Monday, May 27, 2013

Read-a-thoning on hiatus

I'm still completely on hiatus (unfortunately), but my father has taken pity on me and allowed me the evening to use his laptop in clearing my inbox and reader. And while reading I found 2 awesome read-a-thons! 

First the Anti-BEA Read-a-Thon being hosted by Inky/Hannah @ Book Haven Extraordinaire, for those of us who won't be going to BEA (aka most of us). Since I no longer can't participate in Armchair BEA *wipes tears from eyes* I'm really excited for this read-a-thon! I'll be tweeting my progress throughout the read-a-thon, so keep an eye out! 

And Second! 

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

Not sure when I'll be back, but it looks like I'll have lots of reading done! 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Update (hint: I'm still on hiatus!)

My laptop screen got here on Wednesday, a whole week early! I was ecstatic. Until my dad installed it and it was ALSO broken! We're in the process of getting a refund and replacement, but in the mean time I'm still without a computer. I was really looking forward to coming back, but it looks like that'll take a bit longer.

At least I've had lots of time for reading, writing, and planning out my blog schedule for the entire Summer! (Well, at least until mid-July.) I have the majority of  my reviews hand-written, so once I get my laptop back you should expect to see at least one review a day! On top of that I have a bunch of other exciting plans!

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Unexpected Hiatus

This morning my lovely sister accidentally broke my laptop screen! Since I don't keep an extra $100 laptop screen in my back pocket, this may take a while to fix. I had dozens of review drafts saved on there, and now I have no way of accessing them, so for now I'm taking a hiatus. I'm really sad about this, since next week was going to be my "Week of Les Miserables", and the week after that is Armchair BEA! I also had a giveaway that was supposed to go up this week, but that's postponed.

Hopefully my dad will be able to get a screen and fix it up soon, but that'll take a few weeks minimum. In the mean time I'll be reading and drafting reviews like crazy (I only have about 30 to write. *gulps*)

I might still be on Twitter occasionally, but I don't have a phone and my Kindle Fire won't charge correctly, so I have to use it sparingly, and mostly for reading. In the mean time, I'd love to come back to find lots of beautiful comments! *hint hint nudge nudge*

I'll miss you guys!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (10)


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Of Triton by Anna Banks
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

I finally did it! I finished Les Miserables! In a few weeks I’ll be doing a week long celebration of Les Miserables (email me if you like Les Mis and want to do a guest post!)


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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

How was your week? Leave links in the comments below!

Friday, May 10, 2013

SYNC Summer 2013 Titles!


I wasn’t going to post today, and then Bewitched Bookworms just had to blog about SYNC’s Summer Titles! In the past two years there have been a couple of good books, but most just weren’t up my alley. Until this year!

This year they’ve gone above and beyond, including some of my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS as well as books I’ve been wanting to read and a good mix of classics.


Do you see all those glorious books? Those are just a few of the books I’m most excited for!

Here’s the complete schedule of books:

May 30 – June 5, 2013
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel (AudioGO)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)

June 13 – June 19, 2013
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

June 20 – June 26, 2013
Once by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio)
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (christianaudio)

June 27 – July 3, 2013
Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)

July 4 – July 10, 2013
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 11 – July 17, 2013
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)

July 18 – July 24, 2013
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 25 – July 31, 2013
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by Charlie McWade (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, read by Steve West (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio)

Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013
Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)

I love how they pair up the YA with the classics so cleverly!

What do you think of this lineup? Will you be downloading any?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

{Blog Tour} Book Review + Author Guest Post: Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

  Wednesdays in the Tower

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Source: ARC from Publisher
Challenge(s): Sequels

A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it... Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel.

Strange things are afoot in Castle Glower: new rooms, corridors, and even stables keep arriving, even when they aren't needed. Celie's brother Bran, the new Royal Wizard, has his hands full cataloguing an entire storeroom full of exotic and highly dangerous weapons, while Celie has her hands full . . . raising the creature that hatches from a giant egg she finds! Will they be able to find out what's making the Castle behave this way in time?

I'm a huge Jessica Day George fangirl, so I was so excited to read this! I was overjoyed to discover that Wednesdays in the Tower had just as much quirky fun as the first one, but this time taking them on an all-new adventure.

Celie is a wonderful character. She’s clever and witty, and princessy without the pomp. She’s the kind of girl everyone wants to be friends with. In this book we get to know Celie much better, and watch her mature as chance thrusts a baby griffin into her hands. She makes a wonderful mother to Rufus, all while keeping him hidden from the other residents of the castle.

I had so much fun exploring Castle Glower in all of its glory. New things popping up and a mystery bigger than anyone realizes keep both Celie and the reader on their toes. All the new rooms were incredibly creative, and had me wishing that I could visit Castle Glower.

Wednesdays in the Tower was a light, fresh, and thoroughly enjoyable sequel to such a fun Middle-Grade novel that promises to hook readers.


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Squeaky Clean Rating--No Mature Content

Guest Post on Creating Castle Glower from Jessica Day George

tuesdays at the castleI absolutely love coming up with new rooms for Castle Glower. I’m not usually one of those writers whose characters do and say things on their own, but Castle Glower is the exception. It has rooms even I don’t know about, and I feel like I’m discovering them right along with Celie. Oh, a bouncy room? Neat! A secret passage? Even better! I did try to make sure that nothing was too convenient, that the Castle didn’t just offer Celie rooms and corridors before she even knew she needed them. Many of the rooms and passages in WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER were mentioned but never used in TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE, and vice versa. I loved trying to find a way to describe the bouncy-floored room, without using the word “trampoline” which sounded too modern, but that was also kind of a challenge. How do I say, She’s jumping on a trampoline! without actually saying that word? I loved building a playroom for Rufus, and exploring the holiday feasting hall, particularly once it was full of treasures from around the Castle. I do have a hard time keeping track of what rooms are where, and I have to draw terrible little maps that only make sense to me in order to keep a handle on the Castle and what it’s up to!

About the Author

jessica-day-georgeJessica Day George earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three young children.

Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

  The Elite

Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Source: Won ARC
Challenge(s): Sequels, Dystopia

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

The Selection was the book everyone was talking about in 2012. I mean, who can resist a poofy dress and some drama? I certainly couldn’t. And so I read it, despite some of the controversy surrounding it. I came out loving it to pieces! And then I had the good luck of having an ARC of The Elite appear in front of me. But would I love it as much as the first?


Where do I begin? The Elite was just as fun as the last one, but with a new maturity to it. There’s still plenty of the silliness and drama, but the plot is thickening. Things have been narrowed down, the stakes have been raised, and soon the final decision will be made.

I loved the way the competition was progressing. With it narrowed down to only The Elite, the girls have more responsibilities placed on them, in the form of reality-show style challenges that reminded me of shows like The Apprentice and Design Star (I don’t know how intentional that was, but it was super funny!) We also got to see how the girls act with one another, knowing that if they aren’t careful, they’ll be picked out!

And now…the boys.

Let’s start with Aspen. He’s kind of a jerk. And he’s back in the picture. A strange coincident landed him as a castle guard, and so he and America are running into each other quite frequently, leading America to reevaluate her feelings for him. But he hasn’t changed at all. He’s still a jerk!

I’m kind of conflicted when it comes to Maxon. I loved him even more than I did in the Selection and then he did some things that didn’t sit well with me. Or America, for that matter. These were the brief moments when America wanted to go back with him, and I almost agreed with her. But then he went back to being all amazing and I’d forgive him for everything. By the end I was swooning like crazy over him.

America is a difficult character. She's very independent and strong-willed which I admire, but she also doesn't think things through and is indecisive, which can be very irritating. She also seemed to be pushing people away from herself, which really affected her relationships in the book. In the end I think I really liked her, though.

The writing was a vast improvement to that in The Selection, which made for an overall more enjoyable experience. Kiera is definitely an author I look forward to reading much more of (especially if Maxon is involved).

A Little Smudge Rating--Mild Mature Content[Mild language, a couple make-out sessions]

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