Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: October 21, 2014

Pages: 391 (Hardcover)
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
My Rating:
5 of 5 stars

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Time for a Change

You may have noticed that things are looking a bit different and you might be scared you've found the wrong blog, but have no fear you've probably come to the right place! I've been thinking about changing the looks of my blog for awhile now, but I'm lazy and couldn't find something that I liked until recently. I actually really like my new look. The only thing I miss is the old header, but other than that I'm really happy with what I did!

If you notice that something looks wrong/weird or isn't working let me know because I've been editing the code a bit and I'm still not great at editing it so there might be a problem here and there.

Anyway I feel like changing my template is giving me a fresh start. Hopefully I'll be able to read more often once I get all this college stuff out of the way and know where I'm going in the fall. I'm also thinking about doing a new releases post every Sunday like I used and maybe bring back Words of the Week, but I'm not making any promises that those posts will be every week or come back at all.

Oh and expect a review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue very soon!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ARC Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Published: January 27, 2015
501 (Paperback)
The Bone Season #2
My Rating:
4 of 5 stars

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 End of Year Book Survey

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
Hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner

 2014 Reading Stats

Number of books I read: 30
Number of re-reads: 0 I think
Genre I read the most from: fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best book you read in 2014?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?
 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston because I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did.

4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did) in 2014?
Probably The Raven Boys

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014?
Start: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Sequel: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Ender: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Rainboy Rowell

7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Eleanor and Park

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
The Forever Song

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Cole from Sinner

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Dreams of Gods & Monsters

13. Most thought-provoking/life changing book of 2014?
The Poisonwood Bible

14. Book you can't believe you waited until 2014 to finally read?
Eleanor and Park

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?
"Don't try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you're good, bad things can still happen. And if you're bad, you can still be lucky."
-The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2014?
Shortest: The Great Gatsby
Longest: City of Heavenly Fire

17. Book that shocked you the most?
 Their Eyes Were Watching God

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
Isabel & Cole from Sinner and Kami & Jared from Unmade  

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year
 Kami and Angela from Unmade

20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you've read previously?
 The Forever Song

21.  Best book you read in 2014 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
Eleanor and Park

22. Newest fictional crush?
Bishop from Panic

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutoski

24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?
The Bone Season

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
Eleanor and Park

26. Book you made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?
Cress, Evertrue, and City of Heavenly Fire

27. Hidden gem of the year?
The Bone Season

28. Book that crushed your soul?
Eleanor and Park

29. Most unique book you read in 2014?

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog?
This is going to sound bad, but I haven't really been looking at new blogs. Oops...

2. Favorite review that you wrote?
The review of Evertrue

3. Best discussion/non-review post?

4. Best event that you participated in?
I'm not sure. I've been pretty absent this year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life?
Knowing that I still have readers even though I haven't been posting as much as I used. (sorry about that!)

6. Most popular post this year?
My review of Panic

7. Post you wished got a little more love?
My review of Just One Year

8. Best bookish discover?
I found this site called thriftbooks

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals?
I completed the Goodreads one

Looking Ahead

1. One book you didn't get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2015?
I own Blue Lily, Lily Blue and have been meaning to read it for at least a month now, but I just haven't had the time. Hopefully I'll have more time to read it this year.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating?
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating?
Winter by Marissa Meyer

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015?
I definitely want to blog more and read a lot more than I did this year. I really miss blogging, but I just haven't had the time due to college applications and school work, but I should get more of break when second semester starts.

6. A 2015 release you've already read & recommend to everyone:
I'm currently reading The Mime Order and so far I love it so unless it goes downhill later I definitely recommend it.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Published: September 16, 2013
320 (Hardcover)
The Fifth Wave #2
My Rating:
3 of 5 stars

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: September 23, 2014
Random House
384 (Hardcover)
The Lynburn Legacy #3
My Rating:
4 of 5 stars

Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.
Set against a centuries-old legacy of blood, power, and vengeance, the truth does not seem like much of a weapon. But it is all Kami has.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: September 24, 2013
Random House
367 (Paperback)
The Lynburn Legacy #2
My Rating:
4 of 5 stars

It's time to choose sides.... 

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.