Sunday, December 21, 2014

Which Team Are You? : The Dark Elements by JLA 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 Daniel or Team Cam from Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. And, it was a tie!!

So for this edition of “Which Team Are You?” I’m going to ask you who your pick of hunky man-flesh is from The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 

You can choose from:

1)      Roth


or 2) Zayne


I’m Team Roth because a) he’s snarky, b) he’s a demon, c) he’s hawt, and d) I love him! 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 The White Hot Kiss summary below.

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Which Team Are You?
Team Roth
Team Zayne
poll

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: The Used 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.

Someone must have been cleaning out their YA shelves because there were some great books at the used bookstore. I’m trying not to buy books that I don’t need and a lot of them I already have, so I just got two.

·         The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
·         Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver (not pictured)

What books have you bought/received lately?

Friday, December 19, 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.

Yes. Yes you are. Or at least, you should be.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The World Forgot by Leicht and Neal


"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 World Forgot
(The Ever-Expanding Universe #3)
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Hardcover, 288 pages, Simon & Schuster
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult

In this hilarious, action-packed conclusion to The Ever-Expanding Universe trilogy, teen mom Elvie Nara is on a quest across the universe to save her daughter (and maybe stop an alien race war in the process).

After dealing with killer whales, evil scientists, the return of her long-lost mother and, certainly not least of all, the challenges of breastfeeding, Elvie Nara has just about had it. And then the Jin'Kai (along with the aforementioned estranged mom) kidnap her baby.

And before she knows it, another Jin'Kai attack puts her on the run again, but not before discovering that Olivia was implanted with a genetic tracking device. So along with Cole, Ducky, and her dad, Elvie goes back out into space to follow the signal. There she finds evil Dr. Marsden up to some evil tricks and realizes that Mars may hold the secret to defeating her enemies once and for all. So, off to Mars she goes. Because alien race war aside, Elvie really wants to be back with her daughter. For a kid she wasn’t even sure she wanted, Olivia has come to mean the world to Elvie—and she’ll search the universe to be with her again.

My Thoughts

Book one, Mothership, was cute, plus its cover is GORGEOUS! I haven’t read book two yet, I’m just waiting for it to come out in paperback so I can order them together. I’ll have to get this one from the library I guess. *sigh*

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Blog Resolutions


1. Write 35 reviews. I’ve written 25 in 2014 and that’s pretty good for me, but I want to increase my review count.


2. Post a bookshelf tour video. I’ve been promising you guys this for like 3 years. I just don’t have the best lighting or a good enough camera to really do it. [Insert sad face]


3. Finish 20 series. I have multiple third books in a series that I need to read so that I can be finito.


4. Read 10 adult books—doesn’t matter what genre. I just think I need to spread my wings a little bit.

5. Read 3 classics (I have been dying to read Pride and Prejudice all the way through and I just don’t have time).


6. Read 100 books for the year. This has been my Goodreads goal for the past three years and I’ve achieved it every time.


7. Read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin because why not?

Do you have any book-related resolutions for 2015? Sound off in the comments!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis Review

Not a Drop to Drink
(Not a Drop to Drink #1)
Publication Date: September 2013
Hardcover, 320 pages, Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: YA, Dystopian

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

My Review

So the world is dry… And it perfectly encapsulates how to describe Not a Drop to Drink. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy the book, because I did. I even read it in less than 24 hours (That could be because it was the first book I have been able to read in more than a month that wasn’t school-related.) and I plan on reading the sequel. However, the book wasn’t a knock-me-off-the-edge-of-my-seat kind of read. The ladies over at HarperTeen’s Tea Time had me expecting so much more.

The book starts out introducing a character who isn’t really relatable in any way. She reminds me of Katniss a little in that she doesn’t seem to have any strong emotions during the first part of the book, but then you grow to see her softer side. But I thought that the softer side came about a little too easily. Lynn, the female protagonist, has been raised to shoot first and ask questions later, so why did sixteen years of training suddenly fly out the window? I couldn’t really understand how she changed so much in such a small time period when she’d been engrained to act and to act fast.

The secondary characters were less confusing, but still not completely relatable. I couldn’t understand why Stebb, Lynn’s neighbor, stayed out of Lynn and her mother’s lives’ so much. McGinnis gave an explanation, but I just couldn’t find it believable considering people could use as much help as they could get in this world. Now Lucy, the young girl with the family that’s almost encroaching on Lynn’s territory, is cute. I like how she brings out the goodness in Lynn, I just didn’t like how similar their names were—both start with L’s and both are four letters long. I had trouble distinguishing the names at times. Additionally, the love interest, Eli, is supposed to be interesting, but while I liked him, I didn’t love him. He wasn’t even in the book enough for me to really even get to know him.

The world building is good, and I enjoyed the background, but there was one thing I couldn’t understand. Why would people move farther south for water? Wouldn’t the water have dried up there more than it would if you go farther north? I know it’s cold in the north, but I still don’t get why you would move somewhere where water evaporates even more. And I guess that’s another thing that I find odd—there was no explanation for why the water was gone.

I found the ending to be completely unsatisfactory. And that’s all I can really say about that without some major spoilage.

All in all, this book is a quick and entertaining read. It’s just, when you actually start thinking about why these characters are doing what they’re doing, and why the world is the way it is, you realize that some things don’t quite add up. I’d recommend this book for anyone who just wants a light (not in a cute and fluffy contemporary way, it still has blood and guts in it) dystopian read.

3/5 stars

*Note: I purchased this book for myself.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Which Team Are You? : The Fallen 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 Tod or Team Nash from Rachel Vincent’s The Soul Screamers series. Team Tod 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 Fallen series by Lauren Kate.  

You can choose from:

1)      Daniel


or 2) Cam


I’m Team IDK because I used to really like Cam, but once I finished the series I just wasn’t sure who I liked. If you had to choose one, who would it be, and why? If you haven’t read the books that are out right now (How is that even possible!?), who do you think sounds more appealing from the Fallen summary below.

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .


Which Team Are You?
Team Daniel
Team Cam

free polls

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: Christmas with the Roomies and Black Friday 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.

My roommates and I did are Christmas present-opening last weekend. Plus, my Book Outlet Black Friday order came in.


  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman from Hannah!
  •  The Rules by Stacey Kade from Elise!
  • A B&N gift card and Kit-Kat bar from Hannah!
  • Toothless from Madison!
Thanks roomies!

Now for my Book Outlet order... They sent me two copies of Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, instead of one copy of Unravel Me and one copy of A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford. I emailed them back about it, so we'll see. I'm just not having great luck with online orders lately.


What books have you bought/received lately?

Friday, December 12, 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.


Yep. That’s not sexy at all. Not. At. All. (Biggest lie in the history of lies.)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Female Characters I Want to Be Like

There are some really awesome female characters out there these days. They’re not only in books, but movies and television too. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites and a few quick thoughts on why I want to be like them.

These are in no particular order.

     Hermione Granger from Harry Potter


She knows everything. And while I’d like to think that I’m pretty smart, I would love to have Ms. Granger’s brains. Plus, she’s a witch. How cool would that be?

      Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games


I’m not a fan of how Katniss deals with her emotions. She can get annoying in that regard. BUT, she doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do, despite being in a horrible situation. That’s what I want to have, the courage to tell people no and to stand up for what’s right.

      Hayley Marshall and Rebekah Mikaelson from The Originals 

Hayley has had a rough time of things. She was pregnant with Klaus’s child and had all kinds of things happening to her, but in this current season, she’s not letting any of that stand in her way. I won't get into any more for fear of spoilage.

Rebekah is awesome in this show and The Vampire Diaries. Sure, she’s not the nicest vampire around, but she is not afraid to keep fighting for what she wants. She doesn’t always care who gets in her way, either. And I can respect that, to an extent.

    Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones


What a freakin’ bada$$. She definitely didn’t start out that way, but she totally got there. She has taken control and led her people, and while she doesn’t always make the wisest decisions, she owns her mistakes. She’s just so fierce.

     Felicity Smoak from Arrow


I love Felicity. She’s, at times, the only reason I really watch this show. She may not have cool supernatural powers like some of the other women on this list, but she can pretty much kick everyone’s butts in her own way—through technology. Without her, the Arrow is nothing.

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I'm sure I'm missing one hundred others, so tell me, do you agree with my choices? Are there others you would add to the list? Sound off in the comments!