Friday Reads (5/30/14)

Happy Friday!  It is time for a non-holiday weekend which means I can get some reading done!  Here are some books I hope to read this weekend:

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (currently reading)

Untraceable by S.R. Johannes*

Fever (book #2 in the Chemical Garden Trilogy) by Lauren DeStefano

What books are you planning to read this weekend?  Leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear!

* Book sent to me for reviewing purposes.

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Friday Reads (7/26/13)

Happy Friday!  The weekend is finally here!  It’s time for Friday Reads, in which I share with you all what I plan on reading this weekend.  Friday Reads is a query that was started on Twitter and has been carried over to the book blogging/vlogging community.  It is also a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it click here.

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Witnessing a brutal murder at work is only the beginning of Celia’s problems. The fact that the victim is a vampire only proves to complicate her life even more. The vampires of New England have always had an undetected existence among humans but with the unprovoked death of one of their own, the lust for revenge has begun. Celia’s concerns are magnified when a hunter from Dallas arrives in town. With Jay’s sexy smile and rugged ways, Celia finds herself wanting to spend time with him despite being mysteriously linked to the nest that is threatening to become extinct if Jay gets his way. When four bodies are found drained of blood; Jay teams up with a local bunch to take out all the undead which coincidentally, includes her boyfriend Victor. Celia won’t stand seeing anything happen to Victor but refuses to hurt Jay as well. Confusion, lust, rage and violence intertwine as worlds collide. Celia will soon discover that her neat little start to unravel.-Goodreads summary

I received Sweet from the author and publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.  Currently, I am 50% into it and find it to be a fairly easy read.  After completing The Book Thief, Wilkerson’s conversational writing style is easy to comprehend, which makes this book a fairly quick read.  Despite its writing style, I do have some issues with the book, which I’m sure will be detailed in my review.  I hope to be finished with it tonight, as I am trying to complete many of my ARCs and write my reviews!

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When 13-year-old Gretchen Harris’s mother is murdered at Gretchen’s 8th Grade graduation party, everyone in the town of Delphi, California, suspects a power struggle within the Oculus Society: Delphi’s version of the Junior League.  Gretchen’s best friend, Jessica Shaw, might even hold the key to finding the culprit withThe Plotinus Ability: the Oculus Society’s jealously guarded secret power to trade souls, which hinges on a kiss. Gretchen’s hope at finding the murderer ends in tragedy when Ariel Miller—the class outcast—stalks Gretchen and Jessica and surreptitiously films them exchanging a kiss to test if the Plotinus Ability is real, not knowing their motives. The ensuing YouTube video (“Popular Girls = Secret Lovers”) goes viral, Gretchen’s and Jessica’s lives are further shattered, and they vanish from Delphi.

Flash forward two years later: Ariel is suddenly the most popular junior in town, but wracked with guilt over what she did to Gretchen and Jessica.  When both girls reappear after their mysterious absence, Ariel finds herself pawn, suspect, and key player in their scheme to bring the murderer to justice.-Goodreads summary

I was provided Projection from the publishing company (Soho Teen) via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  I have approximately three weeks to get this book read and reviewed, so I definitely need to start this one!  I’m looking forward to the mystery elements in this story.  Of course, there will be a review published in the future!  Hopefully, I get this finished this weekend so I can check another ARC off my list!

*What are you reading this weekend?  Comment below!*

Friday Reads (7/19/13)

It feels good to be back and Happy Friday!  Friday Reads is a query that started on Twitter and has become increasingly popular in the book blogging/vlogging community, and I have decided to implement it in my Daily Post.  To learn more about it, click here.

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New York Times bestseller for seven years running that’s coming to movie theaters on November 15, 2013, this Printz Honor book by the author of I Am the Messenger is an unforgettable tale about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. 

The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.-Goodreads summary

As someone who is a ravenous fan of historical fiction, especially novels dealing with WWII, I am utterly ashamed that it has taken me so long to read this book.  It has been sitting on my shelf for four years and has been frequently recommended by family and peers.  Finally, I have decided to read it.  Currently, I am 300 pages in the book, which means I’ve finished a little over 50%, and I am truly loving it.  Admittedly, I am not one who wholeheartedly agrees with book hypes, but this book deserves it.  The characters, the plot, and the narration all possess unique attributes and depth, which are incomparable to any historical fiction.  I look forward to finishing this book as I find it to be a fast read, but I will be terribly sad to see the story end.  Of course, that implies that I will be rereading this book countless times in the future!

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She spots the masked man in the dark, lonely parking lot–but too late. Grabbed and drugged, Christina is kidnapped and held for ransom. When her family pays, she thinks her ordeal is over. But then she realizes that her family thinks she planned the kidnapping! How will Christina prove her innocence?-Goodreads summary

Do you ever get in these moods where you need to read a good mystery?  At a young age, I devoured Nancy Drew books and would only read mystery books.  As I have gotten older, my genre preferences have expanded, but mystery novels always hold a soft spot in my heart.  Therefore, I am in need of a mystery.  Browsing my shelf, I found this book and realized it has been sitting on my shelf for many years-probably ten years!  So, it needs to be read!  The premise sounds extremely intriguing, and I definitely like how it was a recipient of the Edgar Award for Best YA Mystery-who doesn’t love Poe?!  This seems like a fairly quick read, and I look forward to satisfying my mystery-craving!

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Witnessing a brutal murder at work is only the beginning of Celia’s problems. The fact that the victim is a vampire only proves to complicate her life even more. The vampires of New England have always had an undetected existence among humans but with the unprovoked death of one of their own, the lust for revenge has begun. Celia’s concerns are magnified when a hunter from Dallas arrives in town. With Jay’s sexy smile and rugged ways, Celia finds herself wanting to spend time with him despite being mysteriously linked to the nest that is threatening to become extinct if Jay gets his way. When four bodies are found drained of blood; Jay teams up with a local bunch to take out all the undead which coincidentally, includes her boyfriend Victor. Celia won’t stand seeing anything happen to Victor but refuses to hurt Jay as well. Confusion, lust, rage and violence intertwine as worlds collide. Celia will soon discover that her neat little existence is not what it seems as her cryptic past and present start to unravel.-Goodreads summary

Recently, I received a digital copy of Sweet for review.  As I need to have it read and reviewed in three weeks, I am hoping to get it started now and be ahead of the game!  I enjoy vampire novels because recently many authors are attempting to branch out of the “vampire stereotype,” so I am looking forward to seeing what kind of vampires Wilkerson creates.

*What books do you plan on reading this weekend?*

Happy reading!

Katie

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Friday Reads (7/5/13)

Happy Friday!  Woohoo you successfully got through another week!  Friday Reads, a popular query that originated on Twitter, enables me to share what I plan on reading this weekend.  As I do not post on Sundays, it allows you to be updated and know what I hope to accomplish in my reading endeavors.  Additionally, Friday Reads is a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here!

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Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

The boys try to destroy the lens that transports them to Marbury. But that dark world is not so easily reckoned with. Reality and fantasy, good and evil—Andrew Smith’s masterpiece closes the loop that began withThe Marbury Lens. But is it really closed? Can it ever be?-Goodreads summary

It has taken me nearly a week to read this book-something very atypical of me during summertime.  However, with work, the Fourth of July, and helping my family, I have been quite busy!  In the moments that I do get to read this book, I thoroughly enjoy it.  As this is the second book in the Marbury Lens series/trilogy/no idea, I actually prefer it to its predecessor.  The world building is fantastic; the plot is enigmatic and intriguing.  I simply can’t wait to finish this.  I have nearly 100 pages left and should finish it later tonight.  I want to review it immediately so anticipate a thorough book review on this book tomorrow! 

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It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.-Goodreads summary

I just discovered that there are zombies in this novel!  This will be my first “zombie book,” and I’m very excited.  Overall, I have not heard too much about this novel, but it is a very popular novel in my library.  

I’m going to be honest.  I’m a little hesitant about reading this book immediately after Passenger.  As stated Smith has done a fantastic job with the descriptions and world building.  Therefore, I’m nervous that this book, my first zombie book, will simply be average for me because this author may not compare to Smith’s world.  Who knows?!  I plan on going in with an open mind and hopefully will be blown away!

*What are the books you plan on reading this weekend?  Comment below!*

Friday Reads (6/28/13)

Happy Friday!  Woohoo you successfully got through another week!  Friday Reads, a popular query that originated on Twitter, enables me to share what I plan on reading this weekend.  As I do not post on Sundays, it allows you to be updated and know what I hope to accomplish in my reading endeavors.  Additionally, Friday Reads is a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here!

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A brilliant new Gothic thriller from the acclaimed author of The Ghost Writer and The Seance

Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: “Your patient must be an imposter.”

Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary. Who is the woman in her uncle’s house? And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks? Georgina’s perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.

Another delicious read from the author praised by Ruth Rendell as having “a gift for creating suspense, apparently effortlessly, as if it belongs in the nature of fiction.”-Goodreads summary

I saw this book on a Youtube Haul video, and I immediately was intrigued by the concept.  Therefore, I requested it from the library and anticipated its arrival.  Currently, I’m about halfway through the book, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it!  I don’t want to go into too much detail about my thoughts about this book as I plan on finishing it this weekend and will be reviewing it in due time.  Yay!

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Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

The boys try to destroy the lens that transports them to Marbury. But that dark world is not so easily reckoned with. Reality and fantasy, good and evil—Andrew Smith’s masterpiece closes the loop that began withThe Marbury Lens. But is it really closed? Can it ever be?-Goodreads summary

Approximately a year ago, I read The Marbury Lens, and I fell in love with this “other world” Smith created.  I have had Passenger on my TBR list for awhile, and I’m in the mood to finish this series-note: I’m really not sure if this is a duology, trilogy, or series.  I attempted to do research on this; in an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, Smith was asked if there would be a third installment in this series, to which he replied:

I’ve already published a short story called “The King of Marbury.” It’s up on Tor.com. I am going to write another book about Marbury and I’m glad you asked this question, because when I wroteThe Marbury Lens I was not thinking at all that there would ever be more to it, but then so many people were asking questions about what really happened and what was really going on: “You can’t leave me here; you have to tell me what’s going to happen next.” So I thought that, well, if I do tell you something about what happens next – which became my monstrously long new novel,Passenger – I was going to tell you something that you would never have expected. I hope that this is the experience that readers of Passenger get, that it was something that was totally different, that everything had changed, that everything had turned upside down. I do know what I’m going to write the third book about, and it’s not going to be anything that people will expect.-Publisher’s Weekly

According to the question and answer, I’m assuming Passenger leaves readers anticipating more explanations about the world of Marbury.  From further research it appears as though Smith has yet to write this next book-note: the Publisher’s Weekly interview is nearly a year old.  Due to all of this, I’m slightly hesitant to start Passenger as I would hate to read this book, fall further in love with the series, and be forever left with millions of unanswered questions.  So, I’m both excited and really nervous.  Ugh.

*What book(s) do you plan on reading this weekend?

Friday Reads

Happy Friday!  Woohoo you successfully got through another week!  Friday Reads enables me to share what I plan on reading this weekend.  As I do not post on Sundays, it allows you to be updated and know what I hope to accomplish in my reading endeavors.  Additionally, Friday Reads is a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here!

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“Still haunted by nightmares of her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father’s relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder-something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn’t do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.

But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.

A compelling summer romance, Sea marks the arrival of a stunning new voice in YA.” –Goodreads summary

I picked this up from the library a week ago because the summary was extremely compelling.  First, I definitely like how the author implements a “recent” historical event into the story.  I see this as an opportunity for some major character development.  Additionally, I believe it will be thought-provoking to readers as it deals with an extremely difficult tragedy; I slightly am hoping that this will be one of those books that may “change my life!”  Lastly, I am pleased that this author has included some romance in the book.  Having the protagonist dealing with the effects of the tsunami will probably be difficult to read; therefore,the romance will be a nice relief-at least, I hope!

As of now, I have only read the prologue.  I cannot give much of an opinion about the book as I feel it has not had sufficient time to receive any sort of judgments.  However, I look forward to reading this book!  Look for a review in the future!

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“In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world”-Goodreads summary

l probably won’t finish The Unnaturalists this weekend, but I’m hoping to attempt it.  Again, I got this book from the library and was very intrigued by its summary.  I love historical fiction books, and I love that there will be some Steampunk elements in this novel-I mean look at that cover; it looks so Steampunky!  

Other than the excitement of the plot and cover, I really do not have many expectations for this book.  I just hope its an enjoyable read!  I plan on reviewing this book in the future as well.

*What books do you plan on reading this weekend?  Comment below, and you may be featured in the next Friday Reads!*