Tuesday, July 28, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#75]

I count off the second in my head. One minute passes. Then two, then four, and then finally, ten minutes.
Then fifteen. Twenty minutes. 

Page 16

Legend by Marie Lu [GoodReads]
Monday, July 27, 2015

Advice for Dating/Marrying a Bookworm

So you met a really cute boy/girl and you're thinking about asking him/her to go steady. Or maybe you're ready to pop the question. Realize that in this relationship, there will always be books (and probably cats). I have compiled a list of advice to prepare you for your future with a bookworm.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Commenting Party - August 1-August 2

I don't you know about you guys, but I have been slacking on commenting on other blogs this summer, and I've have this nagging feeling that I'm not exploring enough new blogs. 

So what's a girl to do? 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review: Rook

Title: Rook
Author: Sharon Cameron
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Dystopia
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
Format: Physical 
Source: Purchased (Barnes & Noble)

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse (goodreads).

Rook is a mess of unbalanced characterization, lack of backstory, and slow moving plot. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review: Nearly Gone

Title: Nearly Gone (Nearly Gone #1)
Author: Elle Cosimano
Genre: Young Adult // Murder // Mystrey
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Format: Physical
Source: Purchased (Half Priced Books)

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.
Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next (goodreads).


Nearly Gone was an unsettling mystery with realistic characters which held my interest until the romance started to pick up. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#76]

Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies--the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light -- threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever (goodreads).

I've only read privateer books with a regency/romance focus, I'd love to check out Young Adult pirates, AND time travel.

Who would have put those two together? 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#74]

"You've fought off a gang of men twice your size, killed an angel warrior, stood up to an archangel, and wielded an angel sword." Raffe cocks his head. "But you scream like a little girl when you see a maggot?"
Page 204
End of Days by Susan Ee [GoodReads]
Monday, July 20, 2015

[Discussion]Are Your 3-Star Reviews More Negative?

I fee like most books I read fall into the "3-star" category, and even though the general agreed upon definition of a 3-star review is "good," I noticed that my reviews have a certain level of complaining and whining. 

For example, A Thousand Pieces of You, I gave it 3 stars but man did I go in hard on that book. 

So I ask all of you, what is the general tone of your 3-star reviews? Are they negative or positive? I've tried to write more neutral 3-star reviews because I see 3 stars as neutral, you neither loved it nor hated it; but I cannot seem to keep the snark or sass out of my writing. 

I figure it's not fair to be so snarky in a 3-star review, because even as my rating system states that "3-stars" is "good," my review sounds more like 2.5-star review territory. 

Do your 3-star reviews come off more positive or negative? 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

First Thoughts [#2]

I was so surprised to see that this book was only about 350 pages long! I'm afraid to devour this one in one sitting! Have you read End of Days? Was the conclusion satisfying? I'm scared!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Book Review: Star Cursed

Title: Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Alt Universe // Witches
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Format: Physical
Source: Borrowed (Library)

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.
Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.
In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England (goodreads).

Star Cursed continues to impress me by making the character development a priority.