Monthly Archives: May 2012

30 Days of Books Challenge

Starting tomorrow I will be doing a 30 Days of Books Challenge!  I found this fun challenge at For Those Who Live to Read, and decided I wanted to do the challenge as well 🙂  I am going to try my best to do the posts every single day, but if I get too busy, I may have to double up every now and then.

Here is the list:

  • Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already

  • Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

  • Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

  • Day 04 – Your favourite book or series ever

  • Day 05 – A book or series you hate

  • Day 06 – Favourite male character in a book and why

  • Day 07 – Favourite female character and why

  • Day 08 -Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

  • Day 09 – A book everyone should read at least once

  • Day 10 – Best scene ever

  • Day 11- A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

  • Day 12 – A book that disappointed you

  • Day 13 – A book that you’ve read countless times

  • Day 14 – Favourite book from your favourite author

  • Day 15 – A book that changed your opinion on something

  • Day 16 – Your “comfort” book

  • Day 17 – The most hilarious book you’ve ever read

  • Day 18 – Favourite beginning scene in a book

  • Day 19 – Favourite book cover

  • Day 20 – Favourite kiss

  • Day 21 – Favourite romantic/sexual relationship

  • Day 22 – Favourite non-romantic/non-sexual relationship
  • Day 23 – Favourite mythical place in a book

  • Day 24 – Best quotation from a novel

  • Day 25 – Any five books from you “to be read” stack

  • Day 26 – A book that you liked reading until the ending

  • Day 27 – If a book contains _____, you will always read it

  • Day 28 – A book you couldn’t put down

  • Day 29 – Saddest character death

  • Day 30 – What book are you reading know?

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*Review* Fever – Lauren Destefano

 Fever

 Lauren Destefano

341 pages

ISBN:  9781442409071

Read 5-29-12

Format: Hardcover

Source: Own

 

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion…by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price – now that she has more to lose than ever.

The second installment of the Chemical Garden trilogy picks up right where the first left off, and once it began, it truly jumps right in.  Gabriel and Rhine havea long hard road ahead of them for this book and you can’t help being riveted by their arduous journey.

First, let’s talk about the cover.  It’s amazing!  There are so many pieces that make up the cover of Feverand each piece is seen in the book, even the beautiful gold dress.  The cover of the first book is what had me wanting to read this novel in the first place.  I just can’t wait to see the cover for the final book, Sever.

There are some things I wish I could talk about, but I don’t want any massive spoilers on here, so I won’t, but there are a few characters my heart breaks for.  All of the characters of Fever are really well-written with strong personalities.  I hope things work out for many of the side characters.  This book actually has more than one character you’ll love to hate and it shows more of the ugliness a world in this kind of turmoil can gain.

There wasn’t a lot in this book for the main plot of the virus, but a lot of stuff is uncovered toward the end.  And the ending of this one?  Why must I wait so long for the next one??  And though there wasn’t much about the mainplot, it still wasn’t boring.  It kept pulling me along at a rapid pace to find out what was going to happen.  I can’t wait to see how this trilogy is going to wrap up.

I loved the imagery for all the different places we went for this book.  Everything was so detailed and each place had it’s own very different feeling.  The author did a wonderful job bringing to life the hallucinations as well.

Cliffhanger ending,fantastic descriptions,rougher places, wish it had a bit more for the main plot.

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Wordy Wednesday (3)

 Wordy Wednesday is a new meme I will have here at On The Shelf.  I love to learn new words and being the avid reader I am, I am bound to come across words I don’t know, so this meme is to spread word knowledge! If you’d like to participate, just post the word and the definition and any other fun facts you may want to list as well.

For this Wordy Wednesday I have:

Lilliputian: 1. Extremely small (adj) 2. Petty or trivial (adj) 3. A small person (n) 4. An inhabitant of Lilliput (n)

This term was started by author Jonathan Swift in 1726 with his tale, Gulliver’s Travels.  Lilliput was the island with the tiny people.

 “I reflected what a mortification it must prove to me to appear as inconsiderable in this nation as one single Lilliputian would be among us.”

 Gulliver’s Travels

 

 

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*Review* White Cat – Holly Black

 White Cat

Holly Black

310 pages

ISBN: 9781416963967

Read 5-27-12

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

The first in a trilogy, this gritty, fast-paced fantasy is rife with the unexpected. Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty—he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen.

At first, I wasn’t entirely sure if I would enjoy this book since it isn’t my normal kind of read.  I generally don’t read books about thieves and conmen and crime families and such, and I am sure glad I did not let that keep me from trying this book out because I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book!

The book was very enjoyable, though at some points, predictable.  It was a fun read and has me quite engrossed as I drove to and from work listening to the audiobook.  Jesse Eisenburg (known for Zombieland and the voice of Blu in Rio) is the reader for the book, and I thought he did a really good job.  He is a fun character in movies I have seen him in, and he is a fun narrator as well.

The story has vivid imagery and I was wincing at the painful parts and curling my nose at the gross parts!  The characters were written pretty ok, I liked Cassels friends a lot and his grandpa.  I thought a couple of the characters could have been a little better, but I’m sure those characters will be developed more in the next two books, and the mother really annoyed me.

The plot was interesting and had some twists in it.  Great read for the first I’ve ever read of a crime world like this.  It was interesting hearing the tips and tricks of being a conman.  I can’t wait to see how things play out in the next books.  I also love the covers with the dots of color, so pretty!

This book has lots of secrets and lies and it is hard to tell who is being truthful and who is being a con.  Great read!

Fun, good imagery, engrossing, a little on the predictable side.

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Teaser Tuesday (19)

 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:

 “Occasionally in her travels through her children’s minds Mrs. Drling found things she could not understand, and of these quite the most perplexing was the word Peter.  She knew of no Peter, and yet he was here and there in John and Michael’s minds, while Wendy’s began to be scrawled all over with him.”

 Peter Pan
 J.M. Barrie

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Musing Monday (11)

 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:

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?

I do look them up!  I can gather the meaning usually from the context, but I still like to look them up to make sure I was right.  I love to learn new words and I even started a new meme called Wordy Wednesday so I can post new words I learned while reading.  I won’t stop right when I get to the word, but I will look it up when I finish the paragraph. The only time I might not is when I am driving and listening to an audiobook.  I’ll look it up when I park if I still remember the word!

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Wordy Wednesday (2)

 Wordy Wednesday is a new meme I will have here at On The Shelf.  I love to learn new words and being the avid reader I am, I am bound to come across words I don’t know, so this meme is to spread word knowledge! If you’d like to participate, just post the word and the definition and any other fun facts you may want to list as well.

For this Wordy Wednesday I have:

Wherewithal:  necessary means or ability needed in order to do something or for having something.
First known use was in 1534, but wasn’t recorded as a noun until 1809.

 “‘I blacked out,’ I say.  I meant for it to be a question, but my voice can’t summon the wherewithal required for inflection.”

Fever
Lauren Destefano

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Teaser Tuesday (18)

 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:

 “I dreamed of a white cat.  It leaned over me, inhaling sharply, as if it was going to suck the breath from my lungs, but then it bit out my tongue instead.”

The White Cat
Holly Black

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Musing Monday (10)

 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:

 What do you do with a book before you start reading it?

Really, I can’t think of anything special I do before I read a book.  Generally, I just dive right in.  If I have a hardcover, I will remove the jacket so it doesn’t get messed up.  I take really good care of my books, so I can’t let the jackets gets ruined!  If I forgot what the synopsis was, a lot of times I won’t reread it before I start the book that way I’m more surprised by it, lol.   Aside from that, I find a comfy spot and read away 🙂

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In My Mailbox (12)

  In my mailbox is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren that lets us share our bookish finds! This week I bought one and borrowed two audios from the library 🙂

Bought

The Peculiars – Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Library

The White Cat – Holly Black

Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

I’m very excited about The Peculiars.  The cover is so awesome!  I also love the little cogs in the title.  This will be my first steampunk story I’ve read 🙂  I am a Tinkerbell fanatic, and I haven’t read/listened to Peter Pan yet, shame on me!

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