Friday, 31 August 2012

Friday Book Blogger Hop #7



This hop is hosted by Jen from Crazy for Books, Thanks Jen!

This weeks question:

What is the one book or series you are dying to see turned into a movie or tv series?

That's a hard one. There are a couple that come to mind that would make a good movie. 
I'll have to say Storm by Brigid Kemmerer, or Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth.  


What about you? Leave me a link to your answer or post it in the comments! I'd love to hear your answer. =) 

Feature & Follow Friday #4


Feature and Follow Friday is host by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read and give bloggers a topic to discuss each week while discovering new blogs. 


Ok, this week there are two different quesitons, so I'll edit and answer both!


Q: Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you've read and loved?



Technically I haven't finished this one yet, but I'd say Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. Both the UK and US additions are beautiful. 




Q: Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you've read and didn't like?

This is harder than the previous question. Books that I didn't like, I also didn't like the cover! lol. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda - I didn't hate the story, but it's the best answer I can give if you judge it by the US cover. 

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)

Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Release Date: 14th August 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Obtained From: ARC from Simon & Schuster Inc via Netgalley


Read from August 19 to August 21, 2012

"The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match." - Goodreads

I have had the hardest time trying to write this review. I didn't hate the book, but there were so many elements that annoyed me. This made it difficult to rate and review it. I've spent several days thinking about how I feel about this book and how I'm going to write it up. 

Firstly I read this because I was curious. I had read so many mixed reviews that I just wanted to read this for myself and make my own judgement. So many people hated it and the relationship between Abby and Travis, and then others just loved it. I didn't hate the book but there were (and in hindsight from reading all my notes) so many things I didn't like about the story that I'm struggling to say why I did like reading this book. I was, at the time, struggling to finish some of the books that I started so I decided to give them a break and give this a read since I got it for review. I understand that this was a review addition and that things can change for the print edition but I really, and I mean REALLY, hope this gets another check before being published because the amount of errors, such as missing capitalisation and poor grammar, drove me crazy. 

There was a lot of unnecessary detours which got annoying as the main point of them was to either pull Travis and Abby apart or put them back together. There were also many unbelieveable elements in the plot too, including the basement fire that was started through the use of gas lanterns - do people really use them still? And the trip to Vegas was really unnecessary, I didn't see the point (other then to break Travis and Abby up again). The twists turned the plot into a mess. 

I found the pace to be ok. I read a few reviews saying that it was uneven but I read it fairly quickly so I must not have noticed!

I'm not even going to go into the relationship between Travis and Abby. The only thing I do want to say is that I wish Abby had had a backbone. I was so sick of her not standing by what she said. Right in the beginning she is carrying on about how much Travis unsettles her, how much she wants to get away from her past, etc then she makes friends and develops a relationship with him. Who would do that. If someone freaks you out wouldn't you stay away from them for crying out loud. 

That leads to me to the characters. There was not one character I liked. That's right, not one. Travis's behaviour annoyed me and I wont tell you what I'd do to a guy that behaved like that towards me or in front of me. 
Abby was gutless, shallow and frustrating. She did everything a girl complains that a guy does. For example, if a guy doesn't say something outright and beats around the bush about feelings and where a relationship should be going, the girl would get frustrated and possibly mad. Abby did it frequently and then got upset when Travis was frustrated. She wanted him to express himself, yet she didn't. On top of that, Abby actually encourages Travis to bash some guy up. 
I didn't care about the rest of the characters, beyond hating the name America and Brazil. I had the hardest time dealing with their names, maybe because its not a common thing here in Australia, who knows. I just didn't it.

Eastern U must be a small university because it almost felt like they were in high school. Everyone having lunch together, doing the same classes despite the differences in degrees. I don't know about American universities, but I know it's not like that here. 

Now don't even get me started on the blatant puppy neglect! I was mad when I read the part after they got him back from Brazils. 

I know plenty of people like this book, but I'm sorry, I'm not a fan. I didn't hate it, but I definitely don't love it.


It Was Ok


A copy of this book was provide by Simon & Schuster Inc via netgally. Thank you.



Spot Light: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Author: Victoria Schwab
Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal



Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. 

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive. 

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall. 

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption. ~ Goodreads

The other day I came across Victoria Schwab's blog and saw a post that said The Archived was on netgalley - though only a sneak peek of 100 pages. 
I had a look on Goodreads and read the synopsis which sounded awesome and I just had to read the sneak peek. Now it is one of my highly anticipated books. I can not wait until it is released!

How can you not love a book that has:
- A great main character 
- Fantastic writing
- Excellent worldbuilding
- Loads of Mystery
- And an interesting side character Wesley - who I'm dying to know more about as I only got a glimpse of him!


If you like paranormal/ghost stories then add this to your to be read list NOW





Wednesday, 29 August 2012

WWW Wednesday #8


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingTo play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?



What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading Skylark by Meagan Spooner. Also, I hate to admit this but I'm still trying to finish off Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin as well. It's not that it isn't a good book, it's just that I don't feel like reading it. I want something more action packed. 



What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished Starters by Lissa Price and I loved it. My review is here

I also finished The Archived  by Victoria Schwab sneak peek eARC I received via netgalley. It's fantastic so far. The sneak peek was only 100 pages and I'm dying to read more of it!! I'll be putting up a brief review of the sneak peek in the not too distant future. 


What do you think you’ll read next?

I'll most probably read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman or Crewel by Gennifer Albin. 




Please leave a comment with your WWW Wednesday. I'd love to hear from you! =)
***If you want to learn more about the books, please just click on the covers. It will take you to Goodreads. =) 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Teaser Tuesday #8


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  


"I should have noticed something was wrong. Even though the cleaner chamber was receding further and further behind me, the sound of machinery remained. The humming grew louder as I walked, but I was so relieved at my escape that I didn't give it a second's thought.
And so when I reached an intersection of the tunnels and rounded the corner to come face to face with a pixie, I could do nothing but stare stupidly."

p. 12 Skylark by Meagan Spooner  


Please leave a comment with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here. Thanks! =)

Monday, 27 August 2012

Starters (Starters & Enders #1)

Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Obtained From: Purchased



Read from August 22 to August 23, 2012

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. - Goodreads

This was such a splendid read it took me no time to finish it, I also didn't want to put it down. This was no means without some flaws, such as the 'spore wars' and who was wiped out, but  it was action packed, fast paced with an intriguing plot.

Callie is our protagonist and the story is told from her point of view. She is a Starter - someone under the age of 20- and an unclaimed minor. Callie is determined to provide for her younger sick brother, Tyler and is courageous in going to Prime Destinations to be a donor body to a renter in exchange for money. Things don't go as planned and Callie is careful to cover it up, though not always. I found Callie to be a great character.

We didn't see much of Michael and I can only hope that he is further developed in the next book. 

Now we also had a, not well developed, love triangle. The second boy is Blake, someone that Callie meets when she first "wakes" up. This love triangle is weak in this book because we don't see much of Michael but I predict it will be developed further within the next book. 

The Enders are over 60 and can live to be 200 thanks to the treatments available. They are the ones that rent the Starters to be able to be young again. I was a little confused over how they aged up to 200 when there wasn't anyone over 20. I'm not sure if I missed it, or it wasn't explained, that they could do that before the spore wars or if it only happened after. There is a fine line between info dumping to world build or not giving enough. I didn't feel that there were huge gaps in the world building, but there were a few details that could have been explained a little better, including the spore wars. 

This concept reminds me of the movie Gamer starring Gerard Butler. I am intrigued at the idea that someone can be controlled electronically by someone else like playing a character in a game. I think that is why I liked this book so much (not that I want to be controlled or be controlling!) as it was along similar lines. If you find the idea intriguing as well, then this is a good dystopian to read. 


My Rating

Plot: 4/5
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
World-Building: 3.5/5
Pace: 4.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4 stars



Saturday, 25 August 2012

Stacking The Shelves #6


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Thanks to the host Tynga's Reviews.
Guidelines:
  • Create your own Stacking The Shelves post. You can use my official graphic or your own, but please link back to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!
  • You can set your post any way you want, simple book list, covers, pictures, vlog, sky is the limit!
  • I am posting Stacking The Shelves on Saturdays, but feel free to post yours any day that fits you.
  • Visit Tynga’s Reviews on Saturday and add your link so others can visit you!
  • Visit other participants link to find out what they added to their shelves!

BOOK HAUL

I'd like to say that I haven't added to my outragous TBR pile, but I did... lol I just couldn't help myself. xD

Purchased
I didn't do a STS last week as I only got the one book Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

This week I got:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
The Forsaken by Lisa Stasse
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
Eon by Alison Goodman

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu


For Review

Victoria Schwab posted on her blog last week that there is a sneak peek of this on Netgalley - 100 pages of it - and of course I had to check it out. Thank you to Victoria, Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley.

Crewel by Gennifer Albin 
Thank you to MacMillan Childrens Publishing and Netgalley.

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
Thank you to MacMillan Childrens Publishing and Netgally.


 Leave me a comment and share the goodies you got this week, I'd love to know! =)


Friday, 24 August 2012

Feature & Follow Friday #3


Feature and Follow Friday is host by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read and give bloggers a topic to discuss each week while discovering new blogs. 


Q: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you've read and loved?.


That's a hard one. I can't think of the worst cover but the two that I can think of because they are inaccurate and bother me come to mind. Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa because the girl on the cover isn't Asian, but the main character of the book is of Asian descent. A similar thing for One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf as the girl on the cover looks much younger than a 13 yr old. 

I still love the books, but I'm sorry to say, the covers could have been better. =(





Wednesday, 22 August 2012

WWW Wednesday #7



WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingTo play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
Sad to say I'm still trying to finish Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin and Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. I've kind of put them both on hold. It's just too hard to read Stormdancer on my laptop, and Grace Unexpected was just moving to slow so I took a break from it. I'm 52% through it.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I have a pile of highlights and notes to sort through before I do my review on that one. I can't even think of what to rate it! 


What do you think you’ll read next?
Thank you to those that made suggestions on last weeks post! =)
 I'm going to read Skylark first. I am part of a reading challenge on Goodreads over Spring (you can see my reading list here)and have Seraphina as one of the listed books there, so I'll be reading that after Skylark. I'm also going to finish Grace Unexpected. If I get the time in front of my laptop I'll read some more of Stormdancer too. 


Please leave a comment with your WWW Wednesday. I'd love to hear from you! =)
***If you want to learn more about the books, please just click on the covers. It will take you to Goodreads. =)

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Teaser Tuesday #7


Before I start with the Teaser Tuesday, Delirious About Books can be found on Twitter and now on Tumblr and Instagram.  So come and join me there too! =)
Now on to Teaser Tuesday.....




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

"He stormed across the room, stopping inches from me. His hands touched each side of my face. "What are we doin', Pidge?" My eyes began at his belt and then rose over the muscles and tattoos of his stomach and chest, finally settling on the warm brown of his irises. "You tell me." "
Loc 1311, 31% on my Kindle  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire



Please leave a comment with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here. Thanks! =)

Monday, 20 August 2012

All Things Evil......

.....and stop me reading and posting!!


Hello my lovelies. 

I didn't do a Stacking the shelves as I only got one book, so I'll just had that to this weeks lot instead. 

Normally I'd have a review or something awesome to post but not today my friends. I'm not so much in a reading runt as so much in a jam. Let me explain....

At first I was like this

Thanks to limited time to read due to the university coursework I need to complete. It's not easy trying to get uni work done, and have a nearly 4 year old full of energy running around the house at the same time. It's times like this I wish we had a proper back yard. Add to all that my husband works long hours. Now this is me 
when hubby tells me that he needs to work afternoon/evening/night for the next 3 days (being Wednesday, Thursday, Friday just gone), leading him to sleep throughout the daytime (therefore Thurs, Friday and Saturday). On top of that we lost a most of the day Sunday going to the other side of town because he left his wallet at the depot there the day before. An hour there, an half an hour to wait for security to open the gate and an hour back, not mentioning the shopping on the way home. 

On top of all that, my number one book I have been anticipating - Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff - that I was able to get through netgalley, isn't a file that can be loaded onto my kindle.  

So to be able to read it I have to sit in front of my laptop. I hate reading things on the computer screen. If anyone has any idea how I can put it on my kindle please, PLEASE tell me. I've read 12 pages. That's 4%. I want to read it, all of it. So far it sounds like a book I wont want to put down - that's a good thing, I like that. I really do want to read it, but it's hard yards at the moment with only being able to read it on the computer. *Sigh* 

 I have been reading Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin but I'm struggling with that too. I thought I would have finished it quickly (and be able to post the review!). It is on my kindle, and it's not the book, it's just me. I'm a fussy one when it comes to Chic lit books and this one isn't making me want to pick the kindle up to read. I'll finish it, but I need something else right now that is a bit more fast paced - so I started Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I've read 10% and I have around 30 highlights in it already - notes about things I don't like or I am questioning. I can see it is going to be one of those books that makes me frustrated.

This is why I don't have any reviews (yet) and why I haven't posted much, which makes me sad. And I just want to do this


But that's not very productive. 

Now I have to go and get some course work done and an assignment started. 
I was hoping some of the lovely books I ordered would turn up today but they haven't. I'll be posting for Teaser Tuesday and WWW Wednesday and trying to finish Grace Unexpected so I can have a review for Thursdays post. So stay tuned! 




Friday, 17 August 2012

Friday Book Blog Hop #6


This hop is hosted by Jen from Crazy for Books, Thanks Jen!

This weeks question:


What is the one genre you will NEVER read?
Generally I don't read romance/erotica or religious books. I'm just not interested in either topic. 

What about you? Leave me a link to your answer or post it in the comments! I'd love to hear your answer. =) 

Feature & Follow Friday #2

Feature and Follow Friday is host by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read and give bloggers a topic to discuss each week while discovering new blogs. 


Q: What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog.

I only really follow book blogs and as I'm relatively new to blogging it makes it hard to pick just a few, when there are so many. The lovely Kat and Stephanie (and now Archer!) (Cuddlebuggery Book Blog) and Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages) were the first that I started following, which lead me to start blogging too. Others that have, and continue to inspire me are Giselle (Xpresso Reads), Wendy Mocha ღ Latte (Cupcake and a Latte), Ashleigh Paige (The YA Kitten), Loretta (Between The Pages) and Wendy (The Midnight Garden). I love them because of their honesty, content, blog designs, and friendliness. Of course I continue to come across more great bloggers and it would be impossible if I tried to list every one, but in the general course of visiting blogs there is something that can be learnt from all bloggers out there, especially when you're a newbie like me. =)


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

WWW Wednesday #6


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingTo play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?
I'm currently trying to finish off two I have started but haven't had the time to finish. Those two being: 
Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf. My review can be found here.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I have so many books to read I have no idea what I will read next. Some of the choices are:
The ones I have for review (Thanks to Netgalley, Simon & Schuster Inc, & Harlequin)
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Or a snippet of the (way too many) books on my shelves. =)
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
Fated by Alyson Noel
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Burn Mark by Laura Powell
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Hmmm, how about a vote? You can pick one of the ones listed above for review or in the photo, or check out my TBR list on Goodreads (here) and in the comments leave me your link for this weeks WWW (so I can visit you!) and what you think I should read next! 

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