Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #43


Sharp Objects: Review
Dark Placee: Review
For Darkness Shows the Stars: Review
The Fine Art of Pretending: Review

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

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For Review:

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

Summary from Goodreads:

It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

My Review:

It took me a while to get into this one, which is why it has been on my TBR for years, but by the end of the novel I really enjoyed it.

I loved Persuasion by Jane Austen, however, I felt like this should have been seperate from that book. I noted some connections but I had a hard time connecting the two in my head and it took away some of my pleasure.

Because of the cover I was expecting something more science fiction based, but it focused more on the family drama, the racism, and the romance than the tech.

I recommend checking this out, it isn't as science fiction based as I wanted it to be but it was still a great book.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Friday, February 27, 2015

Film Thursday # 28: The Imitation Game (2014)

Before the Oscars I managed to go see this film (because I'd only seen one other oscar film, lol) mainly because of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira. :) I was sad that this one only won one award (adapted screenplay) because it was an amazing film. The score, the acting, and the clothes blew me away. Plus, the story itself was well done and I now want to go out and read the novel. But be warned this is one will make you cry! 5/5

Review: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris.

Summary from Goodreads:

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

My Review:

After reading quite a few dark books (mainly Gillian Flynn) I decided I needed some YA chick-let to make me feel better. And this was just what I wanted.

I loved the plot, mainly because I love the cliche of two friend pretending to date. I was not a big fan of the duel POVS because I felt like it was not needed with this story.

However, I liked both the main character, Aly, and the love interest, Brandon, and the message about being yourself and not changing just to fit in.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy YA contemporary novels.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 42

"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.

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Summary from Goodreads:

Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

My Notes:

I haven't read The Duff yet but I bet I'll love it and want to read this one when it comes out.


Wishlist Wednesday #42

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.

153747 Moby Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville.

Summary from Goodreads:

"It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships' cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it." So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imaginations in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author's lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

This edition of Moby-Dick, which reproduces the definitive text of the novel, includes invaluable explanatory notes, along with maps, illustrations, and a glossary of nautical terms.

My Notes:

This has been on my TBR for so long, I've read 40 pages so far and I finally want to finish it. Plus, I'm reading some of his short stories for class and just want to read more of his work.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books/TV Shows/Films #44

1. Veronica Mars. I tend to pick her as my favorite heroine because she reminds me of myself, plus she is a badass.
2. Celaena from the Throne of Glass Series. It was refreshing to get a strong female character in YA.
3. Daenerys Targaryen both the TV show and the books.
4. Hermione Granger.  I adored her as a child and still love her today, she makes bookworms look good. :)
5. Arya Stark. One of my favorite GoT characters.
6. Sansa Stark. I think she is strong in her own way.
7. Buffy Summers. She is great example of a badass girl who still loves girly things. :)
8. Willow. Another great example of a badass bookworm.
9. Faith. Even though she tends to be the bad girl in the end she does good things.
10. Echo. Dollhouse.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Summary from Goodreads:

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her borther's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day... especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

My Review:

I started reading this book back when I was high school but stopped because it was a little too intense for my young mind, lol. But now that I'm giving it a second book it was a lot better than I remembered.

Libby Day has to be my favorite Flynn character in all of her novels because even though she is flawed it was easier to connect with her. However, she was one of the only characters that I really liked. Andyet again, this is now a trend, I was not a fan of the ending.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoyed her other novels.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #42

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:
Wild by Alex Mallory (4 Stars)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (3 Stars)
Benito Cerneo by Herman Melville (4 Stars)
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (3 Stars)
Something Real by Heather Demetrios (5 Stars)
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (3 Stars)

Total number of Pages I've read Last week: 1,997

What I Want to Read Next:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Top Five Sunday: Urban Fantasy Books/Adult and YA I'm dying for in 2015! #36

1. Alice by Christina Henry. I love Alice in Wonderland so I will be picking up this retelling. :)
2. Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews. This reminds me I need to keep reading this series, I'm on book three.
3. The Raven King (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater. This book will be on a lot of lists because I want it so bad.
4. A Daker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab.
5. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I still need to read her other series but this one sounds interesting. This one kind of comes out in 2016, but whatever.

Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Summary from Goodreads:

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

My Review:

It seems like I always have a problem with the endings in Flynn's books, but at least this ending was better than Gone Girl. But you won't see the ending coming, and I always love interesting twists.

However, I did like the main character Camille as the book went on (you see why she is so messed up) I just didn't care for everything she was doing. And I enjoyed Flynn's writing style, but it was not as lyrical as Gone Girl.

I recommend reading this if you enjoyed Gone Girl.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #42


Something Real: Review
Gone Girl: Review
Wild: Review


Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern ($1.99)
Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher (.99)
Harley Quinn # 1: Hot in the City ($4.99)
Breaking the Rules (#6) by Katie McGarry ($3.99)

For Review: