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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge Update #3

Hello, pumpkins!

Fall Reading Challenge Update # 3


If you didn't LINK YOUR GOAL POSTS, no worries. You can do that at any time. It doesn't have to be fancy just state that you want to participate.






This challenge rewards participation AND fellow participant support. The more you link up and the more support your peers (posting on their goals and updates) the more chances for entries you get. If you haven't posted your goals be sure to swing by the goal-page.

2014 Fall Reading Challenge.


Link up your updates at the bottom of the page.

That's all you have to do! Don't have a blog? No worries! Link up your Goodreads or Twitter accounts to keep us updated.





 
 
Auggie-Talk's Fall Reading Challenge is a 2014 Autumn reading hop that takes place between October 1 and December 20 on Thursdays. Every Thursday participants can recap their reading week, which books they read towards their goal, and hop to other reader's posts to cheer them on! This is an all-for-fun way to connect with other readers and maybe find a few new favorite books! Prizes are awarded to random participants at the end of the challenge!

Below you'll find my and Tori's goals. They're all "potential", which means the books may change as we read. Nothing has to be set in stone, lovelies!  Click on the book to go to its goodreads page. Titles with a slash through them are books that we've read! Links to their reviews will be added as they happen.




  



AUGGIE'S GOALS
27 Total Books




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TORI'S GOALS
27 Total Books



 
 


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                                          PRIZES
At the end of the challenge one participant will be chosen at random via rafflecopter to win their choice of two of the following:

 Lot 1 - YA

Lot 2 - Romance


Lot 3 - Choice of a 3 deal set on Thrift Books

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                          PERKS


Participants of the reading challenge will get extra chances to enter in other giveaways hosted on Auggie-Talk (special entry button just for you!)









                                         JOIN!
Thank you for joining! If you'd like to link up your posts that talk about your fall reading adventures!  You can't win prizes if you don't participate, so what are you waiting for?!









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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

You're Gonna Want To See This.... "Morganville Vampires" are Here!

Hello darlings!

I got a very very interesting e-mail today asking if Auggie-Talk would  be willing to help promote a new web series. After reading the series title I pretty much figured that many of you readers may be absolutely on board with this!

So here it is, pumpkins.

Introducing...

THE MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES WEB SERIES

Coming October 27




Just in time for All Hallows Eve!  Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuuuun

Enjoy!
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ALA Teens' Top 10 Titles of 2014

Teens have spoken!

ALA Teens' Top 10 Titles were announced on October 20th!

(And don't worry Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Chicklit and Middlegrade lovers! We'll be keeping up with the 2014 favorites for all of these genres as they come out. Can't believe we're already getting to that time of year. AAAH!)

So, which Teen titles were interest piquing, pillow clutching, funny bone tickling, and just generally jump out of the chair worthy for young readers this year?


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  1. "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin)
  2. "Splintered" by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
  3. "The Rithmatist" by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
  4. "The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile) 
  5. "Monument 14: Sky on Fire" by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
  6. "Earth Girl" by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
  7. "The Testing" by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  8. "Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
  9. "Siege and Storm" by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
  10. "The Eye of Minds" by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)
 
I've personally been really itching to read "Eleanore and Park" followed by "Splintered". Other than that, it's the first time I've ever even heard of the majority of these works!

What do you think? Have you read any of these tantalizing titles? Which book do you think is missing from this line up?








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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: "Fiendish" by Brenna Yovanoff





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Title:  Fiendish
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: YA Supernatural
Publication: August 14, 2014
Pages: 341

Synopsis:

Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.


When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.






Not bad.

Unlike some of the complaints I've heard, I actually very much appreciated the personalities and dynamics of each character and feel like they didn't do too bad of a job reflecting the different elements each personality was supposed to represent.

Clementine was a decent heroine with a confusing past (if you can even call it a past) and an unsure future. Her mother is gone, her home is gone, nearly ten years of her life are gone and now she's come back to a brand new world and a brand new body to discover that, other than her two childhood friends, no one seems to remember that she ever existed. Her world is unsure, strange, and a bit on the creepy side. A crazy man lives across the street, there's a "too magical for its own good" hollow just a few pastures away, and people seem to be pleased with themselves for hating her.

Some great inclusion (without being over the top) of "witchy" elements such as the 5 pointed star, what each point represents, and then the tarot deck. A bit of a grittier and less fantastical depiction of magic, or the "craft" as its called, without getting too outrageous.

A great depiction of how blind and ignorant hate can get people carried away to doing awful things.

Was hoping for something a bit more robust, and was interested in learning more about each of the "humors", how they effected their people, and what each individual was actually capable of all around, but it didn't expound on that. The author didn't go into much detail about the connection between Clementine and Fisher, either, though they dreamed about each other from a young age and for years.

The romance between Clementine and Fisher actually seemed rather realistic considering their circumstances, individual personalities, and their connection to separate "humors". Their "spiritual" connection was never fully explained, though, and Fisher's behavior towards Clementine in the presence of others was quite teenagery in the beginning, though he seems to make up for it later. Again, would have liked a little more explanation about what in the world was going on with these two in particular.

Basically I would be expecting a second book, but I'm pretty sure this is a Stand-Alone, so I'm a bit disappointed not to get to learn more.

However, the book wasn't anywhere near horrible and I do quite enjoy Brenna Yovanoff's style. If there ever was a second book in this series, I would read it. I do also plan on reading her other works.

Certainly worth the read.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!


  Auggie is the 27 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk, a part-time Reference Librarian with a degree in Anthropology and a nearly completed Masters in Library Science. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. One can normally find Auggie neck deep in reading, writing, or daydreaming (sometimes all three at once).  She's also been known to drink too much caffeine and eat too many lemon flavored sweets.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: "The Forbidden Library" by Django Wexler





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Title: The Forbidden Library
Author: Django Wexler
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: April 15, 2014
Pages: 376

Synopsis:

The Forbidden Library kicks off a brand new classic fantasy series perfect for fans of Coraline, Inkheart, and The Books of Elsewhere

Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That--along with everything else--changed the day she met her first fairy

When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon--an uncle she's never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it's hard to resist. Especially if you're a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within.

It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.






I was a bit let down by this work. Though it's certainly not at all bad (actually a good read) I was expecting...well... more. I'm  happy that our main character is a determined young girl who is sure of herself (for the most part) and not dependent on others to help her figure out who she is and what she's after. I do wish that there had been more going on with the Library itself. The setting was so dark and mysterious! I was certain that as I learned more about the Library I would be surely drawn in to its magic and all of its whispering shadows.

Not so. The Library was SO dark and mysterious that even the reader never did find out very much about it, other than the fact that there were mysterious magical books, dark creepy corners, moving bookshelves, and a peculiar beastie watching over all of it. I could never get a proper minds eye view of what it was like... it just felt dark, musty, and full of old bookshelves that occasionally took it upon themselves to meander.

Despite the YA tag I felt that this was more for the Middlegrade market, though there were some very intense moments (drowning of or otherwise murdering of mythical animals for magical gain for example).

Great new twist on magical individuals being able to enter books for varying purposes. I did find this particular aspect of the story very intriguing, and there seem to be more books coming so I look forward to finding out exactly what's going on with all of the truths and mysteries that were not uncovered in the first work.

Somewhat reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland with the Young Girl (named Alice) following a talking furry animal into the unknown, accidentally stumbling into an alternate world,  and coming across an unexpected adventure  full of wonderous and dangerous creatures/individuals. There is also a giant grinning cat.

This is definitely not a "feel-good" magic book that leaves the reader feeling like they just went on an amazing adventure, that anything is possible, that evil can be conquered and good prevail! This is a book of magic that leaves the reader feeling as though they've just waded through a dank basement an inch deep in water, searching room after room to uncover answers to an important mystery yet finding only more questions and deeper water. Still enthralling, but certainly not cozy. 

Despite the above stated misgiving, and the somewhat confusing ending, I do plan on picking up the next book to find out what's going on. Plus, I am really rooting for our main character. I think she's pretty nifty.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!


  Auggie is the 27 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk, a part-time Reference Librarian with a degree in Anthropology and a nearly completed Masters in Library Science. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. One can normally find Auggie neck deep in reading, writing, or daydreaming (sometimes all three at once).  She's also been known to drink too much caffeine and eat too many lemon flavored sweets.
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