Monday, December 16, 2013

My Reading Wishlist (5)

My Reading Wishlist is a daily meme hosted by me where bloggers highlight the top three books they have on their "to-read" pile.

My Choices This Week Are: 
Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Reason: I just really want to read this series already.
Title: Revived
Author: Cat Patrick
Reason: It's been sitting on my bookshelf for a couple of years now...
Title: He's So Not Worth It
Author: Kieran Scott
Reason: I should probably finish this series. Which means I should probably re-read the first novel in this series.

What books are on your Reading Wishlist?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Review: A Dog's Purpose & A Dog's Journey

Title: A Dog's Purpose
Author: W. Bruce Cameron
Publisher: Forge Books
Rating: 5

Synopsis (via Goodreads): This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Title: A Dog's Journey
Author: W. Bruce Cameron
Publisher: Forge Books
Rating: 5

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs—who will take care of his girl? A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog's Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog's Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.

Review: I was hesitant reading this series due to my dog passing away. A Dog's Purpose sat on my shelf, dying to be read, and my mom decided to check it out after hearing a rave review from her friend. She warned me it was going to be sad, so I avoided reading it even longer. She insisted that I read it on numerous occasions and I finally gave in. I'm really glad I did.

A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey go hand in hand. Once I read the last sentence of A Dog's Purpose, I searched the house for A Dog's Journey. I had to continue reading Buddy's story. That, and my mom insisted that I read the sequel right away. Other than that, I couldn't get enough of Cameron's writing.

I love reading books with numerous points of view, but I have never read a book whose story is in a dog's point of view. Being a dog person since I was born, I could really put myself into Buddy's paws. Cameron's writing played a big part in this visualization. If you couldn't tell already, I love being a part of the story. Reading is my main escape from reality. Maybe that's the way most readers are though. 

I did cry. The last few paragraphs in A Dog's Journey hit me like a ton of bricks. I was home alone, reading and just suddenly burst into tears. Then... I. Couldn't. Stop. Crying. I should've been prepared with tissues or something - my mom warned me it was going to be sad, but the ending was also so beautiful. SO BEAUTIFUL. Cameron wrapped up Buddy's story like *mwah* perfectly. 

I quickly fell in love with both A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey. I wouldn't be surprised if other readers did too. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: Old Magic

Title: Old Magic
Author: Marianne Curley
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 3

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing, but Kate Warren doesn't know why. The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm "inside" their classroom. Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey -- one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

Review: I had a really hard time getting into this one. I started to read it a while back, then put it down because I wasn't interested. Recently, I took it back off my shelves to give it another try, but unfortunately, it still didn't click with me. I do enjoy reading fantasy, (some of my favorites are Harry Potter and Inkheart), not just contemporary and romance, so it's not like I didn't enjoy it because of the genre. For me, I think it was just too slow. 

The characters also irritated me. Jarrod was a jerk. He knew Kate, went over to her house, talked to her when they were alone, but once they were at school it was a completely different story. He pretended not to know her, pretended she didn't exist, agreed with what the popular group said about her; everything people actually do in real life. During those particular moments, I sympathized with Kate because the same thing happens to me, but not with guys. With girls. I knew how she felt and she dealt with it way better than I do, but that was the only time I connected with Kate.

Kate was so convinced that Jarrod had special powers, that every time she saw him she seemed to feel the need to talk to him about it. She didn't give him time to think about it. She didn't even give him time to breathe. I really wanted her to just back off - he was a jerk, let him think what he wants. LET HIM BREATHE. Except, that didn't happen. The whole"I-don't-know-you-Yes-you-do-You-have-powers" dragged on. Even when the two traveled back in time to hopefully break Jarrod's family curse I felt like the story lacked something. 

There was one scene in medieval Britain that got the wheels turning in my brain. For Jarrod to survive, Kate makes an agreement with the evil sorcerer - she lives with him for the rest of eternity and Jarrod lives.  Kate goes to convince Jarrod that she fell in love with the evil sorcerer and wants to live with him, hoping Jarrod will just go home, forgetting about her in the long run. I'm a big Once Upon a Time fan, so this scene really stuck out for me. *cough, cough* Prince Charming and Snow White. *cough* Snow White did the same thing Kate did. She made a bet with Charming's evil step-father so he could live and had to lie to Charming's face about falling in love with someone else. Even though it took me a while to make the connection, I still figured it out. 

Overall, I was disappointed by Old Magic. It was an okay read, but not my cup of tea.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read.
Title: Truly, Madly, Deadly
Author: Hannah Jayne
Synopsis (via Goodreads): They said it was an accident... Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note: You're welcome. Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren't the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer's every move...

My Thoughts: I love young adult thrillers/mysteries. Anything that keeps me guessing is like frosting on the cake for me. Therefore, I need to read this book. As soon as possible. (:

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, August 26, 2013

My Reading Wishlist (4)

My Reading Wishlist is a daily meme hosted by me where bloggers highlight the top three books they have on their "to-read" pile.

My Choices This Week Are: 
Title: The Beginning of After
Author: Jennifer Castle 
Reason: I've heard a lot of positive reviews on this one & want to read it myself. 
Title: Tempest
Author: Julie Cross
Reason: I was supposed to read this book for a Debut Author Challenge last year, but I discovered I'm not too good at challenges...
Title: Uncommon Criminals
Author: Ally Carter
Reason: I loved Heist Society! I remember starting to read this book, but school got in the way & I haven't gotten a chance to get back to it yet. Now, I probably have to re-read Heist Society to refresh my brain with the characters and plot.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (1)

Stacking the Shelves is a daily meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It features the books recently added to your shelf! (I've decided to participate in Stacking the Shelves other than In My Mailbox simply because Kristi is busy with her baby & her blog is on the back burner - I figured this meme would help me interact with more bloggers which is something I love to do!)

For Review:
Soul Fire by Aprille Legacy 

I have been friends with Aprille on Goodreads since she started to gain attention for her book, Soul Fire, which was originally posted on the site. She made a book trailer, she advertised her book & overall, she worked really hard to make her dream a reality which is the reason I look up to her. (She's also just a great person all around, too). I'm really excited to start reading The Soul Trilogy, despite my growing piles of books I still have to read on my bookshelf & cannot thank Aprille enough for sending me a copy for review. (: 

What's did you add to your shelves this week?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Blog Tour: The Emblazoned Red

Title: The Emblazoned Red
Author: Dawn McCullough White
Rating: 4
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Once, in another world—a dark world, the world of Faetta—there lived paladins and pirates, tyrants and scallywags, vampires and the undead. In this world a revolution is brewing. The royalty of Sieunes are in chains, and those priests and paladins who follow the holy word of the gods are under attack. In the west, the kingdom of Kellerhald receives the fleeing priests in their temples of the paladins of Silvius, god of the Sky. Here, a young woman has just passed her tests to become a paladin. A pirate crew raids along the Azez Sea. An undead creature, wielding great power, roams the graveyard of Yetta. And a lost soul, crying out from beyond the veil, seeks out a pure hearted warrior to hear its plea. Amid the turmoil of the revolution, Ilka’s mettle is tested. Rescued by pirates, she ends up with an unlikely ally: the pirate captain himself. The newly trained paladin finds herself collaborating with the undead, working with a vampire, and worst of all, longing for revenge against the man who has ignited the revolution in Sieunes: Francois Mond... Death of an Innocent. Rise of a Paladin. Book One in the Trilogy of the Tyrant, a stand-alone series set fifteen years after the Trilogy of Shadows.

Review: As some of you readers know, I'm more of a young adult contemporary/teen romance kind of girl. I like to read things I can relate to. When I signed up for this tour, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and try a different genre. I always like to try new things, especially when it comes to reading, and I'm glad I did. 

Dawn's writing is unique, and personally, was hard to grasp at first. In each chapter, there was the possibility of two or more character's point of views being told. I'm used to books where each character gets their own chapter for their point of view, so it was surprising for me to see it done differently. Get what I'm saying? At certain parts, I had to reread a paragraph to remember what character was telling the story, but it kept me on my toes. 

Was it bad that I envisioned Captain Sutton as Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time? (; I really couldn't picture him as anyone else. I found Ilka an easy character to like for her strength - she went through a lot (the death of her fiancee, waking up on a strange boat, being forced to take her savior to the gallows) all at once. The romance between Captain Sutton and Ilka made me squeal a little bit. Like I said, I'm not used to pirates. Or zombies. Or vampires. Oh my! 

The story featuring Captain Sutton and Ilka isn't the only story that's going on in The Emblazoned Red. *Enter confusion.* For real, though. This vampire, Augustine, stalks girls. That's all he does. No lie. Then this zombie lady comes out of nowhere and... Yeah. It's crazy stuff. Guess you're going to have to read it yourself. (: 

Extra Info: Purchase The Emblazoned Red at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about the book on Goodreads. 

Author Bio: Dawn McCullough White is known for her strong female protagonists, and gritty dark fantasy. Ms. McCullough-White has lived the majority of her life in and around Rochester, NY with a brief stint in Tucson, AZ. She is pursuing a degree in psychology at R.I.T. Dawn is a history buff and was a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism for years, active as a heavy weapons fighter. She currently resides with her husband and son in a quaint neighborhood next to an old cemetery.

A big thanks to Kismet Blog Touring for letting me participate in The Emblazoned Red book tour!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read. 
Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away. Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again… 

My Thoughts: I'm pretty sure I have all of Jennifer Echols' books on my "to-read" pile. I really need to get a copy of at least one of them... Geez. Who's ready for a book shopping spree? (;

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Reading Wishlist (3)

My Reading Wishlist is a daily meme hosted by me where bloggers highlight the top three books they have on their "to-read" pile.

My Choices This Week Are:
Title: After Obsession 
Author(s): Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel 
Reason: The plot sounds extremely intriguing to me. 
Plus, a good thriller never hurts anyone...
Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton 
Reason: I remember there being a lot of hype about this book before it was released and I still haven't gotten a chance to read it.
Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Reason: This cover is gorgeous. I love it. I want it. I need to read it.

What books are on your Reading Wishlist? 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read.

Title: Smoke
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened that night, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Her father might be finally gone, but without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated. Alone and in disguise, Pattyn starts a new life, but is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?

My Thoughts: I'm pretty sure Burned was the first book I read by Ellen Hopkins. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end. Sure enough, there's going to be a sequel. One of my book wishes has been granted. (:

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, August 5, 2013

My Reading Wishlist (2)

My Reading Wishlist is a daily meme hosted by me where bloggers highlight the top three books they have on their "to-read" pile. 

My Choices This Week Are: 

Title: Love Story
Author: Jennifer Echols 
Reason: I don't think that I have read any books by Jennifer Echols, but I've heard great things about them by Katie from Katie's Book Blog & Erica from The Book Cellar (two people who know what they're talking about when they review books). Any book they've enjoyed I have a feeling I will enjoy, too!

Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger 
Reason: Have you read the synopsis? I need to get my hands on a copy of this book!

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally  
Reason: This is one of those series I haven't started to read yet, but really need to...

What books are on your Reading Wishlist? Leave a link to your post in the comments below!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read.
Title: The Fall of Five
Author: Pittacus Lore
Synopsis (via Goodreads): The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians? John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win. But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move. The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors. And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late. The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war. Lorien will rise again. 

My Thoughts: I really need to catch up on this series. I've read I Am Number Four twice now I believe, but I have yet to read The Power of Six and The Rise of Nine. I enjoyed the first book in the series and am sure I will enjoy the others. Hopefully, like the first book, the other three will have a movie as well. Maybe even with the same actors throughout? I mean, a girl can dream, can't she? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, July 29, 2013

My Reading Wishlist (1)

My Reading Wishlist is a daily meme hosted by me where bloggers highlight the top three books they have on their "to-read" pile. 

My Choices This Week Are: 

Title: The Pledge
Author: Kimberly Derting 
Reason: When this book was first released, I was one of the blogs that featured a countdown on the side bar because I was excited for it to be available to the public. Ever since it has been, I haven't been able to get a copy to read yet, but I'm still eager to hear Charlaina's story. 
Title: Lola & The Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Reason: I own a copy of Anna & The French Kiss and thought it was a good read. Now, it's time for me to get to know Lola!

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Reason: At one point, this book was the main focus on many book blogs I read. All that attention, grabbed my attention and I would like to know what all the hype was about. 

What books are on your Reading Wishlist? Leave a link to your post in the comments below! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Two Years Old!

My baby, (The Reading Hideaway), is two years old today! Although this year has been slow blogging-wise, I will do my best to post more in the future. This blog has given me many, many opportunities including working/interacting with other bloggers and authors & even improving my writing skills! I cannot thank you readers enough for bearing with me & my lack of posts. You know how life is, sometimes, it gets in the way. To thank you & celebrate The Reading Hideaway's second birthday I have a prize pack to give away! It includes a copy of Soul Fire by Aprille Legacy, a signed copy of Unremembered by Jessica Brody, a signed copy of Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy with a sticker, swag (bookmarks & a necklace) from Sarah Tregay (author of Love & Leftovers) & bookmarks from Elizabeth Eulberg (author of The Lonely Hearts Club)! Thank you so much to all of the authors who contributed to put this prize pack together. (:

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: Glow

Title: Glow
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 4

Synopsis (via Goodreads): What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue? Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them... Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth. But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.

Review: I started to read Glow during one of my lazy days tanning in the summer sun and I found it hard to get into. Although the first chapter explained various things that need to be known to understand the book later on, it felt slow. Unfortunately, setting it down wasn't a hard thing for me to do. When I wasn't so busy, I started to read it again. All of a sudden, things got really interesting and the plot took off from there. 

Right on the back of the book it states: "Pulse- pounding and addictive, Glow begins the most riveting series since The Hunger Games." After finishing the book, I realized Glow had many similarities to The Hunger Games. 1) Kids fighting for their lives. 2) Love triangle- Katniss, Gale & Peeta; Waverly, Seth & Kieran. 3) Dystopian society. You thought Panem was bizarre, try visiting the Empyrean or New Horizon. Amy Kathleen Ryan gave readers an amazing picture of what the characters were experiencing on the shuttles travelling in space. It was a new experience for me, reading a book involving space, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Every page had a twist or turn, it felt like I was riding a roller coaster. I had no idea what was going to happen next and there was no way I would be able to predict the next event unless I read the last page first. (Don't worry- I didn't). Romance wasn't the focal point in this novel, if that isn't obvious enough. I found myself scrunching my nose when there was a love scene between Waverly and Kieran simply because I couldn't see them together. Their relationship seemed fake and their feelings were weak. I'm not a huge romantic in the first place, but I was more than excited to get on with the story and the action. 

As I read the epilogue, I felt as if there was going to be a solid closure on the story. I was wrong. Now what do I have to do? Read the second novel in the series. I think it's safe to say I had no clue Glow was part of a series, but now I can't wait to read on.    

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read.
Title: Criminal
Author: Terra Elan McVoy
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing. So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime—a crime that ends in murder—Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him. But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about? Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional…but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

My Thoughts: Is it weird that I love things that involve crime? Including books? That's the first thing that intrigues me about this book. Murder. Books with that edge tend to have cliff-hangers, random twists, and surprising events. All things that I love. What are you waiting on?

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Meme: Voting Results

First off, I want to thank everyone who voted for the last minute details on the new meme, My Reading Wishlist. The poll makes everything easier and helps you followers get involved other than just read my rambling on and on about books. Hopefully, I've gained some participants for the meme as well!

As for the results, My Reading Wishlist will be posted on Mondays (starting Monday, July 22nd) and will be represented by Button #2!
This button was a personal favorite of mine & I'm more than excited to use it for the meme. 
Thanks again to all the voters! See you next Monday for the first post of My Reading Wishlist!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Meme: My Reading Wishlist

I participate in two daily memes (Waiting on Wednesday & In My Mailbox), but today is the day where I will start participating in three. I've decided to create my own meme called My Reading Wishlist. My Reading Wishlist is a meme where bloggers highlight the top three books they have on their "to-read" pile. Genius, right? I thought so...

I post Waiting on Wednesday on Wednesday (I mean, that would make sense, wouldn't it?) and In My Mailbox on Sunday, so I will most likely post My Reading Wishlist on... Well, I don't know.

Then there's the whole "button" deal. I made three of them, but have no clue which one I should use. This is where you handy, dandy readers/followers come in. Since I don't know what day My Reading Wishlist should be posted on or what button to use, I need help and all of you get to vote!

Here are your options-

My Reading Wishlist Post Date:
Any day the blogger desires 

My Reading Wishlist Button (all images from WeHeartIt): 



Hopefully, this will turn into something big! But first, I need your help. Please vote via the poll on the side bar & feel free to leave comments/suggestions!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer 2013

Long time, no see! Maybe my disappearance wasn't known or recognized, but the end of my freshman year has been crazy with finals and such. Now, thanks to the fact that it's summertime (finally), I will get back to blogging. I'm more than excited to get back to it, but won't be reviewing the books I read like, two months ago. Hope you guys don't mind.

Now for a little update: I've been keeping my blog on the down-low (friend-wise) up until last month. For English, we had a final demonstrative speech and I chose How To Manage a Blog as my topic. Before then, I thought people would think I was geeky and that blogging was lame, but this year I learned a lot about life & what not and decided to ignore what people thought. I put together a slide show, explained how to set up a blog, brought along some ARCs and signed books and just DID IT. I thought it was the best speech I ever did and I wound up getting an A+ on the demonstrative speech. So, if you're a new blogger who's nervous about your peers knowing about your blog, there's nothing to be ashamed of. It's one of your passions- who cares what anyone else thinks? I thank you. (That line would be from Guys & Dolls, the musical my school performed this year. I was in the orchestra. I think it ruined my life.)

Has anyone else felt the way I did before I gave my speech? Let me know by commenting. No need to be shy. (:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Blog Tour: The Breeders

Title: The Breeders
Author: Katie French
Rating: 3
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world's last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches-- moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders' long reach. The Breeders control everything- the local war lords, the remaining factories, the fuel. They have unchecked power in this lawless society. And they're hunting Riley. When the local Sheriff abducts the adult members of her family and hands her mother over to the Breeders, Riley and her eight-year-old brother, Ethan, hiding in a shelter, are left to starve. Then Clay arrives, the handsome gunslinger who seems determined to help to make up for past sins. The problem is Clay thinks Riley is a bender-- a genderless mutation, neither male nor female. As Riley's affection for Clay grows she wonders can she trust Clay with her secret and risk her freedom? The three embark on a journey across the scarred remains of New Mexico-- escaping the Riders who use human sacrifice to appease their Good Mother, various men scrambling for luck, and a deranged lone survivor of a plague. When Riley is shot and forced into the Breeder's hospital, she learns the horrible fate of her mother—a fate she'll share unless she can find a way out. 

Review: I was beyond excited to be a part of this blog tour, mainly because this book sounded so interesting! The first page got me intrigued and kept me reading, but as I read, I realized something: every prediction I made was correct. For some reason, this made me disappointed. It was cool that I figured out what was happening in Riley's perspective, but it didn't keep me guessing like most books do. The whole concept of The Breeders was hard to grasp at first because it is so different from our world now, but it was easier to understand the world Riley's family was living in once she got into the city. Reading some parts about the jobs women in the city did, basically prostitution, made me uncomfortable,  but there is that boundary line readers are willing to step over when they read a dystopian novel. I love dystopian novels, but at the same time, it's hard for me to get over the fact how different the character's world is compared to the world I grew up in and live in. I loved the idea behind The Breeders, something new and fresh to read, and I'm sure other readers who are fans of dystopian novels will too. 

Extra Info: Purchase The Breeders at Amazon and Lulu & learn more about the book at Goodreads.

Author Bio: Katie French imagined herself an author when her poem caught the eye of her second grade teacher. In middle school she spent her free time locked in her room, writing her first young adult novel. Though her social life suffered, her love for literature thrived. She studied English at Eastern Michigan University, where she veered from writing and earned an education degree. She spent nine years teaching high school English. Currently she is a school counselor, doing a job that is both one of the hardest things she’s ever done and the most rewarding. In her free time she writes, reads great books and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. She is a contributor and co-creator of Underground Book Reviews, a website dedicated to erasing the boundaries between traditional and non-traditional publishing. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.

Author Links: Author Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Alice In Everville

Title: Alice In Everville
Author: S.C. Langgle 

Synopsis (via Goodreads): A poem can seem like a labyrinth, a maze of words you can lose yourself in. The key is to find a thread to hold on to, to guide you in your reading, to lead you into and out of a labyrinth of words… Alice Little thinks she’s read every word the world-famous poet Sylvie Plate published before her untimely death…until she discovers a coded message hidden in Sylvie’s final collection of poems--a message that may explain the poet’s mysterious demise. All she has to do is decipher the code and she knows she can convince her beloved English teacher, Miss A, that Sylvie’s message is real. Unfortunately, she only has one manic day at Everville Mall to do it. And between keeping track of her fountain-splashing, havoc-wreaking sister, finding a new copy of Sylvie’s poems, and…oh yeah…dealing with the blue-eyed, guitar-playing, majorly swoon-worthy Jaden Briar, who keeps popping up everywhere she goes, Alice wonders if she will ever finish deciphering in time. 

Review (the short and sweet version): I decided to write this review "short and sweet" because I found nothing bad about it... I loved it! Alice In Everville was a cute, adventurous book that can get any reader intrigued from the first page. What's better than a hidden code within a book of poems? Alice was an intelligent, determined girl who, somehow, controlled her hyperactive sister even in the stickiest situations throughout the mall. For once, thank goodness, I read a young adult book that didn't involve an overload on romance. Sometimes that can get annoying, you know? A detective like Alice doesn't have time for boys anyway. Unless his name is Jaden Briar, but that's a whole other story. Or, it should be a whole other story. This was a great start for S.C. Langgle and I hope there are more Alice adventures just waiting to be written. 

Extra Info: Purchase Alice In Everville at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Pendrell Publishing.

Author Bio: S.C. Langgle is a lifelong lover of words and stories who has never outgrown her preference for children’s and young adult literature. A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, S.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She currently lives in Hollywood, California, only a block from Marilyn Monroe’s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, though she spends more time at home with her computer than mingling with celebrities. Luckily, she has her two adorable dogs—a Chihuahua, Chin-Mae, and a maltipoo, Sasha—to keep her company, and she’d choose them over a gaggle of Hollywood stars any day. 

Author Links: Author Website, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Book to Movie: Safe Haven

Nicholas Sparks is one of my friends' favorite authors. Name any book of his and she's read it. She was more than excited when The Lucky One became a movie, so when Safe Haven became a movie she was ten times happier. I have The Lucky One waiting on my bookshelf to be read and I was told (actually, demanded) to read Safe Haven. I haven't yet, but now since I've seen the movie, I really should. Like all of Nicholas Sparks' books, the movie Safe Haven was more action than romance that had one of my other friends sobbing (she had read the book as well and knew what was going to happen) even though the movie wasn't sad or tear-wrenching, AT ALL. It was more of a heart-pounding, what-will-happen-next? sort of deal. Anywho, later I came to realize that although the book covers are different...

The movie posters are basically the same...

Well played, film industry. Well played. Either way, if you haven't seen Safe Haven yet I strongly recommend you do. It's not one of those gaggy-lovey-dovey movies that I don't like (sorry if you do). In fact, it's better than one like that. Plus, Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough make it even better. Not because I idol them or anything like that...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blog Tour: Grimm Diaries Prequels

Title: Grimm Diaries Prequels 7-10
Author: Cameron Jace

Synopsis (via Goodreads): What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
Warning: these Grimm Prequels are like snap shots of a magical land you're about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again. This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series. The 6 diaries are told by The Evil Queen, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil, Prince Charming, and Alice Grimm. The first book in the Series will be out in February 2013, called SNOW WHITE SORROW.

Series Description (via Goodreads): The Grimm Diaries are pages written in a Book of Sand, where each fairy tale character confessed the true stories once altered by the Brothers Grimm two centuries ago. To keep the truth about fairy tales hidden, the Brothers Grimm buried the characters in their dreams to never wake up again. But the curse was broken and they allowed to wake up every one hundred years.

Prequels 7-10 Include: Once Beauty Twice Beast, Moon & Madly, Rumpelstein and Jawigi.

Extra Info: The Grimm Diaries 1-6 & 7-10 will be avaliable for $.99 January 23rd- 24th. 

Title: Snow White Sorrow
Author: Cameron Jace

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself. Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again. When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White. The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely. What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it. Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.

Author Bio: Cameron Jace- Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, and is totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories... Always love the little monsters. I mostly write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy and science fiction. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from an adult point of view- it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Franciso and seriously think that circles are cooler than triangles.

Author Links: Facebook; Twitter; Goodreads


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Catch Up Reviews

Now it's time for another edition of Catch Up Reviews! I really hate posting reviews after I set the book down months ago, but sometimes life gets in the way. My life gets in the way all the time. Hopefully, this will be the last of Catch Up Reviews, but I can't promise anything...

Title: Ana's Story- A Journey of Hope
Author: Jenna Bush
Rating: 2
Notes: I don't usually read nonfiction novels, but I had to for an English assignment... I think I'll stick with my fiction. In all honesty, this book was depressing and I felt like the sentences weren't well written.

Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Rating: 5
Notes: This book was yet another English assignment, except I was enthusiastic to read it. Having my dad as a firefighter, I could somewhat relate to this book, but less than I expected. I love reading dystopians, such as Matched by Ally Condie, so this became another book I was hesitant to put down.

Title: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt- A Novel In Pictures
Author: Caroline Preston
Rating: 5
Notes: As it states in the title, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is a legit scrapbook. I don't usually like reading books that are in diary format, but I really enjoyed reading Frankie's scrapbook entries.

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: 5
Notes: For some odd reason, my latest addiction has been fairy tale remakes. I watch the tv show, Once Upon a Time, and I've read Jackson Pearce's novels, Sisters Red and Sweetly (both on my 'Favorites List'). Now, I can't wait until Scarlet is released!