Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring is around the corner and What's Next? (3)

What's Next? is a meme hosted by IceyBooks to help decide what book to read next. I've decided to participate in this meme whenever I need help deciding on a book.

March is one of my favorite months in the year! We turn the hour up ahead (okay so we lose an hour of sleep but the day gets longer!) and spring is later in the month! Yes lot of explanation points!!!

That being said I'm not quite sure what book to start the month with.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

I just have to start out saying I stayed up to four o'clock in the morning reading this and then woke up at nine (without my alarm clock going off) in the morning so I could finish this. I couldn't put this book down. I don't recommend starting this book before you go to bed. This was my introduction to the whole YA post-apocalyptic trend and I'm glad that it was (considering I still can't manage to even touch The Hunger Games).

The book starts out with a girl simply called Girl15 or fifteen. Fifteen dreams of becoming a Hunter, one out of three jobs a person in her enclave is given, though some might say and think she would make a better Breeder. The other job is a Builder. Having lived long enough to earn a name fifteen is given the named if you can guess, by the slightly spoiling description, "Deuce". What is it with book descriptions? She works hard to prove that she is a Huntress and not a Breeder. Deuce is partnered with Fade our typical sort of dark hero, who wasn't born in the enclave yet survived the tunnels as a child. Fade sees things differently at first and the two clash.

First of all I liked the characters, even Fade who I refereed to as "our typical sort of dark hero". One of my favorite characters was actually Tegan who we met later on, she had gone through so much, and they kept referring to her as a "breeder" like it was a bad thing. Yet, I think she was probably one of the strongest. In the Enclave we never really saw the women Breeders we saw Deuces friend and they would say he had the easy job. I think that would be the right thing to say, male breeders probably did have the easiest jobs, but I don't think the same could have been said about the female breeders who had to carry the babies to full term and could die during childbirth (which was what happened to Deuce's mother if I remember correctly). Easiest job in the Enclave or ever? I don't think so.

Another thing I liked, I'm not really someone who worries to much about "character development" believe it or not. I don't believe it happens to much in real life, so when characters stay the same throughout a book it doesn't exactly faze me. However, what I really liked about Deuce was at the beginning of the book, she saw the way the Enclave was the run as a way to protect the people who lived in it. She always did the right thing. She wanted to be a Huntress so that she could protect the "brats" so that she could give back to the Enclave. As the book goes on she fights with herself about having a soft heart, what she refers to as a "breeders heart" and she realizes the faults with Enclave and takes off those rose colored glasses.

Now I have to wait until I buy the second one. This one sort of ended at a bit of a cliffhanger. Usually that would leave me a little angry, but I guess, I just loved the book too much.

Easily, I gave it 5/5.

This is a book from my own personal library.

Scary Beautiful by Niki Burnham

Description: "Chloe Rand's life is great.

She has a serious boyfriend, she's about to start her junior year of high school, and she has a tight group of girlfriends. But when her boyfriend moves across the country and decides the long-distance-relationship thing just isn't for him, Chloe's devastated. Worse, she soon learns that when you're the prettiest girl in school and totally unattached, everyone starts treating you differently. Girls don't trust you, guys aren't sure what to make of you, and everyone assumes you're either spoiled, dumb, or both.

Chloe realizes that she's been living the last few years in a bubble and decides to do something about it. But when she falls for Billy, a total geek, will it make her situation better...or worse?

Scary Beautiful

A Romantic Comedy for every girl who has fallen for the wrong guy"

Okay, to be honest, I have the description up there for a reason. Anyway, this is a book I first read some years back. I remember that this book was incredibly high on my wishlist, I had stumbled upon at the used bookstore and I was really excited to read it. When I picked it up earlier this week, I forgot that I had been slightly disappointed by it the first time. Don't get me wrong, this book is incredibly cute, but it hadn't been what I had wanted back then.

From the description you would think that this is going to be a cute little romance novel about Chloe and Billy, however, the "romance" actually takes a backseat to the drama that is Chloe, her friends, and kind of her ex (I say kind of because he's not really directly the problem here either). Which is where most of my disappointment comes from, I'm expecting this possible awkward romance between a somewhat popular girl trying to get over her ex and a geek. And, we get a girl getting over her ex dealing with her girlfriends who really only know how not to talk their problems out. Oh and then there's that guy... whose supposed to be important, but we only see him every so often.

If I wasn't expecting a "romantic comedy" because it wasn't very romantic or funny, I would have probably been less disappointed. That is my word for this book "disappointed". Still it was cute, and you have to give Chloe her props for trying to find herself after her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her. This isn't even just a "high school girl" sort of problem. She handled this well I think, she didn't wallow in self-pity like some people/characters do after their significant others breakup with them. It was also a really quick read, I think I finished it in only a handful of hours.

There is one more thing that bothered me. We are reminded every so often (more often than we see Billy), that Chloe is just so PRETTY. Now, I've actually always been confused by this whenever I come upon this in the media, why women are always portrayed this way? That we hate women who are prettier than us? I don't know if it's because I grew up with brothers. But I personally have always gotten along better with other women as opposed to be men, no matter how much prettier they are than me (than again appearance has never really mattered to me). So the fact that Chloe and her friends think that the other girls hate Chloe now because she's so PRETTY and SINGLE now, kind of baffled me.

Eh, I gave it a 3/5.

This is a book from my own personal library.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Another Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Coming Up!

There is another Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon hosted by Debz Bookshelf coming up soon! I plan on participating and hosting a giveaway again. Be sure to sign up if you have the time!

Blog Tour: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

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The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.



“My top pick of 2012 YA… This book is just. plain. fun.”
~Jordan McCollum, author of Saints & Spies and I, Spy

“Sariah Wilson's new book, The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, is hilarious…What follows is a story of fun and romance with some good non-preachy life lessons thrown in.  The voice in the main character, Mattie, makes the whole thing.  I thought it was definitely a book I'd recommend to anyone with teenagers or who just want to read a good teen romance.”

~Julie Coulter Bellon, author of All Fall Down and All’s Fair

“Sariah [Wilson] has written one of the funniest stories I've read in such a long, long time. I literally couldn't put it down. Yes, my poor Kindle's battery died and I was attached to a short power cord, contorted in a very uncomfortable position while I read to the end…. Sariah Wilson captured the back- biting, insecure, hormone-driven, clique-riddled high school atmosphere so perfectly you'd think she never grew up. I dare you not to laugh as you read this witty and oh, so, romantic story.”
~Debra Erfert of Windows into Writing

“Sariah Wilson writes like the best of/most popular YA teen fiction/teen romance authors - Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Echols, Susanne Collins, Cassandra Clare.  She sucks you in and never lets you go.  I finished the ~194 novel in one night because I just couldn't go to sleep without knowing the ending!  I hope that Sariah comes out with more novels, I know I'll be re-reading this one all the time!  She's extremely talented and needs to be talked about.  I highly recommend The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back! to anyone (over the age of 12) who wants a YA novel that's a real modern-day fairy tale.”
~Hilary at Novel d’Tales

“This was such an entertaining story! I shouldn't have started reading it so late in the evening, because I didn't want to put it down to go to sleep…This is a book I can see myself reading several times. It's a fast, clean read with great characters, and I highly recommend it.”
~Andrea of Literary Time Out

The book is wonderful.  It’s quirky and fun.  The story makes you laugh and you fall in love with the characters right from the beginning…This is a well-written book.  It is one that will make you smile and sigh as you remember your first love.  And it has a moral…be yourself, believe in yourself and maybe, just maybe, your fairytale will come true.  Pick up this book.”
~Ana of The Book Hookup

Author Sariah Wilson

Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Showcase Sunday (18)

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

I've been a little bad. I haven't made much of a dent in my TBR pile this past month however, I still ended up buying a few books...,

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Blog Tour: Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough

About Root Bound

Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough (Fantasy/Adventure)
Publication date: June 3rd 2012
by Baba Yaga Press
"A lighthearted, whimsical confection that will delight both kids and their parents’ inner child." - Kirkus Reviews

How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.

School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world.

There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.


--Barnes & Noble:

My Review

I have to admit I found Root Bound to be a little difficult to get into. I thought it was going to be a quick read however, I found that I kept wanting to put it down and go do something else. Had I not been a part of the tour I might have continued bothering with it at all. It wasn't until about halfway though chapter four that I thought okay, now it's getting good and I'm glad I stuck with it.

One of the things I did like early on in the book was Emma's introduction to the brownies. Actually I'm pretty sure I just like the brownies in general. Another thing, for me, I find that even if I'm having trouble with the story, as long as I like the characters I can continue on. Though I had begun to like the story as I read on, I found the characters likable fairly early on.

Though I grew up in the same city (especially a rather small city) seeing the same people, going to school with the same group of people all the way up to junior high and always felt at home and knowing my place. I can assume that Emma's feelings about moving all the time wanting a home are relatable ones. As I read the book, I felt for her. I remember reading the part after her first day at her new school and thinking I couldn't imagine having the sort of day. I wouldn't know how I would have handled it.

I ended up deciding to give the book 3/5. I often change my mind after giving some more time to think about a book. I just feel like I kept putting my kindle down too often at the beginning and even once I had gotten into it, it was just something I didn't feel like I HAD to finish.

About the author

Tanya Karen Gough was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in New England, where she developed a healthy appetite for ghosts and things that go bump in the night. An avid reader from a young age, she quickly worked her way through Alice in Wonderland, the Magical Monarch of Mo, Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, all of the Tintin comic books, Nancy Drew, and most of the other books in the children's library.

Finally, at the tender age of 10, she produced this poetic masterpiece:

"Whene'er you get a wandering leg
And feel that you must roam
Remember this and don't forget
The best place is at home"

To date, she has moved more than 25 times. Along the way, she earned two degrees in English Literature, taught overseas, became the owner operator of the Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue, and contributed to a number of Shakespeare-related publications. Root Bound is the first of four books in the Emma and the Elementals series.

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Giveaway 1: ebook copy of Root Bound (opened internationally). It'll be open for a week. Prizes will be sent out on March 5th.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Blitz: The Prophecy by Rachel Deagan

The Prophecy by Rachel Deagan
Publication date: February 8th, 2013
Genre:YA Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction
“The cards tell me of the children of the stars.”

Jacey thinks her life is worthless, when she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after a failed attempt to end her life; her wounds miraculously healed. Devin, who claims to kill on touch, is also there. When Michael arrives, bearing telekinetic powers, he insists the government, and an even darker, more powerful force, wants them dead.

In a desperate attempt to escape for their lives, the three teens find they must confront an even greater adversary, themselves - and with a prophecy forced upon them, they must find a way to accept their fate, or rebel together, as one.


       Michael grabbed us both by the arms, as he bolted for the fully closed and barred window, which faced nothing but blacktop and honking cars below. “Don’t worry, we’ve got Jacey. Heal us, love.”
       I didn’t have time to think about what that meant. He let go of me briefly as he extended his arm in front of him. The bars snapped and the glass exploded free from the pane in an array of pixilated fragments—colored jewels against the starry sky. “Close your eyes,” Michael said, as he took my arm, and leapt through.
       Everything dropped away as I fell. Time had momentarily suspended, and the air around me hollered in my ears. In the distance I heard men yelling, and even the crack of a gunshot—at least it sounded like one—but that commotion was soon drowned out by the low hum of car engines and blasting horns. My senses caught up to me as I saw the pavement closing in.
       I was going to die.
       “Tuck your chin and roll” Michael’s words sounded faint through the rush in my ears. “It’ll lessen the impact.”
       A billion thoughts flushed through my mind faster than I would have thought humanly possible, the main one being: He’s insane. What’s the point? Even so, in a last-ditch effort to survive, I closed my eyes and bent my chin to my chest, just as the ground met me.
       The bones in my upper back cracked with the impact, along with a stinging roar of pain. I felt my legs bounce, as I rolled out onto the blacktop. A buzz sounded in my head. I couldn’t move. The sound of a car skidding, its tires ripping with the smell of burnt rubber, shuddered through me, and then everything went white.


Rachel Deagan
Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the 'dreamy' one with her head in the clouds. She now lives in Nevada with her two sons, a cat, and a rat named Sam.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Showcase Sunday (17)

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

I was doing a pretty good job the past month in not buying any new books, until about a few days ago, when I ended up buying more than the one book I meant to buy (The Archived). Oh well.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Let's Talk (1)

Let's Talk is a weekly meme originally hosted by Melissa from i swim for oceans. It is now being hosted by Smash from Smash Attack Reads and Kt from a Book Obsession.

This weeks topic is: "Procrastination: does it rule your life? Or are you more of the prepared/scheduled type?"

I plan to procrastinate. No seriously.  If I have a deadline for anything, if it's for the blog if I need to get a review done or I have a paper done for school, I say "Okay, I need it done by [date] I can get it done a week before it's due or a few days before it's due." And then I do whatever I want until then.

Depending on the circumstances I do work better under pressure. And I have noticed that with some of my professors as I noticed with some of my teachers back in high school, it doesn't matter how much time I spend on my assignments, if I'm going to pass I'm going to pass, if I'm going to do poorly I'm going to do poorly. So I'll save myself the time and not put too much effort into it and still get my decent/failing grade.

However, I hate being late for things. So I try to get dressed early, and I hate people who are always late. Of course, that doesn't stop me from showing up to work late, then again I'm not especially fond of my job. But I'm a planner when it comes to leaving the house. I'm a homebody and I don't like spontaneous outings. If I plan on staying in all day I'm annoyed when I have leave. The only exception is when I've been needing something and I find a ride (I don't drive). When I plan to go out I always plan everything an hour ahead of time so that people will show up on time. When people show up late, I change my plans from going out to staying home, yes, I'm that person.

So mostly I'm a procrastinator who plans to procrastinate. Just not when I leave my house. Time moves too quickly when I'm out of the house to procrastinate.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon Goals!

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon

The Wicked Valentine's Read-A-Thon started at midnight, I was actually reading before I went to bed last night and finished my book at like two in the morning. A good start, I think to the read-a-thon. I'm hoping to spend at least a few hours every day reading (the only exception being Sunday which I work all day). I'm hoping to get to a few books this week (two of them are for blog tours I'm participating in later this month):


And what I finished in the early hours of the morning:


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2nd Blogoversary Winners!

Jessie's 2nd Blogoversary Giveaway is over! The winner of the Book of Your Choice Giveaway was:


As for My Favorite 2012 Reads I decided to pick two winners. They are:


And it looks like Fairy Tales won which works for me, the color are very spring like and I'm ready for the spring.

Moonsongs series by E.J. Wesley Blog Tour (And GIVEAWAYS!)

About Blood Fugue

“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried.

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.” Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

Find Blood Fugue at: Amazon, GoodReads

My Review For Blood Fugue

Can I just say wow? The average rating on GoodReads for Blood Fugue is 4.46, I know you didn't stop by Jessie's Book Place to for me to be a captain obvious. However, I had noticed that before I had started reading this and I looked over some reviews and I was a little worried that maybe I was going to expect too much of this. No not at all.

The first paragraph had me hooked. I loved the humor that's sort of thrown into the book. The book starts off with Jenny talking about how she looks at the past compared to how others looked at it. Two of my favorite lines in the whole book are in that one paragraph. I might have talked about this in another review, but, the first person point of view is sometimes iffy for me. Thankfully, Jenny is an awesome character, she isn't chatty and that definitely helps with getting past the first person point of view bit. The characters on a whole were rather likable.

Unfortunately, though it is a very quick read, I had a ton of distractions, so it took me longer to get through than I had expected. Of course, that more of a complaint toward my family than toward the book itself. Once I was done with it however, I was really happy that I had the second one waiting for me to get to. If I do have one complaint, it would have to be that I felt like things just happened. That maybe there wasn't really a flow to one thing happening to the other. Of course, as I said before, I was distracted while I was reading it, so if that had to do with the fact that I was caught up with whatever was going on at home or the book itself I'm not entirely sure.

I would definitely give the book a 4.5/5.

About Witch's Nocturne

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.

Witch's Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of paranormal-horror-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley. These stories contain language and content better suited for mature readers.

Find Witch's Nocturne at: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads

My Review For Witch's Nocturne 

Honestly, even though I was really excited to read Witch's Nocturne (and I'm hoping for more), I was slightly disappointed with this one. I don't know if my expectations were just too high after Blood Fugue. Don't get me wrong, I liked Witch's Nocturne.

Again it was a quick read, I read this one much faster than I read the first book in the series (probably because I was alone in the house). We are introduced to a few new characters in this book, they aren't exactly what they might appear to be at first. The action and humor are all there from the first book. Jenny is still learning to be a "real adult" though she might not exactly be trying. It's kind of like what I like to ask people "bills what bills?" One part of the book that stands out to me the most and that I think was one of my favorites was Jenny's second (or would you call in third) visit to the library in her life.

The end of Witch's Nocturne does leave possibilities for the future. Even from the first book not all the question were answered and now there are more and now there are witches to be worried about.

I'm currently unsure of how I would rate the book. Right now I would say 3.5/5. Though it could be because I just finished it. If I gave myself some time to think it over it's possible I could change my mind.

About the author

Born and raised in Oklahoma, E.J. grew up in a land of good earth and better people. He holds degrees in psychology and counseling, but prefers to spend his time in the heads of imaginary people to real ones. He writes and lives in South Texas, and loves to chat about movies, books, music, food, and family.

Find the Author: GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter, Blog


And who doesn't love a giveaways! As part of the tour Jessie's Book Place is able to giveaway BOTH ebooks to TWO winners! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below (I believe, I'll set the Rafflecopter to be open for two weeks)! The giveaway is opened internationally!

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This last giveaway is the tour wide giveaway! Here are the prizes:

  • 1 Prize Package #1: Signed copy of Soul Screamers Vol. 1 by Rachel Vincent, Signed copy of Capital Hell by Alicia M. Long, signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Texas (Little Known Facts about Well Known Places (Package open to US addresses only) by Victor Dorff
  • 2 winners of a $15 GC to amazon or B&N
  • 1 winner of $20 towards The Book Depository (INT ONLY!)

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Monday, February 4, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (13)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. I've decided that I'll do this meme, every couple of weeks (or you know, something like that).