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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (6)

Hi! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's list was fun to do but was a little hard to come up with and it is:

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book


1. Mythology- I am a huge fan of mythology so any book that has a mythology reference or re-telling is one that I will be interested in and potentially buy.


2. Dragons- I find that there aren't a lot of books about dragons and I find dragons fascinating and each story I read about dragons is unique.


3. Book or Bookstore related- Being that I love books, I cannot resist checking out a book that is about books or revolves around books.


4. Survival stories- This is kind of broad but I enjoy all types of survival stories. From trying to survive in a dystopian society to trying to survive a ship wreck, survival stories often catch my eye in the book department.


5. Vampires- I don't really know why I like reading about vampires but I find all the different variations of a vampire told in a book to be intriguing.


6. Werewolves/Shapeshifters- This is kind of the same reason as vampires. They are just fun to read about.


7. Ghosts- I have always loved reading and watching scary stories. Not all ghost stories are scary but I like reading about them since they are most debated about having a real-life existence or not.


8. Paranormal- I wanted to include this for all those paranormal topics that are not covered by above. There are so many things paranormal that make some great books and they always catch my eye in the bookstore.


9. Love Stories- This topic is very broad as well but a potential love story gets me to pick up a book and read the synopsis. If the love story sounds unique enough than I'm in.


10. A location I know of or enjoy reading about- I live in Minnesota and when I read that a book takes place in Minnesota it automatically gets added to my shelves. Also I love Seattle and the state of Washington so if any books are set there than I am likely to pick them up as well.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday calls for a little book haulin'

Hi! I wanted to share some books I picked up within the last week. I went to a library sale last Saturday at my local library and picked up four books for only $3.50! I love library sales! Here's what I got:
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Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

No Man's Land by Lesley Hauge

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

I just have to show you guys the front of No Man's Land...I am in love with this cover!

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I can't wait to read this one!

This week I did some major spring cleaning (so proud of myself)! My fiance wanted to thank me for cleaning by taking me to the bookstore and letting me pick out a book. I went in with the intention of buying one book but needless to say I walked out with 3 books since I just couldn't decide on one book. Here are the 3 books I got at Barnes and Noble:

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Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I am SO excited to read these books! They all look and sound so good!


What books have you hauled in lately?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thrifty Thursday!

Hi! I have been searching for some good book deals. Here are some great ebooks at some great prices:
Die For Me

Die For Me by Amy Plum

$1.99

This one is about a girl and her sister who have recently become orphans. They are then shipped over to live with family in Paris, where she meets a boy who is something other than human. A paranormal romance set in Paris...looks good!

Unraveling

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

$1.99

This book is about a girl who dies and wakes up to find a clock that is ticking down to the Earth's Destruction. She then tries to figure out how she can stop the countdown. This book sounds so good and I've heard many good things about it. I can't wait to read this one.

 Destined

Destined by Jenna Pizzi

$0.99

This book is about a girl that finds out that she is a gatekeeper between two worlds basically one that is "good" and one that is "evil". She is a part of both worlds and is trying to close the gate between the world. Closing the gate is a big task and one that will leave her conflicted not only about herself but conflicted about her love for two brothers on opposite sides of the gate. This one sounds interesting and for a dollar it seems worth the risk.


I also wanted to share something with you guys. I recently went to a library book sale over the weekend. If you haven't been to a library book sale, I strongly encourage you to go to one. Library book sales often have donated books along with older library books that are for sale for cheap! The one I went to had books all under $1. I got four book for $3.50 (check back tomorrow to see what I got). If you want more information about where there may be a library book sale (and other book sales), check out www.booksalefinder.com.

What deals have you guys found lately or what are some good books you found at a library sale?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (6)

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. It is a weekly meme where you share one book off your wishlist that you are dying to add to your shelves. This week the book I'm dying to get is:

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Book blurb from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.


This book looks so good! I've always loved books in which the characters have elemental powers so when I heard about this one I had to add it to my wishlist. I think this will be a great read, especially with tornado season coming up soon. I can't wait to get this one!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman



Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

I was hesitant to read Just One Day since I read If I Stay by Gayle Forman and I didn't enjoy that one at all. To try and save myself I ended up getting this book from the library thinking that if it was just as bad I wouldn't have wasted my money. Although my book-intuition was telling me that I was going to love this book and regret not buying it, I still got it from the library. And boy was my book-intuition was right. I loved this book, it is one of my favorites of all time! I had to go out and buy my own copy after I read this book because I just needed a copy on my shelf that I can re-read.

The characters in this book were real and I could relate to Allyson. She has a kind heart and always follows the rules except when she decides to take a chance. While traveling abroad, she runs off to Paris with a boy she just met for just one day, this is just one choice that starts her on a path of rebelling against her "safe" life - a life without risk taking. Her rebellion isn't the typical rebellion, she is rebeling against her meager ways and she starts to stand up for herself, taking risks, and doing what she wants to do for once. Willem was her perfect match, he was free-spritited and adventurous along with some mystery. 

When Allyson wakes up and Willem is gone she goes through a period of heartbreak which is a part I enjoyed - not because I wanted to see her hurting, but because it was real. Books I've read before have told heartbreak as extreme or not-at-all, but this was a real heartbreak and one I related to, her emotions and thoughts were very real to me. I loved the moment when she decides she needs to do something about it - to take a risk. I loved reading about her travels in the book and how with each step she found another piece of herself.

This book is beautifully written and has a beautiful story. It will keep you hanging on until the very last sentence of the book and even then you'll be left with wanting more. I cannot wait for the next book- which is from Willem's point of view- I just HAVE to know what happens next!



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (5)

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. It is a weekly meme where you pick one book from your wishlist that you are dying to add to your shelves. This week my pick is:

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I'm not going to insert the book blurb in case you haven't read Shatter me yet. This is the second book in the Shatter Me trilogy(?). The first is Shatter Me and you can see my review for that here. I loved Shatter Me so I cannot wait to get this one and read it!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (5): Top Ten Rewind

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a Top Ten Rewind meaning that we could pick one that we wanted to revisit or one that we haven't done. This week I choose to do Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me. This one is fairly easy as I am behind on reading quite a few books that I am so excited to read but haven't gotten around to them yet. The good news is that I WILL be reading these books soon!

Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me:


1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I have this book top a lot of lists when it comes to people favorite books. I have heard amazing things about this book from anyone and everyone. Therefore I really need to read this book!


2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. For some reason I only just heard about this book a couple months ago and I instantly wanted to read it. This book sounds so good, I must read it soon!


3. Divergent by Veronica Roth. I had heard about this book right after I finished reading the Hunger Games and at the time they were being compared to each other. I wanted to read them without comparing them but I have waited too long to read this one, I need to get to reading!


4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This book has been talked about like crazy since the sequel just came out recently. I'm so intrigued by the unique retelling of Cinderella. I need to get my nose in these pages!


5. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This book has gotten a lot of attention recently because the movie has come out. I have heard mixed reviews about this book and I really need to read this so I can throw in my two cents.


6. The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I loved the Twilight series and I was scared that this book would not be as good. However I know that they are separate books and I need to read this one after the good things I have heard about it. I also need to read it before I see the movie.


7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I just picked this book up recently and haven't been able to pick it up. It seems like a perfect summer read and now that summer is on its way (hopefully - afterall it's still snowing here) I hope to read it as one of my summer reads if not sooner.


8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky. I have heard amazing things about this book. I am so excited to get to read this book!


9. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. This book has been talked often as one of the best contemporaries that people have read. I have it on my shelves and need to pick it up. Since the companion/sequel is coming out next month, I am planning on reading this one before it comes out.


10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The premise of this book is so unique that I cannot wait to read it. A game with a bunch of 80's pop culture references?! I need to get my hands on this book!


I'm sure some of you think that I am crazy that I haven't read some of these books - I know I think I am! But rest assured that I am planning on reading these books very soon!


What books do you feel everyone has read but you?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Drowning In You Book Blitz: Excerpt and Giveaway

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Drowning In You by Rebecca Berto
Publication date: April 12th 2013 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


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Synopsis:


Secretly crushing


Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

Excerpt:



From a note tucked under her pillow:


I like Dexter Hollingworth.

Dexter Hollingworth “killed” my parents.


1. Killer Crush


Charlee

 


As per all the fourteen- to eighteen-year-olds at our school, I started crushing on Dexter Hollingworth around the age of fifteen. There was one girl who hated him, but she was into girls.

From the football field sidelines to graduation day and beyond, my best friend Rosa and I have wanted him. But guys like Dexter don’t notice girls like us who spend most of our time talking about cool people like him.

At twenty years old, I still “love” him.

I love the way his body personifies what a male God should be without looking like Fabio.

I love the way his perfect tanned skin is inked and how he wears those aviator sunglasses and how he’d use up his lunchtimes to teach the little kids in our school guitar lessons.

But I hate the way I love him.

I hate how Dexter was the one controlling the ski lifts at Mason’s Ski Resort the day my mom was killed because it also put me here, in this position, praying to a God I’ve never believed in to spare my dad’s life.

In this hospital room, the air is as quiet as the still of night and my dad’s languid breathing and drawn-out, heavy movements remind me that my perfect family life was never meant to be forever.

If I’m being honest, it seems like things are already over. Dad’s skin keeps a yellow color—at best—from the IV drip. His meds help with the simple tasks his heart and other organs can’t. My thoughts wander again. I don’t let myself consider the alternative—that maybe it’s wishful thinking. I go with this:

“Dad,” I say, jealous my little brother, Darcy is holding our dad’s hand—the hand he can squeeze with. “Look at you.” I wink.

“Is she okay, Dad?” Darcy asks, sounding as though he’s confused.

“Charlee?” The confusion is contagious, but Dad’s patient zero—not Darcy.

There are bars that raise and lower around Dad’s bed, and they’ve been raised forever. Surely they must be there because they’re too hard to put down in their scratched, old state. My dad doesn’t need silly bars around his bed! My dad owns Roycroft Engines.

“I think you’re squeezing Darcy’s hand too tight,” I say.

“Wha-at?” Darcy says. He’s staring at me with squinted eyes, probably thinking what’s wrong with my sister? She’s supposed to be the adult.

It hurts smiling like this, the creases halfway up my cheeks. But maybe it’ll work. “Isn’t that right, Dad?”

Dad’s eyes are like I remember them now. There’s vibrancy in the rich brown color, like my eyes. I bet he’s thinking is his daughter crazy? He tilts his head to the side—

Injured people don’t understand things like this. Injured people don’t get what’s unsaid. Dad’s not that injured.

—as it clicks. Dad shakes out of Darcy’s grip and waggles his finger at him. “That nurse…”

“Lisa Hollingworth,” I say.

“Yes, Lisa. That nurse Lisa said motor function is good. Squeezing someone’s hand uses up a lot more strength than you think, son.”

Darcy’s mouth flops open and stays that way. He checks out Dad, who’s nodding, and me—should I nod?—so I nod also.

“Squeezing your hand probably takes Dad twenty muscles and millions of brain cells just to do something like that.”

“No way!” Darcy grins and punches the air. “Dad, that’s cool.”

And just like that, Darcy has that same face on as he had when Mom told him she had to wait three hours in line to buy Desert Warcraft and yeah, she really, really got it for him.

That face is why I haven’t downed twenty sleeping pills yet. God knows these last weeks have felt like months, which actually felt like years. That makes me the most ancient twenty-year-old alive.

Why, Dexter? Why did it have to be you in that seat, in that room, at that time?

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Author Bio:


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Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, PRECISE and the upcoming new adult contemporary romance novel, DROWNING IN YOU. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers  are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.



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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (4)

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper blog. It is a weekly meme in which you choose a book off of your wishlist that you are dying to add to your personal library. This week I am dying to get my hands on:


Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?


I have had my eye on this book since it came out a couple weeks ago and it looks so good! I love the cover and the mystery that surrounds it - her face is blurry, it seems, in order to emphasize the mystery of the book. I cannot wait to get this book and dive into it's pages!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Hi! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, my top ten wasn't too hard to come up since I have been an avid reader since I could learn to read. However, I can't believe it took me this long to become a blogger. Here's my top ten list for this week:

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. I love these books! I enjoyed every single one of these books growing up.

2 . The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. These books introduced paranormal romance and YA to me. I didn't know that there were so many good books waiting to get discovered in these genres. I fell in love with these books the moment I read the back cover in Walmart back in 2005 when Twilight first came out.

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever) by Maggie Stiefvater. I loved that these books where set in Minnesota as that's where I live. I love the unique story in these books as well. I was so excited to find them in the library one day that I checked it out, read it and was back for the next one within a few days.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I had a friend that ranted and raved about this book so I finally gave in and read it. I wasn't disappointed, I loved this book.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. This is one that I wanted to read after I read about in Twilight. It took me awhile to finally pick up but I'm glad I did. This book was fantastic.

6. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I read this book last summer and though it was really long, it didn't feel so long while reading it. It is such a good book that keeps your jaw-dropping with twists and turns. I am hoping to pick up the second book this summer.

7. The Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer. I kept seeing this book in the library and the size intimidated me. On the third time seeing it I just picked it up and so happy that I did. I loved these books, in fact I went out and bought them all to have in my library.

8.  Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. I didn't know the chick lit genre existed until I started reading Sophie Kinsella and I loved every book of hers that I have read. It's like reading about a chick flick and what girl can resist a good chick flick? This was a book that my fiance had picked out for me and he did a fantastic job with this one.

9. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief/The Sea of Monsters. While I have only read these two I want to continue the series as these books were fantastic. I'm a huge fan of mythology and was so excited to see it in these books!

10. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ievy. I read this book earlier this year and it sort-of inspired me to create  my blog. I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with others and what better place to do that than a blog?!

The Only Exception Book Blitz: Excerpt and Giveaway

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The Only Exception by Magan Vernon
Publication date: April 9th 2013
by Beautifully Broken Books 
Genre: NA Romance

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Synopsis:



Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.


Excerpt:

"Here, let me help you with that." I stopped a few feet away only to have the box lifted from my hand like it was nothing more than a bag of feathers. I looked up to be greeted by a head of perfectly  gelled, sandy brown hair and a blinding white smile. My eyes trailed over his crisp, white dress shirt, tucked into a pair of dress pants. Obviously not the normal college wear. I figured he was the manager or something. A tall manager with a dimpled smile that I couldn’t stop staring at.

"Oh, thanks. I wasn't sure I was going to make it." I returned the smile, but obviously mine hadn't been soaked with bleach like his. I didn't want to give him the wrong idea, so I cleared my throat. "My apartment is right here, so you can just set the box down."

"Apartment 13B, ey?"

I nodded. "Yes, I'm just moving in. I'm Monica. Monica Remy."

He shifted the box to the side and extended his hand. "Then I guess we are neighbors. I’m glad to meet you. I'm Trey Chapman."

"Trey Chapman?" My throat felt like it went completely dry. I had to swallow hard to get some saliva back before I could speak. "As in Governor Chapman's son?"

He kept his big grin on his face. "The one."

I should have recognized him right off the bat. He and his brothers were like a constant shadow during the governor’s campaign. All three Chapman boys stood behind him with their sandy brown hair and tight-lipped smiles while the future governor discussed his plans for a new Illinois. One that included a new contraception bill, his pride and joy, that changed the usual liberal, Chicago politics of Illinois and had women’s leagues up in arms. It didn’t mean he stopped his precious bill and just said it was “what was best for his state.”

Of course I only got a brief glimpse of Trey Chapman when he was on TV, but I didn’t remember him being this attractive. Or having so many freckles. I had to shake that thought out of my head. I couldn’t let one guy with a dimpled smile phase me. He was the governor’s son for God’s sake.

“I assume you know of him?” He raised his eyebrows.

“Uh, yeah, can’t forget the guy that basically stomped on every policy Illinois had in place for his own conservative agenda.”

“Ouch, Miss Remy, that seems pretty harsh to say about a guy you haven’t actually met. If you want, I can always give you some literature to read up on regarding his policies and plans for the state.”

I knew all too well about his dad’s policies and not one of them I supported. I didn’t know where his son got the balls to try and jam his father’s political agenda down by throat, but I wasn’t a fan of it.

Quickly, I reached for the key in my pocket, unlocked the door, and then I snatched the box out of Trey's arms. "Well, it's good to meet you, Trey, and you seem like a really nice guy, but that doesn't mean I'll ever support your dad."

Before he could get in a word edgewise I threw open the door and slammed it behind me as soon as I was inside. I dropped the box down at my feet and leaned back against the door.

Author Bio:

Magan

Magan Vernon

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.




 


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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thrifty Thursday (2)

Hi! I wanted to to another thrifty thursday post since I know how much I enjoy good finds and I wanted to share them with you. I have a nook so these are based on their prices but I have heard that most of the time the prices are the same with nook and kindle. Here are my finds:


Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson


$1.99


This is sort-of a retelling of Peter Pan. The book is more about Tiger Lily and Peter Pan's relationship before Wendy came into the picture. As a fan of Peter Pan, this sounds so good that I had to snatch up this deal!



Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


$2.99


I love this book! It is about a girl named Juliette that has a harmful touch. Some people want to use her as a weapon but she wants something different. This book is so good and such a steal I would highly recommend it!



The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn


FREE


This book is about a girl that wakes up to find herself imprisoned with no memories. She is being used as a test subject and when she escapes she starts to find she has some powers. This book sounds pretty interesting and for free I think it's worth checking out.


Let me know what good finds you have picked up.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (3)

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper. You choose a book off your wishlist that you are dying to add to your shelves. This week my pick off my wishlist is:

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Book blurb from Goodreads:

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

This book has been on my wishlist for awhile. When I first saw it, the title and the cover drew me in. I love the name Seraphina and I love dragons as well. When I read the blurb I knew that I would have to read this book. I love the new world created in this book with dragons. It sounds unlike anything I've read before, I can't wait to get a copy.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

This week for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish we are compiling a list of the top ten characters you would crush on if you were also a fictional character. Here is my list in no particular order

1. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Such a gentleman and full of heart.

2. Will from the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Will is one of the deepest characters I have ever read about. He is passionate, loving, witty and he loves books <3

3. Ron from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. He's just so cute and funny, how you can you not develop a little crush on him?

4. Ren from Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck. Ren is caring, thoughtful and a gentleman, plus he turns into a white tiger!

5. Jace from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I have only read the first book but I couldn't help but think that Jace was something else (in a good way). I think the actor that plays him looks as I pictured him, I'm interested to see how he portrays Jace in the movie.

6. Daniel from the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. He's an angel and a passionate one at that. He is so caring and loving towards Luce.

7. John Snow from A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. I have only read the first book in this series and I really enjoyed reading about John Snow. He's so loyal even though he's been put through a rough situation. I want to continue to read the series just to read more about John Snow.

8. Noah from the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. He has a british accent and is misunderstood by everyone around him...two things that can't help but make you crush on him.

9. Edward Cullen from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. There has been a lot of talk about how bad of a person Edward is but I have to say that I saw the caring side of Edward more than the "controlling" side that people like to talk about. I was so disappointed with the casting of Edward as Robert Pattinson was completely different from the Edward I pictured in my head. After seeing all the movies, he hasn't done a bad job, he's just different than the Edward I had in my head when I had read the books.

10. Jacob Black from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. On the other hand, Taylor Lautner was exactly what I pictured Jacob Black to look like and more. While I was "team Edward" when reading the books and watching the movies, Jacob Black couldn't help but pull at my heartstrings.

Monday, April 1, 2013

March Wrap-Up

I had a pretty good reading month this past March. I read 11 books. Here are what I've read, my rating and a quick blurb about the books:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. I am on the fence about this book. I struggled with it greatly because I felt that there was some main information that this book is lacking. I did like the concept of the books and I liked the story, I just wish that there had been more that we learned about Mara Dyer. 

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. Rating 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the incarnation concept that was the main focus of this book. The world of the book was very interesting and fun to read about, especially the dragons. I am looking forward to reading the next one and seeing where the story goes.

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. This book was something different and not what I thought it was going to be. This book is the first of four in the Riders of the Apocalypse. Therefore, I thought that this would be about the first horsemen of the apocalypse and there would be an oncoming apocalypse in this book. However, this book was mostly about the main character and her eating disorder with some paranormal thrown in. It was okay...I didn't hate but I didn't love it either.

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. This is a book about angels and I wasn't that impressed with it. It was okay but I didn't love it. The book seemed to follow along the same path as many other books and I didn't feel that had many unique qualities. I don't know if I will continue with the follow up books.

Need by Carrie Jones. Rating 2.5 out of 5 stars. I struggled to get through this book. I had trouble with the writing style and I felt that at time there were chunks missing from the story. I did a full on review of this book that you can check out here. I did like the concept of the book but felt like there were parts missing.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. I loved this book. I loved the beautiful pictures that went along with the story. I loved the characters in this book. I rented this from the library and I wish that I would have bought it so that I can have it in my personal library. This book was so beautifully written that I didn't want it to end. I would highly recommend this book.

White Horse by Alex Adams. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. This book is an adult apocalyptic novel. This book was like a movie playing out in my head and I hope it does get turned into a movie. It was full of action and twists and turns and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The love in this book is like a plant growing through the sidewalk - something that stands tough and beautiful in a rough world.

Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. This book was fun to read - if you haven't opened this book up, do it the next time you are in the bookstore or library. The amazing fact that Foer created a novel out of cutting out words from another novel is incredible. It read so beautiful with thoughtful, heartfelt phrases. I loved reading this book.

The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. This book wasn't my cup of tea. The story wasn't bad, but I just couldn't relate to it or the characters. I find it hard to talk about this book because I just didn't feel much about it. It was okay.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. WOW! This book was an amazing end to the Infernal Devices series. If you haven't read this series, please read it (the first book is Clockwork Angel). This book is my favorite of the series, or maybe the first one is, but they are all so good. I loved, loved, loved this book!

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Rating 2 out of 5 stars. I didn't want to read this book but kept facing pressure to read it from my friends so I fell into the pressure and picked this book up. I felt that there was a huge lack of plot in this book and though it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, I still didn't particularly enjoy it.