Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Wishlist

It's officially December so it's the perfect time to talk about Chirstmas wishlists! While I have many books on my wishlist this year, I also have a bunch of other bookish items on my list as well. I love Etsy and find the cutest stuff on there. I wish they had stuff for all the books I love but of course that's impossible. Mostly it's just the really popular ones. Anyway, here's a few things that I am hoping for this year!

Printed Quote Art



This shop has so many quotes that I love!!

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Map Quote Art




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Dictionary Quote Art





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Full Text Poster




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Book Charm Bracelet
I've been wanting one of these for years!!



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Book Candles




See more from From the Page here:

Book Quote Bracelet




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Okay, so there's just a few of the items that are on my wishlist for Christmas! If there are some other bookish items that I missed leave me a link in the comments! :)


Friday, November 28, 2014

Movie Review: Mockingjay





Mockingjay was my most anticipated movie this year! I am a huge fan of the series and couldn't wait to go see it. It's a tradition of mine to see the movies opening night. I love the huge crowds and standing in line and just being with other passionate fans. This year I didn't think I would be able to go because typically I drive an hour to see a movie (welcome to small town America) but this year a local theater actually had Mockingjay playing opening night. I convinced my mom to go with me (which didn't take much convincing because she's a fan of the series too).  There's wasn't a line or anything but there were a good amount of people especially considering the town and the fact it was a Thursday night.

Mockingjay is a good movie. Definitely not my favorite in the series but still a good movie. I was a little disappointed in Mockingjay but I think it was more from having a high expectation. I really missed Peeta in this movie. His screen time is very limited and he's probably only in it for about 10 minutes. Of course, this is something I knew going in having read the books but I was shocked by how much I missed him. One thing that I was happy about that was changed from the book to the movie was how much Effie was in this movie. I don't even remember Effie being in Mockingjay (but it has been a while since I read the book so if she was in the book please let me know in the comments, I'm curious).

Haymitch continues to be a dynamic character that you can't help but love. His lines never fail to provide comic relief.  As I said, Effie was very much present in Mockingjay and I loved it! Effie is definitely one of my favorite characters. I loved how she is both different and the same in this movie. She's missing all of her material flair but she makes due with what she has.

In the books, I was always Team Peeta but when they cast Liam Hemsworth as Gale I must admit that I did consider changing sides. However, after watching the first two movies and especially Mockingjay where we see Gale more I find that the same things that made me like Peeta over Gale in the book make me like Peeta over Gale in the movie. At the end of the day, it wasn't Peeta's looks that made me like him over Gale but instead their personalities.

The action and tone of Mockingjay is very different from the first two movies. The arena is gone and the war has officially begun. Still, not a lot actually happens in Mockingjay. There's a lot of planning but not a lot of action. I think the second half will be much better and probably be the best in the series.




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (69)




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!



Just writing this post is getting me excited for winter break and the holidays!  It will be nice to be able to read whatever I want, whenever I want, and not have to worry about exams and reading boring books for class.  Here’s a fewthat I’m really looking forward to reading this winter!
Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

        1. City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
2.
    Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios (it’s currently sitting on my bookshelf taunting me!
3.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman – I know I’m really behind on the bandwagon for this one
4 .I was Here by Gayle Forman – my arc of this is just sitting waiting to be read this winter!  I got it at a conference a few months back and haven’t gotten around to it yet!
5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
7. Stray by Elissa Sussman
8.  My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins – This is edited by Stephanie Perkins, but it was a collaboration of short stories written by numerous authors, including Holly Black, Gayle Forman, and many more! Perfect winter read!
9. Dove Arising by Karen Bao – Another arc that doesn’t come out till next year, but that is on my winter TBR list.  I met Karen Bao a few months back and she was so nice!  This is her debut novel and I’m really excited to read it at some point over winter!
10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – another one I’m behind the bandwagon with.  Oh well, better late than never!

Emily



Monday, November 24, 2014

Audio Review: Through the Ever Night












Title:
Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 341
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Format: Audio
Rating: 4 Cows









Goodreads Description:

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? 


Through the Ever Night picks up a few months after the conclusion of Under the Never Sky. Aria gives a nice little recap of what happened during the months we missed between the two books, mostly, her and Roar have long talks and train. 

Roar continued to be my favorite character. I just can't get enough of him. He's so passionate about life that it's infectious. Through the Ever Night does show a different side of Roar, one that I think will continue in the final book. I can't say that I enjoyed this new side of Roar but I can say that it didn't make me dislike him any. 

I like that Aria has grown throughout the first two books. She goes from being this weak girl that knows nothing about survival to a girl that knows how to take care of herself. She faces some tough challenges but I think she handles them all well. 

I don't know why but for me, Perry just isn't a stand out character. Don't get me wrong, I like Perry. I really, really do and I love his and Aria's relationship. It's just that he doesn't stand out and make me just fall in love with him. I do like that he is honorable and does the right thing even if he knows other people won't agree with him.

The narrator for the second book changes and I believe that I liked this narrator better. The one for the first book wasn't bad I just enjoyed the second one a little more. 

Through the Ever Night was a solid addition to the series. It kept me eager to find out what would happen next. I think that fans of the first book won't be disappointed with this installment. 












Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Asylum










Title: Asylum
Author: Madeleine Roux
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Rating: 3 Cows








Goodreads Description:

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.



A few months back I won an arc of “Sanctum,” from Team Epic Reads.  Unfortunately, it was the sequel to “Asylum by Madeleine Roux which I hadn’t read yet, so I bought that on Amazon and gave it a go.

“Asylum” is about Dan Crawford who goes to a college prep program for the summer, before his senior year of high school begins.  When he gets there though, he finds out he won’t be staying in the dorms after all because construction work is being done on them.  Instead, all the students coming to the college prep program will be staying in an old building on campus, that used to be an asylum.  As if being away from home for the whole summer and getting ready for college wasn’t scary enough, lets add sleeping in a place where they used to house the crazies! No thanks, I’ll pass!

It did make for a pretty interesting story though! I like a good scary story now and then, and this one was pretty good.  Unfortunately the plot was a little confusing at times, and some of the events felt like fillers. Dan and his two friends Abby and Jordan, had a knack for running into trouble.  I was a little annoyed that they acted so surprised when bad things happened to them though.  After all, they were snooping around an old asylum!  Then again, you all know how reading can be sometimes.   You know the characters are going to do something they shouldn’t and you know something bad is going to happen, but they do it regardless!  If you’re like me, you want to yell at them through the books: STOP MAKING BAD DECISIONS!

These bad decisions lead Dan and his friends to finding out secrets about the building they’re staying in though, and they find out there’s more to the old asylum than just some gruesome history.  Along the way, they uncover secrets about themselves they never knew existed.  That was one part of the book I really enjoyed.  Their being at the college prep program is not a coincidence, and fate plays a big part in them solving the mysteries of this building.

​       After finishing “Asylum” I was a little disappointed.  Typically I can’t wait to start reading the next book in a series, but with this one I wasn’t too excited.  I will say though, the series does pick up in the next book, and if you’ve already read “Asylum,” it’s worth getting “Sanctum.”  All the loose ends are tied up in the second book, and it made me appreciate this one a little more than I did originally!





Emily


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014



For someone who spends a couple hours each week browsing Goodreadsupdating my TBR and other reading lists, I somehow managed to miss the first round of voting for this year’s ‘Choice Awards.’  Imagine my surprise when I saw everyone talking about it on twitter a day later! Not to be thwarted twice though, I set myself a reminder so I could give my say in the next round’s voting, and see which books made it through in each category.  This year there were 20 categories with 10 books for each category in this round of voting.  The categories are as follows: fantasy, mystery & thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, science fiction, horror, humor, nonfiction, memoir & autobiography, history & biography, business books, food & cookbooks, graphic novels & comics, poetry, debutgoodreads author, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy & science fiction, middle grade & children’s, and picture books.  Despite reading more than just YA, I didn’t recognize many of the books in a majority of the categories, so I only cast my vote for young adult fiction, and young adult fantasy & science fiction.  Here are the nominees for each category and which book I voted for!

Young Adult Fiction
-The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie HalseAnderson
-We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
-Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4) by Katie McGarry
-To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
-Panic by Lauren Oliver
-Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
-I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
-Isla and the Happily Ever After  (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) by Stephanie Perkins
-Since You’ve Been Gone by Moran Matson
-Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

*I voted for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han for this category!

Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
-Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #01.-0.4) by Veronic Roth
-Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3) by Laini Taylor
-Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1) by Pierce Brown
-Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
-City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare
-Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5) by Richelle Mead
-The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass
-Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer
-Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs
-Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi

*This one was really hard for me to choose because there were so many greats one, but I had to go with “City of Heavenly Fire” for this category!


Emily 



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (68)




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!


My list this week is a little short!  Typically I have A LOT of ongoing series/trilogies that I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book for, but lately I’ve made it a mission of mine to finish them up!  In the past month alone I finished the last book in at least 5 different series.  Here’s the ones I have left though!  Fingers crossed some of them show up under the Christmas tree!:)

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer- The 4
th book in the Lunar Chronicles, which I just finished reading the first 3 of this past month!  I know I’m not the only one anticipating this book! The series itself was even nominated for a goodreads award for 2014!

2. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare- ok ok, I know this is technically not a sequel, BUT it is a companion series to The Mortal Instruments, and I honestly do not know how anyone could finish the last book of Mortal Instruments and NOT need to read the Dark Artifices right away! The anticipation is overwhelming.  I have a countdown on my phone! Joking! (not reallyJ )


3. Black Heart by Holly Black- I recently did reviews on the first two in this series.
  Originally, I didn’t know there was a third book in the series, and I was SUPER upset! Now that I know there is though, I can’t wait to read this one!

4. Cold Light by Traci L. Slatton – I still have a book hangover from the first book, Fallen by Traci L. Slatton.  I just finished reading it last week and I couldn’t pick up another book for days.  It was really bad how REALLY attached I got to the first book.  Maybe something to do with the romance in it?  I’m done rambling now. That’s what the first book did to me though, left me mumbling incoherent phrases, because I can’t put into words my thoughts about it. Moving on..

5. The Kill Order by James Dashner-I KNOW I KNOW breaking the rules of this post again! Technically The Kill Order is a prequel to the Mazerunner series, but it came out AFTER the series, so I consider that a sequel! Am I the only one?  I did this with Four by Veronica Roth as well.  

6. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han-sequel to To All the Boys I’ved Loved Before. Really good! Highly recommend it!


Emily
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Audio Review: Under the Never Sky








Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 347
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Format: Audio
Rating: 4 Cows







Goodreads Description:

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.



Under the Never Sky was a book that I didn't know what to expect going in. I'm not sure I even read the description. It was one of the books I got at RT and had been wanting to read but never gotten to. I had several Audible credits I needed to spend so I decided to get Under the Never Sky.  Despite a somewhat slow start, it turned out to be a good choice.

As stated Under the Never Sky got off to a slow start for me. Books with a futuristic, sci-fi feel are hit and miss for me. I'm not fan of books that throw a lot of information to you but I also like to have enough information to know what's what. Under the Never Sky definitely was leaning toward the not enough side. Veronica Rossi simply lets Aria tell us the story and we just have to figure out what a pod is and why they are in them. Some details we don't find out until way later, such as, who was chosen to be in the pods and who wasn't. Once I figured out what everything was,  I found myself enjoying the book much more.

I liked both Aria and Perry. I liked their gradual relationship. I loved that they both had their prejudices against one another but that slowly that began to get past that and see the other for who they really were. With that being said, Roar stole the show for me. I loved him! He has this larger than life personality. He is this funny, laid back guy that is so passionate about life. His mood was infectious! 

There was a lot of action in Under the Never Sky. Between the croven (maybe that spelled right, I have no idea since I listened to the audio) and the Aether storms there was pretty much something always going on. 

I have been getting away from dystopian books lately and been instead leaning toward contemporary books. Still, Under the Never Sky caught my attention and kept me entertained. As soon as I finished book one, I started book two (which I have also finished now and I just began book three). I am super excited to see how this story ends!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Keeper of Lost Souls






Title: Keeper of the Lost Souls
Author: Kristy Centeno
Pages: 380
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Rating: 5 Cows








Goodreads Description:
 
Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts...

Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn comes from a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls. Their main purpose is to guard those spirits who are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living. Handling supernatural creatures is something which comes naturally to Bryn, however, dealing with people is a whole different story.

As her 18th birthday approaches it's time for her to take on her first assignment. Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches...

A vendetta he has carried on even after death. As much as he hate's them he must join forces with a keeper witch, in order to stop a century old threat. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge!
 
 
 
 
“Keeper of the Lost Souls” is one of those books I can’t stop recommending to people and talking about! I already convinced numerous friends to start reading it or add it to their TBR pile. I’ve read my fair share of books about witches, and they can go either way. The author either really makes it work and draws you in, or you feel like you’re reading some cheesy magic story. Kristy Centeno knew exactly what she was doing though! “Keeper of the Lost Souls” is the first book in The Keeper Witches Series, and is about Bryn McCaskey, a witch who comes from a long history of witches that look over lost souls that are stuck in the world of the living. She lives with her mom and grandma who are also keeper witches. It makes for an interesting family dynamic, when at any given time they have a lost soul staying with them or lingering at the dinner table.
One of these souls is Marianne, a character I couldn’t help but hate at first, and then fall in love with. Although she played a small part in the book, I really liked that Kristy included this character, because I think readers (teenagers especially) can learn quite a lot from her. While she was still alive, she was a bully and picked on Bryn at school. She also took advantage of her parents, and treated them poorly. I liked the growth of her character, and how she realized her mistakes over the course of the book. You don’t have to have been a bully as a teenager in order to relate to her though. I think Marianne, like many people, realize there’s more to life than what you believed there was as a teenager. She valued her friendships and boyfriend more than anything, and spent very little time with her younger sister and parents as a result. Her death and new friendship with Bryn give Marianne a new perspective on life, and I loved that about the
Another popular theme in “Keeper of the Lost Souls” was prejudice. One of Bryn’s charges (lost soul she is assigned to watch over) is Johnny Shaw, a boy who hates her immediately, simply because she is a witch. Johnny has been predisposed to hate witches after a few bad run-ins he’s had with them. In order to work with Bryn though, he has to learn to get past this prejudice and accept her for who she is. Overcoming this hatred isn’t easy for him though, and it’s nice to finally see a male character with some faults! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED Johnny Shaw (add him to the list of book boyfriends I currently have) but it was nice to know he isn’t perfect. I feel like sometimes the boys get off easy in YA and come off as being perfect. Unrealistic standards, and yet as readers, we fall in love with them anyways. But with Johnny his character was realistic and I really enjoyed the role he played in the story.
Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the fact that Bryn represented such a strong female character. Got to hand it to the ladies, they don’t always need a man to swoop in and save them! I especially loved one of the scenes when Bryn uses her powers for the first time in front of Johnny, and he is totally blown away by how powerful and tough she is.
All in all, “Keeper of the Lost Souls” was seriously great. I can’t stop saying enough good things about it, and I can’t wait to start reading “Keeper of the Innocents,” the second book in The Keeper Witches Series. EXCITING NEWS EVERYONE: “Keeper of the Lost Souls” is currently free on amazon right now for kindles! If you have one, I highly suggest you go download it now for free while you still can! And let me know what you think of it!
 
 
 

Emily


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (56)



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



















Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 5, 2015











Goodreads Description:

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

Why I'm Waiting: Well, that's a silly question! I loved the Selection series so I can't wait to read this next chapter in the series!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (67)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
 

 

 

Whether it’s a prequel, spinoff, or just a stand alone, there are numerous characters in books and series I’ve read, that I wish would get their own book!  Here are my top ten!

Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book


1. Arya Drottningu (Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini): She played a crucial role in guarding the last dragon egg until Eragon found it, and I would love to see a spinoff book of her journey before meeting Eragon.  


2. Chuck (The Mazerunner by James Dashner): Since I can’t talk about why I want to see a book with Chuck starring in it without giving away spoilers, I will simply say, I loved Chuck like my own sibling.  


3. Sirius Black (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling): Besides Harry Potter, Sirius Black was my FAVORITE character in the series, and I would love to see a book about his time in the Order of Phoenix, and even his school days at Hogwarts.  Plus, I feel like if J.K. Rowling wrote a spinoff book with Sirius as the main character, we would get to learn more about the wizarding world at a time when the Dark Lord was just starting to rise and gain followers.  Like a Harry Potter prequel!


4. Augustus Waters (The Fault in our Stars by John Green): He was just such a unique character, that I would love to see him star as the main character in a spinoff or even his own story.  I wouldn’t even mind reading a version of The Fault in Our Stars from Gus’sPOV.  


5. Mason (Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick): Same story, but from Mason’s POV would be awesome.  


6. Beck (The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater): Like a prequel to Shiver, and we could see Beck set up the house and the pack.  Also, we would get to see Sam as the young boy who struggled to get through his wolf transformation, after Beck let him join the pack.


7. Hanna (Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver)


8. Chiron (Percy Jackson & The Olympians): How cool would a book about Chiron be?! He helped TONS of heroes in the past, and he’s hundreds of years old!  Think of all the stories he probably has to tell!


9. Alba (The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger): Daughter of main character Henry, she shares the same time travelling abilities as her father.  It would be fun to read a book focused on her experiences as a time traveller.  


10. Peta (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins): Need I say more?



Emily

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