Saturday, September 29, 2012

In My Mailbox (#9)

This week in my mailbox I got two books. Two of which I'm very excited about and both of them are quick reads that I hope to review soon. Also to the anonymous commenter on my It's Monday! What are you Reading? meme on Monday who said encouraged me to read Pure at Heart and review it as quickly as possible, I am in the middle of reading it now, and hope to have the review up on Thursday. :) (Hopefully you are reading this)


Hazel's job at the Antioch didn't work out at all like she had planned. After a daring escape and one very risky delivery of the first baby born in years, she's still holding on to the hope of a better future. Out of the Antioch and on the run, who can Hazel turn to for help and can they really be trusted? In the second book of the Barronlands Trilogy, relationships are tested and even more secrets are revealed. Hazel tries to put the pieces together, hoping everything doesn't fall apart. Will she be able to hold it all together or will there be those who slip through the cracks?

from goodreads

I was very excited when  received an email from Claudia. I was dearly awaiting the second installment in the trilogy and I can't wait to delve into The Forgotten. Here is the link for my review on The Twenty




“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.


from goodreads

I have read two other novels from Laurie Halse Anderson, and I really like the other novels. You can check out my review of Speak, and The Catalyst.


September Favorites!

Favorite Book


You've probably gotten tired of me talking about this book so much, but it was the best book I read this month. The review can be found here.
















Favorite Character

Casey from Casey Barnes Eponymous is my favorite character this month because her personality is magical, and hilarious. Even though her actions from time to time gets on my nerves, I think she's a wonderful character to read from her point of view.


Favorite Author

Sorry for making this month's favorites so CBE oriented, but I truly believe that this is an amazing book, and E.A Rigg is on my to be watched list in her future novels. I'm going to link here blog here. I am very excited for her a series she's working on to come out. 


Favorite Song/Album

I've been playing this album nonstop and it's the  album that I'd dance to all day if I could. The Wombats are a British band, and their lyrics and catchy tunes making me all fluffy inside. 

If you want to check out their album for free click here

My favorite song is Walking Disasters, btw. :D










Favorite Quote

This quote has been in the back of my mind all month and I smile every time I think of it, because it is true. So do smile. :)
















Favorite Post From Another Blogger


Go read the post first. Go ahead I'll wait...

Okay, so there's a reason why I put my rating at the end of my reviews. I want you to read my review, and my rating system is based off of how I'd tell a friend about the book. So since you're reading this you are a friend, and how I'd tell a friend about the book is in my review. Then at the end is how I'd express myself. Whether it's a thumbs up and head nods, or smiling like it's no tomorrow, that's how I truly show my recommendations to friends.



Favorite Blogger of the Month

Delaney had her thirteenth birthday this month, and I think she deserves to be Blogger of the Month because she always involved in the book blogging community, and her posts make me smile. Thanks Delaney for everything!! :)

Delaney is known as The Random Ranter.



Favorite Booktuber of the Month

Renee from Nehomas2 has been the best booktuber out there in my opinion at uploading videos constantly. Also I love the fact that since she's in Australia I get to watch her videos in the morning and they wake me up when I'm a tired bear dreading school.


Favorite Book Cover

It was released this month that The Name of the Star paperback cover looks like so, and I have an itch to buy the paperback version, when I already have the hardcover. *sigh* 

Anyways love the mysterious, and haunting people walking. I kind of hope that the second book cover looks something similar to this, but also distraught that it won't match the first novel first edition copy. :( 

What are your thoughts about this cover, and any new novel covers you are obsessing over? Let me know in the comments below. :D

Friday, September 28, 2012

Favorite Book Tubers

Like the title says:

btw these are my thoughts on my favorite booktubers. There are many more and the things I say are my opinion, no hate.

Maxiemagyx-I've been watching Kaisa for about a year now, and every time she uploads a new video I freak out because they are so sporadic. I love her personality and her editing makes me laugh. I 100000% yes, would recommend her to someone new to the booktube community.

Nehomas2- Renee is the first Australian booktuber I've found and I personally love her rants. They make me want to be best friends with her. She doesn't do that many book reviews, but that doesn't matter to me. Renee also uploads really frequently, and I usually see from two to four new videos of her's up in the morning because of the time differences from the US.

Theebookmonster- Liddy is the youngest book tuber I've ever watched and I love her reviews, some of which made me really big fans of authors. Most of the videos of her's is when she is in Portugal and I was totally geeking out by that fact alone. Anyways she has that video quality of Maxiemagyx and the humorous ways of my closest friends.

Kayleyreads- Kayley also has very good quality videos, but I love her personality and the fact that she travels everywhere. Currently she's in England and her videos come not as often as I'd like.

BookswithCourt- Courtney is like a big sister for me. Her reviews are nicely paced and can be followed easily. Her book hauls are my favorites, and her videos come not often as I'd like either.

Please leave a comment below if you've watched some of these book tubers, or are now loving them like I am. Also any booktubers that you love please share below. :D

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Casey Barnes Eponymous by E.A. Rigg




It's three weeks into the school year when music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. For Casey the newfound attention means learning the difference between wanting center stage and actually being on it.


From Goodreads

Casey Barnes Eponymous had to be the closest book I've ever related to and at the same time shown me this whole other side. I'm a musician to some degree and the area that this story took place in really made me giggly to no end.

E.A. Rigg how I worship at your feet for writing the most epic playlist novel with the best main character there could possible be. All the playlists in this novel made me really proud and some what downgraded what I thought good music was and the epicness that I have been missing in the punk/rock community. I love the dialogue written in the story and the characters were completely life like.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: Bridgeworld by Travis McBee

William Haynes was the type of guy that every boy wanted to be. He was an honor roll student and captain of his middle school football team. He was dating the most popular girl in the school and had dozens of friends. Yes, life was perfect for Will...that is until a strange man shows up and forces his parents to reveal a secret they have kept hidden since he was born. He is told that he has been given a scholarship to a prestigious private school that his parents attended, a private school that happens to be in space. Will must choose between a life many would die for and a life none could imagine. A life where he is no longer perfect, where he must make new friends, and where he must survive a school rivalry like no other.

from amazon

I write honest reviews. I have never read a book that I didn't particularly like, and then write a beyond amazingly book review. Saying that, I'm not trying to say that I didn't like the novel, but what I'm saying is that I couldn't finish it. The novel had a loose frame, and didn't have a clear problem, and I was waiting every next chapter for that big ba-boom to hit me, but it never came. It could be the next chapter, but I don't want to waste anymore time on a book that I don't see any clear problem the character has to overcome.

Travis McBee has to have a list of similes and metaphors in a huge journal, because when I read this novel, it sounded like my English teacher went high on them. I love how he described a scenery, and time and time again, I felt like he could be writing a better story. I hate saying that, but the idea of the boy goes to an alien school isn't original or interesting enough, for me. Maybe you'll like it, but I personally don't. Also, I have to mention that I skimmed over many parts of the novel, and still didn't miss a beat. There's a part of me that feels let down by that fact.

I don't read many male protagonist books, because I usually don't connect with them, and how Will is described really erks me. Will actually reminds me of a couple of guys I know into one, and it isn't a nice experience. His attitude to things are so carefree at times, it doubles my frustration that there isn't a real problem in the book. Nothing is challenging him.

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? (#6)




meme started by bookjourney 

What I Read:

I started reading Bridgeworld, and am very close to finishing it. Does that count? Yeah,... sure...  goodreads l amazon
















What I'm Currently Reading: 

So far, so CUTE!! goodreads l amazon







What I Hope To Read Next:


Lies. Betrayal. Secrets. They are worse than you think they are.The feeling of something you thought you had but you never did. Your whole train of thought changes direction. Suddenly everything you have lived for becomes a life you never had.
I thought I knew everything. My name is Evaline Pangborne, and I am a werewolf. amazon

Saturday, September 22, 2012

In My Mailbox (#8)

This week I didn't get any books for review, but I did get a book from a giveaway I won on goodreads. If you haven't gotten a goodreads yet, you should. It's totally free, and it's the facebook of books only, basically. Btw I'm not promoting goodreads.com.
As I mentioned I won Libba Bray's Beauty Queens, I was very excited when I got it on Friday, and even more delighted when I found out that it was signed. 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Authors on Twitter

There are many people on twitter. A lot of them are nobodies, or creepers. So, I want to share with you some awesome twitter authors, so you can follow, and maybe mention that I made you follow them? Huh, huh? *winks*

John Green

Maureen Johnson

BR Myers

Kelly Creagh

If you know any amazing authors, and twitterers please notify me in the comments below. 

Giveaway to come!!!

Hi, guys. I've been blogging for almost a year coming up this holiday season, and I wanted to give back. I'm not sure of what things to giveaway, but they are book/writing related. I'll have another post with all the specific info, but for now all I'm saying is that the giveaway is international. You can live anywhere, as long as the US Postal service can get to you.

What I'm thinking about is one book, a journal, and a gift card. That is one prize out of the three of them. All three of them will have one book, a journal, and a gift card, to be clear.

The giveaway will end sometime in December, and you may enter by commenting below. I will allow people to pre-enter on this post here, but be aware that I have not chosen what to giveaway yet, and there might be somethings you won't like.

I NEED YOUR HELP!!

All I ask is for you to comment below on the book you want, or is on your wish list. I won't be giving out ebook copies, because that is too difficult. If you do that one thing, then technically you're helping yourself, because more than likely I will be putting that in the giveaway.

Please spread the word around about this giveaway!! I will be posting the official Giveaway post in October. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Review: Settling by Shelley Workinger





Book: Goodreads Website
Author: Goodreads Twitter


At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids…

Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill.

Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them…

from goodreads


I was very excited to receive Settling from Shelley Workinger a week or so ago. If you haven't read Solid (the first novel in the trilog) you should. I'll link the review here. Anyways, I started reading the novel over last weekend, and this is the very first novel that I read on my new nook. I don't want this to be about ereading so here goes the review.

Shelley Workinger is one the authors that I love, and her debut series has satisfied me quite well. For her second novel, I was spoiled with spoilers before, and I was shocked at first. Then when I read the novel, the spoilers of what Clio does, does not surprise me, and I don't hate Shelley for writing the way Clio is. I wouldn't say that I'm thrilled by the prospect, but I'm not going around hating it. Shelley's writing is wonderful like last time, and I enjoyed the new characters she brought on and the mystery she still brings to a novel that is supposed to be about settling down in your new home.

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (#5)



Created by bookjourney


What I Read



Read this book all of last week on my nook through out school and I have mixed feelings about it. Still love the series as a whole, but the review for it will be up tomorrow. 

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What I'm Currently Reading


Bridgeworld is a scifi novel and I feel like I've been reading a lot of scifi for some reason, but I'm not really. I usually don't go to the scifi section when I'm in the bookstore, so I'm excuberant on how this will turn out. 


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What I Hope To Read Next



Besides the fact that I'm extremely mesmerized by this cover, the story feels like it was made for me. I don't know how it can't be a more perfect novel. Still obsessing over this cover. xD


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Sunday, September 16, 2012

In My Mailbox (#7)

Meme started by TheStorySiren


Lies. Betrayal. Secrets. They are worse than you think they are.The feeling of something you thought you had but you never did. Your whole train of thought changes direction. Suddenly everything you have lived for becomes a life you never had.
I thought I knew everything. My name is Evaline Pangborne, and I am a werewolf.
from amazon








It's three weeks into the school year when music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. For Casey the newfound attention means learning the difference between wanting center stage and actually being on it.

from goodreads







Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.

High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various outcasts: the schizophrenic kid, the angry Goth girl, and the homeless girl who worships him. When Megan needs a place to live she comes to the rooming house with a different set of problems and the ability to confuse and attract Ben.

One by one strange and mysterious occurrences stretch the teens’ beliefs in the supernatural. How they deal with demons, real and imagined, has tragic as well as redeeming consequences.

from goodreads


Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that's not all - A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they remain undetected by humans, they enjoy life in their own Super Spud cities, take part in major Super Spud sporting events and even start the odd Super Spud war or two. Join Colin, Cougar, Hannibal Vector, Generals Rock, Jock and Strap and all the others in their rollicking adventures. You'll never look at a packet of crisps in the same way again! Fun, quirky and totally original.


from goodreads

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Series I'm Currently Reading or Waiting For




Since there are just so many covers for this novel, I'm not sure which one is the actual cover. I'll just say the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess. I have the first two books in the series, and I hope to read the last one soon when it comes out.

The next series is one of my most recent favorites, the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson. The next novel comes out in January and I'm extremely eager to read it. I have know doubts that I won't like it, but there is always a chance.

Days of Blood and Starlight is also the second novel in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. I don't know how long I can wait for the book to come out, but I maybe the few who love the first novel.

Please comment below and tell me some of your favorites series, or series you are reading/waiting for. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review: Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton

I received this novel very unexpectedly because you may know this novel will be a movie, coming out in 2013. For me that's already a warning sign on how good this book will be. Usually novels, that turn into books-which means every movie out there these days- are either incredibly amazing, or down right sad and pathetic of a book, not trying to be harsh, but that's my opinion. So I'm on the later side of things for Of Light and Darkness. I'm someone who can't keep reading a book when they've made up their mind about disliking it. I read up to page 77, and was like "No, nope, no more, I can't handle this." 



I write honest reviews, and I don't get paid to do this either from the recent news about authors paying reviewers. So when I looked up the author of this novel, my thoughts weren't particularly joyous. It maybe a Hollywood actor, who is writing an album, and a ya series, but you have to have flaws in what you do, especially with that much you do. I wouldn't say that her writing was bad per se, but I just didn't enjoy the story. It felt like everything else on the shelves at my local B&N ya section. Some supernatural bimbo falling desperately in love with something that is totally wrong for her.

Characters were a big part of what made me stop. I couldn't keep reading from whoever the red-headed human girl was. She is one of my least favorite characters because of her willingness and self-proclaimed soul mate to her guardian. For me that's incest. I couldn't keep on reading without having my walls up on incest and other things in that area. I just couldn't.

Monday, September 10, 2012

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (#4)

Created by bookjourney

What I Read

I didn't like this novel very much, and I couldn't finish it for some reasons that I will mention in tomorrow's post, the review. 














What I'm Currently Reading


I'm very excited to read this novel, and so far, which is much, I'm loving it. I've read some spoilers when I was looking up the first novel, Solid, and there are a lot of mixed reviews for this novel, and I'm hoping that I'll still love the series and continue to read the third novel when it comes out in November. 










What I Hope to Read

I all ready read the prologue and I can just see all the amazing adventures and things in general that are going to blow my mind. I love the characters in this novel so far, and I hope to finish reading it when I finish Settling. 



Sunday, September 9, 2012

In My Mailbox (#6)

At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids…

Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill.

Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them…

from goodreads

Friday, September 7, 2012

Book Wish List




I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two. We are a sensational team.

 from goodreads
[From the back of the ARC]
Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world -- a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen's creation, is the only one who can save him. Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the "Poe Toaster" will make his annual homage at the legendary poet's grave. Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen's affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.
from goodreads

Settling

At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids…
Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill. Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them…

from goodreads

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Blog Post Playlist

If you didn't already know I'm a HUGE lover of music. I love pretty much everything about it. So that also means that I adore all genres and I listen to a specific sort of music when I write blog posts.

Usually when I'm writing these it's either really early in the morning or late at night. Both times I need some music to pick me up and give me an up beat tempo at writing. So that means I usually listen to electronic/rock music when I write blog posts. I think these bands/people I listen to should also be listened to besides from writing. My favorite song of theirs is in italics. 

Better than Ezra
King of New Orleans
The Wombats
Tokyo-Vampires & Wolves
Metric
Lost Kitten
Cara Salimando
Anthem 
Regina Spektor
All the Rowboats
Panic! at the Disco
Nearly Witches [Ever Since We Met...]
Say Anything
Do Better