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!