Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - Book Releases 10/6

 

 Happy Almost October Book Babes!


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Howdy my pumpkins! It's almost October and that means my favorite time of year is just about to get on a roll! *does a little shake-it dance*. It ALSO means that pretty soon some of my HIGHLY ANTICIPATED reads are going to be released, and I am FREAKING OUT, MAN!


*ahem*


So let's see what'll be releasing this next week and I'll let you know at the bottom of the post which books I'm most looking forward to!


Book Releases 10/6



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"Cary On" - Rainbow Rowell
"The White Rose" (The Lone City #2) - Amy Ewing
"The Sword of Summer" (Magnus Chase #1) - Rick Riordan
"A Madness So Discreet" - Mindy McGinnis
"It's a Wonderful Death" - Sarah J. Schmitt
"Dreamstrider" - Lindsday Smith
"A Thousand Nights" - E.K. Johnston
"Nameless" - Jennifer Jenkins
"We'll Never Be Apart" - Emiko Jean
"An Inheritance of Ashes" - Leah Bobet

What I'm Looking Forward To


The Sword of Summer 
An Inheritance of Ashes
A Thousand Nights


DEFINITELY looking forward to "The Sword of Summer" by Rick Riordan. Norse Mythology Win! I've already read "A Madness So Discreet" by Minday McGinnis and I highly highly highly recommend it!

What are you waiting oh-so-impatiently on?

Until Next Blog,

Read On!  

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Books to Read if You Like J.K. Rowling



Two Days Until October!


Don't tell me you're not excited about it! October seems to be many a book-worm's most favorite month (judging by Instagram). And why not? It's a fantabulous month!!!

I'm very happy to say that my self-imposed Reading Challenge has been going well! In the past week I've managed to read:
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The Sleeper and the Spindle


Two more weeks before the crazy-busy-time begins. That's about 4 books a week to get caught up on my goal. It's a stretch, but I'm feelin' pretty powerful! So why not?!


 
Let the Bookish Fun Continue! With....

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. For future Top Ten Tuesday topics & info on how to participate, click here!

This week's top ten topic is: 
  Top Ten Books to Read if You Like J.K. Rowling
Click on Each Book Cover to go to its Goodreads Page


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"The Chronicles of the Chrestomanci" by Diana Wynne Jones - J.K. Rowling has cited Diana Wynne Jones as having been inspiration to her. This is a fantastic magical journey filled with adventure, gifted children, and odd and wonderful creatures. 

"The Dark Lord Of Derkholm" by Diana Wynne Jones - Same reasons cited above. 

"Midnight for Charlie Bone" by Jenny Nimmo - Often criticized for trying to mimic Harry Potter, this fantastic middlegrade series follows a gifted young man and his equally talented friends (each with a different ability) through the adventures and terrors of "Bloor Academy". 

"Fablehaven" by Brandon Mull - A brother and sister discover their family has a very interesting relationships with fairytales, a relationships that sends them on a wild adventure full of magic and danger.

"The Books of Elsewhere" by Jaqueline West - A young girl discovers some peculiar secrets in an old house her family has just purchased. Such secrets include talking cats and the ability to walk in and out of the house's peculiar paintings.

"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle - A teen girl and her genius little brother find themselves being whisked through time and dimension to save their family and possibly the world.

"Abarat" by Clive Barker - Candy Quackenbush is just your average teen girl, until a giant wave demolishes her hometown and sends her splashing into an alternate world, Abarat, where she meets a host of peculiar and wondrous characters who believe she is there to save them all.

"The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman - An infant barely escapes his would-be murderer and is taken in by a family of ghosts at a local graveyard. Raised by the ghosts and the night-keeper (who is very strange and serious indeed) the young boy, Odd, grows up between life and death with a killer seeking him all the while.

"The Tough Guide to Fantasyland" by Diana Wynne Jones - A Non-Fiction (kind of ) option for those obsessed with Fantasy. 

"The Lightening Thief" by Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson discovers he's the son of a Greek God which means he's in a whole lot of danger. Enter Camp Half-Blood, a training camp and safe haven for demi-gods like Percy...but there's something bad wrong happening in the God-world... and it's up to Percy and his newly found demi-god friends to set it right.



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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review: "Splintered" by A.G. Howard



Happy Saturday Book Babes!




Let's have a review today, shall we? Lovely!


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Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling
Publication Date: January 1, 2013

Summary: 

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
 


Entertaining/Pleasant Read
 
I'm going to be very honest about this one, because I was disappointed (Though I definitely didn't hate the book). I love Alice in Wonderland... so very much... and I was looking forward to something creepy and wonderful and curious and outrageous! I didn't get that. I got a punk-rock skater reimagining of an R.L. Stine Horrorland. 

There were some moments of "Oooh! Clever!", but I think that by trying to make Wonderland so terrifying, it truly lost the magic that made it spectacular and strange. Darker retellings of Wonderland can be spectacular but I wasn't jiving with this one.  I felt like the wondrous and curious aspects of Wonderland got completely overshadowed by the gruesome. I just kept feeling this book was screaming "I'M SO HARDCORE!"

However, I think that my largest struggle with this book was that the main character,  Alyssa, got on my nerves. She reminded me of that girl from Sucker Punch, just a lot more sexually frustrated. Also... Jeb can GTFO, as far as I'm concerned. If he tries to coddle Alyssa ONE MORE TIME I am going to scream. Morpheus  shows signs of being a manipulative jerk-face too, but at least he's all like "Alyssa, you're strong and can do what you want!" and not "I man thing, you girl thing! You weak, and fragile, and possibly stupid! Must protect!"

 Ok. I've ranted enough. As you can tell from my 3 start rating, I didn't HATE this book.

A.G. Howard is obviously a very talented author and as far as story telling goes... well, let's just say I knew I was in for the long haul after the first few chapters, and wanted to keep going even as I was getting annoyed. Even though this particular retelling didn't float my boat the way I hoped it would I'm certainly interested in reading the second book. I can see this possibly becoming a series that I actually love the further into it I read. I hope. 

So, how did you feel about this Punk-Alice retelling? 

Until Next Blog, 

Read On!



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Friday, September 25, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday




Greetings, Book Loves!


Today is FRIDAY, which means pretty much squat to me because I work a reference shift tomorrow. *dramatic sigh*  But hey. Enough about my woes, let's talk about STUFF.

I'm still packing, and it sucks. I hate packing. I LOVE unpacking, because it's like Christmas. Even though you saw everything you packed just a few weeks previously, unpacking it makes it new. THAT, my lovey doves, is some kind of natural law.

I will be packing more tonight, but I must must must finish "Beastly Bones", the 2nd in the Jackaby series. This is the goal.

Feature and Follow Friday



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Question of the Week: If you could have any  job, what would you do? - Suggested by Peace Love Books

Okay, well this one's easy... I would blog/vlog/write. If it was a legitimate, real income making, pays for food/shelter/morebooks job then yes. I choose it.

Ooooh Oooh!  Or voice acting. I'd do that too.

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Bringin' In Autumn Challenge


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What Autumn read are you snuggin' up to?

Until Next Blog,

Read On! 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Book Releases 9/22-9/29





Happy Autumn Book Babes!


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


A very happy Wednesday to you as well! Let's get right down to things, shall we? Today I'm going to be sharing with you guys some of the books that will be coming out within the next week.

I'm also going to include some books that released yesterday. Because I can. Woot.

Then I'll let you know which ones I'm most looking forward to reading! Let us begin! 

Book Releases 9/22

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"Blood and Salt"  (Blood and Salt #1) - Kim Liggett
"Walk on Earth a Stranger" (The Gold Seer Trilogy # 1) - Rae Carson
"Beastly Bones" (Jackaby #2) - William Ritter
"I Crawl Through It" - A.S. King
"Sound" - Alexandra Duncan
"Silver Eve" (Guardians of Tarnec #2) - Sandra Waugh
"This Monstrous Thing" - Mackenzi Lee
"Ungodly" (Goddess War #3) - Kendare Blake
"Library of Souls" (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3) - Ransom Riggs
"The Scorpion Rules" (Prisoners of Peace #1) - Erin Bow
"Never Never" - Brianna R. Shrum
"Dreamland"- Robert L. Anderson
"What We Saw" - Aaron

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"Six of Crows" (The Dregs #1) - Leigh Bardugo
"Madly" (Potion #1) - Amy Alward
"The Thirteenth World" (The Corridor #2) - A.N. Willis
"A Mad Zombie Party" (White Rabbit Chronicles #4) - Gena Showalter
"Minotaur" - Phillip W. Simpson
"Daughters Unto Devils" - Amy Lukavics
"Brazen" (Gilded #3) - Christina Farley

What I'm Looking Forward To


Blood and Salt
Beastly Bones
Never Never
Six of Crows
Daughters Unto Devils


What are you waiting oh-so-impatiently on?

Until Next Blog,

Read On! 
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