Follow Friday [#7]

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. What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you cast as your favorite character?

I would make the Uglies Trilogy into movies. I think that would be pretty awesome. I think I would cast Nina Dobrev as Tally but I'm kinda all over on who would play David, Shay and Dr. Cable. I had a really great idea for who could play Dr. Cable but I totally cant remember it now. I really wanna see more Dystopian novels made into movies.

I also would love to see Divergent & The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer made into movies. Those are such amazing books. I have no idea who I'd choose to play them though.

Book Blogger HopQ. In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite "banned or frequently challenged book"?

Mine is from the 2010-2011 list. Betrayed by P.C. & Kristen Cast. Its the second book in the House of Night series and one of my faves of the series. It was one of the few in the series I literally couldn't put down once I started reading it.

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

Waiting On Wednesday [#6]

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

Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

AHHHH! So everybody knows I'm like in love with Divergent. I'm super excited for Insurgent. Not to mention, doesnt the cover look awesome? I so need more Tris and Four/Tobias. The ending to Divergent just left me wanting more. It's so hard to wait for this one. Lol.

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Pages: 452
Source: Hardcover/Own

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

Review: So let me start out with this book was nothing like I expected. It was better than I expected! I loved this book. So lets get to it. I loved the mystery surrounding Mara's accident. The whole being unable to remember what happened and the events following pulled me in. The story was written so well that you actually felt like you were Mara. For example, when she would hallucinate, it felt like you were her and you couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't. I felt bad for her. I mean I wouldn't want people thinking I'm crazy just because I'm hallucinating, especially after the trauma she went though. I also feel for her after losing her best friend. It must be hard losing someone you knew since kindergarten.

Now to Noah!!!!!! I'll admit, at first I didn't really like him because of all the stuff people were saying about him. As we got to know him more though I warmed up to him. First of all, he just sounds really hot. I have to get that out there. I liked how we got to know more about him and his past. It really showed you why he is like he is. I also like how he doesn't give up on Mara and just walk away. That was something that really made me like the book. I loved finding out what we did about Noah near the end. That completely shocked me. I wasn't expecting that at all. BUT... It was really cool what he revealed. I'll say that.

I also liked Daniel, Mara's older brother. I loved how he was willing to help his sister out so much. I also loved that he was also like a typical older brother cracking jokes and embarrassing her like any older sibling would. Lol.

Overall I loved the book. I definitely recommend it to everyone. I also recommend you get it asap. Like today even, right when it comes out. Lol. It is that good. :)

Teaser Tuesday [#7]

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. "I must say, I think I rather like this sleeping arrangement."

2. "I didn't think I would ever tire of hearing Noah's voice in the nether darkness of my bedroom."

pg. 396 of "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want To Reread

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 I Want To Reread

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth - I've only read this book once but its definitely on the top of my reread pile.

2. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer - Well. This is the beginning of one of my new fave series so...

3. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer - My fave book out of the Nightshade series so far

4. The Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld - I actually have reread this series already. I love it so much. And Scott is an amazing author. Definitely a fave.

5. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr - This is my fave out of the Wicked Lovely series and I could reread this one over and over and not get bored with it.

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - Well, I just really like the mortal instruments series in general but ya

7. The Secret Circle Series by L.J. Smith - One of my fave L.J. Smith series. I love her style of writing. And I love that this is a series about witches.

8. The Vampire Diaries Series by L.J. Smith - I like this better than Twilight. And not to mention, the first books came out way before the Twilight books and I felt like they are written way better than Twilight, which is why I like to reread it.

9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I just finished this like 2 hours ago and I'm already wanting to reread it. It was that good.

10. The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer - I love the whole last survivors series but this book in particular was my fave. I have though reread the entire series multiple times.

In My Mailbox [#7]

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 got (some of the last books from Amazon coming in, I'm only waiting for one more):
I also got a free e-book of:
Summer's Crossing is available for free until June 2012 on The Iron Fey Website for anyone who wants to get it. :) 

Fall Into Reading 2011

Fall Into Reading 2011 is hosted by Callapidder Days. It's a fun, low-pressure reading challenge. You can use it to catch up on your TBR pile, those books you abandoned and want to get back to, or those books that you've been dying to read but haven't got the time to. The challenge goes from September 23rd to December 21st. So here it goes...

First up, Catch up on my TBR pile:

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Entire Night World series by L.J. Smith
Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter
Dark Visions by L.J. Smith
The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Next up, read a few of the books coming out this fall:

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Destined by P.C. & Kristen Cast

Last But Not Least, Read a Few Books Suggested by other Bloggers (Finally):

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I'm pretty sure I can conquer this list and maybe more. I guess we'll see. I will post reviews of each book I finish.

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Pages: 487
Source: Hardcover/Own

Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

Review: OMG!!!!!!!! I know why everyone's obsessed with this now. This book had me hooked from the start. I didn't wanna put it down. I had to force myself to put it down to sleep sometimes. Lol. I loved this book so so much. Everyone knows I love dystopian novels so this book is definitely up my alley. First of all, Veronica Roth did an incredible job at writing this book. It got you hooked and kept you hooked. I loved the idea of this book, ONE CHOICE! I cant imagine how hard it would be to decide on a faction. But then again, based on reading and taking the online tests I already knew what I'd choose and what I'd be. I'll reveal that later. I really enjoyed learning about the factions, especially Dauntless, they seemed really interesting. The whole "Faction before blood" thing was an interesting concept too. I found the different training and initiations very interesting, being based on the virtue of that faction. I like Dauntless training. Learning how to fight and overcome your fears are very good things to know in general and I enjoyed each character growing as they went through training. 

I loved getting to know Tris and Four/Tobias. They were my favorite out of everyone. Tris made a big jump going to Dauntless and learned a lot. She completely transformed herself into a fairly new person. Well, if I learned to fight and to overcome my fears like that I'm pretty sure I would be too. Lol. I also liked how she had to figure out a way to hide her Divergence in certain things. I cant imagine how hard that must have been. Four/Tobias, I really liked him right from when he was introduced. He wasn't as hardcore and mean as Eric and I liked that he showed he had a soft spot inside. I really liked that he worried about Tris and helped her with her Divergence problem. I also liked how their relationship grew as they got closer. I love Tris and Four/Tobias together. Big fan of them. I loved the things they had in common. I also loved how at the end in the middle of the chaos Tris's mom saves her and reveals her secret to Tris. 

Overall I loved loved loved this book. Like this goes right to the top of my fave books. Not to mention its also a dystopian which I love so that makes it even better. Another reason why its at the top of my faves list. Lol. This is a no brainer. I DEFINITELY suggest this to other people!!!!!!!!!! 

And just so everyone knows. I'm Dauntless!!!!!! I took the quiz on facebook and I just knew from the beginning based on everything I'd be Dauntless! Just thought I'd share that.

Follow Friday [#6]

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. Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?

One of my fave series is the Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. I don't know what it is about those books but I love rereading them. I love the world Scott created in that series. I love the things they have to fight and overcome throughout the series. I also love how most of the characters grew too, not just a few. I'm also a big fan of dystopians so that another reason I keep reading them too.

I haven't reread this yet because I just read it for the first time and finished it today but also Divergent by Veronica Roth. I can tell I'm going to be rereading it a lot until the next book comes out and even after. And again, it goes along with my dystopian theme. Lol.

Book Blogger HopQ. As a blog reader, what information (besides the book review) do you like to see in other bloggers' reviews of books? (For example - Author bio, social media links, book synopsis from Amazon/Goodreads or one written by the blogger, page count, ISBN number, link to purchase, etc.)

I like to see a synopsis of the book, whether the blogger writes it or if its from amazon or goodreads. A synopsis in a review really helps the reader get the idea of the book, especially if they haven't read it before. I feel like the synopsis being there helps the reader understand just that much more some of the things you write in your review pertaining to the books. I also like to see links to purchase the books, yes I know, I don't currently do it myself but that's because I've been more focused on reading and writing my posts. Once I get caught up on reviews and reading then I'll go back and add links. It doesn't really bother me if there's social media links or not because I personally am following many authors on Twitter already and a number of author blogs.

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

Waiting On Wednesday [#5]

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

Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy.

 As everyone's noticed I read Nightshade and Wolfsbane recently and loved them!!!!!!!! I'm super excited for Bloodrose! I cant wait to see what happens with Ren and the Searchers and everything. AHHH!!!!

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me (Revenants #1)
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Pages: 341
Source: Hardcover/Own

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Review: So I finally see why everyone loves this book. There's four main components I found to loving this book; Paris, Love, Good vs. Evil & Sexy Frenchmen. Hahaha. Ok, so let me start off by saying I'm part french so it was really nice to see the setting be Paris and to have the french language in the book. I also ate a croissant while I was reading this (purely unintentional, I just happened to grab one when I wanted a snack). Anyways, Paris and Frenchmen. I loved Paris being the setting. I enjoyed learning little bits about their culture and I absolutely loved the french language being in the book. I am part french but I'm not as fluent as I'd like to be in french but I absolutely adore the language. My fave saying from the book was "mon ange." My angel. Frenchmen... I find Frenchmen so sexy!!!! I don't know if its because of the fact I'm part french or not but every time I even heard a slight description of a hot french guy in the book I giggled like a school girl. I also enjoyed the love between Kate and Vincent. You know their love for each other is deep after how they felt being apart.

The revenants... Cant leave out that massive piece of the storyline. I really really enjoyed learning about them. Obviously I like the good revenants over the bad. I love how they sacrifice themselves to save others and come back and do it again and again. I find it interesting that the revenants feel this pull to die whether they want to or not. I also found the way they come back interesting. The whole 3 day thing. Thats all I'll spill on that. If you wanna find out what happens during the 3 days go read the book for yourselves. I'm not gonna spoil everything. It is also interesting how they come back at a certain age.

I love Kate and Vincent together! I loved how Kate seemed to get out of her depression over her parents when she starts seeing Vincent. Which is also why I found it absolutely heart wrenching when both Vincent and Kate were depressed and inconsolable. You could tell by how hard it was not being with each other just how much they do love each other. I was overjoyed when they got back together. I was even happier and semi shocked that Vincent was willing to fight the urge to die all the time so that they could be together and they could have as close to a normal relationship as possible. That right there is love. I loved how happy they are together. Even through the words on the pages it shines very brightly. Amy Plum did an amazing job at writing this book!

Overall I enjoyed the book. It was a pleasant change from all the other undead things I read about. Lol. I cant wait for the next book to come out. I definitely suggest this book to others.

Teaser Tuesday [#6]

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. "The atmosphere feels hungry, like every sixteen-year-old is trying to devour as much as he can get out of this last day."

2. "It is likely that we will not walk these halls again after the Choosing Ceremony-once we choose, our new factions will be responsible for finishing our education."

pg. 5 of "Divergent" by Veronica Roth

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

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 I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth - Ok, I'm actually gonna start reading this one next since I FINALLY got it. Lol.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I've seen so many people rave about this book and I feel as if not reading it is almost as bad as not reading Twilight (I have read Twilight)

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - Again, I've heard so many people rave about this

4. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead - I have it, just haven't read it yet

5. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - I had this book ordered off of Amazon for my bday but it just came in. I've heard a couple different people rave about this and I wanna see what all the fuss is about.

6. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles - I've heard some good things about this book so I ordered it... Just waiting for it to come in now.

7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - I really wanna read this! I havent had the money to get it though.

8. Matched by Ally Condie - Its a dystopian which I love and I've seen many bloggers like this book and I really wanna know what its about..

9. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - I've come across many people who like this series but havent given it a try yet. I have Hex Hall on my shelf... now just to find time to read it.

10. Firelight by Sophie Jordan - I got this for my bday but its been sitting on my shelf since. I've been trying to find time to get to it but I keep getting books that are right at the top of my list to read. I've seen so many people rave about this and the newest book in the series.

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
Pages: 390
Source: Hardcover/Own

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended-Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer-one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack-and the man-she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Review: OMG!!!!! I thought Nightshade was intense... Wolfsbane brought it to a whole new level. It starts right where it left off with Calla waking up in the lair of the Searchers. Where to begin... I really enjoyed how hard the Searchers worked to gain Calla's trust. They actually told her the truth about everything, without hiding things. Even when others didnt think it was a good idea to tell Calla and Shay some things they did anyways, it definitely helped them learn to trust the Searchers and gave them a reason to.

I was shocked at all the truths that came out about the Keepers and the Searchers pasts and how things went bad. If you thought that Nightshade went into details about the packs and the past then you'll be in background heaven in Wolfsbane. Like twice the information about the background, the truth about their background that is, was explained. I was shocked at just how bad the Keepers pasts was and just what got them their. I was disgusted by it. I'm one for a little evil now and there but that was too much. I'm definitely on the Searchers side. Near the end... the truth that came out about Ren, that was the most shocking of all. My jaw = dropped. I totally was not expecting that (notice how I'm not saying what... I'm trying so hard not to seriously spoil the book for people who havent read it).

I was a little shocked at first at how fast the Searchers offered to help Calla, but as the book went on pieces fell into place to understand it more. They put so many of their people in danger just to help Calla and her pack... or what she could save of her pack that is. And no one really held any grudges if a life was lost, they just took it as part of the job. I also liked how Calla's friendships with the Searchers grew. My fave Searcher as of right now is Adne. She keeps it real. She doesn't let people tell her what she can and cant do and she risks her life for the sake of her team when she needs to. She's not selfish at all. It also made me really happy that Calla started standing up for herself to Shay when he tries to stop her from going on risky missions. And fyi, I still don't like Shay. So far nothing has changed my mind about him. I did however like that more of his personal past was revealed.

Overall I loved this book. I couldnt put it down, seriously, I was carrying it around the house with me reading as I walked. Lol. If you liked Nightshade then you will love Wolfsbane. Definitely suggested to others. :D :D :D Now to play the waiting game for Bloodrose...

Review: Bogus to Bubbly by Scott Westerfeld

Bogus to Bubbly (An Insider's Guide To The World Of Uglies)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 27, 2009
Pages: 196
Source: Paperback/Own

THE WORLD OF UGLIES, SET IN OUR NOT-SO-DISTANT FUTURE,is a complex place filled with bubbly technology and lingo, yet bogus rules about status and appearance. That's why a guide to the world of uglies has been requisitioned from the hole in the wall. Inside you'll find: 

A rundown on all the cliques, from Crims and Cutters to tech-heads and surge-monkeys

The complete history, starting with the destruction of the oil bug to the launch of Extras in space
How all those awesome gadgets came to be: hoverboards, eyescreens, skintennas, sneak suits...

PLUS an exclusive look at Scott Westerfeld's first draft of Extras -- starring Hiro, not Aya.

And so much more, it's mind-wrecking.

Review: So this is the guide to everything in the Uglies trilogy. Let me say this was great! If there was anything you wondered about or had questions about in the books this explains it all. I thought for the most part I understood most of it but I still learned stuff from this guide, which only made me understand the books even better. Scott explains everything from how he got the idea for the books to the "rusty" history, which I really enjoyed. He also explains the names, gadgets, cliques and he even includes a map so you can better visualize how the cities were set up. This is one of the most detailed guides I've read to a series of books. My fave part about the guide was the rusty history & the gadgets. I loved the history because it explained what happened to make the rusties extinct basically. It basically explains what could happen to us if we continue on the path we're on, you know, consuming all the resources of the earth and what not. It also explains how most of the gadgets are actually pretty close to stuff we have now or not that far off in the future. Like hoverboards, obviously they are off in the future but the solar power they run on is something we are working on today. The gadgets; the city interface is basically like the internet but with no privacy at all. Not to mention the position finder, water purifier and self heat food are all similar to things we already have now. The position finder obviously is a GPS, water purifier is self explanatory and the self heating food is similar to military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Like I said before, this is one of the best guides I've read to accompany a series. I definitely suggest fans of the Uglies trilogy buy this to keep with their books. :)

In My Mailbox [#6]

 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:
More bday books from Amazon (Yes they are still coming in)
 These are books I ordered new copies or replacement copies of:
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Friend borrow original copy and never gave it back)
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (My original got water damaged Junior year, my water bottle burst in my backpack)
  • Extras by Scott Westerfeld (I wanted the copy that matched my Uglies trilogy not the new cover)
Whats in your mailbox?