Monday, May 27, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
At least I've had lots of time for reading, writing, and planning out my blog schedule for the entire Summer! (Well, at least until mid-July.) I have the majority of my reviews hand-written, so once I get my laptop back you should expect to see at least one review a day! On top of that I have a bunch of other exciting plans!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Hopefully my dad will be able to get a screen and fix it up soon, but that'll take a few weeks minimum. In the mean time I'll be reading and drafting reviews like crazy (I only have about 30 to write. *gulps*)
I might still be on Twitter occasionally, but I don't have a phone and my Kindle Fire won't charge correctly, so I have to use it sparingly, and mostly for reading. In the mean time, I'd love to come back to find lots of beautiful comments! *hint hint nudge nudge*
I'll miss you guys!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
- I FINALLY added a drop-down menu to my blog!
- I rambled on about April and set goals for May
- The Fairy Tales Retold Challenge May Link-Up opened up
- I reviewed Asunder by Jodi Meadows, an amazing sequel
- I interviewed author Jodi Meadows and got to know her much better
- I introduced a new way to get to know bloggers! Behind the Blog! SIGN UP!
- I started up Top Ten Tuesday again and shared my favorite light reads
- I wished for the upcoming Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, a musical fairytale set in Scotland
- I reviewed The Elite by Kiera Cass, a fun follow up to The Selection
- I reviewed fun, quirky Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George, and featured an author guest post on creating Castle Glower
- I listed some of the awesome audiobooks being shared FOR FREE by SYNC audio
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
SIGNED Going Vintage bookmark by Lindsey Leavitt
Breaking Point card by Kristen Simmons
SIGNED Renegade bookmark by J.A. Souders
SIGNED Of Triton bookmark by Anna Banks
Plus much, much more! (Sorry I don’t have a picture!)
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
Thank you Egmont!
ARC’s For Review/Won
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Not sure if I won this, or if they just like me)
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
Thank you Macmillan!
Of Triton by Anna Banks
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke
LES MISERABLES by VICTOR HUGO!
I finally did it! I finished Les Miserables! In a few weeks I’ll be doing a week long celebration of Les Miserables (email me if you like Les Mis and want to do a guest post!)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
How was your week? Leave links in the comments below!
Friday, May 10, 2013
I wasn’t going to post today, and then Bewitched Bookworms just had to blog about SYNC’s Summer Titles! In the past two years there have been a couple of good books, but most just weren’t up my alley. Until this year!
This year they’ve gone above and beyond, including some of my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS as well as books I’ve been wanting to read and a good mix of classics.
Do you see all those glorious books? Those are just a few of the books I’m most excited for!
Here’s the complete schedule of books:
June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)
I love how they pair up the YA with the classics so cleverly!
What do you think of this lineup? Will you be downloading any?
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Source: ARC from Publisher
I'm a huge Jessica Day George fangirl, so I was so excited to read this! I was overjoyed to discover that Wednesdays in the Tower had just as much quirky fun as the first one, but this time taking them on an all-new adventure.
Celie is a wonderful character. She’s clever and witty, and princessy without the pomp. She’s the kind of girl everyone wants to be friends with. In this book we get to know Celie much better, and watch her mature as chance thrusts a baby griffin into her hands. She makes a wonderful mother to Rufus, all while keeping him hidden from the other residents of the castle.
I had so much fun exploring Castle Glower in all of its glory. New things popping up and a mystery bigger than anyone realizes keep both Celie and the reader on their toes. All the new rooms were incredibly creative, and had me wishing that I could visit Castle Glower.
Wednesdays in the Tower was a light, fresh, and thoroughly enjoyable sequel to such a fun Middle-Grade novel that promises to hook readers.
Guest Post on Creating Castle Glower from Jessica Day George
I absolutely love coming up with new rooms for Castle Glower. I’m not usually one of those writers whose characters do and say things on their own, but Castle Glower is the exception. It has rooms even I don’t know about, and I feel like I’m discovering them right along with Celie. Oh, a bouncy room? Neat! A secret passage? Even better! I did try to make sure that nothing was too convenient, that the Castle didn’t just offer Celie rooms and corridors before she even knew she needed them. Many of the rooms and passages in WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER were mentioned but never used in TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE, and vice versa. I loved trying to find a way to describe the bouncy-floored room, without using the word “trampoline” which sounded too modern, but that was also kind of a challenge. How do I say, She’s jumping on a trampoline! without actually saying that word? I loved building a playroom for Rufus, and exploring the holiday feasting hall, particularly once it was full of treasures from around the Castle. I do have a hard time keeping track of what rooms are where, and I have to draw terrible little maps that only make sense to me in order to keep a handle on the Castle and what it’s up to!
About the Author
Jessica Day George earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three young children.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Source: Won ARC
Challenge(s): Sequels, Dystopia
The Selection was the book everyone was talking about in 2012. I mean, who can resist a poofy dress and some drama? I certainly couldn’t. And so I read it, despite some of the controversy surrounding it. I came out loving it to pieces! And then I had the good luck of having an ARC of The Elite appear in front of me. But would I love it as much as the first?
Where do I begin? The Elite was just as fun as the last one, but with a new maturity to it. There’s still plenty of the silliness and drama, but the plot is thickening. Things have been narrowed down, the stakes have been raised, and soon the final decision will be made.
I loved the way the competition was progressing. With it narrowed down to only The Elite, the girls have more responsibilities placed on them, in the form of reality-show style challenges that reminded me of shows like The Apprentice and Design Star (I don’t know how intentional that was, but it was super funny!) We also got to see how the girls act with one another, knowing that if they aren’t careful, they’ll be picked out!
And now…the boys.
Let’s start with Aspen. He’s kind of a jerk. And he’s back in the picture. A strange coincident landed him as a castle guard, and so he and America are running into each other quite frequently, leading America to reevaluate her feelings for him. But he hasn’t changed at all. He’s still a jerk!
I’m kind of conflicted when it comes to Maxon. I loved him even more than I did in the Selection and then he did some things that didn’t sit well with me. Or America, for that matter. These were the brief moments when America wanted to go back with him, and I almost agreed with her. But then he went back to being all amazing and I’d forgive him for everything. By the end I was swooning like crazy over him.
America is a difficult character. She's very independent and strong-willed which I admire, but she also doesn't think things through and is indecisive, which can be very irritating. She also seemed to be pushing people away from herself, which really affected her relationships in the book. In the end I think I really liked her, though.
The writing was a vast improvement to that in The Selection, which made for an overall more enjoyable experience. Kiera is definitely an author I look forward to reading much more of (especially if Maxon is involved).