Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday Wishlist


Hola, my darling little bibliophiles!

I am officially done with my second semester of Book-School (MLIS is the technical name, I suppose). This semester was a toughie because of everything going on but it was fun and many things were learn-ed.

I've got tons of great books to read this "summer break" but, as always, I've still got a wishlist a mile long. Today I'm listing 1 book I'd love most to have right now.

What's on your wishlist?



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Title: Islands of Chaldea
Author: Diana Wynne Jones, Ursula Jones
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Pages: 274
Publication Date: February 27, 2014

Synopsis:

The brand new and final novel from the magical and whimsical pen of ‘the Godmother of Fantasy’, Diana Wynne Jones; co-authored with her sister Ursula Jones.

Aileen was supposed to grow up magical – just like the other women in her family. Unfortunately, she’s just found out that the magic seems to have skipped a generation… but that’s not her biggest problem right now.

In her world, there are four Islands of Chaldea. The largest and most magical island has been cut off from the other three for decades – and is slowly draining the magic from them.

But now a prophecy has come to light. Someone from Aileen’s island will gather a man from each of the three islands, bring down the magical barrier, and unite them with the fourth island again. And according to the king, that someone is Aileen’s Aunt – who insists on dragging Aileen along. AND the boy Aileen is sure she’ll marry (one day); AND the local boy with more brawn then brain. Someone seems to want to stop them too… someone with an interest in keeping the Islands apart. But still, with magic on their side, nothing can go wrong. Right?


Why It's On My List: 

Diana Wynne Jones is my favorite author. Without equal. When she passed away in 2011 I knew that I might not ever read another book that was so compelling, magical, and wondrous as hers. When this book was announced I got teary eyed and so unbelievably excited. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



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Monday, April 28, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 10 GOAL POST

Greetings, book babes!

Oh! Oh! Oh! It's that time again!

I am in LOVE with Bout of Books and I suggest that all of you go and check it out. I am SO EXCITED for this and always have such a good time!


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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


B.O.B GOAL



1 NetGalley

1 Romance

3 TBR 
(Closer to the start-time I will list the actual books I plan on reading.)

5 books in 7 days. With full-time bookstore job plus a Library internship I'm looking at a busy schedule. BUT I also don't have any Grad classes this summer. So it balances out.

I am currently 10 books behind for my yearly goal of 100 books. *sigh* I'm going to be reading up a storm these next 2 weeks so hopefully by the time this fun little event rolls around I'll be half-way there. 

So I've got to use this B.O.B to catch up with myself.

Are you going to participate?

OH!

YOU MUST! 

Go on. Get your little self on over to the Bout of Books page and sign yourself up. You won't regret it!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: "Alienated" by Melissa Landers


Hello, my springy bibliophiles!  

We're PACKED! It only took 3 days! Eeesh! Happily announcing that our new blog design is ALMOST ready. Finishing up the last details now and then it's onwards and upwards!

Today Tori has a review for you guys covering the new YA Sci-Fi Release "Alienated". 

And if you ever want to become a contributor like Tori, check out the rules here. 

Enjoy! 



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Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-fi
Publication: February 4, 2014
Pages: 344

Synopsis:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
 





            I was very hesitant of this book at first. The first few pages promised far too much fluff and not enough creative plotline. Once I got into the crux of the story however, I found myself sinking into the pages. I devoured the first half of the book in about two hours. But it was as I was approaching the major conflict in the book that I began to lose steam with the story. 

            Cara Sweeney is the typical over achiever. Usurper of the valedictorian title due to extra credit work and all around debate queen, she is the character that you can’t really decide if you actually like upon your first meeting of her. But she is a diligent girl. She eventually has you wanting to call her friend. Such is the turn of events with alien exchange student Aelyx. Let’s just say that he becomes quite fond of Kar-a.
 
He is a superior clone of an ancestor from his planet, L’eihr. He also sounds like quite the monochromatic hottie. The relationship between the two, while predictable from the very beginning, is still full of emotions and circumstances surrounding that of first love. Their encounters draw you in and make you remember how those first touches felt.

            While I did enjoy the author’s description of all things L’eihr, it was the alien individuals themselves that had me less than impressed. The fact that their DNA is nearly identical to ours was a little far fetched. A planet that is supposedly light years away is chock full of aliens that look just like us and yet these individuals all possess superior strength and mind capabilities. For me, that just seemed to describe any non-human character (werewolf, vampire, faerie, etc.) that is famous for their roles in science fiction and fantasy. I just would have liked a little more originality and oomph from Landers. Some of her scenes are really beautiful, so I know that she has it in her. 

            On the other hand, I was impressed with her design of the hysteria surrounding the L’eihr exchange students. Landers took a page out of Earth’s history and mimicked human’s intolerance of all things thing that they don’t understand. The refusal of an alliance with the alien race by hate-fueled protestors creates a dangerous backdrop to this book that is always just on the brink of exploding. 

            I give this book a solid three quills. With some tweaking, this story could have really kept me engaged and flying through the chapters. There is a sequel due out this time next year and I know that I will read it. I am a conduit of the second chance and I am hoping to find that frenzy that first fueled me through Alienated when I see Cara and Aelyx again.

Until next time,

Happy reading!

  
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Spotlight: "Accused" by Yasmin Shiraz


Happy Monday, book babes!

Today we assist in the spotlight of a spectacular new work "Accused" by author Yasmin Shiraz!

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Displaying ACCUSED 3DBOOK.pngTitle: Accused (A Retaliation novel #2)
Author: Yasmin Shiraz
Genre: YA – real life
An easier and more peaceful life seemed to be destined for Ahmed and Tashera when they left Washington, DC and entered Georgia Atlantic University.  But when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn't commit and begins to be tried in the media, his popularity plummets, his self-esteem suffers, and his dreams of playing college basketball disappear.
 Meanwhile, there is a serial rapist on campus who has been attacking freshman girls at record numbers and forcing them to keep silent. As Tashera learns about the girls, she begins to close in on the rapist. But is the attacker too crafty to be caught? Will the state prosecutor ignore key evidence to instead focus on the fame that comes with convicting a high profile basketball star?

Tashera is beyond stressed as she divides her time between trying to find enough evidence to clear Ahmed while at the same time stopping the rapist who roams the campus of Georgia Atlantic.  Ahmed and Tashera's journey into a new life away from home is more challenging than they ever thought that it would be.
An Amazon Top 500 Book Reviewer had this to say about Accused:
"I recommend it for teen readers... Shiraz has a knack for writing in the voice of teen characters without having to resort to obscenities. It's an important and worthwhile YA novel."

Author Bio
yasthreequarterlongYasmin Shiraz is an author and filmmaker. She has written several other books including Retaliation (A YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers,) The Blueprint for My Girls and Exclusive. She is a screenwriter and film director who produced the Can She Be Saved? documentary and the Sources web series. She resides in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

Links
http://www.yasminshiraz.net
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop!

Happy Thursday, darlings!

Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop! Hop around, enter for great prizes, and enjoy!



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April 17th to 24th
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge! Summertime Hop

 
Okay, so it's not summer. Yet. But it's about that time for SUMMER BREAK.

Though I will be working somewhere in the 60 hour a week range (job+internship = awesome) I'll have plenty of time to dedicate to the written word, which means SERIOUSLY TACKLING MY TBR SHELF! 

Here's the goal:

30 TBR books and 20 ARC/Author request books in 4 months. 


We all know it's possible *points to the people who read 200 books a year*


So, I totally wasn't planning on this, but I thought it might be fun to ask others if they'd like to join in. I'm turning Mondays in to SRC Recaps for the blog, so I think it would be a great day to link everyone up for a summertime hop! Tori's even joining in!



Auggie-Talk's Summer Reading Challenge is a 2014 summer reading hop that takes place between May 1 and September 1 on Mondays. Every Monday 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!

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Feel free to join in every Monday with links to you SRC updates! You can link up for the next few weeks on this post with a goal post of your own! If you miss the linky sign up on this post, no problem. You can still join by linking up your hop-posts every Monday!


Link your goal posts up in this Linky and we'll add you to our Challenges page!







Enjoy!

Until Next Blog,

Read On! 


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Contributor Review: "These Broken Stars" byAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Good Tuesday, book babes!

Auggie-Talk Team member Tori is bringing us another awesome review!

Remember, if you're interested in becoming a Contributor or an Auggie-Talk Team Member please check out Guest Posting Signup page for the forms! We'd love to feature your fantastic reviews (whether you have a blog or not!).

Today's review: 
THESE BROKEN STARS
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13138635Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Publication: December 10, 2013
Pages:   374

Synopsis:
 

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

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A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


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            I was surprisingly captivated by "These Broken Stars." I had read snippets of reviews in which this book was hailed as an "intergalactic Titanic." Such a proclamation seemed enticing to a science-fiction geek such as myself. Add a little romance, some sweet iced tea, and I had the makings of a wonderful afternoon in store for myself. 

            Oddly enough, all references to the RMS Titanic seemed to rapidly sink once I got past the first few chapters. The book takes the reader aboard the Icarus, a colossal luxury spaceship passing through dimensional hyperspace and carrying some fifty thousand souls. When the ship is wrenched off track, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux end up thrown together in a single safety pod. Their pod, along with all the wreckage of the Icarus, crashes on an unknown planet leaving the two stranded together.   

            Normally if a book is written from two different viewpoints, I would find myself nearly jarred out of the story every time a new chapter started. But with Lilac and Tarver, I found it to be a nearly seamless transition from one mind to the other. I don't know if that is due to the fact that this book was co-written by Kaufman and Spooner or just that it was written so well. Either way, I very much so enjoyed the tag-along with both characters.

            Lilac is the daughter of the wealthiest man in the entire universe. I was expecting to have to trudge along through the tantrums of a spoiled rich girl. At first, I was correct in my assessment. She was infuriating and difficult for the first few chapters. Once her icy demeanor began to thaw, I was content to watch her evolve throughout the book. I came to find that I admired her resilient attitude and her quick tongue. Tarver is the backbone to the beginning of the book. He keeps the plot from wobbling off track and you know that he is the character that will keep you moving. When Lilac starts hearing chilling whispers and having strange visions, it's her sanity that Tarver is trying to protect. 

            Their romance is the stitching among the chapters that held me firmly rooted to their story. The concept of needing someone takes on a whole new meaning when two people are conceivably alone on a planet together. It made me anxious for every touch. This book is not a fast-paced read. It's a slow journey of survival and a love that society and Lilac's father would condemn.

            At first, I perceived the writing to be a bit dawdling. But it didn't take me long to figure out that therein was the beauty of the piece. You are pulled along through every bit of their exhaustion and desperation. I found paragraphs so beautifully written that I was wrenched down into the dirt right along with them. Blinking back sudden tears and having to widen my gaze to keep from missing a moment of the emotion that was so wrenchingly raw on the page. 

            I give this book 4 quills. I wanted a little more from the ending, which is what kept me from giving it that extra quill. But as this is the first in the Starbound Trilogy, I suppose I can't expect the world. Take the afternoon and meet Lilac and Tarver. You can never quite tell how characters will surprise you.

Happy reading!


           
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