Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#HelpAdiShout About Let's Get Lost!

Adi Alsaid is hosting a really awesome book blogger giveaway for ARCs of his book, Let's Get Lost
Are you a book blogger? Do you want an ARC of Let’s Get Lost to review on your site, plus another copy to give away to your readers/followers? Do you like answering yes to questions?
If you answered yes to all three questions, I bet you're really curious about what this giveaway is going to involve.
This is going to sound like a popularity contest, but it’s not exactly. I want to see how engaged your blog’s followers are. I want to see how well you can get them to shout along with me. Basically, I know you guys are fantastic at shouting about books, and I want to see it in action.You can post on any social media outlet about Let’s Get Lost, and the more activity your post gets (likes/comments/shares), the more points you get.
Doesn't it sound fun? I absolutely love the idea of this giveaway, and I'm trying my best to spread the word about it and get more book bloggers involved! I would LOVE to read this book, and it would be amazing to win an ARC to give away. I don't believe I've ever given a print ARC on this blog that wasn't part of a tour/event organized by someone else, so this book has the potential to be the very first one.

Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.
Why should you #HelpAdiShout
  • The book sounds great!
  • If you earn the post points, you not only win an ARC for yourself, but also an ARC to give away on your blog! 
  • It's a really fun and different giveaway. It's a creative way to spread the news about a book. (I would love to see this become successful.)
  • If you don't want to enter the giveaway for whatever reason, you can still help me win (or another blogger, if you wish) by commenting on this post, favoriting/retweeting my tweets, and various other ways. 
Why shouldn't you #HelpAdiShout?
  • ............
I got nothing. Whether you're entering the giveaway yourself or supporting another blogger, you can help Adi shout about his book and get people excited about its release. 

Have I convinced you to participate in this yet? Go to Adi's post about the giveaway for more details! Good luck and have fun.☺

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review ~ Beloved Enemy by Lacy Yager

Series: Unholy Alliance #4
Genre: YA paranormal
Pages: 147
Publication date: April 1st, 2014
Publisher: Lacy Williams Books
Goodreads Description: 
She's the unlikeliest vampire hunter ever. A scientist.

Seventeen-year-old science prodigy Genevieve Quinn never thought she would be kidnapped from her college campus by a vampire. Or that said vampire would want her help on a science project. Genevieve has no intention of complying, but when an escape attempt turns deadly, it is a vampire that comes to her rescue.

Vampire Chad Matthews is an atypical specimen. He’s good-looking, in a dangerous kind of way. But that’s not what attracts Genevieve… it’s the shadows behind his eyes. As Genevieve and Chad team up to find a way to defeat a monster even worse than killer vampires, she discovers that not everything can be explained by science—like falling in love.

This novella (30k words) is book four in the Unholy Alliance series. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Beloved Enemy was a pretty decent read! Neither it nor Shadow Allegiance (I haven't read Rival yet) were as good as the first book, but I feel like this one was one more step towards being as good as Unholy Alliance.

ROMANCE

I sensed a connection between Chad and Genevieve right away--they were the kind of opposites (vampire and human) that just fit well together. I've been craving a romantic book, and the romance was good enough to make me happy. The only problem, though, was that it progressed a bit too quickly. There could've been a lot more development in their relationship.

STORY

In Shadow Allegiance, I didn't see much story--it was mostly focused on the featured couple. In this case, there was a little bit more to the story. Genevieve's experiments were a big focus, and I liked seeing more about the world of vampires and warlocks that are part of this series.

CHARACTERS

Chad was a funny hero with a lot of insecurities. He had a bum knee, and even though it didn't hinder him that much, he still thought it slowed him down to the point where he couldn't protect people. He didn't see himself as a good guy for Genevieve for awhile, but he saw some character growth as he grew closer to her.

Genevieve was a really good character. I liked her in Shadow Allegiance and wanted more of her story, and I'm happy I got it! She had a lot of insecurities as well, but was a lot stronger than she thought she was. She also grew as a character as she and Chad grew closer together, and I really liked seeing how beneficial they were to each other. 

OVERALL

Beloved Enemy was a decent, quick read that I was in the mood for. It wasn't a "wow" novella, but I really liked the romance and the character growth. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!



My question for you:

Do you like to read novellas?

Waiting on Wednesday (19) ~ A 2014 Debut

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What am I waiting on?

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
Releasing June 24th, 2014 by Spencer Hill Contemporary

Goodreads description:
High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park - star of TV's hottest new teen drama - but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.

Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love. 
Why am I waiting on it?

I picked Behind the Scenes this week not just because I really want to read it, but because Dahlia Adler is one of my favorite people at the moment. She's been a huge help in an event I'm planning (hint: it's to celebrate my high school graduation and blogoversary). Her book seemed like the perfect one to feature today.☺

This book sounds like a cute contemporary. It seems like it has a great focus on friendship and tv, two things that I really like to see in books. Behind the Scenes also seems like it would have a great romance in it!

That's my WoW this week! What's yours?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Reader Interview with Ashley Weitzel

I got into an interviewing mood over the weekend, so I sent a tweet out saying that I was willing to interview any author/blogger/reader interested. Ashley Weitzel was the first person to respond! She's a reader that I've talked to on Twitter, and I'm delighted to share my interview with her today! If you would like to talk books or whatever else with her, you can find her on Twitter as @AshleyWeitzel.


(I added a few responses to her answers in purple.)
Hi Ashley!

First of all, how are you?

I am doing very well thank you :) 

What kinds of books do you tend to enjoy the most?

I read a lot of YA books currently and really love them. But I really read all genres.

I'm glad you love YA books!
What are you currently reading? What are you thinking of it so far?

A book called Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey. I am really enjoying it so far. I had never read any of her books but I did own this book so decided to give it a shot. So far so good!

Do you typically cry a lot, only a little, or not at all while reading a really sad book?

Honestly it really depends. I haven't cried very much with many books only a select few have really made me sad. For example the book A Child Called It, just broke me down the whole time I was reading it. Typically though I do not get that emotional over many books.

I would be a complete mess reading A Child Called It . . . I bet it makes a lot of people emotional.

Do you read book blogs? Why or why not?
I do read a lot of book blogs actually. I really enjoy seeing what other people think about certain books before I read them. Also the giveaways, author interviews, and fun things like that are always a blast!

I'm glad to hear that! I really like it when a non-book-blogger likes to read blogs.

Besides reading, what do you love to do?

Besides reading I do a lot of working! But for fun I also dance, write, I have really been enjoying Netflix lately as well. 

I don't blame you.☺ Netflix is great!

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

As far as music goes I love ALL music! I listen to so many genres. I kind of go through phases with music. For a few months I may go on a rock kick and then the next it may be country. All just depends on my mood and thoughts at the time!

Me too!

Thank you for answering my questions, Ashley!
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Thank you for reading the interview! I have many more interviews coming in the next couple month, so keep an eye out for those.☺

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A New Blog Design!

I'm very, very excited to announce that I've gotten a new blog design!

Okay, you may have already noticed the change in my blog since Sunday night, but I can't let this event go without a celebratory post, giveaway, and thank you to the designer!

Reading is My Treasure
I'm really excited that I have a button. I've never had one before.

New Chapter Designs

Back in March, I decided it was time get a custom design for my blog. It was something that I've always wanted for Reading is My Treasure. I came across one of Stephanie's designs and after going through her portfolio, I realized New Chapter Designs was a perfect match for me. I absolutely love Stephanie's blog designs--there's so many things in them that I really like to see in a design, and I knew she was the best (and most affordable) designer I could go to. I'm very glad I picked her! She was very easy to work with, and I absolutely love the design she has put together for my blog.

Thank you so much Stephanie!!

For those of you looking for a blog design, I strongly recommend getting one from Stephanie. She only charges $40-$45 for a Blogger or Wordpress Tweak Me Theme at the moment, which is a pretty good deal when it comes to full designs. Her queue is filling up really quickly, so if you're interested in a design, you should sign up for one soon!

Giveaway Time

I'm celebrating two things with this giveaway! The obvious thing is the new design, but the less obvious thing has to do with Twitter. I recently reached 1000 followers! That is way more than I thought I could ever have. Thank you to all of you that follow me. You are awesome.☺

I'm giving away a book from The Book Depository. Because I like giving people options, the winner gets to pick which book ($15 or less) he or she wants.

Terms:
- This giveaway is open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to you.
- The giveaway begins on April 23rd and ends at midnight PST on May 14th, 2014.
- You must be 13 years or older to enter.
- The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will have to pick another winner.
- I'm not responsible for lost packages.
- I verify all entries, so please don't cheat.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (18) ~ The Fall Release I'm Most Excited For

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What am I waiting on?

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Releasing October 14th, 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Goodreads description:
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. 
Just how excited am I for Snow Like Ashes? Let me count the ways . . .
  1. I consider this book to be the fall release I'm most excited for.
  2. I thought it sounded like an amazing fantasy even before the cover was revealed. This shows that this book is a lot more than just a pretty cover--captured my attention before I could judge it by its appearance.
  3. THAT COVER. I LOVE IT.
  4. I've hung two buttons I won on a note above my desk and pinned a third onto my purse.
  5. After the cover was revealed, I had the cover as my phone background for a bit. I also made the cover the background on my laptop, and I still haven't changed it.
  6. If I could only receive one ARC (including digital ones) for the rest of the year, I would want it to be this one. I'm that excited about it.
  7. A lot of other people are excited about reading this one, so that just feeds my own excitement for it!
  8. The book releases five days before my birthday. I was obviously meant to read it.
  9. I just have this good feeling about this book, and I usually end up enjoying books I have good feelings about.
If you haven't done so yet, you should add Snow Like Ashes to Goodreads! I hope you're excited for this one as much as I am!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Here and Now VS. The Taking

I'm trying something new. Instead of posting my reviews of these two books I recently read, I'm going to compare the two and review them as I go. Let me know if you like this kind of post, and I may try it more in the future!

THE BOOKS

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Series: The Taking #1
Genre: YA science fiction
Pages: 368
Publication date: April 29th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads Description: 
A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing. 

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day. 

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men. 

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

 Series: standalone (?)
Genre: YA science fiction
Pages: 288
Publication date: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Goodreads Description: 
An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.
CONCEPTS
The Taking

The concepts were pretty cool, even though I'm not a fan of aliens. They were probably my favorite part of the book--there was a classic take on alien abduction as well as many new-to-me things that held my interest.

The Here and Now

I really liked the technology that was described in the book. However, that was one of the only things I liked. It takes a lot for me to become invested in a time travel story, so most of the concepts just felt "eh" to me.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE
The Taking

Looking back at the book, I don't remember it being super exciting--at least, not until the last quarter or so. It got pretty suspenseful then. I don't believe I felt bored reading this book.

The Here and Now

Unfortunately, I was very bored throughout the majority of the book.

PLOT
The Taking

It didn't seem very atypical, but I didn't mind it. 

The Here and Now

I wasn't very invested in what was happening in this one, so it didn't feel very standout-ish.

*Note: I don't pay very much attention to plot while I'm reading. I mainly focus on characters, romance, concepts, and other pieces that make up the story.

CHARACTERS
The Taking

I absolutely adored Tyler in the beginning, but he gave me an odd feeling for the rest of the book. He was a teensy bit creepy. (Or maybe he was just unusually clingy. I can't place my finger on it.) I don't have much of an opinion on the heroine, for some reason . . .

As for the other characters, I liked them. I can't remember names, but the first other "taken" that Kyra meets is one of my favorites.

The Here and Now

I oftentimes mixed up side characters and forgot who they were. I don't have much of an opinion on the heroine of this book either. The hero was decent.

ROMANCE
The Taking

Insta-love (the "I-love-you" stage came quickly)

The Here and Now

Insta-love (the feelings of love came out of nowhere)

THE THREAT OF DEATH
*Possible minor spoilers may be in this section*
There was some sort of illness/worry that threatened the lives of some of the characters in both books. They weren't the same, but as I was reading The Here and Now, I was reminded of The Taking.

The Taking

The illness in this one felt more dangerous. It added quite a bit of suspense to the book, and was a very important part of the story.

The Here and Now

I didn't see the illness in this book explained very well, but that's probably because it was just talked about, not demonstrated. There was a possibility that one of the characters would die, so there one of the other main characters was in constant worry and tried hard to prevent it. That's what mainly reminds me of The Taking.

COVER
The Taking

I love the cover! I didn't care that much for it before reading it, but afterwards, I realized the fireflies were a very significant part of the story.

The Here and Now

I don't like this one very much. I just don't like this style of cover.

RATING

The Taking



The Here and Now


WHICH ONE DO I RECOMMEND THE MOST?


As you can tell, I obviously recommend reading The Taking over the other. The Here and Now just didn't work very well for me. Neither book wowed me, but I enjoyed reading The Taking--enough to want to read its sequel.

You can read my review of The Here and Now here, and my review of The Taking here.

Cover Reveal ~ Divinity by Michelle Johnson

I'm helping reveal Divinity by Michelle Johnson today! It will be released on September 23rd by Spencer Hill Press. I signed up for the blog tour (starting on September 1st), and I'm excited to get a chance to read it!

Here is the cover!

Jacket copy:
When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel.

With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart.

Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had.

What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too.
You can find the author on Twitter.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The DNF Dilemma + a Review

To DNF or Not to DNF . . . that is the question.

I have very mixed feelings about DNFing a book, especially when it comes to review copies. I don't have that much trouble not finishing a personal tbr book because I'm not going to submit my review of it anywhere. 

However, when it comes to my review pile, it doesn't feel right to DNF a book that I was given in exchange for a review. If I didn't read the entire book, how can I write a fair review? At the same time, though, I don't want to waste my time on a book I don't enjoy reading.

See my dilemma here? I believe I've recently found my solution, though . . . 

It seems more fair to a book to DNF it while I can still write a helpful review than to force myself to finish it and write a poor review. The more I force myself to read something, the less good I'll notice in a book. Also, less of anything stands out to me if I push through a book I don't like, which leads to a shorter, less detailed review (I write reviews based on what stands out to me). I don't fell like those are very helpful to those of you who read my reviews.

To summarize:

The most fair thing to me is to give a book a fair review. Based on the fact that I tend to write pretty vague reviews for the books I force myself to read, it seems to me that DNFing a book can be more fair than actually finishing it. 

Because I realized all of this while reading Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley, I decided to include add it to this post. 

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Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 304
Publication date: April 22nd, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads Description: 
All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

Imogene's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene's crush saw her "before and after" orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online...until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she's been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

Don't Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life. 
 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 

Don't Call Me Baby was not the book for me. I could tell from early on that I wouldn't end up liking the book very much. First of all, the feel of the book wasn't good. When I start reading a book I end up really liking, I can tell early on that it's a decent read by how it feels. I know that's pretty vague, but what I'm trying to say is that Don't Call Me Baby didn't feel like a well done book. 

First of all, the writing. It didn't flow--it felt a bit awkward and forced to me, and it bothered me. I really don't like reading things lacking a natural flow. They tend to remind me of cheesy and badly acted movies. 

I also didn't care much for what was going on in the story. The concept was the only thing that I really liked. Blogging is something that I haven't seen much in books, so I thought it would be cool to see it incorporated into a story. After I started reading, though, I didn't find myself interested. Instead, I found the story a little off-putting and annoying--mildly ridiculous as well. The forced feel of the book did nothing to make what was going on in the book interesting or convincing. Shortly after Imogene and her friend posted their first blog updates, I knew for sure that the book wasn't going to go well for me. I didn't care for the approach they were taking.

I ended up not finishing this book. It just didn't feel like it would get better for me. Because I tend to dislike books more if I force myself to read them, and because I tend to write short, forced, and vague reviews of those books, I decided it was safer to DNF this book at 28 percent. I realized that a more detailed DNF review would most likely be more helpful than a forced, vague one.
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My questions for you:

What are your thoughts on DNFing a book?
Do you find it easier to DNF a book you aren't expected to review?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (17) ~ The End to a Favorite Trilogy

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What am I waiting on?

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Releasing June 17th, 2014 by Henry Holt & Co.
Goodreads description:
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
 Why am I waiting on it?
This series is incredible! It's one of my newest favorite series from 2013. I read Siege and Storm only a week after Shadow and Bone (reading books of the same series around the same time is rare for me), then posted my reviews together. The series is such a good fantasy one, with great characters, romance, world building, and writing.

If you haven't tried the series yet, read it!

And if you DNFed Shadow and Bone the first time, give it a second try. I did that and ended up loving it!

Previous books in the series:

That's my WoW this week! What's yours?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (17) ~ The Lies of Locke Lamora, Inevitable, & More

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves.

My last Stacking the Shelves was from March 28th, so here are all the books I've added to my bookshelves since then.
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Has it already been two weeks since my last STS post? Time has been flying by so fast this month that I can't keep up!

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Free on Amazon
The Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neale
Of Silver and Beasts by Trisha Wolfe
Red at Night by Katie McGarry
Blind Barriers by Sophie Davis

Red at Night was a pre-order. It just popped up the day it released.☺

Bought for Kindle
One Broke Girl by Rhonda Helms
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I bought both of these based on recommendations. Rachel Harris was tweeting about One Broke Girl and I got curious. I haven't read NA in awhile, and I thought this one sounded like a nice one.

Nikki from There Were Books Involved. . . is the one responsible for The Lies of Locke Lamora being in my book haul. I read her review of the book and immediately to Amazon to buy it. I've decided to read it during the summer (when I don't have school), and I'm so excited to read it! It's going to be my first adult fantasy, so it'll be something new for me.


For Review
Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Beloved Enemy by Lacy Yager
Inevitable by Lani Woodland
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

I'm really excited to read Bleed Like Me because it's my first SimonPulse approval since last summer. Inevitable is the one I'm most excited for, though. I read Intrinsical and Indelible two years ago (back-to-back in the first week of April 2012, in fact), and I've been waiting for the end of the trilogy since then.

Thank you SimonPulse, Edelweiss, Scholastic, Aspendawn Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Netgalley, Shane Morgan from IFB tours, and Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for review copies!


New Print Books
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

I got Poison Study for three bucks at my local bookstore. I've been craving good fantasy lately, so I had to get it.

Les Mis is HUGE, but I've decided to read it as my last independent novel in AP Lit (this means I'll be writing an analysis on the book). It's a challenge, but I love challenges.☺

Won
Learning to Swim by Annie Cosby

Thank you, Annie!

Library
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

This is my next AP Lit class read, and I'm really looking forward to it. It's set in Oregon!

What did you get this week? 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thursday Thoughts ~ Sad Books Make Me Really Sad

Thursday Thoughts is a new feature that Ashley at Ok, Let's Read has created. It's basically a weekly discussion feature on certain topics. You may find more details and a list of future topics here.)
"Each week I will post a new, conversational post talking about a specific, book-related topic. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join! The whole point of Thursday Thoughts is to hear different points of view and opinions, otherwise I would have just kept it for myself! All I ask is that you put a link to Ok, Let's Read somewhere on your post so that other's can join in if they would like. In addition to that, each week my post will have a Linky widget on the bottom so that we can all link up, read each other's posts and hopefully spark some quality conversation!"
This week's topic:
April 10: Sad Reads - If you know a book is sad does it make you want to read it, deter you from reading it or not effect you at all? Do you enjoy sad books? Are you someone who cries easily at books? What books have you read that made you cry?
If you know a book is sad does it make you want to read it, deter you from reading it or not effect you at all?

Knowing that a book will make me sad makes me want to read it, but it also makes me reluctant to actually do so. I love sad books (because any book that makes me emotional is good in some way), but they're hard for me to start. So the book ends up sitting on my bookshelf/kindle for awhile while I gather up some courage to start it.

Books I'm still pushing off because I know they'll make me sad:

Are you someone who cries easily at books?

Oh yeah. I'm not much of a crier in general, but when it comes to books (and movies), I get really emotional. Mostly it's because I'm heartbroken over a character's death, but there are times when a break-up or some other scene just makes me really, really sad (this happened in Siege and Storm). 

What books have you read that made you cry?

Here are a handful that I know that made me cry:



The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth probably made me cry the most. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is the least obvious tearjerker, but it was absolutely devastating. The Sweet Far Thing was also devastating, but I think it made me cry a little less. 

Now it's your turn! How would you answer some of these questions?