Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (54)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish! 
Top Ten Books to Read if You Like X TV Show/Movie
If you like the T.V. series The Vampire Diaries, you should read...
1. Shatter Me series by Taherah Mafi
This is especially true if you love Klaus. Warner totally reminds me of Klaus.
2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
If you love the impossible love triangle of Stefan/Elena/Damon, then you will love the complication that is Will/Tessa/Jem!
If  you like The Bachelor, you should read...
3. The Selection series by Kiera Cass
This series is a lot like the Bachelor and is a dating competition but with a PRINCE!
If you love Pretty Woman, you should try...
4. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
While this book does NOT involve a hooker, it does involve a girl that isn't as well off falling in love with a rich guy. It's totally adorable and I promise you will love it!
If you liked the movie Time Traveler's Wife, try...
5. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
In my opinion, Time Between Us is better than Time Traveler's Wife.
If you liked Winning London (Mary Kate and Ashley movie), try..
6. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
This book really reminded me of that movie. The setting obviously did but some of the characters did too.
If you liked Our Lips are Sealed (another Mary Kate and Ashley movie), try..
7. The Rules of Disappearing by Ashley Elston
The Rules of Disappearing has a lot of the same plot elements but it's a more serious story.
And unfortunately that's all I could come up with. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be! Let me know your recs! I am especially interested any anyone that has some for fans of Reign. I am in love with that show!!
Monday, April 28, 2014

Tease Blog Tour: Review

Release Date: April 29, 2014
Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault.
At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media.
During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
In this powerful debut novel inspired by real-life events, Amanda Maciel weaves a narrative of high school life as complex and heartbreaking as it is familiar: a story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires. Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page.

I really, really enjoyed Tease. In my opinion the #1 sign of a good book is one that leaves you thinking long after you finish the final page. Tease is one such novel. 

The interesting thing about Tease is that it isn't written from the victim perspective. More interesting, is the fact that it's written from the bully's perspective and most of what we know about the victim is from the bully. 

Sara is a very complex character and I found myself struggling to figure out who she really was. What motivated her actions? Was she truly an awful person or just a girl that was easily led? Was she simply jealous of Emma or angry that Emma was trying to steal her boyfriend? Did it matter what motivated her? Was she redeemable? Did Sara truly think she did nothing wrong? Did Sara really blame Emma for ruining her life or was it herself she was angry at? All of these are questions I faced when thinking about Sara. 

Emma is described by Sara as being a beautiful girl that shows up and starts sleeping with everyone's boyfriend. I mean, really, if you start a new school and automatically start sleeping with other people's boyfriend you can't really expect a big welcoming party. They are in high school and let's face it high school girls don't like for people to sleep with their boyfriend. Heck, adult women don't like for women to sleep with their boyfriend. HOWEVER, and that is a very big all caps however, that doesn't excuse what Sara and Brielle did. Plus, you begin to see that maybe, Sara's opinion of Emma isn't as true as you once thought. 

Still, despite everything, I did like Sara. She wasn't unredeemable. She was young and a teenager and throughout the novel you see Sara change. The changes are small at first but by the end of the novel it is obvious that Sara did learn from her mistakes. 

As for the other characters in this story, I wasn't a fan of either Dylan or Brielle. Dylan was a crappy boyfriend, in my opinion, and Brielle was a complete mean girl. Carmichael was a breath of fresh air and I was thankful for his presence. He sees the good in Sara even when Sara didn't.

Overall, I thought Tease was a thought-provoking novel that casts a new light on bullying. It shows bullying from the other side of the table.  My takeaways from this book are that sometimes things aren't cut and dry. You can't just label someone as bad and someone as good. You can't label someone a slut or a bully. We aren't ever just one thing. We are a bunch of different things rolled up into one and I think a lot of times we forget that. Tease is a book that will make you question everything and will stay with you long after you are finished.

Amanda Maciel has worked in book publishing since graduating from Mount Holyoke College and is currently a senior editor at Scholastic. She spends her free time writing, running, or riding the subway with her young son. She lives with him, her husband, and their cat, Ruby, in Brooklyn, New York. Tease is her first novel.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

That Awkward Thursday (21) Posting the Same Thing Twice

That Awkward Thursday is a feature hosted by Wholly Books where it's not only okay but encouraged to share your awkward moments! 

Posting the Same Thing Twice

So the other day I was trying to decide what book to use for a Waiting on Wednesday post. I mentally went through books that I really, really, really wanted to read. Then I mentally scratched through books that I had already used. A couple of them I couldn't remember so I went back through old Waiting on Wednesday posts to see what books I had posted recently. I selected a book I wanted to read that I didn't see in my old posts and created my post. 

Fast forward to the next day. I go through old posts and stumble upon a Waiting on Wednesday post with the same book I had just posted that day! I couldn't believe it. Okay, actually, I could because that is something I would do. 

The whole thing was a little embarrassing to me. I kept wondering if anyone noticed. No one said anything (thankfully) but I can't help but think that someone did notice and just didn't say anything. I went back through to see if the same person commented on both week's post and couldn't find anyone that had. 

Has this ever happened to you or is this just something I do? 

Also, if you are wondering which book it was, it was Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I am super excited about this book and can understand why I would be so anxious to write two posts about it! It may very well be my most anticipated book of 2014. Wow, did I basically just do another Waiting on Wednesday post but just on Thursday? Okay, I really am losing it. Stopping....now!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (46)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Sleep No More
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 29, 2014

Goodreads Description: 

The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This novel is also perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, and Kimberly Derting.

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn't do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions—to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate's death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

Why I'm Waiting: I really enjoyed Pike's Wings series and also Life after Theft. Sleep No More sounds really interesting so I'm excited to see what Pike has in store for readers next!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Audio Review: Ignite Me

Title: Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 416
Format: Audio
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

This series got off to a slow start for me but by the second book, I was hooked. The third book pulled me under even further. Ignite Me is full of action, intrigue, love, rejection, character growth and a killer female herione. 

Oh, Juilette how you have changed! Juilette went from a shy, meak girl to a confident, brave girl ready to take on the world, literally. While Juilette is upset about the loss of Omega Point and all of her friends there she is still determined to take down the Establishment. She mourns for the people she lost but is hopeful that somehow, someway some of them survived. Ultimately though, Juilette realizes that the real leader of the rebellion is her. She sees now that she must be the one to take down the Establishment and once she realizes that there is no stopping her.

Warner, Warner, Warner, oh how I came to love thee! I never would have, could have imagined that I would come to love a psychopath like him but somehow I did. He's a tortured soul that's been through a lot but somehow he still has the capicity to love Juilette. He may make some poor decisions but it's obvious he loves Juilette. 

The action and pace of this novel were excellent. Again, Mafi had me hooked from beginning to end and I was completely entranced by her writing. Her words flow so beautifully it's impossible not to.

One of the things I really liked about the series is how the strikethrough slowly fades away. In Shatter Me there are a ton of strikethrough but by Ignite Me they are gone. I love that Mafi used the strikethroughs as a way to show Juilette's character growth. As Juilette becomes more consident and self assured she trusts her thoughts more. 

The Shatter Me series by Taherah Mafi is an excellent and addictive series. Whether be Mafi's beautiful flow of words or the action packed pace of the series, readers will have a hard time putting Ignite Me down. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Audio Review: Unravel Me

Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 461
Format: Audio
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

I almost didn't continue this series after Shatter Me. I didn't care for the audiobook narrator's voice and I felt like Juliette was constantly whining. I wasn't a fan of her character and wasn't sure I wanted to keep reading a series with a whining MC. However, I felt the story was compelling. I liked the plot and the world so I decided to give it another shot and am so glad I did. Unravel Me was so much better in my opinion.

I was sucked in almost immediately and while I hated Warner in the first book I felt myself being drawn to him. I was constantly wondering when he would show up, what he would say, what was going on in his head. It quite obvious that he is a very deep character and I wanted to know more about him. Juliette and I were on a mission together to uncover the truth about Warner. As Juliette was drawn more to him so was I. I think that was sign that Mafi did something right in this book. I was so into this book and so in Juliette's head that I began to truly feel what she felt. Few books can do that and Unravel Me is one of those few.

I think part of the pull toward Warner was also due to a shift in Adam's personality. My draw to Adam slowly faded and as it faded I was drawn to Warner. I can't put my finger on exactly what I didn't like about Adam in this book but there was something. Maybe I felt he wasn't as strong? Maybe I could see he was holding Juliette back? I can't say for sure but that's two things that I believed played a factor.

Juliette did grow as a character in this book. She did take a couple of steps forward and then one backward every now and then but overall I felt she became stronger. Or at the very least began to realize that she could be stronger. This change in Juliette is also noticeable in the lesser amount of strikethroughs in Unravel Me. They are still there but there aren't as many as there were in the beginning.

Kenji is one of the greatest characters in this series and I loved him. If ever there was a secondary character that came in and stole the show it's Kenji. Some might even argue that he isn't a secondary character but in my opinion this is Juliette, Adam, and Warner's story.

Overall, I was very pleased with the second installment in this series. Mafi's writing had me completely enchanted while the story had me wholly captivated. If you read Shatter Me and didn't love it I urge you to give this series one more shot. It's worth it!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (45)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: June 17, 2014

Goodreads Description: 

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Why I'm Waiting: When I first heard about this series, I wasn't sure about it. However, after reading the first two books I am definitely hooked! I cannot wait for this 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (53)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
Top Ten Bookish Things I Want that Aren't Books!
1. Teaspoon Bookmark- I think it's just the cutest!
Vintage Silver Tea Spoon Book Mark / Page Clip
2. Book Print Art- I love these Harry Potter ones but I have also seen ones with quotes or images from other books. I really want some of these to go in my house!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Upcycled book page art prints - Great for framing - Harry Potter graphic art
3. Book Charm Bracelet- I've been wanting one of these for forever! I want one that has my favorite books on there.

The Mortal Instruments book charm bracelet/keychain

4. Mockingjay Quote Art- I really want these to go in my bedroom.

Set of 2 Hunger Games Posters 8 X 10 Real or Not Real Digital Prints Peeta Quotes

5. Book Cuff Bracelet- I love these cuff bracelets. I already have one but want another one!

6. Book Scarf- Aren't these amazing?

I'm sure there are a ton more bookish things that are awesome but these are the ones I have favorited on Etsy. I can't wait to see what some of your most desired bookish things are! Be sure to leave a link for me! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

That Awkward Thursday (20) Books vs. Husband

That Awkward Thursday is a feature hosted by Wholly Books where it's not only okay but encouraged to share your awkward moments! 

I haven't done this feature in quite a while but the other day something happened and it made me think of this feature. I have been wanting to bring it back but I have been running low on topics so this seemed like the perfect time! 

Books vs. Husband-Round One

Let me preface this by saying that this is a very, very personal post. Also, you should know that I love my husband very much and that we do get along...most of the time! ;)

Saturday was my birthday. I wanted to go to the beach and stay the night but the weather wasn't cooperating so we decided to go out to eat and do a little shopping. When we got home the kiddo was tired out and went to bed so I decided I wanted to watch Catching Fire. My husband hadn't watched it so I thought we could watch it together. He had seen The Hunger Games and liked it so I thought he would enjoy Catching Fire. However, when we were finished he didn't say much about it. It was late and way past his bedtime so I figured he was just tired. Fast forward two days later, he makes a snide comment about this horrible movie that I made him watched and how violent it was to some of my family. Then a couple of days later he said it again to his family. 

Few things get me as angered or fired up as people that go around talking about things I love. I hate when people start talking about the violence in YA literature and movies. I. HATE. IT. So to be quite honest, when my husband started talking about The Hunger Games being violent and calling it "sick junk" (yes, that's a direct quote) it ticked me off.  The thing that ticks me off isn't that they or he say it's violent because let's be honest it kind of it. It's that people (my husband included) act like that because it is violent that people shouldn't watch it or that it is in some way promoting violence. I could understand if it was violent for no reason but it's not. There's a reason for the violence. Art imitates life. 

I didn't say anything to my husband right away but later on when we were alone I brought up the subject. I told him that if he thought the movie was promoting violence then he had missed the point Suzanne Collins was trying to make. I asked him why he thought that way. He gave me a couple of examples.  He didn't like the harshness of the Capitol and the fact that Katniss still hadn't won. He said that he likes to pull for the underdog and that so far the underdog hadn't won. He didn't like the way the people of the Capitol dressed. He was also worried that the Capitol was going to torture Peeta in the next movie and he didn't want to see that. I, then, began to explain to him why some of the things happened the way they did. I explained to him how Effie's character development was central to the theme of the movie/book. Effie begins the series loving the Capitol. She loves the clothes, the luxuries, the crazy fashion.  She tells Katniss and Peeta how lucky they are to be there. However, in Catching Fire, when she has to draw Katniss's name for the Quarter Quell you see her feelings toward the Capitol change and her heart breaks when Peeta volunteers for Haymitch. Later, Effie tells Peeta and Katniss that they deserved better. I think that scene is the one that really portrays how her perception of the Capitol has changed. She has seen the Capitol as it really is. Evil. I also explained that Katniss couldn't beat the Capitol in the first or even second book because it is a three book series plus a revolution takes time. I didn't go into with him how Katniss's defiance with the berries in the first book in itself was a victory. I told him that the reason that Collins portrays the people of the Capitol the way she does is because she is showing how ridiculous people can be when they live a life of luxury and naivety. This point is portrayed in the scene where Peeta is offered the liquid that causes people to throw up and he says that people are starving in the districts while people in the Capitol are throwing up so they can have more room to eat more food. I could go on and on with all the symbolism but this isn't an English paper so I'll move on. I think I've made my point.

After I was finished, I'm still not sure it changed his opinion but I did at least feel better for having said my piece. Still, sometimes it does bother me knowing that no matter how hard I try he just isn't going to get my love for literature. He isn't going to understand the symbolism or hidden meanings in books or movies. He's not going to have my passion for books. He just doesn't get it and I honestly don't think he ever will. I feel like there's a piece of me he will never get and I hate that. 

Does anyone else have husbands, boyfriends, ect that just don't get the symbolism and meaning in arts and literature or your love for books? Does this bother anyone else? How do you deal with it?

Books vs. Husband
Round 1: Books
    This round goes to books because let's face it my husband was just wrong on this subject! ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (44)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Goodreads Description: 

She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

Why I'm Waiting: I love, love, love Kasie West's previous books. I just know I'm going to love this one!

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