Wednesday, August 28, 2013

September is for Sequels Challenge





September is for Sequels is hosted by Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature. The objective is to read and review a minimum of 4 sequels between the dates of September 1st and 30th, 2013. Books must be #2 and up in a series, but she will allow for novellas following book 1 and prequels published after the first book. I am going to go for the minimum of 4 and some possible choices are as follows:
Island of Fire by Lisa McMann
Risked by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce or Melting Stones
Always a Witch by Colleen MacCullough
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Origin by Jennifer Armentrout
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
A full list of rules and the link to sign up can be found at this link.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

This review will have spoilers for the Circle Quartet and the Circle Opens Quartet. This is part of the Circle Reforged series and the storyline picks up right after the four mages had their own separate adventures.



Sandry is excited for her friends return to Emelan. She missed Daja, Tris, and Briar. Her friends missed her, but they want to make their own way in the world, without Sandry's money. The group also hides their dark secrets from each other and close off the magical bond that allows them to read each other's minds. Sandry really needs to visit her home country of Namorn to deal with taxes on her family's land, but she refuses to ask her sisters and brother to go with her. It is only through Duke Vedris that the four reluctantly set off for Namorn together. It is through their journey there and the evils of the Empress's court that the group begins to realize how special they and their bonds are. The Empress wants to keep Sandry and is willing to allow nobles to try to force Sandry into marriage. She also tries to ensnare Briar and Tris through praising their magics and Daja through the love of one of her maids. The group will have to work together to foil the will of the Empress, but can they reforge themselves or will they fall victim to their own pride?

I love the Circle books. The individual adventures of the group were great, but when they are together the story is fabulous. Pierce knows how to write strong female heroines and their strength is not always physical. Being a strong stitch-witch, controlling the weather, and being willing to open up to love are all strengths of her women. She can take an ordinary household task like weaving and embroidery and make it into something spectacular. Not only are her female characters great, but her male characters like Briar and Duke Vedris are strong men who value strong women. Briar might play the field, but he does have respect for his sisters and even realizes his promiscuity is not something to be proud of. Vedris wants to make Sandry his next in line, even though he has male heirs.

Favorite Character: It is so hard to pick a favorite. Briar makes me laugh the most and is the most down to earth of the group. Daja is a strong woman who values everyone she meets and throws aside conventional ideas of being a woman, while still embracing her own emotions.

Favorite Quote: "Love makes fools of us all, and desire does far worse."

I love Pierce's work and cannot recommend her books enough! Definitely 5 cups of cocoa!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Wrap up

Bout of Books

Another Bout of Books is finished! I love doing this read-a-thon, because I always find new blogs to follow and new books to read. I met my page goal and then some with 549 pages! I also finished two books (Hero and Will of the Empress) and found several new blogs to follow. I think I met my comment goal too and I definitely met my mini-challenge goal with 6 challenges. This is a great read-a-thon and I can't wait until the next one!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Once a Witch by Colleen MacCullough

Tamsin wishes she had a Talent like all the other witches in her family. For Tamsin, there is the added pressure of the prophecy made at her birth, which stated she would be a beacon for her family. Hardly. Her sister Rowena is the perfect one and the one destined to lead the family. Tam has even escaped to New York to go to school in order to deal with her lack of Talent. She has a normal friend Agatha and is dealing with her family's embarrassment.  When she is home on break, a handsome stranger comes to her grandmother's store and assumes Tam is Rowena. She encourages him in the lie and promises to find a clock for him. Knowing she cannot find it on her own, she accidentally enlists the help of Gabriel, her childhood friend, who has just come back to town. Tam's quest will unleash a power almost forgotten and will endanger the lives of her family and best friend Agatha, and will possibly destroy her family's future.

This was a nice, quick read and had an interesting plot. Usually the heroine is all powerful, but Tam lacks any power and is never the top in her family. Tam is down-to-earth and likeable. The ending made me want to go out and quickly read the second book. I do have a copy of it now, but I am resisting until I finish a couple more books I had already started.

Favorite Character: Tam. I liked how Tam is the outcast in her family, but still strives to please them. This is her biggest flaw and comes with repercussions. Tam embraces her mistakes and strives to make things right. She is headstrong, but also funny.

Favorite Quote: "You have your own role to play. You are a beacon for us all."

The book was fast paced and I really liked all the characters. I like what MacCullough does with the family's Talents and I wish the book was a little longer, so that she could explain more of the family's history. 4 cups of cocoa.

Stacking the Shelves #7

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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.
All titles link to Goodreads.

Bought:
Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)
Little, Brown
 Adaptation by Malinda Lo: I got this as a Kindle Daily Deal.

Library:
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)  Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Review:
From Edelweiss and Viking Juvenile:














A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
From Netgalley and HarlequinTeen
The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)  Waterfell (The Aquarathi, #1)
Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Thanks to Viking Juvenile and HarlequinTeen!
What is on your shelves this week?

Bout of Books Day 7 update and New Blogs

Bout of Books

Day 7:
Currently Reading: Chaos of Stars, Code Name Verity
Pages/Percent Read: Chaos of Stars- 2%, Code Name Verity- 22 pages

Mini-challenge: New Bout of Books Blogs @ Little Lovely Books
New Blogs Following:Bemused Bookworm, Sarah Says Read, Little Lovely Books

Today's mini-challenge was to list 5 new bloggers you found during Bout of Books 8.0. I put all nine I found during this read-a-thon, because I couldn't choose my top 5. :)
Here are the ones I am now following:
Little Lovely Books
Sarah Says Read
Bemused Bookworm
In Wonderland
Paradise of Pages
The Oaken Bookcase
Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
Book Lady's Reviews
Angela's Anxious Life

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bout of Books Day 6 update and Acrostic Poem

Day 6
Currently Reading: Chaos of Stars, Code Name Verity
Pages/Percent read: Chaos of Stars- 30%, Code Name Verity- 70 pages
Mini-challenge:Acrostic Book Poem @ I Read, Ergo I Write

One of today's mini-challenge is Acrostic Book Poem hosted by Fahima @ I Read, Ergo I Write
- Pick a book! Any book!
- Write the title vertically on a sheet of paper.
- Next to each letter, write an adjective or a line or verse that describes the book.


I chose Hero by Althea Kontis.
Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Harcourt



Her destiny

Erasing a curse

Riding a Pegasus

Onward to the Faery Realm


Friday, August 23, 2013

Bout of Books Day 5 update



Bout of Books

Currently Reading: Will of the Empress
Pages/Percent Read: Will of the Empress- 68 pages and finished!, Chaos of Stars- 10%
Books finished: 2- Hero and Will of the Empress

Cat update: Kitty is finally eating a little on her own. She had a couple of bad breathing spells and is still really weak.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bout of Books Day 4 update and Book Road Trip

Bout of Books

Day 4
Currently Reading: Will of the Empress
Pages/Percent Read: Will of the Empress- 21 pages
New Blogs Following: In Wonderland, Paradise of Pages
Mini-challenge: Book Road Trip @ In Wonderland
Cat update: The cat should be able to come home today. Hopefully she ate on her own last night, but even if she didn't she is supposed to come home. She had three days of fluid injections and force feedings and actually seemed pretty with it yesterday. Poor kitty! Update: She is home now, but not eating much and really weak.

Mini-challenge: Book Road Trip @ In Wonderland

 For this challenge, Stephanie gave us the task  to come up with a list of the top 5-10 states/places you'd love to visit and find a book (you either read or want to read) that takes place in that state/place or a book by an author who lives or is from there.

I chose:

London: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
South Carolina: Like Stephanie, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl inspired this choice.
New York: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
California: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Egypt: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Georgia: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Fallen by Lauren Kate
Massachusetts: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Pennsylvania: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

Thanks to Stephanie for hosting!



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bout of Books Day 3 update and Book Spine Poetry

One of today's mini-challenge is Book Spine Poetry hosted by Jess @ Such a Novel Idea.
You compile a stack of books into a poem and take a picture. Here is my attempt at this:





I'll Be There, I Will Save You
Perception: Just Another Hero
Memories of Summer
Sweetly Spoiled:The Lost Hero


Thanks to Jess for hosting!

Day 3 update
Currently Reading: Hero, Will of the Empress
Pages/Percent read: Hero- 12 pages and finished!, Will of the Empress- 87 pages
Mini-challenge- Jess @ Such a Novel Idea
New Blogs Following: The Oaken Bookcase, Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
Books finished- 1 Hero by Althea Kontis

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bout of Books Day 2 update



Bout of Books
We go back to the vet today, so hopefully she has good news.

Today's mini-challenge is Re-Title It @ Music Plus Books. Laura gives us the challenge of giving a book you are currently reading a new title. You can also redesign the cover if you want to.

Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Harcourt Books

I am currently reading Hero and I love the cover. I like the title too, but if I had to re-title it I would call it Saturday's Quest or re-title it Enchanting to play on the title of the first in the series. Thanks to Laura for hosting!

Currently Reading: Hero, Will of the Empress
Pages/Percent read:Hero- 60 pages, Will of the Empress- 32 pages
Mini-challenge: Re-Title It @ Music Plus Books
New Blogs Following:Book Lady's Reviews, Angela's Anxious Life
I hope to comment on a few blogs today and find some new ones to follow. If everything goes ok today, I may try to do the Twitter chat tonight.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bout of Books Day 1 update

 Bout of Books
Well I am up really early, because we had to force feed the cat again. I hope to take her to the vet today and see if they can give her an IV of fluids, because she is severely dehydrated. We have her asthma under control with the last doses of medicine, but she will not eat or drink. I hope to read some today, but my mood may not be great. Update: The vet is keeping her overnight and giving her fluids and an IV. We will know more tomorrow.

Currently reading: Hero by Althea Kontis, Will of the Empress
Pages/Percent read: Hero- 26 pages, Will of the Empress- 34 pages
Mini-challenge: Bookish Bucket List @ Sarah Says Read

Beat the Heat Readathon Wrap-up Post

Phantasmic Reads
My goal for this readathon was to read at least 500 pages and to finish Earthbound and one other book. I also wanted to find a couple of new blogs to follow and comment on a few posts. I did find a few new blogs and did comment on a couple of posts. I also finished Earthbound and Girl with the Iron Touch and with the extension, The Cuckoo's Calling and Once a Witch. I did two of Jessi's mini-challenges and attempted one of Reanna's. So not bad. My page total ended up being 1141, which is fantastic for me! I did pretty good considering I have been taking care of the sick cat. I am going to take her back to the vet today, since she is severely dehydrated. Hopefully they can give her an IV, but if she is too bad off, the news will not be good. :(
Hope you had a good readathon! Thanks to Jessi and Reanna for hosting!



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Goals post

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


My reading list:
Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce


eARCs
Hero by Althea Kontis
Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
Risked by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Island of Fire by Lisa McMann

Rereads:
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


My goal is to read 300 pages, find a few new blogs to follow, comment on 10 blogs, and do at least two mini-challenges. With a full work week and a very sick/possibly dying cat, I am going to keep my goals small, because I may not be in the mood to read at all. What is on your reading list?

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling

As soon as I found out Rowling had a new book and it was a British mystery novel, I had to try it. I haven't read Casual Vacancy, but I have read the Harry Potter series and to me this book read like the HP books. It is not a fantasy and there is not a school for witches and wizards, but it has the same writing style as the HP books.

Comoran Strike is having a rough week. He broke up with his beautiful girlfriend, has few clients, and just accidently groped his new temp, Robin, to keep her from falling down the stairs. His luck is about to change, when John Bristow, brother of Lula Laundry a model who fell to her death, begs Comoran to investigate his sister's death. Comoran with the help of Robin begin to unravel the last days of Lula, looking into the whereabouts of her friends, working colleagues, and acquaintances. The twists and turns will keep you guessing up until the very end. Both Robin and Strike are likable characters and are the dual points of view in this novel. The ending was surprise for me and I hope Rowling writes more Strike books!

I love Rowling's writing style, to me it seems very conversational, like you could actually communicate with the characters and that they are telling you the story. This reads like an Agatha Christie book with a little more language and grittiness. I love the British mystery novels like this and am glad that Rowling did branch out from HP, although I wouldn't mind another fantasy story from her. :) There is quite a bit of language (f-word and sexual) in this one for those who might be offended by language, but otherwise I highly recommend the book. I actually didn't notice the language as much as some of my friends who read it, but I thought I would mention it.

Favorite Character: I love both Strike and Robin. Robin so wants to be a detective and she is actually pretty good at it. Strike is just a really interesting character. He deals with all that life has thrown at him, including his mother's death when he was a teen and his war injury, but still is focused on his work.

Favorite Quote: "Strike was used to playing archaeologist among the ruins of people's traumatized memories; he had made himself the confidant of thugs; he had bullied the terrified, baited the dangerous and laid traps for the cunning."

Great read! I loved the writing style, the plot, and the characters. It makes me want to read a few more British mysteries and more of Rowling's writing and more books about Strike and Robin! 5 cups of cocoa!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

ARC August Update #2 and Beat the Heat Check in 2

I finished Cuckoo's Calling this week for the Beat the Heat marathon. I have surpassed my goals, which makes me happy! I have read a little more of Hero for the ARC August challenge and reviewed two ARC egalleys, so that is something at least. My excuse for not reading and blogging as much follows this paragraph, but it is a rambling stressful story, so feel free to skip it. Good luck to everyone with the rest of the challenges!


I haven't been blogging as much, because of our poor cat. Our cat is asthmatic and she has had a rough last two weeks. We have been treating her asthma for around 3 years now. We took her to the vet at the end of July, because she had a cold and she took her medicine and seemed a bit better. She never completely kicked the cold and now her allergies have kicked in and she cannot breathe without great effort. She stopped eating and drinking, so we went back to the vet yesterday and Dr. Sherrie gave her two steroid shots and more medicine. Today she is a bit better and is drinking a little on her own, but we are still having to force feed her. If you have ever force fed a cat you know that it is terrible and hopefully you never have to do this. Cats can only go 3 days without food and then their livers will develop fatty tissue and after that the diagnosis is not good. We are hoping we caught the problem with enough time left to really help her. I know with asthma she does not have a long life expectancy, but we want her to live as long as she is comfortable. Since she is only around 4 years old, we are doing all we can to extend her life in healthy ways, but these last two weeks have been awful. The vet thinks she is still in pretty good shape, so no talk of putting her down, but I am still really sad about how the poor cat has to live. Apparently this is just a bad time of year for asthmatic cats with allergies (most asthmatic cats), so we are going to keep treating her in the hope that she does get better. Usually her asthma is fairly manageable and she is like a normal healthy cat, so I am hoping she will return to her usual self soon. She has my almost complete attention now, so I will probably not post as much unless she does start feeling better. Thanks for reading my rant!

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Girl with the Iron Touch and the Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy by Kady Cross

This is the third book in the Steampunk Chronicles and this review will have spoilers for the first two books. I received this as an eARC from Harlequin Teen on Netgalley. This is one of my favorite series and the third book did not disappoint. I love the cover and the fact that this is from Emily's point of view! This will also briefly mention the Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy.

The Girl with the Iron Touch (The Steampunk Chronicles, #3)
Harlequin Teen

This book picks up shortly after the trip to America. Emily has a way with machines, if only she could get that lug Sam to behave as well as most of her creations. With Griffin distracted by Aether problems, which he refuses to share with Finley, Emily, and Sam. The crew go about their business, up until a visit from Finley's friend Jack Dandy.

At this point in the story it is a good idea to go and read the short novella,the Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy. Told from Dandy's point of view, we learn about his early life, what he thinks and feels, and you come to really like his rakish character. Jack also talks about delivering an automaton to the train station that is as much human as machine. I recommend reading this before finishing The Girl with the Iron Touch.

When Jack tells the crew about the automaton, Emily and Finley investigate. They find nothing, but have the feeling they are being watched in the train station. Shortly after their visit, Emily is captured and meets Jack's automaton along with other automatons who are developing different levels of humanity. Among the automatons is the Victoria one that the Machinist designed. The Machinist who is not completely dead and he has great plans for Emily. Will Emily's friends find her in time and what will she sacrifice to save her friends and the world?

I love the characters in this series and it was great to have some insight into Emily's character and Sam's. Even though Emily has a little more point of view in this one than the other characters, you still get to know more of Finley and Griffin's romance. I also like learning more about Jack Dandy from the novella and he is even more complex than the first book makes out. I liked that this one seemed to be a return to the original plot, although I did like book two, this one seemed more exciting and leaves you wanting to know what will happen next.

Favorite Character: I love both Finley and Emily. They are two strong heroines that will do whatever it takes to protect those they love. Emily's not physically strong, but emotionally strong and very intelligent. Finley is the physically strong one and she embraces both sides of her personality.

Favorite Quote: "A little suspense is good for the digestion." "Happiness is an individual pursuit."
"I don't want him to stand in front of me and shield me. I want him to stand beside me. With me."

I love Cross's writing style and the characters she creates. These books are full of powerful female heroines who are strong in every possible way. Definitely 5 cups of cocoa and I can't wait for the next one!


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

I received this as an eARC from Penguin on Edelweiss. I loved Pike's Wings series and liked Life After Theft, so I was very excited to read the first book in her new series. This was as good as the Wings series and possibly a bit better. I also love the cover of this one!
Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)
Razorbill

Tavia is recovering from a plane crash, a crash in which her parents died and she was the lone survivor. Tavia has severe injuries, but it is a miracle she survived at all, a miracle she may have caused. Sent to live with a step aunt she has never met, Tavia is trying to adjust to a normal life and makes a friend at the library, Benson, whom she would like to be more than friends, until she begins having visions of another guy. Quinn appears out of nowhere and disappears just as quickly. He seems to have a message for Tavia, but she wonders if she can trust him. With Quinn's appearance, Tavia also begins to make things out of nowhere, starting with chapstick. The things disappear in five minutes, but creating them at all is unreal. When Tavia learns from her "aunt and uncle" and her therapist, that she may be other worldly and that there are those who would kill her, she doesn't know who to trust. She turns to Benson and the two struggle to learn what Tavia is and just who Quinn is. Through devastating betrayal, Tavia must embrace who she is in order to save her love and the entire world.

The plot was awesome and the characters were intriguing. I loved the taste of the myth world that Pike has created for this series and the end has me wanting to read the sequel right now! There is sort of a love triangle here and a very interesting one. I also liked the ties to the past and the fact that Tavia still has secrets we haven't learned yet.

Favorite Character: Tavia. She is strong and tries to choose her own path. She continues to fight even when the odds seem against her.

Favorite Quote: "Some people are emotional eaters: apparently Benson is a thinking eater." "Homework, creating things from thin air, the problem of two boys who've each laid claim to half of my heart, whatever you want to call it."

This is one of my favorite reads so far this year. Pike's writing style is addicting and she matures with each book. Definitely 5 cups of cocoa and I can't wait until the sequel!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #6


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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.

Bought
Shut Out
Poppy
 Shut Out by Kody Keplinger - on sale


Library

 The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child    Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller- I have heard this is really good. I am going to need help with my booktalking skills for this fall.

Infinityglass by Myra McEntire- I am so excited to finally get to read this book! I loved the first two and can't wait to start this one.

Review
From Netgalley and Open Road


Wanted by Caroline B. Cooney

From Edelweiss













From Putnam Juvenile: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins- I liked her Hex Hall series and loved School Spirits.

 











From Viking Juvenile: The Edge of the Water by Elizabeth George and Once Upon a Midnight Eerie by Gordon McAlpine- I really enjoyed the first book in the Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe and thought it would be great for upper elementary readers.
 













From Philomel: Starling by Fiona Paul, The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer, and The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin.














From Razorbill: The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors and The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder.




 










From Kathy Dawson Books: The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler and Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano.
Thanks to all the publishers!

Hope everyone had a great book week!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Beat the Heat Week 1 check in










So far I have completed the two YA mini-challenges on Auntie Spinelli Reads, but I haven't read any NA books and very few adult books, so I did not do very well on the ones on Phantasmic Reads. I finished Earthbound, which was really good and I liked as much as I did her Wings series, which is one of my favorite series. I hope to get the review up this week. I keep book jumping between the other books on my list, but I am still going to try to finish one more book for Week 2. I have read 380 pages so far, so I think I will meet my 500 page goal! This is a busy week with Open Houses for all the schools and I will be home late for the next 3 days, since I will be working the library booth, so not as much reading will be going on.

Monday, August 5, 2013

ARC August Update #1





ARC August Banner

Well, so far I have only read like 25 pages in Hero by Althea Kontis. I did finish Earthbound, which I had as an egalley, but since I only read a few pages of it in August, I am not counting it for the challenge. I am also reading Girl With the Iron Touch in egalley, but I will probably not count it for the challenge, because I had read almost half of it before August. I have sort of started The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White and hope to get more into it soon! I received an audiobook of Awaken by Meg Cabot to review for SLJ, so I will be removing it from my ARC list. I will start reading more ARCs very soon...hopefully!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #5

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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 was not quite as bad this week, although still a little overboard considering the number of books on my Kindle.

Library
Prep School Confidential   The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) Mulholland Books
Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor St. Martins

Bought
I purchased a few Kindle books this week.

The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, #1) The First Star to Fall (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1.5)  The Thirteenth Princess
The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler HarperCollins
The First Star to Fall by Diana Peterfreund (a novella) Noise Court Press
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1.99 on Amazon now!

Review
I was approved for two books on Netgalley. Thanks to Alfred A. Knopf and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!
The Outside (The Hallowed Ones, #2) The Book of Lost Things (Mister Max #1)
The Outside by Laura Bickle
Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

The Amish paranormal books sound really intriguing and mind-boggling at the same time. I love the covers though!

I will share Edelweiss books next week. Hope you had a great haul!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Random Read

 Random Reads
 This is a meme hosted by Sarah at imlovingbooks.com. You can choose to use Goodreads or create your own list or use your bookshelves. The idea is to use random.org and type in the number of books on your list. Whatever number you receive is your random read for the month. I have decided  to use the books on my Kindle as my list. I buy or get free far too many books on my Kindle and then never read them. I now have 343 books on my Kindle, wow, really?! I may have a problem... ;) My number for this month was 80 which is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I have wanted to read this for awhile, so I am excited about my pick. I also attended a webinar during SummerTeen where Wein was one of the speakers, so I really wanted to start one of her books, so this is perfect. World War II female spies caught sounds really intriguing, but also sad, because spies were tortured and killed by both sides.  I love all the varied covers of this book! Hope you got a good pick!

Code Name Verity
Egmont Press