Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #5(Sorry I've been gone a while)

Waiting on Wednesday! Also known as TBR Expansion Day! It's a weekly meme hosted by Jill @Breaking the Spine , that highlights the books that we are looking forward to the most!

This week my WoW is..



Isla and the Happily Ever After
by Stephanie Perkins
Release date: September 17th, 2013
Preorder it here

"From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new."


                                                                                        Why?
Because I loved Anna and Lola and I can't wait to see them again and to meet Isla really for the first time!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday! Also known as TBR Expansion Day! It's a weekly meme hosted by Jill @Breaking the Spine , that highlights the books that we are looking forward to the most!

This week my WoW is..







The Chaos of Stars
by Kiersten White
Release Date: September 10th,2013
Preorder it here

"Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all."

                                                                                 Why?

Egyptian gods? Mysterious nightmares? That awesome cover? An author I already love? 

 Why not?



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Books & Bloggers Swap- Recap



This is the first swap I've participated in and I've loved it! It was fun picking books and then the anticipation of receiving my book, especially since I didn't know who it was coming from,this swap being Round Robin style.


Anyway, this is my recap post.




The first book, the one my partner loved:

Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan

It's about faeries and  Queen Elizabeth I?
Yes,please. I'm positive I'll enjoy this very much! Thank you!



The Second, a book she hasn't read, but think I will enjoy:

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

This one has been on my to-read shelf foreveeer and I will be reading this one soon!

Third,a book on my wish-list:

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
This one had me at the summery!





Thank you, Tracy@RoseandLou.com so much!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #3




Waiting on Wednesday! Also known as TBR Expansion Day! It's a weekly meme hosted by Jill @Breaking the Spine , that highlights the books that we are looking forward to the most!

This week my WoW is..


School Spirits (School Spirits #1)
by Rachel Hawkins
Publication date: May 14th, 2013
Preorder it here 

"Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt? 

Rachel Hawkins' delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as theNew York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!"


I loooove Rachel Hawkins and will read basically anything she writes!


What's your WoW?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #2-Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea



Waiting on Wednesday! Also known as TBR Expansion Day! It's a weekly meme hosted by Jill @Breaking the Spine , that highlights the books that we are looking forward to the most!

This week my WoW is..






Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1)
 by 
Publication date: August 20th,2013
Preorder it here
"You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch."



The cover,the summery,everything! I can't wait to read this one!

What about you?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday! Also known as TBR Expansion Day! It's a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that highlights the books that we are looking forward to the most!






This week,my first week(!), my WoW is...







Dark Triumph by Robin LeFevers
Release date : April 23rd, 2013


I loooovvveeddd Grave Mercy and I can't wait to read Sybella's story. Sybella was a really mysterious character in Grave Mercy and I really want to get in her head, even if she is crazy,hahaha. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: Geek High by Piper Banks

Review of Geek High by Piper Banks

Release date: November 6th,2007
Format: Paperback, 242 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade
Source: Bought.


Summery from Goodreads:

"At this school, everyone's a geek. And Miranda Bloom still can't fit in...

Miranda is a math genius with divorced parents, an evil stepmother, and no boyfriend in sight. She can't even fit in with the other geeks at the Nottingham Independent School for high-IQ students, because theyactually have useful talents. Miranda, on the other hand, is known as "The Human Calculator," which doesn't amount to much when people have, you know, their own calculators.

Then Miranda gets stuck planning the school's Snowflake Gala. And as she struggles to find a date and drum up some school spirit at Nottingham-aka "Geek High"-she finds that who you are means more than where you fit in."



When I first read the summery for Geek High, I was hooked. This book isn't some great epic that will keep you up all night wondering what'll happen next, but it is a cute pleasurable read. It's just what you need after reading something dark. Geek High is light and a little bit of fluff. But it's good. It was funny and endearing, a little predictable in some places, but also a new take on being a teenager. Being a nerd!


A nerd that was judging others the way she didn't want them to judge her. The way she assuming the pretty rich girl would be a snob or the hot jock would be a meat-head was a little annoying, but she is only 15, and really, who doesn't occasionally do that? 



Rating- 3/12 stars.

-Jodie

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Review of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.


Release date: August 30th, 2011.
Format: Hardcover, 316 pages.
Publisher: Tor Teen.
Source: Gifted.

Summery from Goodreads :

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


This book. The Feels.  Anna.  

Anna Dressed in Blood opens while Cas is on a hunt, a poor ghost trying to get to the girl he'll never see again. Right from the start, it hooked me. Cas was funny and broody and badass. And Anna. Anna is the badass. I love Kendare's description of Anna, especially when we first met her. It was frightening and beautiful. She was frightening and beautiful. But also tragic. Her murder, and her horrible mother. I really hope her mother hatred is explained a little more in Girl of Nightmares. 

But something that really annoyed me was Gideon and Cas's mother trying to keep Cas from knowing anything about his father murder. I didn't like the way he had to hide the research he was doing. Also, Will. Will was a complete,ahem, ding-dong. I really,really disliked Will. And he was  really the only one that missed Mike, which I found funny. The way Mike's disappearance  was just swept under the rug was a little disconcerting, but not entirely surprising. 


Anyway, I'm still a little overwhelmed with that ending. 


Rating: 4 1/2 stars.

-Jodie

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.

                                              Review of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.
  

Release date: May 22, 2012 (Original German Publication January 6th 2009)
Format: Paperback,352
Publisher: Square Fish (Original German publisher is Arena Verlag)
Source:Library book club.

      Summery from Goodreads:

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon—the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red is young adult novel full of fantasy and romance.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ruby Red was voted for next months book club at my library and I received the book today-well,technically yesterday,as it in now 3:05 am. I had gotten home, gotten on my laptop and was going through email and Goodreads when my laptop was lagging, so I decided to read a little while waiting,so I picked up Ruby Red. I quickly lost interest in the internet (Yes,I'm shocked too!) and was engrossed in the book! That was around 10:30ish pm. I finished Ruby Red about ten minutes ago. And I loved it!


I loved the mystery, while simultaneously hating being kept in the dark. It being in first-person,the reader,being me, only knows as much as the character,Gwyn,which isn't nearly as much as I'd have liked!
Everyone in  treating her like  either a child or a threat , and it's infuriating! Gwyneth handled all that much better than I would, I would have ended up punching someone or throwing a big fit until I was told everything. Kerstin Gier,the evil-mastermind, manages to let only the barest information loose,keeping the reader on tenterhooks throughout the whole book,always wondering what is around the corner. 

And the Boy! Oh,Gideon. So annoying and infuriating one moment and then so sweet and endearing the next. Ordering her about and being chauvinistic and downright obnoxious and then kind and alluring .
And Gwyn's friendship with lesley was so cute and funny. It was nice to have that little from all the secrets and danger. And the surprise at the end! Gosh! I'm going to have to get Sapphire Blue tomorrow! Really,who needs sleep?




Overall rating: 4 1/2 stars. 


-Jodie

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Books-n-Bloggers Swaps!

                   Books-Bloggers Swaps!



Hello,my name is Jodie and I have too many books. So when I saw this awesome swap,I had to enter!
I've never done one of these before,but I'm sure it'll be awesome! :D

                               
                                                 How it works:
You purchase 3 books for your partner.  One book you love, one book you haven't read but think they'll like, and one book from their wishlist which will be provided to you.  Then you ship them off, and your partner does the same for you!

Books can be used, new, hardcover, paperback, or even ebook format (if your partner has an eReader) but must be in good condition.

Dates to Remember:
Sign-Ups Open: January 7th, 2013
Sign-Ups Close: January 13th, 2013
Partners Assigned: January 15th, 2013
Books Sent: January 25th & 26th, 2013
Books Arrive by: February 5th, 2013
Linky Party Runs: Jan. 30th-Feb. 7th, 2013

Shipping:
Due to issues with shipping in the past all packages sent through USPSMUST be sent priority and must get a tracking number.  This is mandatory, and not optional.  Packages can also be sent FedEx or UPS and a tracking number is also mandatory with these services.

This swap is open to participants in the USA and Canada.
To participate, head over to

   It's too late now,but subscribe to her  blog for updates for next time! :D

Monday, January 7, 2013

150+ Reading Challenge for 2013









You can sigh up for this challenge here.


DETAILS/RULES:

1. The goal is to read 150 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Posting on GoodReads or wherever you post your reviews is good enough.

2. Allowed are: Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible and comic books.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st, 2013 thru December 31, 2013. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.


6. When you sign up under Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.