Monthly Archives:: July 2013

Jul 31

Waiting on Wednesday: The Shade of the Moon

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

Today I’m waiting on The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer which comes out on Susan Beth Pfeffer Shade of the MoonAugust 13, 2013.

It’s been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

 

Why I’m Waiting…

I’m waiting because I loved the first three books in the series and I’m really curious about this one!

Kimberly


Jul 29

Review * Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Reviews 7 ★★★

Review * Requiem by Lauren OliverRequiem by Lauren Oliver
Narrated by Sarah Drew
Series: Delirium #3
Published by Harper Collins Childrens on March 5, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Time: 10 Hours 13 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Delirium, Pandemonium
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

This is the third book in the series and will contain spoilers for both Delirium and Pandemonium. I am trying out a new spoiler feature, the very last bullet point should have “view spoiler.” If it does not, please don’t read it if you haven’t read Requiem.

What I Thought…

  • I didn’t read any reviews but I caught quite a bit of comments on twitter and saw quite a few ratings on GoodReads that made me nervous about reading Requiem. Despite the worry I knew I had to read it. I’m glad I read it, but I can see what all the fuss is about. I made an attempt to read it several months ago and couldn’t get into it so this time I listened to it. Not sure if listening to it made it better, or if I was just in a better frame of mind but it was better on the second attempt.
  • Despite all the things that I’ll get to in a minute I can say without a doubt that Lauren Oliver’s writing is pure magic. It’s lyrical and magical and beautiful.
  • Requiem is narrated by both Hana and Lena. Sarah Drew did a great job with the narration. If I left off in the middle of a chapter it was very easy to tell who was narrating when I picked it back up.
  • At first I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoyed Hana’s chapters – she was cured after all. But I actually liked Hana’s story so much more than Lena’s. I found Hana’s story more compelling. Hana was cured, but it definitely didn’t work on her like it was supposed to. She is set to be married to the mayor, Fred. Fred is… less than awesome. I felt so bad for Hana. Her parents acted like this was the greatest match ever, but you could see on the inside that life is going to be rough for Hana.
  • I found Lena to be annoying. Her endless confusion over Alex and Julian irritated me. The way she treated Julian at times irritated me as well. I know that having Alex come back made her confused, but I didn’t like listening to her debate with herself. I also found that often her reactions to things were so childish, and for someone who has been out in the wilds and doing all the things she was doing it seemed out of place.
  • I enjoyed watching how the revolution was unfolding, though I wanted more. It wasn’t lacking per se, but I could have read so much more about it. I liked their plans and their struggles and I liked how you could see how the cured felt about the revolution.
  • Lauren Oliver was not afraid to kill some people. One in particular had me tearing up and all sorts of angry because I had become quite attached to that character. I’m ok with authors killing people off, I just wish she would have chosen someone else!
  • I know that most everyone had a huge problem with the ending, and I totally get why. While I would have preferred a different type of ending I did kind of like the ending.
  • My thoughts on the ending: View Spoiler »

Originially I rated Requiem 4 stars, but after writing my review there were just too many things that bothered me that I had to bump it down to 3 stars. If you have read the first two I do recommend reading Requiem, but with lower expectations.

Notable Quotes

“But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.”

Kimberly


Jul 28

Sundays In Bed With… The Inferno and Where Have I Been?

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SIBSunday’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.

Dan Brown InfernoToday I’m finishing The Inferno by Dan Brown. I’m listening to it on audio and should have finished last week but there has been so much going on and it’s been hard for me to focus on it.

I know I haven’t been around commenting much but I’ve had a very stressful last couple of weeks. I do the majority of my blogging at work and the stressful situations were at work and it was very difficult to focus, thus the lack of commenting, twittering and blogging in general.

And to top everything off I have to design a website for my class which is taking up a lot of time at home. The items we have to include on this website are freaking ridiculous and whoever designed it has clearly never actually made one because the directions make no sense!

Since it’s not likely I’ll actually use the website I am following the silly directions, but it really bothers me!

Stressful work situations are now under control, however I have a very busy two weeks coming up at work and I will probably not be able to do a lot of blogging there :( Good news is my website is almost finished which will free up some time at home.

Despite all the crazy I have managed to get a ton of reading done (it is a stress reliever you know!) and I will have reviews coming up for The Elite, The Distance Between Us, Life After Theft, Inferno and Unbreakable!

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Jul 25

Review * Pivot Point by Kasie West

Reviews 14 ★★★★★

Review * Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 343
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Split Second
Add to: Goodreads
five-stars
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

What I Thought…

  • Pivot Point completely blew me away. I don’t even know where to begin my review, it was that amazing.
  • For me at least the concept of Pivot Point was unique. I’ve never read anything similar so it was fresh and different and I loved it!
  • Addie lives at the Compound, where people who have special mind abilities (mood changer, memory eraser, lie detector, etc) live away from the “normal” people.  Addie’s parents are getting a divorce and her father has decided to leave the Compound and live in the normal world and Addie has to decide if she wants to stay at the Compound with her mom or live in the “normal” world with her father. Addie is a searcher so when she has to make a choice she can see the outcome of each choice in the future before she makes it. Because this choice is so serious she decides to search six weeks into the future, which is a lot for her.
  • I was worried that I would be a little confused with the two choices, but it’s very clear as to whether she is living in the “paranormal” world or in the “normal” world. Even though she is looking at two different choices, there is one storyline that pops up in both choices and I was fascinated with how that developed. You see bits and pieces throughout both choices that you can kind of piece together, but not enough (for me anyway) to figure out the end.
  • West keeps you on your toes! Every time I thought I figured out which choice Addie would make something happened to change my mind. I went back and forth quite a bit throughout the book.
  • There are two boys, but it’s not a love triangle. In the “paranormal” world Addie has Duke, the quarterback. At first she isn’t so into him, but he slowly wins her over. In the “normal” world Addie has Trevor, who used to play football but hasn’t been able to play since he got hurt, he also has a bit of a nerdy side. It took me quite a while to settle on which guy I liked better, but I do not regret my choice!
  • I absolutely loved both sides of Addie. Even though she was on two different paths she was still her. I love how she struggled with her abilities while others seemed to relish theirs. I also felt like I could really connect with Addie. We’ve all been in that place where you have to make a decision and we all know how hard it is to make the right choice. As much as I wish I could have Addie’s ability so that I know beforehand what the right choice is I can see the drawbacks of being able to see the future.
  • I sometimes struggled with Addie’s best friend Laila. She was likeable in the “paranormal” choice but less likeable in the “normal” world. Part of this is because she wasn’t physically there and her and Addie were slowly growing apart and Laila’s attitude began changing. All was not well in the “paranormal” world between them though.

Overall I completely LOVED Pivot Point and you should definitely read it!

Notable Quotes

“I don’t care when people think I’m an antisocial, controlling, bookworm because that’s what I am. It’s when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.”

“One person can’t change the future. Do you know how many people and things are involved in every major event that happens? Sure, you might be able to change some of the minor aspects of a day, but ultimately things that are going to happen, if you go along a certain path, do happen.”

Kimberly


Jul 23

Top Ten Tuesday: Words/Topics That Make Me NOT Pick Up a Book

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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 Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book (opposite of April 30 topic!)

I think I’m pretty liberal when it comes to picking out books, but there are definitely some I stay away from.

1. Non Fiction

You could be telling me about an awesome book, and I could be really into it, but as soon as you say the word “non-fiction” I am immediately uninterested.

2. Werewolves, or any other shapeshifter

I’m not really into werewolves or shapeshifters. If there in the book I don’t mind but if they are the main focus of the book I’m not likely to read it.

3. “Terrifying”

If it’s been blurbed as terrifying or “it will give you nightmares” I want no part of it.

4. Cheating

I don’t like reading books where the main character cheats on his/her significant other. If some douchebag cheats on the main character and they break up because of it is fine, but the main character doing it bothers me.

5. Girl needs to find a new guy/lose her virginity so her friends pay someone to go out with her/have sex with her.

I don’t understand this one at all and I feel like this is becoming a thing, and I don’t want it to become a thing.

6. Erotic Fiction

I’ve read a few and they were ok, but not really for me.

7. Aliens

I am not a fan of aliens at all. Even if the aliens are people-like (e.g. Cinder) I don’t really like them. At all.

8. Zombies

I cannot handle zombies. At. All. They are weird and gross and freak me out.

8. High Fantasy

I’ve read what I consider to be “fantasy lite” and liked it fine, but I’ll be hard pressed to read a high fantasy book.

 

Kimberly


Jul 22

Summer of Love Giveaway Hop

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The Summer of Love Giveaway Hop is hosted by Jen at YA Romantics and is part of the Summer Giveaway Blog Hops also hosted by Candace’s Book Blog and The Starry Eyed Revue.

I love summer and contemporary romance books are perfect summer reads. I’ve picked a selection of my favorite young adult contemporary romances and one winner will get to select one book from the choices below (you may select a different book by any of the authors listed here). Covers link to Goodreads.

Giveaway is open internationally, provided The Book Depository ships to your country.

Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French KissKasie West Distance Between us  Katie McGarry Pushing the Limits  Miranda Kenneally Stealing Parker Claire LeZebnik The Trouble With Flirting Lauren Morrill Meant to BeJennifer E Smith Statistical Probability of Love at First SightSimone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Must be 13 years or older to enter (if under 18 you must have parental permission to enter). Please read my full giveaway policies before entering.
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Be sure to check out the other blogs on the hop!

Kimberly


Jul 21

Sundays In Bed With… Unbreakable

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SIBSunday’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.

Elizabeth Norris UnbreakableToday I’m starting Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris.

This week has been absolutely crazy for me. I hope to have some news soon but we’ll see what this week will bring. Despite all the craziness (or maybe because of it) I got a lot of reading done this week.

I finished Wedding Night and read The Distance Between Us, The Elite and listened to a good portion of Inferno. I liked all the books, but The Distance Between Us kept me up late into the night finishing it.

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Jul 20

It’s Bloggiesta Time!

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And so it begins! Head on over to There’s a Book to get more details about the topics they are covering.

Bloggiesta is a blogging event started several years ago by Natasha from Maw Books. We’ve been holding these blogging marathons twice a year where we have a blast working together with other participants on all the blogging things that seem to accumulate. Since that blogging stuff seems to accumulate so fast, it was decided to have little mini Bloggiestas in between the main ones! Read more about it at the Bloggiesta website.

Since summer began I have not had a single weekend of peace! I do have plans for this weekend, but the focus is on reading and blogging, which is just what I need! I’ve been very neglectful lately and I’m not really sure what the future holds so I really need to get my stuff together and planned out! I’ll be spending some time reading on Saturday for the Hot Summer Readathon. Between reading I’ll be doing some blogging and on Sunday I’ll (hopefully) be doing lots of blogging!

My To Do List

  • Write reviews for Pivot Point, The Distance Between Us, Requiem and The Elite
  • Move reviews over to GoodReads
  • Fix up my audiobook reviews for the new Ultimate Book Blogger plugin (which is amazing!)
  • Fix all my other reviews and posts with a featured image
  • Check out the challenge on SEO because I think it’s confusing as hell
  • Write some Random Thoughts on Books posts (so many ideas, so little time to write them!)
  • Change follow buttons to my own
  • Figure out how to add a next/previous post button onto my theme

I think that’s it for now!

Kimberly


Jul 19

Review * Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review * Wedding Night by Sophie KinsellaWedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Dial on April 23, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 446
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.

What I Thought…

  • If you’re looking for something fun to read Wedding Night is for you. Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint. Wedding Night had just the right blend of humor and seriousness.
  • Wedding Night is told from the both Lottie and Fliss’ points of view. Fliss is going through a less than pleasant divorce and Lottie decides on a spur of the moment marriage – of which Fliss does not approve. Fliss definitely goes to the extreme to try to convince Lottie that getting married so soon isn’t the way go. While it may be crazy and unrealistic it was a lot of fun!
  • Lottie has a habit of making Unfortunate Choices after each break up and this time she goes too far by jumping right into marriage with Ben, whom she hasn’t seen in 15 years. They head off to Ikonos to celebrate their wedding where they first met. Fliss works for a magazine reviewing hotels so you can imagine the “trouble” she can cause for them.
  • Fliss is Lotties sister and is going through a very rough divorce and has no intention of Lottie doing something stupid like a spur of the moment marriage. I know it’s not Fliss’ decision, but her heart is in the right place. Fliss is taking the divorce really hard (she is keeping a record of everything her soon to be ex-husband does) but the hardest part for her is that he doesn’t even seem to really care about their son.
  • Richard is Lottie’s boyfriend in the beginning of the book but after a let down on the proposal front Lottie breaks up with him. Richard is your typical guy, with a “why ruin a good thing” attitude towards marriage. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him, but he grows on you.
  • Ben is Lottie’s old boyfriend who happens to call her shortly after her breakup and suggest that they follow through on their pact and get married. Ben is kind of a jerk. Not a complete jerk, but definitely close. He makes these weird innuendos that are kind of sleazy and while Lottie laughs them off she is definitely bothered by it. He also doesn’t seem to take being an adult very seriously.
  • Lorcan is Ben’s friend and associate at work. Lorcan is very serious and like Fliss thinks that this spur of the moment between Lottie and Ben is a very bad idea. He’s a bit of a stick in the mud at times, but Fliss and her son got him to lighten up a few times.
  • I wasn’t particularly interested in Ben and Lotties relationship, but I enjoyed their parts because that’s where on the fun stuff was going on (single beds in the honeymoon suite… stuff like that). I enjoyed the relationship between Fliss and Lorcan so much more. You could feel their attraction to each other, no matter how hard they pretended to try otherwise.

Overall if you are looking for something cute and fun Wedding Night is for you!

Notable Quotes

“Youth is still where you left it, and that’s where it should stay. Anything that was worth taking on life’s journey, you’ll already have taken with you.”

Kimberly


Jul 17

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 10

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15-Day-Challenge The 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge is hosted by Good Books and Good Wine. You can read all about it here.

Day 10: How do you choose what book to read next?

I don’t really have a method of choosing what I read next. Most of the time I just look at the shelf or ereader and select a book at random and start reading. Occasionally I have to read a book (usually for book club) so I will make myself read that one, but mostly I just choose whatever I feel like.

I absolutely HATE planning out what order I’m going to read my books in. I tried that last year and it did not go well, sometimes I even struggle with book club books because I just not in the mood for that kind of book (e.g. Code Name Verity).

When I feel like my to-read shelf is too overwhelming (like right now) I will pull out a small stack (ok more like a medium stack lol) and put those on top of the shelf so I have less choices to choose from.

How do you choose what to read next?

Kimberly