Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

I'm excited to say I have received my first blogging award! Thank you to Ana  from The Adventures Within and "Bow-ties are Cool" from What the Hell is a Hufflepuff? . This award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers. So pretty much you share 10 facts about yourself and answer 10 questions from the person who tagged you. Then, you tag 10 more people and give them 10 questions to answer. That is a lot of 10's but you get it. Oh yeah, and no tag backs.

Monday, July 30, 2012

TAG!: Would You Rather...?

Hey! It's Sydney. Soooo.... I guess I technically wasn't tagged for this but Kayla from Ramblings of a Book Junkie tagged " EVERYONE!!" and I would consider myself part of everyone. So here it is:

Le Rules:
~Intros!-Tell us about yourself and your blog.
~Answer the 6 questions in anyway you want
~Tag 6 bloggers (or however many people you want to tag)
~Tell them they have been tagged and link back to your post
~Put the Would You Rather...? picture to your post

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Series Spotlight: Trylle Trilogy

Trylle Trilogy
Amanda Hocking

Switched              Torn              Ascend

(Summary  from Goodreads.com)
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

I only included the summary for the first book because the summaries for the other books contain spoilers.~

Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Insurgent

Veronica Roth
(Summary from Goodreads.com)

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #2: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

The Summer I Turned Pretty
Jenny Han
(Summary from Goodreads.com)

Some summers are just destined to be pretty. Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
(Summary from Goodreads.com)

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors ofNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: From a Friend

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a great way to show other people the books that you've bought or received for the past week!

Books I Borrowed From My Friend:
(Summaries from Goodreads.com)

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Before I Fall

Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
(Summary from Goodreads.com)

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: The Kill Order

Waiting on Wednesday's is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Kill Order 
James Dashner
August 14, 2012
(Summary from Goodreads.com)
The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #1: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
(Summary from Goodreads.com)

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. Fiction is based on real black and white photographs. The death of grandfather Abe sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and explores abandoned bedrooms and hallways. The children may still live.