Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Review: The Demon King

Book: The Demon King (Seven Realms #1)
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Genre: High Fantasy, Adventure, Romance (YA)
Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 506 (Paperback)
Favorite Character: Raisa, I believe, I did love Han, though. (And secondary characters it would have to be Dancer and Amon, I think, just because they're awesome, but so are a lot of these characters).

Plot: (From Goodreads)

When 16-year-old Han Alister and his Clan friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that this event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten everything he cares about.

Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar, to prevent him from using it against them. Only later does he learn that it has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. And the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back

Han’s life is complicated enough. He’s the former streetlord of the Raggers—a street gang in the city of Fellsmarch. His street name, Cuffs, comes from the mysterious silver bracelets he’s worn all his life—cuffs that are impossible to take off.

Now Han’s working odd jobs, helping to support his family, and doing his best to leave his old life behind. Events conspire against him, however. When members of a rival gang start dying, Han naturally gets the blame.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles to fight. As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s just spent three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai Camp—riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Now court life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of too-small shoes.

Wars are raging to the south, and threaten to spread into the high country. After a long period of quiet, the power of the Wizard Council is once again growing. The people of the Fells are starving and close to rebellion. Now more than ever, there’s a need for a strong queen.

But Raisa’s mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted by the handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells. Raisa feels like a cage is closing around her—and an arranged marriage and eroded inheritance is the least of it.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. With the help of her friend, the cadet Amon Byrne, she navigates the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she can unravel the conspiracy coalescing around her before it’s too late.

There are really mixed reviews on this book, that I kind of found surprising, but everyone has their own opinion. This book was a little slow to start out and you don't really know who you're suppose to believe and you're wondering, you know, 'what the hell is happening in this world,' but overall this book was amazing. And, really, it's not that slow for long and I love when they just kind of drop you in the world and then explain it along the way. Which is why I gave it a 5/5 rating.

I loved the writing in this book and how the two characters are written and how everyone is a little linked, but they don't even realize it. And this world is amazing, when there's a past that has something awful and it's over 500 years old, I am instantly interested in that. Mostly because I will always believe that the popular story isn't the most true one, isn't what really happened. And it's so interesting for the characters to still be living in the shadow of these people who loved so long ago, in this book it was about 1000 years, and it's just so intriguing.

And I also really enjoyed the world they're living in, not just the world in general, and how our two main characters see things so differently, even if they're seeing the same things. It's just so interesting for them to learn and grow through the book separately. I thought it was interesting that the two characters weren't together at the beginning, like they weren't best friends, and I really enjoyed that, because if they were, we wouldn't have been able to see the such different perspectives. I have just never read a book like this, with the two main characters so separate, but I think that might be one reason why I loved this book so much.

Overall, to sum up my kind of long review, I really loved this book. I found the characters really lovable, they both clicked with me really early, Raisa pretty much immediately. The characters, writing, world, and a lot more is amazing in this book. So if you're thinking the beginning is slow, then keep going, it's definitely worth it!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BEA (I'm going there. Eep!)

First off, I'm really sorry about my slight absence. I mean, I did post a WWW Wednesday this past week and before that was the read-a-thon, but there have been no reviews and I'm truly sorry. Hopefully this will explain some of it, the other had to do with school work, I was doing a lot of it.

BEA is happening in less then a week, on Monday my mom and I will be driving to New York City, something we've done numerous times, but nothing for something like this. BEA, if you don't know, is Book Expo America where there are books, authors, and book lovers galore. Also, many more people who are involved in some way with the book industry, it's a book extravaganza, a book expo. I've been to conventions, I've actually been to a lot of conventions, but nothing like this. And, if feels silly, but I don't feel like I should be going, like I'm not qualified or something. Of course, I am a pretty new book blogger, but it's an amazing opportunity and when my mom asked me, seriously, if I wanted to go, I couldn't say no. (I may have been talking about it and how all these authors are going to be there and all of these book bloggers and there was minor fangirling involved).

This is one reason I haven't ended up posting anything this week, but also, yesterday, I finally started this thing I've been meaning to do. I'm calling it Project: Organize Books (Seriously, You Should of Done that Months Ago). Also may be known as: Project: OB (SYSDMA). I'm not going to lie to you and say that I have some books, I have a lot of books. It didn't fully hit me how much until today, they're all spread over the kitchen floor as i try to organize them. On blankets so anything I missed sweeping or just appears doesn't injure them in anyway. I'll probably make a full post or even a video about this, because it's huge and much more fun then I expected, though a lot of work.

Anyway, by to the real reason for this post. BEA. I feel less nervous about it today, about the not feeling qualified part, because I was thinking about how much I love books and how giggly I was being surrounding by hundreds of books in the kitchen. And that I have worked really hard to make this blog what it is now, I consider it a job. It's a job i thoroughly enjoy, but it takes up so much time, it can't be anything else but a job. So I'm feeling a bit better about everything. Of course, there's the fact that I'm on 16 (17 June 22! So soon!) but that part I've gotten over, because I'm hoping no one will write me off as 'too young.'

I'm going to stop rambling about this now, but it was on my mind and I wanted to share it with you. If you're going to BEA tell me! If you want me to say hi to you that is, I'm going to try to actually approach people and say I love their blogs if I know them and, of course, love their blog (which is a good chance, since I haven't met a book blog I didn't like). Also, if you've got any tips/tricks that you think my mom and I may find useful, feel free to share them. And, yes, my mom is coming with me because I am under 18 and can't go onto the floor alone, apparently. Also, she really likes books, too. I even got business cards which, just to tell you, are really pretty.

I hope you're having a good week and I hope May was a good month for everyone. Best wishes!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WWW Wednesday (4)

I do this meme every other week, as I feel like that works best for me. This meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, she asks that you answer three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

Currently reading:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
This book is really good so far, I'm not that far into it, but I can't seem to focus enough to read more then about 10-20 pages at a time. This is making me very annoyed, it seems after the read-a-thon I entered a bit of a reading slump. I shall try and fix that, hopefully.

Recently finished reading:
The Demon King by Cinda Williams China (5/5)
I adored this book, it was a little slow at first, but I did fall in love with the characters right away. There is just something about them that that is just so very lovable. And this book surprised me, which surprises me more and more the more it happens, not on many things, but towards the end I was just like "what the hell is going on." And I've got to admit, I love when that happens.

The Walking Dead: Book One by Robert Kirkman (4/5)
This is a bind up of a bunch of the comics and I'm dying to get my hands on the next one to see what happenings. I haven't read much zombie stuff and I always find it so interesting with how people deal with it and react. And, of course, zombies!

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King (5/5)
I don't even know what to think of this yet and I've finished it a while ago now. And it was just so different and weird

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (5/5)
This book was amazing. I don't even know what to say about it. It was just weird and crazy and lovely. Seriously, I loved the characters, pretty much all of them, and the plot points and some of the lines had me laughing out loud.

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya (5/5)
I love this series and I couldn't remember exactly what had occured in them and that was just not acceptable. So I thought it was time to reread them, I love all of these characters and I was glad to reread this. 

What I might read next:
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
This is the next book in my pile and I'm gong to try and use it to break my reading slump. Hopefully, it works. I've heard it's an amazing book and really fact paced, so hopefully that'll work. Also, I've been wanting to read it for months now, since I first heard of it.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Book Review: Storm Front

Title: Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)
Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy
Page Count: 352 (Mass Market Paperback)
Favorite Character: I just really like Dresden, normally I try to not pick the main character but I like his snarky sarcasm and his gentlemanlyness.

Plot: (From Goodreads)

The novels of the Dresden Files have become synonymous with action-packed urban fantasy and non-stop fun. Storm Front is Jim Butcher's first novel and introduces his most famous and popular character-Harry Dresden, wizard for hire.

For his first case, Harry is called in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with the blackest of magic. At first, the less-than-solvent Harry's eyes light up with dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage. Now, that black mage knows Harry's name. And things are about to get very...interesting.

This is a very well written magic book, I've read some where the magic just isn't right, mostly where it's not explained well enough for it to be believable. That is definitely not a problem in Storm Front. The magic is described wonderfully and makes it seem real and true. And the characters are all just amazing, really. Dresden and Murphy and Bob are probably my favorite.

And the plot is just so intricate and it keeps you guessing, which is hard to do with me, books don't surprise me too often. The point is, is that this book is really good and if you like a SciFi/Fantasy book with wizards and some other paranormal creatures involved, then you should pick this one up.

This whole series is, apparently, really good. I read the first two years ago and am reading them now because I didn't remember a thing that had happened, just that I'd liked it. They don't disappoint.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bout-of-Books: A Read-A-Thon

Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon where you try to read more then normal. I signed up for it right after I finished Dewey's read-a-thon just because I loved it so very much. Reading is something that I always feel like I can do more of just because you can't get sick of it, because if you're sick on one genre, you can just put that book down for now and pick up another, which I do more then I'd like.

If you're interested in this read-a-thon, there's a link right here to bring you to the blog and from there you can sign up/follow them on Twitter and whatever you could possibly want to.

All my updates for each day will be posted on this post so there isn't a new post everyday, just keep checking back to this one. And if you're doing this read-a-thon, you should post your update post in the comments so I can check it out!

That's not the point of this post, the point of this post is to tell you my goal for this read-a-thon. Onto the actual goal:

My Goals:

  • Read more books then normal for me. (I normally only read a couple books a week, 2-3)
  • Overall, I'd like to read 4-5 books, but I'm going to try and read as many as I can while still keeping up with school.

Books To Read:
I 'm not much of a planner when it comes to my reading, so here's just a few I MIGHT read. I just kind of go with what I'm feeling at the time.

  • Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
  • The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm
  • Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris


Number of books I've read today: .5? (Didn't finish any, but read from 2 different ones.
Total number of books: 0
Good Omens (unfinished)
The Gunslinger (unfinished)
Time spent reading: 2:25 (just for today, I'm not going to keep keeping track of it, it's a lot of work).
Pages Read: 141 (This isn't really needed, but I kind of like keeping track of how much I'm reading, so I'm going to keep doing this).

Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books: 1
The Walking Dead: Book One
Good Omens (unfinished)
Pages Read(today): 324
Pages Read(overall): 465

Total number of books I've read today: .2
Total number of books: 1
Good Omens (unfinished)
Pages Read(today): 19
Pages read(overall): 504

I got a bit sidetracked today and was way too tired to read by the end of the day. I've been working out, doing school work, writing, and working on something blog related everyday. And, of course, reading, though, not as much as I'd like to be. I think that I'm going to make it priority tomorrow, since I need to take a rest from the working out.

Total number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books: 2
The Gunslinger (finished)
Pages Read(today): 249
Pages read(overall): 753

I finished The Gunslinger today and I don't even know what that book was, I think I need to let it sink it. I just... wow. Just wow. I don't know how much reading I'm going to get done tomorrow, but I'm going to try to get as much done as possible.


I got almost no reading done today. I think I got about 3 pages read, but I am going to try and read before I pass out. I hung out with a friend, saw a movie, and then just watched the season finale of Supernatural and I'm too emotionally exhausted to even move. But all weekend, I'm reading. So I will read my goal if it kills me.


Total number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books: 2
Good Omens (unfinished)
Pages Read(today): 66
Pages read(overall): 819

I did not get as much reading today as I wanted to, however, before I sleep I'm going to read some. I can't seem to get through Neil Gaiman books quickly. I know it's largely because I just don't want it to end, but also they're just so good. So very good. Tomorrow, to give my brain a rest from the awesome, I'm going to read some Fruits Basket (which is also awesome, though), among exercising.


Total Number of Books I've read Today: 2
Total Number of Books: 4
Good Omens (finished)
Fruits Basket V. 1 (finished)
Ender's Games (unfinished)
Pages Read (today): 363
Pages Read (overall): 1,182

Whew! I did this even with food shopping. I still have a while until midnight, but I'm exhausted from the day of errands. I finished Good Omens today and it was amazing, I can't make any coherent thoughts about it yet.

Overall I Thought (On goals and experience)
I did pretty good on my goal, I didn't end up reading most of the books I was thinking of. I did get 4 books read, though, and I'm proud of it because of all the other stuff I was doing, too. Graceling is the next book on my list and I'm dying to dive into it tonight. Anyway, I've found that I love read-a-thons because for a little while I can put reading in front of pretty much everything, besides school work and sleep, and it's a lot of fun.

This week normal blog stuff will start reviews and such. I've got a WWW Wednesday in the works for this Wednesday.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Book Review: Grave Mercy

Book: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassins #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Historical (YA)
Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 549 (Hardcover)
Favorite Character: It might have to be Anne. I mean I loved Ismae, but I try not to pick the main character for this. And I really like Anne, she was young and smart and quick.

Plot: (from Goodreads)

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

It took me a while to make my way through this book just because of it's length, but it was so worth it. This book is amazing for many reasons. And I'm going to try and tell you all of them now. In short, this book has lovable character, a writing style I loved, good world building, and an interesting and intricate plot.

I loved the world building in this story and that it does take place over a longer period of time then most. The world in this story is just amazing and I loved being able to read about it. Historical novels are one of my favorite to hear the world building and to dive into, because it's as close as I'll probably get to time travel.

The characters were amazing, you just can't help but love and root for some of them just because of everything that's happening. Ismae is who this books follows and she's a handmaiden of Death, an assassin, and I really loved her personality. I may have laughed a little every time she asked if she could kill someone or her hand automatically went to her knife or something like that.

I rated this book 5/5 stars because of all of those things. I just truly loved this book and I can't wait for the next one in the series. (Also, random fact I learned through Twitter about the cover, I'm sorry to say I can't remember from who - if it was you tell me -, that she's holding a real crossbow on the cover. Those things are heavy! It's a beautiful cover, though).

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book Review: The Selection

Book: The Selection (The Selection #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 327 (Hardcover)
Favorite Character: Besides America, I think it would have to be Maxon.

Plot: (From Goodreads)

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The Selection is about a contest to become the next princess and then queen of this country. Our main character America enters it not because she wants to, but because a boy asks her to and her family could really use the money that is given to the contestants. I really liked America, I thought she was strong and stubborn in some aspects and sometimes sarcastic, but that's on of the reasons why I liked her so much. Some of her inner dialogue had me laughing out loud, how she said some things were just so funny to me. This might be because I, too, can be quite sarcastic. I feel like if America was real, we'd get along, which is probably one of the reasons I liked her character so much.

Also, I want to talk about the writing. Kiera is technically a debut author, but she has a self-published book called The Siren, that you should total check out here is the Goodreads page and a link to Amazon. Anyway, I knew I liked her writing style because I'd loved The Siren, but I'd forgotten just how much I enjoyed it and this book definitely reminded me of it.

I can't wait for the next book in the series! And let's just draw away from the actual story for one second to say: that cover is gorgeous, I love it so very much! And now that's taken care of, I love a good Dystopian and this is definitely one of them. Kiera's a debut and this is a way to enter in with a bang.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WWW Wednesday (3)

WWW Wednesday is a mean hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading. And she asks that you answer these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

I only do these every other week. I don't know when I decided this, but so far that's how I've been doing it and it's been working pretty well. With school I don't have as much time to read as I'd like to have, so I don't get as much reading done a week as I want to.

The Knife of Letting Go by Patrick Ness
This one is good... I'm just barely into it, though, but the narration is weird, but it's interesting. I just wasn't in the mood for dystopian the day after I started this.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
This one is interesting, I'm really loving it so far. I just love the writing and that there are these two completely different stories happening at the same time and they're trying to learn about these things that the other might be able to help them with, well, maybe only some things. That's not the point, though, I was just such in a high fantasy mood and I picked this one up and it was exactly what I was in the mood for!

Recently Finished Reading:
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassins #1) by Robin LaFevers (5/5)
I don't know why it took me so long to read this book, as soon as I got it, I wanted to devour it. I guess it might be because it is quite a thick book, but I did end up reading most of it in one sitting.

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass (5/5)
I loved this book so very, very much. And I keep hearing the tag line that it's like The Hunger Games, but... it's not. I mean, it's dystopian and there's this contest thing, but they volunteer (I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE! Oh, sorry, continue) and there's no killing. I really just like this book, though, I love Kiera's writing and the characters and the plot and just loved it. It made me want to be a princess! (Well, kind of, I don't think I'd fit in very well, but you never know).

The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars #1) by Frank Beddor (4/5)
I've been wanting to start this series since I first saw it, but I was trying to wait and try and finish some series first. That did no work, obviously. I caved and read it and it was so very, very good. It was a little slow in the middle, but overall it was awesome. (Also, there are illustrations in this book and they are amazing and beautiful. I love illustrations in books, I think that there should be more of that happening).

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) by Rick Riordan (4/5)
I loved the first book in this series and this one was no different, I adored it. I didn't like some parts, but otherwise that was fine. I love the format of this series, though, the recordings thing. (If you read the front it gives this little warning about it being made from transcribed audio. Isn't that awesome? I love little things like that).

Fool Moon (Dresden Files #2) by Jim Beaver (4/5)
This one was different. I mean, I still really liked this book, but I'm still shocked that everyone isn't just dead! Anyway, this is the second book in the Dresden Files series, so I'm not going to go into details even though these are the kind of books that are kind of contained in the seperate books, plot-wise, at least mostly. I have a feeling that it'll probably branch out more, at least I'm hoping.

Want to Read Next:
Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm
I got this in the mail late last week and whenever I see it, I just kind of stare at it longingly for a couple seconds. I'm a big fan of gods and everything, seriously thats a huge hook for me, if something says gods, I will check it out. If it's Greek Myth based, I will probably read it right away. (I hope I can read this one really soon!)

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
I got it on Monday and have been dying to read it! I wish that reading could just be a job, because I never have enough time to read everything I want. Anyway, I've been with this series pretty much since the beginning, actually, from the beginning. I remember waiting for the second book to come out very anxiously. So this one will probably be read over the weekend, probably in just about 1 sitting.

Also, I got Insurgent which I'm waiting until I'm in the mood for or I won't enjoy it as much as I would if I was in the mood for it. Also, I've been dying to read Graceling and I just cannot wait to have time to read it! I don't think I said this up above but if you do one of these, then feel free to link me in the comments, I love checking out these.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - May 8th (1)

This is a feature that's run over at the Broke and the Bookish, which is an awesome blog. And it's a feature that occurs every Tuesday and I've been wanting to participate for a while and, apparently, today is the day. Mostly because today is about quotes and I love quotes. Specifically today's one is: Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books. This is going to be hard, I love quotes. I'm going to make it smaller and say these are some of my favorite funny quotes. (Well, I find them funny, at least, I hope you will, too).

These are just some random funny quotes that make me smile/laugh. There aren't any real spoilers down there, but here's a list of the books that these quotes are from: The Titan's Curse, Paper Towns, City of Bones, City of Glass, Name of the Star, Changeless, The Lightning Thief, Darker Still, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Half-Blood Prince.

Favorite Quotes From Books(Humor/Funny):

“Let us find the dam snack bar," Zoe said. "We should eat while we can."
Grover cracked a smile. "The dam snack bar?"
Zoe blinked. "Yes. What is funny?"
"Nothing," Grover said, trying to keep a straight face. "I could use some dam french fries."
Even Thalia smiled at that. "And I need to use the dam restroom."
I started cracking up, and Thalia and Grover joined in, while Zoe just looked at me. "I do not understand."
"I want to use the dam water fountain," Grover said.
"And..." Thalia tried to catch her breath. "I want to buy a dam t-shirt.” 
Rick Riordan, The Titan's Curse

Radar threw his books into his locker and shut it. Then the din of conversation around us quieted just as a bit as he turned his eyes towards the heavens and shouted, "IT'S NOT MY FAULT MY PARENTS OWN THE WORLD'S LARGEST COLLECTION OF BLACK SANTAS!"
John Green, Paper Towns

"Don't order any of the faerie food," said Jace, looking at her over the top of his menu. "It tends to make humans a little crazy. One minute you're munching a faerie plum, the next minute you're running naked down Madison Avenue with antlers on your head. Not," he added hastily, "that this has ever happened to me."
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

"Patient, grasshopper," said Maia. "Good things come to those who wait."
"I always thought it was 'good things come to those who do the wave,'" said Simon. "No wonder I've been so confused all my life."
Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

Welsh is actual, currently used language and our next-door neighbors Angela and Gaenor spoke it. It sounds like Wizard.
Maureen Johnson, The Name of the Star

"Alexia," she hissed to her friend, "there are knees positively everywhere. What do I do?"
Gail Carriger, Changeless

"How did you die?"
"We, er... drowned in a bathtub."
"All three of you?"
"it was a big bathtub."
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

"Coffee first. Schemes later."
Leanna Renee Hieber, Darker Still
(I feel like this should always be true).

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

"Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
"Yes," said Harry stiffly
"Yes, sir."
"There's no need to call me 'sir,' Professor." The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

These aren't in any specific order and they're probably not all my favorite, favorite. I can think of tons more that I love, but these are the random ones I found going through the ones I'm 'liked' on Goodreads. (These are all from Goodreads, by the way, so if there's anything wrong with them, I'm truly sorry). Also, I haven't actually read the Restaurant at the End of the Universe yet, so there's that. Anyway, if you did a Top Ten Tuesday today or whenever, feel free to link me in the comments, I love theses kinds of things!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

In My Mailbox/Book Haul (4)

So I bought some books this week. A lot of books came out and a couple came from The Book Deposity, so I'm not going to separate where they come from this time. And I'm going to tell you which ones I'm most excited about and what ones I'll be reading right away. If you do an IMM/Book Haul link me to it! I'm going to list them which I got the latest.

And here they are:
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQueen
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelly Coriell
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
Storm (Elemental Series) by Brigid Kemmerer
Aesop's Fables
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young

I haven't even read Graceling yet, but I know I'm going to love this series, so I preordered Bitterblue. I kind of wanted to have read at least part of Graceling by the time it came, but it seems not. Deadlocked. I don't know when I'm going to read it. The last Sookie Stackhouse novel made me kind of 'eh.' I mean, it was good and everything but just some of the character's choices. I won't spoil anything if you haven't gotten that far or whatever, it's a long series.

I think the next one I'm going to read is The Serpent's Shadow because I've been dying to figure out what happens next. I don't really want the series to end, though, it's going to be so sad! Also, I've been dying to read Titan Magic ever since I've been hearing some talk of it. It's a self-pub and I've learned to expect the unexpected!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April Wrap-Up

Happy May! Spring is here and... the rain, oh well, sun will soon be around, too. And summer! Which means conventions and seeing friends I haven't seen in much, MUCH too long. (Also, BEA is so close, I can smell it. It kind of has that book smell...)

Anywho. These are the books I was able to get through in April, though, I can never seem to be caught up with my goal of 100 books, but I'm slowly getting over that. Anyway, if there's a review already posted, it will be linked in the 'mini-review' that is there, which is basically just if I liked it or not.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (5/5)
I really enjoyed this book, it's about two teenagers who meet on a plane and how they fall in love over 24 hours. It's just, ugh, it's perfect. Full review can be found here.

The Lost Years (Merlin #1) by T.A. Barron (4/5)
This is about the early years of the well known wizard, Merlin, from the myths of King Arthur. It's just, oh, it's so good. I don't know what I liked so much about this book and some parts I was a little iffy on, but overall it's a really cute book. Full review can be found here.

The Lightning Thief: Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan (4/5)
I loved the whole Percy Jackson series and seeing The Lightning Thief in graphic novel form made me really excited and I can't wait to see the rest of the books in graphic novel form. Full review can be found here.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (5/5)
I still don't really know what to say about this book, I wrote a really long review of it here. But still my main thought, if it can be called a thought on this book is: uuggghhh. Perfection. SO GOOD. And that's not very helpful, well, I mean, it was really, really, really good...

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (5/5)
I really loved this mystery book and if you've read it, you know why. (It's the reason so many people as so frustrated when they finish reading it, it's my favorite part). And I haven't posted a full review of it and I don't think I'm going to just because it's so short and I don't want to give any of it away. It's not horror, it's mystery, so non horror fans should check it out!

Storm Front by Jim Butcher (4/5)
First book in the Dresden Files series and it was amazing. I love this world and these characters so much, I'm glad there are a lot more books for me to read! Full review should be coming soon-ish, if I can figure out why I liked it so much.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (5/5)
I love these stories, I read Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four in January, I think they were like the two first books I read this year, and I loved them. I've been wanting to read them for such a long time and I'm finally getting around to it and not regretting it at all. I'm trying to spread them out because I know I can reread them, but this is the first time I'm reading them and it feels so special!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (5/5)
I have even less coherent thoughts on this on at the moment. When my mom would interrupt me while i was reading this, or anyone, I would just go "assassin nuns!" and then go back to reading. Especially if I was at a stressful or dramatic scene. But, really, this book is about so much more then that (but, come on, that's an amazing tag line. Assassin nuns). Anyway, I also really loved this book. It was just so good and had so much depth and I love how strong these characters were, believable, and lovable also.

I'm currently 2 books behind in my book challenge. I hope to soon be caught up again and, if I can manage it, maybe a ahead for a little while. I have lots of books I want to read, am currently reading, or are coming out soon!