Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Cake Book Tag!

Jess over at Curiouser and Curiouser tagged me to do the Cake Book tag. I saw a couple of other bloggers do this tag, but I didn't have the opportunity to do it myself. So here goes! I also found this to be unusually hard for some reason.

Flour

A book that was slow to start but picked up as it went along


OMG definitely The Martian! I thought I was going to DNF this one because it got way too technical right away, but I ended up loving it. Watney's humor about his situation is really what made me stick with it.

Butter

A book that has a great rich plot


Do I even need to explain this one? Neal Shusterman wrote an AMAZING conclusion to his effed up dystopia series. I think it blows all the other books up. Just go read it, NOW!



Eggs

A book you thought was going to bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable


This was a book club read and I thought it was going to be another YA book that turned me away from the genre (there have been a lot lately, I kinda need a break), but I ended up really enjoying it. I STILL haven't gotten to the other novels in this companion series, but I really want to continue this series.



Sugar

A sugary sweet book


100 percent Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler! Also the main character bakes a lot of cupcakes, so there's the pun.

Icing

A book that covered every single element that you enjoy about a book (funny moments, action moments, sad moments, etc.)


Verity had me laughing out loud, and almost in tears all while giving me action packed scenes surrounding World War II. 

Sprinkles

A book series that you can kind of turn back to for a little pick me up when you're feeling down


In the past I would have just said "Anything by Meg Cabot" or just The Princess Diaries, but I listened to the first four of these books on audio and realized that I effing love Suze Simon. 


Cherry on Top

Your favorite book this year so far


Not just the first book in this trilogy, but all three books. I don't think anything has topped it yet. I just loved this series so much!



I'm Tagging:
Bri & Angelina @ Otakutwins Reviews

I apologize in advance if you have already been tagged! I probably would have tagged Jess too if she hadn't tagged me first.


Happy Reads Everyone!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fairytale Challenge: Splintered Review



My Rating:
★★★★



So I finally got around to working on my goal for my Fairytale Retelling Challenge by FINALLY reading Splintered by A.C. Howard. I think I am going to continue with the series, but the only reason I can't give it a 5-star rating is because I had a few problems with it. So let's get to the things I was finicky about out of the way first, and then we can get to the good stuff.

So what didn't I like? Firstly, why the hell were people making fun of her because she was related to Alice Liddell, but not because her mom was in a mental hospital? This is a really minor part to the story but it made me so mad! It just made no sense to me. The other thing I didn't like was the love triangle. Um...Jeb annoyed that crap out of me. I felt like he was this macho guy who believed that girls were made for him to save. His overprotectiveness of Alyssa annoyed me so much. On the flip side Morpheus was straight up creepy. Like pedophile creepy. So I just didn't want her to end up with either one of these asshats.

So it seems like I really didn't like this book, but that's not true. The parts where she is in Wonderland completing these "quests" was the best part. I also really liked that Howard distorted the Wonderland myth that we all know. Wonderland is actually more dark and scary than we thought, and I really liked that part. There is also a twist to the story that I think I should have seen coming, but I totally didn't and it made me really enjoy reading this!

So remember where I called Jeb an asshat? Well, Wonderland does change him and I think at the end readers like me will accept him. He makes a lot of sacrifices for Alyssa and you really do see how this adventure changed both of them for the better. I just hope that means the love triangle is nonexistent in the rest of the books.

So, I was a bit nit-picky with this book, but I still really enjoyed it and I would recommend it.

What did you think?

Happy Reads Everyone!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Rat Queens


My Rating:
★★★★★

If you want a comic about badass chicks that drink, do drugs and swear like sailors, this one is for you! Seriously, the Rat Queens are so ballsy that I was really surprised by some of the one-liners that came out of their mouths. But the surprise disappeared quickly and I ending up reading this comic laughing the entire time. Even during the battle scenes. These Queens are awesome!

The art work in this comic was amazing. It was on these glossy pages and was really colorful that it kept the reader engaged. There were also some nice full pages during some of the battle scenes that really kept my attention. Sure this book was bloody and graphic at times, but I loved it!

I kept trying to decide which Queen was my favorite, but I could never really pinpoint it. I loved them all for different reasons because they were a gang of diverse girls that everyone could relate to.

The plot itself is filled with mystery and it ends on a big reveal that makes you want to continue reading I definitely want to continue this series, and I'm looking forward to what the second volume will hold.

Seriously, how awesome was this book?

Happy Reads Everyone!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the bloggers over at The Broke and the bookish. This week's topics is your Spring TBR list. 

I'm trying to challenge myself a lot this year so I'm hoping this spring to read a lot of books that I have been putting off. I also think I need a break from young adult, so I want to actually read more adult novels this year. 



Oh my god, I really need to force myself to read this book! I definitely want to get to it this year.


I loved this movie so much, I really need to read the actual book!


Um...I got this book two Christmases ago, why haven't I read it yet? Really why?


Um...please see above. I have a problem, I'm a board hoarder. I've heard this one isn't as good as her other adult novels, but I'm willing to give it a try.


Um, yeah another one of those I watched the movie and I want to read the book. 


I really need to finish this series! I just haven't gotten to it yet. Oops!


I actually haven't seen this movie! But I thought the plot looks really interesting.


I'm reading this right now! It's pretty good so far, I'm excited to get more into.


I got this ARC recently so I'm really trying to read it before and/or near it's publication date.


Same thing as the above. I heard this is supposed to be the next "it" book, so I want to read it before I hear anymore hype.




Happy Reads Everyone!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Versatile Blogger Award


I was nominated by Christina at Books and Prejudice. Thanks so much for thinking of me!

1. Nominate 15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging (haha, I have 5)
2. Let the bloggers know that you've nominated them
3. Share 10 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.


Facts about me:

  1. I'm from Pennsylvania
  2. I work in advertising
  3. I'm working on a YA novel (and by that I mean avoiding it right now)
  4. My favorite author is Meg Cabot (duh, if you read my blog)
  5. I'm 5'1"
  6. I have a degree in English writing
  7. I'm a vegetarian
  8. I was named after a Star Trek character
  9. I hate horror movies
  10. I watch way too much netflix!


I definitely don't follow a lot of new bloggers, so "relatively new" is kind of a stretch. So I'm nominating a few goods ones I follow that started blogging within the last year or so. Sorry if you have already been nominated, I tried to check! Or if you're been blogging for a lot longer than I realized. I think you guys are great!
  1. Jessica  @Jessica's Rainbow Inspirations
  2. Danielle @ Bending over Bookwards
  3. Ren @ Fearless Facade
  4. Jen @ The Bookavid
  5. Lauren @ oh Hey! I like that!
So yeah, I definitely need to start reading more new blogs!


Happy Reads Everyone!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: V For Vendetta


My Rating:

★★★ 1/2

I really loved Alan Moore's Watchmen so when I picked up V For Vendetta I thought I would love it just as much. I remember really liking the movie, but I do remember parts of it were boring to me. So it's not like I didn't like this graphic novel, but I'm just not a really political person and this book was really political. I mean the introduction even says this is for people who don't turn off the news, and um...I don't really even watch the news.

So even though it was super political, I still did like the graphic novel itself. I thought the plot was extremely interesting if not completely terrifying. I still think V was a dick for putting Evey through hell in that prison. I know why he did it, but like in the movie that part in the book put me off.

I wasn't too crazy about the artwork in this one either. The coloring was a little muted, but I think maybe that was the point. I didn't really like the text font that was utilized because there were a few panels that were hard to read.

Okay...it seems like I really hated this book, but I didn't! Honest! I did enjoy reading this comic and I think it was a quick read, but I think readers need to be aware that it focuses on some heavy material.


What did you think about V For Vendetta? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reads Everyone!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: The Martian


My Rating:

★★★★★


So my first impression after reading The Martian by Andy Weir was, "Did my rocket scientist brother write this?" Let me explain below.

The Martian was quite a ride, but it took some time getting off the ground for me when I first cracked it's pages. The novel is really entrenched in factual science, which was really good for the plot, but also hard for someone who doesn't have the best grasp on technical sciences. So this book was really hard for me intellectually and I wasn't sure if I was going to be into it, but I liked the challenge and I ending up really loving it.

So yeah at times I was thinking, "All right dude, I don't know what the eff you are talking about, but I want to see you survive." I think the thing that made me want to press on was that our protagonist, Mark Watney was just so funny. Here's this botanist stuck on Mars just trying to figure out how to survive, and he turns out to be really resourceful. Guess that's why NASA hired him. He was a great problem solver and gets all this shit thrown out him at once, and I just wanted to see how he was going to get out of his next bind. At the same time he had this cheesy humor to the situation that made me literally laugh out loud. 

There is a particular part where NASA finds out he's alive and they are like, "oh my god, what could he be thinking right now?" and then it cuts to Watney's log saying, 
How come Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense.
To be honest, that might be my favorite quote. I did in fact literally laugh out loud.  I know it's so cheesy and dumb, but that's why I thought it was so funny.

Another factor I think that made the book interesting for me was that we got to see all sides of the story. The book starts off with Watney being stranded and trying to figure out how he is going to get off this dumb red planet, but then we start to get an idea of what NASA is thinking back on Earth, and later we get to hear from Watney's crewmates. Giving us the multiple perspectives told in both logs and traditional third person narration really rounded out the story. I think it really made me want to continue reading it.

I am only slightly disappointed that we didn't actually meet Martians, but at the same time I think that made this sci-fi novel more realistic. I'm trying to force my brother to read this now and tell me what he thinks, because one he would really like it and two, I want him to tell me if it's truly accurate. 

I think if you're really into science or just like reading stories about survival this one is for you. 

Seriously, what are you doing still reading this? GO GET THIS BOOK NOW!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Happy Reads Everyone!

Grapic Novel Review: Watchmen


My Rating:

★★★★

So apparently this month all I'm reading is graphic novels. It started with the Walking Dead and now every time I go to the library I find myself in that tiny section scoping out all the classic graphic novels I can find. Which is how I found myself FINALLY reading Watchmen by Alan Moore, and I am so glad I did!

Part of the reason I loved the comic so much was the art work. The colors were so sharp that the panels popped all across the page. I really enjoyed not only reading the dialogue but dissecting the artwork within the comic's pages. I really fell in love with the "loud" style this comic showcased.

I thought it was interesting that after each chapter there was also a few pages of either correspondence or newspaper articles that gave context for the rest of the story. Unfortunately, this is also why I can't give the book a 5-star rating. Honestly that chapter of Night Owl's peer review of birds of prey was soooo boring. For the most part it did move the story along and help you figure some things out, but some of them were just not that interesting.

If you're familiar with the movie you probably had some deja vu when the book gets to the twist ending. However, the book twist is a bit different than what happened in the movie version. I preferred the book version, mostly because it was so bat shit crazy that in made complete sense in this comic book world.

If you haven't taken a stab at this book or you are trying to start reading graphic novels, I would recommend starting with this one!

Happy Reads Everyone!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for readers who like Buffy The Vampire Slayer


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish. I haven't done a TTT post in over a month so this one was kind of hard for me. Or maybe it was just the topic. This week's topic is the top ten books for readers who like _______. 



So obviously my choice was to do the top ten books for readers who like Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This one was hard, but I think this is the best I'm going to get it at this point. And surprisingly none of these books actually have vampires in them. I chose instead to focus on books that had magic or girls that would kick you in the teeth, or both. 

Who else has the theme song stuck in their head now? OH you don't? HERE YOU GO! 



The Mediator Series By Meg Cabot

Yo! Just stop reading this list now and go pick up a copy of Shadowland by Meg Cabot. DO IT NOW! And then get all of the sequels. I'm listening to the audiobooks now because Cabot is putting out an adult follow up in 2016, and I forgot how good these books are! Suze Simon is so awesome and whenever I try to get someone to read this series I say, "It's kind of like Buffy, but with ghosts!" Suze will punch you in the face and laugh about it. I feel like her and Buffy would have been BFFs. 


Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

Like Buffy, Celaena does not take shit from anyone. She's a master of weaponry and knows how to get herself out of a tough bind. I've only read the first novel of this series but I feel like fans of Buffy will love both C's strength and her realistic vulnerabilities.


Devilish By Maureen Johnson

I've read a ton of Johnson's novels, but at the time this was the one that surprised me. This one was a change of pace for her writing at the time. The main character Jane spends the novel trying to redeem her best friend's soul from the devil. Fighting demons and evil seems right up Buffy fans' alley.


Valiant By Holly Black

As much as I loved Kaye in Tithe, I loved Val in the follow up a lot more. She was fierce as crap and definitely knew when to throw her punches. I think she could have gotten down and dirty fighting demons with the Buffster. 




Grave Mercy By Robin LaFevers

Did you sense the pattern of chicks with weapons yet? Because I think I recommended books with heroines that could hold their own in a fight. Ismae from Grave Mercy is no different. Home girl is an assassin for death and wears a small crossbow underneath her skirts! Girl knew how to kill, but also was a good mystery solver. I think she would have been a slayer.



Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Okay so I wasn't too crazy about this book because I thought it sounded WAY too much like an episode of Supernatural I've already watched, but I think fans of Buffy would like it. It's more a ghost story and it has a male protagonist but the ghost in the story is really interesting. 



A Game of Thrones By George R.R. Martin

You know Buffy would fight along side Brienne of Tarth and Arya Stark. I think the three of them would have formed a pretty awesome freedom fighter gang in Westeros. I feel like Buffy showcased a lot of different women with complexities and vulnerabilities. Game of Thrones definitely does the same thing. 


The 5th Wave By Rick Yancey

I think fans of Buffy will like reading about Cassie because she found the inner strength in herself to press on and survive. She also struggled a lot and made a lot of dumb mistakes, but once she got it together she was a force to be reckoned with. 


Code Name Verity By Elizabeth Wein

Verity would kick a man in the teeth and laugh about, Buffy Summers would do the same but stake a vamp in the heart. I think the fierceness of Verity is definitely something that fans of the TV show will come to love. 


Graceling By Kristin Cashore

Let me just give you the first sentence of the Good Reads summary:
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. 
Hell yeah you want to read this book! I really loved this book and I think fans of Buffy will also really like Katsa cold, calculated disposition.

Well...who else is going to go watch this awesome 90s dated show on Netflix now? It better not just be me!
Happy Reads Everyone!

Monday, March 2, 2015

TBR Pile Challenge: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me Review



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So I finally read another book to go towards my TBR Pile Challange! Only seven more to go to complete my goal of shedding ten books off my TBR list. For number three I decided to tackle Mindy Kaling's memoir Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?


My Rating:
★★★★

I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but when I do I like to read celebrity memoirs or funny books because I find them really interesting. Sometimes non-fiction can be really boring but I did not find this problem while reading Kaling's book. Actually I found the opposite and that I was laughing...no cackling...at some of the lines in her book. I thought this book was so funny.


Kaling's book was written a little untraditionally. It was part anecdotes and part list making about things she liked or didn't like. I actually really enjoyed the way the book was written because it broke up the prose and made it more engaging for me. 

I think she lost me a little bit towards the end when she starts talking about her wishes for funeral. I just didn't think it was as funny as the rest of the book. Overall I really enjoyed this one. I think it was a quick and light read. I would highly recommend it.

Happy Reads Everyone!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Heart Robot ARC Review


My Rating:
★★★★

I Heart Robot by Suzanne Van Rooyen is a sci-fi novel for fans of both Marissa Meyer's Cinder and Battlestar Galactica. The novel follows back and forth narration between Tyri a human who just wants to be a musician in a world obsessed with science, and Quinn an android whom just wants to be human and treated fairly. A lot of the themes in the novel, the idea of humanity and what makes us this way were very similar to those in the BSG reboot. I think if you liked that show this will be a book for you.

I really enjoyed the dual perspectives in this novel, but at times Tyri really annoyed me. It felt like at parts her thought process was completely different. She kept changing her view on things and it frustrated me. I think this makes sense once you read the ending, but while reading these parts she was seriously starting to annoy me. The good thing was that while she started to annoy me I got a break from her when the novel would switch back to Quinn's perspective. I really enjoyed exploring his world and I wish we got more of an exposition from the robot side. I think some things could have been explained better and I still had some questions at the end.

One thing I loved about this novel was that it was a Sci-Fi novel not set in America or what used to be the country. This one was interesting because it was set in Skandia a new country that had formed obviously from the Scandinavian Countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, etc). It does bring in Norse mythology at one point so I really liked reading a book set in a different country.

I thought this book was really predictable, maybe because I've been a sci-fi fan since um...birth? but I still thought it was a really enjoyable novel. I would definitely recommend it.


*I received an e-copy of this book from Month 9 Books for this review.

Happy Reads Everyone!