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30 Days of Books – Day 30

30 Days of Books

Day 30

What book are you reading now?

It’s the last day of the challenge!  I really enjoyed doing this challenge and may have to do another one sometime later.  I really do have fun with these kinds of things 🙂  Well, currently I am reading Andy Gavin’s book The Darkening Dream.  I have had it listed as currently reading for a while since I only read it during my break at work right now.  Not to mention the lack of read time do to moving, but I am flying today and next Friday, so I will be reading on the plane and in my downtime while on vacation.  The cover for this book is just beautiful!  It was done by Cliff Nielsen who also did The Chronicles of Narnia, the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices series, all of which are lovely.

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30 Days of Books – Day 29

30 Days of Books

Day 29

Saddest character death.

Morrie’s death was the most I have ever cried in a book.  It was so sad and heartbreaking.  The whole book was heartfelt and powerful, plus it is a true story, which makes it even stronger.  I have never cried so much from a book!  I made my mom read it and she boo-hooed, too.  I read this book for my developmental psych class, and I am very glad I did.  It was such a wonderful book.

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30 Days of Books – Day 28

30 Days of Books

Day 28

A book you couldn’t put down.

Another point for Anna and the French Kiss!  This book truly was amazing!  It was so real and you become so engrossed with it.  It sucks you in and you just don’t want to come back out.  Magnificent characters and St. Clair?  *Le sigh*  Love him 🙂 I have to read Lola and the Boy Next Door since I loved this book so much.  I can’t read with the TV on or with music playing, but this book has me so entranced I probably definitely could have and not been distracted a bit.  This is one of those books that is a must read and once you finish, you’ll be disappointed it’s over.

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30 Days of Books – Day 27

30 Days of Books

Day 27

If a book contains _____, I will always read it.

I am a sucker for a great love story.  True love, first love, forbidden love, love triangles, etc.  I just love love 🙂  I can’t help myself.  I am a hopeless romantic, so good love stories are must reads.  They make me feel all warm and fuzzy, or even break my heart if it is tragic love.  These are some books with great love stories:

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30 Days of Books – Day 26

30 Days of Books

Day 26

A book you liked reading until the end.

The book was ok, interesting enough to keep me reading.  I wanted to know how things were going to get resolved, then the ending came, and all I could think was REALLY??!!  That’s how it’s going to end?!  I was kind of mad.  I read the book and the ending I got just didn’t satisfy me.  I felt like it never really ended.

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30 Days of Books – Day 25

30 Days of Books

Day 25

Any 5 books from your to-be-read stack.

Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very  attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything… until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer  internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely. 

It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever. Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune. Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan. Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space… no one is coming to save them. In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.  

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again. 

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything. 

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30 Days of Books – Day 23 and 24

30 Days of Books

Day 23

Favorite mythical place in a book.

That would definitely have to be Hogwarts of course!  This school is completely awesome!  Moving staircases, talking pictures, ceilings that can portray the weather outside, beautiful landscape, awesome games, great curriculum, amazing creatures (just watch out for the not so nice ones), this school has it all.  I would love to be a Hogwarts student, even if I did have to wear a uniform.

Day 24

Best quotation from a novel.

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”

This quote is so incredibly true.  It doesn’t matter how much you do or don’t want something, the way you feel can’t be helped, whether it is good or bad.  Matters of the heart just aren’t controllable.

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30 Days of Books – Day 22

30 Days of Books

Day 22

Favorite non-romantic/non-sexual relationship.

This would have to be Karou and Zuzana.  I love their best friend relationship and Zuzana is one of my very top favorite secondary characters ever.  She is funny and quirky and a great friend to Karou.  She is there for Karou for everything.  They have their own little rituals and special places and it reminds me of me and my best friend.

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30 Days of Books – Day 20 and 21

30 Days of Books

Day 20

Favorite kiss.

I loved the kiss scene in this book because it was a kiss with build up over some time.  There was no insta-love for this relationship and I adored the way Sam was with Ana.   One reason why it is my favorite kiss scene is because of the masquerade that was going on.  Everybody was in costume and masks and I could picture all of the colors and beautiful costumes, in my head it was so gorgeous!  Sam thought he was being slick with Ana, thinking she wouldn’t know it was him, but of course she does and plants a sweet kiss on him.  I just loved the imagery and romance of this kiss scene!

Day 21

Favorite romantic/sexual relationship.

Quince and Lily are my favorite romantic relationship because of how playful they are and how much they like to torture each other.  Quince is pretty protective over Lily and likes to keep her safe, even if it isn’t what she wants.  They have fun banter and they play-bicker.  I think they are an adorable couple and Quince would do anything for Lily.

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30 Days of Books – Day 18 and 19

30 Days of Books

Day 18

Favorite beginning scene of a book.

 This book was really great and the beginning scene really sets a great pace and really hooks you in.  There is no way you can’t continue reading after the first chapter!  I am posting the 2nd half of the beginning scene 🙂

There’s also the thought that I’m doing this to this poor bastard all over again. But that thought is fleeting. He’s already dead.

I try to keep the speedometer over fifty—too fast for him to really consider jumping out, but with ghosts you can never be sure. I’ll have to work fast.

It’s when I reach down to take my blade out from under my leg that I see the silhouette of the bridge in the moonlight. Right on cue, the hitchhiker grabs the wheel and yanks it to the left. I try to jerk it back right and slam my foot on the brake. I hear the sound of angry rubber on asphalt and out of the corner of my eye I can see that the hitchhiker’s face is gone. No more easy Joe, no slicked hair and eager smile. He’s just a mask of rotten skin and bare, black holes, with teeth like dull stones. It looks like he’s grinning, but it might just be the effect of his lips peeling off.

Even as the car is fishtailing and trying to stop, I don’t have any flashes of my life before my eyes. What would that even be like? A highlight reel of murdered ghosts. Instead I see a series of quick, ordered images of my dead body: one with the steering wheel through my chest, another with my head gone as the rest of me hangs out the missing window.

A tree comes up out of nowhere, aimed right for my driver’s side door. I don’t have time to swear, just to jerk the wheel and hit the gas, and the tree is behind me. What I don’t want to do is make it to the bridge. The car is all over the shoulder and the bridge doesn’t have one. It’s narrow, and wooden, and outdated.

“It’s not so bad, being dead,” the hitchhiker says to me, clawing at my arm, trying to get me off the wheel.

“What about the smell?” I hiss. Through all of this I haven’t lost my grip on my knife handle. Don’t ask me how; my wrist feels like the bones are going to separate in about ten seconds, and I’ve been pulled off of my seat so that I’m hovering over the stick shift. I throw the car into neutral with my hip (should have done that earlier) and pull my blade out fast.

What happens next is kind of a surprise: the skin comes back onto the hitchhiker’s face, and the green comes back into his eyes. He’s just a kid, staring at my knife. I get the car back under control and hit the brakes.

The jolt from the stop makes him blink. He looks at me.

“I worked all summer for this money,” he says softly. “My girl will kill me if I lose it.”

My heart is pounding from the effort of controlling the lurching car. I don’t want to say anything. I just want to get it over with. But instead I hear my voice.

“Your girl will forgive you. I promise.” The knife, my father’s athame, is light in my hand.

“I don’t want to do this again,” the hitchhiker whispers.

“This is the last time,” I say, and then I strike, drawing the blade across his throat, opening a yawning black line. The hitchhiker’s fingers come up to his neck. They try to press the skin back together, but something as dark and thick as oil floods out of the wound and covers him, bleeding not only down over his vintage-era jacket but also up over his face and eyes, into his hair. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t seem to be touching the car’s upholstery. The hitchhiker doesn’t scream as he shrivels, but maybe he can’t: his throat was cut and the black fluid has worked its way into his mouth. In less than a minute he’s gone, leaving not a trace behind.

I pass my hand over the seat. It’s dry. Then I get out of the car and do a walk-around as best I can in the dark, looking for scratches. The tire tread is still smoking and melted. I can hear Mr. Dean’s teeth grinding. I’m leaving town in three days, and now I’ll be spending at least one of them putting on a new set of Goodyears. Come to think of it, maybe I shouldn’t take the car back until the new tires are on.

Day 19

Favorite book cover.

How could I not love this cover?  My favorite color is blue and my absolute favorite animal is the white tiger, so this one was very simple.  I love the swirls and the corner designs as well, and though you can’t tell from the image, the cover is also shiny.  Love!

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