Tuesday, April 28, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#65]

"It's like that. I saw something. From the stage. And I can't shake the feeling that, I don't know, it's important."
Olivia swallowed, her throat constricted. This could be it. The break they'd been waiting for. "What did you see, Logan?"
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Get Dirty (Don't Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil [GoodReads]

Monday, April 27, 2015

C2E2 2015 Recap

Hello folks! It shouldn't come to anyone's surprise but I'm a nerd. I play video games and I read comics along with reading a plethora of books. Although, I've never gotten in super hero comics  I've preferred more indie titles like Sandman, Revival, Hack/Slash and Fables, but that's a whole different story. Like attracts like, so of course my husband is a fellow nerd as well. We've been going to C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) since its inception five years ago and it's always been a blast.
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up: April 19, 2015-April 25, 2015

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Thanks Greenwillow  Books and HarperTeen!


I'M SO TIRED! Yesterday I went to C2E2 for a day (the husband and I learned that we can't keep up with the young nerds anymore) and I am still feeling the affects! It was a great con this year and it's ridiculous how big it's grown over the past five years, I have a recap post schedule for tomorrow so if you're into posts like that, please keep a look out! 

Husband made the financial decision that we pay entirely too much for cable and internet (looking at you Comcast) and so we're looking at other options for internet. The time being, I have no internet. Womp womp. Luckily, it's 2015 and the internet is all around us (but I'm also lazy). 

I can't wait to show you all pictures from C2E2 guys! I've got to work on my photography skills (clearly), so hopefully I'll be somewhat decent when BEA 2015 (holla Chicago rolls around!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: The Orpahn Queen

Title: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Genre: Young Adult // Fantasy // Magic // Romance
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Format: Physical 
Source: Borrowed (Library)

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world (goodreads).

You wanted an intense fantasy with a strong female lead and just the right amount of romance? Well Jodi delivered. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review: The Archived

Title: The Archived (The Archived #1)
Author:  Victoria Schwab
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Ghosts // Paranormal
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: eBook
Source:  Purchased (Amazon)

 The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called 'Histories', rest in 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 tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall (goodreads).

The Archived is a fascinating tale that highlights Victoria Schwab's creativity. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bookish Bingo: April-June

I had so much fun last time, I'm doing it for Spring! Honestly, this one is a bit more difficult and will force me to read outside my comfort zone. Which is good! If you want to sign up, check out Great Imaginations.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Review: Red Queen

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult // Dystopia // Fantasy // Magic
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Format: Physical
Source:  Purchased (B&N)

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre ofthose she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win (goodreads)?

With Red Queen, there is not good and evil, just shades of gray.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves

 Title: Lies We Tell Ourselves
Author: Robin Talley
Genre: Young Adult // LGBT // Romance // Race // Social Issues
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 30, 2015
Format: Physical
Source: Borrowed (Library)

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.
Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.
Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal."
Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.
Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it (goodreads).

Lies We Tell Ourselves was painful to read, but it is a book that needs to be read. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#68]


Title: Deadly Design

Author: Debra Dockter
Expected Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Their parents figured it was safer that way, to increase their odds of survival. Connor was born first, paving an impossibly perfect path for Kyle to follow. He was the best at everything—valedictorian, star quarterback etc. Kyle never thought he’d be able to live up, so he didn’t even try. But when Connor, 18, suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, and Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also died on their eighteenth birthdays, he’s suddenly motivated—to save his own life. Like Connor and all the rest, Kyle was conceived at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory, where the mysterious Dr. Mueller conducted experiments on them. The clock’s ticking as Kyle searches for answers: who was Dr. Mueller really, and what did he do to cause their hearts to stop at eighteen? He must unravel the clues quickly, before, he too, becomes another perfect, blue-eyed corpse (goodreads).

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TWINS? I love when science goes awry! This also sounds like a fun mystery with a lot at stake. I hope it doesn't let me down! What are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#64]

"Ghosts aren't nomadic, so I'm sure our target will stay here in San Francisco," I said. "No use in leaving." 
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