October Wrap-Up 2014

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Are you ready for my October Wrap-Up?! Okay.

*The Body Electric by Beth Revis – I think this was my favorite of the month. Sure, I was looking forward to Blood of Olympus, but as far as reading a book that had build up AND pay-off? This one wins. It wins so hard. I mean, do androids dream of electric sheep?! We get those answers.

*Sway by Kat Spears – Oh goodness. This book. Okay, so, I know that the main character was written to be a terrible person on purpose. It took me about 30 pages to be okay with that. That’s what made it different. It’s also pretty hilarious (and terrible) that he tries so hard to win over this girl but he fails so bad. There are some rather cliche characters when in comes to YA contemporary, but it’s an okay book. I didn’t think it’d be a book that I’d be pushing on all of my friends, but if you’re looking for something that isn’t just a fluffy love story, this might be your jam.
Trigger warning: the main character’s mom is mentioned to have committed suicide. Some details are mentioned.

*The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan – Overall, I definitely love this book. Yes. Good. I loved the character development of Nico. I loved the camaraderie between Annabeth and Piper. When I said that I get the ending, i mean the VERY ending. I don’t get why we get all this build up for Geae rising and then she’s vanquished in such a short period of time. Also, I’m currently re-reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and I’m reminded of why BoO made me feel… weird. Like, these kids are slaying “monsters” left and right with no remorse. I mean, Reyna feels it, but we don’t see it with anyone else. No one else questions it.

*The Young Elites by Marie Lu – This was not my book. Nope. I love Marie Lu’s writing, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I’m not sure if it’s that I’m not a fan of the more strict Fantasy, but nahhhhhh.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I feel like I needed a fluff read and this one delivered. It was fun and it was entertaining. It did have some big gaping problems (shaming her sister and friends for all sorts of nonsense). That was not good. Not a fan of that. I did like the weaving of fanfiction into the story. And the audiobook was really well done.

* = received for review from publisher

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Re-Reading Books: Mockingjay Part 1

7260188 194x300 Re Reading Books: Mockingjay Part 1I rarely re-read books. The other day, I was thinking about how I hadn’t re-read anything in a while. I didn’t know it was a lie since I had re-read Catching Fire a year or so ago.

Anyway, I was looking through Overdrive (online library thing) and I decided to put a hold on the Mockingjay audiobook. I didn’t know when I’d get it since the movie comes out this week, but I checked back the next day and BOOM, right there waiting for me to download.

I just finished Part 1 of the book (I don’t know if it’ll be the Part 1 of the film… we shall see). I enjoy reading Katniss’s attitude in this novel. She’s been under the Capital’s thumb for so long that she decides to skip all the things she’s supposed to do and instead she goes to take naps in closets and air ducts. It sounds super ridiculous, but after being on her toes for so long in the area, do you blame her? Do you think she’s being lazy? Nope. I mean, if I went through all that — heck, made it through ONE Hunger Games-like challenge– I’d be napping it up. I would’ve painted myself to look like a tree Peeta-style and hung out in a hammock for the rest of the Games.

I think that too often we paint Katniss as this straight-up badass who can’t be pushed down without popping up again. That “Strong Female Character”. Although she does kick ass and take names, she also has those down times when she’s taking naps in a supply closet. And of course you have people calling her out for it in private, which is also freaking hilarious.

So, what have I learned from re-reading part 1 of Mockingjay? Katniss Everdeen is the Queen of Naps.

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BookTube News: A Very BookTube Thanksgiving!

Hello and welcome to a new episode of BookTube News! Check out the tumblr and twitter!

Bookadoodles is hosting a Thanksgiving-themed collar which involves you making a 15-30 second clip of what book you’re most thankful for. Clips are due on Monday, November 24 and are first come first serve so that the video isn’t half an hour long. Please message Bookadoodles if you’re wishing to participate so she can create a master post of the book titles so there aren’t any duplicates.

#Ladyvember : A reading project in November in which people are reading books about women. This was started by Sarah Actually Reads. Her video on the matter.

SableCaught: Five reasons to choose Oxford as your destination of choice for the upcoming zombie apocalypse.
In which Stevie mentions five reasons Oxford would make a great place to hide out during the zombie apocalypse.

Ron Lit: Critical Thinking, Y’all. We can never have this conversation enough times. She talks about why it’s awesome to read critically and think critically and all that jazz.

(sidenote: I know that there are people who JUST want to read for entertainment, and that’s cool, but be aware of the things! It’s fun, too!)

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Catch up on Deep Blue: A Giveaway!

What?! Two giveaways in ONE WEEK?! Am I crazy? Thankfully Disney Hyperion is kind enough to be presenting and sending the prizes for this giveaway. So, what’s the occasion?

Well, Rogue Wave, the second book in The Waterfire Saga hits shelves on January 6th and it’s time to paaaarty! Do you love catching up with friends over books and nail polish? Then this giveaway is right up your alley.

Catch up on DEEP BLUE and prepare for your holiday parties with the Principessa colors!

Winner receives:
· A copy of Deep Blue;
· and custom Deep Blue and Rogue Wave nail polishes.

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ABOUT ROGUE WAVE

ROGUE WAVE 197x300 Catch up on Deep Blue: A Giveaway!In this exciting sequel to DEEP BLUE, the mermaids are on an exceedingly important and dangerous quest. Their journey is testing their skills and their friendships, forcing them to grow and take on new challenges, and will alter their lives forever.
Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled–powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn’t know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.

ABOUT DEEP BLUE

DeepBlue 199x300 Catch up on Deep Blue: A Giveaway!Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations.

Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and young adult books, including  Catch up on Deep Blue: A Giveaway!Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga. For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includes The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose. Her first young adult novel, A Northern Light, received many accolades, among them the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the UK, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel, Revolution, was named a Best Book of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

LEARN MORE

Visit the Official Website for The Waterfire Saga

Visit the author online at www.jenniferdonnelly.com

PRE-ORDER ROGUE WAVE: Barnes & Noble | Books-a-million | Indiebound | Indigo

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The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour + Giveaway

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, third book in The Raven Cycle, hit shelves a few weeks ago and I’ve been taking my sweet, sweet time to read it. I’m almost to the end! This week, I’m teaming up with This Is Teen for their The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour which includes tarot readings from past, present, and future parts of the series. Author Maggie Stiefvater has designed The Raven Cycle Tarot, a Major Arcana 22-card deck inspired by The Raven Cycle series.

Here’s the tarot card I received:

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About The Wheel of Fortune card

About The Wheel of Fortune card: The Wheel of Fortune is card number 10, and represents destiny.

My reading of the card: In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Blue Sargent is figuring out her true destiny and what her powers do beyond just amplifying others powers. Also, I’m reading that everything is connected, so with her rise of power comes someone else’s fall from power. Hmm!

Follow the full blog tour to see all 22 Tarot cards revealed, with an opportunity at each stop to win a Limited Edition The Raven Cycle Tarot Deck for yourself!

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Giveaway:

One (1) winner receives The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck.

Prizing & samples courtesy of Scholastic

Giveaway open to US addresses only

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ABOUT THE RAVEN CYCLE

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Mystery, Romance and the supernatural combine in this series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

Book 1: The Raven Boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Book 2: The Dream Thieves

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….

Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MaggieStiefvater 150x150 The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour + GiveawayEntertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

THE BOOK TRAILER

READ THE PROLOGUE [Click Here]

AUDIO EXCERPT (PROLOGUE) [Click Here] Read by Will Patton, published by Scholastic Audio in 2014. Music by Kate Hummel.

 

PRAISE FOR THE SERIES

“Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top…Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons..”— MTV.com

“[A] well-paced neo-Gothic thriller about a teenage fivesome’s search for the supernatural . . .”— New York Times Book Review

“Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2.”— Entertainment Weekly

“[A] tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

Follow the full blog tour to see all 22 Tarot cards revealed, with an opportunity at each stop to win a Limited Edition The Raven Cycle Tarot Deck for yourself!
[Click here to see all of the other readings]

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