Monthly Archives: October 2011

Know Me Better (1)

 “Know Me Better” is a fun weekly meme hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer in order to get to know our fellow readers and bloggers better.  There are 5 new questions to answer each week.  Here are my answers!

1.  If you could meet one person who has died, who would you chose?

     My person, is noone famous, but he is someone who means a lot to me, and that’s my grandfather.  He died shortly before I turned two.  Everyone has told me how he used to tote me in his arms and he looked like a big bear carrying a little baby.  I miss him even though I never really got a chance to know him. 

2.  Chocolate or Vanilla?

     Definitely chocolate!  Vanilla is too plain for me, haha.

3.  What do you do in your freetime?

     Read, of course, but aside from that there are a few things I like to do, but mainly it’s catch up on the many TV series I like to watch or spend time with my family.  I recently switched from 2nd shift to 1s shift, so I have more freetime than I used to to try to fit as much I can. 

4.  What movie are you looking forward to this year?

     Breaking Dawn!!  I even have my ticket already for the midnight showing 🙂 Can’t wait!

5.  Spontaneity or planning ahead?

     Generally, I like planning ahead, but every now and then spontaneity can be a good thing.

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Waiting on Wednesday (2)

 
     Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 Shattered Dreams
 Ellie James
 Release: 12-6-11

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She is special. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late.Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. She begins settling into life at a new school and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she’s seen.But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica’s disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She is kind-of dating Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her.
 
Why I’m waiting for this one:
 
First, the cover drew me in.  It’s quite lovely.  I’ve seen two versions of the cover, and I think both are great covers.  I also love books with secrets in them because I always hope for a shocker to be revealed.  Twist endings and shocking surprises are something I always look forward to!

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Teaser Tuesday (6)


Teaser Tuesday is  a weekly meme anyone can take part in hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.  To participate all you have to do is get the book you are currently reading, open to a random page, and post a two sentence teaser that doesn’t contain spoilers.  Make sure you don’t forget to let us know the title and author of the book so people can add it to their To Be Read list if they liked the teasing!

Here’s my teaser:

I wasn’t going to admit that I thought I saw my classroom fall apart the second I walked in it.  Or that my dead friends reappeared today, courtesy of my PTSD.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Michelle Hodkin

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Musing Mondays (1)

  Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week we will get a fun reading related question to answer.   This week’s musing asks:

Do you listen to audiobooks?  Why or why not?

I do listen to audiobooks, and I enjoy them quite a bit, though I prefer to read my books.  But when I drive from place to place, I love having an audiobook going in the CD player because then I can still be “reading” even when I am driving.  And if I have to drive long distances, audiobooks keep me awake better than music does because I become engrossed in the book instead of listening to songs and lyrics I have heard a thousand other times on the radio.

A downside to audiobooks is having a bad reader or a reader you don’t really like.  Very seldom though have I not liked a reader.  One of my favorite audiobooks because of the reader is The Graveyard Book because Neil Gaiman performs the books himself and he does an outstanding job.

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Cover Crazy (4)

Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted at The Book Worms in order to showcase books we think are very beautiful and eye-catching.

This week’s cover Crazy is Luminous by Dawn Metcalf.  When I saw this cover all I could say was OOOOOOO.  It is such a beautiful cover with the vivid colors and the numerous butterflies.  So gorgeous!

As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela’s way home.

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Sincerely Sunday (2)

 Sincerely Sunday is a new weekly meme that I will be hosting here at On The Shelf that will be like a micro-review or blurb of a book.  Anyone can participate, and you can leave a link to yours in the comments or, if you do not have a blog, you can just leave a comment with your Sincerely Sunday choice.  All you have to do is:

*Pick a book, any book.  It can be new, ARC, old, or one you read 10 years ago, as long as you have read it.
*Tell us the title and author.
*Tell us what made you read this book.
*Give us a short, sincere opinion on the book you chose.

My choice for this week is:

 Tiger’s Curse
Colleen Houck

I had to have it because of the tiger on the front.

Kelsey meets a tiger who turns out to be a man, Ren, cursed to a tiger’s form.  She tags along to help him break his curse.  Much of the book takes place in India and I love the author’s descriptions.  Very fun and vivid, and Ren is definitely a crush worthy character!

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Waiting on Wednesday (1)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 Crossed
Ally Condie
Release November 1st, 2011

     In search of a future that ay not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in puruit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he had escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.
     Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border.  But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, and unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again.  Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

So what are you waiting on?

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*Review* A Need So Beautiful – Suzanne Young

 

A Need So Beautiful

Suzanne Young

267 pages

ISBN:  9780062008224

Read 10-16-11

      Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic.  Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him.  But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
     But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility.  What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control.  She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever.  But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte.  And who she was, is, and will become—her mark on this earth, her very existence—is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
     Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever?  Or is she willing to fight against her destiny—no matter how dark the consequences?

     Charlotte has a great life with people who love her, but the Need comes at very inconvenient times and she has no way to explain it to her loved ones.  It gets harder to deal with since the frequency of the Need increases, and becomes more painful.  Being a Forgotten is not something Charlotte wants, or knows how to handle.  She tries to fight off the pain of her Needs and attempts to find a way to stop it.
     This story wasn’t exactly what I expected, though I’m not really sure exactly what it was I did expect.  There wasn’t really any action in it, but it still read pretty quickly.  There was a lot of repetition that I could have done without.  The power in the book though was still strong.  I could feel Charlotte’s overwhelming desire to fight against being a Forgotten and I was very heartbroken for her for what she was going through.
     I liked the cover; it seemed very angelic to me since the girl had a heavenly glow to her.  I also liked the couple of fancy letters in the title that gave it a bit of elegance.  The characters were written very well, and I really liked Harlin, who was willing to fight hard for what he wanted. 
     There are many books with their own spin on angels, but this one is different from others I have read and it takes on a unique plot.  It has a cliffhanger ending so beware!  But I do look forward to the next book titled A Want so Wicked, which is an awesome title.  Though it wasn’t a super fantastic read for me, it was still enjoyable.

Heartbreaking, strong characters, mysterious, not much action. 

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Teaser Tuesday (5)

 Teaser Tuesday is  a weekly meme anyone can take part in hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.  To participate all you have to do is get the book you are currently reading, open to a random page, and post a two sentence teaser that doesn’t contain spoilers.  Make sure you don’t forget to let us know the title and author of the book so people can add it to their To Be Read list if they liked the teasing!

Here’s my teaser:

“I had an awful nightmare,” he said.  “A man was holding me down while another was taking off my leg…”

The Poisoned House
Michael Ford

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Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

Ever heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover?”  Well that saying does not apply to this week’s top ten list because it’s all about the covers!!  We all have walked down the rows of bookshelves and stopped in ourtracks because of an eyecatching cover.  So for this week, we have….

Top Ten Books That Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It

1.  Wicked Lovely:  I always loved this cover.  It’s just beautiful.  The blues and the purples go so well together.  I love the frozen flower and the vines bordering the title.

2.  Tiger’s Curse:  My absolute favorite animal is the white tiger, so when a book came out with a white tiger on the front, of coruse I had to have it.

3.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon:  The girl dressed in light colors stood out against the darker background and I really liked the scattered butterflies.

4.   A Blue So Dark:  This cover was very mysterious and dark.  Blue is my favorite color, so of course I like blue toned covers.  The texture of the cover was also great; it was like a soft suede feel.

5.  Evermore:  The cover is very simple.  A girl, a flower, a title, but the bright shocking red of the flower against the  more subdued tone of the purple makes it stand out.

6.  Firefly Rain:  This cover is beautiful and spooky at the same time.

7.  Wither:  I was very drawn to this cover and the title design is very unique.

8.   Matched:  I love the colors, the dress is a gorgeous shade of green, and the girl in the bubble gives a very trapped feeling.

9.  Blue Bloods:  This is a pretty simple cover, but it still really draws you in, especially with the vampire bite on the neck.  I also like the title’s font.

10.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (the green cover):  Again, I like the colors, but also I like Asian culture and designs, so I love the spread fan. 

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