Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!!

So, I haven't done a tag in a very long time, but Janie from Bookworms Buddy posted her tag video, and I thought this sounded like a fun tag to do! So, lets get it started:

1. Best Book you've read so far in 2015.
    The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2015.
    The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon.

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
    Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop. Book three of The Others series.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
    Insidious by Dawn Metcalf Book Three of the Twixt series.
    Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

5. Biggest disappointment.
    The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I didn't hate it, but it didn't live up to the hype in my opinion.

6. Biggest surprise.
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I expected this book to be slightly impersonal for some strange reason. And was glad I was wrong.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you.)
    Sandy Hall. She just has a way to pull you in and make you feel like you are a part of the world she created.

8. New fictional crush.
    This book or character isn't new, but my crush for him is. So, don't laugh, but it is Snape. So dark and brooding, but he truly had so much love inside him.


9. Newest favorite character.
    Matthew Cuthbert from Green Gables. He was quiet and gentle and love Anne so fiercely. He was just a great man.

10. Book that made you cry.
      Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It was so endearing and emotional to me. It was   beautifully written.

11. Book that made you happy.
      A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. It was a fun , entertaining love story that isn't the     typical cliche mushy read you tend to get with some love stories. I honestly found myself smiling       as I read.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
      The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I read and loved the books a few years ago, and I think they did a great job bringing the books to life on the big screen.

13. Favorite review you've written this year. (Booktube version: favorite video.)
      I can't say I really have a favorite.

14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far. (Or received.)
      The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. It has a simple elegant look to it. It also has a suede like feel that really is nice.


15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
       I don't really have any books that I NEED to read. I don't put that kind of condition on my              reading. It takes away the fun of it all for me.

I hope you enjoyed this tag, if you want to do this tag, then feel free to answer any or all of the questions in the comments below! 

And please check out Jaine from Bookworms Buddy youtube channel HERE.   

                                                       Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't think to much that can be said, that hasn't already been said thousands of times over. However, I will just share my thoughts real quick to get it out of my system so I don't explode.

This is a wonderfully imaginative series, that will not be restricted to an age group, gender or race. It is a series that became an instant classic, that will stand along with such greats as Lord of the Rings.

The characters and the world feel so alive and are written in such a way that you can't help but feel something for each and every one of them. To care about what is happening to and around them. The depth in which J.K. Rowling went within this world is amazing, that one can't help but get lost in it.

I am sad that I finished the series, but oh man, what a thrilling and emotional ride it was. I can't wait to do it again!

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”

“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

“The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Take: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer SistersSummer Sisters by Judy Blume
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like so many others, I grew up on Judy Blume books. My most memorable ones being, Blubber and Are you there God? it's me, Margaret.

So, when I recently came across this book, I knew I had to have it.

This is a quintessential Judy Blume book. One can look at this as a coming of age read, but where most coming of age books stop, this moves on well into adulthood.

This is a story of two unlikely friends, Caitlyn Somers and Victoria Leonard, who are growing up in the 1970's. They come from opposite backgrounds. Caitlyn comes from money, while Victoria's family has to work hard for every penny. One summer, Caitlyn invites Victoria to come stay with her family vacation home at Martha's Vineyard. Victoria is excited to escape a summer of watching her younger siblings. But is also surprised that someone as amazing as Caitlyn would want to be friends, much less spend an entire summer with her.

And so, that one summer starts a friendship that spans from the 70's through the 90's. Nearly three decades of summers filled with laughter, friendship, self discovery, along with betrayals, heartaches but ultimately forgiveness and hope.

This book has so much depth with complex and believable characters, that I feel everyone could identify with. We all look back on our youth, and people we knew and experiences we had. So, there is something about reading/watching peoples lives go by through years that strike an emotional cord within me. And that is exactly what this book did. I felt emotions for the characters . I laughed and cried right along with them. Because I felt I was one of them. Because I am one of them.

This is a perfect summer read, but I could read this book anytime of the year to be honest.

I highly recommend this book.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

My Take: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)Wither by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a story about Rhine, a sixteen year old girl who lives in a world turned asunder. Through war and through a genetic mishap, that was meant to create a world where all disease and illness no longer exists. Which only worked for the first generation of this "miracle" in science. But their children were not so lucky. The result was daughters who only lived to 20 and sons who lived to 25. And the race to find an antidote to reverse this genetic time bomb has been in hot pursuit. But some, known as pro-naturalist would rather just see the human race run it's new course without interference. In other words, just let the humans die out. And stopping any attempts for a cure.

Rhine's parents were geneticist's searching for a cure. And who were killed by a bomb planted at the lab they worked at. Leaving Rhine and her brother, Rowan orphaned and struggling to survive this dangerous world.

This is a world of poverty and crime, and a new business is thriving by kidnapping young girls to be sold to the rich into polygamist marriages to bear more children.

Rhine and Rowan do their best to protect her from this danger, but one answer to a job wanted, lands her in a van filled with other kidnapped girls. And she, along with two other of the girls are sold to a wealthy family. She spends her time trying to find a way to survive and escape. To spend the remaining four years of her life free and with her only family, her brother.

I have to say that I really liked this book and wish I had the next one on me so I can continue the story.

Now, I have read some not so favorable reviews, and I can see some of their points. For example, the lack of world building, flawed science and medical speak and what-not.

BUT...Lauren DeStefano's writing is so engrossing and beautiful, that it didn't even register with me while I was reading. And read it I two sittings. I could not put this book down. Her writing just pulls you in and doesn't let go. And I love when a book does that to me. I love to be so involved that I can't bare to part with it.

I found the characters to be well developed and interesting. And I cared, or in some cases hated, them.

And there were some topics that some, including myself, will find disturbing. Like the fact that a huge number of these girls sold into marriage and motherhood are underage. Like Cecily, one of the sister wives of Rhine. She was just thirteen when she was married and impregnated. Luckily, Lauren didn't get descriptive about it. Polygamy, was another taboo subject in this book. Which again, was something only the rich seemed to partake in. But it seemed to work out for these three girls. Rhine, had said that she seemed to be more of sister WIFE than a wife to her husband, who by the way was 21, which left him with only four years left. The bond that seemed to grow between her and the other two was a saving grace for the two older ones. Cecily was blissful in her new, seemingly secure life. She was just glad to feel like she had a home.

Despite all that, I found the struggle, heartaches, relationships between some of the characters, and overall story to be one I care about and want to know more of. I want to see where this series will lead me. I want to think Rhine and Rowan will once again reunite. And I want to be there if they do.

I did check this book out at the library, but I will now be purchasing the series for my own collection.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

My Take: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was just as brilliant and engrossing as the first book, but I will not go into a long poetic description, employing big words like I'm some big literally critic.

This is a beautiful tale that has captured my imagination and whimsy. I care about the world and the characters, (well, at least most of them) in a way that leaves me thinking about them even after I have put the book down.

The Wise Man's Fear, obviously picks right back up where The Name of the Wind left off, and we continue the journey of Kvothe's life. He is still at the University for the first part of the book, but due to some trouble that seems to find him, he is advised to take some time off. And so he finds himself back on the road traveling where many intrigues and people are to be met along the way.

Patrick has a way to make everything in the world feel so alive and real. Everything down to the streets Kvothe walks on is just as important as Kvothe himself.Even characters in passing take on a whole life of their own on the few pages they may grace. So, you never feel like he is over explaining things or that the flow of the story stopped. Which no easy task I'm sure, but Patrick makes it look effortless.

Now, I'm tasked with waiting for the third book in this series, wondering how I'm going to make it without it.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Take: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

A Little Something DifferentA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the such a sweet romance story.

This book revolves around two college students, Lea and Gabe, as told by fourteen points of view. Yes, fourteen. With a couple of them being quiet unexpected, and added to the quirky charm of the book.

Now when I heard about how many POV's were adding to this story, I was a little concerned that it would be jumpy and all over the place. I was pleasantly surprised at how beautifully it flowed together. I didn't feel lost or annoyed by it at all. In fact, it complimented the story.

For the first time, I really enjoyed each character I encountered here. Despite not having full background story on them, Sandy Hall was able to made each one of them interesting. I could read more about each and everyone of them and not get bored. Sandy Hall really demonstrated what a wonderful story teller she is.

This is a stand alone book, but I wish I could read more. I would love to hear the stories of the people we spent so much time listening to. The bus driver, the waitress, Maribel and the others.

This isn't a big epic book, that was meant to send us on a journey of grandeur or life changing ideas. It is a sweet, fun, happy read. And it is perfect in that way. I love this book and feel happier for having read it.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Most Anticipated Books of 2015

Happy New Year!!! 

I felt that for the very first post of 2015, I should share with you, my most anticipated books for this upcoming year!

I Was Here by Gayle Forman, January 27, 2015

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

  A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, February 10, 2015

"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family--their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog--is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red's father. Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler's hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.

     A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab, February 24, 2015 

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

Stone In the Sky by Cecil Castellucci, February 24, 2015
Book Two
After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star CafĂ© on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it's discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula's worst enemy.

The Wicked Will Rise By Danielle Paige, March 31, 2015
Book Two

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

EtherWorld by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam, March 31, 2015
Book Two

Elusion was hailed as an exciting leap in technology—until users began to disappear amid rumors of addiction. Regan’s search for the truth led her and her new love interest, Josh, to Etherworld. Etherworld is a dimension hidden deep beyond Elusion's firewall, where players can hide, and ultimately fight back. Regan's father and others are here working to destroy Etherworld, but the longer they stay the less likely they'll be able to return to the real world alive.

Escape means attacking Elusion from within the program. It's dangerous and it’s a puzzle. And even if they manage it, how will they be able to stop Orexis from distributing Elusion to the masses when the people who run it are corrupt?

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, April 7, 2015

Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant and provocative debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness.

Fig’s world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy.

But as she watches Mama slowly come undone, it becomes hard to tell what is real and what is not, what is fun and what is frightening. To save Mama, Fig begins a fierce battle to bring her back. She knows that her daily sacrifices, like not touching metal one day or avoiding water the next, are the only way to cure Mama.

The problem is that in the process of a daily sacrifice, Fig begins to lose herself as well, increasingly isolating herself from her classmates and engaging in self-destructive behavior that only further sets her apart.

Spanning the course of Fig’s childhood from age six to nineteen, this deeply provocative novel is more than a portrait of a mother, a daughter, and the struggle that comes with all-consuming love. It is an acutely honest and often painful portrayal of life with mental illness and the lengths to which a young woman must go to handle the ordeals—real or imaginary—thrown her way.

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, April 28, 2015

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, June 9, 2015
Book Two

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

Insidious (Twixt Series) by Dawn Metcalf, July 21, 2015
Book Three

True evil is rarely obvious. It is quiet, patient. 
Awaiting the perfect moment to strike. 
Joy Malone finally knows who she is, where she comes from and how to live in two worlds at once. And now she can introduce her family and friends to her mysterious boyfriend, Indelible Ink. But when Ink's twin sister, Invisible Inq, calls in a favor, Joy must accept a dangerous mission to find a forgotten door between worlds--a door hiding a secret that some will kill to keep. 
Unseen enemies, treasonous magic and an unthinkable betrayal threaten both the Twixt and human worlds as Joy races to expose an ancient conspiracy and unleash the unalterable truth--some secrets cannot remain secret forever.

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell, August 4, 2015

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. 

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell,  October 6, 2015

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.


There are so many more books coming out this year, and I will do a part two when they give release dates for them. 

What are some books you are looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

*Blurbs and photos from Goodreads