Monthly Archives:: April 2012

Apr 29

Sundays in Bed with… ????

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SundaysInBedWithSmallKate at Midnight Book Girl has started a new feature on Sunday mornings to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

I don’t typically read when I get up on Sunday, I usually head off to church and read for a bit when I get home.  Today I have a couple of choices and I’m just not sure yet what I want to read.

Jessica Warman BetweenBetween by Jessica Warman.  Between was so not what I was expecting and I’m just not feeling it right now.  It reminds me a lot of one of my favorite Christopher Pike books that I read when I was a kid.  Between is not a DNF book or anything, I’m just not really feeling it right now.

Dan Wells PartialsPartials by Dan Wells.  So far I’m really liking this book, and in my original post this was the book of choice.  But then the mail came and I got a package from Erin (Cullens to Classics) which contains a book that I am so incredibly excited to read and I know I’d rather read that book.  The only problem is that I have a list of things that I’d like to get done today and I fear if I pick up that book I won’t get anything done.

I will probably stick with Partials but I may feel extra motivated when I get home and start on my list instead.

Decisions, decisions!

Other News
* I was not so successful during the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon.  But I read a ghost book, so that counts, right?
* I am not purchasing any more books until after BEA (except for my 2 preordered books, but they don’t count).  I have more than enough books to occupy my time, plus my mom has been hounding me to read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
* Every time I go to the Post Office it’s an adventure.  I went to mail 2 envelopes and a package from me and 2 packages from work.  Everything was already paid for except for one package.  I got there at 4:45 and the girl behind the counter rolled her eyes when I walked up to the counter with all my stuff.  Uncool.  Then we had to play the “How do you want to mail your package” game.

Me: “Whatever way is cheapest”
Her: “$19.95.”
Me: “No, I’m sorry, whatever way is cheapest”
Her: “Well, you can send it for $3.15 but that takes 7-10 days for delivery and there is no confirmation or tracking on the package.”
Me: (breathing in and breathing out) “I don’t need tracking or confirmation on the package I need to send it the cheapest way possible”
Her: (looking at me like I’m the crazy one) “OK would you like any stamps or packing supplies today?”
Me: (Handing her $3.15 and ignoring the question.)

What are you spending Sunday’s in bed with?

Kimberly


Apr 28

Review * Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Reviews 9 ★★★★

Review * Pandemonium by Lauren OliverPandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 28, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 375
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Delirium, Requiem
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

 

I do not like include any spoilers in my reviews, however because Pandemonium is the second book in a trilogy I am giving fair warning that there is a HUGE spoiler from Delirium included in my review. It can’t be helped!

What I Thought…

  • I can’t say I was surprised by the ending, or rather what happened at the end, but I was kind of irritated with it because I wanted this book to be different, and not do what I figured it was going to do from the ending of Delirium.  If you’ve read the books this should make sense.
  • One of the best things about Pandemonium was that it wasn’t the typical less than exciting middle book in a trilogy, nor was it the same formula as Delirium.
  • The Then chapters were very informative I liked the Now chapters better.  There were so many things going on and so many hints on what might happen in the future.  There were so many eye opening things.
  • I liked Lena a lot more in Pandemonium.  She lost the naivety that she had in Delirium and I loved the Then chapters where she was gaining her strength (physical and mental).  And her planning and strategy in the Now chapters.
  • Lena thought about Alex a lot.  And it wasn’t just “oh I miss him” “what will I do without him” though there was a bit of that, but she understood in her head that he would never be coming back to her and made herself  accept it.  She made a lot of decisions based on what Alex would have/had done, especially in regards to Julian.  A lot of the explanations she gave Julian were very similar to how Alex explained things to her.
  • I really, really liked Julian.  He was completely different from Alex, but he was a strong character, and even though he was raised like Lena he had some pretty good intuition and street smarts that he didn’t handicap her.
  • One of the things that was a bit different in this book (compared to other trilogies/series) was that all the characters except for Lena were new.  I liked Raven and Tack (I loved their bantering!) even though I didn’t agree 100% with the way they did things.  They were pretty well balanced and did what they needed to do, even if it wasn’t always popular.  Raven’s backstory was one of my favorites.

Overall this was an excellent follow up to Delirium and I really wish that I wouldn’t have put off reading it for so long!

Other Books in the Series

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Kimberly


Apr 27

TGIF and Feature & Follow

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Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read. Every week they feature a new blogger and ask a question.  Learn more about Feature & Follow. 
 

Have you had a character that disappointed you?  One that you fell in love with and then “broke up” with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book?  Tell us about him or her.

 
 
 
I have a couple of characters that I’ve “broken up” with. 
* Eve and Roark from JD Robb’s In Death series.  I started to read this series so long ago and I used to love it.  But then books started to get stale for me and I didn’t feel like Eve and Roark were getting anywhere and a couple years ago I stopped reading completely.
* Gale from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Game series.  I always thought Peeta was a better match for Katniss, but I liked Gale.  Until Mockingjay (or maybe it was Catching Fire, I can’t remember) when he totally changed.  It was so disappointing to see his character do a 180.
* Sookie Stackhouse from The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris.  She has begun to annoy me.  I don’t read the series because of her anymore I read it because of all the other characters (Eric.  Sigh). I’m glad that Harris has said that there will only be 2 more books because I feel like it’s about time to wrap this series up.

 

TGIFTGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads.
 
Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time.  What helps you over come those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?
 
First if a book isn’t grabbing my attention I will put it down.  There are so many good books out there I don’t feel like I should force myself to read one I’m not enjoying. 
Second I will try reading something completely different.  If I’m reading a lot of contemporary I might pick up a paranormal or mystery to shake myself up.
Third I’ll return to a book I know and love.  Sometimes all it takes is stepping back into Harry Potter to get me back in the mood to read.
If all else fails, step away from the books!  Sometimes nothing will grab your attention, even your favorites.  That’s when you need to take a couple days, weeks, months, whatever and enjoy something else. 
 
 

Kimberly


Apr 26

Review * Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Reviews 8 ★★★

Review * Social Suicide by Gemma HallidaySocial Suicide by Gemma Hallidy
Series: Deadly Cool #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 275
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Deadly Cool
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
Twittercide: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper's brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went . . . a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the homecoming queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH's resident body finder, I'm stuck trying to prove that Sydney's death wasn't suicide.

I'm starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos. . .

What I Thought…

  • When I was a kid I read the Trixie Belden books (I will confess right here that I’ve never read Nancy Drew) and Hartley reminds me of her.  I love her “I’ll do anything to solve the crime” attitude, her fearlessness (and her fearfulness) and her inner humor.  She’s just a normal student with an above average interest in solving crimes and a large amount of right place, right time (or maybe it’s wrong place, wrong time) luck.
  • Twittercide.  Seriously, there is no cooler name for murder than Twittercide.
  • There is so much tension between Chase and Hartley.  Will they?  Won’t they?  You just don’t know.  It’s nice that Halliday didn’t go the traditional route with them, I’m a big fan of tension.
  • Sam is still the ultimate bff, still making sacrifices to help Hartley solve the crime, except for one minor thing.  Sam and her boyfriend Kyle have take their relationship to the next left: Matching T-shirts and coordinating outfits.  It was funny, but if I was Hartley I don’t think I could have stayed silent.
  • Hartley’s mom is even funnier in Social Suicide.  SMother mode was turned on early and often.  Hartley also has to deal with the fact that her mom is now interested in dating, Match.com style.
  • I figured out who the killer was fairly early in the book, but that didn’t make it any less good.  The killer’s motives were just as humorous in this book as in Deadly Cool.  In both books the killer’s motives are completely over the top, but it fits the humorous nature of the book.

Overall Social Suicide is a quick, light and funny read, with a little mystery thrown in.

 

Kimberly


Apr 24

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters

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TTTTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten  All Time Favorite Characters in Books

This one was surprisingly easy.  They aren’t in any particular order, though I probably love Four and Anna the best. 

1. Four (Divergent by Veronica Roth) – This one should be self explanatory.
2. Anna (Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake) – She is one of the best ghosts ever, and once you find out what her story is you can’t help but love her a little more.
3. Hartley (Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday) – She is absolutely hilarious.
4. Eric (Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris) – He is so flipping hot.

5. Mara Dyer (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin) – She is mysterious and powerful and amazing.
6. Becky (Confessions of a Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella) – I know she ditsy, but she’s fun.
7. Étienne (Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins) – Sigh.
8. Hermione (Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling) – I loved all the characters but she’s my favorite.  I like her smartness and how she’s always getting Harry and Ron out of trouble.  (Note to Courtney – I could have picked someone else, but I didn’t, mostly out of fear.)
9. Rory (The Name of the Star by Maureen Jordan) – She was normal, yet not normal.  It was perfect.
10. Aibeleen (The Help by Kathryn Stockett) – The things she went through to help Skeeter were amazing and I loved her chapters the most.  Though it was a tough call between her and Minny.

What are your top ten characters?

Kimberly


Apr 23

Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon

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I didn’t hear about this until yesterday, and I didn’t intend to do it, but since Dewey’s Read-a-Thon was a fail in the reading department for me and I have the week off from my part time job I have lots of time to catch up on reading.  And what better way to do it than Read-a-Thon style!

Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon is hosted by Castle Macabre.  The Read-a-Thon credo is “a week of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries.” which is certainly something I need to do!

Here are the books I plan on reading

My scary book
Between by Jessica Warman
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade (I know this one isn’t scary, but there is a ghost involved so I’m counting it)

My other books
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – Finished!
Partials by Dan Wells (already read 70 pages)
Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday – Finished!

I think that’s all I should pick out for now!
Small rant about Glimmer and The Ghost and the Goth: My library does not carry either of these books.  How disappointing!  I am trying to save money here and I feel like I am being forced into purchasing them.  Luckily I have not spent my ebook allowance this month so I can afford to do this!

Kimberly


Apr 23

Review * White Cat by Holly Black

Reviews 12 ★★★

Review * White Cat by Holly BlackWhite Cat by Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on May 4, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Red Glove, Black Heart
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

What I thought…

  • This book was almost a DNF for me.  I was very lost and confused in the beginning.  I decided to go just a bit further and I’m so glad I did.  While I can’t rave about White Cat like some of my fellow bloggers, It was enjoyable and I plan on reading the other two books.
  • Cover complaint: Why did they write over his face?
  • There is a lot going on in the beginning of White Cat and a lot you can’t see.  All the magic and cons kept me confused, and while I’m sure that was the authors intention it made me very frustrated, especially in regards to his brothers and the workers.  I was also confused because it takes place “now” but with an alternate history, though once someone compared it to the Sookie Stackhouse series it made a lot more sense and that cleared up some of my confusion.  Honestly, I’m not sure why that confused me so much but it did.
  • The biggest reason I kept reading (other than Jenny of course!) was because of Cassel.  There aren’t many YA books told from the male POV so that’s a point, plus I just really, really liked him.  He was a well written, likeable character.
  • I liked all of Cassel’s friends, his family not so much.  Sam and Daneca were the ultimate sidekicks for Cassel.  I didn’t really like anyone in his family.  I’m sure part of that is because I was so confused but I didn’t really like the things they did either and it was hard to muster up any sympathy for them.  And what his mother did at the end… That was so wrong!  Really, really wrong!
  • The storyline was very intriguing in the second half (once I was no longer confused).  I was much more caught up in the conning the con men part (a la Leverage) and their ultimate plan.  I also liked how I wasn’t clued in to the whole plan either.  That made it much more enjoyable.

Overall I’m really glad I stuck with it, the ending was really good, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

I read The Curse Workers series because Jenny (Alternate Readality) and Steph (The Fake Steph Dot Com) absolutely rave about this series.

* If you really want to break this down it’s a 1 star for the first half, 4 star for the second half.

Kimberly


Apr 22

Final Read-a-Thon Update

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In terms of reading this read-a-thon was a fail (not an epic fail) but a fail.  I did manage to complete 2 books, both of which I really wanted to finish, so I feel pleased about that, even though my goal was 5.  But I’ll have some time to read later so that makes up for it.

In terms of fun this read-a-thon was flippin awesome!!  Kate, Steph and I had sooooo much fun.  There was obviously a lot of talking involved but that’s ok because we had a good time.  We also had way to much food, but that’s better than having not enough right?  We crashed around 6am so I feel pretty good that we made it 22 hours, even if it wasn’t all reading.

My Final Stats
Books Read
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (375 pages)
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (277 pages)
World by Jon Stewart (10 pages)
The History of the World by Wylie Overstreet (50 pages)

Pages Read
712

Time Read
Not enough

Time wasted talking to Kate and Steph
The perfect amount :)

Here is the Final Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 21.  I wanted to sleep soooo bad.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
YA books are a good choice because they are usually a bit shorter and a quicker read so it’s easier to feel accomplished.  The DUFF was really at keeping my interest in the later hours.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  I really liked the challenges.  I thought most of them were pretty interesting.

How many books did you read?
2

What were the names of the books you read?
Pandemonium and The DUFF

Which book did you enjoy most?
It’s a tough call but I would have to say The DUFF

Which did you enjoy least?
Neither

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  I was not a cheerleader, but I might be next time.   Though I would encourage everyone to take off their word verification.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I would definitely participate in the read-a-thon again.  As a reader and hosting another mini challenge.

How did your read-a-thon go?

Kimberly


Apr 21

Read-a-Thon Update: Hours 9-14

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Some Miscellaneous Stuff that you need to know about my read-a-thon experience:
*Steph is way, way, way more afraid of bugs then I am.  And I am very afraid of bugs!

*Kate is cheating on her page counts by reading a manga and The Adventures of Hugo Cabret, while Steph and I have struggled through reading our first book (that does not have pictures).

*Having a group read-a-thon is not the best way to read your TBR books.  It is however a great way to have a lot of fun and some good laughs.

*I know that this is completely random for y’all but the dentist told me that I have a geographic tongue.  Basically my taste buds move around my tongue, and they can change daily.  That’s probably too much info, but do with it what you will.

Books Read (pages):
Pandemonium (257)

Total Pages Read:
375 – but I feel much better now that I’ve actually finished the book

Time Reading:
Hour 9 – 15 minutes
Hour 10 – 50 minutes
Hour 11 – 30 minutes
Hour 12 – 15 minutes
Hour 13 – 30 minutes
Hour 14 – 60 minutes

Cumulative Total: 300 minutes (5 hours)

Time Wasted Talking to Steph and Kate:
Hour 9 – 45 minutes
Hour 10 – 10 minutes
Hour 11 – none/30 minutes for dinner
Hour 12 – 15 minutes/30 minutes of an “incident”
Hour 13 – 30 minutes
Hour 14 – none **doing a little happy dance**

Cumulative Total: 390 minutes (6.5 hours)

Mini Challenges Completed:
Anti Hero challenge

Blogs I Visited (I’m not an official cheerleader, but I do plan on stopping by other blogs):
Sadly none, I’m not doing so well with this, but as I’ve upped my reading I’m giving myself a pass on this.

Thoughts on the books I’ve Read:
Pandemonium was really good.  And while I can’t say I was surprised about the ending, it wasn’t the ending I wanted.  But I am really looking forward to reading Requiem.

Kimberly