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Another year older.

Oct
31

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Happy birthday to … me!?
That’s right, I’m another year older. What does that mean? Well, right now it just feels like that means I deserve to be bogged down with more work than I’d ever want. Two jobs + schoolwork does not bode well, people.
I realize my blogging duties have fallen by the wayside, too. Don’t think I’m not aware! I see you people unfollowing me. (You know who you are!) Does this upset me? Yes and no. Really, I can’t blame someone for unfollowing a blog that’s been rather inactive. But like I’ve been saying – this will change. Really, it will. I’ve got some clear schedules coming up. I’m close to finishing The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, so there WILL be a review sighting! (Holy cow, don’t hold your breath.)
?I owe a big thanks to Amanda for hosting the Bout of Books read-a-thon, which really did push me to read this past week during every significant gap of free time that I had. If not for that, the book review wouldn’t be up as soon as it will be. (Also, she was awesome enough to send me a very funny birthday gift. AND a birthday pic. She rocks, basically.)
Now, about this birthday business.
I plan to redeem my free coffee, hold my head high, destroy my Accounting exam, and be as happy as can be.

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Cover Like/Dislike – featuring Cindy!

Oct
25

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Today’s post is brought to us by Cindy, from Oodles of Books!

C O V E R       W A R
Wither VS This is Not a Test

 

 Hated Cover: Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I know. Some of you must think I am insane, but yes, I hate this cover. Okay, hate is a strong word. I don’t like it too much.
Why? Well, for starters, what is up with her hair? That’s the first thing I think when I see this, every time. I know that this poof hairstyle is quite common these days for models and such but I honestly don’t find it attractive. I also think her dress is…a little strange. I mean all those frills and stuff? I don’t like ‘em. She also looks sort of like she’s sitting on a throne but that could just be me being crazy.
Wither does sound really good and I cannot wait to read it but I find the cover weird. I do think that the caged bird and the significance this may hold is pretty interesting, but I’m sort of a hater. So I am sorry, but I just dislike this cover.

Loved cover: This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
The drops of blood, the girl in mid fall, the mysterious background…what is going on here?

This is one of the best covers that I have seen in a while, I think. It’s so simple, but so eye-catching and it makes me want to pick up the book and find out what is happening. It also reminds me of a cross between The Dead-Tossed Waves and Imaginary Girls.

It does seem like it’s going to be a pretty amazing book, so maybe that’s why I like it so much, and I can’t wait to read it. I really loved this cover from the moment I saw it.  

* Thanks for the great post, Cindy!

What do you think of these covers? What makes or breaks a cover for you? Fonts? Pictures? Sparkly vampires?

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Bout of Books 2.0 read-a-thon: Begin!

Oct
24

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Hosted by Amanda.
?Whaaaaaat? I’m participating in a read-a-thon amidst my hectic schedule? Yes! It’ll give me all the more reason to read, and it’s a great segway into my birthday.
My Goals
  • 1 book. Yes. 1. It’ll be quite an accomplishment.

Books To Read

  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door
  • Between Here and Forever (keep pushing it off!)

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REVIEW! The Pledge.

Oct
20

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THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting
In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….
My rating: 4 stars.
MY THOUGHTS:
I went out on a limb here, reading The Pledge. It’s admittedly not in my genre of choice – contemporary. BUT. It was mostly everything I could’ve asked for.

Most notably – the awesome sense of plot and descriptions. Hellooooo, you two! Where have you been in my YA novels? So glad you’ve returned. That’s basically the conversation I had going on in my head. Derting’s world just packs this live punch that’s great; it’s gritty, urban, magical.  And the characters have distinct personalities! It’s easy to form connections to them, which helps guide the story. Truth be told, some are cliche, and a bit predictable. But the more developed characters make up for their lacking.

There’s some slow build-up, which leads to confusion about just what kind of world they’re living in, and why, but everything is resolved in the end.  However, that’s where things seem to get a bit screwy.  Characters suddenly do a 180 and show other sides of themselves, causing me to feel detached from them after finally feeling like I knew their purposes within the story. It’s a bit offputting and annoying. The way everything – and everyone – ties together seems illogical at times, or presents Oh c’mon, really now? moments/reactions.

But trust me: The Pledge is an awesome thriller. The world is fleshed out, the descriptions spot-on, and the characters more or less come together seamlessly. It’s a mingling of all things good. Read it!

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