Monthly Archives: March 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (9)

 
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.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten YA Books:

I’m going to do a general top ten YA books list.  I jump around so much from dystopian to fantasy to paranomal, etc, that I don’t know if I can do a more specific list! 

1.  Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma : I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly wonderful this book was.  Beautiful and heartbreaking.  I never knew a book on such a taboo topic could be so beautiful.

2.  Cinder – Marissa Meyer : My favorite fairy-tale retelling I have read so far.  The only complaint I can make is that I have to wait nearly a year for the next one to come out.

3.  Fins are Forever – Tera Lynn Childs : I love the world that Tera creates for this series.  All of the characters are so much fun and have so much life. 

4.  The Girl who Chased the Moon – Sarah Addison Allen : This novel was beautifully written and had a hint of magic in it.  I couldn’t read it fast enough and I loved the ending.  Really this one could be either adult or YA.

5.  The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling : Yes, this is counting as a single entry.  This whole series was marvelous and over the span of the books, the characters grew and changed and you just can’t help but be so attached to them all.  The wizarding world of this series is fantastic and make you want to dive in and stay there.

6.  Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake : This was the first novel I can think of that I read from a first person point of view of a guy.  It was a perfect Halloween read and I can’t wait for the next book.  This book came the closest to creeping me out of all the “scary” books I have read.  (I’m really hard to scare.)

7.  Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr : A wonderful book for the fairy world.  I wanted to read this book just because of the cover, and I am certainly glad I did.  It was a fun book with strong characters and a great world.

8.  Tempest Rising – Tracy Deebs : Another mermaid novel, but much darker than the Fins series.  Some parts of this book were downright painful; my heart hurt so much for the main character.

9.  Delirium – Lauren Oliver : Just finished this one, and it was really great.  The world is so horrible that she is forced to live in and I like the way the author develops the main character.

10.  The Near Witch – Victoria Schwab : I loved the way this one is told, almost like a folk tale with a rich voice.  Wonderful.

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Under the Never Sky Winner

Thank you to Random.org for providing the means to randomly choose my winner!  Congratulations to…..

 

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and all my new followers!!  Keep an eye out for my next giveaway that will be coming up soon!

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Top Ten Tuesday (8)

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.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Favorite Covers:

1.  Tiger’s Curse – Colleen Houck : Who loves white tigers?  —>this girl right here!!<—

2.  Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr : I wanted to read this book based solely on the cover.  I love all the covers of this series.

3.  Incarnate – Jodi Meadows : I haven’t had a chance to read this book yet, though it is on my debut author challenge to read list.  This cover is gorgeous!  I love the colors and how it looks so radiant.  Lovely 🙂

4.  A Blue so Dark – Holly Schindler : My favorite color is blue, so of course this cover was appealing to me, but what makes it a top favorite is not the LOOK of it, but the FEEL.  The cover is very soft and feels very suede-like.  I knew I had to have it as soon as I picked it up.

5.  Matched – Ally Condie : I like this one because it is simple and beautiful.  The green stands out so well against the gray, and her being trapped in a bubble says a lot for the book.

6.  Eyes like Stars – Lisa Mantchev : All the covers of these books are lovely.  The little fairies that float around her look like they are glowing.  The artwork is simply fantastic.

7.  The Peach Keeper – Sarah Addison Allen : I love the colors for this cover.  They are soft and make the cover seems so delicate.  The flowers raining down are very pretty.

8.  Cinder – Marissa Meyer : This is another book I wanted to read just because of the cover.  It is absolutely intriguing!  The red heel stands out so well against the blue background and the font ofthe title is wonderful.  Love it.

9.  The Darkening Dream – Andy Gavin : The author requested a review of this book from me, and I immediately liked the cover.  When I got the book in my hand, the cover was even more beautiful.  I love the details in the artwork!

10.  The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh : This is an elegant cover!  I love black and white photography, so of course I would love this cover.  The red font is very eye-catching against the soft flower.  Wonderful.

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Teaser Tuesday (14)

 Tuesday is a weekly meme anyone can take part in, hosted my MizB at 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:

The giant didn’t give the trolley a second look, but if he had, he would have seen several items of luggage stacked rather precariuosly.  The first contained Ward’s dirty clothes, a second contained a rubber dinghy, and a third, a longer package poorly wrapped in bin liners was the one he would have happily killed everyone in the airport to get to.

The 58th Keeper
R. G. Bullet

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Musing Mondays (3)

 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 Musing asks:

When you go into a bookstore, any bookstore, what section do you head to first?

This one is an easy one!  I almost always head to the teen section first.  These are my favorites to read (obviously since I have a YA blog).  I wish I could just take home shelves of the teen section! I do love other sections of the bookstore of course, but teen is my fave 🙂

So what is the section you head for?

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Giveaway Under the Never Sky!!

Hello my friends!!  It’s time for another giveaway!  What’s on the shelf today for giveaway?

Up for grabs is the ARC version of Veronica Rossi’s debut novel Under the Never Sky.  This giveaway will be international and it’s open from today until March 9th at Midnight.  The winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be contacted by email.  Please see the form here to enter!  You can also earn 2 extra entries by following me by either email or Linky and Twitter.  You can check out my review of the novel here.  Good luck!

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*Review* The Replacement – Brenna Yovanoff

 The Replacement

Brenna Yovanoff

352 pages

ISBN: 9781595143372

Read 2-1-12

Source: Library

Format: Audiobook

     Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

     Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

     Ok, so I am a month late for this review, but it is finally being done!  This book reminded me of a Neil Gaiman world because of the strangeness.  I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t overly impressed with it.  The concept of a child being taken and replaced by another child from a creepy world can be a little scary.  I’ve been trying to find a great creepy, scary type of book, unfortunately, it wasn’t creepy enough for me.  I really like the cover because it is a freaky looking cover with the sharp objects dangling above the child’s carriage and the foggy background.
I liked the characters, and my favorite was probably Mackie’s sister because she was strong and there for him so much.  You could tell she really loved her brother.  Roswell, Mackie’s best friend, was a cool person, too.  He was very loyal to Mackie even when Mackie had to leave somewhere, he never even questioned what was wrong.  I enjoyed the descriptions of the world of the Replacements.
Some things that happened in the book annoyed me though.  At some points, I wanted to scream at Mackie about things.  Why didn’t he do this, or why doesn’t he just say that?  I questioned a lot of the events in the book because I definitely would have done some of the things much differently.  I just wanted to yell at all of them.
The reader for this book was very talented and did a wonderful job with the different characters.  The story was good, but it wasn’t overly wonderful.  The book I am really looking forward to reading by this author is The Space Between.

Good characters, good descriptions, I would have changed some things.

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Linky Giveaway Winner!!

Thanks to Random.org the winner for the linky follower giveaway for the gift card is

Congratulations to Kendra at Reader’s Edyn and thank you to everybody who followed me for the contest!  Keep a look out for my upcoming giveaway for Under the Never Sky!

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