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!