Sunday, October 19, 2014

Which Team Are You? : The Selection Edition

I basically just post a book series every week and have people vote on what team they are. I know the YA Sisterhood does the YA Crush Tournament, but I just want to find out how much you guys like one love interest over another, in one series.

Last week's poll was over Team Dimitri or Team Adrian from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. Team Dimitri won!

  
So for this edition of “What Team Are You?” I’m going to ask you who your pick of hunky man-flesh is from the Selection series by Kierra Cass. 

You can choose from:

1)      Maxon 


or 2) Aspen


I’m not sure what team I’m on, basically because I sometimes thinks Maxon whines a little too much and doesn’t really do anything to solve his problems, and Aspen just wasn’t even really around in the books. If you had to choose one, who would it be, and why? If you haven’t read the books that are out right now (and why haven’t you?), who do you think sounds more appealing from the Selection summary below.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Which Team Are You?
Team Maxon
Team Aspen
Poll Maker

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: The Rick Riordan Edition

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme that is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community.

I traded in some books from my local used bookstore. They didn’t have a lot to choose from this week, but I did manage to nab this baby.


            The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

What books have you bought/received lately?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the pictures.


I just want to hang his face on my wall. Oh… It’s already there. Well, I can add some more.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Most Anticipated October Release

October is a wonderful release month, there’s books like Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordian, all being released in the span of a few weeks. It’s mind-boggling!

However, there is one release that I’m more excited about than all of the others, and it is…

Stone Cold Touch
(The Dark Elements #2)
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Hardcover, 464 pages, Harlequin Teen
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

My Thoughts

Roth was my babe! And JLA is a writing genius, so this book is going to be amazing! I already know.

What’s your most anticipated October release?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

The Wicked Will Rise
(Dorothy Must Die #2)
Publication Date: March 30, 2015
Hardcover, 432 pages, HarperCollins
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.


To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My Thoughts

I read Dorothy Must Die and I wasn’t too impressed. However, I’ve found myself missing the characters.

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Least Favorite Physical Traits for YA Characters

I did a post about this a few years ago, but I thought I’d make another, updated one.

I found some physical aspects of characters that I don’t like and I’m just going to share them. Now, before I get started, these character traits don’t reflect how I feel about real people, just book characters, and I’ll tell you my reasons.

So, here are some physical traits that I cannot stand in my characters.

Fake-Colored Hair


This one is the same as the last post I did. I cannot stand it when a character has blue, yellow, silver, etcetera, hair. It throws me off. Even Day’s hair from Legend by Marie Lu made me shudder in disgust. This, I realized, is because I could never imagine getting my hair dyed a random, unnatural-looking color.

Short Love Interests

Once again, this isn’t meant to offend. I like my guys taller than 6’ simply because I’m almost 5’9”. When I read a story about a short love interest, for example, Etienne St. Clair, I’m pretty much thrown off immediately.

Tattoos

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a tattoo hater. I just think that tattoos don’t need to be all over the body. Like in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I couldn’t even get past the first five pages of the book because she has a sleeve of tattoos. And fake-colored hair. But, once again, I think this is just because I can’t ever see myself getting a lot of tattoos. The main character of a book is supposed to be who you empathize with, and you’re basically supposed to picture yourself as them, so if I can’t do that, I’m not reading it. However, I’m not opposed to the guy having a lot. Does that seem incredibly sexist?

Kick-A$$ Girls and Wimpy Boys

So, I love a wonderful kick-a$$ female lead. I just don’t like it when the boy in her life isn’t as strong, or even close to as strong, as she is. Books like Throne of Glass, Angelfire, and Vampire Academy did it right with their mutual levels of a$$ kickery. However, there are some books, like School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins that I can’t find myself loving the relationship in. I want my fictional guy to have all the muscles. ;)

Freaky Eyes

This isn’t a huge deal, but sometimes authors will have their characters have some sort of weird eye color. Silver, violet, red, etc. It only really bothers me whenever they mention it in the story, otherwise I’m fine. Unlike with all of the stuff I’ve mentioned earlier. Those, I continuously think about throughout the entire novel.


That’s all I’ve got for my least favorite character traits. What are some of your book character turn-offs?

*Note: These images do not belong to me. They were all found through Google.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Shows Are BACK!

Television is back, baby! I’m uber excited for quite a few of these awesome shows:

5. Arrow


4. The Vampire Diaries


3. The Walking Dead


2. The Originals


1.      Supernatural


What T.V. shows are you excited for this fall?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Which Team Are You? : The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

I basically just post a book series every week and have people vote on what team they are. I know the YA Sisterhood does the YA Crush Tournament, but I just want to find out how much you guys like one love interest over another, in one series.

Last week's poll was over Team Edward or Team Jacob from Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. And once again, there was a tie! 



So for this edition of “What Team Are You?” I’m going to ask you who your pick of hunky man-flesh is from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. 


You can choose from:

1)      Dimitri


or 2) Adrian 


I’m Team Dimitri, basically because he’s a) hot, b) tall, and c) he has an accent. If you had to choose one, who would it be, and why? If you haven’t read the books that are out right now (and why haven’t you?), who do you think sounds more appealing from the Vampire Academy summary below.

Prepare to be Tested.
The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
Hit Theaters February 7th, 2014!

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.


Which Team Are You?
Team Dimitri
Team Adrian
Poll Maker

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson Review

Since You’ve Been Gone
Publication Date: November 2012
Hardcover, 449pages, Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA, Contemporary

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

My Review

Emily starts out her summer before her senior year with a missing friend and a very strange to-do list. On the list are tasks like apple picking at night, kissing a stranger, and dancing until dawn. The only problem, her best friend Sloane—the writer of the list—isn’t there to help her out. After a series of strange interactions and a lot of verbal fumbling, Emily makes some new friends and goes on an emotional journey that could help her slip out of her very small shell.

Finding yourself isn’t a piece of cake, and Morgan Matson doesn’t let Emily take the easy way out. Emily chooses to do things she, and I, would never normally do. Honestly, Emily is completely relatable—besides the cross country running thing. I don’t do that, kudos to those who do. She’s amazingly awkward, and her thoughts noticeably show that specific characteristic. She makes me feel 100% socially competent. Although Emily is a very fleshed out character, her companions are not. Frank is the good guy, Collins is the good guy’s wild best friend, and Dawn is the new BFF. That’s all.

And while Matson’s story is completely believable, there are some minor issues. Emily is an observer, but it’s hard to observe your own changes. Especially when they’re buried somewhere on the inside with all of those feelings and other emotional stuff, yet Emily is able to recognize her own character growth rather effortlessly. Also, it’s a fast-paced story, which somewhere along the way loses pieces of its ending. I’m left with questions, and that is not okay. Okay?

So, your to-do list in regards to this book: 1) Expect some cutesy, fluffy, fun stuff. 2) Be prepared for the awkwardness. You know you can relate. 3) Enjoy the playlists of songs provided in the book—Music is cool, and comedy clips are not. You’ll get my reference when you read it. 4) Sigh at all the lovey-dovey moments, not because they’re cheesy, but because they’re cute. 5) Understand that the things I wrote earlier are possible for you to feel while reading. And finally, 6) Smile throughout.

3/5 stars

*Note: I received a copy of this book to review from Book Review Board of Missouri. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the picture.

SPOILERS FOR SEASON 10 BELOW!

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Is it creepy to say that I love his face?