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Sincerely Sunday (9)

 Sincerely Sunday is a meme that I host here at On The Shelf on the first Sunday of every month 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 month is:

 Wither
Lauren Destefano

The first thing that drew me to this one was the cover.  Gorgeous!  Then after reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read it.

Ok, so girls live until 20 and guys only 5 years longer.  Because of this, polygomy and kidnapping women to force them to become brides has become common.  It is a scary world to live it.  I know I can’t imagine knowing I only have 4 years left to live.  This is a good one to read to get feelings all stirred up; a definite must read!

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 Sincerely Sunday is a weekly meme that I host 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:

 The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan

I watched the movie for this one first, then I had to read the book!

Percy Jackson  is a demigod who knows how to get himself into a lot of trouble, even when he isn’t looking for it.  This book has a lot of mythological elements in it and is a very fun, very fast read.  The characters are incredibly likeable and the worlds in the book are very strong.  If you want a quick, enjoyable read, you should definitely check this one out!

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Sincerely Sunday (7)

    Sincerely Sunday is a weekly meme that I host 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:

 Illyria
Elizabeth Hand

I thought it would be interesting because it is a take on Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night.

The two main characters are cousins, and each other’s first loves.  They are talented actors and are cast in the school’s play.  They must face what their futures may hold when it comes to acting and also when it comes to each other.  The book was well-written, but I didn’t see it as “gorgeous,” and the cousins being in love thing didn’t really bother me.  It is mostly pretty realistic with just a small touch of fantasy.  It was simple, yet complex at the same time, and I did enjoy it, though I didn’t have the satisfied feeling I would have hoped for after having read it.

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 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:

 Beastly
Alex Flinn

I actually saw the preview for the movie before I knew about the book, and being the person I am I have to read the book after I see the movie.

This story is a retelling of the tale of Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my favorite Disney movies.  The book was a cute read, however, I did feel like I was reading  Disney’s version.  So much was the same between the book and the Disney version I was a tad annoyed.  The movie had more differences than the book did from Disney’s version.  That shouldn’t stop you from reading it if you want to though!  What book did you choose for Sincerely Sunday?

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Sincerely Sunday (5)

 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 (though a little late in the day since I was out of town):

 Fairy Tale
Cyn Balog

I just stumbled upon this one at the library and read the back.  I liked the way it sounded, so I took it home.

Morgan’s boyfriend Cam confesses to her that he is a fairy, and the fairies have come to take him home and will be replacing him with his cousin Pip, but Morgan is determined to outsmart the fairies and keep Cam with her.   This already sounded like it would be a pretty good story, and it turned out to be even better than I hoped.  These characters fight hard for love!  Full of great characters and a wonderful plot, this is a book that any fairy fan must read.

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Sincerely Sunday (4)

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:

 The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman

I wanted to read this book because I had read other Neil Gaiman books and really enjoyed them.

Nobody Owens is a human boy whose family was murdered by a horrible man named Jack when he was just a toddler.  Nobody found his way to a cemetery where he was raised by ghostly parents and had to learn the ways of the cemetery.  This book is a darker novel, but a very fun read with a fantastic world created by Mr. Gaiman.  The creativity for this novel is wonderful as is the plot.  I listened to this one as an audiobook, and loved the fact that Mr. Gaiman performed it himself.

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      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:

I am actually doing two choices this week since I didn’t get the chance to last week thanks to an internet downage, which also hindered me from doing my other blog things for two days! 

My first book is:

 Numbers
Rachel Ward

The cover drew me in, then when I read the synopsis, I was sold.

This book is not your average teenage-girl-with-power-meets-boy-and-everything-turns-out-super-fantastic.  This novel is gritty and raw with rough around the edges characters.  Jem can see numbers when she looks into your eyes.  These numbers are the day you die, and the numbers never lie…

My second book is:

 Wither
 Lauren Destefano

 The cover is just gorgeous!  This is one of those books I had to read based on the cover alone.

 This dystopian world is a scary place to grow up, mainly because you can only grow up to a certain point – 25 for men and only 20 for women – before you get sick then die.  It is especially scary for women because they are kidnapped and forcefully married off, having children at a young age so the population doesn’t die out.  This book is full of warm relationships and heartbreaking situations.

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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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Sincerely Sunday (1)

 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.  Thanks to Amber at Du Livre for her opinion on my new meme!  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:

 A Blue So Dark
 Holly Schindler

 I read this book mainly because the cover attracted me.

 This book was a very powerful story about a teenage girl who takes care of her schizophrenic mother.  She fights hard to not be like her mother and even wants to give up art because she sees it as a link to madness.  The story is beautifully written with the many ups and downs of her mother’s illness.  A great journey with losses and gains.  Very heartfelt and meaningful.

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