Hey Guys! I know it has been awhile since I've been on the blogosphere and that's because I've been so busy with school and family drama. I haven't had much time for pleasure reading which is really upsetting because it's my favorite thing to do. Recently though, I have discovered the beauty of the audio book.
Before making the awesome discovery, I thought of the audio book as a way of "reading" for lazy people and I'd never thought about listening to a book myself. However, now that I'm so dreadfully busy with school, I have to multi-task many things and the audiobook has become my friend.
I use Audible and started using them because they have this thing where you get a 30-day free trial and one free audio book. The book I chose to get was Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and I'm loving it so far. I'm only a few chapters in, but listening to it makes me feel so much more immersed in the novel and it's a much more efficient way for me to read now.
I just recently bought another audiobook, Dracula, so that I could listen to it while also annotating the actual book for my English class and it makes the homework so much easier and more fun to do. I'm serious guys, you need Audible in your life. Because of this new discovery, I'm going to review the audio books I've purchased and will try to review books that way.
Thanks to all of my lovely followers for staying with me this long.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.
I really enjoyed Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy so when I heard she was coming out with the Internment Chronicles, I kinda peed myself…yup.
After finishing the book, I proceeded to have a hissy fit because I didn’t have the second book and therefore could not continue the marvelous journey of Morgan and her friends/family. I connected to the characters fairly well, and although the beginning was a bit rocky it smoothed out and eagerly flipped the pages til there were no more pages to flip.
One thing I wished there was more of in Perfect Ruin was world building. I got that Internment was a floating city, but how did it get there? And I wish there would’ve been more description on how partners were picked for people and what kind of jobs there were. I also wish the hierarchy would’ve been expanded on as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book-the character development was fantastic, the action was awesome, and the romance was cute and relatable. I recommend this book to all lovers of YA because Perfect Ruin was AWESOME.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare comes this brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.
Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: join the military or get married. Despite her skills in military strategy, Kestrel’s real passion is music.Which is why she feels compelled to buy Arin, a slave with a talent for singing, at auction. It’s not long before she finds herself falling in love with Arin, and he seems to feel the same for her. But Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for Arin is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart
Monday, September 16, 2013
I should not exist. But I do.
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.
This book…was fantastic.
It starts out with Eva telling the story of how she almost disappeared from her and Addie’s body, but never quite did which meant they were two souls who shared a body-a hybrid, an illegal being. The whole book is told in Eva’s perspective which I quite enjoyed, and in a way it was also told in Addie’s because her emotions and thoughts were felt by the twin soul.
I loved the idea of hybrids and how at one time in this book, it was natural for a person to be born with two souls. The author made the hybrids in a way that it seemed like siblings shared the same body. At times, Eva and Addie would bicker and fight like sisters would. I wish there would’ve been more background on the world’s past; hopefully there’ll be more of that in the second book.
What’s Left of Me was a great start to a new dystopian series and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.
Friday, September 13, 2013
In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny.
Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone's power. That is not all she finds. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.
The first book in this series, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, blew me away with its originality and wonderfully made characters. This second book, I think, was even better.
The world building in this series is great because the author uses description so well. Readers are able to picture just about everything and can actually place themselves in a certain kingdom. The only place I wish would’ve been in the book was Invierne (but I think that’ll be mostly in the third book).
Different characters are introduced in this book such as Conde Tristan and the ex (I use this term very lightly)-Invierno Storm. I grew to like each one and what I like most about Rae Carson’s characters is that they all have different personalities. Elisa was one character that kept me cheering for her to win. She transforms from a shy, self-conscious princess to a magnificent, queen who takes charge and tries to do what’s right for her people.
I love, love, LOVED this book and this series is among my favorites. I seriously need book three in my hands now, because THAT ENDING…You’re just gonna have to read it for yourself.
Monday, September 9, 2013
A SHATTERED EMPIRE
The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.
A DARK LEGACY
Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized.
A GATHERING STORM
Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.
The ghosts of a blood-stained past.
*This review was written by my amazing boyfriend Kolten whom I recommended this series to and this just goes to show that boys will enjoy this book just as much as girls*
Kinslayer written by Jay Kristoff, is one of the best books I have ever read. The intricate world of The Lotus War has me enthralled in the characters and the story, as well as being a sequel to Storm Dancer – again, one of the best books I have ever read – I have been completely engaged with the series.
One of the things I liked most about the writing of Kinslayer was that the storylines were so intertwined that each character displayed in a chapter had a key role towards the end of the book – even though a lot of the times it seemed, at points, that they were in their own little world – and some even had a backstory that surprised me so much that I had to reread it just to make sure what I thought I deducted out of it was right!
Betrayal, secrecy, devising, bravery, commitment, self-identity, are some of the most prominent themes I have found throughout Kinslayer and those themes as well as some others are all you need to make a book like this work.
Now, I saved what I liked best about this book for last: IT HAS A GIANT EAGLE MIXED WITH A WHITE TIGER!!!! Seriously?!?!? What’s there not to like about that! Mix in an alternate reality of a steam-punk Japan, some crazed monks that can’t die, throw in a bad-ass Heroine that rides the giant eagle-tiger creature (a Thunder Tiger for those who haven’t read the book), quite a numerous amount of exoskeleton-suited samurai’s with awesome chain-saw katana weapons, a resistance equipped with the stereotypical ninja’s arsenal, a uneasy political system hanging by a thread, and to top it off: MORE MYSTICAL CREATURES!!!!
I truly did love the writing style of Jay Kristoff, and the story he wrote will stay with me as one of my all-time favorites for as long as I can remember it. The elements of this story are what I want to see in a book every once in a while as well as he mastered combining the elements.
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
I think that Rainbow Rowell is my favorite author now. Seriously, I’m going to buy all her books from now on.
I’m not really a big contemporary fan, but Fangirl was totes amazing. The writing was fan-freaking-tastic and the characters were fun and relatable. Cath reminded me a lot of myself in the way that I’m nerdy about books. I love how Rainbow Rowell had me immersed in Cath’s story as well as the fan fiction Cath was writing about Simon Snow. I loved the little samplers of the Simon Snow fanfic and actual books that were at the beginning of each chapter too.
The family relationships in this book were dead on and were actually there. I liked how Cath and Wren acted differently and weren’t the stereotypical twins. I enjoyed reading about Wren and their dad (and I especially enjoyed how they were both close to their dad). The romantic relationships in this book were awesome too. The main one was cute, slow, and real. Levi is officially one of my favorite male characters because he was so sweet and nerdy.
Overall, Fangirl was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read more of Rainbow Rowell’s books. YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. FO REALS.