Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday [#2]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

The Pledge
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publication Date: November 15, 2011

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. 

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

This book looks really good to me. The story line sounds great. I discovered this book about 3 or so weeks ago and ever since I read what its supposed to be about I cant wait for it to come out. It also has a beautiful cover too! It may be mostly black but it definitely fits keeping a secret I think.


So what are you waiting on this week??

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday [#3]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!


1. "She can put any idea into anyone's head, get them to tell her anything, do anything."

2. "If she used her power on you, and she told you to jump off a cliff-you'd jump."

-pg. 183 "Beautiful Creatures" by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Are On The Top Of My TBR List For Fall

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

This weeks topic is:
Top Ten Books That Are On The Top Of My TBR List For Fall

1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead - I've had this on my list for a while and since it just came out its gonna be on top of my list as soon as I get it, which will be in the next week or so.

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I cant wait to get this as soon as it comes out

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - I've heard good things about this book from people who've got ARCs of it and I'm really looking forward to it coming out

4. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick - I'm really excited for this book to come out :D

5. Destined by P.C. & Kristen Cast - BIG FAN of the House of Night series! I'm SUPER excited for Destined to come out

6. Die For Me by Amy Plum - I've heard really good things about this book and I've had this book on my list for about a month of so now. I'm hoping to get it for my birthday in a week and a half.

7. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard - I've started watching the tv show on ABC family so I wanna read the book its based on. I've done it with all the shows I watch on ABC family that are based on books, except pretty little liars. I was never able to get into that.

8. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl - I'm really excited for this to come out. I just started reading Beautiful Creatures and can tell already its a series I'm going to love.

9. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer - I've been wanting to read Nightshade and Wolfsbane for a while now. I'm hoping to also get both of them for my bday.

10. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare - I'm really looking forward to this. I really liked Clockwork Angel and cant wait for Clockwork Prince to come out.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox [#3]

 In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we share new books we bought, received, won etc.

 This week I bought:

Whats in your mailbox?!?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Follow Friday [#2]

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

I have a couple different ones. First of all, I'd love the faeries in both The Iron Fey series and The Wicked Lovely series to come out. I'd also specifically like Damon and Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries to come out. I'm very specific about vamps. I also think it'd be really cool if the Shadowhunters from The Mortal Instruments series came out. Last but not least, I'd like the Mai from The Nine Lives of Chloe King to come out. :D

Q. Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets? 

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I do. I have 2 dogs, a huskie named Boots and a basset hound retriever mix named Rolly.  I also have 2 cats, one is named Tiger due to her fur with stripes and the other is named Speckles but we more commonly refer to her as Spanky. Lol. Dont ask how we came up with that nickname. I dont even know how we did. Haha. I also have 3 birds, a parakeet and 2 cockatiels though their more my parents pets. Also, my family's friends dog Jazzy is at my house everyday so its kinda like shes my adopted 3rd dog because she spends so much time at my house. Lol.


Just so everyone knows, Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Crazy-for-Books














The first pic is both my cats. The second is my cat Spanky, The third is my cat Tiger, the fourth is my dog Boots, The fifth is my dog Rolly, the sixth is my friends dog Jazzy (chillin in my living room) and the seventh I couldnt help but share is Spanky sitting on my books after she knocked them out of the neat pile they were in.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday [#1]

 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Destined (House of Night #9)
Author: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Publication Date: October 25, 2011

In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa’s House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side – and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.
But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

I LOVE the House of Night series. I own many different series of book but this is one of my faves near the top of the list, probably fave series 2 or 3. Ever since I started reading this series I've been addicted, and I got one of my best friends addicted to it and she got another of my best friends addicted to it. Lol. I've been at Barnes and Noble on the day every previous book has been released not just because I want to read it before my best friends but also because I cant wait to get it. There are very few books I will make myself get on the exact day it comes out, and usually as soon as the Barnes and Noble in my neighborhood opens in the morning but the HoN books are one of the few. I'm especially excited for Destined because of the events that happened at the end of the last book. I cant wait to read what happens next!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved But Never Wrote A Review For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

This weeks topic is:
Top Ten books you loved but never wrote a review on.

It could be books you read long before you were blogging, books you read but didn't get a chance to write a review on or book you read but couldn't write a review on after you read them.

1. Heartland: Coming Home (Heartland Series #1) by Lauren Brooke - I read this book back in 5th grade. 5th grade, can you believe it? I loved the heartland series so much. For a couple of years this was my favorite series of books.I'd actually like to say the whole series but that would be more than 10 books.

2. Mars Year One: Marooned! by Brad Strickland - I read the mars year one series in middle school and absolutely loved it. It was so interesting talking about living on mars. I was really into other planets at the time so that's what really attracted me to the books, not to mention the synopsis on the back wasn't bad either.

3. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket - I read all of these in middle school. I loved these books. I was addicted to them.

4. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer - I read twilight during freshman year of high school. I would write a review on it but people would either see it negatively or think I'm only a fan because of the movies even though I read the series before the movies came out.

5. The Alias Books - I read these books because I only saw the last season or two of the show and I wanted an idea of what happened in the beginning. I read these in I think 8th grade.

6. The Contest (Everest Series #1) by Gordon Korman - Another series I read during middle school.

7. The Discovery (Dive Series #1) by Gordon Korman - Middle school again

8. Shipwrecked (Island Series #1) by Gordon Korman - And again. Lol.

9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - This was a required reading in middle school though I'm not sure if it was 7th or 8th grade. I think it was 7th and its been a book that just kind of stuck with me. At first I wasn't interested in it but after reading the first few chapters I realized I didn't want to stop reading it.

10. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton - This was a required reading during 7th grade but after I read the book it actually became a book I really liked. I even bought the movie that was based on the book.

Teaser Tuesday [#2]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!


1. "She felt the bubbles of excitement, of exhilaration in her bloodstream again. And there was a deeper feeling, too, of recognition."

2. "The sudden sense of belonging-of loving-was so intense that tears came to her eyes."

-pg. 197 "The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I" by L.J. Smith

Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell writing as Celia Thomson

The Nine Lives of Chloe King
Author: Liz Braswell writing as Celia Thomson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Pages: 771
Source: Paperback/Own

Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy…or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes – oh, and the claws.
As she discovers who she is – and where she comes from – it is clear she is not alone. And someone is trying to get her.
Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough?

Review: I loved this book! It was so different from the TV show but I liked it. In fact I think I like the book more than the show (but the shows is still good.) Now for those of you who have seen the show somethings are the same, Chloe transforming on her 16th birthday, Alek (though in the book its spelled Alyec) & Brian and the fight for Chloes heart, The Order after Chloe etc. I enjoyed all the different turns it took. The Mai pride all lived together, well most of them anyway, but it was more like a family than a few random Mai in the city. Also there was a lot more Mai than shown in the TV show. It made things way more interesting. Also, Chloe learns the identity of her biological mother in the book, not to mention that she had a sister and possibly a brother. I really liked how they not only had Chloes adoptive mom in the story but how they also helped her figure out who her biological family was. I also enjoyed how they went more into the history of the Mai and the curse and eventually find an end to the curse. How they do that you just have to read to find out, I'm not going to completely spoil the book. I really enjoyed the end of the book, Chloe becoming pride leader, giving up one of her lives for her pride and making a big change that affected The Pride & The Order. The book had a really satisfying ending and tied up any lose ends that left you hanging throughout the book. I'd definitely recommend it.

5 Stars!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox [#2]


 In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we share new books we bought, received, won etc.


This week I only got one book and I bought it:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona

Mother to Mother
Author: Sindiwe Magona
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages:210

Sindiwe Magona's novel Mother to Mother explores the South African legacy of apartheid through the lens of a woman who remembers a life marked by oppression and injustice. Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the nation's first ever democratic elections in 1993, died just a few yards away from her own permanent residence in Guguletu, Capetown. She then learned that one of the boys held responsible for the killing was in fact her neighbor's son. Magona began to imagine how easily it might have been her own son caught up in the wave of violence that day. The book is based on this real-life incident, and takes the form of an epistle to Amy Biehl's mother. The murderer's mother, Mandisi, writes about her life, the life of her child, and the colonized society that not only allowed, but perpetuated violence against women and impoverished black South Africans under the reign of apartheid. The result is not an apology for the murder, but a beautifully written exploration of the society that bred such violence.

Review: I read this book during my senior year of high school (last school year). It was the book my english teacher chose as the last book we'd read for the year. It is based on a real life event of a white woman being murdered in South Africa during apartheid. Its not the exact story, some things have been fictionalized to tell the story. In Mother to Mother, the mother of one of the murders writes to the mother of the murdered white girl (Amy). She talks about her life and how she was raised and how her son was raised in the same way, to hate the white people because most of them we're trying to oppress the black south africans. She explains how he wasn't a bad kid, he was just acting out because of how he was raised. The mother of one of the murders actually takes you back to when she was a child, to when apartheid began and explains how because she was raised a specific way her son ended up being raised with those same beliefs too. Yes, this was a school book but it was actually a really good book. It really gave you a sense of how things were in South Africa at the time of apartheid, of how bad the government treated the black south africans and why they grew up hating every white person they saw even if that person was trying to help them like in the case of Amy. This book gave you a pretty good history lesson with a look inside at how bad life was during that time. I know its not every teens typical read but I'd suggest it to everyone, because even though its based on an event in history it also brings you into the life of the mom and her son. There are many moments when you can feel the moms emotions and can kind of sympathize with her. I'd really suggest people read it.

5 Stars!

Follow Friday [#1]


 
 
 

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

Hmm... I have a couple. I love the Vampire Diaires so maybe I'd write myself in as one of Elena's friends. I'm also a big fan of the Mortal Instruments so I could see me writing myself in there as Jace or Clary's sister. That'd be really cool. Shadowhunters rock! I also love the Wicked Lovely series so maybe I'd write myself in as a faery in either the Summer Court or the Dark Court.

Q: What's the LONGEST book you've ever read? 
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Link up with Jen HERE

Uh, The longest book I've read.. I haven't read a lot of long books. I think the longest book I've read isn't one I've finished yet. Its the one I'm currently reading. Remember Me by Christopher Pike, its the one that has all three books in one which makes it pretty long. Its almost 800 pages.



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday [#1]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

1. "At night, when she sleeps, her soul converses with me."

2. "Her name is Jean Rodrigues. If you wish, that will soon be your name."

- pg. 355  "Remember Me" by Christopher Pike

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie Week

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

This weeks topic is:
Freebie! - Top Ten about anything in literature so for my top ten I choose...

Top Ten Favorite Books
(In no particular order)

1. The Vampire Diaries: The Return Vol 2 Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith - I'm in love with this book. For me because I'm a big fan of Damon and Elena this was my fave out of the series. It had so many Damon and Elena moments that I just died over. AHHHH!!!!! It was so good.

2. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr - I loved the Wicked Lovely series. Originally my fave book out of the series was Wicked Lovely itself... until Radiant Shadows came out. I just fell in love with this one. I really liked how it was more focused on Ani but still incorporated the big problems and other characters into the story. 

3. Torment by Lauren Kate -  I really liked Fallen but for me Torment had a bigger impact. I really liked how in Torment it was more focused on Luce trying to figure out more about the curse and not on Daniel trying to avoid Luce. I also liked how Luce's character developed more in this book as she learned more about herself and what she could do. 

4. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare - I've read all the books in this series so far including the new one City of Fallen Angels but still City of Glass is my fave. I just really like how much information you found out in City of Glass and how so many things from the books before it started to make sense. I also loved loved loved the end of the book. :)

5. Evermore by Alyson Noel - Originally I bought the book because of how beautiful the cover was and because the synopsis on the back pulled me in. I didn't suspect how much I'd love the story when I bought it. When I started reading it I just couldn't put it down. I finished it in about one day and because of how addicted Evermore made me to the series I had to pick up Blue Moon and start reading it soon after I finished Evermore. Don't worry everyone, I also happen to finish a lot of other books that quick too. :)

6. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - I've always been attracted to dystopian/Sci-fi kind of novels and this was the first one I read and boy did it get me addicted. I had started reading this book around 7 at night and I just couldn't put it down. Around like midnight I literally had to force myself to put it down and get some sleep and even then I had to put stuff on top of the book so I wouldn't be tempted to reach over and grab it and start reading again. I loved the new technology and the way society was in the books. It really made you think about how carried away things could get. It also showed everyday struggles teens go through from making tough choices to dealing with their looks and I really liked how Scott incorporated that into a truly fascinating story. 

7. Chosen by P.C. & Kristen Cast - I love the House of Night series. Like I'm one of the people that you will see in Barnes & Noble the day the book comes out to get it. I also have to do that so my best friends don't get it before me and spoil it for me. Its my fault though. I got them addicted to the House of Night series as well. I really liked this one because in this book starts a lot of the changes within Zoey's friends, her House of Night and her life. It was a close race between Chosen and Betrayed for me but I just liked Chosen more because this one was more focused on the changes that would later have big affects on the House of Night. 

8. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer - Now just so everyone knows. I read the Twilight books BEFORE the movies came out. Like over a year before the first movie came out. One of my friends got me into Twilight itself and after I read that I found myself addicted. Out of all the books I really enjoyed Eclipse the most. It was close between New Moon and Eclipse but overall I enjoyed the events that happened in Eclipse more than those in New Moon. 

9. The Vampire Diaries: The Return Vol 3 Midnight by L.J. Smith - Ok, since this is the second Vamp Diaries book I have in my top ten its obvious that this series is one of my all time faves in general. I really liked this book. I felt that overall this book gave a really satisfying ending to the series and the ending even made me cry a little and I don't usually burst into tears over every book.

10. The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer - Like I've said before, I really like dystopian novels. I enjoyed the companion novel to this book and it made me want to read this one. All of the heart wrenching, devastating scenes made you wanna cry but even then you couldnt put the book down. It gave you a real sense of just how much one event can change everything and how devastating natural disasters could really be.

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