Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monthly Recap: June 2013

I didn't have to go to school at all this month, so I was so very excited about all the reading time I would have. What did I do? Read? No. For some reason I was always distracted by something else. I guess when I was in school I read when I was done with my work or something, but at home my work is never done. People always make huge lists of things they want to do over the summer but only about 10% of them actually follow through with it. I still read a good amount of books this month, but not nearly as many as I wanted to. One thing I am happy with is how much I blogged. I think I kept up a pretty nice schedule.

Books Read:
  1. Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) - Holly Black
  2. The Pledge (The Pledge #1) - Kimberly Derting
  3. If I Should Die (Revenants #3) - Amy Plum
  4. Fever (Chemical Gardens #2) - Lauren DeStefano
  5. Sever (Chemical Gardens #3) - Lauren DeStefano
  6. Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) - Melissa Marr
  7. Reboot (Reboot #1) - Amy Tintera
  8. Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) - Kiersten White
  9. The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) - Julie Kagawa
  10. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  11. The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) - Michelle Hodkin
  12. Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) - Holly Black

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: Essence, Evolution, and Eternity

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!

Black Water
Pendragon #5
D. J. MacHale

Everneath #2
Brodi Ashton

Goddess Boot Camp
Oh. My. Gods. #2
Tera Lynn Childs

Reboot #1
Amy Tintera

Siege and Storm
The Grisha #2
Leigh Bardugo

Escape From Furnace #2
Alexander Gordon Smith

Paranormalcy #2
Keirsten White

Sweet Shadows
Medusa Girls #2
Tera Lynn Childs

The Essence
The Pledge #2
Kimberly Derting

The Eternity Cure
Blood of Eden #2
Julie Kagawa

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Mara Dyer #2
Michelle Hodkin

The Ghosts of Ashbury High
Ashbury/Brookfield #4
Jaclyn Moriarty

Unwind #2
Neal Shusterman

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure

The Eternity Cure
Blood of Eden #2
Julie Kagawa

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Quote Unquote: Sever

Quote Unquote is a series of posts of my favorite quotes from certain books. Today I am doing Sever by Lauren DeStefano. This is the last book in the Chemical Garden trilogy. I really liked this book and I thought it had some very quote-able lines.

~“I never wanted to live forever," she says. "I just wanted enough time.”

~“We'll squeeze every second that we can from our lives, because we're young, and we have plenty of years to grow. We'll grow until we're braver. We'll grow until our bones ache and our skin wrinkles and our hair goes white, and until our hearts decide, at last, that it's time to stop.”

~“It isn’t a perfect place. There are no perfect places. But nobody cares about perfection when there are sand castles to build and kites to chase, children that are being born, old hearts that are giving in.”

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The 100

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

The 100
The Hundred #1
Kass Morgan
September 3, 2013

In the future, humans live in citylike spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland...before it's too late.
Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust-and even love-again.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten: Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish.

These are some of the books I have rated 5/5 this year. It was hard enough to narrow these down, I have no idea how I am supposed to do this again at the end of the year. These are in no particular order.

The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa
Iron Fey #3 

White Cat - Holly Black
The Curse Workers #1

Unwind - Neil Shusterman
Unwind #1

The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa
The Immortal Rules #1

Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me #2

Bloodrose- Andrea Cremer
Nightshade #3

Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss #1

Let it Snow - John Green
Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices #3

If I Should Die- Amy Plum
Revenants #3

Monday, June 24, 2013

Series I Have Completed

So recently I have been obsessing about finishing series I have started. I don't know why this has come to bother me so much lately. I just put 14 books on hold at the library in an attempt to finish as many as I could. But first I want to have a tally of all the series I have completed before I start this little project of mine.

Total Completed Series: 18

The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Wolves of Mercy Falls

Matched Trilogy
Delirium Trilogy

Maze Runner Trilogy
Trylle Trilogy

The Body Finder Series
Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Iron Fey
Hush, Hush Series

The Infernal Devices
Dream Catcher

Hex Hall Trilogy

Vampire Academy
Nightshade Trilogy

Chaos Walking
The Chemical Garden

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review: Reboot

Reboot #1
Amy Tintera

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: Playlists and Kiss Lists

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!

I went on vacation last week and on our drive home we saw this book store with a huge "Clearance Sale" sign. So of course I had to go. The store consisted of about 50% Christian books and 25% Southern Living Holiday Recipe books. But there were a few other books there and they were on a great sale. I got all of these books for less than three dollars each and two of them are hardback. Total it was around $12. I love books, but I love good books on sale even more. :)
Confessions of a Serial Kisser
Wendelin Van Draanen

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Maze Runner
James Dashner

The Realm of Possibility 
David Levithan

Wide Awake
David Levithan