Monthly Archives:: April 2013

Apr 12

Win a Book! Complete my blog survey!

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I’ve been thinking about making some small changes to the blog but first I want to get the opinion of you, my readers. Even though I do this blog for me it matters to me what my readers think. There are only 10 questions and they’re super easy, I promise!

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This is a picture of a fox I saw when I was going up Pike’s Peak (Colorado Springs) in 2010. He was hanging around the ranger station looking for scraps of food. (This has nothing to do with the survey and everything to do with cuteness!)

To thank you for filling out my blog survey I’ll be giving away 1 book (up to $15 USD) to one person (selected at random) who fills out the survey. The survey can be filled out anonymously so please comment on this post after you have filled out the survey to enter the giveaway. (At the end of the survey it does ask for your name/email, but you DO NOT have to enter that information to be eligible to win the prize). I will select the winner on April 27, 2013 so all entries must be in by April 26, 2013

The giveaway will be open internationally, so long as The Book Depository ships to your country. The winner may select 1 book, up to $15 USD, or if the winner is from the continental US (all states excluding Hawaii and Alaska) the winner may choose to have a signed copy of The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson instead. By filling out the survey you are acknowledging that you are at least 13 years old. Winner has 48 hours to respond. Read the rest of my rules here.

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Thanks for filling out my survey!

 

Kimberly


Apr 11

Mini Audio Review * Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Reviews 16 ★★★★

Mini Audio Review * Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Published by Little Brown BYR on September 27, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Also in this series: Days of Blood and Starlight
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

It’s really hard to write a review of audiobook because I don’t take good notes while I’m listening. Not related to the book but I also wish that audiobooks would come with a list of names.

What I Thought…

  • The audio is narrated by Kristine Hvam and she is amazing. Seriously her voice is just magical and is very appropriate for such a magical book.
  • There is no way that I couldn’t be drawn into Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor is an amazing writer. The words just flowed and sucked me in and I didn’t want to turn the audio off, ever.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone has a Romeo and Juliet vibe and I love that. Karou and Akiva cannot be together but are drawn to each other in more ways than one. I really liked both of them, but Karou especially. Akiva has some honesty issues.
  • Karou was amazing. She was strong and funny and wanted to do what is right and what is good. She has real feelings and even though she lives in a magical world I could identify with her.
  • I loved Karou’s friend, Zuzana. She was so much fun and cool and I kind of want her to be my best friend.
  • The world that Laini Taylor created was so beautiful and magical. I wanted to be there, in Prague, and see all those magical things and magical people.
  • There was a pretty big twist that I both liked and didn’t. Part of me didn’t like it because then things got confusing, for me and the characters. But I loved it because it was a bit different and added to the story.

 

Kimberly


Apr 10

Waiting on Wednesday: Wedding Night

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 photo NewWoW_zps32b18daa.jpg Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases.

 

Today I’m waiting on Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella which coSophie Kinsella Wedding Nightmes out on April 23.

 

 

Lottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?

 

Why I’m excited…

 

I love all of Sophie Kinsella’s books. They are cute and funny and always enjoyable. If you haven’t read one yet I highly recommend it (start with Can You Keep a Secret?).

 

Kimberly


Apr 09

Revisiting Bookish Goals for 2013

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January 8 Top Ten Tuesday topic was Bookish Goals. The first quarter of the year has passed so I thought I would revisit my goals and see where I stand.

1. Have Fun

So far so good!

2. Read more adult books

According to my nifty spreadsheet so far this year I have read 86% YA. (18 YA, 3 Adult) I wanted a more 50/50 balance, but I don’t see this happening.

3. Read all the book club books

I failed this in February. Awesome right? 2014 will be my year though, I know it ;)

4. Attend more author events

So far this is a win. I’ve been to several awesome events and I hope there are many more to come.

5. Take better notes while reading

Yeah… no.

6. Reorganize my bookshelves

I did this!

7. Purge some books

I started to do this when I was reorganizing but I haven’t done anything with my stack yet. I also purged a pitiful amount of books. It’s just so hard to part with them!

8. Update Goodreads with my TBR books

I still have 9 months for this right?

9. Make an effort to read books about things that I think I don’t like.

I haven’t done much of this, but I have picked up a few books that are bit more out there for me so we’ll see what happens!

 

Surprisingly I’m not doing so bad. I really thought it would be much worse. I didn’t mention it in my Top Ten Tuesday post, but I made this whole big plan to curb my book buying. I’ll let you guys figure out how well that went for me yourself!

 

Kimberly


Apr 07

Sundays in Bed With… Fragments (Again) and a Move to WordPress

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PhotobucketSunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

I was going to wait until this class I’m taking was over before I made the switch to WordPress but had some free time that I hadn’t planned on so I went ahead and made the jump. If you’re reading this in your reader right now then it is a complete success. If not… then I messed up the feed somehow :(

I want to take a second to thank Lori from Imagination Blog Designs for tweaking my header and pointing me in the right direction to get started and Ashley from Book Nook for 1: creating the most awesome plug in ever and 2: helping me out when I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong with it.

I’ll be updating a lot of things over the next few weeks but everything should still work! I’ll also put up a post about the good and the bad during the move sometime soon.

Today I’m still reading…

Dan Wells Fragments

I was pretty consumed with the move to WordPress this week so I didn’t get a lot of reading done this week. I’m hoping to finish Fragments this week.

Spam comment of the week

“You could certainly see your skills in the paintings you write.”

Awwww Thanks!

What are you reading today?

 

Kimberly


Apr 03

Review * The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviews 12 ★★★★

Review * The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Press on November 18, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 409
Format: Paperback
Source: Won
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

What I Thought…

  • Originally I wasn’t interested in reading The Raven Boys. It just didn’t appeal to me, but soooooo many people loved it I decided to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did.
  • The Raven Boys starts off a little bit slow. That’s not a bad thing though. There is just lots of stuff that you need to know. It’s filled with lots of clues, that of course I didn’t pick up until after the fact.
  • The best, most exciting thing, happens on page 275. I liked the book before page 275, but I LOVED it after. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s one of my favorite things, made better because I wasn’t expecting it.
  • Blue was a likeable character. She was different and accepted that and owned it. She accepted all that her family is very well, though she wasn’t above doing what she wanted, which I liked.
  • I liked all of the Raven Boys, all for different reasons. Gansey was by far my favorite. He was a little bit awkward (offended people by accident a lot) and funny and most importantly he was there to help his friends. Noah was my second favorite. He was the quiet one, but always knew just the right thing to say and do to help out the others. Ronan was a bit difficult to like at first. He’s abrupt and has some issues but he will do (and did) anything for his friends. Adam also has some issues, one of which rears its ugly head a couple of times, but he was doing what he thought was the right thing. I liked him more in the beginning of the book than the end, but I can’t really explain why.
  • The Raven Boys are on a quest and end up teaming up with Blue to use her knowledge and resources to find it. I’m not quite sure how to explain the quest without giving stuff away, but I enjoyed their path towards finding it. Especially the fact that not everything is what it seems.
  • I really enjoyed Blue’s family, Non traditional, fun, quirky and a bit off. There’s also a lot of mystery surrounding her family and I can’t wait to see how these things develop.
  • There are so many little clues sprinkled throughout but of course I didn’t pick up on any of them, but after finishing The Raven Boys they are all clearly there.

Overall I loved this one, and I see so much potential with this series.

Notable Quotes

“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

Kimberly


Apr 02

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

 

Top Ten Fictional Crushes

 

Fictional crushes. Sigh.

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Noah Bad boys will always win me over. He has that bad boy edge with the perfect amount of sweetness thrown in. And he has a soft spot for his family.

Jack Even though Jack wasn’t around a whole lot in Everbound, he is still amazing. I don’t want to spoil the end of the first book, Everneath, but what he does at the end cemented all my feelings for him.

Matt He is perfect because he isn’t perfect. He’s cute and funny, but also has some not-so-bright moments that make him seem so much more real.

Ford He has lots of feelings. I like when guys have feelings, and I like when guys manage to express these feelings.

Levi Despite the fact that he is a total tough guy, he manages to do some very non-traditional sweet things.

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Etienne Do I even need to explain?

Roarke He’s hot. He’s Irish. He has all the money. What’s not to love?

Four I know there will be quite a few people that will disagree with me on this one, but that’s life. He will always make this list for me. I love

Kaleb Again, bad boys will always win me over. And Kaleb is far and away one of my favorites.

Graham I’ve always had a thing for actors. Throw in a great personality and the fact that he cares about his family and I’m sold.

I could have gone on and on but I’ll stop here ;)

Kimberly