Wednesday, November 30, 2011
W.W.W. Wednesdays is hosted by MizB.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What am I currently reading?
I'm currently reading the arc of Masquerade by Cambria Hebert. I loved her writing style in her other novels, and I loved the prequel Before.
I'm really excited to delve more into this novel. I'm not very far yet, but I'll have this finished shortly and I'm really excited to post my review of this. I should hopefully finish this in the next day or so.
What did I recently finish reading?
I've read a lot since I last posted, just check all the reviews I've done lately (and I'm still two behind :) ) I just finished Undercurrents by Traci Hunter Abramson. It was a cute LDS romantic suspense and so I was a happy camper. Plus, it was about a swimmer. I love swimming. So it was a good fit.
It's the first in the series, and I'll definitely keep reading the other two novels.
I also just finished Moon Coin by Richard Due. I really enjoyed reading his MG fantasy. The illustrations were killer.
My review of this should be posted of both of these novels in the near future. I received this one for review as well.
What do I think I'll read next?
I'm going to read Freefall by Traci Hunter Abramson. This is another LDS romantic suspense that I've heard great things about. I enjoyed Undercurrents, but have heard that Freefall is incredible. I'm really excited to read that one.
I love a good romantic suspense and I'm hoping this one fits the bill.
I will also be reading Tears of Min Brock by J.E. Lowder. I received this one for review.
It sounds really interesting. It's another young adult fantasy. I'm really excited for it and hope to get to that one soon as well. I love this cover.
What are you currently reading? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments.
This week is my sixth time involved in this meme, and I chose the novel Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. This looks like your typical chick lit novel, but nonetheless I want to read it.
Catching Jordan is published tomorrow, December 1, 2011, by Sourcebooks Fire. This is also Miranda's debut novel. Miranda works and writes for the State Department in Washington D.C. That's a pretty impressive job, if you ask me.
And now here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Persephone had some serious attitude, I noticed that from the very beginning. But with a mother whose a goddess determined on confining you to the vale she's created and keeping you away from all things male, I guess that makes sense.
Enter Hades. Persephone encounters a mystery man in the vale and is quickly smitten by him. When she finds out he's Hades, she's surprised and angry at first. But love is no match for anger.
I really liked that Whitman deviated from the traditional myth of damsel in distress and created a story with a kick butt heroine.
I also liked the fact that she didn't stick with the stereotype of Hades. In this novel Hades was hot. No I'm not joking. Hades wasn't the one dimensional figure he's always been. I loved her description of the underworld and basically the whole novel.
A great read that is definitely worth reading.
This was the tip of a rapier.
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.
The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate’s life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.
Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.
In this novel, the main character Jill is obsessed with fencing. After she loses a tournament by a fraction of a second, she is bummed and can't stop thinking about that one match.
However, when she's on the beach with her family she finds a piece of an old sword. After nearly drowning, she's transported back in time onto a pirate ship.
First off, I've always loved time travel novels when they are done right. Ever since I read my first Magic Treehouse novel. Having said that let's get on with the review.
I really liked the characters Jill and Henry (oh cute, adorable Henry). From the second I met Henry I really liked him. Their relationship was one of the highlights of the novel for me. The romance wasn't center stage, in fact there barely was a romance. This novel was all about the adventure, but I didn't mind that at all.
I haven't read many pirate books...maybe two in recent years, but I've loved both of them. Apparently, I'm going to have to pay more attention to this genre.
Definitely a novel worth reading.
This change will go into effect on March 12,2012. I understand that this is only for nonblogging blogs, but how long will they keep it for blogging blogs. I'm not quite sure I like this change, as I use that widget to follow every single one of the blogs I follow. Also, I'm pretty sure that nearly everybody who reads my blog does the same.
Why would they do this? What are you guys going to do in lieu of this decision?
I can only think of a few options.
1. Facebook page follow- I have a Facebook page for my blog, where I post links to my blog. I also do this on twitter, but this doesn't seem like a very great option.
2. Facebook network blogs- I have my blog set up on network blogs, but haven't really advertised that. I might have one person who follows me this way. I guess I'll have to advertise this more.
3. RSS burner- I also haven't used this. I'm going to have to start apparently.
4. Email subscription- I follow a lot of blogs and if I were to get an email every time each blog wrote a post, my inbox would be overflowing. I'm not sure I'm fond of this either.
Those are really the only viable options that I can think of. What about you guys? What are you going to do and what do you think the most viable option is?
As for me, I guess I better start playing around with this and figuring out how to set all these things up.
Here are my top ten Books that I want to read this winter:
10. Where she Went by Gayle Foreman I've been wanting to read this for forever. I loved If I Stay. I don't want to buy this book while it's in hardcover though and have been unsuccessfully trying to track down this novel at a library. I've decided one way or another I'll read it before the new year.
9. Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi It seems like everybody has read this book and has loved it. I really want to read this.
8. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy I loved Anna Karenina and really want to read this one. It's Russian Lit what's not to love? I really want to tackle this before the end of the year as well.
7. Nevermore by Kelley Creagh It's a Poe reference, and everybody seems to have read this and liked it. Plus it caught my interest. That's enough for me to want to read it.
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins It's a cute cover, it's come highly recommended, and so yeah definitely want to read this.
5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare I have heard such great things about both series by this author and I really need to read them, so yeah they are on the list.
4. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout This book sounds pretty interesting and I've heard great things about it.
3. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr I love this author and have been secretly pining over this book for months. Must read it!
2. The Little Women by Louisa May Alcott I tried to read this in the third grade and failed miserably. Definitely time to read this. I know how can I not have read this?
1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner I've heard this is an amazing book and my sister owns a copy of it, so I can definitely read this. I just need to track it down.
Those are the ten books I'm excited to read this winter. What about you? Also have you read any of these books? And if so what did you think?
Feel free to leave your link in the comments. I read every single comment. :)
Monday, November 28, 2011
Kirsti over at The Story Siren blog posted a great post on how authors can get her to read their book. She mentioned that the didn't generalize the post, but rather wrote her personal preferences. However, I think that everything she listed will help authors get readers to review their books.
You can check out her post by clicking the following link.
I'm going to respond to her post, by listing how authors can get me to read their books. I have also updated my Review Policy. I know my review policy is long and I apologize for that, but everything on there is important. I've tried to make it easy to read and follow, but there was a lot of information I needed to get across.
Like Kirsti said, if I want to read your book or have featured in on my blog, you already have an in.
If I have already featured your book then contact me and I'll definitely want to review it and will probably do so immediately.
Please look at my review policy before contacting me.
I have a review policy on my blog for a reason. I only accept certain types of books for review. I feel uncomfortable reading certain types of books and so I've clearly outlined what I'll read in my policy.
Please look at it before contacting me. I can't stress how much this one bothers me.
This shows that you are a professional and have actually taken the time to acquaint yourself with my blog. You don't have to follow my blog or even like it for me to do a review, but I do expect you to at least know what I'll review.
Please don't be scared of me.
So often I hear from authors that they have been lurking around my blog, but haven't been brave enough to contact me for review. I'm not scary! I promise, ask anybody who knows me and they will tell you that. I can't even glare. I always bust up smiling.
Shoot me an email or contact me through Goodreads messages, the worse that can happen is that I'll say I won't read your novel. Give it a shot. It can't hurt.
I'm a person. Remember that.
I have a busy life like I'm sure all of you do. I review books for work. I also work as a freelance writer, and I'm a college student meaning I'm busy with homework and studying. I also try to at lest pretend to have a social life. Keep that in mind. I will try to review your book as quickly as possible. I'm not trying to be mean by not reviewing your novel immediately.
I am tyring to review novels more quickly and in a more timely manner. However, please remember that I'm busy. Feel free to shoot me an email reminding me to review your novel, if you feel like I'm taking too long however.
Remember that I love reviewing books.
I started a book blog for a reason, and that reason is because I love reading books and I love reviewing books. So don't worry about taking away from my time, ignoring me, or any other thing along these lines. I'd love to hear from you.
My review policy is here for those interested.
What about you fellow book bloggers? What can authors do to get you to read their books?
And authors, what are your thoughts on book reviews? Is there anything you wish book bloggers would do or any secrets to getting you to send them your book for review?
Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, November 25, 2011
A female infant is abandoned by her birth-mother in a small Chinese village and spends her first ten months in an orphanage. She is adopted and raised in the United States where she becomes a social worker in order to help children in a desolate Detroit neighborhood. Her nickname is The Jade Rabbit and this is her story.
As director of a shelter for runaway and neglected youth, Janice Zhu Woodward gets pulled into the lives of the lost children of the Detroit streets. Fueled by angry parents, stories of ghosts who haunt the shelter's basement, and her own history of being left by a birth-mother who may have long forgotten her, Janice emulates her adoptive mother and becomes an avid, nearly obsessed marathoner. Training injuries, failed goals, and unexpected trauma test her will and take her to her breaking point. When a mysterious girl with dreadlocks is abandoned at the shelter's front door, Janice becomes her surrogate mother and risks everything to save her. Only a miraculous, unforgettable run through the streets of Detroit can save them both.
Up Next: Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Thursday, November 24, 2011
(Guardians of Justice, #2)
Irene Hannon has a way with words. There are very few novels I read and then immediately want to reread, but Hannon's novels always fit that bill. Deadly Pursuit was no exception. I loved her characters Allison and Mitch. Their chemistry was undeniable and I really liked that.
This book is full of romance and suspense which is enough to keep me hooked from page one to the very last page.
I loved this novel. It is definitely one that I recommend.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly post by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week I chose Partials by Dan Wells another dystopian novel that I'm really excited to read. This novel sounds like it's going to be incredible.
And here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.
Once again this sounds incredible. Can't wait to read it.
P.S. As always feel free to leave your Waiting on Wednesday post below. And for those in the US happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Both are by Cambria Hebert who asked me to review these for her.
I'm going to start off by talking about Whiteout. Here is the sysnopsis on Goodreads.
A red plastic sled saved the day. A woman saved my life.
Unfortunately, saving my life might cost Grace her own. We get one day together, Christmas day, one day of bliss among misery. Too soon the tree is down and all that’s left of the cinnamon biscuits are crumbs.
The people who want me dead come back to see their task complete. I didn’t have a plan, but Grace did.
Never trust a woman with a shotgun.
This novel showcases the talented writer that Hebert is. She writes beautifully in a lyrical style that I immediately loved. Her characters were ones that I loved and the plot was good.
This short story is definitely a recommened read for lovers of romance and the paranormal genre. This novel left me wanting to read more from Hebert. If she writes a short stor this well, then what could she do with a novel?
Before (prequel to before):
This is the story of my past. Of what things were like for me when everything was normal. Of what every teenager’s life is like. Clothes. Parties. Boys and summer vacation. What’s so wrong with that?
I liked it. I was happy.
Until things changed. I changed.
I didn’t know that lies and secrets were about to take over my existence. I didn’t know there was someone out there, someone meant just for me. I didn’t know that I was about to go on a journey, a journey that would lead me to the girl I am today.
This is the beginning of the worst year of my life. Would I go back and change things? Erase everything that has happened to go back into these moments?
Not a chance.
This is a story of before.
I really liked Hebert's writing style once again and was left wanting to read the novel Masquerade to see how Hebert crafts this novel. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, I loved Hebert's style in these short stories, and so I'm interested in seeing what she can do with a novel. This was the prequel to her novel Masquerade that I have heard good things about. I'm really excited to read more from Hebert.
I love her writing style and she is a writer that I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye on.
Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.
Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws - her frailties - to become much more.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
I enjoyed the characters in this novel. Jake and Ben's friendship left me laughing hysterically. The characters didn't seem forced or stereotypically. Jake may be a strong warrior, but he didn't just fit into that mold. He was a character who took on life of his own.
Webb's writing was thorough and entertaining. Webb has crafted an engaging tale that readers will love.
While reading the novel, it is easy to see that Webb was very detailed with his world creation and character creation. He has crafted a world full of conflict, war, and intrigue that readers will want to learn more about.
Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.Be careful not to include spoilers. You don't want to give the book away or ruin the book for others.Share author and title (and page number) so others can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.
This week I'm currently reading Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon. I'm only fifty pages in, but it's Christian romantic suspense meaning that I'll love it. Plus, I love this author so I'm pretty excited to see what happens in this novel.
And here is the summary from Goodreads:
As a social worker, Alison Taylor has a passion for protecting children and seeing that justice is served on their behalf. But when she starts getting harassing phone calls and bizarre "gifts," it seems she may be the one in need of protection. When her tormentor's attentions take a violent turn, her brother Cole comes to her aid, along with his new partner, Detective Mitch Morgan. As her relentless stalker turns up the heat, Mitch takes a personal interest in the case. Protecting Alison has become more than just a job--because his own happiness now depends on keeping her safe.
Chock full of nail-biting suspense and heart-melting romance, Deadly Pursuit is Irene Hannon's storytelling at its very best. Fans old and new will not want to miss the next story in this series starring siblings fighting for justice.
And now here is my Teaser:
I check out every link you guys leave. :)
Monday, November 21, 2011
So I decided forever ago that I was going to be participating in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, which is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren, but I'm just getting to mentioning that on the blog. Whoops! :)
I haven't really decided which books I want to read yet. I have a few one that I'm dying to read picked out, but other than that we'll just kind of see how it goes. I'm still not entirely sure how this works, so I'm planning on just winging it as I go along.
However, I'll be keeping track of my progress here on the blog by adding a new page called 2012 Debut Author Challenge. Yes, I thought that was pretty original.
Also, if you would like to sign up for the challenge, and haven't yet click here.
I won an ARC of Tempest, a novel I've been pining for since I heard about it five/six months ago. And now, I get to read it in the near future. :)
How many of you guys are doing the Debut Author Challenge?
I decided which books I'm going to read primarily by these honed methods: If I'm in a library/bookstore: If the title looks good, then I look at the cover, if the cover looks like something I'd want to read, I race to read the synopsis. If it doesn't like something I'm going to read, I still read the synopsis. After that if the synopsis sounds good I'll read it regardless of who the author is.
Or if I keep seeing the novel popping up in my goodreads notifications email then I'll give the book a second glance and decide that maybe it's worth reading...that has happened a lot this week.
There are certain authors that I automatically know I'm going to read their books: Dessen, Zarr, Foreman, etc. However, most of the time if I don't recognize the author that isn't a turn-off for me. I usually don't judge what books I'm going to read off who wrote them.
Genre also plays a big role in my decision of what books I'm going to read. I don't read erotica or anything close to that genre. I've also never read a horror novel--not sure why. I've read suspense, and mystery, but not horror. If it's a realistic young adult novel or fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi/paranormal novel, I'm going to want to read it. Or if it's Christian fiction (not theology and set in modern day or anything but a biblical setting) I will have to buy it and read it immediately.
So yeah the author is important when I decide which novels to read, but of the time it comes down to the synopsis, the genre, and how many of my Goodreads friends have liked it.
What about you? How do you guys pick up books by authors you haven't read before?
As always feel free to leave your link in the comments section.
And now without further ado here is Darby Rae's post:
Sunday, November 20, 2011
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
In Summary: An entertaining novel that I really enjoyed reading. I loved the writing style and the characters; however, I felt like it wasn't quite as good as the first one.