Friday, September 27, 2013

The Brutally Epic Alex

 One of my coworkers handed me Pierre Lemaitre's Alex after commenting that I probably didn't like dark things because I read YA. First, I stifled a laugh, then I told her that I was interested in reading it. Which means that I was determined to read it and determined to read it soon.

After handing it to me, my coworker described it as "brutal" repeatedly. She was right. Alex is easily one of the most twisted books I've ever read.

Even having finished the book I'm not entirely sure I know what happened.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The So Amazingly Beyond Epic Untold

Oh dear God. Sarah Rees Brennan please write and keep writing forever.

Also, spoilers abound!

So, I knew Untold was coming out on Tuesday (duh). I special ordered it at work hoping that it would come in early. Alas, it did not. I had Tuesday off of work but left a note for my coworkers asking them to call/text me when it came in so that I could come in and get it.

They did not call/text. The book did not come in.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favorite Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week is our ten favorite sequels.

1. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
So, not really a sequel but I still love it.

2. Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
It's so good. So, so, so, brilliant.

3. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Just the opening of this books gives me the shivers (no pun intended). It's all of the ache and agony of the first.

4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
She builds on the story so well from here.

5. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I had planned to only to do direct sequels but this one is my favorite of the series.

6. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The story just gets more twisted and more amazing.

7. Tris' Book by Tamora Pierce
After bringing the four together she really lets them loose here.

8. In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
This has been my favorite in the series for so long.

9. Red Glove by Holly Black
These read much like one big story and I love all of them.

10. Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
I love this book. It's beautiful and heartbreaking.

For some reason I had a really hard time with this one.

What were your top ten?


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall to Be Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week is our Fall To Be Read List

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Do I even have to say anything else about this?

2. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
I love her, I love her, I love her.

3. Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

4.Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
I cannot wait. After the way Unspoken ended...oh God.

5. Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Okay, so this one is old and she has a new one out but I really need to get to this one.

6. Counting by Sevens by Robin Goldberg Sloan
I've heard such wonderful things about this one.

7. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I have it. I just need to read it!

8. Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon
Rapunzel is really Snow White's wicked step mother? Yes.

9. Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron
One of the reps at work handed this to me. I can't wait to pick it up!

10. Across the Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
After For Darkness Shows the Stars I cannot wait for her next adaptation. I kind of want to read The Scarlet Pimpernel first though.

Narrowing my top ten down was rough. Do we have any overlap?

Until later, my ducks!


The Beyond Words, Beyond Epic Dream Thieves

I almost feel like I don't have to say anything else about this book after the title...but's so so good. So good.


Okay, so preliminaries, my pre-release post is here. So there is all of my back story on acquiring the book and the shrieks and gasps and almost panic.

Now, The Dream Thieves. Seriously good. I just...ah!

Right, spoilers.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Adorably Epic Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

This is the second book that I read for the work blurb. It's written by David Almond who is probably best known for Skellig. Well, I've never read Skellig but I have read Heaven Eyes and I recall finding the book very odd, even if I don't remember anything about it at the moment.

So, initially what draw my attention to The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas wasn't Almond's name but 1. the fact that it's illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, who I have a lot of love for and 2. That I have a thing with piranhas. I was interested but I hadn't really planned to pick it up, or at least not for a while. Then of course the gift guide blurb assignments came out.

So, I added it to the reading list.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Wonderfully Fantastic Fangirl

I tried Attachments and wasn't impressed. Then I became the only person in the YA world who didn't love Eleanor and Park. So, when at work I was assigned to write a blurb for Rainbow Rowell's newest book, Fangirl, I sort of internally groaned. Here was going to be another book that I should like but probably wouldn't.

I hate not liking books that I think I should. I love loving books. I love being consumed by a book. For some reason Rowell just wasn't doing it for me.

Then I read Fangirl.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ten Books I Would Love to See Done on Screen

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week the topic is books we'd love to adapted for the screen...if they could be done right.

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This one would be hard because so much is internal Mara dialogue but if it were a perfect adaptation it would be awesome.

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This has everything! It would be so good!

3. Sweep by Cate Tiernan
Would be an awesome TV show. It pretty much has everything that they added into The Vampire Diaries.

4. Everworld by K.A. Applegate
Would be a brilliant mini-series or one season event. Mythology is so big!

5. Balefire by Cate Tiernan
This one would be an awesome movie or mini-series.

6. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Such a badass movie!

7. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Indie movie style. Heartbreaking.

8. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
This would be so cool!

9. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
This would be a wonderful movie. A sort of fairy tale.

10. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
This would be so much fun to watch.

Which books are on your list? Any over lap?


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top Ten Required Reading Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week we were given the choice to do ten books we thing should be read in schools or ten that should be paired with an already required title. I'm going to go with ten books that should be required.

1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Can I really say anything new about this book? I mean, it pretty much ends up on every list I do.

2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
This is a really interesting look at the way humanity reacts in a crisis, plus I think it would be interesting to see if things could happen the way Yancy said.

3. World War Z by Max Brooks
Pretty much the same as above. This goes into a little more depth and detail about the global scale but it's really fascinating.

4. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
What if our society was really set up like that? What if we had Darwinists? This book raises a lot of interesting questions.

5. White Cat by Holly Black
This is an interesting look at society when something like magic becomes a forbidden part of everyday life.

6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
This is another interesting look at society under different circumstances. There was something really interesting and really disturbing about this book.

7. Dollbones by Holly Black
This is a really cool look at growing up. But paired with that is the possibility of history lessons mixed in with the doll making.

8. Canary by Rachele Alpine
This book reminds me a lot of Laurie Halse Anderson books and it looks at what happens with privilege and popularity in high school.

9. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This is a book about fighting and about not giving up. 

10. Sea of Tranquility by Katya Millay
This would be a totally controversial choice. It's pretty dark and racy, lots of swearing and sexual comments but it is a lot about moving on and being who you are. I think it's one students would really like too.

Those are my ten should be required books.

Which topic did you do? What were your choices?


The Wickedly Epic The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

When I finished The Coldest Girl in Coldtown I was left with that feeling that you know books like this are few and far between. That you're afraid it's going to be ages until you find another one (though, admittedly the last one I read like this was The Dream Thieves). It's so fantastically well written and well rounded. Holly Black takes you into the world of the Coldtowns and society outside of them and does her best to show you all aspects of it. What the world has turned into with the revelation of vampires. She shows you how different kinds of people have reacted in different ways.

In some ways this book does the same sort of thing that the 5th Wave and World War Z do where it explores the way that people respond to something that completely alters society in a really long term way. It's how the respond at a base level to something personally impacts each of them.