Monday, July 30, 2012

2 YEAR BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY! (Pt. 2)

Oh yah, baby!  It's here!  The second part of my epic BLOGOVERSARY celebration!! :D  I know, you're jumping up in down with such extreme excitement that you've never, ever EVER felt before!!!!!!!!!! :D

Just follow the rules and see what the prize is, and ENTER!  You won't regret it, I promise! :D

In an effort to celebrate my wondrous 2nd year of being a book blogger in this fantastical community that we share, I am giving away to ONE winner ONE copy of a book from The Book Depository!!  The book MUST be off of one of two of my Goodreads bookshelves entitled: "Best Lit-Men" or "Forever Favorites".

Try your hardest to keep the price under $15, and don't go over $18.

And yes - this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!!!  WHOOOHOOO!! :D

To see my Best Lit-Men shelf and choose your book, CLICK HERE!
To see my Forever Favorites shelf and choose your book, CLICK HERE!

These are just some of the books you can choose from:



The rules follow...  (They're the same as last time.)

1.  You must be a follower of Yearning to Read through GFC (look to the right).  New followers are, of course, ALWAYS welcome!
2.  You must live....ANYWHERE! (Anywhere The Book Depository ships to - check if you're on the list HERE.)  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!!
3.You must be 13 years or older to enter this giveaway.
4.  I will be checking all this info - so if you cheat, you're out of the giveaway - which is NOT awesome.  Be fair or be square!
5.  HAVE FUN!!!


Enter the lovely Rafflecopter below - you KNOW you want to! ;) a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Buys 7/6-27/12

This week of buys was...well, AMAZING. :D


Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
When I returned Wentworth Hall (because it was everything stupid and ridiculous), I bought this.  I've read the prologue and I can definitely say - "Way fair trade!"

Sabriel by Garth Nix - $.50
Stunning brand new paperback - I couldn't let it slide.  I'm stoked for this trilogy - the writing sounds amaaazing!  I own so many of Nix's books but haven't read any yet....so sad! 

The STASH
:D  I love this stash.  It's radical.

Link me up to your posts - what have YOU bought this week?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books

A fantastic meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

I love love looooove this week's theme!!  Ok, here goes.  I'm going to link my reviews in the titles, so click on them if you want to read what I think of the setting/worlds!  (These are not in order of favorite, just the order I wrote them in.)

1.  Incarceron/Sapphique:  WOW.  Catherine Fisher STUNS me with her ability to create a world, breathe life into it, and then place the reader inside.  It's one of the most incredible talents I've ever seen.

2.  Delirium/Pandemonium:  Does this even need an explanation?  It's sooooo perfectly clear that I swear I dream about it sometimes.  Not that I can remember, but I feel like I have, vaguely.  Either way this world is magnificent.

3.  Harry Potter:  Well, I would try to explain this to you, but...nah.  You get the picture. ;)

4.  Divergent/Insurgent:  Yet another choice that I don't really think needs explaining.  It's just...WOW.

5.  Unraveling:  One of my favorite books this year, and totally amazing...I loved this setting 'cause it's set in my hometown!  It was very realistic and exactly what I think of many of the places described!

6.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight:  One of the best books I have EVER read.  The setting was indescribably perfect.  Airport love is the best.  For reals.

7.  The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay:  Stunning works of art, brilliantly portrayed in every single possible way.

8.  Inkheart/Inkspell/Inkdeath:  Also some of my favorite books ever.  I'm DYING to re-read them, for the 4th time, because OMG that world sucks me under every single time!  It's so incredibly stunning, like a spell cast over me.

9.  Anything N. D. Wilson.  I'm a Wilson lover, completely and utterly, and I cannot begin to express the amazing ways Wilson brings his stories to life.  He's brilliant at it, like he's brilliant at everything else (humor, character development, etc, etc, etc).  I could go on for about an eternity about how brilliant he is.  In this area in particular.  I want to live in Hylfing and see Kansas like Henry does.  I want to visit the FitzFaeren halls and fight witches in Endor.

10.  Entwined:  This is my perfect, epic fairy tale.  I swear, it's exactly what I've been dreaming a fairy tale world would be like for the longest time, and finally someone wrote a book close enough to it.  I want her to write about this world, FOREVER.

Runners up:  The People of Sparks; My Unfair Godmother; The Idiot; Scaramouche; A Tale of Two Cities; The Count of Monte Cristo; A Curse Dark As Gold; The Princetta; Airborn.

See, there are so many!! GAH! It's hard to choose.  But these are AWESOME. :D

Did we have any books in common this week?  Link me below!! :D

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Pages:  236
Release Date:  January 2nd, 2012
Date Read:  2012, July 9th-10th
Received:  Library - but I bought it the day after I read it!
Rating:  5/5 stars, Forever Favorite!
Recommended to:  12+





SUMMARY -
Flying to London may be most girls' dream, but not Hadley's.  Not when she's flying out to be a bridesmaid in her own father's wedding.  Even worse - she misses her flight by four minutes - ensuring she'll most likely be late.  What she doesn't expect: she's helped by a boy named Oliver - and seated next to him as well.  Because of this, the next 24 hours will change her very reason for existing.

MY THOUGHTS -

This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life.

I rarely speak those words, and when I do, I really really for reals mean it.  It usually means I bawled like a baby (as in this case) and it sometimes means my perspective was changed, altered, for the better (this is also the case).  It is extremely difficult to write a review for a book as brilliant as this.  I'm feeling quite inadequate, like I don't really know how to put into words my expressly positive feelings for this story.

Jennifer E. Smith is a new author to me, but I assure you:  I have plans to purchase every single book she's ever written or will write.  These plans will, I assure you upon my life, come to pass.  Smith's writing is like - GAH!  The prose in this book is unbelievably GORGEOUS.  I was completely swept away.  STUNNING.

CHARACTER NOTES -
Hadley.  HADLEY.  She's way cool. Despite the goings on of her life, she's just completely awesome.  I adore her to pieces.  I was quite disappointed when I realized I can't actually be her best friend in real life.  I love her that much.  Her growth, the emotion she felt, how she handled every event, how her emotions developed throughout the story - I was completely enthralled, under the spell of her gorgeous third person POV narration.

And her name?  Definitely going on my top five favorite girl names list.

Then there's the matter of Oliver.  He's so much fun...like, beyond reason - and totally realistic at the same time.  He has his own secrets and sorrows that are a part of him, but do not make him who he is.  The slow, yet quick, progression of his relationship with Hadley made me bubble over with joy.  I really really really need to marry a guy who will draw ducks on napkins for me.  Oliver took my breath away more times that I can count.  No really - my breath caught more than a few times!

Hadley's father Andrew amazed me with his complexity.  I hated and loved him at the same time.  He left Hadley and her mom for a British woman...and yet I love who he is.  He and Charlotte really added something beautiful to Hadley's journey.  I loved every moment.

I also love how Oliver is so much like Andrew.  I don't know if that was intentional, but it sure was natural.  They are both such free spirits, with great imaginations that veer toward the silly side.  Such a neat dynamic!

STORY NOTES -
You'd think that not much can happen in 24 hours, but Mrs. Smith assures you, it can.  A LOT can happen in 24 hours.  A lot of beautiful things.

I love how natural it is.  The story progresses realistically.  The relationship between Hadley and Oliver is never cheesy, but is, instead, completely realistic.  It is NOT insta-love.  It is, rather, like the old lady on the plane says, that a few hours with someone you love can feel like a blessed few years.  This illustration, executed so perfectly, is beautiful.

I love that nothing is perfect.  There are perfect moments, but these moments are made perfect by their imperfections.  Toilet paper on a little boy's shoe, Hadley's feet being stomped on during a father-daughter dance, tears at the sight of someone you love.

The situation with Hadley's dad is hard.  I was hoping Hadley wouldn't be made to seem like the bad guy for being bitter - her father left them. So I was stunned into happiness when both Hadley and her father confess.  Such a beautiful scene.  Right about where I started crying, actually.  And I didn't stop until long after the book had come to a close.

Normally, I don't do short books, because I usually feel jipped by the length.  SO not the case here.  This book has everything - everything good, that is.  And nothing bad.  The end is completely satisfying, so beautiful and breathtaking and consistent, tying off all loose ends and boosting even more tears.

It's true - I'm in love with this book.

SUMMING IT UP -
........................  It's one of those.  The ones you can't summarize or phrase or recommend enough.  You have to do the reading now, the experiencing and the living.  Please, everyone - BUY THIS BOOK!!  (And my sister, who read this book in almost one sitting, interjects that SHE gets Oliver. HA!  AS IF!)

For the Parents -
Two, maybe three, minor swear words.  A couple of kisses - no details.  Talk of an affair.  In reality, nothing to be worried about.  Recommended 12+

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Quotes)



Because the truth is that now that he's here, she can't imagine it any other way.  Now that he's here, she worries that crossing an entire ocean with someone between them might be something like torture.
- Chapter 4, Page 46

Even when she was old enough to read herself, they still tackled the classics together, moving from Anna Karenina to Pride and Prejudice to The Grapes of Wrath as if traveling across the globe itself, leaving holes in the bookshelves like missing teeth.
- Chapter 11, Page 152 


This book is the most magical book I've ever read.

Review.  On.  Monday.


Prepare.  For.  EXPLOSION OF HAPPINESS.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pint-Size Review: Angel by James Patterson (#7)


Angel by James Patterson (#7)
Pages:  291
Release Date:  February 14th, 2011
Date Read:  2011, September 15th-17th
Received:  Library
Rating:  4/5 stars
Recommended to:  12+


SUMMARY -
Max is having a crisis.  Not physical, but emotional.  Fang, after dying and coming back to life, as left.  Left her and her Flock.  He left her a love letter on his bed and just disappeared.  Now he has his own gang, and Max must move without him.  There's a doomsday group, talking about the One Light - hope - and hypnotizing people toward their cause.  What is their cause?  And will following the D-day group lead Max to Fang once again?

MY THOUGHTS -
There were some choppy parts of this book, some random scenes that didn't lead to or from anything.  But most of the time I was into the story and excited to know more about the root of the situation, despite the cheesiness of the root.  I don't know how James Patterson is going to wrap this up in one more book, but honestly I can't wait.  I read this nearly a year ago and still have a month left until I get my hands on book #8!  This book is like a tease!

Again, I really, really love the characters.  And again, they're the reason I'm sitll here.  I would've stopped at book #4 if I hadn't been totally in love with Max, Fang, and the rest of the Flock.  I was then, and I am now.  They are really amazing to read about.

The story this time was good, even though it had the usual "out-of-nowhere" feel.  But it was enjoyable, intense, and heartwrenching.  I'd say sadder than the last book, which was pretty darn sad.  :(  I NEED TO KNOW!!!!!!

This book reminds me of...
Teasing
Terrible covers
Infuriatingly LONG gaps between books
Really exasperating love triangles that you wish would just DISINTEGRATE, but you also love at the same time
Cheesy D-day crap (lol)

For the Parents -
Some kissing...maybe some minor cussing.  Recommended 12+



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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Bookshelf Dilemma: Episode 3


Ahhh long time no see!  I haven't been posting this meme because so many things were going on and more important posts needed to be published.  But here I am - back with a new addition to this fun meme! :)

So.  These are the books that I like but don't LOVE.  Like, Ok, some of them I love.  But it's not a favorite kind of love.  Is this totally obsessive? OCD?  It totally is.  But continuing on now...

I guess you could say these are the books I adored but didn't quite get 5 stars.  Some of them I didn't like, like Winter Wood all the way down at the bottom.  Or Eragon.  (I liked it a lot the first time...didn't like it the 2nd time.)
You should see this shelf now!  It's amazing how much it's changed since this picture!  But that's what this meme is for...so you'll have to wait to see what it's like now!

I really enjoyed these books, but they're not perfect, or even close.  The Various and Celandine are actually quite incredible, and they would be in my favorites section if the third book, Winter Wood, hadn't been so freaking stupid.  But I kept them anyway, because I loved the first 2 so much I ordered the third from England, and it was expensive, and the covers are just so beautiful...

This is the land of 3 stars.  Prom and Prejudice, Sarah's Key, Little Women and Me.  All great, fun books, but nothing special.  I want to keep them, possibly re-read them, so they go here.

I love this section.  These are my Bibles and devotionals and theological books.  I haven't read all of them, but I'd say most of them.  Do Hard Things was EPIC.  (Here's their website!)  It was so motivating to get out there and DO SOMETHING BIG.  And I don't know where it is in the picture (I might not have unpacked it or organized it here), but Growing Up Christian SHOULD be here, because it changed my life.

So there you go...my fun little shelves.  Again, they've changed so much!  I can't wait for you all to see what they look like now!  More coming soon! :)

What's YOUR bookshelf dilemma?

Also...IMPORTANT:
How do you all like this meme?  Is there anyone who would like to take part in it?  Let me know and I'll fix up the button a bit and make it available to everyone to use.  Then I'll get working with Linky so we can all be linked up! :)  Let me know in the comments if you'd like to participate!  It would be once a month. :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pint-Size Review - join my meme!

A few days ago, I had a lovely blogger friend, the wonderful Haley from Passing the Pages, ask if she could participate in my Pint-Size Review Idea.  Welllll obviously I was so flattered, and decided, you know what?  Why not make it available for everyone?  So.  Here's the dealio -

Anyone who wants to participate can.  You can post at any time, for any book, on any blog.  Its main purpose is to have the option of writing a shorter review than is typical of that reviewer.  There are a lot of books I want to say a few words on, and don't want to stretch into a super long review.  So this fun meme makes that easy for me - and hopefully for you, too!

You MUST leave a link in the form I will have linked to the side and after each of my own Pint-Size Review posts.  At the beginning of every month I will write a new post that links everyone's posts.  It will look something like this:

Sierra @ Yearning to Read:
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
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Haley @ Passing the Pages:
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
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etc. etc.

I don't have an account with Linky...yet.  I don't want to pay $24 for a year until I know for sure that I'm going to use it for a long time, and that's why I'm using a Google Doc.  If anyone knows another way to link up reviews, lemme know!

Anywho.  Here are the rules.

THE RULES:
1.  You must be a follower of Yearning to Read through GFC and/or Feedburner.
2.  You must use the Meme Button in each post and link back to me in some way.  You can post this button at the bottom or top of your review.
3.  The outline must be the same:  Summary (from Goodreads, or of your own writing), "My Thoughts" section, and "This book reminds me of..." section.  (Intro section - the blue area - and For the Parents are optional!)
4.  Please include "Pint-Size Review" in the title of the post, so everyone knows which meme you're participating in.
5.  If you do not follow the rules, you will be kindly asked to join properly or not participate at all.  (I doubt this will be an issue - I just have to say it!)



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Can't wait to read all these awesome Pint-Size reviews!! :D

Review: Cold Fury by T. M. Goeglein

Cold Fury by T. M. Goeglein (#1)
Pages: 313
Release Date:  July 24th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, June 13th-16th
Received:  ARC won on Librarything
Rating:  2/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+






SUMMARY -
Sara Jane Rispoli thought her 16th year would be sweet.  Instead, she finds herself being chased and hunted like a dog.  Her family disappeared, her father's secrets ready to burst.  It's up to Sara Jane to take a stand, before she loses her family forever.

MY THOUGHTS -
This is one of those books I wish I could write a 5-star review on.  Instead, I am left confused and wondering how this book didn't receive some major revision.

I hate writing reviews like this because I don't want to sound rude...just honest.  I really couldn't believe this book.  I was shocked by the lack of story.  The writing was okay but very formulated.
Short sentence.
Short sentence.
Short sentence.
Looooonnnng paragraph.
And repeat.
This is the entire book - I swear.  It got strangely irritating.

CHARACTER NOTES -
Sara Jane Rispoli was a really awesome character (this is about the only good thing I have to say).  I would totally hang out with her at her dad's bakery and talk about old films (her passion).  I just wish the story had been better executed so I could have enjoyed getting to know her.

The other characters, for the most part, either fell flat or were cheesy stereotypes.  I liked Willy and I really liked Knuckles.  However, Doug, Mark and even Sara's parents -  I just didn't enjoy them.

STORY NOTES -
This book starts out incredibly slllllllooooowwwwww.....  It's kind of ridiculous.  Some of the stories were interesting, but there is absolutely NO action for, like 80 pages.  It's ALL set up.  The setup might have been more interesting had the author mixed in the actual story line.  But nooooo...  I was so bored out of my mind.

I think it's awesome that Sara Jane is a boxer, and a good one at that.  I think it would have been amazing to read a YA book about the Mafia.  The execution, however, was so poor that I nearly DNFed the book 20 times.

Also, I don't get Doug's part of the story.  After a few great, intense chapters involving the mob, Sara Jane goes back to school and uses her powers in the mod to save Doug from committing suicide.  Erm, sorry, don't really care.  If I had cared for Doug's character, if he had been introduced as a character I was interested in, I would have enjoyed that.  But because I was only interested in Sara Jane finding her family, I wanted the mystery, the dark side of the Mafia where beefy guys don't do favor exchanges with 16-year-old girls.  Sorry, but it just didn't work for me.

SUMMING IT UP -
Very poor.  I'm sorry, but it did nothing for me at all.  I don't recommend it, but if you still wanna give it a go, by all means - you might actually enjoy it.

For the Parents -
Cussing, brief and very strong.  (GD, F)  No sex.  A few very intense sequences, with some blood.  Recommended 15+

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #5 - Such Wicked Intent



This is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper!


When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again, just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting. When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor's twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, the four venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.


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I first would like to pronounce to the world that this is the most magical cover in existence and I want a giant copy of it hanging on my wall.  Actually, both of them, and the original cover of the first book, because HOLY GRACIOUS they're beautiful!!
But not only that - Oppel has created a GORGEOUS story here - you HAVE GOT to read these books!!  And I HAVE GOT to get my hands on this one! :D
Want to know how much I loved This Dark Endeavor?  CLICK HERE. ;)

Released:  January 22nd, 2013
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What are YOU wishing for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pint-Size Review: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Pages:  254
Release Date:  October 25th, 2011
Date Read:  2012, February 2nd-7th
Received:  Library
Rating:  4/5 stars
Recommended to:  9+





SUMMARY -
Princess Celie loves Tuesdays.  That is the day the Castle, Castle Glower, grows a new room.  Celie prides herself in knowing the Castle almost backward and forward.  She's even working on a map of Castle Glower - something that has never been done before.  All is well for the royal family - except that her parents have gone off to her brother Bran's graduation without her. But when the King and Queen's carriage arrives back at the castle, covered in arrows and empty except for a royal guard, Celie's parents are presumed dead.  Nothing can stop Celie, however, from believing they are alive.  But what shall be done about the schemers, liars, and murderers in court?  It is up to Celie and the castle to protect the throne and find the King and Queen, before it's too late!

MY THOUGHTS -
Jessica Day George is just wonderful.  I love her books...  They're so satisfying and undeniably adorable, and Tuesdays is no different.

The story starts off on the slower side, but that doesn't mean it's boring.  Celie is adorable and the Castle is mind-bogglingly fantastic, so you can do without the action.  But when the action does start up, there's no putting the book down!  Celie's adventures and smart thinking are so fun to read about!

I love books and movies where kids outsmart the bad guys or trick them into a trap.  Like Home Alone type stuff.  There is plenty of tricking and trapping in Tuesdays - enough to make me laugh out loud a few times!

Celie's bravery, hope and endurance really shines in this book, but the others are just as important.  Lilah, Rolf, and Pogue (sigh...) worked and planned and tricked right alongside Celie to get the baddies away and save the kingdom!

Before I close - Castle Glower itself was amazing.  I think it's a brilliant idea and I seriously am ecstatic to see what else JDG does with it - because just sitting here I've thought of, like, five different stories she could write with the castle alone!  Celie's relationship with the Casle was so sweet and personal and I'm looking forward to more of that!

And Pogue - can we please have some more Pogue? PLEASE??!

This book reminds me of...
Lots of colors
Cobblestones
Pointy-nosed, funny-accented villains
Pranking the enemy
Strong family ties


For the Parents -
Nothing!  Recommended 9+

Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Before the Scarlet Dawn by Rita Gerlach

Before the Scarlet Dawn by Rita Gerlach
Pages: 327
Release Date:  February 1st, 2012
Date Read:  2012, April 15th-17th
Received:  ARC via NetGalley
Rating:  2/5 stars
Recommended to:  14+








SUMMARY -
Eliza's father, a man of humble means, has just passed away, leaving Eliza with no house or money, just the clothes on her back and the housemaid.  In an effort to find work, she is reunited with the man she once loved as a girl, and who she still loves as a woman.  When she offers to go with him to America as his bride, he refuses...  But soon changes his mind for a daring journey in the night.  Can they brave through the storms of life in a new country where Eliza must face trial after trial?

MY THOUGHTS -
"This is great, this is great, this is...ahhhh...  Nevermind."  I'm SO bummed out about this book!  It just...flopped.  It had loads of potential but did not live up to any sort of goodness.

CHARACTER NOTES -
Oh, Eliza.  Why?  WHY?!  I just don't understand.  I really liked you...and now I just don't know what to think.  Eliza is one of those characters who just...deteriorated.  At least for me.  I just couldn't respect any of the decisions she made after she heard the Terrible Awful News.  Not even just her lack of judgement - but that lie she told to Hayward about it?  GOLLY, so bad.  I felt like her relationship with God didn't really go anywhere either.  She went through so much hardship but there were no profound faith revelations or anything.

And Hayward...  Holy SMOKES - if I ever met that man, I would need someone to restrain me and remind me that murder will land me in a hell of a lot of trouble.

Fiona and the rest were okay, I guess.  They served their purposes but were not well-developed.

STORY NOTES -
What.  The.  Heck.  HAAAAPPPPEEEENNNNEEED?!  Okay, so I'm all for sad books.  A few (The Idiot, Before I Fall, Mockingjay) are my all-time favorites and I read and read and read and cry and cry and cry.

But cruel?  Like hardcore cruel, backstabbing, with what did NOT feel like a redemptive ending?  Ummm, not okay with me.  Hayward was a full-on cruel, cold-hearted jerk who did horrible things.

I honestly don't remember much else of the story, except Eliza's fall into depression so deep she totally went out of character, and the end where all I could think was, "Why?  This is not redemptive."  It does not have to be happy - just...redeeming.  It was so hard.  And sad.  And CRUEL.  And stupid and unrealistic, if I may say so myself.

SUMMING IT UP -
The word I've been saying over and over again.  Cruel.  I feel bad giving this kind of review but this book really got to me - in a bad way -ad on vacation no less!

For the Parents -
A few adult situations referenced to.  No details.  Some minor curse words.  Recommended 14+.  Actually, not recommended at all, but...if you must...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Buys 6/29/12 - 7/56/12

Update for FB before I get into the post - I'm currently working on a button for this meme, so other people can grab it and use it, if they wish! ;)

Anywho - onto the fun!

A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
For book club - this looks good!!  I'm so glad it's short, though, cuz I only have three weeks left!

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austen - $8.00
It's practically brand new, and I got it for half off the list price, and I've been looking for it EVERYWHERE.  I'm sooo stoked about this one!

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - $5.50
You know how when you hear of something for the first time and afterward you start seeing it everywhere?  I first heard of this book at book club when my friend was raving about it - and now I see it all the time!  This was a decent copy for a decent price - can't wait to dive in!

Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall - $.75
Super excited for this! It sounds romantic and intense - totally worth a read! :D

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!  I can't even BEGIN to express my TOTAL excitement about reading this book.  With everything I've heard about it...it's like I KNOW it's going to be a favorite.  (Or at lest, I'm REALLY hoping!!)
SO stoked!! :D

The Stash! :D  It's been a great week!


NETGALLEY for review:
This is an update for the NetGalleys I've received for the last month...not as many as normal, thank God, I'm showing some restraint, but I'm really excited for all these titles.  Maybe not like, OMG I have to read them NOW!  But they all have potential to be favorites, and that excites me! :D






What have you received, bought, smuggled, swiped, and/or been gifted with this week? ;)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #4 - Everbound



This is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper!

(The synopsis spoils the climax of the first book - so no reading unless you've read Everneath!!)



Two months ago, the Tunnels of the underworld came for Nikki Beckett. That night, Nikki's boyfriend, Jack, made the ultimate sacrifice. All Nikki wants is to save Jack before it's too late. All Cole wants is to find his queen - and he thinks Nikki is the one. Both determined, both desperate, Nikki and Cole form a tense alliance, leading them on a dangerous journey to The Heart of The Everneath.


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OMGOMGOMGOMG.  DO YOU KNOW how excited I am?  I don't think you do.  You don't.  Because.  Just because.  It's totally and completely non-explainable. ;)
Want to read my rave rave raaaave review of Everneath?  CLICK HERE. ;)

Released:  January 22nd, 2013
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What are YOU wishing for this Wednesday?

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!! :D

Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (#1)

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (#1)
Pages: 445
Release Date:  April 24th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, May 18th-20th
Received:  Library (But I will buy it someday! :D)
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  16+






SUMMARY -
Janelle Tenner lives in sunny San Diego where life is good.  Maybe not perfect; no, her mother's story attests to that.  But her father and brother are always there for her, her best friend is awesome (as always), her boyfriend is cute and sweet, and a summer job as a lifeguard is a great way to pass the time.
But then...the unthinkable.  Janelle is hit by a quickly moving truck from out of nowhere - and dies.  Or at least she thinks she does.  She's brought back to life by Ben - some random stoner kid from her school.
Now all Janelle has are questions.  How did Ben save her?  Where did the pickup truck come from?  And her dad's mysterious FBI case - how is it all related?  In the end, finding answers may come down to saving the world.

MY THOUGHTS -
First, I was hit with what an incredible writer Elizabeth Norris is.  The words..they practically sang.  I could feel the beach wind and smell the salty air.  I could taste, breathe, see like Janelle.  I became Janelle.

On top of this, I was shocked (in the best of all possible ways) to learn that Norris used to live in San Diego, and, therefore, is an expert on SD geography and the local's favorites.  I mean, Roberto's in Del Mar? I eat there probably once a week during the summer, no joke.  Highway 101?  Love that drive.  The 5?  I drive it every day to go to work!  The Panera Bread in Mira Mesa?  Again, I pass it every day.  I feel right at home in this story...but that just made the mass mayhem and destruction all the more real for me.  There were refugees holed up in Qualcomm Stadium, guys!!  I can just see it happening!! :O

In any case.  Brilliant, I tell you.  It was brilliant.

CHARACTER NOTES -
Janelle and I would definitely be besties.  Or, erm...I would be that annoying friend who follows her around 24/7 because she's SO flipping cool!!  No joke.  I could really relate to her, especially in her relationship with her dad and brother.  The sarcasm and bantering reminded me of my own family!

I love that the best friend and the love interest were separate.  The absence of arguing between them.  The absence of a love triangle.  It really really was quite refreshing.

Alex, the best friend, was always there for Janelle, at all costs.  I became very emotionally attached to him and just love him to pieces.
But, you know, hopeless romantic that I am...I can't help but point out that I'm extreeeemely partial to Ben.
I can't even tell you how lovely he was - so perfectly portrayed and defined.  You need to read the book to truly understand his pure awesomeness.  His debates with Janelle, how much he cares, his absolutely shocking revelation...  Well, you get the picture.  Every girl would like to have a Ben, let's just say that.

STORY NOTES -
I think this book should win an award for most tripped out twist ever!  Did you see that coming?  I sure didn't.  To be fair, I don't read much sci-fi, so maybe to a sci-fi reading pro it might seem less shocking, but no siree, not to me!  Plus, it made me want to read sci-fi all the time!

One thing leads to another.  Nothing is left untouched.  There are no story holes.  It's only a tiny bit confusing at the start, but when things are explained, they're crystal clear.  And I can promise you, your jaw will be glued to the floor!

You know, I don't believe I've ever read one negative review about this book.  I think that right there should say a lot about how badly you need to read this.

Basically, it's epic.  It's insanely cool and awesomely insane, totally C-R-A-Z-Y.  And you know what, Elizabeth Norris knows how to cut out your heart and suck out your soul with her killer ending.  Cruel, woman!  Cruel!  I totally cried.  I did.  It. Was. Gut-wrenchingly beautiful!!!

SUMMING IT UP -
Theoretically brilliant!  You won't understand unless you decide to accept the inevitable and cave and buy and devour this book like an Extraordinary Dessert.  My friends, what on earth are you waiting for?!

For the Parents -
There are few books I can handle with the F-bomb dropped 50+ times.  This was one of the few.  Everyone drops a few cuss words in this story, but the group of stoners - Elijah in particular - is the worst.  Elijah has created a very cringe-worthy art of fitting an F-bomb into every sentence.  And I mean, literally - every sentence.  Besides this excessive use of poor and obscene English, there is one very steamy make-out session and the characters sleep side-by-side in bed (but nothing happens).
Recommended to ages 16+ - or to those who can handle ridiculous amounts of cussing.