Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Beat the Heat Read-a-thon Updates

 Phantasmic Reads
Day 1:
Currently Reading: Earthbound
Pages/Percent read: Earthbound-5%
I got home a little late from work and did not feel much like reading. We had to take the cat to the vet and she has a virus, so two shots for her, plus her normal medicine for asthma. She had a rough night, but just seems tired this morning.

Day 2:
Currently Reading: Earthbound, Will of the Empress
Pages/Percent read: Earthbound-2%, Will of the Empress-26 pages

Day 3:
Currently Reading: Will of the Empress, Once a Witch, Cuckoo's Calling, Hero
Pages/Percent read: Will of the Empress-32 pages, Once a Witch- 46, Cuckoo's Calling- 3%, Hero-16 pages

I was able to get a ebook copy of Cuckoo's Calling through the library, so I HAD to start on it immediately. You only get so much time with them. Also I have heard such good things about the book, I probably would have started it anyway. I was really in the reading mood yesterday, so I feel like I accomplished alot. I hope to go back to Earthbound tonight, I did most of my reading during lunch at work, and did not have my Kindle with me, so I could not continue Tavia, Benson, and Quinn's story.

Day 4:
Currently Reading: Earthbound, Cuckoo's Calling
Pages/Percent read: Earthbound-5%, Cuckoo's Calling-5%
Mini-challenge: Jessi's YA Cover Challenge

I had to attend a Back to School Open House for the library and did not get much reading accomplished. It was good to see the children though and I can't believe it is already time for them to go back to school!

Day 5:
Currently Reading: Earthbound, Cuckoo's Calling
Pages/Percent read: Earthbound-15% and finished!, Cuckoo's Calling- 28 pages
Books finished: 1 Earthbound

Day 6:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling- 29 pages

Day 7:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling, Girl With the Iron Touch
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling-7 pages, Girl With the Iron Touch-23%

Day 8:
Currently Reading:Cuckoo's Calling, Girl With the Iron Touch
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling-14 pages, Girl With the Iron Touch-10%

Day 9:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling-11 pages

Day 10:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling, Girl With the Iron Touch
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling- 35 pages  , Girl With the Iron Touch- 8%

Day 11:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling, Girl With the Iron Touch
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling- 10 pages , Girl With the Iron Touch- 3%

Day 12:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling, Girl With the Iron Touch, Hero
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling- 35 pages , Girl With the Iron Touch- 10% and finished!, Hero- 17 pages
Books finished 2 Earthbound and Girl With the Iron Touch

Day 13:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling, Hero
Pages/Percent read:Cuckoo's Calling- 18 pages, Hero- 4 pages

Day 14:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling, Hero
Pages/Percent read:Cuckoo's Calling- 25 pages, Hero- 8 pages

Day 15:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling
Pages/Percent read:Cuckoo's Calling- 20 pages

Day 16:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling, Once a Witch
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling- 26 pages, Once a Witch- 65 pages

Day 17:
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling
Pages/Percent read:Cuckoo's Calling- 15 pages

Day 18
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling
Pages/Percent read:Cuckoo's Calling- 43 pages

Day 19
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling
Pages/Percent read: Cuckoo's Calling-102 and finished!
Books finished-3 Earthbound, Girl with the Iron Touch, and Cuckoo's Calling

Day 20
Currently Reading: Once a Witch, Hero
Pages/Percent read: Once a Witch- 138 pages, Hero- 10 pages

Day 21
Currently Reading: Once a Witch, Chaos of Stars
Pages/Percent read: Once a Witch- 38 pages

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 signup

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I will chose a reading list and set goals at a later date!

Beat the Heat Readathon Starting Line



This is hosted by Jessi at Auntie Spinelli Reads and Reanna at Phantasmic Reads. My goal is to read 500 pages, to participate in at least one mini-challenge, comment on a few blogs, and to find some new blogs to follow. I hope to finish Earthbound and maybe one more book.

My reading list:
Finish Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Defy the Dark-edited by Saundra Mitchell
Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

Starting August 1
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein-my August Random Read
Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White
Hero by Althea Kontis
Awaken by Meg Cabot

Novella
Shadows by Jennifer Armentrout


Sunday, July 28, 2013

High Summer Read-a-thon Wrap-up



I set a goal of 300 pages read and maybe one book and one novella finished and I was able to meet my goal! I finished My Soul to Take and already reviewed it! I also finished the Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy and Son of Sobek, so two novellas finished. I read a total of 341 pages, not bad for working all week and for having a few busy nights. I really enjoyed the read-a-thon and wish I could have attended the Twitter chats. Maybe next time around! I was able to comment on quite a few blogs and found a couple of new blogs to follow. Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

I have been wanting to read this series for awhile and decide Rachel Vincent would be a good author to add to the New Authors challenge I signed up for and I used this for one of everyone but you has read this square for Book Bingo. I love the concept of a book about banshees and there were some great twist in this first book.

Kaylee Cavanaugh knows she is different, because not everyone knows when someone is going to die and not everyone has to hold in a scream when they have this vision. Kaylee thinks her first experience is just a panic attack or some mental disorder she has, but when she has a second attack in the club Taboo, she realizes she is wrong. Kaylee does not know why she has this gift and only confides in her best friend Emma and her new boyfriend Nash. Nash is the only one who can calm her during her episodes and little does she know that is because he is like her. Neither one of them are human, they are both bean sidhes or banshees. Kaylee does not want to just sing for the dead's souls she wants to save them, but Nash convinces her of their real duty by introducing her to Tod, a reaper. Tod tells her about the exchange, if she saves a soul, it will lead to another person's death and the first person would live on borrowed time. Unfortunately for Kaylee, a reaper has gone rogue and she will stop at nothing to find the reaper and prevent wrongful deaths. When the reaper strikes close to home, Kaylee will make a major sacrifice that could cost her dearly.

I loved the twists in this story and was surprised by the end. This had a great deal of suspense as well as being about paranormal beings and I loved the suspense and mystery. Kaylee and Nash are an interesting combination, but there are hints that she may be drawn to Tod as well. I was surprised at the twist with Tod as well, but I won't give that away, since the surprise comes close to the end of the book.

Favorite Character: Emma. I loved her humor and her willingness to be there for Kaylee and her willingness to believe her friend. She is loyal and fun.

Favorite Quote: "You'll have as much of a happy ending as you're willing to work for. And from what I've seen so far, you're not afraid of a little work."

Nice suspense and mystery with an interesting paranormal twist. 4 cups of cocoa.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #4

 
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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is a meme for sharing books you've purchased, borrowed, or been sent for review. They can be physical or e-format. I went just a little overboard this week in review books this week, because of SummerTeen. SummerTeen is an online conference of sorts, mainly for librarians, where we can chat with authors, publishers, and attend webinars to count for continuing education credit. School Library Journal hosts the event and several publishers help sponsor the event, so that librarians can attend for free! These publishers have some of their authors come and chat with librarians and the publishers also giveaway free egalleys. My favorite part was the keynote speaker, Tamora Pierce, who was amazing!

Won:
I participated in the Hot Summer Reads Read-a-thon and won Jen @ YA Romantics prize of a $15 gift card to Amazon. I purchased Game by Barry Lyga. I am listening to the audio for review for SLJ, and I love having the print copy to follow along and to spell names correctly. The first book gave me nightmares, so I am sure this one will too!


Game (Jasper Dent, #2)
Little, Brown Young Readers
I also won an e-copy of the Boys of Summer by C J Duggan from Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal as part of a mini-challenge she hosted for Hot Summer Reads Read-a-thon.

The Boys of Summer (Summer, #1)
CJ Duggan

So thanks to Jen and Jennifer!
For Review:

Review from Edelweiss: Thanks to Simon and Schuster, EgmontUSA, and Edelweiss for these great titles!
Simon and Schuster
EgmontUSA
EgmontUSA


Review from Netgalley: This was the big haul from SummerTeen. Thanks to Little, Brown Books, Penguin Young Readers, Putnam Juvenile, Candlewick Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Books, Disney-Hyperion, and Netgalley for these great titles! I was really excited to get Hero by Althea Kontis, because I really liked Enchanted. I also got to participate in a chat with Jennifer Lynn Barnes and now I really want to read The Naturals!

From Little, Brown Books
 
   

 

From Penguin Young Readers
   
 
From Putnam Juvenile


From Candlewick Press
   

   

From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Books
  

From Disney-Hyperion
  
 












Friday, July 26, 2013

High Summer Read-a-thon Mid-week Check In



I had a really good reading day on Monday and actually finished My Soul to Take! I liked it and hope to review it very soon. Tuesday I read more from Earthbound, which I am really enjoying. I am not for sure what Tavia is yet, but I am very intrigued. I loved Aprilynne Pike's Wings series and liked Life After Theft, but I think Earthbound is going to be my favorite of hers. Wednesday I read just a little more of Earthbound, I visited with my grandparents after work, and really did not read much after I came home. I also participated in School Library Journal's SummerTeen online conference and had so much fun! I think I was able to get like 20 egalleys, because you know I really really needed them! We got to chat with Jennifer Lynn Barnes about her new book and listening to panels presented by authors. I also listened to Tamora Pierce's Keynote speech, which was amazing! I just started her books last year and I am almost done with the Circle series. I love her writing and world building and am so excited that she is writing Battle Magic, which is part of the Circle books. It is sort of a flashback book. Thursday I forgot to take a book with me to work, so I went off list and read part of Hero by Althea Kontis, an egalley I put on my phone from the SummerTeen event. It is good so far. I loved Enchanted, so I have high expectations for Hero. I went out to dinner with friends and it was really late when they left, so no more reading last night. I hope to read more today after work. Hope everyone else is having a good reading week!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

ARC August challenge and goals

ARC August Banner

This month long challenge is hosted by Octavia at Read.Sleep.Repeat. The goal is to read some of your review books and ARCs that have been piling up. I have requested quite a few ARCs lately, so I definitely need to do this challenge. I am going to aim for finishing three ARCs.

On the list:
Love Disguised by Lisa Klein
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
Risked by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Island of Fire by Lisa McMann
Charming by Elliot James
Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Venom by Fiona Paul
Hero by Althea Kontis

I may add more, but for now I will try to stick to this group.

Monday, July 22, 2013

High Summer Read-a-thon Starting Line/Goals



Updates:
Day 1
Pages/Percent read: My Soul to Take- 116 pages and finished!, Earthbound-2%
Books finished: 1-My Soul to Take

Day 2
Pages/Percent read: Earthbound-17%

Day 3
Pages/Percent read: Earthbound-2%

Day 4
Pages/Percent read: Hero- 10 pages (I went off list, because I left my books at home.)

Day 5
Pages/Percent read: Earthbound -1%

Day 6
Pages/Percent read: Hero-10 pages, Son of Sobek- 20 pages and finished, Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy- 44 pages and finished, Earthbound- 14%

Day 7
Pages/Percent read: Earthbound-10%

The read-a-thon will start on Monday, 7/22 at 12:00am CST and finish on Sunday, 7/28 at 11:59pm CST and is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre. Click here for the signup link. I am hoping to read 300 pages for this read-a-thon and to finish a book and novella.
My reading list:
Books
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent-finished
Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike-currently reading
The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
Defy the Dark edited by Saundra Mitchell
Weather Witch by Shannon Delaney

Novellas
The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy by Kady Cross-finished
Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan-finished
Shadows by Jennifer Armentrout

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Beat the Heat Readathon sign up and goals



This read-a-thon is hosted by Jessi at Auntie Spinelli Reads and Reanna at Phantasmic Reads. The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from July 29th through August 11th. You set your goal and you can read as much or as little as you want. The goal is just to read. There will be mini-challenges and a grand prize. You can have a separate goals post or just use your sign up post. You can sign up at either hosts' site.

My goal will be to read 500 pages, since this is a two week read-a-thon and hopefully finish at least one book. I will be posting a reading list soon!

Hot Summer Reads Read-a-thon Wrap-up



I had fun with this read-a-thon and since I was off from work for a few days, I exceeded my goal! I read 767 pages and finished and reviewed 3 books (Opal, The Astronaut Wives Club, and Monstrous Beauty) and I also finished a novella (The Prince by Cass). I did most of the mini-challenges and commented on a few blogs and found a few new blogs to follow. Thanks to Jen and Patrick for hosting!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

This was my Random Read for July and had been on my Kindle for over a year. I received this as a review copy from Netgalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in exchange for an honest review.

Hester loves history and loves working at Plimoth Plantation. History for her is the exchange of stories as a way to connect with the past and little does Hester know, but her past is about to catch up with her. Hester's mother died in childbirth, as did her grandmother, so Hester swears off love and sex to protect herself and the ones she loves, including boy-next-door Peter. After a chance encounter with a boy on the beach, Hester begins to delve into her past in hopes to stop the curse plaguing her family. While Hester in the present day is coping with her problems, the story flashes back to Ezra and Syrenka, a pair of star-crossed lovers, one human and one mermaid. As both stories climax, it will be up to Hester to combine the past and present and choose the most difficult choice of all.

There was so much in this story; it had mermaids, ghosts, a family curse, an undying love, and history. At times it seemed a bit busy, but it all came together in the end. There is one rape scene in the book and quite a bit of language, but upper high school could handle it. Fama's writing is beautiful and she has some great word choices for her descriptions. It was definitely not a fluff read, because the language is a bit complex at times. The book was full of great suspense, a fair amount of history and information, and twists and turns that finally lead to a dramatic end. Hester is filled with determination and spunk and that helps her to survive. I wish she was just a little nicer to Peter, but in the end things will probably work out.

Favorite Character: There were very few innocent characters in the story, but that really made things interesting. When bad events happened there were really no true villains or heroes. Hester was probably my favorite, mainly because she loves history too. I think she matured in the end and hopefully will come to deserve Peter's love.

Favorite Quote: "It made her think about how recording information, ideas, and stories can collapse the time and space between the writer and the reader. It was one of the reasons she was drawn to history in school: there was such romance in listening to voices of the past." That is the reason I love history and studied history too, because of all the stories.

Wow, this was a deep book with lots of interesting plot points. The power of love and what love truly means was probably the best theme. 5 cups of cocoa!

Stacking the Shelves #3

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is a meme for sharing books you've purchased, borrowed, or been sent for review. They can be physical or e-format. I went just a little overboard this week.

Bought
Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares ( I had already read this, but I wanted it to finish the set.)




Outcast
Diversion Books
Kindle Books

The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (Steampunk Chronicles, #2.5)
Harlequin Teen

The Elite (The Selection, #2)
Harper Teen

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)
Entangled

Starling (Starling, #1)
HarperTeen

Library


Defy the Dark edited by Saundra Mitchell
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Gina, Jamie, Father Bear by George Ella Lyon

Review
I was approved for one book on Netgalley. Thanks to Amulet Books and Netgalley!
Constable and Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Amulet Books
On Edelweiss I was approved for a couple of books. Thanks to HarperTeen, Balzer + Bray, and Katherine Tegen and Edelweiss for the review copies!
HarperTeen
Katherine Tegen
Balzer + Bray