Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays - January 21

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Teaser Tuesdays, a weekly bookish meme, is brought to you by Should Be Reading. This meme is where I will share two (2) random "teaser" sentences from a random page of whatever I'm currently reading and try to pull you guys in.

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  •     Grab your current read
  •     Open to a random page
  •     Share two sentences from somewhere on that page
  •     Be careful not to include spoilers
  •     Share the title, author, and page of the book

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays - January 14


Teaser Tuesdays, a weekly bookish meme, is brought to you by Should Be Reading. This meme is where I will share two (2) random "teaser" sentences from a random page of whatever I'm currently reading and try to pull you guys in.

Want to play along?

  •     Grab your current read
  •     Open to a random page
  •     Share two sentences from somewhere on that page
  •     Be careful not to include spoilers
  •     Share the title, author, and page of the book

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Enchanting by Alethea Kontis

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Title - Enchanted
Author - Alethea Kontis
Series - Woodcutter Sisters
Release Date - May 8th, 2012
Publisher - Harcourt Children's Books
Format Acquired - e-Book

It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday's only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland - and a man Sunday's family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

*Was supposed to post this yesterday but Downton Abbey.*
A string of commonly known fairy tales and nursery rhymes have been weaved together to create this incredibly adorable and mischievous story about a family, the Woodcutters, with too much fey magic in their blood. And as everyone in Arilland knows, with fey magic comes lots of unpredictable things; trouble is never too far away, and you never know what's waiting for you around the corner.

As I reading, I couldn't help but think that the storyline was borderline genius! From page one, I got sucked in and wouldn't let myself stop (was also really annoyed whenever I got interrupted during my reading). As I somewhat stated before, a lot of fairy tales and nursery rhymes were put together to create this first tale of the Woodcutter Sisters; so you'd think that with so many different stories, there'd be lots and lots of confusion, right? Wrong. This was so perfectly orchestrated that there was absolutely no mistakes. By mistakes I mean that the author didn't mix names up and whatnot.

Featured was the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, the Princess and the Frog, and Monday's Child amongst others that I don't really know but that's OK because they made this book awesome regardless! A very embarrassing thing that happened, though, was the fact that I kept forgetting the name's of the Woodcutter sisters, so if a sentence said something like, "Friday told Sunday..." my reaction was just like, "What? Why is there a joke in the middle of th-- oh, yeah!" and this happened way too many times. ¬.¬'

One thing I really liked about the way this was written is how from chapter to chapter, time sort of jumps so there are events that you (the reader) miss, but you find out about them soon enough that it's not bothersome. One thing that I didn't like was the prince's name... WHAT KIND OF NAME IS RUMBOLD? AND HOW DID PRINCESS ALETHEA COME UP WITH IT? MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHY? I don't know why his name bothers me so much. It just does.

Speaking of names and characters, there are many of them in this book. The Woodcutters have seven daughters, Monday-Sunday xD, two sons named Jack Jr. and Peter, an adopted son who's a relative anyway but they didn't know, papa Woodcutter Jack Sr., mama Woodcutter whose name is Seven (long story... read it to find out), a wicked aunt and her twin opposite. Then there's the king whose name everyone in Arilland has forgotten, the prince, the prince's brother, and a bunch of very helpful people who are also important. The point is, there's a lot of them!

This was a very fun introduction to the Woodcutter family. It made me smile and feel small again. I do wish that we were told what happened to Jack Jr. at long last, and I wish we got to know Mrs. Woodcutter, Seven, a little more.

Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Learning the Power of a Good Book

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I stumbled unto something really cute while half paying attention to my television screen, something that I feel like should be shared. Although I do not enjoy watching this particular series on the Cartoon Network, I can't help but really like episode 27 of Teen Titans Go! titled "Books".

It's an episode where Starfire, Robin, Beast Boy, and Cyborg are so bored that they *gasp* decide to try to set their imaginations free by reading books. And boy do they get ADDICTED! Raven, who has always been a reader, tries to make the other four understand the power of what a good book can do to a person; both bad and good things (like being obsessed, that sneaky double-edged sword).

It makes me proud to see that cartoons that are usually senseless and not-as-good-as-the-original have actually gotten on board with getting children and adults alike to read, read, read. I wish more "popular" cartoons would do similar things for different important subjects, but 

Thank you for letting me share this with you all.~

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fluent Fridays 3 - Promising Books of January 2014

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With a new year comes lots and lots of new literature! It seems that every year, there are more and more Young Adult books published. So many, in fact, that when I look at a list that features as many of those releases as possible, my mind screams in delight as my wallet weeps. Boy this genre is sure popular.

Instead of putting a list of ALL the YA novels that are coming out this year, I'm just going to mention a few that I think look *promising*. Get your 'To Be Read' lists ready, people!

January 2014

Title - Cruel Beauty
Series - Cruel Beauty Series #1
Release Date - January 28th, 2014
Author - Rosamund Hodge

Based on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle, a shifting maze of magical rooms, enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Title - Into the Still Blue
Series - Under the Never Sky #3 (FINALLY)
Release Date - January 28th, 2014
Author - Veronica Rossi

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning
Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Title - Her Dark Curiosity
Series - The Madman's Daughter #2
Release Date - January 28th, 2014
Author - Megan Shepherd

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island-and the secrets she left behind. Now back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau's horrific legacy-though someone, or something, hasn't forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three claw-like slashes, Juliet fears one of her father's creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface life threatened by an obsessive killer-Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we'll go to save the, from themselves.


Title - Minders
Series - None
Release Date - January 30th, 2013
Author - Michelle Jaffe

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?
Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?
For Winter is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that forms images in his mind she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from the inside of his mind?
Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well can she really ever know someone, even someone she loves?


Title - The Rule of Three
Series - None
Release Date - January 21st, 2014
Author - Eric Walters

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley's high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam's are the only vehicles that function.

Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon- as resource dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends-he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just facts of his life but the keys to his survival in, The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

Other Upcoming 2014 Releases

And now for other releases that I simply cannot wait for!!
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Title - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Author - April Genevieve Tucholke
Series - Between
Release Date - August 15th, 2013
Publisher - Dial
Format Acquired - Hardcover

River rents the guesthouse behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be be something more? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it.

I had been looking forward to reading this book for quite a while now, and finally, I gave myself the opportunity by going ahead and buying a copy! I cannot say that I regret it. At all.

The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover art. Yes, it is overshadowed by the big and looming letters of the title, but it still speaks to me. The cover art is simply too beautiful to not make someone wonder what's going on beyond the hard cover.

At first, I thought the book was alright; the first couple of pages where the main character, Violet, is talking about her grandmother dragged on a bit too much for my tastes, but I prefer not to judge a book until I've read at least a hundred (100) pages of the story. It soon became clear that I didn't need to go that far before I took a liking to Violet White's peculiar ways, her twin brother Luke's bad attitude, and their neighbor Sunshine's laid-back existence. I was also very intrigued by the Whites' family history!

The storyline seemed as fluid as water to me. You read one page, move on to the next and the next, and before you know it, you're done!! I don't think it would have been possible if the characters weren't molded as they were. Each and everyone of them are quirky (some are even beyond creepy), but they're such irregular people that it just seems normal. I for one think that that is pretty cool. Abnormal things happen in a lot in Violet's little town; the residents question it but at the same time, they weirdly let it roll off their shoulders...

And the relationships? Complex! Violet hates but loves her misogynist brother Luke who seems to blame everything that is wrong in the world on his sister all the while worrying about her? Then there is Sunshine who likes to stare into the horizon for hours while engrossed in her thoughts, wants to be kissed and groped by Luke (it happens all the time) and is Violet's somewhat friend. River is the boy who just popped up in town one day and who brings everything the strange with him wherever he steps foot.

One thing that I didn't like about this book is the amount of times the word "Devil" was used. It was always the Devil this and the Devil that. It was used so many times that it just became extremely annoying. If this was revised and the use of this particular word was reduced to more than half, it would still be a really good story. So the Devil? Unnecessary.

Cannot wait for book number two.~

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

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