Friday, September 30, 2011

Special Addition In My Mailbox

Every once in a while, I will receive books in the mail, or I will go out and buy a few books. On such an occasion I will have a Special Addition In My Mailbox post. Today is one of those days.

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.


All four books were bought by me from Barnes and Noble. You can find a link to purchase each book below.

If I Die by Rachel Vincent PURCHASE HERE

Supernaturally by Kiersten White PURCHASE HERE

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater PURCHASE HERE

The Hidden by Jessica Verday PURCHASE HERE


I am so excited to read these. If you participate in In My Mailbox, I'd love to see your latest post!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Loud


Booking Through Thursday is hosted by Deb. Click the picture above to visit the Booking Through Thursday site.
1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?
2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?
3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?
1.) I'm not sure how I feel about being read to. I have no problem reading to someone else, but I think when someone's reading to me, especially if I can't read along with them, I tend to forget large chunks of the story. It doesn't really bring back any memories of my childhood, and I don't have kids.

2.) Audio books are something I've only used a few times. I've only ever used audio books for books I'm reading for school. More specifically, if I know I won't have time to sit and finish the book because I have something else to do. For example, I once finished a book in the grocery store via audio book. ;)

3.) Um... not really. Unless you count "popcorn reading" in English class. And that's used on rare occasions.
What about you? Audio books?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WWW Wednesday (September 28)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? I am currently reading A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. I haven't had much reading time lately, but from what I have read I love it!
What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished reading was The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, which I hopefully will have a review for soon. I've been a little behind on reviews lately. 
What do you think you'll read next? Next I hope to be reading If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I should be getting it in the mail with three other books by the end of this week.



I'd love it if you shared you WWW Wednesday post with me, too!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (September 27)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser:

 
"He pulled himself up on the mattress and was asleep again instantly. I watched his face, beautiful and pale gold in the lamplight, and his hands, relaxed, half-open, his long fingers so still."
~pg. 62, "A Certain Slant of Light" by Laura Whitcomb

I haven't gotten very far yet, but I love this book! What's your teaser?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cover Crazy: Hallowed

Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms.

Here is how Cover Crazy works:
  1. Cover Crazy will be posted on Mondays.
  2. Each week I will show a cover that I am completely crazy about.
  3. The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design, but I will also provide a synopsis along with the title, author, and of course cover picture and what I like about it.
  4. In the comments section below, please feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, inspirations, etc. about the cover (but be respectful about it).
  5. If you decide to start your own Cover Crazy, please give credit to The Book Worms.

My cover this week is:

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

My favorite thing about this cover is the font, no question. I loved it when I first saw it on Unearthly, and I love it even more now. Another thing I love is the coloring. The blue looks absolutely stunning, and I can't wait to see it in real life. Also, the background, which appears to be a creek along a mountainside, is so pretty.

SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.


What are your thoughts on this cover?

Friday, September 23, 2011

On My Wishlist (September 23)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. But I deviated a little from the way it's done over there. I will post, every Friday, one to three (because I have to give myself a limit) books that I'd love to get my hands on. They can be old, new, or forthcoming releases.

Click here for previous "On My Wishlist" posts.

My Wishlist:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's series launch.

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

I'm very eager to read Catching Fire after finishing The Hunger Games last week. As far as The Iron Daughter goes, I'm little more than half way through The Iron King and already eager to keep going. What do you think of these books?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: In Public


Booking Through Thursday is hosted by Deb. Click the picture above to visit the Booking Through Thursday site.



Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world?
And, do you ever try to hide the covers?
I almost always have a book with me. Grocery store, restaurant, you name it I'm most likely reading. I don't think I've ever intentionally hidden the cover of my book. I don't really see a reason to.

What about you? Do you carry books around?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WWW Wednesday (September 21)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? I am currently reading The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. I believe I started it on Monday, and I'm loving it.
What did you recently finish reading? I finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins on Saturday. It. Was. Amazing! Review coming soon.
What do you think you'll read next? Next I hope to be reading If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I should be getting it in the mail with three other books soon. *wants but is waiting patiently*


 
I'd love it if you shared you WWW Wednesday post with me, too!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (September 20)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser:

 
"Even wet, tired, and in pain, I still had the energy to gawk. Pretty soon, my eyes felt huge and swollen from staring so long without blinking."
~pg. 110, "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa

I'd love if you'd share your teaser with me too!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cover Crazy: Shatter Me

Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms.

Here is how Cover Crazy works:
  1. Cover Crazy will be posted on Mondays.
  2. Each week I will show a cover that I am completely crazy about.
  3. The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design, but I will also provide a synopsis along with the title, author, and of course cover picture and what I like about it.
  4. In the comments section below, please feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, inspirations, etc. about the cover (but be respectful about it).
  5. If you decide to start your own Cover Crazy, please give credit to The Book Worms.

My cover this week is:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This cover is stunning. I think my favorite part is the look of shattered glass. It really adds something special. I also absolutely love that the left side of the cover is black and the right side is white. I'm not sure why I like that so much, but I do. Also, you guessed it, I love her dress.

SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel
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What are your thoughts on this cover?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

On My Wishlist (September 17)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. But I deviated a little from the way it's done over there. I will post, every Friday and occassionallt Saturday, one to three (because I have to give myself a limit) books that I'd love to get my hands on. They can be old, new, or forthcoming releases.

Click here for previous "On My Wishlist" posts.

My Wishlist:

Surrender by Lee Nichols
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS
WARNING: SPOILER FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS

After a devastating battle at headquarters in New York, the ghostkeeping world is in shambles. When Emma and Bennett return home, they are determined to defeat the wraithmaster, Neos, forever. But it's not going to be easy. Bennett's parents kick him out when they realize he is still using drugs to enhance his powers. Emma is convinced her aunt has come back from the dead to warn her of a new threat. And worst of all, Neos is using wraiths to possess the students at Thatcher Academy. If the ghosts manage to take over the entire school, even Emma won't be strong enough to stop them. But if either she or Bennett sacrifice his or her powers, they might be able to save the ghostkeeping world once and for all-and break the "ghostkeepers lose their powers when they fall in love" curse. The question is: who will be the one to surrender all power?
 
Fast-paced and romantic, this conclusion to the Haunting Emma trilogy will thrill readers as it brings the ghostly mystery to a close

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

After a devastating battle at headquarters in New York, the ghostkeeping world is in shambles. When Emma and Bennett return home, they are determined to defeat the wraithmaster, Neos, forever. But it's not going to be easy. Bennett's parents kick him out when they realize he is still using drugs to enhance his powers. Emma is convinced her aunt has come back from the dead to warn her of a new threat. And worst of all, Neos is using wraiths to possess the students at Thatcher Academy. If the ghosts manage to take over the entire school, even Emma won't be strong enough to stop them. But if either she or Bennett sacrifice his or her powers, they might be able to save the ghostkeeping world once and for all-and break the "ghostkeepers lose their powers when they fall in love" curse. The question is: who will be the one to surrender all power?
 
Fast-paced and romantic, this conclusion to the Haunting Emma trilogy will thrill readers as it brings the ghostly mystery to a close.
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.


Surrender is the third book in the Haunting Emma trilogy. You can see my review of the first book here. Surrender comes out on December 6, 2011, in the U.S. Shatter Me is released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011. What do you think of these books?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Review: Deception

Title: Deception
Author: Lee Nichols
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Number: 310
Series: Haunting Emma Series - Book 1
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

  When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.
 
After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

 MY RATING: 
Mostly Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

With an intriguing plot and mystery and suspense chasing you around every corner, Deception is the perfect book to give you goosebumps in the middle of the night.

Emma's given the perfect chance to be a rebellious teen when her parents leave her unattended to go on a mysterious business trip. Before she gets the chance, Emma's whole life changes, and she's brought to New England to live with her new guardian, Bennett Stern. She settles in, makes friends, and starts to feel like her life may not be so bad after all. But she's being haunted by visions, and she no longer knows who she can trust. Especially after Bennett reveals a secret that might explain everything... or make it so much worse.

Emma was a spunky and likeable character. She was relateable, and I sympathized with her despite the fact that I've never experienced a lot of what she went through. I think my favorite thing about Emma was her relationship and interactions with the ghosts. They have a really endearing relationship, the ghosts and Emma. It's amazing to read. I also really liked Coby. He was sweet and amazing. What happened should NOT have happened. That's all I'll say.

I think my main problem with this one was the relationship between Bennett and Emma. Bennett was very hot and cold. He spends most of the book being distant but then swings around and becomes a completely different character. I don't trust him at this point, and, to me, for a character we are really supposed to like trust's important. I do like Bennett. I do. I just need more of the real him. *realizes that might only be understandable to people who've read the book*

So, overall, this is an exciting and mysterious read for the ghost lovers out there. I'm thoroughly hooked and ready for the sequel!

PURCHASE THIS BOOK:

Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Borders

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The Word on the Shelf: Cover Trends

The Word on the Shelf is a discussion post here on FBH. On the third Friday of every month, I will be voicing my opinion about a book-related topic and hopefully hearing your opinion in return. Since I really would like this to be a discussion, please feel free to talk amongst yourselves in the comments.

So, the Word on the Shelf this month is cover trends (in YA). Everyone's heard the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover," but with the mass amount of books following certain trends/ themes it really makes me wonder if one trend sells more than others.

I know I'm not the only one that has fallen victim, so to speak, to popular cover trends. I actually spent some time looking at the covers of books on my shelf, books on my wishlist, and books I've used for weekly memes here on the blog. One of the things I'm constantly admitting to loving is the "girl in dress" cover trend.


Even more specific is the "girl in red dress" trend, which is showing up more and more on YA covers.



Just from comments on previous posts I've mine, I know I'm not the only one to fall head over heels for the dress cover trend. Another trend that overpopulates my shelf is the "half a face" or "no face" trend.


Another trend that is not quite so popular, I think, but gaining is the "object on solid black" trend. This includes books like:



These are the most popular trends on my shelf. I think my personal favorite would be the "girl in dress" trend. It gets me every time. Please leave a comment if you can. Let me know if you liked this post and if I can improve it. Also, the discussion question this month is:

What cover trend is your favorite/ most owned?