Friday, October 17, 2014

Clearing Out My To-Read List

My Goodreads list has been troubling me for some time now. It's been over-packed with books that frankly, I don't even remember or I know for a fact I won't read for years. So my plan this week was to take off a bunch of books from my to-read list which I successfully did. I had 1613 to-read books and now I have 1048 books. That means I got rid of 565 books from my list which took forever. I found a few books that I didn't remember what they were about or when I even added them that I want to share with you all because they all sound really good.

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her. 
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. 
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
Thoughts: I can't believe I haven't read this yet. Awaken is a book that is so me. I love dystopian futures and characters standing up for themselves.

I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it, even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.
I didn't get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren't any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I'd cast the next best; a Fame spell. Good idea, right?
Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William's younger brother.
Good thing he's sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and, ahem, maybe a little bit hot. But he's from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him - cars! And cell phones? Ugh.
Still, there's something about him that's making my eyes go star-crossed....

Thoughts: The Juliet Spell is a book that I'm oddly drawn to. I know it can't end well with the time travel spell going on. How long can that really last? But, it just sounds to adorable to pass up.

Ari can't help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can't be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. 
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it's impossible to protect herself when she doesn't know what she's running from or why she is being pursued. 
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her
Ari won't stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Thoughts: I've very curious to find out what Ari is in Darkness Becomes Her. What if she's the daughter of this big time demon or Hades or something? How cool would that be?

In the middle of the night Garrett is taken from his home to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. Maybe some kids deserve to be sent there, but Garrett knows he doesn't. Subjected to brutal physical and psychological abuse, he tries to fight back, but the battle is futile. He won't be allowed to leave until he's admitted his "mistakes" and conformed to Harmony Lake's standards of behavior. And there's no way to fake it. Beaten, humiliated, and stripped of his pride, Garrett's spirit is slowly ebbing away. Then he hears whispers of an escape plot. It's incredibly risky -- if he's caught, the consequences will be unthinkable -- but it may be his only way out.
In this tense, riveting novel, award-winning young adult author Todd Strasser reveals what really goes on in highly secretive -- and notoriously dangerous -- boot camps, a stealth prison system where any teenager under the age of eighteen can be imprisoned at his parents' whim.

Thoughts: Boot Camp feels like it would be very intense. It sounds like Unwind where parents can force their children to do things that are just criminal.

This novel opens on the first day of Hannah's senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That's when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Ryan, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava's boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around--and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at the diner where he works. Hannah and Noah move from coworkers, to friends....and one night, to something more.
Now it's back to school, where Hannah will see Ryan, Ava, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, Hannah will learn a lot about love, friendship...and herself.
Thoughts: Such a betrayal! I love it! I'm so curious to see how in Sometimes it Happens, Hannah and her friend's boyfriend get together and the aftermath of all that. What if like Hannah and Noah are meant to be though? Would you sacrifice that love for your friend? It's a messed up thing to do but still. What would you decide?

When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from university has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally had really turned her back, why is her little girl named Olivia?
As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel her untangled history. But as Sally's secrets start to spill out, Olivia's left asking herself if the past is best kept buried.

Thoughts: I love that her ex-friend named her daughter Olivia. That's what makes me want to read The Last Time I Saw You. What happened to this friendship and why did her friend name her daughter after her? So many questions!

A love triangle goes horribly wrong in this dark, romantic suspense-thriller from the author of Still Waters.
Megan never meant to hurt her best friend, Anna. She made a mistake, and she's spent all year trying to regain Anna's trust. So when Anna invites her to spend the summer on her uncle's farm, Megan is excited and relieved. The past is finally behind them.
On the farm, Anna quickly falls for Jordan, a rugged summer-hand. Megan and Jordan have their own spark, but Megan's betrayed Anna once before and she's not about to do it again.
Still, the more time that Megan and Jordan spend together, the harder it is to deny their chemistry. But Anna doesn't like to be ignored and she doesn't forgive and forget. What started out as the perfect summer is about to take a very dark turn....

Thoughts: Awwww yeeeeeesssssss! I love everything about the Never Let You Go summary. I really want to read what Megan did and how Anna is going to get revenge. I don't think Megan did anything too big. I think Anna is just crazy and easily offended.

When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she's missing. Escape isn't high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she's part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she's still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she's falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn't sure she wants to take it.

Thoughts: I don't know how to feel about this book. It's kind of how I felt when I read Stolen. So many conflicting feelings but I really want to know what happens in The Breakaway.

How many books do you have on your tbr list? 

Friday Favorites: Little Book Owl

Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted @ Wishful Endings, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. 

I've never really viewed any book vlogs before. I'm more of a book blogger type of person, but I've found a couple of vlogs about books that I've been liking more and more. Little Book Owl is one of those vlogs. Catriona posts book reviews, updates on her read-a-thons, monthly book club reads, monthly wrap ups, tbr lists, hauls, challenges, tags, and discussions about books. Her discussions are really fun and informative and it's kind of nice to actually see a fellow reader gush about a book they've just read.

Where you can find Little Book Owl:

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Have you discovered any great book vloggers lately?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop, hosted @Pen to Paperwhere I post one book per week that has been on my wishlist for some time, or I just added, that I can't wait to get off my wishlist and onto my wonderful shelves.

        Wishlist Wednesday

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.

But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.

          Why I'm Wishing

The summary for Hit escalated really quickly. I involuntarily had to say whoa when I finished reading it because I didn't expect that at all. If this is done right I will be so happy. Not only does it have a controversial "relationship" (violation of teacher/student boundary) going on, but I need to know how this ends. Where is the author going to take this story??? It's going be such a crazy book in the best way possible. The cover is also pretty gorgeous so I really want Hit now.

What are you wishing for this week?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Graphic Novel)

Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1. Yen Press (Oct. 2013) Library
When Jacob Portman was a boy, his grandfather regaled him with stories of his fantastic life at Miss Peregrine's home during the Second World War, even sharing photos of the remarkable children with whom he resided. As Jacob grew up, though, he decided that these photos were obvious fakes, simple forgeries designed to stir his youthful imagination: Or were they...?

Following his grandfather's death -- a scene Jacob literally couldn't believe with his own eyes -- the sixteen-year-old boy embarks on a mission to disentangle fact from fiction in his grandfather's elaborate yarns couldn't prepare Jacob for the eccentricities he will discover at Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children!

Artist Cassandra Jean, who rendered the graphic novel version of Beautiful Creatures, now turns her "peculiar" eye to this fully illustrated adaption of Ransom Rigg's international bestseller!

I read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children when it first came out, with book club members that consisted of the "readers" in my family. All I remember from the book was a picture with a lady carrying a chicken that looked like my aunt. Basically, I forgot what the whole book was about so I decided to read the graphic novel version to jog my memory. I don't remember much about the first time I read Jacob's story, but I feel like the graphic novel was way more entertaining and fun to read about.

Now I know I can't concretely say that the graphic novel version is better because I don't remember what the difference was from the original story to this version. I'm sure it doesn't have as many details, however I just really liked the graphic novel so I'm just going to say it's better or at least as great as the original.

The artwork was done sort of in manga style. It was so cool seeing Jacob and all the other peculiar children right there. Jacob looked moody all the time along with Enoch (the boy who can raise the dead). I actually think I was able to follow along which characters were who in this version especially since I had a picture reference for all of them. All of the peculiar characters have such weird/amazing abilities. Whenever a book has at least one character with an ability I always fantasize what my ability would be if I had one. Emma, Jacob's love interest, probably has the best ability out of the bunch which is the ability to create fire while Olive's ability to levitate would be awesome to have, but in reality I'd probably levitate out of the atmosphere and die... 

Everyone being stuck in a certain time zone is something that I can see really messing them up in the future. First of all, who wants to be a kid for a hundred years without experiencing anything else other than one day? Also, if they go out of the time zone they will die! What's the point of this time zone restriction? It limits you. That's part of the plot that really bugs me. I don't see there being a happy ending for these children.

I have to stop for a second and mention one of my favorite characters other than Jacob named Enoch - the boy who can raise the dead. I sort of have a thing for him now because of the way he looks in the graphic novel and his moodiness reminds me of Gaara from Naruto. I just wish I knew more about him. I wanted actually to get to know each of the characters more which is probably why I feel like last time I couldn't tell the difference between all of them. That's probably one of the only downsides other than the "romance."

The "romance" is so creepy in this story! Jacob has been dealing with his grandfather's death and coming to terms with the monster he saw killing him. He has all these problems and then a bunch of children from World War II tell him that everything his grandfather has been saying is real. There are monsters chasing these children and I'm okay with romance. I love romance. Bring it on! But, you set up Emma with Jacob? Emma who was Jacob's grandfathers first love? She doesn't even really like Jacob! It's just because he is his grandson and looks like him that you give him the time of day. I really, really dislike this pairing and I hope it goes away. And you are limiting Jacob! Jacob should have a family and happiness. I like Jacob that much. I see him as a great leader for this group but, it doesn't feel right for him to be stuck like they are.

So I don't like the romance... That doesn't deter me from reading the other books in the series. I actually really care about the characters this time around. I really want each of them to come out of this alive which I think won't happen, but I have some hope. Also, I need to make sure Jacob makes the right choice and stops going out with Emma. It's creepy man. Just stop.

What do you think of the Jacob and Emma pairing?
(No spoilers of Hollow City, please!)