Saturday, October 31, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #76

Stacking the Shelves



Reviews:

Her Dark Curiosity (#2) by Megan Shepherd: Review
Walk on Earth a Stranger: Review
Honor Girl: Review



For Review:




Friday, October 30, 2015

Review: Her Dark Curiosity (#2) by Megan Shepherd


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Summary from Goodreads:

Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this tantalizing sequel to Megan Shepherd's gothic suspense novel, The Madman's Daughter, explores the hidden natures of those we love and how far we'll go to save them from themselves.
Back in London after her trip to Dr. Moreau's horrific island, Juliet is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget her father's legacy. But soon it's clear that someone—or something—hasn't forgotten her, as people close to Juliet start falling victim to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes. Has one of her father's creations also escaped the island? As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

My Review:

It has been years since I read the first novel in the Madman's Daughter series, and kind of regret not rereading the first novel before jumping into this one. Which is why it took me so long to get into it, however, by the end I really enjoyed the storyline and characters.

I read The Cage by Shepherd this month and it made me want to finally finish this series.

I already have the third and final novel in the series coming to me, so I plan on finishing this series soon.

Juliet, and Henry/The Beast are two of my favorite characters in the series, and cannot wait to see what happens with them.

I recommend checking out this great Gothic series.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 76



"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.


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Summary from Goodreads:

His obsession.
Her fall.

In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

My Notes:

Love the cover, and I'm hoping it is as creepy as it sounds.

Wishlist Wednesday # 76



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:

BOOK 2 IN THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES

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Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

My Notes:

I enjoyed the first book in this series and really need to keep reading it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 of My Favorite Gothic Fiction Novels #74


1. The Madman's Daughter Series by Megan Shepherd. I'm only one book away from finishing this series and love it so far, just the right amount of creepy.
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2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I read this for my Gothic Fiction class and really liked it.
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3. Anything by Cat Winters, she is an amazing YA Gothic fiction author, which is rare.
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4. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
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5. Welcome to The Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I had to read this one two times for two different classes, and write a paper, so it will be a while before I reread. 
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7. The Shining by Stephen King
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8. Revival by Stephen King.
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9. Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday
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10. Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson


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Summary from Goodreads:

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

My Review:

I started out loving this novel, mainly because of the amazing main character and her unique gift.

However, as it went on the main problem I had was the plot, it spent way too much time on her travel to California, I wished that it would not have taken up the entire novel. I wanted more about her powers than we received.

It could have spent more time in the hometown showing the benfients and downside of her gold gift and I would have enjoyed it more.

Despite that I was a fan of Carson's characters, Lee, and the villains were well-done.

I recommend reading it but I hope the next novel spends less time on travel and more on her powers.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash


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Summary from Goodreads:

All-girl camp. First love. First heartbreak. At once romantic and devastating, brutally honest and full of humor, this graphic-novel memoir is a debut of the rarest sort.

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.

My Review:

Thanks to my New Media class I'm starting to back into reading Graphic Novels, and this was an amazing return to it.

It is a graphic memoir, and even though the art was a bit simple I still loved it and the story line.

I'm a fan of coming of age stories and this was a great one. I really liked the authors character and the camp stories that it went through. I would love to read more from this author.

I recommend checking it out if you enjoy memoirs and are not picky about art style.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out Next Week That I Want To Read/See/Play # 29



Games:

Life is Strange Episode 5


Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5


My Notes:

Cheating a little because these games are out last week and I've already had fun playing them. :D


Review: The Cage by Megan Shepard


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Summary from Goodreads:

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?
 

My Review:

I'm a fan of the Madman Daughter series by Shepherd so I decided to pick up her new one. And I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The cover kind of turned me off when it first came out but I finally picked it up recently and the plot was so original that it had me glued.

I haven't read a lot of science fiction or YA science fiction but I was interested in the plot of the story, and the world building. I'm excited for the next novel in the series.

However, the negative part was some of the characters, I loved Cora, and enjoyed Cassian's character but did not care for a lot of the other POVS. It would have been better with just Cora's POV.

I recommend checking out Shepard's new novel if you enjoyed her other series.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday # 76



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:

"There's no way I'm going to end a movie on a negative note." - John Hughes 

He allegedly wrote Ferris Bueller's Day Off in four days, Planes, Trains and Automobiles in three days, The Breakfast Club in two days, andVacation in a week. He never went to film school or studied cinema. And he spent most of his incredible career in the Midwest, far from the Hollywood Hills.

John Hughes was indeed one of the most prolific and successful filmmakers in Hollywood history. He helped launch the careers of Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin, and Judd Nelson. He made John Candy a household name.

In this first illustrated tribute to the legendary filmmaker, author Kirk Honeycutt offers a behind-the-scenes look at the genius that was John Hughes--from his humble beginnings in direct mail to his blockbuster success with classics like Pretty in PinkSixteen CandlesWeird Science,and Home Alone. Honeycutt also explores the darker side of John Hughes: his extreme sensitivity, his stormy professional relationships, and the devastation Hughes experienced after the death of his closest friend, John Candy.

Featuring fresh interviews with Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Steve Martin, and Jon Cryer, and a foreword from Home Alonedirector Chris Columbus, this is the must-read for fans of John Hughes.

"This biography is a fascinating portrait of a brilliant, complex, and wonderful man. John Hughes forever transformed my world, and I am grateful for such a wonderful tribute." - Ally Sheedy

"John Hughes always treated me with respect and consideration, and was most generous with his insight. As a result of Mr. Honeycutt's detailed research, we learn John Hughes the person was even more impressive than John Hughes the writer/director. Reading this book was a bittersweet experience, making me feel the size of the loss of his premature passing. But it also confirmed for me that John Hughes was a giant, and under his great shadow I am fortunate to remain." - Judd Nelson

My Notes:

I'm writing a 10-12 page paper on John Hughes and this book is so interesting.

Waiting on Wednesday # 76



"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.


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Summary from Goodreads:

London is in chaos.

Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.

Rue has got personal problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they all really are… is frightened.

When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?

My Notes:

I cannot wait to start this series and I hope I don't have to wait too long for this one to come out.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


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Summary from Goodreads:

The queen has returned.

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 has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. 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.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
 

My Review:

Once again my favorite character, besides Aelin was Manon and I'm excited that she's getting to interact with all of the other characters.

The whole Dorian story line was well-done but he has less chapters, I'm hoping he gets more in the next novel.

The couples that I want are all scattered but I pretty much like Aelin with everyone, lol, even Manon.

It is going to be horrible waiting for the next book in the series, but I'm just happy we get more of these amazing characters!

I recommend reading the entire series, it may seem long but it is worth it.

My Rating: 

Four Stars Out of Five

Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: To Be Or Not to Be by Ryan North


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Summary from Goodreads:

To Be or Not To Be is a choose-your-own-path version of Hamlet by New York Times best-selling author Ryan North. Play as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet--if you want to die on the first page and play as a ghost. It's pretty awesome! Readers can follow Yorick skull markers to stick closely to Shakespeare's plot, or go off-script and explore alternative possibilities filled with puzzles and humor.

Each ending in the book is accompanied by a full-color, full-page illustration by one of the 65 most excellent artists working today, so each rereading yields new surprises and rewards. Ryan's prose is, as always, colloquial and familiar but full of clever references, vivid imagination, and only the most choice of jokes. Inventive devices like a book-within-a-book (to mirror Hamlet's play-within-a-play) take full advantage of the gamebook medium and liven up the original story for even the most disinterested of Shakespeare readers!

To Be or Not to Be became a sensation when it launched: over 15,000 people backed the book in just one month, and it remains the number-one most funded publishing project ever on Kickstarter.com.

To be, or not to be: that is the adventure!


My Review:

I picked up this choice your own adventure book, Hamlet themed, for my class on New Media in English and it was both frustrating and hilarious.

My favorite character was Ophelia, who is a badass female in this retelling, and you can play as her.

The author interjects on your choices and every ending has an amazing illustration.

I recommend checking out this amazing book on Kindle.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #76

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?



This meme comes now comes from The Book Date

Books I Read Last Week:

Heartless By Gail Carriger
Honor Girl by Maggic Thrash
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
The Cage by Megan Shepherd 
Timeless by Gail Carriger

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Number of Pages: 2,080

Currently Reading:

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: Heartless (#4) by Gail Carriger


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Summary from Goodreads:

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?
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My Review:

This series just keeps getting better, and I loved the interactions between Alexia and Lord Maccon, it makes up for the lack of that in the third book.

It was pretty funny reading about her getting into predicaments while 8 months pregnant. However, it was nice that this time around she wasn't bombarded by attacks on her life.

I loved the addition of more steampunk elements and the machinery in this one.

I'm going to miss this series so much after I finish the fifth novel. :(

I'm starting to hope that Biffy/Professor actually happen, they would be perfect!

I recommend checking out this series just for the humor.

My Rating:

Four Out of Five Stars

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #74




Reviews:

We All Look Up: Review
The Start of Me and You: Review
The Uninvited: Review

Library:

After You by Jojo Moyes
Timeless by Gail Carriger
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
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For Review: