Book Reviews, Young Adult

Crickets and Bells

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

(Reread) 5/5!

Goodness. I absolutely adore this book. To no end. Every time I read it I find myself experiencing all the same emotions over and over again and that’s exactly why I ADORE this trilogy!!

I know this trilogy has a bad rep with some people, I get that certain things could be seen as problematic- and I know they’re heteronormative, but that’s besides the point. Some things have got to be heterosexual, that’s just a part of life- just as much as homosexual or any other type of relationships.

Anyways, that little rant aside, I want to talk about the things I DO love about this book. I don’t like Lola as much as I like Anna or Isla, but I still absolutely love her. What I love most about her is her character development over the course of the book and her individualistic personality. She sticks to her guns and stays true to herself, even if she has her missteps along the way.

One of the things I’ve seen complained about the most regarding Lola is her immaturity, the way she treats Cricket and Max, and all the mistakes she makes. Then I’ve seen complaints about how strict her parents are. BUT. She’s 17 years old. And, I’m sorry, but just about every single person makes mistakes in their teens and *gasp* beyond that as well! It’s a part of being human- we make mistakes. But in the end, Lola LEARNED from her mistakes and she tried to remedy them AND improve herself afterwards. That’s a very mature thing to do. Then there’s her parents. People complain about their strictness and being in on her business and those kind of parents DO exist. I don’t know if people haven’t dealt with those kinds of parents before, but it’s not an uncommon thing. I absolutely love Nathan and Andy and I would love to have them as my fathers.

I adore this book though. I love Cricket and Lola and I love watching their story unfold. It’s not easy, and Lola made a lot of mistakes along the way, but that’s okay. The storyline is amazing and I love the progress over the course of the book.

Thank you, Perkins for being so amazing.


Currently reading:

Ender’s Game (page 120)

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TBR Tackle Thursday (#6)

It’s that time again! Stoked to see what I’ve got for the week. I actually thoroughly enjoy going through this, and I think part of that is being reminded of all the good books I still have to read. :p

Let’s see what I can get rid of this week!

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1. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Synopsis:

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Thoughts:

I honestly don’t remember having added this to my TBR, but I am definitely intrigued!

Verdict:

Keeping this one, for sure!

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2. Book of Shadows (Sweep #1) by Cate Tiernan

Synopsis:

Something is happening to me that I don’t understand.

I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. It scares me.

I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.

Thoughts:

Okay… so, the synopsis seems a bit lacking to me, but something about this book sounds super interesting.

Verdict:

Keeping it for now! If I can get a copy of this, I’ll definitely read it.

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3. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

Synopsis:

“Mistakes have been made.”

Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.

So when Silver learns that he requires emergency life-saving heart surgery, he makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to spend what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment—even if that moment isn’t going to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.

Thoughts:

I love the author’s other story This is Where I Leave You, but I admit I’ve only seen the movie, I found out it was a book afterwards when my mom finally admitted she’d read it and wanted to see the movie.

Verdict:

Staying. I do want to read this and his other stuff too. The story line definitely sounds intriguing.

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4. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Synopsis:

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

Thoughts:

Oooh intrigue. I don’t remember adding this one either but it sounds SO GOOD.

Verdict:

Keeping it. Yes. I want to read it so bad.

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5. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

Synopsis:

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean.

Thoughts:

The concept is definitely interesting.

Verdict:

Screw it. I’m keeping this one, I think I’d actually really enjoy it. This book sounds like it’d be right up my alley.

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6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis:

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Thoughts:

I actually remember adding this to my shelf a couple years  ago, and I ended up with a copy of this one about two days after I finished Scythe.

Verdict:

Keeping! I love his writing style and I’m definitely up for reading this one soon.

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7. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Synopsis:

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness…

But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?

Thoughts:

Ehh… it sounds fairly interesting, but I don’t know if it’s one I’d enjoy.

Verdict:

Removing. It’s one of those I probably won’t end up reading to be honest.

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8. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Synopsis:

R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

Thoughts:

I’ve seen the movie and I definitely enjoyed it… I don’t know how much I want to read it though.

Verdict:

Removing. At least for now, I’ve got so many books to read and I don’t know if I’ll pick this up after watching the movie.

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9. Shine by Lauren Myracle

Synopsis:

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

Thoughts:

Meh. I’m not a big mystery person. I don’t know why I added this to begin with.

Verdict:

Removing.  I won’t pick this one up.

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10. Pivot Point by Kasie West

Synopsis:

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through… and who she can’t live without.

Thoughts:

Yup yup yup! This is definitely right up my alley and sounds absolutely amazing.

Verdict:

Staying. For sure.


***Keeping/ Removing: 6/4***

Whelp, progress is progress! I won’t complain about this!


Currently Reading:

Lola and the Boy Next Door (page 237)

Ender’s Game (page 100 ish? :p )

-Laurenxx

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My 7 Bookish Sins

We all have them, right? We all commit ‘sins’ in whatever topic it may be. Well, I came across the bookish sins tag and figured I’d go ahead and do it, because I need to start posting more regularly and some book tags are a good place to start!

Without further a do, here’s the #7bookishsins tag!

1. Greed. What is your most inexpensive book? Your most expensive?

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Cell by Stephen King was one of the cheapest books I’ve ever picked up from something that wasn’t a used book store or a book sale at school. I picked it up at the airport- a hardback copy no less- for a whopping $2. I was shocked, but also not all that shocked, King’s books were so widely processed and dispersed that they’ve become cheap in whatever format you seek. I wasn’t complaining, it was a good plane read.

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. So, I know it’s not a super popular opinion these days, but I’m a sucker for all things Clare. I just adore the world and everything. Yes, it has its flaws, but I love the characters and the thought behind these books. So when I saw this special edition from Waterstone, I had to get it. Now, I live in the US, so between shipping and the book itself, this ended up being a fairly expensive purchase. But I LOVE these editions, especially my Lord of Shadows copy with the parabatai rune. Though the gold angelic rune on this one was what made me want it to begin with.

Clare has always been an auto-buy author for me though and when I see ones like this, I tend to jump at the opportunity. It wasn’t awful though, I think including shipping it ended up being around $35.

2. Wrath. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

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Leigh Bardugo. I don’t dislike her writing, I really don’t, I absolutely love and appreciate the way she writes. But I just cannot love her stories… I don’t know what it is. I couldn’t even make it through the third Grisha novel, and because of that I was super hesitant to pick up Six of Crows. But I still just didn’t love that one either. I’ve yet to touch the sequel, and I don’t know if I will, despite owning all her novels. I want to love the stories because I truly do love her writing, but I just don’t.

3. Gluttony. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

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As I said, I’m a sucker for all things Shadowhunter related and these books have been one I return to time and time again. I adore the characters, it’s like going back to old friends after months of not seeing them, so how could I not keep reading them?

4. Sloth. What book/series have you neglected reading due to laziness?

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. I bought this a few years ago and I just… haven’t finished the series yet and it makes me really sad, actually. I need to get back to this series and I need to finish it because I have yet to hear anything negative about it.

I love Blue and I love the boys, so I don’t know why it is that I stopped reading. I just need to get back to it.

5. Pride. What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

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Welcome to Night Vale. This book and this podcast are amazing. I just love watching people get weirded out over the content. But there’s so much intelligence behind the podcast and the books and it really shows if you actually get into it, actually listen to the podcast. I’ve loved the podcast from basically day one, so I adore this so much.

6. Lust. What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

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I have so many traits I admire in different male and female characters alike. The entire Anna and the French Kiss trilogy displays such an awesome variety or girls and boys alike. Anna grows into someone much more confident with who she was and Etienne finally becomes more assertive with his life. Lola grows SO MUCH and Cricket is one of the sweetest, down to earth guys. Isla sticks to her guns and learns a lot about friendship and Josh has a big wake up call, but finally learns to take criticism. And then there’s characters like Kell and Lila from ADSOM. I don’t really have any particular trait or set of traits I look for in characters, and I tend to look at the traits of both male and female characters equally. I may be straight, but I still love admiring the strength and beauty in the female characters I read about, just as much as the males.

7. Envy. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

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City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition. Look how gorgeous this is! I’ve been doing really well about NOT spending money on books lately, or only buying ones that are sequels to series I’m already in the middle of. So, I’ve yet to buy this and I’m probably just going to wait for my birthday to ask for this.


This tag was a lot of fun!! For anyone who’s looking for a fun tag to try, feel free to do this! Consider anyone reading tagged. (:

-Laurenxx

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TBR Tackle Thursday (#5)

Had a super busy week this week, with Wednesday being Valentine’s Day and all, so I’m finally sitting down to knock out part 5 of my TBR slashing! YAY!

Going to aim for 10, but if it’s time efficient I may do more than that, so let’s see what happens.

If you haven’t seen parts 1-4 yet and would like to, here they are:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


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1. Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Synopsis:

Sam is a geek movie-buff with a ragtag group of loser friends who have been taking abuse from the popular kids for years. But when the super-cool Camilla moves to town, she surprises everyone by choosing to spend time with Sam’s group. Suddenly they go from geek to chic, and find that not everything boils down to us and them. With their social lives in flux, Sam and Camilla spend more and more time together. They become the best of friends, and Sam finds that he’s happier and more comfortable in his own skin than ever before. But eventually Sam must admit to himself that he’s fallen in love. If he confesses his true feelings to Camilla, will everything change again?

Thoughts:

It sounds similar to something like Eliza and her Monsters or Geekerella and I adored both of those novels.

Verdict:

Keeping! I think this is one I’ll actually enjoy and that doesn’t happen often with me and contemporary books.

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2. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Synopsis:

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

Thoughts:

It sounds interesting, but I’m kind of over these sorts of dystopian novels for the time being.

Verdict:

Removing. I can’t warrant it.

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3. Terra by Gretchen Powell

Synopsis:

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth’s population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial–a denizen of the barren groundworld–who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra’s world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam–a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything–a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

Thoughts:

I mean, it sounds interesting. But I don’t know if I’ll actually pick it up.

Verdict:

Removing. I’m trying to really make sure I get rid of any books I won’t read or won’t actually seek out.

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4. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Synopsis:

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Thoughts:

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never been a fan of synopsis that call boys smokin’ hot…

Verdict:

Removing… I’m way more picky with paranormal stuff now than I was back when I added this to my list.

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5. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Synopsis:

This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

Thoughts:

I definitely remember adding this to my list.

Verdict:

Keeping! I’ll probably get to this at some point!

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6. A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

Synopsis:

Their new reality begins in just a matter of days.

On Day 56 of the Blustar Pandemic, sixteen-year-old Nadia’s mother dies, leaving Nadia to fend for herself and her younger brother, Rabbit. Both have been immunized against the virus, but they can’t be protected from what comes next. Their father taught them to “be the cockroach”—to adapt to and survive whatever comes their way. And that’s their mission.

Facing a lawless world of destruction and deprivation, Nadia and Rabbit drive from Seattle to their grandfather’s compound in West Virginia. The illness, fatigue, and hunger they endure along the way will all be worth it once they reach the compound.

Unless no one is waiting for them . . .

Thoughts:

Yup, I love this concept. It’s compared to Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave and I absolutely love that book, so I can’t complain about that.

Verdict:

Staying! I’m actually interested to pick this one up here soon.

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7. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Synopsis:

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

Thoughts:

It sounds like it would actually be amazing.

Verdict:

Staying. I definitely want to check this one out at some point. I feel like it’ll be a heavy book with this premise though.

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8. Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

Synopsis:

In one moment,
it is over.

In one moment
it is gone.

The morning grows
thin, grey
and our lives-
how they were-
have vanished.

Our lives have
changed
when I walk in
on Lizzie
my sister

holding a shotgun.

Twelve year old girl Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself.

Thoughts:

Sounds like an Ellen Hopkins and that makes me happy. I am intrigued and I know it’s going to be a heavy book.

Verdict:

Keeping it! This one is staying, I actually really really want to read this.

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9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Synopsis:

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Thoughts:

Meh… I love zombies, but legitimate ‘Eat your brains, can’t think for themselves’ kind of zombies like The Walking Dead or The Enemy by Charlie Higson. This doesn’t sound like my cup of tea.

Verdict:

Removing it! Don’t think I’d get around to this.

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10. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Synopsis:

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

Thoughts:

It does sound quite interesting.

Verdict:

Keeping it, for sure.


***Keeping/ Removing: 6/ 4***

Glad I removed at least a few! All progress is good progress!


 

Currently Reading:

Ender’s Game (page 89)

Aletheia (20%)

Deadman’s Wonderland: Vol. 3 (just started)

Laurenxx

 

 

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TBR Tackle Thursday (#4)

I’m prepared to make this one a little longer. I’m thinking 15 this go around, really trying to cut some out that I won’t read. Just kidding. I did 10, I’m beat for the night.

Hard to believe this is part 4 already! Has anyone else started doing this? How’s it coming along if you are?

If you’d like to see the previous 3 parts, here’s the links:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

So, here we go, part 4! With an even bigger group of books, I’m hoping to get more than 5 off the shelf. Fingers crossed.

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1. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Synopsis:

Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind — or destroy it.

Thoughts:

I mean, I knew quite a bit about this series and have had more than one person tell me that I should read it and I’ve honestly heard nothing bad about it.

Verdict:

Keeping. After having just read Pendragon for the first time this last year (and currently), I know there are probably quite a few already existing series I’m missing out on just because it wasn’t something I reached out to prior.

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2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Synopsis:

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Thoughts:

I mean, I’m guilty of having watched the Studio Ghibli film for this one, but that was prior to having known it was a novel. Now, I ADORE the film, so I don’t want to take any bias into the book. But in all honestly, I’ll probably still love the book and I’d like to see where it all started.

Verdict:

Keeping. This is one I know I’ll enjoy, and I already own a copy!

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3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Synopsis:

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.

Thoughts:

Again, seen the movie. It still sounds amazing and I think I’d enjoy seeing it in book form.

Verdict:

Staying. Gotta give this one a shot.

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4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Synopsis:

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Thoughts:

It’s definitely been one that I had been wanting to read for a while now and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

Verdict:

Keeping. Again, I own a copy and I think I’ll actually get around to reading it.

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5. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Synopsis:

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Thoughts:

I still love this story. I want to read it to actually experience the emotions in my head while reading because it’s so different from a cinematic experience.

Verdict:

Staying. Definitely. Next time I’m in the mood for something like this, I think I’ll go ahead and finally read it.

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6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Synopsis:

Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!

Thoughts:

I mean, I do love the sound of this book.

Verdict:

Cheating on this one… I already have the Ultimate guide so I don’t need to keep this one on here as well. Removing!

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7. Tithe by Holly Black

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Thoughts:

I feel like I’m so out of touch… I’ve never read a Holly Black book. This sounds interesting and all, but I’m not so sure I’m going to go out of my way to read it.

Verdict:

Removing. I promised myself I’d be more selective and really start going for books that definitely interest me.

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8. Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Synopsis:

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Thoughts:

Meh.

Verdict:

Removing. Not intrigued and definitely wouldn’t pick it up.

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9. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Synopsis:

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Thought:

Literally anything Egypt is a big win for me.

Verdict:

Keeping. I own the boxed set, I’m just so sad it’s only 3 books and that I know I’ll fly through them.

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10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Synopsis:

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known.

By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Thoughts:

Nope. Not for me.

Verdict:

Removing. I won’t touch this one, I lost so much interest in werewolves over the years.


***Total Kept/ Removed: 6/4***

Not as good as I hoped, but I’ll take it!

~Laurenxx

 

 

Question

Slumping

I’m sure no one likes them, but reading slumps are the absolute worst. I’m struggling to finish a book right now, even though I’m enjoying it immensely and I’m super excited to see how it all plays out.

I’m currently reading Pendragon #10- The Soldiers of Halla and I am loving it. I’m about 300 pages in, and we’ve finally got some answers to questions I’ve been waiting for through the entire series. But for whatever reason, I’m still struggling to read.

Does anyone have any tips they use when going through a slump? I tend to pick up a book like Anna and the French Kiss, something easy to get through and that won’t take me more than a day or so to get through, even if I’m reading slowly.

Anyone have any tips they use to get through their slumps? Anyone lucky enough to not suffer from these slumps? :p

-Laurenxx