Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Wrap Up

Hello Everyone, today I am going to be doing my wrap up post for what I read in February. This month I read 5 books, and it was an okay reading month for me. I didn't read as many books as I hoped to read, but I will just try to catch up next month in March.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab. This was the first book that I read this month and it's one that I really enjoyed. I was really excited to read this book since it seemed a lot different from any book that I've read before. The beginning and first half of the book was really slow and I almost put it down but I am so glad that I didn't. The book really picks up after the second half and the story line gets really engaging. You can read my review for this book here.

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby. This was the first book by this author that I've read and I was really excited to read this one. I also purchased one of her other books called In Honor at the same time, which I am also excited to read. This book seemed like a 'cute summer read book' to me. I liked it okay and ended up giving it a 3/5 stars on goodreads. A lot of the time I didn't know where the story was going and I was a little bored reading it. The book has a great main character though and there were a lot of things I liked about the book as well.

Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. I absolutely loved this book. So, so much. I love the Bloodlines series and basically anything that this author writes. This book was phenomenal and it was definitely my favorite book so far in the series. I just can't say enough good things about this book. I can't wait for the 4th book in the series to come out and it's probably going to be one of my most anticipated books for this year! You can read my review for this book here.

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz. This is a book that I couldn't decide if I loved it or I hated it. It has a very different and strange storyline that I was not expecting at all. The author's writing style is really engaging and I really liked the way she wrote this book and most of her characters. This one I ended up giving a 4/5 stars on goodreads because overall I really enjoyed it, despite the strangeness. You can read my review for this book here.

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess. This is a book that I have been wanting to read for a few years now, but I just never picked it up until a few months ago when I found it in the bargain books section on Amazon. It was a really quick read and I read it in almost one setting. I liked the book okay but it was also kind of simple. This book is about a girl whose father was suppose to be locked away for 9 years, but he gets out of prison after 3. Now she's not safe and everything is messed up. For me this book was too simple, when I read books dealing with these kind of serious topics I usually want them to have more emotion to them. I definitely felt for the main character, but I just thought this book was lacking something. I gave this one a 3/5 stars on goodreads as well.

This is all for my February wrap up post. I also tried to read Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz, but It was not a book that I could get into unfortunately. I hope next month will be a good reading month and I am starting it out with a Jodi Picolut book :).

Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Review: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Today I am going to be sharing my review for the book Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz. This was the first book that I've read written by this author. It was a new release this year and it was one of the books on my winter TBR list for upcoming new releases that I was excited about. I'm going to post the summary from Goodreads below and then jump right into my review!

Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.

Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

So this book is about Rudy, who moves to a remote island with his family because his younger brother, Dylan, has Cystic Fibrosis and this island has these 'magic' fish that are suppose to heal sickness. Since Rudy left his home, school, and all of his friends he is really lonely here on this island. All he does is sit and worry about his brother and listen to the rough ocean at night. He meets a girl named Diana, and a boy named Teeth. And by boy, I really mean Fishboy. Teeth is a mermaid (merman?) and he befriends him. Teeth and Diana are both very lonely people as well.

This book was very, very strange. It was definitely not like I expected it to be at all. It's one of those book I can't decide if I love it, or I hated it.  A lot of the time I was thinking 'wtf' while reading it because things were so messed up. The fishboy/mermaid thing totally threw me off and I wasn't sure if that was a good thing or not.  The writing style in this book was very different, but it was also very engaging and I liked it a lot. The first chapter had my attention right away and it drew me in. It had a very eerie feel to it and it was really intriguing. This book is very dark, and there is not much (if not any) happiness in it at all. So much that even while I was reading it I couldn't even picture the weather being sunny or nice, or the ocean being beautiful. The whole time I was reading I just pictured the days being dark, cloudy, and cold. I pictured the water being gross, sandy, and murky much like a lake rather than the ocean. Rudy describes the water as freezing.

I'm not sure if I liked Rudy's character. His thoughts are really random, scattered and don't make much sense. I didn't really understand him a lot of the time and I found that I couldn't connect with him, either. He seems kind of negative, and he drops the 'f bomb' on every single page (I'm not kidding, usually at least 3 times a page) which I found to be annoying. I usually don't mind this kind of language in books, but this was a little excessive. I do like how he cares about his little brother though. I really enjoyed the parts where he talked about his brother a lot.  I liked Diana okay but I didn't find her role in the book as big as I thought it should have been. I didn't understand her relationship with Rudy. They didn't seem to get to know each other and it was really annoying how they were all over each other with in the first 5 minutes of them hanging out for the first time. I do like how they both love books, and both talk about books with each other. I really loved that they put references to Harry Potter and Looking for Alaska in this book. After Rudy and Teeth become friends, they are really loyal to each other and have a connection that is great. You can tell Rudy really cares about him.

At first I wasn't sure if I liked Teeth or not. He had an attitude but as the story progressed he really warmed up and I began to like him. This weird, fish boy of a character, really began to grow on me and touch my emotions. I had a really hard time picturing what he looked like though, and it drove me crazy the whole book. He's a mermaid, with a tail, webbed hands, and a million crazy long teeth that look like pine needles. Rudy described him as: "His tail is skinny and silver, the same colors as Dylan's fish. All his scales, especially the ones on his chest, look dry, like they're about to flake off. His hair is short and uneven. Mermaids in fairy tales were never this ugly. Mermen." OK I can picture that just fine, seems like a normal person but his teeth? I cannot picture those teeth on a normal person's face. Ugh. I really like how much Teeth cares about the other fish in the ocean. He calls them his family and there were parts in the book when he cuddles them and such. This sounds weird but I found it strangely cute. There's a part on page 79 when he talks about saving the fish that says "I don't usually see them get caught in the current, I've only rescued three today. The others I just say hi to." That is too freaking cute. I also love how Teeth uses the word 'whatever' in place of using a word that he doesn't know. He doesn't have the biggest vocabulary since he doesn't have anyone to talk to.

The storyline behind how Teeth came about (being half fish, half human) is really strange and messed up. I was totally not expecting this book to be about a mermaid, let alone how the mermaid was made. My heart was constantly breaking for him as we learn more about him and the situation, especially when Rudy describes his screams at night time. All of the horrible things he goes through and all of the abuse was just heart breaking, even more so towards the end.

The ending was bittersweet, but I personally that everything happened for the best. There's freedom for both Rudy and Teeth and I feel like they can both grow a lot more as a person/character after what happened. I gave this book 3/5 stars on goodreads, but not looking back I might change my rating to 4 stars. It's the kind of book you have to read and then let your thoughts process before rating/reviewing it. Non the less, I am happy I read this book and I can't wait to read more books by Hannah Moskowitz.  I hope you all enjoyed and thank you for reading!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Today I am going to share my review on the Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. This book is the 3rd book in the Bloodlines series, which is a spin off series of the Vampire Academy Series. Vampire Academy is one of my all time favorite series for a lot of different reasons. The spin off series, Bloodline is just as great as Vampire Academy in my opinion. I really enjoyed the first book, Bloodlines, and the second book The Golden Lily which I read last October (you can read my review for it here). I was really, really excited about The Indigo Spell, and since I just read the 2nd book a few months ago most of everything was still fresh in my mind. I really have to say that this book is the best yet in the series and I am so excited for the next one to time out. Now I'm going to get started with my review but for anyone who has not read any of these books there will probably be spoilers.

Summary from Goodreads:

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood. 

So this book pretty much picks up not long after the what happened at the end of The Golden Lily. Sydney and Adrian finally have their (forbidden) moment between them and Sydney is freaking out. She also learned about an ex Alchemist named Marcus Finch who is on the run. She longs to find him and figure out his secrets on how he left the Alchemist and why. Since Sydney is starting to rebel and realize she is being lied to, she is starting to look at the bigger picture of things and what/who she truly cares about. There's also an evil witch on the run who is hunting young witches, and just might be after Sydney too.

Like I said before, I really enjoyed this book. It's probably the best books that I've read in a while. The storyline was really engaging and I was never bored while reading it. Richelle Mead is such a great writer and she has a way of making this world she created and the characters in it seem so real. I pretty much have loved every book and character that she has written in these two series. There is always such excited action in her books and they always have a great climax, this book included. I really liked how there was a lot more focus on magic in this book as well. It gives it a nice twist and puts more into the story line. We are introduced to a lot of new character's in this book, and of course it has an ending that always leaves you hanging.

Sydney is such a fantastic main character for this series and I really like reading from her POV. She is really strong headed and she really grows a lot as a character in this book. The author also has such an amazing way of writing romances in these books that drive you completely crazy. She did it with Rose and Dimitri in VA and now she's doing it with Sydney and Adrain. Speaking of Adrian...Oh. My. GOD. Adrian has got to be my new all time favorite male character. Ever. I really liked him during the VA series but in this series he is so phenomenal. I'm really glad he is a main character in this series because it just wouldn't be complete without him. The 4th book is going to alternate POV from Sydney and Adrain. I was so excited when I herd this because we finally get to see what's inside that screwed up, hilarious, but beautiful head of his.

This is written from the Author on goodreads about the 4th book, The Fiery Heart.

The Fiery Heart is going to be told from both Sydney and Adrian's points of view. That's right. If you've ever wanted to get inside the crazy world of Adrian Ivashkov's head, this is it. It'll still be in first person, but the POV will alternate chapters. I'm so excited about this, it's not even funny. Well, actually...since it's Adrian, it'll be hilarious. I think you guys'll love it, and for those who still haven't made the transition to the Bloodlines series, now's your chance! #1 and #2 are out, and it's not too late to catch up before February.

I can't even express how excited I am about this next book in the series! Reading the Indigo Spell has made me want to go back and re read all of the Vampire Academy books and the other two Bloodlines books as well. Ahhh okay, I'm done gushing about how much I loved this book now. I hope you all enjoyed my review and happy reading!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Top 10 Love Stories (Valentines Day books!)

Hey Everyone! Today in honor of Valentines Day I'm going to share my top ten favorite love stories! I know Valentines Day was on Thursday, so this post is a little late but I still wanted to do it because I didn't have time to on actual Valentines Day. When I think of my favorite love story books, I naturally graduate more towards adult fiction books like ones written by Nicholas Sparks. I don't know why but in books like these I have found the best (or my favorite) love stories. All of my top ten books except 2 of them are adult fiction but I have two young adult books in there as well. I hope you enjoy this post and if you're in the mood for a sappy love story that will probably make you cry then please check out some of these books!

1. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks. Like I said before, my first thoughts when I think of love stories is books written by Nicholas Sparks. I have read all of his books and they are really wonderful but a few of them have stuck out more than others and Message in a Bottle is one of them. I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. As I was reading all of the books written by him a few years ago, I started with the newer released ones so I read Message in a Bottle as one of the last ones. I think this was one of the first books he wrote but I was so late to read it. This book was really heart breaking but so wonderful at the same time. I absolutely loved everything about it.

2. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. You know how we all have that one book that made you cry more than any other book ever has? This is that book for me. Even though It made me cry so much, a lot of it was tears of sadness but happiness too. This book was heart breaking but it ended up having a happy ending to it. It was such a fantastic book and I can't say enough times how great it is.

3. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. OK after this one, I promise I'm done with this author haha. This is my all time favorite love story (book and movie) I absolutely love this book but this is one that I seen the movie first, so naturally I am partial to the movie because that's what I knew of the story first. The movie is a little but different, but that's okay because I do love both the book and movie equally.

4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This is another love story that I really, really love. The time traveling in this book is beyond amazing. This is a very detailed book and it is sort of long but none the less wonderful. I also really enjoyed the movie of this book as well.

5. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. This one also is a great love story, and the movie was also enjoyable. It was a really great read that I read fairly quickly because I couldn't put it down.

6. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. This is one of the best books that I have ever read. It's a lot different from the other love stories that I have read, but I think that's why I loved it so much. It didn't have over the top, head over heals in love kind of love story but a slow one that grows with time. It's such a beautiful story and I can't say enough great things about it.

7. Night Road by Kristin Hannah. I'm not exactly sure if this book would be considered a 'love story' or not. The love story in this book definitely isn't the main focus but it is one of my all time favorite books. The two people in the book who are part of the love story just go through so much together and still manage to be together in the end. It's so inspiring so that is why I'm including it in my favorites.

8. The Pact by Jodi Picoult. This is another one that has a lot of other focuses in the book rather than the love story. But like Night Road, it is one of my favorite books ever so I am including it because this book is so wonderful and heartbreaking.

9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is one of the two YA books I am including because this book has a really amazing love story in it. The two main characters, Hazel and Gus have a wonderful romance that just melted my heart. I absolutely adored this book.

10. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I don't typically find a great romance in YA fantasy books/series but this one is one of the best (in my opinion). Rose and Dimitri's love and romance in this series is unbelievable and it my favorite love story in all of YA fantasy books. It's such a great forbidden love that it drove me crazy all through the books in this series. I was definitely rooting from these characters since book one!

This is all for my top ten love stories! All the talk about Nicholas Sparks books in the beginning makes me miss reading his books. I just might have to re read them soon! I hope you all enjoyed this post and happy reading! :)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Today I am going to be sharing my review on The Archived by Jessica Schwab. This book was just released last month on the 22nd on January. This was definitely a book on my winter TBR list because when I read the description it sounded unlike any other book that I've read before. Which in fact, proved to be true. I was a bit skeptical about picking up this book because sometimes with books that I do not know much, I get really excited to read them and they end up sucking and I get disappointed. This has happened to me a number of times and I didn't want that to happen again with this book. However I was too intrigued by the concept of this book to pass on reading it. I will post the summary from good reads below and then share my thoughts on this book!

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

There is a lot of things that I liked about this book, but there are also a few dislikes. I almost put this book down after reading about a quarter of the way though, but I decided to give it one more chance and I am so glad I did. I am so pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed this book. I find that this review might be hard to do without giving away some spoilers. It might be one thats hard to describe, so I will try my best to explain what this is about. Then I am just going to do this review in a list form sharing what I liked and disliked about this book.

So basically, The main character Mackenzie is what they call a Keeper. She was passed down this ability from her grandfather, Da. There is a place called The Archive which is a huge library for Histories, which are a replica of dead peoples bodies. These replicas are not the real person who is dead but rather just a live file of everything they were when they were living. The librarians are there to help keep the Archive and The Histories in order and protect their past. Mackenzie's job as a Keeper is to return the Histories who have awoken and escaped into the Narrows back to the Returns and the Archive. (I  think LOL) This book was super confusing to understand at first and I wish there was a lot more explanation of what exactly the Return, the Narrows and the Archive was all about.

What I liked:
-This definitely had a unique story line that had me really curious just from reading the back summary.

-Even though the beginning is confusing, I really liked how the story lime jumped right into action.

-I enjoyed Mackenzie as a main character. She had a lot of good traits about her. She is very determined and strong headed.

-I also like Wesley in this book as well. He was a good character, but I wish we got to know him a little bit more.

-I also really enjoyed Ronald. He was one of my favorite characters.

-After about half way through the story, I was really engaged and didn't want to put the book down. The murder mystery feel of this book was awesome and I was right there with the characters trying to figure everything out.

What I didn't like:
-The beginning was really confusing and it was kind of hard to get into. I didn't understand what was going on and had a hard time connecting to the story.

-I wish there was more explanation of things in this book, and also the ending was a bit bland.

-There were a lot of parts in the story where Mackenzie had flash backs to memories of the past with her Grandfather. I didn't like the writing style in these parts of the book. I it/them really annoying.

-Even though I said I liked Mackenzie and Wes, I also think they could have been a little bit more in depth and developed. I wish they had a more complex personality so I could connect with them better.

-I didn't like the weird and totally random romance in this book that came out of know where. I literally was like 'wtf' when it happened.

-I don't know how many books I've read where the main character and their family have moved away to a new town to start a new beginning, but this is another one of them. Even though this worked really well for the story, I still couldn't help being annoyed by the cliche.

-Like I said before, I almost put this book down and didn't finish reading it. I am so glad I gave it another chance, but nothing was keeping me hooked on the story until half way through. I'm usually too impatient for that.

Overall I gave this one a 4/5 stars just because I was so hooked and engaged in the story line after the first half of the book. I really can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. In the meantime I might check out the authors other book called The Near Witch.  I hope you all enjoyed my review and happy reading!

Monday, February 4, 2013

January Wrap Up

Hey Everyone, today I am going to be doing my January warp up post for all of the books I read last month. I can't believe it's already February! I had a really good reading month in January, I read a total of 8 books! I'm also excited about a lot of the books that I plan to read this month.

-The first book I read this month was the 4th Harry Potter book. I started The Goblet of Fire back in December as part of my re reading books challenge. I started reading this one towards the end and never got to finish it so I decided to include it in this monthly wrap up. I absolutely love re reading Harry Potter books. It's one of the best feelings in the world. I am planning to re read the last 3 books sometime in the near future.

-Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. I absolutely adored this book. A.S King is a truly amazing author and I can't wait to read more books by her. I was really engaged into the story line of this book and I read it really quickly. It's such a wonderful book about self discovery, finding out how to be yourself and feel conformable with who you are. It's a really moving story that I just loved everything about. You can read my full review of this novel here.

-The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is another book that I really adored as well. I wanted to read it because the movie was made, which I have not seen yet, but I couldn't believe I never read this book before. The main character, Charlie was just so wonderful and innocent and I just wanted to squeeze him. (Ok that sounds weird). He has such a big heart and cares so much about everything and everyone around him. This was also a quick read, and I am really excited to see the movie! You can also read my review for this book here.

-Doll House and Paper Dolls by Anya Allyn. I read the first 2 books in the Dollhouse series which I purchased on my kindle. The first book, Dollhouse, was free from but it was regular $2.99. I purchased the second book for $3.99. These books gave me a lot of mixed feelings about them. I liked them, but I didn't like them. They were just okay for me. They were probably the strangest books I've ever read in my life, and the writing style kind of sucked. None the less, I will probably pick up the 3rd book when it comes out if I still remember what happened in them. You can read my reviews for both of the books here.

-Paper Towns by John Green. This is another book that I really loved this month. John Green is such a great writer and his books never disappoint me. He writes such phenomenal characters, and I just can't say enough great things about him or his books. I also wrote a review on this book here.

-The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa. This book was another one that was just okay for me. I really love the original Iron Fey series so I had really high hopes for this book and I heard great things about it. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed, but I am trying to be optimistic with it at the same time. I will definitely continue reading the next books in the series when they come out. My review for this book is here.

-Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. This book was recommended to me by two different people. It's a memoir about Augusten Burroughs and his screwed up life. I don't know how else to describe this book lol. Anyone who has read this knows what I am talking about. It really did enjoy this book, but sometimes I don't have much patience while reading memoirs because they tend to go slow and I just want to know what happens. I did not do a review for this book and I am not planning on doing one. However, I do want to see the movie and I might do a movie/book comparison post.

This is all of the books that I read last month, I did try to read Delirium by Lauren Oliver, but I couldn't really get into the story. Hopefully I will try again someday soon and try to finish it. Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed!