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:

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #30



Reviews:

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

Friday, November 28, 2014

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:

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.


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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:

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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Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco


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Summary from Goodreads:

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night. 

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out. 

My Review:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #29



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, November 23, 2014

Review: Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz


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Summary from Goodreads:

What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.


By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

My Review:

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #29



Reviews:

Veronica Mars: Review
Hounded: Review

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday TV/Game Time #9: Peaky Blinders Series 1

As always I tend to watch shows or movies if I like a certain actor in them, and this time that person is Cillian Murphy. I've seen a majority of his work and he is one of my favorite. The show is set in 1919 and follows a gang made up of the Shelby family, the Peaky Blinders, run by Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy). It follows them as Thomas tries to fight other gangs and get ahead, plus it also follows the cop trying to take them down. The show is really interesting, but pretty violent, not for a young audience. It keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what Thomas does next. The acting is great and I'm planning on watching the two seasons available and the third when it comes out. Both seasons are out on Netflix. 5/5



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday # 28



"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.


22546489The Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion

Release Date: December 30th, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Graeme Simsion first introduced these unforgettable characters in The Rosie Project, which NPR called “sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally.” The San Francisco Chronicle said, “sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.” If you were swept away by the book that’s captivated a million readers worldwide, you will love The Rosie Effect.

My Notes:

I randomly bought the first book, The Rosie Project, mainly because it was $1.99, and loved it. So I cannot wait for the sequel to come out. Left out some spoilers from the summary, so if you have read the first book Goodreads has the plot for the second one.

Wishlist Wednesday #28



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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Curtsies and Conspiracies (#2) by Gail Carriger

Summary from Goodreads:

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

My Notes:

I really enjoyed the first novel in this series and since I grabbed all three from Netgalley I can read them anytime I want. I can't believe I waited so long to get into this series! It is by far my favorite steampunk series/book I've read.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne



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The first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles--introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero. 
Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old--when in actuality, he's twenty-one "centuries" old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. 
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he's hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power--plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish--to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

My Review:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get #31


1.Vision in Silver (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop. One of my favorite series from last year, coming out in March.
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2. Untitled (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas. Another series I fell in love with this year.
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3. The Winner's Crime (#2) by Marie Rutkoski.
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4. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. More like a companion novel but I want to read it so badly.
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5. Please Remain Calm (This is Not a Test #2) by Courtney Summers. I'm just glad this author has another book, love all of her other ones.
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8. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. Another companion novel from a favorite author of mine.
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10. Untitled (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater.

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #28



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:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #28



Reviews:

Vivian Apple At the End of the World: Review
The Truth About Alice: Review
Made for You: Review
Compulsion: Review

Review: Veronica Mars, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham


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Summary from Goodreads:

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She's traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it's spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is not a simple missing person's case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica's past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

My Review:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Film Thursday # 20: Snowpiercer (2013)

Ever since I saw the trailer for this movie I've wanted to watch it, mainly because Chris Evens is in it (and I will watch everything he does). Plus it helped that it was getting a lot of good buzz. The story is unique, it has the last of humanity on a never ending train because the world is in a ice age. And Chris Evens and others are at the tail end and treated poorly, so they rebel and try to get to the engine. I really enjoyed this movie and it made me cry at the end thanks to Even's great acting ability. If you can't handle emotional or graphic movies this one isn't for you. But I liked how one scene only described the horrors that happened on the train and it still hits you hard. I also noticed that the editing/Cinematography of the movie was well done, they made such a depressing and violent movie look beautiful. I recommend checking this out. 5/5

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Compulsion by Marina Boone


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Summary from Goodreads:

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

My Review:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book #30



1. Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom
2. Draco Malfoy 
3. A young Sirus Black

4. Ronan Lynch from the Raven Boys.
5. Mary from Burn for Burn series. I would like a back story. 
6. The whole book in the killers POV.
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7. Blue from the Raven Cycle.
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8. Manon, she needed more chapters.
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9. A short story of something from Murphy's POV.
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10. A book mainly about Boyd Crowder
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