Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Wrap-Up


This was actually a pretty good month, all things considered. I’ve read more this month than any other month this year, but I didn’t reach my goal of 16 books. Hopefully I can pass that goal next month, and with 2 read-a-thons back-to-back, I just might be able to do it!


I’m being really lazy and just copying and pasting from my archive…

Books Read

99561The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)9462795Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)Ice12432220Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)10535458103273036738968

  • Looking For Alaska by John Green
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
  • Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Received This Month

12926132A Midsummer Tights Dream (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey, #2)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)1048379591398Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)An Abundance of Katherines10637959Everneath (Everneath, #1)Legend (Legend, #1)10327303


  • Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (Thanks Bloomsbury!)
  • A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison (Thanks Epic Reads!)


Free Audiobooks from SYNC

  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka and more…
  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare



  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland… by Catherynne M. Valente



  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Thanks Mia!)



  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
  • Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter


To Read

1790648569233River Secrets (The Books of Bayern, #3)6407514Stork (Stork, #1)7896527Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)Paper Towns2156830676112849229The Fault in Our StarsDaughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Partials (Partials, #1)Sense and SensibilityThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)1984Inside (Insider, #1-2)

  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  • Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
  • River Secrets by Shannon Hale
  • Forest Born by Shannon Hale
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Stork by Wendy Delsol
  • Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  • Cold Fury by T. M. Goeglin
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Partials by Dan Wells
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Inside Out & Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

Coming This Month

Oh, man, this month is crazy! First off it’s Utah Book Month, and I’ll be doing a lot with that, including a bunch of reviews, a mini-challenge, and a few interviews with some awesome Utahn bloggers and authors!

Then there’s Austen in August, and I’m hoping to finally get some Austen read! I’ll mostly be participating in the Persuasion read-a-long, and then I’ll go from there to see how much I want to participate!

And finally I have 2 read-a-thons! The Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon starting on August 4th hosted by Some Like It Paranormal and In Between Writing and Reading. And the Back to School Read-a-Thon starting on the 16th hosted by Katie’s Book Blog!

How was your month?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up (12)

I'm posting from a foreign computer, so my formatting is probably all messed up, and I have no pictures )= My week has been crazy, but luckily I've also had a little bit of downtime for reading! 


Books Read
 Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Received This Week
Nothing (unless I come home to a mysterious package or two waiting for me...)

To Read
Legend by Marie Lu (Winner of "What's Next?")
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Coming This Week
August is gonna be crazy busy, but you'll be hearing all the details later!

Other News
My grandpa's funeral was really sweet and I got to spend some time with my many cousins (and I only went through, like, a dozen tissues!) Oh, and guess what I just remembered: I'm going to be going to a weekend camp thingy (not as big as last months camp) where all electronics are banned! Luckily I'll have all my posts scheduled ahead of time (=

How was your week?

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society, #2) 



Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

This book was exactly what I needed. I finished this book in, like, less than 3 hours. Which is unheard of coming from me, because I’m a super slow reader (Heist Society probably took me about 7 hours (not that I keep track)). It was just so fast-paced and fun that I couldn’t put it down!

It’s very possible that this was better than Heist Society. This time, instead of dealing with some unknown paintings, Kat’s dealing with a cursed emerald, a mysterious woman who seems like an older Kat, and a frustrating, but nonetheless sweet, romance with W. W. Hale!

I really liked the writing style. I know contemporary stuff can feel really generic sometimes, but this had so much personality to it! It was so clever, with subtle hints of humor. It tied together the story in a way that could keep even the most apprehensive readers entertained.


Writing: 20 Characters: 25 Romance: 20 Plot: 25

Friday, July 27, 2012

Random news &a new method to my ratings!

Before I get to this, I’m letting you know that I left town on Thursday to go to my grandpa’s funeral, and because of a messed up charger, I can’t bring my laptop with me. I will be checking my email occasionally, but I won’t be back to my laptop until Tuesday. I’ve scheduled some posts, but not 5 days worth! I hope you’ll survive without me!

And now, on the the real reason you’re reading this post:

I’ve been trying to come up with a more thorough rating system lately, and finally decided to keep things simple. I’m keeping to stars because they’re so pretty! But I’ll also be dividing it into 4 sections. Each section can have a score up to 25, with 5 being the worst and 25 being the best. Then I add it up and blah blah blah until I have an overall score. So as an example, take my recent review of Ice by Sarah Beth Durst.

Writing: 25 Characters: 15 Romance: 5 Plot: 20

So the total was 65, which translated to 3.25, but I rounded it up to 3.5.Whenever I’m confronted with a number like that, I’ll just round up. I hope that makes sense. And if it doesn’t, hopefully you’ll come to understand it as I keep it up.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

What’s Next? #1

What’s Next? is a weekly meme hosted by Icey Books

An Abundance of Katherines


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Why I want to read it:

  • I really liked Looking For Alaska
  • It won the Printz Honor
  • It sounds pretty cool






Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Why I want to read it:

  • It’s a retelling of The Snow Queen
  • My sister loved it
  • It has amazing illustrations



Legend (Legend, #1)



Legend by Marie Lu

Why I want to read it:

  • It’s a dystopian romance
  • June and Day are awesome names
  • The formatting is epic (and I love epic formatting!)


What should I read?

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