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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg - Thoughts





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Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Pages: 375
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: I'd say YA contemporary with a twist of paranormal since she is, after all, dead
My rating: I loved this and it will stay with me for a long time

I have to admit that I picked up this book solely because of the cover. I read the inside jacket flap but wasn't sure that I wanted to read about a 15 year old girl that was gaga over some stupid boy. This book is so much more that the story of a girl who loves a boy.
Brie's life ends right after her boyfriend, "it" guy, Jacob, tells her he doesn't love her. She dies of a broken heart. Her heart literally breaks in half. What happens next is her journey through the 5 stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, sadness and acceptance) before she can move on. She meets the adorable Patrick and he tries to help her through the stages. When Brie visits her family and friends she sees lots of secrets. Crushing secrets.
I was amazed that this was a debut novel. The writing was just plain luscious. This story was both hilarious and heartbreaking - often at the same time.
I loved the use of song titles/lyrics throughout (and she lists all the songs in the back). I loved Brie and Patrick. I loved Jacob. I loved Brie's best friends Sadie, Emma and Tess and how they were when they were together because it rang so true of friendships like that.
In the end, this story is about loving and letting go - of your assumptions, of your prejudices, of the way things "should" be.
Two of my favorite quotes:
Falling in love is pretty much the same thing as being eaten alive by a grizzly bear.
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I’d chosen to sit and watch the storm clouds gather instead of running for cover at the first hint of rain. And I had paid the price for waiting. Because the storm became a hurricane.
 I've been on a roll with reading really great books lately. I gasped, I laughed and I cried. Loved this one.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Altered by Jennifer Rush - Thoughts

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Title: Altered
Author: Jennifer Rush
Pages: 323
Genre: YA
Rating: I really liked it

I am unsure where I first saw this book mentioned. I do know I would have wanted to read it because of the cover alone. Let's be honest...that guy is hot.

I am going to use the Goodreads description of the book because I can't summarize it myself.

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

I was so excited to get this one and it lived up to expectations but I didn't like Anna. I didn't understand how she "allowed" the "boys" to be kept locked in for that long without letting them go. No matter what her father ever told her. It was an interesting storyline with believable dialogue. And everyone knows how important dialogue is for me. I just didn't.like.Anna. I liked the interaction between the characters and the action, especially at the end, was awesome. The twists and turns were well done. There were several points that I gasped out loud.

Even though I didn't like Anna, I am still looking forward to the sequel. Jennifer Rush is adorable (follow her on Twitter) and I think she will continue to write interesting books that keep us on our toes.

 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Link Love #1

Linking up to a few of my favorite blog posts for the week...
Kat at The Aussie Zombie has a review of Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Every review I've seen of it has been gushing good and my library doesn't own a copy of it. I don't think I'd LOVE it so I hate to buy a copy so her review saying she enjoyed it but wasn't gushing just makes me feel better. Yeah, it's all about me after all.
Hannah from So Obsessed With wrote such a interesting review of Jennifer Gilbert's I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag that I bumped it way up my TBR list.
Kira from Sorry Television has a sweet and funny Cat Lady Interlude. Read it and enjoy.
and if you'd like to see my name in lights (ok, not exactly lights), visit Wendy at caribousmom where she announced me as the winner of her CANADA contest. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Thanks again, Wendy!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - Thoughts

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: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 356
Genre: YA
Series or Standalone: Series (Grisha trilogy #1)
Rating: I loved it. Excuse me while I go all fangirl on it.

My Thoughts: I can sum up this book in one word: wow. And "wow" in the most spectacular way. I had read a couple of reviews of this and it sounded pretty good so I requested it from the library. I didn't really get that it was fantasy (I guess?) so I wasn't sure about it when I actually read a bit of the front flap. But I had it and I loved the cover so I thought I'd give it a shot. 3 hours later I finally got off the couch because I was really stiff. That's how much I didn't want to put it down.

I have nothing, not one single word, negative to say about it. Well, maybe one thing...it ended. And the next one doesn't come out until June.

S&B is the story of Alina and Mal who find each other in the same orphan house. When Alina shows a powerful gift, she is taken off to the Darkling to be trained as a Grisha. The Grisha are a group of specially trained warriors for the Darkling. The Darkling is both loved and hated throughout Ravka. Once she arrives at the Little Palace, Alina tries to fit in and learns that things might not be what she thinks. Is she a weapon or a good thing for the kingdom?

I have to say that I was crushing on the Darkling the whole time. I kept reading it as the "darling" and he sounds like he is quite easy on the eyes. The entire cast of characters was well developed. The dialogue flowed well and the plot was very good. Ravka was so well developed that I could picture it as if it were real.

I can't say enough good things about this book. I will be buying my own copy so that I can reread it before Siege and Storm comes out. Yep, that's how much I loved it! I am actually going to BUY a copy! Gasp. Plus, Leigh Bardugo, the author, replied to a tweet of mine on Twitter. I love that.

Thanks for letting me fangirl on this wonderful story! ;-)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Squeal

I have an RSS feed of the new young adult books that my local library receives. Today I literally squealed when I saw they had cataloged three of my top ten books I'm excited to read this year. I have, of course, requested all three.

Am trying to decide what to spend a Barnes and Noble gift card on. We'll be near there tomorrow so hopefully my little guy will let me look for a few minutes.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Crash by Lisa McMann - Thoughts

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Author: Lisa McMann
Pages: 233
Genre: YA
Series or Standalone: #1 of series
Rating: I really liked it

I'll use a quote from the first page as a summary:" Every few days I see it. Sometimes it's just a picture, like on that billboard we pass on the way to school. And other times it's moving, like on a screen. A careening truck hits a building and explodes. Then nine body bags in the snow.

It's like a movie trailer with no sound, no credits. And nobody sees it but me"

This was a fun, action packed, and quick read. Read it in a day and really enjoyed it. Jules was a likeable character and I really liked Sawyer. Trey was One of my favorite things was the lists that Jules made. "Top 5 reasons why..." Fun!

I have only read one other book by Lisa McMann and I enjoyed this one much more. It was original and inventive and the plot moved along with great dialogue.

One thing that I didn't like was the cussing. I thought it was unnecessary in a book that was geared towards teens.

A twist at the end makes me wonder what's next for this series and I look forward to finding out!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate - Thoughts

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Title: Eve and Adam
Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Pages: 291
Genre: YA
Rating: I liked it alot

Summary: Eve wakes up in the hospital with a serious leg injury after an accident. She meets a man named Solo that works for her mother. They whisk her back to her mother's biopharmaceutical company. While she heals, her mother gives her a special project...to create the perfect boy.

My Thoughts: Another one that is everywhere within the book blogging community. I really liked this book but there were a few things that I didn't like. Eve wasn't my favorite. She was a bit annoying. Wishy washy somehow. The book was an interesting concept. If you could create a person, what kind of person would you make?

I didn't mind the romance but could have done without the best friend subplot. The action was good and the dialogue was believable. Overall I enjoyed it even if there were a few minor things that I didn't enjoy so much. 

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2013 Debut Authors Challenge

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Hosted at Hobbetsies, the 2013 Debut Authors Challenge is pretty simple. Read 12 books that are debuts in 2013 between Jan 1, 2013 to Jan 31, 2014. Books must be young adult or middle grade. Reviews are great but are not required. They do, however, count towards a prize for that month. Complete details and sign up page is here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday - 2013 YA Debut Books I Can't Wait to Read

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Play along with Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish.  Today's theme is the Top Ten 2013 YA debut books we are most looking forward to.

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Taken by Eric Bowman (goodreads)

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Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley (goodreads)

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Dualed by Elsie Chapman (goodreads)

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Fault Line by Christa Desir (goodreads)

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After Eden by Helen Douglas (goodreads)

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The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston (goodreads)

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Infinite Sky by CJ Flood (goodreads)

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City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (goodreads)

Fake ID by L.R. Giles (goodreads) NO COVER AVAILABLE

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Since You Asked by Maurene Goo (goodreads)

I will add a ton more to my List of Possibilities I am sure! What are you looking forward to reading this year?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Thoughts

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Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 390
Genre: YA dystopian
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Source: library loan
Rating: I loved it

The Cinderella story told as a young adult dystopian where she is a cyborg? Yes, please. It seems that every blogger and her brother is reviewing this one and rightfully so. It had action. It had humor. It had a hot prince. It had a totally unique spin on the story we all know and love, but I gush...I did have just a teensy problem with it though. I figured it out way before I wanted to.

And that is the only thing I didn't like about the book. Otherwise, I enjoyed it immensely and cannot wait for the next in the series to be released. I enjoyed the characters, even the evil Lunar Queen. I enjoyed the setting and lost myself in that world. I stayed up late into the night just to finish and was a bit sad to read that last page.

Unique and awesome. Well written with great and witty dialogue. A world that is different than our own but totally believable. Great, well developed characters and did I mention the hot prince?

And oh the cover! They say not to judge a book by its cover but oh.my.word. it is beautiful. I love this cover....the cover alone makes me want to pick up this book.

Loved this one. Marissa Meyer = amazing.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman - Thoughts

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Title: Don't Make Me Count to Three
Author: Ginger Plowman
Pages: 155
Genre: Christian, Self-Help, Parenting
Source: inter-library loan
Rating: I liked it

Don't Make Me Count to Three is a straightforward book of thoughts on God centered parenting. I originally saw the cover on Pinerest but our library didn't own a copy so I requested it by inter-library loan. Strangely enough, the day before I received notice that the library was holding the book for me, a family member and I had a disagreement over the way I discipline my boys.

Things I liked:

I enjoyed the personal stories that the author shared and the examples she gave. I liked that she gave Bible verses to back up each idea she presented.

Things that I did not like:

Sometimes it felt too "preachy." A good editing would do wonders to make this book more enjoyable to read. Several times a verse would be presented with "(emphasis added)" but there would be no emphasis. Also, it seemed that things were repeated.

Overall:

Overall I enjoyed the book and took notes on ideas that I would like to implement in my own parenting.

 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon 2013

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Was so excited to see Book Blogger Love-a-Thon 2013 listed on Alexa's blog. I will definitely be participating in this event. Co-hosted by Alexa and Katelyn from Kate's Tales of Books and Bands, it will be held from 12:00 am on February 23 to 12:00 am on February 24th.

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon is an event to leave comments on book blogs, find new book blogs to love, tweet and post about favorite book blogs and more.

To find complete details and to sign up visit here.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Quotable


“If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-and ultimately, without a major resolution.”


― Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - The One That is Late

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go here for all the fun.

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This week's theme is Top Ten Reading Goals for 2013. I touched on this here.

1. Read more classics. I see this one on a lot of blogs but it's true...I need to read more classics.

2. Only read and/or blog when I want to. Don't want either to turn into a MUST do. No fun in that.

3. Reduce my personal book stash by half. Oh yeah, I hoard books. I have so many that I know I will never read. I plan to pass them on...without guilt.

4. Stop downloading books until some are read. I've actually been doing this a bit already. I have a couple hundred books on my Kindle app and I've not read many. There are sooooooooo many free books to download. It won't hurt me if I miss some of them for a while.

5. Make and keep a reading log for the boys. I read a bunch to both of my boys and it is also part of Cole's daily homework. I'd love to make a neat notebook to record all the books that Cole reads and that I read to them. And even better...have Cole write down the titles so I can see his writing as he ages.

6. Reread some of my favorites. A few come to mind instantly...the Harry Potter series, The Twilight books, The Hunger Games books, Slammerkin. I don't reread much because there are so many new books I want to read that I'll never have time to read. But having said that I'd love to reread a few of the books that I love so much.

7. Read books of some authors I love. I read so many books by first time authors that I've gotten away from reading the older books of authors that I already love.

8. Read different genres. I've gotten where I can barely tolerate romance. I don't like biographies of people who are alive (because I usually end up not liking them). I never read fantasy. I would like to read more books that are out of my comfort zone.

9. Only read and comment on blogs that I love consistently. One thing about weekly memes is the sheer number of new blogs you can find. And I want to read them all. The problem with doing that is that I don't read books because I'm reading blogs. I want to narrow it down to ones that I love consistently.

10. Have fun. This one is the biggest. Just have fun!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Thoughts

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Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series or Standalone: Series #1
Rating: Loved

If you read many book blogs, you have probably read a review or ten about this book. You will find that I tend to shy away from books that are too hyped but this one lives up to the hype. I finished it at 11 PM on December 31st. As much as I didn't really want it to end, I so wanted to see how it ended. The first of a planned trilogy, it is about 17 year old Juliette who can kill with her touch. She has been locked up in solitary confinement. Now the government wants to use her as a tool but is she the monster that she thinks she is?

I am a big fan of Young Adult dystopian literature and this is an excellent example of the genre. I enjoyed the character development even if I didn't enjoy every character. The romance was an added bonus...it sizzled, it didn't annoy. I look forward to seeing how some of the loose ends are tied up as the series goes on.

The only thing I didn't like was the ending. Without posting spoilers, it was actually my least favorite part of the book. Seemed a bit too convenient. A bit too X-Men like for me. But having said that, I would definitely recommend this to other YA dystopian fans as it has all the elements of a great story.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WWW Wednesdays or January 2nd

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by MizB at Should be Reading. Find this week's post here and be sure to add your own WWW in the comments section of her site!


What are you currently reading? The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman as a read-a-long with my friend Christi.

What did you recently finish reading? Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Excellent read! Review coming soon.

What do you think you'll read next? Probably Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn since I've checked it out of the library before and didn't finish it. It's due soon and I've still not read it...again.

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A Giveaway @ Writer of Wrongs

As I post and move old posts over and grow this blog, I plan to do giveaways. Until then I'm going to highlight a few great giveaways from my favorite book bloggers.

Up first is from Writer of Wrongs. Gillian is giving away one 2013 book and one book that was reviewed on the blog last year. Lots of fun ways to earn entries.

Enter here. Good luck!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Book Goals

In this new year I'd like to:

1. Move my "old" book posts to this new blog.

2. Read 52 (minimum) books this year.

3. Participate in challenges and read a longs again.

4. Meet new book blogging friends.

5. Comment frequently on the book blogs I love and read.

6. Begin, again, to alternate one library/borrowed book with one from my own shelves.