Friday, November 30, 2012

2013 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge

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Sorry it’s so big! I’m just soooooo excited!
 
Have you heard the news? The Fairy Tales Retold Challenge is coming back! And this year it's gonna be a whole lot better! Last year I was a horrible host, but I had fun nonetheless. This year I'm hoping to be a whole lot more involved, with mini-challenges, discussion posts, giveaways, and much more!

Here are the deets:
  • The challenge starts on January 1st, and ends December 31st
  • The goal of the read-a-thon is to read as many fairy tale retellings as possible. These are the different levels:
    • Cobbler: 1-3 books
    • Lady in Waiting: 4-6 books
    • Fierce Ogre: 7-9 books
    • Damsel in Distress: 10-12 books
    • Evil Enchantress: 13-15 books
    • Great and Terrible Beast: 16+ books
  • This challenge is only for Young Adult and Middle Grade retellings. No adult or picture books count towards this challenge.
  • Both straight retellings and “original” fairy tales count. As long as you think it counts as an “original” fairy tale, then it counts! For a better idea, you can check out my Goodreads shelf of over 200 eligible books. 
  • Have fun and spread the word!
And since I love you so much, here’s a premade post you just need to copy, paste and tweak to fit your individual goals.
Or if you'd prefer, you can write your own post (but remember to grab the button!)
And finally, here’s the sign up linky!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wishing on Wednesday #6: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


Inspired by “Waiting on” Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine and Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper
Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!
 
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Now a major motion picure, adapted from the acclaimed Broadway musical, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Sacha Baron Cohen

Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.

Why I Want It:

You’re probably going “Huh, Debz? Did you miss the memo? This book came out in 1862!” And you’re right! But I’ve wanted to read this for years, yet have never been able to find the right edition anywhere.

When I was six-years old I was introduced to the musical, and I’ve finally reached a point where I’m ready to read the 1232 page novel before the movie comes out. The only problem is that I struggle reading small text, but I want it unabridged. Plus, I’m a cover freak, so I don’t want an ugly cover.

Today I was clicking around on Amazon and found exactly what I need. It’s the movie tie-in edition, with the movie poster for it’s cover. It’s just a regular paperback, not mass market, meaning the pages and text will be regular-sized. And, most importantly, it’s UNABRIDGED!!! Here’s hoping it’ll show up in time for me to read it before Christmas.

Coming to a bookstore near you… December 4th, 2012 from Penguin Books

And now I’ll leave you with the most beautiful movie trailer in existence.

What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

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And girl created boy…

In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

Eve and Adam, while highly enjoyable, was far from perfect. I know for most people it was either a hit or miss. For me it’s floating somewhere in between.

The writing just wasn’t that great, something I’d expected. I hadn’t read anything before from either author, but I just felt that the fact that it was a collaboration was going to lead to some problems. Their never seemed to be a clear narrative voice, and that bothered me. Luckily, the writing still managed to flow smoothly and was very easy to read.

The characters we’re very original. They seemed kind of bland and predictable. Eve was the smart, sassy girl who hates her mom, Aislin was the dumb girl who wastes money and dates jerks, and Solo was the hot boy who just happens to stumble into the plot. And yet I sort of liked them! But my favorite character is almost definitely Eve’s mom, the “Terror”—she was just plain evil!

I did actually like the plot. It was predictable, but fun and full of action. There were some twists and turns that I didn’t even catch in time and by the time I was finished my head was spinning! So if you don’t mind predictable characters and love some action, Eve and Adam is one to check out!

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I received an advanced eGalley in exchange for an honest review and was not compensated in any way.

Top Ten Tuesday #15: Most Anticipated 2013 Releases

A weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

This weeks topic is… most highly anticipated releases for 2013. I don’t know bout you, but it was hard for me to narrow this down!

Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3)Requiem (Delirium, #3)The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, #2)

10. Sever by Lauren DeStefano

I haven’t even read Fever, yet I’m dying to read Sever. It looks like I’ve got some catching up to do!

9. Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of Delirium, but Pandemonium was perfection! I’m hoping Requiem measures up to everyone’s expectations!

8. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I loved The False Prince so much; though I thought it could’ve done well as a standalone, I’m excited to see where Sage turns up next!

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)PoisonMILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

7. Mind Games by Kiersten White

Kiersten White. Need I say more?

6. Poison by Bridget Zinn

This sounds like the perfect kick-butt fairy tale sort of thing I need! Plus it has a gorgeous cover, so what’s not to love?

5. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

This has been getting some attention lately. It’s an epic sci-fi thriller that, if I’m not mistaken, is headed for TV!

4. Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

You don’t know how much I want to read this book. It’s a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, one of my favorite fairy tales!

Dualed (Dualed, #1)Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)Strands of Bronze and Gold

3. Dualed by Elsie Chapman

I actually have an eGalley I should be getting to, but nevertheless, this is one I’m planning on pre-ordering!

2. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

I don’t care if I just featured this on Wishing on Wednesday, it deserves to be featured again! From what I’ve heard so far, this really is the perfect book! Why must you reviewers be so cruel?

1. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

No surprise here. It’s Bluebeard for Pete’s sake! And that cover. And that name. And that description. AHHH!!! Why can’t it be March, already?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Basket of Goodies (22)

Inspired by In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
Sorry to all you wonderful people! I’ve been a horrible blogger this month! Luckily I’m slowly getting back in the swing of things. I have some exciting reviews coming up, as well as some more fun stuff!
Received This Week (well, two weeks)
Purchased
Reached (Matched, #3)
Reached by Ally Condie!
and some Christmas presents Winking smile
Won
Carnival of Souls
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr SIGNED (Thanks Elana!)
The Cadet of Tildor Swag (Thanks Alex!)

Blogged This Week

Read This Week
Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles, #2)Matched (Matched, #1)Crossed (Matched, #2)Reached (Matched, #3)
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Matched by Ally Condie (reread)
Crossed by Ally Condie (reread)
Reached by Ally Condie
To Read
Snow Whyte and the Queen of MayhemSplinteredTime Between Us
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon
Splintered by A. G. Howard
Time Between Us by Tamera Ireland Stone
How was your week? Leave links in the comments below!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Book Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)

 

 

 

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.

So much for normal.

This was a bittersweet conclusion to such a fantastic trilogy. It made me laugh and cry (but mostly laugh) incessantly. Loose ends are tied up and readers are left with a smile on their face, and maybe a tear or two in their eyes.

The romance was so sweet. Evie and Lend were so cute together (or, um, not together, ‘cause of the whole curse), more so than in the first two books. Their relationship was super cheesy, but you could tell that they were committed, no matter how much Reth and Jack would get in the way.

Evie’s development throughout the entire series is especially evident in this book. She’s become a lot more mature, but she’s still managed to retain her snarky attitude. When faced with impossible decisions she’s able to keep calm and sort everything out.

I found myself getting frustrated with the story at some times, but it got smoothed out later on. This was a clever and wonderful end to Kiersten White’s amazing series.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wishing on Wednesday #5: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis


Inspired by “Waiting on” Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine and Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper
Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!
 
Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.

Why I Want It:

In case you haven’t heard, Across the Universe is spectacular. But it’s nothing compared to A Million Suns. So, if you haven’t read them yet, I suggest you get on that. Anyway, Shades of Earth is bound to be amazing. Every single thing I’ve heard about it guarantees that it’s going to be perfect!!! And I know everyone hates that cover, but it’s grown on me. Who cares about the cover, anyway? The story is marvelous either way!

Coming to a bookstore near you… January 15th, 2013 from Razorbill

What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Review: Supernaturally by Kiersten White

  Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2)


 

 

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be...kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.

This was a hilarious follow-up to Paranormalcy, the paranormal romance that’s way better than a bunch of stinky vampires. This time Evie is back and better than ever! She finally has a “normal” life (well, as normal as you can get with a vampire roommate, invisible boyfriend, and paranormal infested workplace), but it turns out normal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Evie is one of those characters that you can’t help but love. She’s stubborn and irritating, but really witty and charming, and isn’t afraid to kick some serious butt. And she has this great narrative voice, sparkling with sarcasm and glitter.

But this book also has it’s serious moments, and those are by far the best parts. There’s danger hiding around every corner, and the stakes keep getting higher.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the romance with Lend going on! They are hopelessly devoted, and while they have their bumps in the road, it looks like they’ll be stuck together forever.

A wonderful sequel to Paranormalcy, Supernaturally is something you don’t want to miss!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Basket of Goodies #4

 

Inspired by In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

I totally would’ve had this up yesterday if it weren’t for the fact that my laptop hates me and has permanently destroyed my access to the internet. So I’ll be sending it away later this week to see if it can be fixed. In the mean time, I get to share a slow computer with three Minecraft nerds.

Received This Week

And, once again, no camera Sad smile

ARCycling

Cloaked

Cloaked by Alex Flinn (Thanks Sara!)

Bought

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Crossed (Matched, #2)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Crossed by Ally Condie

Gifted

Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)Taken (Taken, #1)

Venom and Taken Swag (Thanks Fiona and Erin!)


Blogged This Week


Read This Week

Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3)

Endlessly by Kiersten White
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

To Read

Fahrenheit 451SplinteredThe Scorpio Races

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Splintered by A. G. Howard

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

How was your week? Leave links in the comments below!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do

I think I kind of love this book. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I was thinking it would be just an average high fantasy quest kind of book, with a little bit of cheesy message thrown in at the end. Let’s just say I was very wrong. This was a powerful, thought-provoking high fantasy quest with an intricate, magical plot, and a beautiful not cheesy massage woven throughout the whole storyline.

The plot, while starting off slowly, begins to grow into something full of excitement and suspense. The pacing is perfectly balanced. It’s never rushed, but there’s always a subtle hint of urgency behind it. It was practically impossible to put down! The writing was rich and powerful. The narrator’s voice was very present and set the tone for the whole book. It was descriptive, without being overly detailed. It flowed smoothly and clearly, making for a fully engrossing story.

Usually I don’t like any religious elements in my books because they come across as forced, unrealistic, and overly-preachy. But this was different. It felt real and personal to Elisa. The history and culture in the story was heavily influenced by God, but it felt…natural, not weird. I loved seeing how Elisa’s faith played a role in her overall character, especially with her connection to the Godstone, and being the Chosen One.

Elisa was such a striking main character, who goes through an amazing metamorphosis over the course of this novel. She begins as an troubled overweight princess who has a heavy duty put on her shoulders. She is weak and insecure; not the kind of heroine you’d look up to. But when her circumstances drastically change, she’s pushed beyond her boundaries into territory she never knew she could cross, growing her into a stronger, more confident woman with every step taken, and every page turned.

This is a book anyone could easily fall in love with. It has a marvelous setting, real characters, and excellent prose, which all together create an unforgettable story.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Series Catch-Up Event

I know I shouldn’t be doing this, but I’m joining this Series Catch-Up Event/Challenge thingy that I found while hopping around the blogosphere. I’ve started some great series that I’ve never gotten around to finishing, so I thought this would give me a good reason to continue them.

Here are just a few of the series I’m hoping to continue:

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Actually, I’ve already finished Supernaturally and I’m almost done with Endlessly, but I’m leaving them up there because they’ll both technically have been read in November. I’m also about halfway through Princess of the Silver Woods right now.

Are there any series that you need to catch up on?

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