Thursday, January 31, 2013

January Ramblings continued: Reading Challenges

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I was supposed to include this yesterday, but oh well.
Standalone Reading Challenge: 0/15

Debut Author Challenge: 1/12
Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Sequel Challenge: 1/10
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Book to Movie Challenge: 0/10

Dystopia Challenge: 2/18
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

TBR Pile Challenge: 1/20
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

End of the Series Challenge: 0/7

Fairy Tales Retold Challenge: 1/16
Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett

Fairy Tale Retold Challenge February Link-Up

ftrcTime to link up your reviews! This linky will be open throughout the month for all your January and February reviews. I look forward to reading them (:

January Ramblings

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January has been tough for me. Life has somehow overwhelmed me and all I want to do most days is curl up in a blanket with an old movie. Not a book, though. I’ve been getting horrible reading headaches, so I can’t read for sittings longer than 30 minutes, and it sucks. And because of this my blog has run dry. I haven’t posted anything other than scheduled-a-month-ago memes in a while, and I haven’t tried to fix that.

But now it’s time for some good news! I’m getting my reading headaches under control (I’ve fallen in love with Advil), I’ve realized that I don’t really post discussions or other random posts (just memes and reviews) and plan to remedy that, I finally got my laptop back which has been broken for about 4 months which means more consistent posting,  and most importantly

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(And no, I still won’t tell you how old I am :D)

I’ll be __fill in the blank__teen on the 11th, and plan on finding some way to celebrate (maybe in the form of free books?) I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


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  • Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Only four books! But you know what? I don’t mind, because they were all pretty great.

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  • Also Known As by Robin Benway
  • Asunder by Jodi Meadows
  • The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen
  • Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
  • Override by Heather Anastasiu
  • Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
  • Everbound by Brodi Ashton
  • Origin by Jessica Khoury

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13206760I listed my Top Ten (erm…12) Favorite Books of 2012, including books like The False Prince, Enchanted, Reached, A Million Suns, and Cinder!

I reviewed some amazing books including Splintered, the Fault in Our Stars, and Scarlet! 17155787

I wished for some exciting upcoming releases such as Mila 2.0, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, and Hero (sequel to Enchanted!!!)

I started up my brand new feature Fairy Tale Friday! So far discussing Glass Hills, Polar Bears, and the Big Bad Wolf.

How was your January?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wishing on Wednesday #14: Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin


In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke.

Rump has never known his full name—his mother died before she could tell him. So all his life he's been teased and bullied for his half-a-name. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. For Rump discovers he can spin straw into gold. Magical gold.

His best friend Red Riding Hood warns him that magic is dangerous—and she's right! That gold is worth its weight in trouble. And with each thread he spins, Rump weaves himself deeper into a curse.

There's only one way to break the spell: Rump must go on a quest to find his true name, along the way defending himself against pixies, trolls, poison apples, and one beautiful but vile-mannered queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—Rump just might triumph in the end.

An inventive fairytale retelling, perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine or Shannon Hale.

Why I Want It:

Rumpel-freakin-stiltskin! Where has this book been my whole life! I love Rumpelstiltskin, and I love Middle Grade fantasy! It’s the best combo since Chocolate and Peanut Butter! And “perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine or Shannon Hale”? That would be me!

Coming to a bookstore near you… April 9th 2013 from Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Magical Monday (27)

Received This Week
Everbound (Everneath, #2)The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, #2)
Won
Everbound by Brodi Ashton (Thanks Little Library Muse!)
For Review
The Runaway King! by Jennifer Nielsen (Thanks Scholastic!)

Blogged This Week
My life has been teetering on the edge of insanity, so I had to put a pause on blogging ):


Happening This Week
Normally I wouldn’t do this, but this week there are two epic events that I’ll be busy participating in!
First, A Week of Little Red, hosted by A Backwards Story to celebrate the release of Scarlet next week! Go check out all the fairy tale madness going on over there.
And Second, the official Incarnate re-read-a-thon to get ready for the release of Asunder. I’ve been needing a refresher, so this is perfect!

Read This Week
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
To Read
Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)Also Known AsOrigin
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Also Known As by Robin Benway
Origin by Jessica Khoury
How was your week? Leave links in the comments below!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wishing on Wednesday #13: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!

MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)


Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.

Why I Want It:

I’ve heard a bunch of people say this is like the Bourne Identity meets Cinder! I don’t usually go for hard core sci-fi, but every once in a while there’s a book you just need to read!

Coming to a bookstore near you… March 1th, 2013 from Katherine Tegen Books

What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

Top Ten Tuesday #19: Settings to Look For!

A weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

This weeks topic is settings I want to see more of in books!

10. Under the Sea

That’s right… I want more mermaid books! I’ve only ever read Of Poseidon, but it was fabulous and made me crave some more mermaid action!

9. Homeschool stories

We Homeschoolers are completely underrated! People assume our lives are boring, but I’ve been to 14 different countries, and have to deal with a bunch of crazy drama everyday. Plus I’m just getting sick of high school contemporary drama.

8. Enchanted Forests

I haven’t read a good story taking place in an enchanted forest in an extremely long time, and that’s disappointing because there’s so much potential there!

7. Dystopian society where citizens AREN’T brainwashed!

I feel like I’ve been surrounded by an overabundance of brainwashed societies as of late. I don’t mind evil dictators spreading lies around, but when you’re implanting technology into someone’s brain so that it no longer functions, you need some originality!

6. Europe

As I said above, I’ve been to 14 different countries, and 10 of those were in Europe. And there’s nothing I love more than having a character visit a city I’ve been to!

5. The near future

We’ve seen TONS of stuff that takes place a thousand years from now, but not much that takes place maybe one hundred years into the future, which is kind of surprising because looking at how fast our society has evolved in just the past 30 years, I can’t even begin to imagine the advances that could be made in the next few years!

4. American Historical Fiction

I think historical fiction has been catching on a lot recently, but I’d like to see more that takes place in America, since there’s so much amazing history here!

3. Travel to a Magical Land

This theme seems to be more popular in Middle Grade, but I’d love to see it more in YA. I love experiencing a new world for the first time along with the main character.

2. Castles!

I love castles so much! I don’t really care about the outside world as long as there’s a castle! So many beautiful descriptions that usually hide deep, dark secrets (:

1. Futuristic Fairy Tales

This is kind of a weird one, but I’d love to see more! Cinder is a prime example of a futuristic fairy tale, and with it’s success I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more of these futuristic fairy tales popping up!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Magical Monday (26)

Received This Week
Purchased
Dragon RiderEragon (Inheritance, #1)Things Not Seen (Things, #1)The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess, #1)Once Upon a Curse (Tales of the Frog Princess, #3)Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps
  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
  • The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
  • Once Upon a Curse by E. D. Baker
  • Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps by Linda Chapman and Steve Cole
All but the last one came from the thrift store at 50 cents each! And the last one is something my mom picked up for me at…you’ll never guess… Dollar Tree. I didn’t even know they sold books there, but I guess they do. And it’s from a legitimate publisher (HarperCollins), so I’m assuming it’s safe to read (:
Kindle Deals
If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This is the first book on my Kindle that I’ve paid any money for, but at only 2.99, I’m sure it’s worth it (:
NetGalley
Genie Wishes
Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl
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Blogged This Week

Read This Week
Dualed (Dualed, #1)
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
I’ve been stuck in a big, fat reading slump this whole year! Dualed was amazing and unputdownable, and yet it’s taken me an incredibly long time to get through it.
To Read
Time Between UsLexapros and Cons
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo
Some ARC’s that’ve been sitting on my shelf for far to long. Wish me luck!
How was your week? Leave links in the comments below!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fairy Tale Friday #3: Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Have an idea for a future Fairy Tale Friday? Let me know!

This week we actually have a theme! In honor of Scarlet, which I reviewed last week, we’re talking about the Big Bad Wolf!

Little Red Riding Hood

Everyone’s heard of Red Riding Hood I hope! But there are many different versions. The three versions I’m familiar with (though there are dozens more, I’m sure) all start the same, but each comes with a drastically different ending.

  • The wolf eats Red Riding Hood, a woodcutter saves the day, and slaughters the wolf.
  • The wolf eats Red Riding Hood, a woodcutter saves the day, and decides to have fun with the wolf, stuffing rocks in his belly so when he wakes up the weight of the rocks kills him.
  • The wolf eats Red Riding Hood. The End.

For some strange reason, I kind of like the last ending because as far as I can tell, that’s the earliest version of the three, and a wonderful example of how not all fairy tale end in Happily Ever After.

The Wolf and Seven Young Kids

This story follows a similar pattern to both Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs (but more on that later). But instead of little girls or pigs, we get goats. Seven little goats are left home alone, and a wolf comes knocking! But they’ve been warned about how to recognize the wolf, so the wolf has to disguise itself until they’re convinced it’s their mother.

The next thing you know, you’re a little goat trapped in the belly of a wolf until your mother pulls a woodcutter and replaces you with a bunch of rocks, and then you’re laughing your head off as the wolf falls into the river and dies a horrible death. Happy, huh?

The Three Little Pigs

You’ve all heard the story of the three little pigs a zillion times, I bet. But what if I were to tell you that it wasn’t the real story of the three little pigs? Yup! I read two versions of this story, the original and the version found in the Green Fairy Book, and both were very different from what we’ve grown up knowing. Once again, Disney has brainwashed children with a simplified version of the story!

The original begins as we’d expect it to, but once he’s blown down the first two houses (eating the owners), he goes a different route with the third little pig. He cleverly tried to meet him outside of his safe home, but each time the pig is cleverer and narrowly avoids the wolf, ending with a happily after for at least one character.

Now, the other one is much, much different. First off, there is no wolf. Instead, there’s a fox. And second, there’s no straw nor sticks around for house-building. Instead, the first two pigs have houses build out of mud and cabbage, respectively. The fox stops by to visit and after being turned down either digs or chews through the house and captures the pig, taking it back to his lair. The interactions with the third pig are just about the same, and end with a dead wolf and three happy pigs.

And now, being the cruel person that I am, I leave you with a curse. Enjoy!

(Imagine having a mother who forced you to memorize it and sing it in front of a large group of people…I still have nightmares)

Now my favorite part of Fairy Tale Friday, recommending some retellings!

YA RETELLINGS

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3)

I’ve reviewed all three (all with 5 star ratings!) and recommend you check them out

(AWESOME) PICTURE BOOKS

The True Story of the Three Little PigsThe Three Pigs

These are both outstanding picture books that turn the three little pigs upside down (in more ways than one!) One is by Jon Sciesza, and the other won the Caldecott. If that hasn’t convinced you, I don’t know what will!

TV/MOVIE/(BROADWAY)

Once Upon a Time is amazing, and the character of Ruby (aka Red Riding Hood) is one of my favorites. And Into the Woods is my favorite Broadway show second only to Les Miserables. It shows what happens when you mix a bunch of fairy tale characters together and leave them lost in the woods. The best part? They’re both on Netflix!

What are your thoughts on these fairy tales?

Do you have any other retellings to recommend?

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