Saturday, June 30, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up (8)

This week was okay as far as reading went, but it could’ve been much better. I got stuck on Toads and Diamonds (yet again), so I didn’t even start reading anything else until Thursday, but I’m not going to mark it as DNF because I’m stubborn and insist on finishing any book I’ve purchased. For now it’ll go back to the shelf until I can catch up on other books.
Books Read
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Received This Week
Irises by Francisco X. Stork (free audiobook from SYNC)
For Darkness Shows the StarsStorm (Elemental, #1)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
I went to the book signing in Alexandria, VA featuring Elizabeth Scott, Brigid Kemmerer, Diana Peterfreund, and Alethea Kontis. I’ll be writing a more thorough post surrounding the event later on, and might even share some pictures!
To Read
Glitch (Glitch, #1)Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)Looking for AlaskaThe Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (my eGalley expires soon!)
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Looking For Alaska by John Green
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Coming This Week
I have a challenge update/6 month overview and a couple reviews (if I get the motivation to write them!) That’s about it!
Other News
I’m challenging myself to read 50 books over the Summer. I’m officially starting this on July 1st, and ending it on September 30th, since the idea popped into my head slightly too late to start on June 21st. 92 days to read 50 books. That’s less than 2 days a book. It’ll be hard, but doable. I’ll (hopefully) be listening to lots of audiobooks as well, and I can usually get through those in a day or two. If I reach my goal, I’ll probably reward myself (and maybe even my readers) with more books!
How was your week?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: Surrender by Elana Johnson

Surrender (Possession, #2)

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…
Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.
All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....
I really wanted to like this book. I think I even did at some points. I just don’t think this series is for me. Possession never did quite click for me, and while this came closer, it just didn’t quite reach that. This is still an excellent book, just not for me. And the worst part is, I don’t know why!

The characters were well developed and believable. I loved all of them so much. They were complex and interesting. I liked seeing characters from Possession showing up in the lives of these brand new characters. The only things I didn’t like about them were the superpowers. They were epic, but some of them didn’t make sense, and some would just magically appear, and then just as quickly fade into nothingness.

The plot was even more exciting than that of Possession, but I think I missed something, because I don’t think I fully understood the goal of the Insider’s, which is probably going to be so obvious. And while it was exciting, it wasn’t very memorable. I had the same problem with Possession, and went into it only remembering the most basic plot points. So many details are fading from my mind as I type this.

The world-building I thought was better than in the first book, or maybe I was just already used to the world. Everything made a bit more sense than before. I only wish there had been more backstory, because I always want to know why everything is as it is. Maybe I just missed something big, but I felt kind of confused about all that.

I still haven’t made up my mind up my mind about this one completely. Elana Johnson is certainly a talented writer, I just think maybe this isn’t the right series for me, and yet I’m still planning on reading any following books in this series.
I received an ARC to read and review, and received no compensation for this review

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Characters Who Remind Me of Myself

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
This weeks topic is…Characters Who Remind Me Of Myself
This will be difficult because I’m a very shy and wimpy person by nature, and that makes for a boring person to read about.
Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)EntwinedPrincess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)MatildaFairest
Ana from Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Azalea from Entwined by Heather Dixon
Miri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Aza from Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Starters (Starters, #1)EnchantedForest Born (The Books of Bayern, #4)Matched (Matched, #1)Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)
Callie from Starters by Lissa Price
Sunday from Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Rin from Forest Born by Shannon Hale
Cassia from Matched by Ally Condie
Jena from Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Author Interview: Rebecca Serle

Rebecca SerleSo right after I read When You Were Mine, I knew Rebecca Serle would be one to watch. Her book is full of awesomeness, and there are even rumors that a movie may be in the works! And guess what…she’s super nice, too! Here’s a little bit about her:

Rebecca Serle is a full-time writer, which means she gets to wear pajamas to work. She went to the University of Southern California, then got her MFA When You Were Minefrom the New School in NYC. (She likes New York much more than LA, but don’t tell anyone that.) Rebecca loves shiny hair, coffee, yoga, and pretending to be British. She, too, experienced heartbreak once. It worked out okay, though, because she turned the experience into this book. When You Were Mine is her first novel.

See? Now you can proceed to read this interview of epic proportions!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up (7)

I survived camp! I’m surprised by how well I came out of it. I only got a sprained ankle, deep bruise, purple sunburn, quarter sized blister, and a concussion. I call that success! If you want to hear all my embarrassing and ridiculous stories (I bet you want to know how I somersaulted out of my tent in the middle of the night), email me and I’ll send you a link to my personal blog (you might even find some pictures!)
Books Read
None! I feel kind of bad that I haven’t read any books, but this week I’m planning on knocking out a couple. Seeing as how I’m unable to walk right now, I’ll be spending a lot of time in my room.
Received This Week
I came home ready to shower and sleep, and then my mom pulled out a mystery package. I forgot to mention to her that I’d won Heidi @ Geo Librarian’s giveaway, so she was very curious to see it’s contents.
The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
The False Prince by Jennifer L. Nielsen
Sense and Sensibility
I also downloaded via SYNC a Sense and Sensibility audiobook. I’m hoping that I might be able to make it through a Jane Austen book in this format.
To Read
Glitch (Glitch, #1)Toads and DiamondsThe Selection (The Selection, #1)The Princess and the Hound (Princess, #1)
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
Coming This Week
I’m slowly getting my blog up and running again, so don’t expect too much of me. My calendar says I have a book review or two, and and author interview going up, but that could change depending on if I actually get around to writing any reviews.
Other News
I have nothing going on in my life besides allowing my feet to repair themselves and my sunburn to fade into freckles, so expect to see me a lot on the blogosphere!
How was your week?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

When You Were Mine



In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo’s original intended—Juliet’s cousin Rosaline—tells her side of the tale.

What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.

Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy… and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.

Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends…

I found When You Were Mine to be realistic, funny, and heartbreaking. From the first page, I knew this would be something I would enjoy. Ever since I first read Romeo and Juliet, I was interested in Rosaline. I found myself seeing the story from her point of view a lot, so when I heard there was a book from her perspective I knew I had to get my hands on it!

The writing was practically perfect! It was easy to read and entertaining. Rebecca definitely knows how to write. I found myself laughing, crying, and most of the time just having a good time. It was fun to see which elements of the original tale were kept in place, and which were twisted slightly to fit the new setting.

I loved all the characters. They were all real, but kept certain traits of their Shakespearian counterparts, keeping the story going. Over the course of the story, I found myself hoping that things would turn out differently. That Rosaline and Rob would end up together and no one would die, but no. It stuck to the script, leading me to shed a few tears.

If you hated being forced to read Romeo and Juliet in high school, give this new twist a chance. You will not be disappointed!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #2: Books on My Summer TBR list!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
This weeks topic is…Books On My Summer TBR List!
Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)The Fault in Our StarsKill Me SoftlyLes MisrablesGraceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)The Scorpio RacesThe Sweetest SpellEnder's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)The Selection
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Which books are on your Summer TBR list?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A fun little challenge…

Before I leave, I wanted to give all my awesome followers a challenge. When I come back from camp I want to have over 100 updates waiting in my inbox. They can be tweets, comments, Formspring questions, emails, or anything else you can think of. I want it to take me at least an hour to get through all of them. I don’t have a reward for you (poor person here!) but if you respond to the challenge you’ll be that much more awesome! And if I get any more followers, you get bonus points!

So will you accept my challenge? You can start off by commenting on this post!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up (6)

This week I didn’t get much of anything done because I’ve been getting ready for camp and I’ve managed to get less than 3 hours of sleep a night!
Books Read
Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)Surrender (Possession, #2)
  • Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
  • Surrender by Elana Johnson
Received This Week
Of course preparing for camp involves some shopping, so in between the flashlights and socks, I managed to pick up some books.
First, The Selection by Kiera Cass. I used a leftover gift card from my birthday to Wal-Mart to get this one. I was surprised at the selection of books they had!
Next I got a couple from my favorite thrift store. Each of these were about a dollar:
  • Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
And finally, I got a ton from the bargain outlet a couple blocks away from my house. They have an excellent selection of books for ridiculous prices (I spent $18 total on all 7 of those brand new books!)
  • Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan
  • Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
To Read
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)
  • The Iron King by Julie Kawaga
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Even though I’ll be at camp all week, I’m still planning on getting some reading done. The car ride there and back is a total of about 8 hours, which is enough time to finish 2 medium sized paperback novels.
Coming This Week
Like I’ve said, I’ll be at camp all week. I think I have a TTT and a review going up (I wouldn’t know, since blogger hasn’t let me view upcoming posts), but that’s about it. Have fun with your Debz-free week! (But some comment-love is always welcome!)
Other News
Have I mentioned I’m going to camp? It’s going to be a week of craziness! I’m not an outdoorsy person at all, so I don’t even know why I go to camp, but I do! When I come back I’ll probably just take a shower and go to sleep for the next 24 hours (at least that’s what’s happened before). But the week after that things should be up and running as usual.
How was your week?
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