Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WWW Wednesday (October 26)

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 about half way through Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I love what I've read so far, and I can't wait to keep reading!
What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished reading was The Hidden by Jessica Verday.
What do you think you'll read next? Next I will be reading Supernaturally by Kiersten White.

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (October 25)

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:

 
"I'd thought he was so weak, so selfish, so self-indulgent. But I got it now."
~pg. 130, "Forever" by Maggie Stiefvater

What's your teaser?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cover Crazy: Timepiece

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:

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Look at what I found! I haven't read the first book in this series, but I already want the second. It's a gorgeous cover, I think. I love that the girl in holding onto the door. There's something about it that just draws me in. I also like the font, the coloring, the placement... I kind of like all of it actually.

SYNOPSIS NOT AVAILABLE


 
What are your thoughts on this cover?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Vacation


Booking Through Thursday is hosted by Deb. Click the picture above to visit the Booking Through Thursday site.
I’m on vacation this week. I didn’t go anywhere exciting or exotic, I’m just not at work. Spending time puttering around the house, playing with the dog and … oh yeah. Reading. A lot.
Do your reading habits change when you’re on vacation? Do you read more? Do you indulge in lighter, fluffier books than you usually read? Do you save up special books so you’ll be able to spend real vacation time with them? Or do you just read the same old stuff, vacation or not?
If I'm not doing much, I'll definitely read more, but other than that my reading habits don't change. I read the same books: whatever I have next on my TBR list.

What about you? Do your reading habits change when you're on vacation?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WWW Wednesday (October 19)

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 Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I love what I've read so far, and I can't wait to keep reading!
What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished reading was The Hidden by Jessica Verday. Review coming soon.
What do you think you'll read next? Next I will be reading Supernaturally by Kiersten White.

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (October 18)

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:

 
"And more important than all of those was this minute. The minute when I, [...], had come here under my own power, my music held in my hands, strong, finally, strong."
~pg. 158, "Forever" by Maggie Stiefvater

Do you like that I cut out the name of the character talking? Can you guess who it is? What's your teaser?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cover Crazy: A Temptation of Angels

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:

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

I love the eerie, dark feeling this cover has. Somehow it's light and angelic at the same time. This cover is simple and eye-catching. I love the font, and I especially love the smoke.

SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance.  

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.
 
Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.

What are your thoughts on this cover?

Friday, October 14, 2011

On My Wishlist (October 14)

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:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV…no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed. Something happened on my parents' research trip in Charleston—and now I'm being stalked by some truly frightening other beings. Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my parents' creepy occupation a secret from my friends—and potential boyfriends—is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear.

All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with ghosts of my past and present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive…



What do you think of these books?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Sequel


Booking Through Thursday is hosted by Deb. Click the picture above to visit the Booking Through Thursday site.
If you could get a sequel for any book, what would it be?
I'm assuming this is for a book that doesn't already have a sequel so... Old Magic by Marianne Curley. I was really into the story, and it ended too quickly. So I would definitely love a sequel.

Another one would be Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan. Mainly because it ended in a really weird place for me.

What about you? Are you wishing for a sequel?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WWW Wednesday (October 12)

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 Hidden by Jessica Verday. I love what I've read so far, and I can't wait to keep reading!
What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished reading was If I Die by Rachel Vincent. Oh. My. Word. Just... wow. 
What do you think you'll read next? Next I will be reading Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (October 11)

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:

 
"Just like I'd pictured it. And even if he was wrong, even if the trunk hadn't been hers, just the idea that he thought it might have been was eerie."
~pg. 243, "The Hidden" by Jessica Verday

What's your teaser?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: Where She Went

Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Books
Page Number: 260
Series: If I Stay Series - Book 2
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
MY RATING:
Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

I was left speechless at the end of this book. I was honestly a little scared to read it. I didn't want to ruin the beautiful image my head created after If I Stay. But, I had to see where Gayle Forman took Mia and Adam. So I read it.

"But I'd do it again... Just to know that she's somewhere out there. Alive." Three years after the accident that changed everything, Mia and Adam are living on opposite coasts, living completely different lives. But chance brings the couple together again for one last night. They revisit the past, explore their hearts, their future, and each other.

If I was blown away after If I Stay, I'm not sure how to describe how I feel after Where She Went. I don't feel I can justly review it, but I'll try.

While the first book in the series is from Mia's point of view, the story in this second installment is Adam's. The author once again switches back and forth between past and present day. These flashbacks show the connection between Adam and Mia's stories, a sort of continuity.

Adam's story is breathtaking and unexpected. I am so happy I got a chance to really get to know him through this book. While I did get to know Mia a little better, Where She Went definitely made me feel more connected with Adam.

In If I Stay, Adam begs Mia to live. He promises to let her go, as long as she stays. When Adam and Mia's paths cross again in this second installment, they work through what happened to them and fight all they lost. This book has the same pain and beautiful tragedy that the first book had, but it also has something else. Hope.

PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

If I Stay

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Cover Crazy: Insurgent

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:

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I need to read Divergent. Man. First of all, I love that this cover sticks with the same layout as the cover of the first book. Why I love that so much I'm not sure. I also love the tree in the middle. Swirly tree has no significance to me, but I like it. The colors used are somehow eye catching and dark at the same time. Also, "ONE CHOICE CAN DESTROY YOU" totally pulls me in.
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature
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What are your thoughts on this cover?

Friday, October 7, 2011

On My Wishlist (October 7)

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:

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called "the touch." (Comes in handy when you're traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead - but still walking - and Dru knows she's next. Even worse, she's got two guys hungry for her affections, and they're not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever - or whoever - is hunting her?


 
Divergent by Veronica Roth
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

Has anyone read either of these? I'm really curious to know if you enjoyed them. If you haven't read them, would you consider it? What do you think of these books?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Odd


Booking Through Thursday is hosted by Deb. Click the picture above to visit the Booking Through Thursday site.
What’s the oddest book you’ve ever read? Did you like it? Hate it? Did it make you think?
The oddest book I've ever read...? I'm not sure actually. I'd love to know if you have an answer to this question. If I think of something, I'll edit this post.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

WWW Wednesday (October 5)

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 feel like it's taking me forever to get through this book!
What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished reading was The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. I am still terribly behind on reviews. 
What do you think you'll read next? Next I will be reading If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I am so very excited to read this!


What do you mean this is the same as the past two weeks? I don't know what you're talking about... I'd love it if you shared you WWW Wednesday post with me, too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (October 4)

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:

 
"If at my last breath, when I'd swallowed down death, I had opened my eyes in the water, I would've seen that I had saved her by breaking a hole through the cellar door. Instead I'd closed my eyes and imagined hell."
~pg. 281, "A Certain Slant of Light" by Laura Whitcomb

I need more time to read! What's your teaser?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Report: October


I'm going to share with you the books releasing this month that I can't wait for. I'll be including the title, author, release date (for the U.S.), links for pre-order, the publisher, series name, my thoughts, and summary of the synopsis. So, let's get into it.

UPDATE: Out Now!
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick will be released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order online in both formats on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by Simon and Schuster, the print edition has 438 pages.

Silence is the third installment in the Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick.

I've grown really fond of this series, and after the ending of Crescendo, I've come to the conclusion that publishing companies are in fact trying to kill us. I mean, if that weren't the case, wouldn't they release their books sooner? I think so.

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

UPDATE: Out Now!
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday will be released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order online on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print format has 272 pages.

First of all, go to the paragraph below and read the synopsis for this book. Doesn't it sound interesting? I can't think of a book with a plot like that. I am beyond intrigued to know if Deadly Cool is as killer as it sounds *shameless pun*.

First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?
 
As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim.
 
I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.

UPDATE: Out Now!
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order online in both formats on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by Little, Brown Books, the print edition has 528 pages.

Beautiful Chaos is the third installment in the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

The first two books in this series fascinated me enough that I'm willing to purchase the third. The characters are my main concern with this series, but I love the story and will continue reading it.

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

UPDATE: Out Now!
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011, in hardcover, paperback, and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order online in all formats on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by Harlequin, the print edition has 386 pages.

The Iron Knight is the fourth and final installment in the Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa.

You know how you can tell a series is good? When you want the fourth book before even reading the second and third. After The Iron King, I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. Even better, The Iron Knight is from Ash's point of view...

My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.

I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.
 
My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

Cover Crazy: Deadly Cool

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:

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

I think my favorite thing about this cover would have to be her eyes. I think the bright blue justs draws you there, especially when the majority of the cover is very pale. I also think the font is very interesting. I'm kind of fascinated by the fact that "cool" is written using headphones.

SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

  First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?
 
As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim.
 
I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.

What are your thoughts on this cover?