Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Summary from Goodreads:

"The Turn of the Screw" is an intense psychological tale of terror. It begins in an old house on Christmas Eve. It is the story of a Governess who comes to live with and take care of two young children. The Governess loves her new position in charge of the young children, however she is soon disturbed when she begins to see ghosts.

My Review:

I haven't read any novels by Henry James before and I'm glad that I started off with his gothic novel (well I had to read it for class).

The story is interesting because you never quite know what is going on. It seems like the ghosts are real but the POV is from the person seeing them, and it could all be in her head. The Governess isn't the best character, but I believe that makes the reader question her even more.

And I recommend checking out the film, The Innocents (1961), which is the best film based on this novel.

I recommend checking this classic out if you enjoy ghost stories or gothic fiction.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #47

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:

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore (4 Stars)
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong (4 Stars)
The Lady's Maid's Bell by Edith Wharton (4 Stars)
Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown by Kate Leth (4 Stars)

Total number of Pages I've read Last week: 937

What I Want to Read Next:


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Top Five Sunday: Top TBR Books #38

1. Joyland by Stephen King. I've been wanting to read more Stephen King and this one looks interesting.
2. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle. I haven't had the best luck with Romeo and Juliet retellings but this one looks pretty good.
3. Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker. This has been on my list for ages.
4. The Way of Kings Part 1 by Brandon Sanderson. I grabbed the free ebook and need to finally read this.
5. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. I'm dying to read this one because is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera.

Review: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain.

Summary from Goodreads:

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

My Review:

This was another book that I put off reading after only a few chapters. I love the stoy of Hades and Persephone so I jumped on this novel (plus I got the second one for free) and wasn't impressed.

My main problem with this, besides the pacing, was the two main characters (and the duel POVs). I couldn't really find any character I really liked.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy retellings of myths, but I doubt I will be reading the other novels in this series.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Summary from Goodreads:

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

My Review:

This is another book that I tried to read when it first came out but did not finish it until now. I tend to finally read books when the second novel comes out.

I really enjoyed this novel and loved the twists and turns that happened. Plus, I liked the two main characters, Moria and Ashyn, and how the author changed POVS between the twins but in between 4 or 5 chapters. The side characters were awesome as well, I loved the two animals, Tova (a hound) and the Wildcat.

The world building was interesting as well, with all of the creatures of myths coming alive, and how the cities have a Keeper/Seeker to talk to spirits.

I will be picking up the second novel, which comes out next month because the ending was a big shock and I can't wait to see what happens next.

I recommend picking this up if you enjoy fantasy novels and Armstrong's writing style.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #47


Will Grayson, Will Grayson: Review
Texas Gothic: Review
Fairest: Review
This Is Where I Leave You: Review
I Was Here: Review



American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Joy Land by Stephen King
In a Handful of Dust (#2) by Mindy McGinnis

For Review:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

Summary from Goodreads:

Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and Iives intertwine.

It's not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old - including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire - Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most awesome high school musical.

My Review:

I snagged this book for .50 cents, it was one of the last John Green novels I needed to complete my collection.

I started this book back when it was first published, in 2010, but did not enjoy it and stopped after a chapter. However, this second time I finished the novel and really loved it. My main problem was the even numbered chapters of the second Will Grayson and his lack of grammer. But I got used to the writing style and liked it by the end of the book.

And now I can't wait to get my hands on the new book, Hold Me Closer, which is Tiny Cooper's musical. :)

I recommend checking this out before reading the new novel by Levithan.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out Next Week That I Want To Read/See/Play # 7

Life Is Strange Episode 2 - I really enjoyed the first episode of this game, which has amazing graphics and the same type of gameplay as TellTale. I cannot wait to see what happens next because the first episode had a lot of twists. Plus, as the player your choices have consequences that may happen in this episode or the other three. But I loved the second episode even more than the first, I recommend this game! :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 46

"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.

18006496Summary from Goodreads:

Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Release Date: September 1st.

My Notes:

I enjoyed the first two books in this series. However, the third book was one my favorite books of 2014, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

Wishlist Wednesday #46

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 Amazon:

From bestselling author Deb Caletti comes a beautiful and profound novel of three women coming to terms with love and marriage—sure to move and delight fans of Kristin Hannah, Liane Moriarty, and Anna Quindlen.
“You don’t grow up on a divorce ranch and not learn to take a vow seriously.”

When Callie McBride finds a woman’s phone number written on a scrap of paper her husband has thrown away, she thinks that her marriage is over. Callie flees to Nevada and her Aunt Nash’s Tamarosa Ranch, where she’s shocked to see that the place of so many happy childhood memories is in disrepair. Worse, Aunt Nash is acting bizarrely—hoarding stacks of old photographs, burying a book in the yard, and railing against Kit Covey, a handsome government park ranger who piques Callie’s interest.

But Aunt Nash may prove to be saner than she seems once Callie pulls back the curtain on Tamarosa’s heyday—the 1940s and ’50s, when high-society and Hollywood women ventured to the ranch for quickie divorces and found a unique sisterhood—and uncovers a secret promise Nash made to her true love. Callie will come to see is that no life is ever ordinary. No story of love is, either.

Release Date: July 7th

My Notes:

I managed to get a early copy of this from NetGalley, Caletti is one of my favorite YA authors but I need to read her adult novels as well.

Reread Review: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Summary from Goodreads:

Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect any hope of ever having a normal life.

Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Good old ordinary, uneventful hard work. Only, Amy and her sister, Phin, aren't alone. There's someone in the house with them—and it's not the living, breathing, amazingly hot cowboy from the ranch next door.

It's a ghost, and it's more powerful than the Goodnights and all their protective spells combined. It wants something from Amy, and none of her carefully built defenses can hold it back.

This is the summer when the wall between Amy's worlds is going to come crashing down.

My Review:

I managed to snag this book for a $1 a few months ago and finally read it for the second time. Rosemary Clement-Moore is one of my favorite gothic fiction YA authors.

The author is great at creating characters, I really liked the main character Amy, her sister Phin, and their cousin Daisy (who is the main character in the second novel in this series).

I really love the whole idea of this book, and the others in this series, with the Goodnight family, and I hope that the author writes more about them.

I recommend checking out any of her books if you enjoy Gothic Lit.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Fairest (#4.5) by Marissa Meyer

Summary from Goodreads:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

My Review:

It was interesting to see the back story behind the evil Queen Levana, and learn about the new characters in the fourth novel.

It made me dislike Levana even more, lol, but it did show a different side to the character.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out, Winter, mainly because I love the story of Snow White.

I recommend this short novel if you enjoyed the other three books in the series.
My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit #48

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I adored this series when I was a kid/tween and really want to re-read it, I own every book expect two and six.
2. The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot. I've read the entire series and bought copy of the last one when it came out.
3. Fairy Tales. I had a picture book of fairy tales that I adored. I'm reading some of the Grimm tales for my college English class, so that is awesome.
4. Sarah Dessen. I've read and now almost all of her books.
5. Deb Caletti. I started reading her novels in high school and still love reading anything by her.
6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I read this classic back in high school and really want to reread it soon.
8. The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty.
10. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris. I started reading this series in high school and now own the entire series and will be rereading it in the future.

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #46

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:

I Was Here by Gayle Forman (5 Stars)
Not a Drop a Drink by Mindy McGinnis (5 Stars)
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (4 Stars)
Beauty and the Beast by Grimm (3 Stars)
Bluebeard by Charles Perrault (4 Stars)
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (3 Stars)
Fairest (#4.5) by Marissa Meyer (4 Stars)
The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain (3 Stars)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (4 Stars)

Total number of Pages I've read Last week: 2,418

What I Want to Read Next: