Saturday, November 22, 2014

GIF Tag

I've been tagged by Random Smiles to complete the Gif Tag!  I've seen this around and have been excited to try it out.  Thanks to Ellen for tagging me so I would do it!  Now I haven't heard of most of the books she gave me, so this is fun because I get to go look them up and possibly add new books to my TBR list.  Here you go:

Steel Lily by



Normally I like dystopians, but not sure this one sparks my interest.





Not for sure, but I'm intrigued for this one as it sounds like maybe zombies?  I'll have to add it to my TBR list.





The premise sounds kind of different.  But, I prefer to read YA, not New Adult.  If I'm reading about adults I prefer to read about people my age with my same problems.  Although that would be New Adult problems kind of.




I think the one time in my life I tried to become a runner came after the movie Run, Fatboy Run.  And this book is one that I had been able to get as an e-galley, but haven't been able to read.  It also makes me think I might want to try running again some day.  However the above picture is me right now.




This is how I feel about these kinds of stories.  They all sound the same to me.  I'm not much of a fantasy reader.  Sorry.




Another one that just doesn't get me interested really.  Sorry.




Another one I'm not sure if I'll read, but I do love the cover of it!!




I've seen this one around before, but based on the warning at the bottom of the Goodreads page, I'm wondering about this.




Hmm, this is one that I've seen around a lot on a lot of different blogs I think.  But based on this description on Goodreads, this is kind of how I feel about it.  Confused at what is so popular.




The synopsis on Goodreads makes me think of Land of the Lost, but actually more the movie than the tv show.  And I couldn't find any gifs for the movie, well one, but it didn't fit.  So this is the closest I could find.




Yeah, I have no idea what this one is supposed to be about and I'm pretty sure I'm okay with that.





This one kind of sounds good, but then I don't really need to add too many more books to my TBR list.

This was kind of hard since I hadn't read any of these.  So a lot of my gifs are kinda similar.  Oh well.
Here are the list of books I've chosen for the people I'm tagging.
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Arianna's Honor by Michelle Sodaro
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz
  • The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
  • Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
  • Transcendence by CJ Omololu
  • The Mark of the Hummingbird by Jessica Gollub
  • H2O by Virginia Bergin
  • Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
Tag you're it:
Feel free to join in even if I don't tag you.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Creed by Trish Leaver and Lindsay Currie

First, thanks to Netgalley and Flux Publishing for allowing me to read an e-galley of this title.  This was a good read.  One that kept me turning page and after page as it flowed in a manner that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat that I had to know what was going to happen.  In the end it got a lot darker than I really thought it would.  Not in a bad way, but in a pretty realistic way honestly.  I'm not really happy with how it ended.  While the main gist of how it ended does again seem realistic, it kind of felt too, I don't know.  I've thought about it for awhile, but can't think of the exact way to describe it.  Let's just say I needed more at the end.  But clear up to the end?  Well that was a wild ride!

The main character is Dee.  Dee's life has been a hard one.  She came from an abusive family.  Only in the past few years has she lived with a wonderful adoptive family, the Hoopers, and elderly husband and wife.  And she also met a boyfriend who has been exactly what she's needed to come out of her shell and feel safe again with people.  Her boyfriend is Luke.  The story is about a trip she is taking with the two boys.  A trip with a surprise concert at the end for Luke.  It is a gift from Dee, and his brother Mike is in on the secret to help her get him out and away for the weekend trip without getting in trouble with either of their families.

Along the way they run out of gas.  It's a snowy night, and where they're stuck there doesn't seem to be much traffic. So they begin walking to the nearest town.  Only when they get there, emergency sirens are going off and the town is deserted.  They try to get gas at a gas station, but the pumps are shut off and without knowing the password, they can't get them turned back on. So they find a house to spend the night in.  All the houses are empty, and there's something creepy about them.  They all seem to be almost exactly the same. In the morning they decide to start walking again and see if there are any outbuildings around the town that might have fuel they can get for the car. But along the way they are met by a boy about their age named Joseph.  Joseph  needs their help to save his younger sister from their father. The leader of this town, which sounds to be like a cult.  This will not be as easy as hoped.  Dee will have to figure out how to escape Joseph's father, Elijah, who plans to marry her.  And Mike and Luke are being held and tortured in a way to try to keep Dee complacent and doing as Elijah says.  But how far will Elijah go to force Dee's hand?  He's already cut her several times in the way that they bleed their members to let the evil spirits.  And what is in the box that he gives her when he tells her they will be getting married, well that is just a preview of the darkness that he will inflict on Dee, her friends, as well as his own son and nephews.

A great read.  Like I said, the whole story is the kind that you can't put down because you just think, okay, I'll read until they get out of this mess and have a minute to rest. But every time one thing might seem to be fixed, something else happens that is more to deal with.  And each new thing seems to be heavier than the last. 

Cover Characteristic - November 20th, 2014 - Last Book in a Series

Cover Characteristics is hosted at  Sugar and Snark.  Here are the guidelines for how it works if you want to join in:
Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!
 


Since it is Tuesday(I had planned it for Tuesday), I'm going to do a Top 10 list instead of the normal 5 covers.  I always try to pick books I've already read, but this time there were some I haven't read that I really liked.  The first five will be ones I've read, the second five will be the ones I haven't read yet.

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Now this may not actually be the last book in the series anymore, but I'm still putting it in this list.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

This is one I had checked out of the library to try to read back in September for my sequels challenge, but I didn't get to it.  I finally picked it up this past weekend and burned right through it between all my other things going on, like NaNoWriMo.  Overall this was a great ending to the series, although I feel the actual end of the book left me a little bit confused.  It was kind of rushed I felt, and I had some questions that didn't get explained. But believe me, if the author wants to come back and do some more books in this world to help explain, well I'll be all over that!

Just like in book 2, there were definitely some steamy scenes.  Warner is still my choice for Juliette, and she is beginning to realize that in the book. She also realizes that Adam really isn't the one for her the more she changes from the things that she goes through.  Adam has a really hard time realizing it though.  And he is so cruel to her.  So cruel in fact that as I was reading one scene while I was on my lunch break at work, I had to struggle to keep from having tears streaming down my face.  When I got home later though, even before I picked up the book to read again, I let myself shed a few tears for how sad that part had been.

 In this book the Omega Point base was destroyed.  Juliette has woken up after being shot point blank by Warner's, and now we know Adam's father.  She was saved through the healing twins, with the help of Warner who is able to mirror others' powers and he is still the only one who can touch Juliette.  He assures her that the base was destroyed and so he tells her that probably all of her friends are dead.  But she refuses to believe it and convinces Warner to take her back to the site of the destruction.  She runs into Kenji, and soon learns that some did survive.  Not many, but yes, one of them was Adam.  Who is at first so happy to see her.  But she has to remind him that they did break up before this all happened, and she still feels the same way.  And when Warner shows up to pick her up, Adam now sees that she is in love with Warner, even if she doesn't know it herself.  He can tell because she looks at Warner the same way she used to look at him.

All Adam wants now is to keep his brother and his friends safe.  Whereas Juliette is now all about taking down Anderson.  And so again, they fight.  She is able to rally the others, bringing some of them out of their catatonic seeming states.  And Kenji is totally on board.   Warner also wants to bring his dad down, and we learn that many things he's done in the past weren't for the reasons everyone, including Juliette, assumed.  Juliette learns that Warner is a much different person than he shows to the outside world.  And she realizes that she does love him, although not as soon as he hopes.  And there are parts where he has to put distance between them because he's never had anyone who could hurt him as much as she does, because of the feelings he has for her.

They all come up with a plan to rebel, or Juliette comes up with one, and everyone thinks it is a good one.  Juliette realizes that she might be a leader, more than she ever realized.  They must convince Warner's men, as well as hopefully the citizens in the area, to join them if they hope to have any chance at winning.  They will need to learn to work together, Juliette must learn to control her powers, and at some point, Adam must tell Warner that they are brothers.  All of this leads to a very emotional, edge of your seat ride.

As I said at the beginning, I loved this book.  Could barely put it down, even when it was making me cry!  There were again very steamy scenes between Juliette, and only Warner this time, none with Adam like in the last book.  But that's a good thing.  The ending.  Hmm, how to describe my disappointment without spoiling anything.  Let's just say that in the final battle, Anderson has a secret weapon.  But we know nothing about this weapon, other than that he looks familiar to Juliette and is blond.  And then we don't quite know where Warner is at the end throughout the battle.  We mainly know about Kenji and Juliette, and they are actually the main part of the story.  But it just feels so rushed and there are too many things unanswered for me because of this.

I loved Kenji all throughout the story, and am now totally on the same page with those people who picked him as someone they'd love to see get their own book.  Maybe that is how the author could add on to the story so we can stay in the world and I can get some of my questions about this ending answered. 

Promo Post: Orion's Curse (The Andromeda Series #2) by Amy Bartelloni




ORION'S CURSE
Author: Amy Bartelloni
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Andromeda series, Book #2
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
~ SYNOPSIS ~
It's been two months since the blowout with President Vise. 

The Valley is rebuilding and elections have been planned, but things are about to change when a new group of refugees arrives seeking the cure. They've brought with them someone Anyon never thought he'd see again, but he's not the only one who's surprised.

While Anyon sorts out the new arrivals, Malachi's loyalty will be tested when Dax and Raven, old friends from his time on the streets, show up baring secrets he's tried hard to keep hidden. He's never shared that part of his past with anyone, and finds himself going along with Dax to prevent anyone, especially Sera, from learning what they did on the streets to survive. 

But how far will he go to keep his past hidden?


Things take a turn for the worse when Dax and Raven pit Malachi against his friends. Will Sera's love be enough to prevent him from sliding back into his dark past, a past that's more brutal than even she can imagine?


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ANDROMEDA
Series: The Andromeda Series, Book #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Limitless Publishing 
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Ten years after a pandemic swept the globe, survivors were forced into factions and camps in order to survive.

Jade and Sera are two orphans who have found refuge in a government camp. It's there where Jade falls in love with a young soldier, Anyon. But Anyon has his own secrets, carefully guarding a past that involves Sera. Before Jade and Anyon admit their feelings to each other the camp is attacked and they're separated.

Jade knows to lead Sera to Albany, the last free camp in the east, but the road is dangerous.

Not only must they dodge pockets of infection, but they're threatened by drifters and gangs. When they arrive in Albany, they find it deserted.

Anyon and his friend Malachi are close on their heels, but not close enough. The Provisional Government is on a mission, and no one is quite prepared for what lies ahead.




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~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
Amy Bartelloni

Amy Bartelloni is a reader, writer, & coffee addict who lives with her husband, 3 children, and various animals in the northeast US. When she's not playing mom-taxi, you can find her with her nose in a book or her head in the clouds. A people watcher and science fiction junkie, she still believes dreams can come true. Some of her favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, Paulo Coelho, and Stephen King.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Hunted (The Living #2) by Matt de la Pena

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly awaiting.  My choice this week is a sequel to a book by an author that I really admire, and the first book in the series, The Living, was actually a bit of a different type of book than he usually writes.  And I was lucky enough to get to meet the author at BEA this past summer.  Well here is the blurb from Goodreads about this next book:


When the Big One hit, Shy was at sea in style. The Paradise Cruise luxury liner he worked on was a hulking specimen of the best money could buy. And now it's at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, along with almost all of its passengers.

Shy wasn't the only one to survive, though. Addie, the rich blond daughter of a mysterious businessman, was on the dinghy he pulled himself into. But as soon as they found the rest of the survivors, she disappeared.

The only thing that filled the strange void of losing her was finding Carmen, his hot coworker, and discovering a way to get back home. But Shy's luck hasn't turned. Not yet.

Back on the dinghy, Addie told him a secret. It's a secret that people would kill for-have killed for-and she has the piece that could turn everything on its ear. The problem? Shy has no idea where Addie is. Back home in California seems logical, but there are more ways to die back home then Shy could ever have guessed.

And thanks to what Shy now knows, he's a moving target.


That's my choice for this week.  And here is my picture with the author:
Matt de la Pena and me!
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Sequels I Can't Wait to Get My Hands On

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and The Bookish.   This week is another fun post as there are so many sequels that I'm waiting for.  All the time. And when I get one read, then there are 10 more to replace it.  So here are my top 10 in no particular order.

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Those are the top 10, although there are a few more I could add, but I didn't because I'll be featuring them as Waiting on Wednesday posts coming up as well.  Are any of these on your TBR list?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Post #16 and Stacking the Shelves November 16th, 2014

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.   With NaNoWriMo going on, I kind of like this so I can recap that as well as what I did on the blog during the week.

Last week on the blog:
I got my two reviews in this week, so I'm glad for that.  I got to the 25,000 words that I needed for NaNoWriMo by Saturday, or I got over 24,000, so that's close.  It was another crazy busy week, but one really exciting thing happened.  Thursday night I got to go to a question and answer with Stephen King!  I didn't get to meet him or get an autographed book unfortunately.  But, it was so neat to listen to him.  He was such a great speaker, and had such great things to say.  He chimed in on the recent news stories that have put down adults who read YA, and even listed off some of his favorite YA books, Harry Potter and also the Gone  series by Michael Grant, which is one of my favorite series, and it reminded me of King's Under the Dome when I read it.  Here are some pictures of Stephen King from that night.






It was so great to get to see him in person, but I still hope to get to actually meet him some day.  The shopping trip I talked about last week was cancelled due to the forecast of snow for yesterday.  However the snow never really showed up, so that was disappointing to miss out on it.  Instead I got a lot of writing done with my friend.

This week on the blog:
  • Review of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Cover Characteristic:  Last book in a series
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Orion's Curse Promo Post
  • Review:  Creed by Trisha Leaver (most likely next book to read)
That's all I know for sure.  I'd love to get started on the new Stephen King book I got Thursday night, Revival, and I might get started.  I just doubt I'll get done with a review this week.  I also have to write this week for NaNoWriMo.  And then Thursday I'm going to the marathon Hunger Games to see the first two and part one of the Mockingjay movie.

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is a way for us to share the new books we have collected.  I got a few, and I'm sure there will be more this coming week.

ARCs won:




Both of these are from Fangirlish.   I've already read the 2nd one, but now am very excited to read all of Andrew Smith's books.

ARC from bookstore:

Book purchased:

 E-galleys from Edelweiss:




The first one is about a concentration camp in  World War II, and I have always been fascinated and feel like I need to read everything about it, so I was glad to be approved to read this.  The 2nd one goes along with my Andrew Smith comment above.

Free Nook Books:





 The first one was a really cool free book that I had to get because I've heard so many great things about the series.  The last one, it sounded okay, but I love the peacock feathers on the cover, so that was all it took for me to download it for free.

So, those are the things I added to my shelf, and my plans for this week.  What did you add to your bookshelves, and what are your plans this week?