Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Reading stays with you until the very end- after Narnia is gone, Lord Voldemort is dead and Alice is awake."


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cinder Read-Along

Hi Guys,

Yesterday I had this brilliant idea to host a Cinder giveaway because I am overly excited for the release of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) on February 5,2013!!  Alice Belikova over at Rotten Apple Reads is helping me host the event and hopefully we get some people to join in on this little party!!

Here are the Details!
  • Starting: January 15, we will read 2 chapters of Cinder by Marissa Meyer each day and discuss via your blog each day(not an entire post each day maybe just talk about what you read that day and what you think) or via twitter! If you tweet or talk about Cinder on your blog that will get you more entries into this awesome Giveaway!!!
  • Prizes: We have some awesome prizes for our participants! We will be Giving away One copy of Cinder and 1 Copy of Scarlet to two lucky winners, and did I mention these will be signed by the Author as well? Yes you heard right! Both Cinder and Scarlet will be signed by Marisa Meyer  herself  (I'm so dramatic right?) !!
  •  Points: There are no right or wrong ways to read with us. If you would like to do two chapters a night, that's great! If you would like to read Cinder in one night and post on your blog or tweet and discuss as we go, more power to you!!
  1. Please Leave your: Name,Blog URL,&Twitter  in the comment box below to sign up! If you could spread the word and copy this post you can get more points in the rafflecopter below(You get ten points for signing up to read with us. So once you leave your comment in the comment box below enter in the rafflecopter for your points!) .
  2. Once you leave a comment below with your info below start reading and posting on your blog and twitter! You can chat about the book post your favorite quotes from Cinder!
  3. Tweets: Your tweet must include :  @marissa_meyer @mackidsbooks  . You can enter all your tweets into the raffle copter below for more entries to win!
  4. Blog Posts: If you dont have a twitter you can blog about Cinder everyday and put your links for the posts in the rafflecopter below for more entries as well!

Here is the Schedule:
1/15- Read to Chapter 2
1/16- Read to Chapter 4
1/17- Read to Chapter 6
1/18- Read to Chapter 8
1/19- Read to Chapter 10
1/20- Read to Chapter 12
1/21- Read to Chapter 14
1/22- Read to Chapter 16
1/23- Read to Chapter 18
1/24- Read to Chapter 20
1/25- Read to Chapter 22
1/26- Read to Chapter 24
1/27- Read to Chapter 26
1/27- Read to Chapter 28
1/28- Read to Chapter 30
1/29- Read to Chapter 32
1/30- Read to Chapter 34
1/31- Read to Chapter 35
2/2- Read to Chapter 36
2/3- Read to Chapter 37
2/4- Read to Chapter 38
2/5-Done (Last day to tweet) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Released!

2 winner's will win either a signed copy of Scarlet or Cinder by Marissa Meyer!
Their are more chances to win:
Spread the word: copy and paste this post on your blog and put your links in the rafflecopter below!
Grab the Cinder Read-Along Button!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #39

Hosted over at Breaking the Spine

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Why am I excited?
Would it be terrible of me to say that I fell in love with that cover? That (gorgeous) cover definitely what drew me in, but the synopsis is what made me add this to my TBR list. It just sounds like a great YA book that's not cheesy or overused.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stacking the Shelves/In My Mailbox

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews and The Story Siren respectively

First off I got some great classics from a B&N sale:

I've actually never read these stories before but I'm currently in the middle of Splintered by A.G. Howard which is kind of an Alice retelling so I felt motivated to buy this for a future read. 

Northhanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I'm slightly ashamed to say this but I ended up buying this one mainly because the cover was so darn beautiful.... and it was on sale too! 
Don't worry, I fully intend to read this (eventually).

Persuasion  by Jane Austen

Ever since I finished Pride and Prejudice I have been wanting to read this one and now I finally have it! Huzzah! 

And now for the most exciting book in my haul....

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Sooooo I already have a copy of this from the box set.... but just look it's so shiny and beautiful with extras and- I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT OKAY?


Friday, January 18, 2013

Feature and Follow #25

This weekly meme is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee 

This week's question:
Who is your favorite villain from a book?

This might sound like a strange answer, but I'm going to have to go with Machina from Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series. I say "strange" because he's a villain.... but not. In the first book, yeah, he is definitely the evil guy, but later on in the series, you learn about his past, his motives, and you realize that he's not necessarily the one dimensional bad guy you thought. I liked that even though he was the "villain," he had layers.

But if you want to talk pure evil villains, my pick is Dolores Umbridge. Good gosh that woman is hands down the evilest character in the entire HP series! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cover reveal: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
 October 22, 2013
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

(via Shelf Life)

That cover.
Can I just-

It's. So. Beautiful.
Guyssssss I'm so excited!!!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publication date: February 1, 1999
Publisher: Pocket Books

Rating: 5 stars

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Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. 

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. 

But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

"I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with someone even if they could have. I need to know these people exist."

Dear friend,

To be honest, I have written and rewritten this review more times than I care to count. It was unbelievably hard to find the right words to write a review because this book left me utterly speechless. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age story that wasn't clich├ęd or hackneyed. Charlie, the main character, is a unique introvert who still manages to be very relatable. I loved this book, but the word love does not seem big enough to convey how much this book impacted me. No matter what I say, it feels inadequate in describing just how powerful this book actually was. But seeing as this is a book review blog, I suppose I should endeavor to try.

People think that the most powerful books are those that grip you from the very first page, the ones that make you feel like you're on a fast-paced roller coaster but, in fact, this is not true. The most powerful books are those you fall in love with unwittingly. Each word is like a stitch, slowly weaving itself into your heart until the story and its characters become a part of you.

I finished this book in one night which, believe me, was not my intention as I ended up going to sleep around 4 a.m.... and I wanted to go to sleep sooner, really I did! But Charlie's story had me enraptured, not because it was extremely exciting or action-packed but because I had fallen in love with this wallflower who loves books as much as I do and always gives gifts without expecting anything in return. Charlie became a real person for me and I had to keep reading to see if he was going to be alright.

The writing in this book is beautiful. It was not needlessly verbose or full of symbols and metaphors, it was honest and poignant. Charlie had a very distinct voice, naive at times but also observant and startlingly wise, which made him a very endearing character to me. His whole journey of self-discovery was filled with moments of sadness and humor and a ton of quotable quotes.

This may sound silly, but a part of me holds on to this belief that Charlie is a real person who exists somewhere out there in the real world. Who wrote these amazingly sincere letters. Who really touched me with his words. Like I said, it's a somewhat silly notion, but that's how compelling this book was. So, to fellow bookworms out there, I hope I've convinced you to read this book. And to Charlie, thank you.

Love always,


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