Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wishing on Wednesday (18) Abandon by Elana Johnson

wishing Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!

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seduced by power,
broken by control,
and consumed by love...

Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the Resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there's more at stake than a few broken hearts.

But there is a traitor among them...and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the Resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers' reign. Their success means everything...and their failure means death.

Why I Want It:

I have a weird kind of relationship with this series. I didn’t really like the first two books while reading, but in retrospect I actually really liked them a lot. (And being stubborn me, I never change my opinion of books!) So I’m excited for Abandon. I can’t wait to see how it all ends!

Coming to a bookstore near you… June 4th from Simon Pulse

What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Stacking the Shelves!

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    Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

    This week was supposed to be the one where I caught up on all my reading and reviews, but then I got really sick and could do nothing but lie in bed all day. At least I got some great new books to look forward to once I don’t feel so crappy!

    Received This Week

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    Purchased

    Asunder by Jodi Meadows (!!!)
    Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

    Library

    Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (audiobook)
    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (audiobook)

    NetGalley

    The Look by Sophia Bennett
    Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde
    That Time I Joined the Circus J. J. Howard
    Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
    A Touch of Scarlet by Eve Marie Mont
    Stung by Bethany Wiggins
    The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
    Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

    A big thanks to Chicken House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic, Harlequin UK, Kensington, Bloomsbury, and Tor!

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    Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

    I don’t know how I came to acquire this one, since I didn’t request it or win it, and I’m not one who regularly receives unsolicited books, but it’s mine!


    Blogged This Week (Well, two weeks)

    Sign ups for the second Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon opened last Tuesday
    Last Wednesday I wished for Requiem by Lauren Oliver
    I reviewed the thrilling debut novel Dualed by Elsie Chapman last Thursday
    I wished for the novel Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland on Wednesday
    I also unveiled my new (and very pink) design on Wednesday
    And yesterday Fairy Tale Friday got postponed due to an unexpected ER visit


      Read This Week

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      Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (audiobook)
      Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (audiobook)

      I recently discovered that the library in the city next to mine has a huge selection of YA audio and ebooks, and so I’ve started getting into audiobooks, which are great at keeping a bedridden bookworm company (:

      To Read

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      Asunder by Jodi Meadows
      Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
      What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

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

    Fairy Tale Friday--NOT!

    You know how on Wednesday I was talking about how I'm restarting Fairy Tale Friday? Well I have to take a rain check. I had a cool post all planned out, but then I ended up spending most of Thursday in the ER for dehydration and strep. Once I got home all I could think about was my pillow. I slept for about 18 hours, and woke up to find my mom needed my laptop for something and won't be returning it until this evening. Since that has my drafts on it, and the "family" computer is dreadfully slow (I'm sending this from my Kindle via email), I'll be postponing Fairy Tale Friday until next week. See you then!

    (And now I'm going back to sleep)

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    New Design + Updates!

    In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted much at all this week. Well, besides the fact that I’m sleep deprived, fighting off strep, and have an essay to write on the negative effects of technology (like sleep deprivation), the reason I’ve been AWOL is that I’ve been working on a new design!

    All I really wanted to do was give it a fresh coat of paint. I liked it the way it was, but it needed some brightening up! I was planning on going for an almost periwinkle kind of color, but in the process of picking the perfect periwinkle, I accidently ran into the prettiest shade of pink!

    I also updated my header to include some new additions to “Debz Bookshelf”, and a new font to freshen things up. I’d originally planned on using a better quality image of my pretty books, but after taking about 100 pictures nearly all of them were deleted accidentally, and my sister won’t lend me her camera again.

    I also moved the sidebar over to the left, changed the title/sidebar font, updated my button to match the header, and gave in and added “Team” stickers (at the very bottom).

    BEFORE

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    AFTER

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    What do you think?


    And as far as updates go, they mostly concern those things we love to hate and hate to love all at once—memes. Up until this point I’ve “officially” done:

    • Magical Monday (book haul)
    • Top Ten Tuesday
    • Wishing on Wednesday
    • Fairy Tale Friday (more of a feature than a meme, but you get my point)

    But if you actually check, the only one I’ve done lately is Wishing on Wednesday. So I’m changing things up a bit! The reason I started book hauling on Monday was because Sunday’s weren’t good for me. Turns out Monday’s are worse. So now I’m switching to STACKING the SHELVES on Saturday!

    I’ll only be doing Top Ten Tuesday occasionally, when the mood strikes me, instead of stressing about it every week.

    For now I’ll keep doing Wishing on Wednesday because that’s something that I can easily schedule ahead of time, and it’s fun, (and it brings in some traffic, which is never a bad thing).

    Fairy Tale Friday initially started out as something exciting for introducing everyone to new fairy tales, but then I kept stressing over which fairy tales to pick, should I do weekly themes, how do I keep track of what I’ve read, etc… So now I’ll be doing it a bit differently. From now on I’ll be featuring one fairy tale each week, and occasionally several similar fairy tales with a shared theme. There will also be a weekly poll for YOU to vote on which fairy tale you’d like next. I’m hoping this will work out better.

    Fingers crossed!

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Wishing on Wednesday (17) Vengeance Bound

    wishing Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!

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    The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.

    Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

    Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

    Coming to a bookstore near you… April 2nd 2013 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

    What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Book Review: Dualed by Elsie Chapman

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    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Release Date: February 26th, 2013
    Genre: Dystopian Thriller
    Source: e-ARC via NetGalley
    Challenge(s): Debut Author, Dystopian, Netgalley

    You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

    The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

    Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

    Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

    I’ve been waiting so long for Dualed. Literally for months I’ve been dying to read it, so when I got approved on NetGalley, there may have been some screaming involved. While I wasn’t disappointed, it was drastically different from what I was expecting.

    Going in I was under the impression that it would be a fast-paced, thrilling, butt-kicking adventure. The synopsis even says “fast-paced action”,but after the first chapter things slow down. Luckily this worked out better than if it had been fast throughout. Instead it was intense and focused. Similar to The Hunger Games, there’s lots of thinking and strategizing, as opposed to constant bloodshed.

    I really liked West for the most part. I’ve heard quite a few reviewers complain that she’s a weak heroine, but I think that’s what I liked most about her; the fact that she was flawed. Throughout the book she’s at war with herself, doubting her abilities. But in the end she overcomes that struggle.

    One thing I was disappointed by was the world building. Elsie built this disturbing world, but never went into very deep detail about it. I had so many questions before I ever started the book, and came out with even more than I’d started with. I was also expecting the plot to focus more on West possibly discovering the history and uncovering some jaw-dropping secrets along the way, but the story went a completely different direction.

    The writing was outstanding. It was strong and eloquent. Each word held meaning. For a debut author, Elsie Chapman did an outstanding job. It’s not very often that I stop to reread passages, but that was frequently happening with Dualed. It was thought-provoking in an unexpected way, and helped me see things in a new light.

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    I really love this cover. Everything about it sends chills down my spine, especially the shadow. Creepy! And it’s a great portrayal of the overall feel of the book. I also like the intense font and color of the name, which make it pop against the dark and dreary background.

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    Sorta Messy
    Mild Language & Sexual Content, Heavy Violence: (Since the whole premise is killing your identical twin, expect lots of blood. With that in mind, it isn’t nearly as gory as I was expecting, but it’s still a good idea to keep it for more mature readers)

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Wishing on Wednesday #16: Requiem by Lauren Oliver


    Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!

    Requiem (Delirium, #3)
    Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.
    After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.
    Why I Want It:
    I didn’t really like Delirium, but Pandemonium was amazing, so I can hardly wait for Requiem!
    Coming to a bookstore near you… March 5th, 2013 from HarperTeen

    What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

    Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon 2.0 Sign Ups!

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    You read that right. Time for another Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon! This time it’ll be happening from Saturday March 9th to Saturday March 16th. That means 8 days of non-stop fairy tale goodness! But the fun doesn’t end there, because starting on March 24th Misty and Bonnie will be hosting Fairy Tale Fortnight, where they’ll be talking nonstop about fairy tales (I may have possibly planned this Read-a-Thon around Fairy Tale Fortnight…)

    The Read-a-Thon will start at 12:01 AM on March 9th and end at 11:59 PM on March 16th. The goal is to read as many fairy tale books as possible. Whether you’re a long-time reader of fairy tale retellings, or you’re completely new to the genre, you’re guaranteed to have a blast! If you can’t participate every single day, we’d still love to have you!

    There’s no limit to what can count for the Read-a-Thon. Any book you think falls into the “fairy tale-ish” category gets the thumbs up from me! If you aren’t sure what books you want to read, I’ve got you covered; I have a list of over 200 fairy tale books on Goodreads. Odds are that you’ve heard of at least a few of them (:

    Like last time, I’m planning on mini-challenges and giveaways everyday of the read-a-thon, but since I’m not that creative or rich, I’m reaching out to you for help. If you’re interested in hosting a mini-challenge or giveaway (or both), either email me directly or fill out one of the forms (which I’ve linked to below).

    Mini-Challenge Hosting Form

    Giveaway Hosting Form

    So what are you waiting for? SIGN UP! And then spread the word, because the more the merrier!

    Monday, February 11, 2013

    Magical Monday (29)




    Read This Week
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    Also Known As by Robin Benway
    The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    To Read
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    Override by Heather Anastasiu
    Neverfall by Brodi Ashton (maybe?)
    Everbound by Brodi Ashton
    How was your week? Leave links in the comments below!

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    (Unofficial) {Blog Tour} Rapunzel Untangled in GIFs

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    This isn’t an “official” blog tour post, but it’s a post I wanted to write, so I figured I might as well post it the same time as my blog tour review. Plus the banner is super cute!

    You read that right! I’m going to summarize the awesome book Rapunzel Untangled using only GIFs (with a few exceptions). But not just any GIFs…Tangled GIFs*!

    In order to allow my homepage to not crash from a GIF overdose, you’ll have to click that pesky Read More thing once you’re done reading this bit. It’s worth it, though!

    *I don’t own a single one of these images. The images all belongs to Disney and credit for the GIF’s goes to their original creators.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    {Blog Tour} Book Review: Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett + Giveaway!

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    Publisher: Cedar Fort
    Release Date: February 12th, 2013
    Genre: Contemporary Fairy Tale
    Source: eBook via NetGalley
    Challenge(s): NetGalley, Fairy Tales Retold

    Rapunzel is not your average teenager.

    For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.

    Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.

    This was such a fun, lighthearted retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales.

    Rapunzel was a great main character. She starts of as an incredibly timid, insecure character, but by the end she was strong and independent. One thing I especially liked was that, while she became a stronger character, she never forgot who she was, and kept the same clever, kind personality that defined her as a character.

    The romance was sweet and light. What starts out as flirting on Facebook turns into a real relationship. They came to honestly care about each other without being over the top about it. They had chemistry that developed throughout the story.

    I didn't like Gothel much at all. She's supposed to be this wickedly clever, cold-hearted woman, but to me she came across as a weak, bumbling fool who could even tell a decent lie to Rapunzel without exposing everything. She never gave a clear answer that sounded the slightest bit convincing. That may have been intentional to show another side of her we don’t see often, but I personally wasn’t a fan of her character.

    Rapunzel Untangled was a fast, fun retelling that I definitely recommend to fans of Rapunzel (especially Tangled)! 

    I’d heard nothing about this book until I saw it on NetGalley. The cover grabbed my attention, and I’d already requested it before I could even read the description. It’s sleek and clean, but still fun. It’s a great reflection of what’s waiting inside.

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