series sounds interesting.
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4. Snow Like Ashes (#1) by Sara Raasch. I've been a fantasy mood these last few months so I can't wait to read this one.
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5. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios. This one sounds amazing.
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6. Dreams of Gods and Monsters (#3) by Laini Taylor. I'm listening to the audiobook so it might take me all winter.
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7. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3) by Michelle Hodkin. 
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8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I've been meaning to read this for a while.
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9. Confessions of a Shopaholic (#1) by Sophie Kinsella. A reread for me so I can move on to the others books in the series.
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10. Checkmate (#3) by Malorie Blackman. 
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