Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Things I Know About Love

Title: Things I Know About Love
Author: Kate le Vann
Publisher: Egmont USA
Format: Library Copy
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Things I know about love.
1. People don't always tell you the truth about how they feel.
2. Nothing that happens between two people is guaranteed to be private.
3. I don't know if you ever get over having your heart broken.
Livia Stowe's past experiences with love have been nothing but disappointing, but all that is about to change.  After years of illness, she's boarding a plane for the first time to spend the summer in Princeton, New Jersey, with her brother who's studying abroad.  This Brit is determined to make the most of her American summer and to record every moment of it in her private blog.
America is everything that Livia's ever dreamed of.  And then she meets Adam.  Swept up in the promise of romance and the magical New York City that Adam shows her, Livia is smitten, but with all she knows about love, is Livia really ready to risk her heart again?


This book was short and sweet.  You were quite attached to the characters because they are so kind.  This book was very much to the point, but moved a little quickly.  The romance was a bit rushed.



Livia is an sweet lovable protagonist.  She worries about normal teenage things, and her cancer in a similar way, which makes sense, because it is all part of her life.  Livia is absolutely a hilarious brit coming to visit America.  But while Livia was so sweet and amazing, she came across as a little boring too.  Not that she was, because she was a Sci-Fi fan, anf Sci-Fi fans are never boring! :)  However, she was a little boring at times.


We don't hear from Adam a whole lot, but I thought the sections from him were a little dry and unrealistic.  The didn't seem like what a boy would write.  As a person from Livia's point of view, he seemed like a boy head over heels, and not that that never happens, it just didn't sit well with this book.

Final Findings:

While this book was short and sweet, it was a little cheesy and the characters were hard to believe.  I might try something from the author again sometime, but this book was just alright.



P.S. *SPOILER*  The ending is a little bit The Fault in Our Stars, if you know what I mean! :'(

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Liebster Award Nomination

Hey! Emma @ Spun With Words nominated me for the Liebster Award.  The Liebster Award helps blogs you enjoy who have less than 200 followers gain more, and to attract more attention so they can become discovered.

Here are the rules:
Link back the blogger that tagged you
Nominate 10 other blogs
Answer the questions the blogger tagged you with 
Let your nominees know they've been tagged

Questions from Emma:

1. What are you currently reading? 

I'm reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth!  When I first read Divergent I made the (in my opinion) wise decision to wait to read Insurgent in case of cliffhangers.  With Allegiant just 31 days away, I re-read Divergent and dove into Insurgent last night!  It picked up right where Divergent left off, which was fun!
I'm also reading a e-copy of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.  
I'm also also reading Nantucket Blue Leila Howland! I'm reading a lot right now! :D

What is/are your favorite book(s) of all time?
Oooo, this is hard.  

My favorite series are:

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
The Ashbury/Brookfield Books by Jaclyn Moriarty
Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
The Tigers Saga by Colleen Houck
 The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

My favorite Stand Alone's Are:

Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson (Okay, this technically has a sequel, but it's not a series!)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Okay, this one has a sequel too!)
The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
 The Girl With the Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech
Bloomability by Sharon Creech

3. How did you come up with your blog's name?

I was brainstorming a new name and this really just came to me.  It went through some stages, but the heart of it was always there.

4. Who are your top three book boyfriends?

1) Four from Divergent.  I love how he isn't so sweet and loving, yet raw and honest.  2) Kishan from The Tiger Saga.  He is so damaged and broken and amazing! 3) Peter Pan from Peter Pan.  He is just so fascinating.  He's childish, yet so grown up.  And so dreamy....

5. Do you have a favorite book quote?

"May I suggest that you all read?  And often.  Believe me, it's nice having something to talk about other than the weather and the Queen's health.  Your mind is not a cage.  It's a garden.  It requires cultivating."  Libba Bray A Great and Terrible Beauty

6. Do you have any of your own personal memes on your blog?

Not really.  I post my recent haul and random things sometimes!  I haven't come up with anything original yet! 

7. If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be?

I would want to meet Mark Twain.  I love Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn!  John Green/J. K. Rowling/Veronica Roth were all in the running.

8. Have any bookish pet peeves?

Umm, no dog-earing.  EVER.  I hate when library barcodes cover up the blurb on the back of the book!  Always remember, you don't hate reading, you just haven't found the right book yet!

9. What are your favorite genres?

I read mostly YA and Middle Grade.  I love mystery, fantasy, syfy, romance, dystopian, horror, and historical fiction!

10. If you could be a character from any book, travel to any world, who would you be? Where would you go? And (again from any book) who would you bring with you?

I would be Tris from Divergent because she is amazing!  Brave, smart, and selfless!  I would take Neville from Harry Potter (have you seen Matthew Lewis?!?) with me to Neverland, so that we would never grow up!  I'd get to hang out with Peter Pan too!  Totally a plus!

My Questions are the same!


Gabrielle @ I Am Fandom
Shalena @ Writer Quirk
Leah @ Yummy Reads
Jasmine @ Flip That Page
Little Bookworm @ Little Bookworm Reviews


Will Grayson, Will Grayson


Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author(s): John Green & David Levithan
Publisher: Dutton Children's
Format: Library Copy
Genre: YA, Contemporary, GLBT


One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.


I loved the differing styles of John Green and David Levithan's Will Graysons.  They both created these amazing characters that worked together and blended wonderfully.  John Green was obviously fantastic, and while I'd read some by David Levithan, I'm much more excited about him now!


Will Grayson (John Green's):

I liked WG(JG) so much because he was very real and honest.  He came across as a fascinatingly raw character.  His faults and mistakes were my favorite part.

Will Grayson (David Leviathan):

WG(DL) is raw in a different way than WG(JG) is.  He is raw in the painful emo way where he hates life.  The situation he is in brings out sides of him that are fun to read about.  He was probably my favorite character with all his cynicism.


Ah, Tiny.  What would this book be without our overweight, over confident, gay musical writer?  Tiny is clearly the character that ties both Wills together, but he floats seamlessly through both David Leviathan and John Green's writing.  While Tiny may have been self absorbed sometimes, (okay, most of the time) he really added another layer of contemporary to this novel.

Final Findings:

This book, with it's strange musical and witty characters really brought to life an amazing story of two Will Graysons.  While like I said I already love John Green, I'm itching to get my hands on more by David Levithan.  



Saturday, September 7, 2013

Geektastic: Stories From the Nerd Herd

Title: Geektastic: Stories From the Nerd Herd
Editors: Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Authors: M. T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Tracy Lynn, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr
Illustrators: Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication Date: August 1st 2009
Format: Library Copy
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fy, Realistic Fic. 


Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!


Because each author writes a different chapter about a person in a different area of geekdom, it's a little hard to review this.  However,  each chapter was a story within itself, and it felt like you got to dip in your toes with different authors.  None of them were boring, and while I might have liked some more than others, that's something you get with short story books.  The mix of writing styles did kept the book interesting.  Authors I was already fans of just impressed me further, and new authors got me excited about their work.

Final Findings:

I am a huge geek, so I related to lots of things in this book.  So if you like books about geeks, short stories, or snippets from the best YA authors in the business, pick up this book for a hilarious ride.



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Recent Haul

Recent Haul


1. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
2. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
3. Now Write! Mysteries Edited by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson

"Careful or you'll end up in my novel." shirt

Borrowed From the Library:

1. Barely Breathing
2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
3. Hunt
4. Across the Universe
5. Death Cloud


1. Unraveling + Swag



Monday, September 2, 2013

Tiger's Quest


Title: Tiger's Quest
Author:  Colleen Houck
Series:  The Tiger Saga (Book #2)
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication Date: June 7th, 2011
Format:  Library Copy
Genre:  YA, Romance, Fantasy


Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER'S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.


Houck wrote the story with such conflicting passion.  The plot moves in a way that the characters desires are always there, but just barely unreachable!  I was really hooked into the quest just as I was with the previous book.



Kelsey is just as brave and determined as she was in the first book! She was troubled through out the entire book because of this dangerous love triangle.  At the end of the book she is certainly not at peace, and a lot of things are unanswered. 


Ren is actually not in this book as much as in the first one.  I found him to be a bit wimpier and I wish he would have taken a bit of a bolder stance.


Kishan is such a fascinating character because he is so damaged.  *SPOILERS*  First, his brother gets the girl of his dreams, and when he falls in love with her, not only does she not really love him, but she also gets killed.  Then, a second time his brother gets a girl, and yet he puts aside his feelings for her because of his feelings for her.

I definitely favor Kishan over Ren, not only because I like him better, but because he also is better for Kelsey; showing her sacrifice and the power of love. 

Final Findings:

This book added an entire layer to the quest.  Not only is Kelsey trying to free her tigers, she also has the dilemma of which one she will choose.  However, the events at the end of the book seem to have quite a say in what will happen, only the next book will tell.




The Third Book:

Tiger's Voyage 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Super Six Sunday (2)

Super Six Sunday is an awesome meme hosted over at Bewitched Bookworms

This Week's Topic is "Books I Love As a Kid"

With no further ado, and in no particular order...

1. Pictures Of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

This book was amazing!  I loved reading about foster kids, and this one was mysterious and had a happy ending!

2. So B. It by Sarah Weeks

This book is fascinating and so strange!  This was my favorite for a long time!

3. 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

I distinctly remember picking this book up in Barnes & Noble because it had eleven in the title, and that was my favorite number.  I've read this book more times than I can even count, and I can open up to any sentence and know what's going on!

4. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

This book is so magical, and L'Engle is amazing!  I still love this book today!

5. Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

I consider this one of the first real chapter books I've ever read!  I even re-read it recently and couldn't sleep because the characters were alive in my head.

6. The Mystery At Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene

This is my favorite Nancy Drew Mystery.  To this day when I can't sleep, or am feeling sick I'll re-read it!