Saturday, December 31, 2011

Randomness: End of the Year Survey/Books read in 2011

The end of year book survey is hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner

1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
Too many to choose! Look at my top ten books of 2011 post. 

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- I heard so many good things about this one, I thought for sure I'd love it too. 

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Delirium & Divergent- All my friends are dystopian lovers like me ;)

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick- (I'm not counting any books where only the first one is out so far, otherwise this list would be huge!) 

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
Katie Kacvinsky, Lauren Oliver, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lisa & Laura Roecker, Tahereh Mafi

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Shiver by Maffie Stiefvater- Besides Twilight I had no interest in werewolves at all. 
I wouldn't have ever touched these books on my own, but after getting a recommendation
from a friend I had to give them a try. 

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book of 2011?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

11. Most memorable character in 2011?
Ooo, this is a hard one. I think I'd have to say Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
Chasing Brooklyn & Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
Reaching for Sun by Tracie Van Zimmer -Warmed my heart and made me smile
Just one Wish by Janette Rallison- Made me bawl my eyes out, and die laughing. 
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick- Made me so frustrated I thought I would blow a gasket!

14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

15. Favorite passage/ Quote from a book you read in 2011?

"Hope is a pocket of possibility. I'm holding it in my hand."

"Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too."

“I always wonder about raindrops. I wonder about how they’re always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end."

- All quotes from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

16. Book that you read in 2011 that would be most likely to reread in 2012?
Delirium by Lauren Oliver & Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

17. Book that had a scene it it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
The shocking/cliffhanger endings of so many of these new series! (Delirium, Possession, Mara Dyer, Eve)

And the final count is...
I tallied up this afternoon and the total number of books I read this year is 60. I know a lot of you guys read much more than that but with how demanding school was this semester I'm surprised I even read that many! My goal for 2012 is to read eighty =D Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Randomness: New Years Giveaway!

What better way to ring in the new year than with a book giveaway!?! Two books = Two winners. Enter below to win one of two books: Incarnate by Jodie Meadows or Num8ers by Rachel Ward. Both are advanced reader copies I picked up at a local book sale. Num8ers came out back in 2010 but Incarnate isn't due out until January 31st of 2012.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Book Review: As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

Title: As I Wake
Author: Elizabeth Scott
# Of Pages: 269
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: September 15, 2011
Level: Young Adult 
Rating: 1 Heart



Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.

Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.

My Verdict

I couldn’t wait to finish this book! I knew things were gonna be bad when the first few chapters were nothing more than the main character, Ava saying Who Am I? Where Am I? over and over, and over, AND over. The one thing this book had going for it was the mystery, the only reason I kept on reading. I forced myself through it in hopes of gaining some answers, answers that unfortunately, never came.

Ava wakes up in a bed, in a house, she doesn’t remember. The doctors say she has amnesia but Ava doesn’t believe them. That’s because she remembers her life, just not this one.  She remembers the people around her, they just aren’t the same versions of them that she remembers. This book was way more Sci Fi than I was expecting considering it wasn’t labeled Sci Fi at all. It has to do with alternate universes and people traveling from one to another. This aspect is never really explained and just leaves you confused and wondering.

Even though Ava remembers some things from her other life, she doesn’t remember much else. This leaves for a very simple and boring thought cycle/dialogue that makes it impossible to get to know Ava on a deeper level and actually connect with her at all. All the characters were this way: simple, boring. Her three friends, Sophie, Greer, and Olivia were so bizarre, I couldn’t really understand why any of them were even friends. All their conversations were stupid and pointless, I couldn’t stand the parts they were in and constantly wondered why Ava even stayed friends with them since she didn’t like them much herself.

The relationship between Ava and Morgan is one we learn about mostly through memories. The whole thing is awkward and vague. For a love that is so strong it transcends universes and memory loss I just wasn’t seeing it, or feeling it. 

All I can think of is all the other books I could have read instead of this one. I wish I had. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
# Of Pages: 400
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 5 Hearts



Nora Grey is responsible and smart and not inclined to be reckless. Her first mistake was falling for Patch. .

Patch has made countless mistakes and has a past that could be called anything but harmless. The best thing he ever did was fall for Nora. .

After getting paired together in biology, all Nora wants to do is stay away from Patch, but he always seems to be two steps ahead of her. She can feel his eyes on her even when he is nowhere around. She feels him nearby even when she is alone in her bedroom. And when her attraction can be denied no longer, she learns the secret about who Patch is and what led him to her, as well as the dark path he is about to lead her down. Despite all the questions she has about his past, in the end, there may be only one question they can ask each other: How far are you willing to fall?

My Verdict

Even after all the good things I heard about this series I was still hesitant to read them. The first paranormal YA book I read about angels on earth was a complete disaster and has made me steer clear of the subject ever since. But yesterday, when I was browsing the bookstore looking for books to buy with my Christmas gift certificate, I finally caved and bought a copy of Hush, Hush. This book was nothing like I imagined it to be, it was SO much better! 

I have not moved from my seat on the couch since I started this book. I’ve been reading for over seven hours; I’m stiff, and I feel like a useless bump on a log but I enjoyed every minute of it.

Most books of this length usually start off slow and take awhile to suck you in. This book however, never stopped surprising me. There were so many twists, turns, and surprises along the way that there was never a dull moment.

The story starts off when Nora’s biology teacher decides to switch the seating chart over half-way through the semester, separating Nora and her best friend, Vee. Nora’s new lab partner? Patch. The mysterious transfer student with an even more mysterious past. It takes him all of about two seconds to drive Nora crazy. He drives her insane, but at the same time she can’t help herself from being attracted to him. And so goes the relationship of Patch and Nora.

I liked every single character in this book from main to secondary. They were all so well developed and three dimensional, it was impossible not to connect with them on some level. I have to say it took me awhile to like Patch, he’s so cocky and sure of himself, which really turned me off, but as the story progressed he slowly began to grow on me.

As soon as I put the book down I was on the computer looking up the second one, Crescendo, and trying to figure out the fastest way to get my hands on a copy. Since the library’s only copy is already checked out, I foresee a trip to the bookstore in my near future. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Blog Segment: Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly segment hosted by the girls over at 

Today's topic is: The Top Ten Books I've Read in 2011

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Tahereh's writing style is both unique & beautiful! CANNOT wait to read more from this promising new author!

3. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
 This book didn't get nearly enough exposure as it should have for how incredible it is! Amazing dystopian. Amazing world building.

4. Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
Another under-exposed dystopian that was awesome!

5. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder 
Buckle up and get ready for an emotional roller coaster ride.

6. Possession by Elana Johnson
I have never been more happily confused in my life. 

7. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I can't believe it took a movie to make me finally read this book. 

8. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Lisa Schroeder. Need I say more?

9. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Lighthearted, funny, sad, and heartwarming. This book has it all. 

10. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Great characters, killer ending. 

Book Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Title: Hereafter
Author:  Tara Hudson
# Of Pages: 416
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 3 Hearts



Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life- or her actual death- she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world… forever.

My Verdict

I can’t really decide how I feel about this book. Did I enjoy it? For the most part, yes. Did I like the characters? Yes. Did I like the plotline? Yup. So why do I have so much hesitation? I don’t know. I just felt like something was missing but I can’t put my finger on it.

This was a traditional good versus evil story with a few twists and turns along the way. Josh and Amelia were both good characters. Amelia is a lost soul who’s been wandering in nonexistence for years, until she meets Josh. She doesn’t remember anything about her life before death and she doesn’t want to. (She does, she’s just scared of what she’ll find). One of the things I really liked about Amelia was that she wouldn’t let anyone else tell her who she was supposed to be. When Josh’s grandma says that she is evil or when Eli tells her that she is fated to become his apprentice and help him drag souls into the underworld Amelia doesn’t listen. She knows deep down that she is not evil like everyone else says she is. She doesn’t want to hurt anyone and she fights till the end to prove that she is different than they say she is. That she is good.

Josh is the only one who can see Amelia (besides his spirit-fighting grandma). Josh would try to ignore Amelia while they were in public, whisper to her or write her notes. But he slipped up a lot. So when he would talk to Amelia at school or kiss her in the middle of the park I couldn’t help but think about the fact that he must have looked insane to anyone normal, but Josh never seemed to think about that.

If you like the whole love at first sight thing you’ll like Amelia and Josh’s relationship. It develops almost instantaneously and progresses at the speed of light. This is a huge downfall in my eyes. I find relationships like this one to be shallow and unbelievable. I like it when an author really takes the time to slowly develop a relationship.

I knew this book was paranormal so I wasn’t really expecting a mystery as well but that it is. Amelia doesn’t remember who she is or even how she died. Did she jump of High Bridge, or did she fall? We slowly find out the answers to these questions along with Amelia. This was probably one of my favorite aspects of the book.

I’m not sure if there is going to be a sequel to this or not. I think I’ve heard rumors of one. I also don’t know if I would bother reading it. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Breathtaking Book Cover: Extraordinary

Todays Breathtaking Bookcover is...

 Nancy Werlin

Click Here To Learn More About This Book =)

I've seen that this is not the final cover for the book. It seems they decided to go with the trending theme of a girls face instead of this beautiful and intriguing image.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Randomness: Merry Christmas!


I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas with those they love! 
I just wanted to post quickly and share with you my favorite Christmas story of all. 

"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. 
     So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
     And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'
     Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
'Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom
his favor rests.'
     When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this things that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'
     So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 
     The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

-Luke 2, Verses 1-20

Did anyone get any books today? 
I didn't get any books, but I did get a gift certificate to my local bookstore
that I can't wait to spend =)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Randomness: Update

Hey everyone!
I'm sorry for the lack of posts these last few weeks, you're probably wondering where I've dissapeared to.  I'm sad to say that my grandfather passed away this past week so life has been hard. As if that weren't enough, finals were the same week.

Hopefully after Christmas I'll be back to posting regularly. I'm especially sorry to those of you who entered the Mary Higgins-Clark contest! You've probably been waiting to hear who won. Better late than never right?

Congratulations Coleen!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Giveaway!

So last week I had the chance to meet best selling author Mary Higgins Clark! She was so sweet and really took time with each person in line, talking to them about one thing or another. One of the books I had her sign was her Christmas book "Deck the Halls," which she informed me is going to be a TNT movie this month. She was nice enough to sign three of my books two for Christmas presents and one for you guys!

Book Review: The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere

Title: The Christmas Shoes
Author: Donna VanLiere
# Of Pages: 144
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: October 26, 2044
Level: Adult
Rating: 5 Hearts



Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant-and then, in a fleeting moment, they're gone. But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believe....

Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life-and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight-year-old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Even brings Robert and Nathan together-he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference. The Christmas Shoes is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.

My Verdict

So technically this is an adult book, but there is nothing in it that makes it unsuitable for a younger audience, the only difference is that the main characters are not teenagers.

As my mom called it, this was a 52-handkerchief book. I had to keep putting the book down to go grab a tissue, that is until about my fifth time up when I finally just grabbed the box. Although this story is a tearjerker, it is also very uplifting, and heart warming at the same time.

The story is centered around two different families. Robert, his wife, two daughters, and mother and also eight year-old Nathan, his mother, father, sister, and grandmother. It might sound like a lot to follow but its not. The book is constantly jumping from family to family, and changing perspective, which did get confusing a couple of times where I wouldn’t know who was talking at first, but if I just read a few more sentences I could always figure it out.

This is book one in author Donna VanLieres’ Christmas Hope Series and I look forward to reading the rest! I already have a copy of The Christmas Promise, which I’ve already started. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Randomness: And the Winner Is...

3 people blogged about it...
26 people tweeted about it...
13 people commented on reviews... 
and 42 people became followers!

My first ever book giveaway wrapped up last night with a whopping total of 116 entries!!! Wahooo! THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who participated!!! =) Stay tuned I'll be posting my next giveaway sometime this week(end).

Congratulations Kelly!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Randomness: Christmas Books

I love reading Christmas books! There just so charming. I want nothing more than to settle down in front of the wood stove on a blustery December day and read a good Christmas book. Last year I started reading Christmas books at the beginning of November and I read a total of 9 books. These are all the ones I read last year:

I enjoyed every single one of these books! My favorite being Finding Noel. As you can see I got on a little Richard Paul Evans kick, I read every single Christmas book he had at the time. I absolutely LOVE his writing style! If you haven't read one of his books yet I suggest you give one a try. You won't be sorry! 

This year I'm getting a late start but I still hope to squeeze in a few before the holiday is over. Here are the ones on my to read list this season:

The Red Suit Diaries by Ed Butchart
The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
A Stranger for Christmas by Carol Lynn Pearson
Lost December by Richard Paul Evans

What's your favorite Christmas book?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Book Review: Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

Title: Restoring Harmony
Author: Joelle Anthony
# Of Pages: 320
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 13, 2010
Level: Young Adult
Rating:  5 Hearts


(From Barnes&

The year is 2041, and sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse- one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities.

Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they’re financially ruined and practically starving. What should’ve been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn’t, Molly’s only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there’s a handsome stranger who’s willing to help.

My Verdict

This is an awesome book that dystopian lovers are sure to enjoy! I have yet to see any reviews or anything about this book on the blogs I frequent, which is a shame because it’s a great book that I really enjoyed. I’m excited to be writing this review and spreading the word about it! I did read this like 4 months ago so forgive me if things are a little vague.

Author Joelle Anthony did a really good job at creating and describing this world of 2041 so that it was realistic and believable. 

The characters were easily likable and easy to connect with. When Molly’s family is afraid that her grandmother has passed, they decide that she must travel to the US, find her grandfather and bring him to Canada. Did I mention that her grandfather is a doctor and her mother is pregnant with no doctor on the island to deliver the baby? This trip just became so much more important. Molly is afraid to go on this journey but she is the only one in her family who can, so she pushes down her fears and does what she has to for the good of her family. I really liked Molly, she was very likable, determined, and full of heart.

As for the handsome stranger, otherwise known as Spill, he is so very crush worthy! For most of the book you don’t know what Spill’s job is, but you get the feeling it’s not good. But despite being tangled up in a pretty nasty web, he proves himself to be trustworthy and a great friend to Molly and her grandparents.

As the story goes on you can tell that Molly and Spill are developing feelings for each other, but we are left waiting till the last few pages for a kiss. I really liked how their relationship slowly deepened over the story.

Unlike most dystopian novels that are chock full of danger and adventure, this one is more on the tame side. Don’t get me wrong; there is excitement and danger, just not as intense as some of the more popular books out there right now.

Overall, this book had a nicely developed future world, and a great set of characters that you truly care about. I would recommend it to any dystopian fans. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blog Segment: Wordlover Wednesday (Definition Revealed)

Only a couple people participated in guessing yesterdays wordlover word definition but they came up with some great guesses! Thanks for playing girls =) Now it's time to reveal the real definition of yesterdays word...

Taradiddle (tar-uh-DID-l)
Noun: 1. A pretty lie. 2. Pretentious nonsense.
Example: This investment is pure puffery and taradiddle.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordlover Wednesday: Taradiddle

Hey everyone,
I thought I would try something a little different today to switch things up a bit. 
So I'm going to post a word and you guys can try and guess the definition. I think this will be a little more fun, I'm sure you guys will come up with some interesting and funny definitions. 
(P.S. no cheating and looking it up in the dictionary!) 

The word is...

Taradiddle (tar-uh-DID-I)

That's a fun one isn't it? Now get to guessing, I can't wait to read what you come up with! =) Be sure to
check back tomorrow night, I'll be posting the real definition then! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Book Review: Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
# Of Pages: 288
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: August 21, 2007
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 3 Hearts



If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.

But Naomi picked heads.

My Verdict

I finally finished! Wahoo! This has been my backpack book, which means it never leaves my backpack so that I always have something to read when I’m early to class or class gets canceled, etc… Anyway, that also means that it takes me eons to finish. I’ve been reading this one for months! 

I liked this book, it was good, but I had thought I was going to love this book. I liked it right from the get go and thought it would only get better but instead it just went downhill from there.

The whole story is pretty anti-climatic. The most exciting part is the beginning and after that you just follow Naomi through her daily life as she struggles with her feelings and coming to terms with not being able to remember her past.

Honestly, Naomi drove me crazy. I understand she just lost her memory and all that, which must be extremely frustrating but she acted like such a baby afterwards. She used her memory loss as an excuse for everything. Another thing about Naomi that got on my nerves was how fast she jumped from guy to guy. She always had someone waiting in the wings for her, which was just really annoying and unrealistic.
The best character in this book was Will, Naomi’s best friend. Will is quirky, confident, dedicated and sweet. He’s editor of the school yearbook, which is pretty much his whole life. I don’t know if yearbooks are really this big of a deal in high school or not but it seemed pretty insane to me! He loves music and is always making Naomi mixed CDs for every occasion, which I thought was really cute.

Besides the few main characters, the rest of them fell flat. Ace, Alice, and Yvette, were all underdeveloped and stereotypical.

I’m still excited to read Zevin’s newest book All These Things I’ve Done. Hopefully it will have more developed and complex characters and be a bit more exciting! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

First Ever Giveaway!!!

Hey Everyone!

I'm excited to announce that I'll be holding my first ever giveaway starting tonight at 12:01am. Why 12:01 you ask? (Not a clue, I couldn't figure out how to change it.) Since I haven't actually received any ARCs of my own yet, I haven't had anything to give away. BUT I recently stumbled upon some great bargain priced books and bought an armful so there will be more contests coming soon! =)

Most importantly this first contest is to win a prize pack containing two of author Holly Blacks newest books: White Cat and The Poison Eaters.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Blog Segment: Wordlover Wednesday (On Thursday)

Life was so hectic yesterday I couldn't find a single moment to post the word of the day. Instead of skipping it this week I figured why not post it today? So without further ado, here is this weeks wordlover word...

Yob (yab)
noun- A rude, rowdy youth. 
Ex. A couple of yobs damaged his car. 
yob.bish adjective adverb
yob.bish.ness noun adjective

Friday, November 11, 2011

Book Review: Possession by Elana Johnson & Surrender Cover Reveal

Title: Possession
Author: Elana Johnson
# Of Pages: 416
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Rating: 5 Hearts



Vi knows the Rule: Girl’s don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn… and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them… starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

My Verdict

I have never been more happily confused in my life. This book takes you on a journey of emotions, mostly negative ones (shock, confusion, anger) but all for the greater good. That is,  being so absorbed in a story and caring about the characters so much that you can feel all those emotions!

I read this book at the beginning of the summer so I can’t elaborate on the details since I don’t remember any. Hmmm, I wonder if I’ve been brainwashed… Anyway, what I do remember is getting sucked into this story and immersed in the tech filled, mind-controlling world that Johnson has created.

I remember the ending. How could I forget it! It’s one of those dreaded/wonderful cliffhangers that will have you begging for the next installment, Surrender, which comes out June 5, 2012. I for one, cannot wait! 


Elana recently revealed the cover to Surrender on her blog. Here it is, isn't it beautiful? I love it!  I won't include the synopsis cause I don't want to ruin it for those who have yet to read the first.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wordlover Wednesday: Gardyloo

I will be shocked if anyone has heard this word before. I would never have thought there was an actual word for this. But hey, you learn something new everyday. Todays wordlover word is...

Gardyloo (gar-de-lu)
Interjection- A warning shouted before throwing water from above
Derived from- French gare de l'eau, meaning "beware of the water" referring to the water and slops that were once thrown by servants from higher stories of a building onto the street.

Now I'm curious... 
how many of you already new gardyloo? 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
# Of Pages: 464
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Level: Young Adult
Rating:  2 hearts



Mara Dyer doesn’t believe life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.

My Verdict

This book has had so much hype surrounding it since the beautiful cover image was revealed. People have had nothing but good things to say and great reviews to write. I almost hate reading books like this because they almost never live up to the expectations. I think I am the first and possibly only person to say this, but I did not think The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer lived up to all its hype. 

The beginning of the book (and the mystery) is good. It gets you wondering, trying to figure out what really happened. The mystery aspect of the story is always kind of there lurking in the background of everything as you try to put the pieces together but at the same time I felt like it wasn’t there at all.

After the accident, Mara’s family moves to Florida to get away from everything. Her and her brother have to start at this fancy shmancy new school called Cryoden. Enter Noah Shaw. Everyone in the blogosphere is talking about how much they loved Noah and what a crush worthy character he was. I’ll admit it was hard not to like him but at the same time you were pretty much told to hate him from the very first moment he walked into the story. Everyone is telling Mara what a scumbag Noah is and how he’s just going to hurt her yet she ignores everyone and would follow Noah over a cliff. This really bothered me about Mara, because it’s not like she saw something in him that others didn’t. She really did believe he was going to use her and then break her heart but she didn’t care. Which is just messed up if you ask me. 

I didn't really like any of the characters in this book except for Mara's two brothers Daniel, and Joseph. Mara really annoyed me the whole time; I didn't like her personality at all and didn't agree with a single choice she made. I already mentioned how I felt about Noah. You hear about his bad reputation before you even meet him, and by the time he introduces himself to Mara I had already decided that I didn't like or trust him. 

After the accident, Mara suffers from nightmares and hallucinations, so one of the most confusing parts about reading this book was that you didn’t always know if what was happening to Mara was really happening or if it was one of her delusions. I think that’s how it was supposed to be to keep you a little dazed and confused. It added to the mysteriousness of the story for sure.

Probably the biggest reason I didn’t like this book was the crudeness. I felt like the characters were always making sexual references or jokes, which I guess according to Noah’s reputation around school would have been hard to avoid. There was also some violence that was a bit too descriptive for my taste, and it usually came out of nowhere.

The cliffhanger at the end of this book is jaw dropping! You’re left hanging from the top of Mt. Everest for goodness sakes! Michelle Hodkin did her job well, because I’ll definitely be picking up a copy of the next one after an ending like that.