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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (2)

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. It is a post where you talk about a book from your wishlist that you are wishing to have right now.
The book I'm wishing to have right now is...

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
What first drew me to this book was that it is set in a small town Minnesota. I'm from Minnesota and grew up in a small Minnesota town so that highly intrigues me. I have not read a sci-fi book in a long time and I have been wanting to pick one up for awhile and this one seems perfect. The book has also been said to be sort of like the Bourne Identity, in which I really enjoyed. I can't wait to get my hands on this book and my nose in its pages.

What are you guys currently wishing for off your wishlist?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #2: Books I Recommend Most

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Books I Recommend Most. This was pretty hard to put together since it really depends on the person and what they enjoy, so I tried to include a little variety in here. Here goes it : )

Top Ten Books I Recommend Most

For Everyone:  The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. I would recommend for anybody and everybody. If you haven't read this, you really should - it is such a fantastic series!

For a Quick, Witty Read: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This book is such a cute, quick read that is so fun! This book is so full of adventure and creativity that it will keep you engrossed the whole way through. It is a short book that is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon reading.

For a Fireplace Read:  The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Yes spring has officially arrived, however if you live in Minnesota like me, that spring arrival is just a date on the calender - there is still lots of snow on the ground. This book is such beautifully written that I cannot stop thinking about it. I recommended this to my Mother in Law and she enjoyed it as well. It is a beautiful story based on a Russian fairy tale and is set in Alaska. It is perfect for a snowy, cold day sitting in front of the fireplace.

For a Summer Read:  Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. Summer is coming soon and what better than to already start thinking about what you can read on the beach? This is a perfect book to take with you for a day on the beach. The main character, Emma, is completely relate-able and will have you laughing out loud.  It is a light read that will leave you satisfyingly feeling good at the end.

For an Action-Packed Ride:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. If you have read this book and the ones that follow you can attest that these books are full of edge-of-your-seat action. These books will get you thinking and keep you with you nose in the book until it's over with. These books are perfect for you if you love the thrill of action sprinkled with some romance.

For an Adventure Read:  The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson. I love Greek Mythology which is what really turned me to these books but I have to say that they are more than that. These books are full of intrigue and adventure that will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can to see what happens next. I would recommend these books to those that want an adventure that will take you away.

For Action and Romance: The rest of these books are all full of action and adventure.

 Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Holy smokes is this series (The Infernal Devices) so amazing. These books are action-packed with romance sprouting up everywhere. This series will give you a love triangle that will have you genuinely torn. It will give you action to keep you reading well into the night. I cannot say enough about how good these books are.

 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This book is fantastic. This book is full of action and feeling that will have you thinking about it even after you finished it in one day. This book has some romance in it that makes it even better. I loved Mafi's writing and felt that the story was told so beautifully through her fingertips.

 Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck. This book is full of adventure with a lovely romance thrown in. As I read this book, I had a movie playing through my head that never got boring. This book had me wishing I could jump into it and join in the adventure. May I also add that Ren is definitely swoon-worthy.

 Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. This book has a beautiful cover and an even better story in those pages. This book is the start of a ride full of action and romance. I devoured this book quickly and couldn't wait to get my hands on the second one. This book will please you if you enjoy paranormal romance. The author used to be a fellow Minnesotan which is a plus : )

What books do you guys recommend?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (1)

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. Here is the book that I am dying to get that's on my wishlist:

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

This is the third and final book in the Infernal Devices series. I'm not going to post the synopsis in case some of you haven't read the first two. If you haven't read the first two then you must! These books are soooo amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I want to run out and buy it right now...but I can't so that's why this is my Wishlist Wednesday for this week.

What books are you guys wishing you had?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

I have been wanting to hop in to Top Ten Tuesday for awhile and I think this week is the perfect time since I just finished going through my books. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week, on Tuesday, there is a new list that is book related. This week is:

Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

  1.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I hope I will read it sooner than later!

  2.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I've heard so many good things about this book and I was very excited to find it in my local used bookstore. I need to read this soon to see what all the hype is about.

  3.  Splintered by A.G. Howard. This book definitely pulled me in because of it's cover. However, I have also heard great things about this book. I am anxiously awaiting the moment when I pick this book up and read it.

  4.   Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. I have been a James Bond fan for a majority of my life and just recently found out that they were based on books. After figuring that out I had to run out and by the first one immediately. I need to read this book so I can watch the movie again.

  5.  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I heard about this book a long time ago and then I came across it in the store and had to buy it. I have been waiting for more books with characters that are my age (college age) and I'm so excited about this New Adult genre coming about. I can't wait to start reading the books starting with this one!

  6.  A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. I bought this one when  I finished A Game of Thrones because I had to know what happened next! However, I've been a little intimidated by it's length, so I haven't read it yet, but I'm hoping to get to it this summer.

  7.  Every Day by David Levithan. I have loved all the books I have read by David Levithan and when I read the book blurb with this new one I had to get it. I am very excited to have it and I cannot wait to read it!

  8.  Crewel by Gennifer Albin. I heard about this book and it sounded so unique. I equally fell in love with the cover and therefore I had to go out and buy it. Unfortunately I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet but I am really looking forward to reading this book!

  9.  Rift by Andrea Cremer. I absolutely loved the Nightshade series and when I found out about this prequel series I had to get it. However I have been wanting to re-read the Nightshade series before I pick this one up. I might have to just pick it up and read it before then though.

  10.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I know, I know, I am completely ridiculous because I haven't read this book yet. I had a stack of library books that I was reading through when I picked this book up (I bought it because I just HAD to have it). Then some library books I requested came in so I got another stack of library books to read. But once I am done reading the library books this will be one of the first books I pick up - SO excited to read this one!

Making this list has gotten me excited about these books again and given me motivation to just read them already! Well back to reading so I can get to these books... : )

Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Book Blurb from Goodreads: 

Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Review in a paragraph: This story has a great premise to get going on and it balances along the line for the whole book. The book has a cute story and the characters are fun to read about. At times it seemed to me that there were chunks of the story taken out; these parts were not crucial to the story but rather just bits and pieces that were missing from the story. It was an okay read.

Full Review: Let's start by looking at that pretty cover! I hate to be shallow but this cover is one of the reasons this book intrigued me. Moving on to the pages... The book itself was not my favorite, but I didn't hate it either. I thought that the characters were interesting and the story sounded intriguing. Although it did sound familiar to Twilight, with the girl moving away from her sunny home to a dreary small town to live with another family member, it was not at all similar outside of this small detail.

I felt that while reading the book there were missing parts of the story, like there were paragraphs missing here and there. For example, when one of the characters is meeting Zara, there is no introduction of the character, Zara just starts using her name. There are a few other instances similar to this one throughout the book. These instances were not crucial parts of the story line that you would be missing, but rather minor annoyances.

I liked the freshness of the story. The world created in this book is one that I haven't read anything similar to before. I liked that each chapter started with a new phobia. I like the twists and turns and characters turning out to be what you didn't see coming. I am on the fence about continuing the series but I might give it a shot to see where the story continues.

Here are some quotes I liked:

People are always looking into the dark, Zara. we're afraid of what we might see. It might be dark outside, it might be the dark of our own souls, but I figure it's better to get caught looking than to never know.

There is something about libraries, old libraries, that makes them seem almost sacred. There's a smell of paper and must and binding stuff. It's like all the books are fighting against decay, against turning into dust, and at the same time fighting for attention.

Then he smiles at me and my heart starts beating harder, which I'm ashamed to admit, but its true. Hearts betray you like that. This is why it's perfectly acceptable to be cardiophobic, afraid of hearts.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bookish Thrifty Thursday

Hi there!

I am always on the hunt for a good deal on books - how else am I going to support my excessive reading habit? So I thought that I would do a weekly Thursday feature on good book deals or coupons that I have found. For this week I have a couple, lets get on with it:

Ebook steals:

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski for $2.99. This is an adult contemporary novel and I could not wait to get my hands on it! I have heard so many great things about this book, and just look at that beautiful cover!

Fallen Too Far

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines for $0.99. This is another adult contemporary novel that I have heard many good things about. Recently the second book has come out, Never Too Far which is only $3.99.

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi for $2.99. This is a YA Paranormal Romance and it is so good! I rated this book a five out of five and also reviewed it on my blog if you want to hear more about it. I don't think you will regret getting this book!

These are just a few among many if you get a chance to browse through, you will find many more good deals!

Coupons: I have received a few coupons last week and this week. I did get one from Barnes and Noble last week, if you sign up for their mailing list they will send you coupons for 15% off one item (and usually it's your most expensive item). I also received some Half-Price Books coupons, if you have these stores around you I highly recommend checking them out. You can use these coupons with books that are already half-priced. They have a coupon going all through the weekend with a different percent, on Sunday you get 50% off your highest priced item. If you sign up for their mailing list, you will also get sent occasional coupons, it's worth it.

Let me know what you guys have found for bargains!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

February Wrap-Up

For February I didn't read all the books I wanted and for a good reason... I had a baby! My son arrived mid-month and put a halt on some reading for a good week. Never-the-less I did manage to read a few books. Here's what I've read, what I rated them and a quick blurb about them:

Rapture (Fallen, #4) by Lauren Kate. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I thought that this book was a great ending to the series. The twist at the end was one I didn't see coming and just gripped me by the ankles. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I love the artwork in this book. The telling of the story in a mixture of words and pictures is so unique and a wonderful way to read a story. I liked it so much that I read another story by Selznick. This story was a short, good read.

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1) by Colleen Houck. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. When I finished this book, I was immediately wanting to pick up the next in the series. This hasn't happened to me in awhile. I loved the fresh plot and characters in this story; Ren is to die for. I am anxiously waiting to start the next book.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I read this book for a class and what a pleasure it was to read. This book opened up my eyes and made me cheer for Jr. My book is filled with little post-its marking my favorite quotes.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This is the second book this month that had me wanting to immediately read the next in the series. Tahereh Mafi's writing is absolutely beautiful. I did a full review on this book if you want more of my thoughts on this book.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This is the other book I read by Brian Selznick that had the same type format of telling a story with a mixture of pictures and words. While the story wasn't exactly my cup of tea I still loved reading and looking at all the beautiful pictures.