Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (3)



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teasers (another slightly longer teaser):

"At that moment, I would have given anything for the hunt-lust, the restlessness, the purpose I'd felt the night before. Every other day, I was a demon hunter. i was powerful. I was something.

But now?

Now I would just lost and lonely and dying, and the closest thing I had to company was the creature that was killing me."

~ p. 97 ~ 98 "Every Other Day" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Top Ten Tuesday (3)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much make up your own list of the top ten _______ and link back.

Top Ten Preteen/MG Authors I'll Always Love

I love YA books and their authors, but hey, MG authors also deserve to be recognized for getting me into reading. Note: the list is not in any particular order. (The links go to Goodreads.) BEWARE OF MILD SPOILERS

01. Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz, creator of the oh-so-very-badass Alex Rider of the Alex Rider series (the first of which eventually became a movie starring the oh-so-very-adorable Alex Pettyfer) and also other books and series including the Diamond Brother mysteries, Granny, and The Switch. His protagonists are always resourceful, smart, and totally awesome.

02. Gordon Korman
Publishing his book in seventh grade, he became a bestselling childrens' author of the MacDonald Hall series and other trilogies plus several standalones before writing several YA books, including Born to Rock, Pop, Son of the Mob, and Jake, Reinvented.

03. J. K. Rowling
This one's a must. Although I personally think Harry Potter is aimed toward MG readers, anyone can read it.

04. Arthur Slade
So far, the only book of Arthur Slade I've read is The Hunchback Assignments, but it's absolutely amazing and also a great way to introduce younger readers to the steampunk genre.

05. Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society is just so cute, and epic in its own little way. It's not very widely known, but Trenton Lee Stewart written it in a way that it would appeal to younger readers. The protagonists are all superheros in their own way, minus the superpowers.

06. Kenneth Oppel
Kenneth Oppel is not exactly a MG author, but I would personally classify his Silverwing trilogy as MG, while his Matt Cruse trilogy and This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein I'd consider as YA.

07. Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer is the author of the Artemis Fowl series. The last Artemis Fowl book, named The Last Guardian, just came out a while ago. Other books of his include Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, The Wishlist, and Airman.

08. Rick Riordan
As the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus series, he definitely deserves a spot on this list.

09. Eric Walters
Eric Walters doesn't write glowingly happy stories. They're not exactly MG, but I'd let my eleven-year-old sister read them. (Well, at least some of them . . .) He writes books about the reality of life, some sad, some happy, and never glosses over the truth.. Some of them include We All Fall Down, Bifocals, Sketches, Camp X, and Elixir.

10. Lemony Snicket
Lastly, may I present Lemony Snicket, author of the totally macabre and awfully genius Series of Unfortunate Events.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Musing Mondays (2)

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Every Monday a reading related question would be posted, and all you have to do is answer it, and link back.

This week's musing asks . . .

What question(s) would you like to see asked in future Musing Mondays posts?

Well, let's just say that I'm not exactly 'creative' . . .

  1. How is your bookshelf organized? (Alphabetically, size, random etc.)
  2. What is the weirdest/strangest/craziest book you've read?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (3)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.


What happened this week?

So, I found some fantastic giveaways to share with you all! Firstly, Ivy Book Bindings' 150 Follower Giveaway, featuring twenty-one books, one of which you can win! Enter here. Secondly, there's Read-A-holicZ's giveaway to commemorate their 450 Followers and 6 months of blogging, which you can find here.

Below are some books that I've read this past week, listed by date.

Enjoy!

Spellbound by Kelley Armstrong
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard
Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

If you have a suggestion for, say, what I should read next, or what other memes I should participate in, shoot me a comment down below.

Cheers!
Grace.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Review: My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

Title: My Blood Approves
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: My Blood Approves #1
Publisher: Lulu
Release Date: March 17, 2010
ISBN13: 9780557364633
Format: paperback
Genre: YA, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 0/10

Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jace. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's met.

Then she meets her brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him.


But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood . . .
My thoughts:
First, an explanation. 1/10 equals "I finished the book but really, really didn't like it." 0/10 means I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. Usually I try my best to finish a book even if it's terrible just to see what happens. Since I thought Amanda Hocking's Switched was very good, I immediately wanted to read My Blood Approves. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed. I think I only got as far as four chapters before vowing to never take the book out again. Alice's way of regarding the world around her is phony. The way everyone with two X chromosones treats Jack was very undesirable. I felt like the story-line didn't fuse and was made from cookie-cutters. (It reminded me a whole lot about Stephenie Meyer's Twilight.) I thought Amanda Hocking did a fantastic job on Switched, and will continue reading the rest of the trilogy, but I don't think I'd like to try reading My Blood Approves again. Someone else might like it, but it just wasn't for me.

Cheers!
Grace.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (2)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.


Do you have a favourite season of the year that you read more? (Example: during snow storms, rainy weather, or warm and sunny weather.)

I really like to read when it's really windy and cold. Just snuggle up and crack open a book c:


What's your favourite place to read? At the beach? Inside / Outside?

I love reading outside, but the glare of the sunlight and sounds around you tend to distract me. A lot. My concentration sucks. I like reading at the library because it's nice and quiet, but it seems a bit too public for my taste. So, I'd probably name my bed as my favourite place to read.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (2)



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. It shines a spotlight on upcoming releases that we are very, very excited for.




By Kelly Creagh
Release Date: August 28, 2012


The second book in a modern gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.


While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.

But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger. Varen is changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

WWW Wednesday (2)


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

Just to play along, answer the following three (3) 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 Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Looking at a crime scene with a killer's mindset is very, very disturbing but it's so fascinating at the same time. The amount of ways I know how to dispose of a corpse is even more so scarring.

What did you recently finish reading?
Last night I stayed up super late re-reading Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong, but since it was a re-read I don't know if it counts. But I did recently borrow Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready from the library. I actually won a copy from the author herself, which kind of made me do weird dances all over the place, but I was just SO EXCITED for it I took it out of the library beforehand.


What do you think you'll read next?
Another re-read, Rosebush by Michele Jaffe, or probably The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (2)



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teasers (This one's a little long, but no spoilers!):

"Jack curses unner his breath. Looks at the ground fer a moment. Then he reaches fer the edges of his shirt an pulls it over his head.

Emmi gasps. Beside me, I hear Ash's breath hiss in. I already seen 'em, back at Hopetown, but my stummick still clenches.

Three long pink claw marks that slash across his body from his right shoulder to his left hip."

~ p. 340 "Blood Red Road" by Moira Young

Top Ten Tuesday (2)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much make up your own list of the top ten _______ and link back.

Top Ten Books I'd Cry To

Some are absolutely heart-touching, while others are a bit creepy, but I cried. I don't cry to a lot of books. That's gotta count for something. Note: the list is not in any particular order. (The links go to Goodreads.) BEWARE OF MILD SPOILERS

01. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
John Green is a genius. An absolute genius. I think I kind of fell in love with Augustus. (Cough, cough. Kind of?) And the ending just broke my heart. Into little indistinguishable pieces. And stomped all over it.

02. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The definition of star-crossed lovers meet in a duel to the death. (Well, not exactly duel to the death, but still.) And the band of circus entertainers was just so well crafted. The entire circus was so wonderfully thought out. And, again, it was the ending that made me eventually sob. And sob. [Sniffles]

03. Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
Truth to be told, I hated how Derek was keeping that ginormous secret. (No, he's not a drug dealer.) But when things cleared, I couldn't help but feel so, so sad when he started to slip away.

04. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
Fine, their personal conflicts aren't the type of thing that you'd feel as much for, but I felt that them sharing their own fears were very . . . honest. And I was so happy that they met/found each other!!!

05. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
It was all very, very sweet. And much like number one and two, the ending made me start crying. And crying.

06. Between by Jessica Warman
I have to say that this is probably the only one of Jessica Warman's books that I liked a lot, but she made it so beautiful. Liz watches her friends move on and get over her death. Her sister taking over her world. Her father falling into a drunken stupor. Her boyfriend who seems to be getting over her death, but not really. Honestly, it was her boyfriend's discovery of the "redhead in disguise" moment that made me really love the story.

07. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Watching Ava slowly let go of Jackson and open up is a tear-jerking thing.

08. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
What if the person who seemed so perfect in so many ways was really so, so wrong. Watching Allie's terrible memories and her own secret knowledge of who Trip really was battle with everyone else's own idea of the Trip who could do no wrong made me want to jerk everyone out from the book (especially the ex-girlfriend) and tell them "Hey, Trip was a dickface (pardon my language), get over it."

09. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
One word: Tom. He's perfect. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, ILSA J. BICK???

10. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Oh, Varen . . . I wish that you would eventually escape that terrible, terrible place.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Musing Mondays (1)

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Every Monday a reading related question would be posted, and all you have to do is answer it, and link back.

This week's musing asks . . .

Do you read magazines? If so, which ones? If not, why not?


I am a nerd. A total nerd. The only magazines that I actually am interested in reading are National Geographic and Scientific American. I know that most girls my age would probably read something more like Seventeen, but it just never really appealed to me.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.


What happened this week?


Hi, everyone! Sick of me yet? Well, I'm trying to decide whether or not to send in a resume to a bookstore for a part-time job . . . I think the lady there thought I had a car, when I'm not even old enough to take the driver's test, LOLs. Should I send in a resume? Shoot me an answer below!

Oh, and I blew the last of my money on Blood Red Road and The Gathering, even though I've already read them both. Firstly, they are good books. Secondly, they were on sale. And that, my friends, is why I need a job.

Below are some books that I've read this past week, listed by date.

Enjoy!

Immortal City by Scott Speer
Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Ahh, I seriously need to start reading a bit more . . .

If you have a suggestion for, say, what I should read next, or what other memes I should participate in, shoot me a comment down below.

Cheers!
Grace.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Destined
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: Wings #4
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 1, 2012
ISBN13: 9780061668128
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, paranormal, urban fantasy
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 2.5/10

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.


She hated how much it felt like good-bye.



Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful - and deadly - of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquuer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

My thoughts:
I've never particularly liked the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike but Destined brought it to a very nice closing point. Nice, but only nice.

For me, the entire plot was way too predictable, the characters too clean cut. I mean, they all are too perfect and lead a very calm, charming life. The conflict between the characters, the villains, and themselves seemed lacking and somewhat phony. The characters didn't progress through the story. They did not grow up at all. As for the carbon dioxide and oxygen conversion between humans and the fae? Smart, very scientific, but plain overkill. It just doesn't cut it. Destined and the rest of the series didn't suck too bad, but I wouldn't read it again.

Last word to Laurel: You've got two guys hanging all over you. Just make a decision, alright? They're not going to stick around forever.


Cheers!
Grace.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review: Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Title: Deadly Cool
Author: Gemma Halliday
Series: Deadly Cool #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 11, 2011
ISBN13: 9780062003317
Format: paperback
Genre: YA, urban fiction, contemporary, mystery
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 8.5/10

First I find out 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.

My thoughts:
For this review, I'm going to turn up a bit of my gushing girlishness for a while.

Deadly Cool is adorable. Period. It's a truly witty murder mystery-ish kind of story. The characters, despite being somewhat eccentric, are absolutely lovable. The story had just enough thrill to balance out Hartley's musings on guys.

To be honest, I took a while to get around to the book mainly because of the cover. It's gorgeous, but I didn't read the synopsis anywhere so I genuinely thought it'd be a paranormal book about vampires, something I am currently trying to not read as much. Since I didn't see the title font too clearly, I didn't know that the word "Cool" was composed of wires connecting to the earbuds, oddly fitting as the murder was committed with them.

Okie, first the characters. Hartley is just so, so cute in a really mouthy way! I mean, she's too cute for words. Mistress of Sarcasm, terrible liar, and just an all around good person. She seems amazing captured as a fictional high school student. Key word: fictional. Her running mental monologue always cracks me up, and is just so unbelievable that you'd just automatically love her character.

And there's Chase. He's actually not all that much of a Goth as you'd imagine, just a regular high school guy who has a taste in black clothing, likes death metal, and is a crazy driver. He's the Master to Hartley's Mistress of Sarcasm, and, I think, is super sweet on Hartley. (No surprise there.) I mean, he got super worried about her midnight meeting with Deep Blogger at the football field that he actually went there, too, just to make sure she was safe. That already gives him full marks in my book. Bonus points for being hot. If you've read it, you'll know. (Hint: bedroom evidence gathering scene. [Wiggles eyebrows])



The secondary characters aren't too shabby either. (Massive understatement there.) Sam seemed like the best biffle (BFF) ever, following you into legal and not-so-legal outings. I love her creativity in censoring. And she's just cool. Josh, while he's a genuinely innocent guy caught up in a murder, went around tasting the buffet (read: cheated) with another girl just because Hartley wouldn't do The Big Deed. The cheating part I could get over, but not the part where he did it because he wasn't getting any. Tsk tsk tsk, no second chances for you buddy.



Overall, I love this kind of story. No matter what kind of terrible thing happens, you still know the outcome would turn out great and the protagonist would come out of the turmoil intact. My favourite stuff will always be the kind that are intense and has a somewhat unresolved ending, it's still nice to read a cheerful - well, not really because of the murders - story once in a while.

If you like this, you might like:

Cheers!
Grace, very, very pleased.

Team Kilt needs YOUR help



As many of you may know, Zachary Moore of the Shade trilogy by Jeri Smith-Ready is facing a huge problem at the YA Crush Tourney. He's up against Will Herondale of Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices series.

Yup, that Will. He's not an easy opponent. He beat his opponent in the first round by a wide, wide berth.

But we can do this, because we are Team Kilt.

And just in case you want to know why Zachary's so amazing, here's a link to the many, many reasons.

I'm sure a great number of you are wondering, What would I get out of this? Well, wonder no more. Support Zachary and you get a shot at winning the 2012 Team Kilt Con T-Shirt from Fictitious Delicious. Besides, having your favourite Scottish lad win the YA Crush Tourney would already be pretty amazing. c:





TEAM KILT FOREVER!
Grace, changing up her usual catchphrase as a show of support for the one and only Zachary Moore.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Title: Nevermore
Author: Kelly Creagh
Series: Nevermore #1
Publisher: Atheneum
Release Date: August 31, 2010
ISBN13: 9781442402003
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, horror, romance, urban fantasy, paranormal, gothic
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 8.5/10

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due - so unfair - on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he'd rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can't help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allen Poe comes to life.


As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.


His life depends on it.

My thoughts:
I found Nevermore in the library about a year and a half ago, but occasionally took it out to read again and again, because it was just so good. If I could describe this in three words, I'd say sweet, dark, and plain creepy. (Well, that wasn't really three words, so scratch that.)

Generally with fiction, when an author writes about a character studying, reading, liking etc. a writer's works, they tend to stick to stuff like Shakespeare, Brontë, and other classics writers who wouldn't write so morbidly, but Kelly Creagh used instead Edgar Allen Poe, whose works I love, and incorporated it into the story-line in a really neat and cool way.

Isobel is a very cute character. Although she's supposed to be a stuck-up cheerleader, she's a genuinely good person (hint: ice cream shop scene), and not without her own baggage. She begins to defy the status quo after meeting Varen and becomes more independent somehow.

On the other hand, Varen is a quiet Goth guy in the back of Isobel's English class. (Oh, why is it always English, science, socials etc. class? Why not . . . PE class? They could save each other from basketballs or something.) Right now, you might think, hey, he's probably some outcast badboy, but nuh-uh, he's not. Varen is very, very real in the sense that he isn't like Daemon from Obsidian or Noah from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. (Although I have to give it to them; they're hot.) The preppy kids don't whisper behind Varen's back about how they secretly think he's cute despite his social standing. They genuinely despise him and have him completely alienated, for no apparent reason other than he doesn't fit in, which I truly feel sad about. But despite his somewhat intimidating image, he's actually a sweet guy who isn't all that freakish.

Lastly, I must applaud Kelly Creagh's deathly terrifying imagination. Edgar Allen Poe's world was written in exquisite detail and seemed absolutely perfect. I can't wait for Enshadowed to be released!

If you like this, you might like:
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


Cheers!
Grace, feeling absolutely enchanted.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (1)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.


Series or Standalone?

This is a tough one. I love series because they're longer, and have more info in them, but it's so annoying and nerve racking to wait for the next book to be released.
On the other hand, there's a lot of standalones that I love, including Shine by Lauren Myracle and Between by Jessica Warman among others. Generally I'm not that into reading a standalone, but if I like it, it's because the author packs so much good stuff into it. The downside is that at times you feel like, "What happens next? Where do the characters end up?"
So in conclusion, I'm on the fence with this question

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (1)



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. It shines a spotlight on upcoming releases that we are very, very excited for.




Onyx
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 14, 2012

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.






Prodigy
By Marie Lu
Release Date: January 29, 2013

Jan. 4. 1932 Hours.

Ocean Standard Time

Thirty-Five Days After Metias’s Death


June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

WWW Wednesday (1)


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

Just to play along, answer the following three (3) 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'm reading Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel & Dina Nayeri. Twisted, dark, and scary; just the way I like my books.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished reading Destined by Aprilynne Pike most recently. I know a lot of people really loved it, but the Wings series was never among my favourites.


What do you think you'll read next?
I'll probably read Immortal City by Scott Speer, or I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. A few others that I might read are Kill You Last by Todd Strasser, and Starters by Lissa Price.

Teaser Tuesday (1)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teasers:

"A distant rumbling began to increase, as if something was coming toward them from behind the spot where John stood frozen. Peter and Wendy looked wide-eyed at John, who was shaking visibly, and at the ground rising up beneath him."

~ p. 222 "Another Pan" by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (1)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much make up your own list of the top ten _______ and link back.

Top Ten Books to Read if you like The Hunger Games

Kind of a cliché, but hey, who could actually get sick of The Hunger Games? Below's a list of, mostly dystopia but completely awesome books. Note: the list is not in any particular order. (The links go to Goodreads.) BEWARE OF MILD SPOILERS

01. Gone by Michael Grant
Similarities between the two books: a closed off area with only kids inside; fights for survival; many will never make it out alive. Need I say more?

02. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
A heroine who has to fight for survival in a closed-off arena. Plus a blooming relationship with a cute guy. I think I've heard of that somewhere . . .

03. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
A contest, or rather, a race where only one winner can emerge from the dust. Sounds familiar?

04. Divgergent by Veronica Roth
This is absolutely perfect. I mean, the two badass protagonists both go through the training and whatnot and pwn (not a real word, but whatever) every one of their opponents.

05. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me will perpetually be one of my favourites. If I could marry a book, this would be it. Besides, it's dystopia to the MAX.

06. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Another fantastic series by the reknowned Kimberly Derting. Are you gonna pass this one up? I hope not. Another awesome heroine in here, protecting her little sis and going into the midst of the chaos.

07. Legend by Marie Lu
An awesome debut about another fantastically smart chick.

08. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
The world pretty much ends and ends up in a bloody battle to the death. Ahh, my favourite . . .

09. Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
I'd have to say, Scored is much like Legend in many ways, but again, heroine plus secret battle plus cute guy.

10. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Personally, I think that Inside Out didn't get enough attention on it. It's adorable, epic, and plain awesome. The story-line is more like Catching Fire, but still, it's a great read.

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