Monthly Archives:: February 2014

Feb 28

February In Review

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Month In ReviewFebruary was a month filled with awesome book signings! Kate from Midnight Book Girl and I went to several of them and had a blast at each!

First up was a signing in Richmond with Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman (Lissa Price and Jodi Meadows couldn’t make it). We had such a great time and it was a very casual event. Next up was the Dark Days Tour up in Bethesda, MD. The Dark Days Tour was packed but we got to see a few of our DC area blogger friends and chat a bit while we were waiting in the crazy signing line! Last up was the Lovestruck Tour in Chapel Hill, NC. This was a more casual event as well and Kate and I got a chance to chat with all the authors for a bit and I’m pleased to say I don’t believe I embarrassed myself!

I love going to all these signings but I am glad that we don’t have any more for awhile because I am tired of all the traveling!

 

February in Review

Reviews

Other Posts

New Books

From Netgalley

Waiting on YouFire & Flood

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins – Super excited about this one because Kristan Higgins is awesome!

Won

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Hope Flames by Jaci Burton – I’ve heard her compared to Jill Shalvis and I love Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor books so I entered a GoodReads giveaway and I won! I’m really hoping to like it!

Borrowed

Split Second SunriseThe Last Best Kiss

Split Second by Kasie West (Thanks Kate!)

The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik

Sunrise by Mike Mullin (Thanks Jen!)

Purchased

The LineTwo Lies and a SpyFlirting In ItalianThese Broken Stars Unravel Me  Mind Games Uninvited Madman's DaughterFractureThe Promise of AmazingSplit Second

*Looks away in guilt*

Obviously my plan to buy less books did not work out so great this month. But I went to a lot of signings so that makes it ok, right?

The Line by J.D. Horn

Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carleton (with a gift card!)

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson(with a gift card!)

At Signings!

These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Fracture by Megan Miranda

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Split Second by Kasie West (Yes I purchased a copy after borrowing it!)

Upcoming in March

 

Reviews of Going Rogue and Waiting On You and a discussion of sorts on Stardust!

Not coming up in March…. Winter. I’ve had enough thank you very much!

Kimberly


Feb 27

Review * Champion by Marie Lu

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review * Champion by Marie LuChampion by Marie Lu
Narrated by Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
Series: Legend #3
Published by Putnam Juvenile on November 5, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Time: 10 Hours 3 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Legend, Prodigy
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four-stars
He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

What I Thought…

  • I’m going to start with talking about the ending of Champion and the ending as a trilogy. Why am I starting with the ending? Because it was amazing. dystopian trilogy endings can be a bit dicey and tend to have a lot of mixed reactions but the last few that I’ve read I’ve been happy with but Champion blows all of them out of the water. It might be the best ending of a dystopian ever. It was appropriate and fitting and almost perfect. Obviously I can’t go into detail because of spoilers, but trust me!
  • There was one teeny tiny thing about the ending that did bother me. Lu used a plot device that I’m not a huge fan of, but she more than made up for it in the end!
  • Aside from the ending the rest of Champion was an enjoyable read. There isn’t as much fighting in Champion, but there is a lot of tender negotiations. We get to take a fascinating trip to Antarctica to watch June and Anden do some negotiations in a world much different from their own (and our own). What little bit of fighting in Champion of course comes down to Day. I love his unique ideas of what to do to bring people down.
  • Despite the fact that there is less fighting Champion is still very fast paced. Things move and things happen in succession and there isn’t a dull moment.
  • June and Day aren’t together all the time in the book, a fact which I appreciate. They have quite a few moments, but they both recognize that they have to do the things they are good at in order to be successful and help the Republic regain it’s footing. I really love June and Day together and the fact that they aren’t perfect and they aren’t that annoying mushy couple either. I also love how they complement each other and own up to their own (and the others) faults.
  • There is a new enemy in Champion and its much more dangerous than the Patriots. Everything they have and can do ups the scariness factor of what the future of the republic might look like (though I still think if the Patriots had there way that would be plenty scary)!
  • While June and Day are a bit older in Champion their ages still bother me. I know it’s silly but every time their age is mentioned I am pulled out of the story just a bit. It’s less of an issue in Champion because they are a little older and also because their age was so rarely mentioned, whereas in Legend I feel like their age was mentioned all the time.
  • The narrators for Champion did an great job. Champion was narrated by Steven Kaplan and Mariel Stern. They both did a good job with voices and had a smooth narration.

Notable Quotes

“You drive me insane June. You’re the scariest, most clever, bravest person I know, and sometimes I can’t catch my breath because I’m trying so hard to keep up. There will never be another like you. You realize that, don’t you? Billions of people will come and go in this world, but there will never be another like you.”

Kimberly


Feb 26

Waiting on… Panic

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

Today I’m waiting on Panic by Lauren Oliver which comes out on March 4, 2014.

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.inddPanic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Why I’m Waiting…

I’m waiting because Panic sounds amazing and I’ve heard really good things about it!

Kimberly


Feb 24

Review * The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review * The Boyfriend App by Katie SiseThe Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 30, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
For fans of smart romantic comedies, this is a clever Cinderella story with a tech twist.When Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high school student—with $200,000 in prize money—computer whiz Audrey McCarthy is all in. Audrey's been searching for her one ticket out of town ever since her dad died and her best friend, perfect and popular Blake Dawkins, turned into her worst nightmare—and this scholarship may be it.

Audrey comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done before: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples at school—and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper—right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Launched into unexpected fame and passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, Audrey finds that her invention has thrown her life into complete chaos . . . but can it bring her true love?

What I Thought…

  • The Boyfriend App is insanely cute. It was also fun and nerdy so it’s an all around win!
  • Audrey used to be the popular girl but then her dad died and her best friend changed and she changed and now she’s the smart, slightly nerdy girl who wants to go away to college and start over, only her dream college costs money that she doesn’t have. I really liked Audrey and I could see myself being friends with her in high school and she’d be a great friend to have. She doesn’t worry about what other people will think (besides Aidan of course) and does what she wants. Her group of friends are mix of different types of people, with issues of their own, and I loved that.
  • Aidan is cute and nerdy. As much as I like the bad boys I like cute and nerdy ones too. Audrey and Aidan are so cute as they go through the “does she like me?” “does he like me?” stages throughout the book.
  • The Boyfriend App makes me want to learn more about computers and coding. It sounds so cool and fun and there are so many things you can do if you know how to code and I want to do them all. (The computer science teacher at my school also makes me want to learn how to code – she does amazing things.)
  • The second half of the book does take things to an unbelievable level, however it’s easy to set the unbelievability aside due to the cuteness level. The app Audrey creates is equal parts cute and equal parts ridiculous. The app also worked exactly how I thought it would and high school drama ensues because of it.
  • The Boyfriend App isn’t really about creating the app it’s about Audrey figuring things out and taking some big things on to get to the bottom of other things (sorry I can’t be more specific, but spoilers). The app was just a means for her to do those things.
  • I am apple fan. I have an iPhone and an iPad (which I mostly use for school and candy crush) and I love my mac so much more than my pc. With that said, I loved how Sise poked fun at apple and apple fanatics throughout the book with her buyPhone and buyWhatever products (the product names were especially hilarious).

Overall The Boyfriend App is cute and fun and as long as you can set aside some of the unbelievability you will enjoy it!

Kimberly


Feb 21

Review * Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Review * Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 448
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

What I Thought…

  • I feel like everyone has been talking about Rainbow Rowell forever, and I just keep saying “Sure, I’ll read one of her books soon!” and then I don’t. And I regret that choice.
  • Fangirl was nothing short of amazing. The writing. The Characters. The conflicts. All of it. Amazing.
  • It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book where I felt such a close connection with the main character. On the surface Cath and I have nothing in common. I’m not a twin, I come from a stable home and I don’t write fanfiction. But there is so much about Cath that reminds me of me. The fear of making contact with people and making friends. Trusting people. Fear of the unknown. I suffer from all of that. I picked a college that was 4 hours away from home and lasted only one semester before coming home and going to community college, a choice that I’ve always wondered “What if?” about. Despite the fact that Cath and I have such different life experiences all of the choices she had to make remind me of some of the choices that I’ve had to make and how hard it is to make some of those choices. I tend to hide in my little bubble, not wanting to meet new people or try new things – because those things scare me, like they scared Cath.
  • Alright enough about me, let’s talk about Fangirl! Cath and her twin Wren are off to their first year at college and Fangirl is all about making decisions and growing up. Fangirl focuses on Cath, but as a twin much of it has to do with Wren as well.
  • Cath and Wren’s mother left when they were younger and they were raised by their dad. They have interesting family dynamics that are both lovely and heartbreaking at the same time.
  • The relationship between Cath and Wren is a bit strained in the book. Cath wants things to stay the same while Wren is looking for change which causes some friction between them. Despite the fact that their relationship was a bit strained I loved their interactions and how no matter what they were there for each other.
  • Cath’s stuck with Reagan as a roommate. Reagan is one of my favorite secondary characters ever. She was quirky and fun and a little bit mean, but in a good way. She is especially good for Cath.
  • Levi blew me away. He was sweet and funny and awkward (I love when guys are awkward). He’s a forever kind of guy and not in an instalove kind of way. I could go on forever about how awesome he is, but I’ll stop here.
  • Even though I’ve never wrote or read fanfiction I loved that aspect of the book. I felt like having actual snippets of Cath’s fanfiction lets you see a different side of her, one that she doesn’t really let show in her real life. Plus the fanfiction stories were cute and funny.
  • One of the best things about Fangirl is that Rowell does not wrap everything up in a bow at the end. Yes their is a happily ever after of sorts, but there are several conflicts in the book and they are not all resolved which I like because it makes Fangirl seem that much more real.

Notable Quotes

So many!

“How do you not like the internet? That’s like saying, ‘I don’t like things that are convenient. And easy. I don’t like having access to all of mankind’s recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don’t like light. And knowledge.'”

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

“Just … isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”

Kimberly


Feb 18

Top Ten Tuesday * Reasons Why I Love Being a Blogger/Reader

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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 reasons why I love being a blogger/reader

1. Reading take me places I can’t go in real life.

2. Reading let me experience things that are thrilling and awesome that I don’t want to experience in real life (dystopians, I’m looking at you)!

3. Blogging has opened my eyes to the fact that there are a gazillion other people that love books as much as I do.

4. Blogging has led to new bookish friends.

5. Blogging has led to reading books that I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.

6. Blogging gives me an outlet to discuss the books I love (or don’t love). Reading is no longer a solitary activity.

7. Blogging has led me to meeting authors of the books I love.

8. Blogging has helped me to see that I can write. At least a little bit lol.

 

Kimberly


Feb 17

Review * The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review * The Lover’s Dictionary by David LevithanThe Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
Published by Farrar on January 4, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 211
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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four-stars
How does one talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our lives completely, while making us feel part of something infinitely larger than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this age-old problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary constructs the story of a relationship as a dictionary. Through these sharp entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of coupledom, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

I read The Lover’s Dictionary for Courtney’s (Abducted by Books) Levithan Love-a-thon! You should totally check out her post and join in on the Levithan fun!

What I Thought…

  • The Lover’s Dictionary is the most uniquely formatted book I’ve ever read. The story is told through entries in a dictionary of sorts. I really liked the definitions and how Levithan utilized the words in ways that I never would have thought of.
  • The Lover’s Dictionary is a quick read, coming in at 211 pages with many of those pages only half full. That doesn’t make the book any less though. The words and definitions are powerful. The writing in The Lover’s Dictionary is very smooth and even though they tell a story it is easy to find quotes that apply to you and not just to the story in the book.
  • The narrator of The Lover’s Dictionary doesn’t have a name, which in most cases would bother me, but I didn’t really care about the story so it didn’t matter. I can’t even really tell you much about the story because I found it to be a bit choppy. I don’t know if it was because I was more into the definitions or because the main “story” was a bit broken but I didn’t care one way or another what the outcome of the relationship would be.
  • The Lover’s Dictionary is a book I would recommend to almost anyone, even if it’s just to glance at a few of the definitions.

Notable Quotes

Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.”

Last night, I got up the courage to ask you if you regretted us.
“There are things I miss,” you said. “But if I didn’t have you, I’d miss more.”

 

Kimberly


Feb 16

In Bed With… Starters & All the Signings!

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StartersIn Bed With is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

Today I’m in bed with Starters by Lissa Price. I should have started this at least a couple of days ago because I am going to a signing TODAY but things happened and I didn’t so it looks like I won’t be finishing this before the signing. :(

This week is filled will all the good things – Books & Authors!

 

YA SciFi Tour

At Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

Sunday 2/16, 2pm!

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Dark Days Tour

At Bethesda Library, Bethesda, MD

Wednesday 2/19, 7pm!

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Lovestruck Tour

At Fly Leaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

Friday 2/21, 7pm!

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I’m so excited to be going to all these signings and meet all these awesome authors! It will be a very exciting week filled with a little travel and work on the side ;)

If you are going to be at any of these signings be sure to let me know!

Kimberly


Feb 15

To Reread or Not to Reread, That is the Question

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Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging is my opportunity to discuss my bookish and blogging thoughts, whenever I feel like!

Recently I went through my book shelves and culled quite a few books *pats self on back*. As I was doing so I was reminded of all the amazing books I have on my shelves and how there are so many that I would love to reread. Things I Can’t Forget, Everbound & Everneath, The Hunger Games Trilogy, Can You Keep a Secret, Unraveling & Unbreakable, Pivot Point… I could go on and on and on. And that doesn’t even count my ebooks!

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So many I want to reread!

There are so many books I want to read that I find it’s hard to make time to reread any of my favorites. Or rather I guess I should say that I don’t make time to reread my favorites. Every time I think about a book I want to reread I look at my TBR shelf and feel guilty because all those pretties are sitting there unread and just waiting for me to pick them. But then I look at my read bookshelf and I get sad because I am neglecting all those pretties.

As much as I want to reread some of my old favorites I know that I won’t be turning down new books anytime soon.

How about you? Do you reread or wish you could reread books?

Kimberly


Feb 13

Review * The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Reviews 7 ★★★★

Review * The Winner’s Curse by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR on March 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: The Winner's Curse
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

What I Thought…

  • The Winner’s Curse is not my typical read. It’s kind of historical fantasy I guess? Historical books are usually hit or miss for me and I’m not a huge fan of fantasy but I thoroughly enjoyed The Winner’s Curse.
  • The Winner’s Curse starts off a bit slow, but packs a mean punch at the end.
  • The world in The Winner’s Curse was both disturbing and amazing. Rutkoski builds a wonderful place full of terrible things. The Valorians conquered and then took over, basically claiming that everything they won was theirs and came from them and the others were nothing. Of course there is talk of rebellion and further conquering. I absolutely loved the world building. It was unique and different and even though it’s driving me a little crazy that I don’t know the time or place of The Winner’s Curse I can let it go because Rutkoski took me there without those pesky details.
  • Kestrel is the daughter of the general, who of course is a ruthless man who wants his daughter to do what he wants and not what she wants. Kestrel is no shrinking violet though. She knows what she wants (not to be in the military or get married) but not always sure about how to go about it (since it’s a law that she does one or the other). I loved her cleverness and the choices that she made. They may not have always been the smartest choices, but they were right for her.
  • Arin is the slave that Kestrel buys. She pays a high price for him (literally and figuratively) that sets her down a different path. Arin has had a lot of suffering in his life and it shows in his actions and words. I loved his personality and all the secrets we find out about him.
  • The romance between Kestrel and Arin is one of my favorite kind of romances – slow and steady with lots of anticipation and chemistry. Arin and Kestrel make a good match. At times it appears like things might turn into a love triangle, but never fear, Rutkosi knows what she is doing!
  • The Winner’s Curse has a good mix of light moments and heavy moments. Moments that make me laugh and a few that almost made me cry. A couple scenes in particular had me all sorts of angry!
  • I’m not 100% sold on Kestrel’s friend Jess. There were moments where I liked her a lot and others where I just wanted her to go away. She is not as mature as Kestrel and I feel like this made their friendship off balance, though you can see that they have a good solid friendship.
  • There are several different bad guys, each with their own personal flair of evilness. Kestrel has unique ways of dealing with some of the evilness, all of which I loved.

Whether you like fantasy or historical books I recommend The Winner’s Curse to everyone!

Kimberly