Archive | July, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (38)

31 Jul

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Want to Switch Places With for a Day

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!

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Recommend A…(11)

30 Jul

Recommend A... meme

…First Book in a Series

Recommend A… is a SUPER meme hosted by Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit that lets us get a little random, and a little off the radar. I LOVE IT.

So. First book in a series. This is HARD, mostly because I read so many series! But trust me when I tell you that this list could be a bazillion books long. First books in a series that rock my socks are pretty special, and I often always have the softest spots for the books that drew me into a series in the first place.

Book cover for Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy: His Fair Assassin #1 by Robin LaFevers. GUYS. I read this book in February, and it remains one of my favorite books of the year. Assassin nuns in medieval France who are basically the minions of Death, killing people whom he marks? It’s historical fantasy at its best. I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Book cover for The Iron King by Julie KagawaThe Iron King: The Iron Fey #1 by Julie Kagawa. I always recommend this series to people who don’t usually hold with fairies because it’s pretty legit. Meghan Chase is a stellar character, and Ash and Puck are two immensely lovable guys. The fairy realm in The Iron Fey series is vibrant and colorful and full of well-constructed characters, and the emotional depth of these stories shouldn’t be overstated either. It’s good stuff. REALLY good stuff.

Book cover for The Penderwicks by Jeanne BirdsallThe Penderwicks: The Penderwicks #1 by Jeanne Birdsall. SIGH. Friends, this is one of my very favorite series out there, and one of my very favorite middle grade books of all time. It’s the best story about a family of quirky, loving sisters living with their widower father. The first book takes place during their summer vacation, where the girls get into all kinds of shenanigans. I can’t do my love justice here, but trust me. They are seriously the most adorable, retro awesome family. I adore them to bits and pieces.

In My Mailbox (38)

29 Jul

July 29, 2012

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. It’s awesome. Every week, we all get a chance to tell everyone what new books we’ve gotten so that we can tell you guys and we can all drool and squee together! Huzzah for squees!

In which I am feeling bingey for New Adult books and buy a load of them. 

BOUGHT

Book cover for Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

Flat Out Love by Jessica Park. So friends, I’m really loving these New/Mature YA books that are around. I’ve always wished there were more books out there featuring ACTUAL LITERAL young adults, as opposed to high schoolers who aren’t quite adults yet. FLAT OUT LOVE is about a girl from Ohio who’s going to college in Boston and winds up living in a house with two MIT professors and their kids. And wouldn’t you know it? There’s brothers there. I’m super excited for this one.

Book cover for Between the Lines by Tammara Webber

Between the Lines: Between the Lines #1 by Tammara Webber. GUYS. I read Tammara Webber‘s book EASY in, like, a few hours last week after it had been lingering on my kindle for months. My review will be up later this week, but let me give you a preview: FREAKING AWESOME. I immediately went and discovered that Tammara has a whole series of New Adult/Mature YA books, starting with this one about a bunch of young hot kids shooting a movie together on location. Yes please.

Book cover for Where You Are by Tammara Weber

Where You Are: Between the Lines #2 by Tammara Weber. A continuation of the dramz from book 1. There are four young people in that book and they are all still around. To be honest, it sounds like people are getting with each other/forming attachments all over the place. JUICY!

Book cover for Goof For You by Tammara Webber

Good For You: Between the Lines #3 by Tammara Webber. So the first two books seem to be about a group of young people, but this one looks like it focuses on Reid Alexander, this Hollywood hotshot guy who’s gotten into some trouble with the LAW. Seriously, I love the sound of all of these books.

I’m so excited for the books I got this week! Hope you guys love what you got in your mailboxes, too!

Book Review: This is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

26 Jul

Book cover for This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Title: This is Not A Test

Author: Courtney Summers

Genre: Horror YA, Contemporary YA, Zombies

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release date: June 19, 2012

Source: NetGalley

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Summary: It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.

To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.

But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. 

When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

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Top Ten Tuesday (37)

24 Jul

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds or Settings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!

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