Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (2)

Hey guys! 

Today I’m doing my second Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. STS is a weekly meme where you show the books that you got over the week. 

This week, once again, I got two physical copies, both of which I bought myself.


I decided to go to a local book store, and they had a bunch of new, YA releases on sale for only seven dollars. The first on I got was The Museum of Intangible Things, which was mostly a cover buy to be honest. Then I got To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I’ve heard such great things about this book, so when I saw it for only $7 I knew I had to get it.

I only got one book sent to me for review, and it was an ebook.


I didn’t get anything for NetGalley or Edelweiss this week, because I want to read the review copies I have before I get any more. But, I’m part of the Gone by Anna Bloom blog tour, so I got that so I could review it. It’s a Mature YA, Contemporary, Romance book, which is good because I need to read more contemporary. 


I hope you enjoyed my Stacking the Shelves! Make sure to leave yours in the comments so I can check it out! 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley


Hey Guys! I have yet another cover reveal and giveaway for you!

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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Sarah Bromley on the A MURDER OF MAGPIES cover art

"Besides the dream of seeing your book in print, one thing so many authors daydream about is what the cover will look like. I come from an artistic background. My grandmother was a watercolorist, and I actually spent time in college as an art major before switching first to forensic pathology (don’t ask—it obviously didn’t last) and eventually English. As someone who’s visual, I was excited and, to be honest, nervous for what Month9Books would come up with as the design for the cover of A MURDER OF MAGPIES.
Georgia McBride asked for my input, which I know is rare because so often authors don’t get much say, if any, in their cover art, but I still didn’t know what to expect. Yet when I saw it, I adored my cover. How could there be any other cover for A MURDER OF MAGPIES? The design brings in details like the cobblestone roads of the book’s setting, Black Orchard, Wisconsin. I could imagine walking down that road in the fog and knowing someone was watching. The antique-style light plays off Vayda’s family’s business in the antiques trade as well as her ability to take emotion and turn it into electricity. Then the bird . . . I love the bird’s position as it is hunched over to peck at the ground as if uncovering a secret, and this is a story where everyone has secrets."

And now the cover...

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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.
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Title: A Murder of Magpies
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Sarah Bromley
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Sarah BromleySarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she's not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.



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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Gone by Anna Bloom


Hey guys, and welcome to my very first cover reveal! Stay tuned to till the end for a giveaway!


Title: Gone
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Mature YA (intended for readers ages 16-19)
Publication: July 28th, 2014

Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever.

When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart?

Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.

And the cover... 









Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.




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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Hey guys! 




Today I’m doing my first Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to feature The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, which is the second book in the 5th Wave trilogy. 


Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave Trilogy, #2
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: September 16, 2014


The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

For those of you who don’t know The 5th Wave has been one of my favorite reads this year! I absolutely love Rick Yancey’s writing and I need to know what happens to all the characters and what happens next in the story! If you haven’t picked up The 5th Wave yet, you definitely should!

I hope you liked my very first Waiting on Wednesday! Link yours in the comments and I'll be sure to check it out!



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (1)

Hey Guys!

Today is my first Stacking the Shelves ever which is supper exciting! For those of you who don’t know Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where you show all the books you’ve added to your bookshelf this week, weather it’s physically or electronically. 

This week I bought two books, both in physical copies.


The first one is Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, which is the third and final book in the Grisha Trilogy. This book came out on Tuesday, and after reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo on Monday, I immediately pre-ordered Ruin and Rising. I also got The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera. A couple weeks back my mother made a list of some of her favorite books that I should read, and this was one of them so I decided to pick it up. It’s not YA and I don’t know anything about it, so I’m excited to dive into it sometime soon.

I also got three ebooks for review this week via NetGalley.


The first one was Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle, which I’m really excited to read after previewing it in Buzz Books. The next is Amity by Micol Ostow. This is a YA horror novel about a haunted house that was recommended fans of Stephan King, Ellen Hopkins, and American Horror Story, which are all things I love! And the next one was The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz. I’ve seen a couple blog posts about this book, most of them positive, so I’m really excited to start this paranormal read!

I hope you enjoyed my very first Stacking the Shelves! Link your in the comments and I'll be sure to check it out!


Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy, Book #1
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Source: Bought


Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.




Overview:

I’m always pretty wary going into books that are super hyped, but this one definitely lived up to all the buzz! It ended up being one of the marvelous books where you start to root for the villain, which shows how good the author is at creating multi-dimensional characters, plus I absolutely loved the side characters. I’m so excited to read the sequel and see how it ends!

The Plot:

This book took place in an alternate Russia high-fantasy setting, which was really unique. I also was intrigued by the aspect of the Grisha, the people with powers, living in luxury while the rest of the country was poor, and Alina’s thoughts on this as someone who lived up as a normal, not-Grisha citizen. The plot was really fast-paced and really kept you on your toes and I was never bored while reading it. And if you need another reason to read it-The Darkling.

The Characters:

Most of the characters where really well developed and thought out, which is always nice. Alina, the main character did become slightly irritating at sometimes, but overall she was a lot better than some protagonists. I loved the Darkling so much, and I really loved Genya. Even though she was just a side character I wanted to know more about her and I loved how she carried herself, despite what everyone thought of her. The one character I don’t understand is Mal. I don’t know what it is but he seems like a really flat, filler character to me, and you don’t know that much about him other than the fact that he grew up with Alina and she has a giant crush on him. Hopefully we get more about his backstory in Siege and Storm. 

The Writing:

I really enjoyed the writing in this book. It wasn’t anything completely poetic, but it was still really nice and enjoyable and there were some quotes I really loved. I also really enjoyed how, despite the high fantasy setting, Alina’s inner-dialogue sounded modern and she could be pretty sassy at times.

The Romance:

There was a bit of a love triangle in this, and if you know me, you know I’m not very fond of love triangles. Despite this I wasn't that put off by the fact there was a love triangle. Part of it is probably because the book isn’t over flowing with romance like most YA but also because Alina didn’t have any annoying inner dialogue about how she couldn’t choose who to be with. But I’m definitely Team Darkling!

Overall:

This book was amazing! I would definitely recommend it and I’m super excited to pick up Siege and Storm and then Ruin and Rising, since right after reading this I pre-ordered it (even though it was the day before it came out). If you’ve read Shadow and Bone make sure to comment your thoughts on it in the comments and if you link your review I’ll be sure to read it! If you haven’t read it, are you planning to? 

5/5 Stars 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: The People Inside

I received an e-arc of this book by Oni Press though NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Title: The People Inside
The Author: Ray Fawkes
Page Length: 146
Age: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 13th, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

Overview:
I really, really enjoyed this read! I was a ‘eighteen-paneled’ graphic novel, which means that each page had nine boxes with a drawing and if you read just the one’s in the box (example: the top right hand box of every left page) you would read a story, and you did this continuously for all of the eighteen boxes (I really hope that made sense). This was somewhat tedious since I was reading it on my e-reader, but it was also a really cool, unique experience for me! I loved all the stories, but a quick warning that they are quite heavy and intense contemporaries, so make sure that’s what you’re looking to read before you pick this up!

The Plot:
Going through all eighteen plots would be absolutely tedious and waaaay to long, so I’m just going to give you a brief summary of what to look out for. Each square tells a different love story. Let me note that just because it’s a love story doesn’t mean it’s a happy love story. There was also a nice variety of sexualities and ages that were portrayed in the different stories which I really enjoyed. 

The Art:
If you’re wondering why I knocked off a star on the rating of this book, it’s because the artwork in this story wasn’t really my style. Maybe you’ll enjoy it, but was sloppy and not very visually appealing to me, which I think is a really important aspect of make a graphic-novel. 

Conclusion:

If looking for a dark contemporary graphic novel and don’t mind mediocre art, I would be sure to pick this up!



Monday, June 16, 2014

#RYBSAT TBR

Hey Guys!
Today I’m doing a quick blog post to announce my participation and my TBR for RYBSAT Round 2! RYBSAT stands for Read-Your-Book-Shelf-A-Thon and is a week long read-a-thon hosted by Miranda by BooKss101, Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and Gary from BookNeedLove. During this read-a-thon you pick a place on your book shelf and read the books from there on. I’m picking this section of my book shelf;

Which is where I keep my normal sized hardback duologies and series where I only own two books in them. I’m going to start with reading the first two books in the Grisha trilogy (the third book is coming out on Tuesday!), Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Then I’m going to skip the Mara Dyer series since I’ve already read both of them, and move onto the first two books in the Raven Cycle series, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater. The final book I hope to read this week is the second book in the Program duology, The Treatment by Suzanne Young.

If you want to follow my progress as I read I’ll be tweeting on my twitter, https://twitter.com/wonderlandishh

Comment a link to your twitter and/or tbr so I can see how you’re doing!

~Izzy

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

#thefaultinourtbr

Hey guys!

Today’s blog post is just an announcement-type thing. Micah from mandersonxoxo on YouTube and Kiara from Kiara Soleil on Youtube and Kira’s Love For Books on Blogspot are hosting a 24 hour read-a-thon on Saturday 28 June, 12am to 12pm-no matter were you live. They're using twitter/instagram hashtag, #thefaultinourtbr. The goal is just to minimize your tbr pile and read for as much of the 24 hours as possible! This read-a-thon does overlap with the Week of Wisdom read-a-thon I’m doing, which means that for the 24 hours I will be catching up on series! I’ll have a tbr for all of Week of Wisdom, including #thefaultinourtbr up soon!
If you want to follow me on twitter or instagram my twitter is https://twitter.com/wonderlandishh and http://instagram.com/wonderlandreads
If you want to sign up for #thefaultinourtbr you can use this link; http://kiarasloveforbooks.blogspot.com/2014/05/24-hour-read-thon-sign-ups.html 

~Izzy

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review: The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

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I received this courtesy of Harlequin Teen through NetGalley in return for an honest review.




Title: The Break Up Artist
Author: Philip Siegel
Page Length: 336
Age: YA
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 1st, 2014
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Overall:
I don’t feel any pressing feelings about The Break Up Artist. It was great but it wasn’t bad. It was one of those book which was ‘average’ in many senses of the word. If you really enjoy contemporary then I would recommend this book, but if contemporary isn’t favorite this isn’t one of those contemporary that you must read (e.g., The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Book Thief, or a John Green book). I would say, however, that if you like the ‘moral’ of Paper Towns by John Green, which I did, I would recommend picking this book up.

The Concept:
Becca Williamson doesn’t believe in love. Maybe it’s because her parents never really seemed to love each other. Maybe it’s because her sister became bitter and reclusive after her fiancĂ© left her at the aisle. Maybe it’s because her best friend left her after getting a popular boyfriend. Maybe it’s because her current best friend doesn’t think she’d good enough since she’s single. But what ever it is that caused her to deny love, it also caused her to be ‘the break-up artist.’ Pay her $100 over PayPal and she’ll break up any couple in your life that you’re not a fan of. Anonymously, of course. And it’s justified because Becca’s just speeding up the inevitable, right?

The Plot:
Becca Williamson has her hardest task yet. Breaking up the school’s favorite couple, Steve and Huxley. The same Huxley who was once Becca’s best friend before she became popular and got a boyfriend, leaving Huxley in the dust. Plus Val, Becca’s current best friend, has finally gotten a boyfriend, Ezra. But does Val like Ezra or does she just like having a boyfriend? And what will happen when Becca starts to develop feeling towards Ezra? Overall there are a lot of aspects to this book and to the plot but they all intertwine fairly well.

The Characters:
Like the rest of this book I didn’t have any particular feelings towards the characters. Most of them weren’t likable or unlikable, which could be good or bad, however all the character had different ideas of life and love, which were very interesting to read about. For example one character doesn’t believe in love, while another is in love, while another is fascinated by love, and another has given up on love. I really liked that aspect, as I find characters and their beliefs just as interesting as plot lines, and other such things. 

The Writing:
The writing in this book was average (must like the rest of the book). It didn’t wow me, or even mildly impress me, but I never thought it was bad or cringed at a sentence. I really do wish I could say more on this, but there isn’t much more to say. 

The Romance:
I think it’s somewhat difficult to say my feelings on the romance in this book without spoilers. I will say the romance is on the minimal side compared to most YA contemporaries. I really liked the conclusion to the romance and thought it was very unique compared to the ending in most books. I do think that this might be the book for you if you don’t like romance since the majority of this book is anti-romance.

The Friendship:
I did have a bit of an issue with how clique the friend plot lines were. Girl looses her friendship with over girl because of boy. Girl becomes friend with ex-friend who is now popular and has boyfriend. Since the romance had a unique conclusion I was really hoping the same for the friendship aspect, which was not the case. 

Conclusion:
This was a nice fun, contemporary read, but it wasn’t anything special. 


~Izzy