Monthly Archives:: October 2013

Oct 31

Review * Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Reviews 4 ★★★

Review * Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Published by HarperCollins on October 22, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 526
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Divergent, Insurgent
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?


The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

What I Thought…

This is a difficult review to write. So far this year I’ve been somewhat disappointed with the final books in a trilogy so reading Allegiant made me nervous. I set out to read it the day of it’s release so that others opinions didn’t cloud my own like it did with Requiem (and I’m so glad I did it this way).

I had some ideas about the world outside and I was pleased that I was kind of close. The outside was a bit disturbing to me, but I understand how things like that get carried away and beliefs and ideas get twisted and soon you’re thinking things that aren’t really your own thoughts.

I know A LOT of people had a problem with the ending, for various reasons, but I did not. It made sense to me.  View Spoiler » I also saw that some people had some issues with science/technology and while I can see how not everything makes perfect sense, I personally don’t care (I never really care about the science of how things work).

Despite my love for Allegiant I had two major issues with it. I couldn’t stand all the bickering and arguing between Tris and Four. We had enough of that in Insurgent and there was already so much going on in Allegiant that it detracted from what I should have been focusing on instead.

Over the last couple of years I have come to love dual narrated books, but it didn’t work for me here. Their voices weren’t distinct and I couldn’t always tell who was narrating. A fact that was made worse because it didn’t always alternate with each chapter. There were a couple of times that I got pulled out of the story a bit when I realized I had the wrong narrator.

If you’ve read the first two you should definitely read Allegiant, preferably with out reading the spoilers first!

 

Kimberly


Oct 29

Review * Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

Reviews 2 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Perfect Match by Kristan HigginsThe Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #2
Published by HQN on October 29, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: The Best Man, Waiting On You, In Your Dreams, Anything For You
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
What if the perfect match is a perfect surprise? Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now—a mere three weeks later—Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off and get back out there…or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn't easier said than done.

Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States—and leave Charlie behind.

In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience—and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancé, hiding out from her former best friend and managing her job at the family vineyard isn't easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love….

What I Thought…

  • I have been a huge fan of Kristan Higgins well before I started blogging. Her books are always a little bit fun and a little bit serious. A few have even made me cry. What Higgins does so well is blend her characters and plot into one. Sometimes things are ridiculous, sometimes not, but it doesn’t matter because it always goes together so well.
  • I loved the storyline of The Perfect Match. Honor has been “seeing” this guy for years and upon reaching an age where everyone is telling her that she must get married she decides to propose to him. Obviously this does not go well, in fact it goes so poorly that within a few weeks of her proposal he tells her he is engaged to her friend Dana.
  • Tom is in the States on a work visa. When he first came to the states he fell in love with this girl, who had a son, and they were going to get married, but she died before they could get married. He might have returned to England, but he wants to be here in the states for Charlie, his almost step-son. Tom is such a nice guy. Almost too nice. He put his whole life on hold for a kid who doesn’t really even like him, all because his grandparents see him as a chore (“We already raised our child, why do we have to raise another.”) and his father is… nowhere.
  • Honor and Tom cross paths and when she finds out that his work visa won’t be renewed she offers to marry him. I know that this plot line has been done before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be good (and it was good)!
  • Honor’s “Mr. Perfect” (Brogan)  is now engaged to her friend Dana. Dana is the worst friend ever. Not just because of the engagement thing, though that would be enough, there are many other reasons. Basically Dana is all about Dana and uses Honor and is seriously jealous of Honor. She has a scheme for everything, including Brogan. Brogan is just your average I don’t want to settle down type of guy and isn’t all that terrible. He’s not great, but he does have some redeeming qualities.
  • Charlie is going through the rough teenage years without either of his parents. His dad only comes around whenever he feels like it, which is almost never, and his grandparents don’t really want him, yet don’t want to give custody to Tom (which annoyed the crap out of me, you obviously don’t want him and Tom does so do what’s best for the child)!
  • I enjoyed The Perfect Match, but it isn’t my favorite Higgins book. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I wasn’t able to feel the same connection to Honor and Tom like I do for the couples in her other books, however that could have just been my frame of mind when I read it. I would definitely recommend The Perfect Match to anyone who loves contemporary romance.

Kimberly


Oct 29

Top Ten Tuesday: Scariest Book Covers

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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 Scariest Book Covers

Otherwise known as covers I can’t look at because they scare and/or creep me out

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1. Asylum by Madeleine Roux

This one comes close to giving me nightmares. Reminds me too much of The Ring. Which did give me nightmares.

2. Zom-B Baby by Darren Shan

All of these book covers freak me out. But I’m pretty sure I don’t need any zombie babies of any kind. Ever.

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahme-Smith

Ewwwwww.

4. Bossypants by Tina Fey

I just can’t, ok? You can’t tell me this doesn’t freak you out a little bit!

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5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This child is so creepy!

6. The Replacement by Breanna Yovanoff

It’s doesn’t frighten me, but it’s super creepy.

7. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Kate Alender

Another creepy child

8. Don’t Turn Around

This hand really, really bothers me.

Kimberly


Oct 28

Happy Blogiversary to Me!!!

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Two years and six days ago I sat down at my computer and in an effort to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon I started this blog. Sometimes I am still surprised that I am still doing this. I know I haven’t been around much lately, but it’s not because I don’t want to. Between my new job, my part time job and other obligations I commit to on the weekends I have been so exhausted. Every time I think I get caught up something else happens or is going on, and as much as I live blogging it’s had to take a back seat. I’m still doing a fair amount of reading though, which kind of surprises me, but it’s so much easier to crawl into bed with a book then it is to work on the computer or even watch TV.

Looking back on the past year

Move to WordPress

The biggest thing that happened this year was the move to WordPress. Guys, I LOVE WordPress. LOVE. IT. I love all the things I can do with it, I love how pretty it looks and I love the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin (and all the other plugins). I have no desire to use anything else.

The Books

I’ve read some pretty amazing books in the past year, but my absolute favorites are: Pivot Point by Kasie West, Everbound by Brodie Ashton and Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis. The two most disappointing books I’ve read were The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller and The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

What the next year will look like

We’ll I’ve finally written some reviews so I hope I can keep up posting one review a week. Over Christmas break and summer break I plan on getting ahead which is something I wish I had done this past summer, but it just didn’t work out.

Instead of participating in the A to Z challenge (I still plan on running one) I am going to challenge myself to read certain types of books. For example, I’ve never read a historical romance so that is going to be one of the categories.

I also have some discussion post ideas, I just need the time to write them so look for those in the future!

I also want to give a huge thanks to all my awesome blogging friends. I used to feel so alone with my reading and reading has become a million times better now that I know all of you exist!

Kimberly


Oct 26

Sundays In Bed With… Not a Drop to Drink

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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.

Not a Drop to DrinkI have a million things to do today so I don’t know if I’ll have much time to read, but if I do I’ll be reading Not a Drop to Drink (Thanks Jen!). I’ve been excited about this one since I heard what it was it about.

I started it and it pulled me in pretty fast and I can’t wait to finish it!

This past week I read Allegiant. I have soooooo many things to say, and I’m patiently waiting for others to read it so I can talk about it.

Kimberly


Oct 21

Review * Notable by Marni Bates

Reviews 3 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Notable by Marni BatesNotable by Marni Bates
Series: Smith High #3
Published by K-Teen on October 29, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
I take no prisoners…

I'm Chelsea Halloway and I will happily destroy your social life if you mess with me. Just ask anyone. There is no situation I can't handle. Divorcing parents? No problem. An ex-boyfriend who wants to date Smith High School's biggest geek instead of me? Just a matter of time before I can make him see reason. At least, until my parents decide to ship me off on a study abroad trip to Cambodia…

Now instead of being admired as the queen of the Notables, I'm stuck with a bunch of college students who don't take me seriously, and a professor who accidentally landed himself on the wrong side of a drug lord. And it's up to me to get us all out of the country alive--even the annoying jerk with the green eyes who won't stop calling me "princess."

Oh yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

What I Thought…

  • Last year I read Decked with Holly as my holiday book and knew immediately that Marni Bates’ was my kind of author. Her books are cute and fun with a good dose of ridiculousness and perfect when you’re in need of a pick me up book.
  • Out of all of Bates’ books that I’ve read Notable is the most ridiculous (and far fetched), but I am not opposed to ridiculousness and it was a lot of fun. Chelsea ends up being sent away due to her parent’s divorce (they are not awesome parents at all) and joins a bunch of college students on a study abroad in Cambodia.
  • Initially I was a bit concerned because given the previous two books I was worried that there was no possible way I was going to like Chelsea. In Awkward Chelsea was a total bitch (a la Regina George) and she really didn’t seem to care about anyone but herself. Bates made Chelsea likeable without completely changing her whole persona. She isn’t the nicest girl around, but she cares more than she wants people to know and does begin to accept things the way that they are. She becomes determined to take responsibility and fix some of her mistakes. She can’t make everything better, but she does make an effort.
  • Houston is one of Chelsea’s dad’s students and is also on the study abroad trip to Cambodia. He is a total nerd (and hot of course) and doesn’t apologize for it. Chelsea works his nerves a little bit, but in a cute way. He is set on being responsible for her, but of course Chelsea doesn’t follow the rules.
  • Houston is in college and Chelsea is still in high school. I know some people don’t care for this, but she is 17, he is 19, and that works for me. There is a lot of tension between Houston and Chelsea, and it takes a while for them to realize it and even longer for them to act on it. There is also a little… misunderstanding that understandably gets Chelsea upset.
  • Because Chelsea’s parents are getting a divorce she is being sent on the study abroad to Cambodia. In cambodia their chaperone ends up getting mixed up (accidentally of course) with a drug lord. Chelsea, Houston and the others decide to report this to get him back when Chelsea realizes that she has the drugs that the drug lord was looking for in her purse. Hijinks ensue. While ridiculous and over the top the plot was a lot of fun. Chelsea and her new friends go to ridiculous lengths to get their chaperone back and give back the drugs.

If you haven’t given Marni Bates a shot I definitely recommend you do so!

Kimberly


Oct 12

Readathon 6 Hour Update

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dewey-300x300It’s update time folks!

So far I have done more talking than reading. Sigh.

Katie McGarry Crash Into YouI’m almost halfway through Crash Into You and I am completely in love with Isaiah right now. I can’t wait to see him get his happily ever after.

Books Read: Crash Into You

Pages Read: I’m reading using the kindle app so I don’t know! But I’m at 50%

Snacks Eaten: Pizza and Cookie from Papa Johns!

Afternoon Plans: MORE READING!

Kimberly


Oct 12

24 Hour Readathon Time!

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dewey-300x300I wasn’t planning on participating this time around because work is consuming a majority of my time, however the readathon just happened to fall on a three day weekend!!!! I won’t be doing the full 24 hours but I plan to read the day away!

To learn more about Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon click the picture!

Intro

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading from the Richmond, VA area. It’s a gloomy day outside, so it’s perfect reading weather!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. I’m starting with this one and I don’t plan on coming up for air until I’m finished!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

All of them!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I just recently changed careers and I am now teaching high school math. I love it so much, though I do not love grading or filling out paperwork.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I can’t remember if I participated in April or not, but this is not my first readathon. This time around I am going to be very relaxed and I’m going to read what I want to read and take a break when I want.

The Book Pile

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Updates

 

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After spending some time relaxing and talking I finally settled in with Crash Into You. I’m about 20% into and had so far it’s amazing. Katie McGarry does not disappoint!

Kimberly


Oct 08

Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Series Enders

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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 Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

This list was kind of hard to make. I have a lot of unfinished series.

The Good

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1. Black Heart by Holly Black

Black Heart was so good and the ending was perfect: It was conclusive, but also open ended enough that another book could be written (hint, hint).

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Epilogue aside, I loved how it ended. It sucked that people had to die, but no one dying wouldn’t make any sense.

3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I know that this will be on a lot of people’s bad lists, but I was totally ok with it ending this way.

4. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

I’m not a fan horror. I thought that Anna Dressed in Blood should have been a standalone. Based on those two things you would think that I would have disliked this book, but I freaking loved it! It was the perfect ending for Anna.

The Bad

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1. Boundless by Cynthia Hand

It wasn’t so much the way that the book ended, but the way the love triangle was handled. I absolutely HATED how this love triangle was resolved.

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

A certain thing that happened to a certain character made me feel like the whole revolution was a bit pointless. I liked the book, but this one thing really bothered me.

3. Seeds of Yesterday by VC Andrews

Honestly I can’t remember specifically what bothered me about Seeds of Yesterday but I remember that it really pissed me off.

4. The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This is one of the few books in recent memory that I honestly want my time back from reading it. Thankfully I didn’t pay for it. Everything about this book was wrong, wrong, wrong!

Kimberly


Oct 02

Waiting on Wednesday

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

Today I’m waiting on Allegiant by Veronica Roth which comes out on October 22, 2013.

 Veronica Roth AllegiantOne choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Why I’m Waiting…

I’m waiting because I can’t wait to find out what happens. I know that there are tons of people out there who didn’t like Divergent and/or Insurgent and couldn’t care less, and that’s ok, but I loved them both and want to know what happens!

Kimberly