Friday, August 22, 2014

[Read-a-thon]Bout of Books 11: Day 4 Recap

Bout of Books

We're almost there guys! I didn't do a lot of reading yesterday (Thursday) because I was scheduling reviews for the books I have read for the challenge, as well as blog hopping!


Started on: Page 77Currently On: Page 240Hopefully I can finish this one today, although I am going out today so who knows. I like the concept a lot, Oz is such a dark place though! Nothing but death and mutilations. o.O


Book Review: Of Triton

Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half-Breeds should be put to death.
As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?
Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance (goodreads).


As a fan of Of Poseidon, I couldn't wait to join Emma and the gang for an adventure in Syrena politics and unveilings!

Plot: The novel picks up right where Of Poseidon ended and manages to be serious and light-hearted at the same time (yes, I'm aware it's an oxymoron, just go with it). I really liked the storyline to Of Triton a lot more than Of Poseidon because Banks takes you into the Syrena realm. Also there is a political unrest and mermaid politics have proven themselves to be really interesting. I'm only giving this novel 3.5 stars because towards the end of the novel, things started to conveniently happen. It felt like a lot of information and action was rushed, I would have preferred less action or a longer book (Of Triton is only 246 pages). And this is the middle of the series, I really have no idea what Banks has in store for the final installment. 

Characters: One of Anna Banks' strengths is her ability to write great characters. Emma is very stubborn but also a great friend. While she and Galen are an adorable couple, I like that she is able to function without him, I can't say the same for Galen, but I think it's important that we have independent female characters in the YA genre. The supporting characters add just the right of humor to keep the story light-hearted.  

Setting: Like I said earlier, I really liked this novel because it delves into the Syrena world. The locations are the same as in Of Poseidon  but with more underwater exploration. I would have loved for more explanation of the Syrena world because I ate up what Banks offered. One thing that I would like to nitpick at. School. I feel like Emma went to school twice this entire novel. School is important...isn't it? 

Short n Sweet: Of Triton is a great middle book. It's a quick read, but with the amount of action and information, I wish it were longer. The characters is endearing and the Syrena realm just keeps getting more and more interesting. I want to know MORE!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

[Bout of Books]Like This? Try This

Bout of Books

Today's challenge is based on recommendations! BoB-ers must give a recommendation based on a book, and explain why the recommendation aligns with the source books. Check out Writing my own Fairytale for more information!



Why? Anna and the French Kiss follows Anna as she is uprooted from her home and transported to an international school in Paris, France. It's a story about a young girl finding love and learning how to balance both lives, her hometown life and her new Parisian life. Fangirl is very similar in the fact that Cath is uprooted from Omaha to attend university in Lincoln, a place where she knows no one. As she grows, she finds love and learns how to balance her online fandom life while maintaining her college relationships. 

[Read-a-thon]Bout of Books 11: Day 3 Recap

Bout of Books

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I finished two books and started a third. I'm sure I'll meet my goal of completing four books. I think I'll double my goal next Bout!


Hours Listened: 3.5
I really enjoyed this one, it brought me back to my university days which was pleasant and extremely awkward. I'll be working on this review today and hopefully it'll be live on the blog by next week. 

Pages Read: 90

Finally I finished this one! In the end, I decided that it was a good red but it was definitely not my favorite of the series.  

Started: 8/20/2014 (10:30PM)
Started: Page 77
Currently: Page 102
Pages Read: 28
I'm starting to enjoy this one. When I first started reading it, I had thought that there were way too many characters being introduced in such a short time, but now I feel like I've found my place in the book, like there is balance. If all goes according to plan, I would like to have this one finished by tomorrow.  


Twitter Chat: Check! Last night's chat didn't overwhelm me as much and I had a lot of fun!

Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.
When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly (goodreads).

I chose an audiobook format for this book, mostly because the narrator was Rebecca Gibel and I absolutely adored her narration of Splintered and Unhinged, thankfully her performance did not disappoint. Gibel's voice aids Sophie Jordan in her dystopian tale of the other, and what are we risking by containing said "other."

Plot: What caught my eye about this title was the idea that the impulse to kill another human being can be isolated by a gene. I'm happy to say that this novel did not disappoint and I can't wait to see how Jordan expands on the government's treatment of these imprinted individuals in the concluding novel. The pacing for this is perfect and Sophie Jordan took Davy's journey a lot further than I had expected. You start by experiencing a the day in the life of Davy Hamilton, perfect grades, perfect boyfriend, perfect life. That all falls to pieces when she gets word of her HTS status, and you get to experience her fall from social acceptance. The book really got interesting in the last act as the government started to take more drastic measurements against HTS carriers. One thing that really helped keep the story interesting were the random transcripts/letters/conversations regarding Davy's family, occurrences of HTS-carriers committing crimes, and the government's plan for HTS-carriers. 

Characters: I liked all of the characters from this novel. Davy Hamilton started off being somewhat unlikable because she's got the "how could this happen to perfect ME?" attitude in the beginning. She kind of reminded me of Piper Chapman from Orange is the New Black. Davy's love interest, Sean, also interested me; he had an interesting past and had such a dark perspective on life. I just wanted to hold him and tell him that everything will be better.  Davy and Sean's love story was also very sweet; it progressed naturally and was never in-your-face-mushy-love-story. Thank God. 

Setting: This is a very realistic novel. What do you think the government would do if they found they could weed through DNA and find the serial killers? Yeah, it'd be some GitMo Bay stuff. Uninvited takes place in three general settings and it wasn't until the final setting that I started to get a dystopian feel from this novel. I say this because the entire novel sounded like a natural response to HTS carriers, but of course it all escalated quite quickly. 

Audiobook Performance: I know I'm not an audiobook expert but I LOVE me some Rebeca Gibel. I really love the different voices she has all the characters and her delivery is perfect. You can hear the fear in Sean's voice and how distraught Davy is. In terms of performance alone, I give the audio book 4/5. 

Short n Sweet: Uninvited is a great novel for any dystopian fan that will get you invested in this world and has you guessing what happens next. The characterization is strong and you will be rooting for Sean and Davy from the moment they lock eyes on each other. I can't wait for the final installment!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

[Bout of Books]Sentence Challenge

Bout of Books

Hey all, only one challenge today and it comes from Jessica of Reviews of a Christian Gal. To participate in the challenge, you have to make a sentence using the first two words from your books. Yeah, tricky isn't it? Here we go!

I've started digging graves, I leaned against the demon. 

Books used: 
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Outlaw Demon Waits by Kim Harrison

It's a bit odd, but I like it!

[Read-a-thon]Bout of Books 11: Day 2 Recap

Bout of Books

We're already on Day 3! Wahoo! Yesterday was pretty good. I've got 100 pages of Dreams of Gods and Monsters left and about three hours left of Fangirl left (it's a 12 hr listen). Oh the joys of unemployment, more reading (but seriously, get a job. I'm going crazy in this house!). 


Last left off: 2h30Currently on: 9h50Listened to: 7 hoursI have just been devouring this novel. I can't wait to finish it, but then again I don't want it to end! I'll have to get another audiobook lined up once I finish this one. I wonder what it'll be, any recs? 

Last left off: Page 402Currently on: 516I have less than 100 pages left! Finally! I plan on finishing this tonight, I wonder how this will all tie together. Ending this series is super bittersweet, sometimes I wish I could go back to the innocent days of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.


I think I'm getting sick (how appropriate) so I don't know if I'll be able to participate in the twitter chat tonight. Boo. Oh well,  back to the books i go!

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#39]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: March 5, 2015

Publisher: Orion
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal (goodreads).


I'm here for the conflict! I love plot with socioeconomic division in a high fantasy setting. It's sure to be a fun roller coaster, come on March!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

[Bout of Books] Book Spine Poetry Challenge

Bout of Books

Last challenge of the day! This time, Alysia of My Little Pocketbooks asks participants to create a poem with at least three books. After some thought, I decided on:


Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano


Mystic City
Smoke and Mirrors
Nearly Gone

Haha, easy enough right? Link me to your poems! :)

[Bout of Books] OTP Challenge

Bout of Books

Crystal over at Infinite Ink has a really fun challenge/giveaway for those of us participating in Bout of Books. She asks participants to highlight their favorite OTP (One True Pair). This was a bit difficult for me but in the end I decided on....

Raffe and Penryn

I love these two because they are so strong willed. I'm a sucker for love stories that begin as enemies and then grows slowly to "yo'ure not to bad" "I like you" then full on "LOVE." I love the two together because they both have a responsibility to each other; both feel like they must protect the other. And for me that's what a relationship should be, both giving all they've got. 

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Who is your favorite OTP?