viernes, 19 de agosto de 2016

Weekly Book Haul (August 15-August 20)

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I've been gone from the blog for a while due to some blogger burn out but I' m trying to get back on track, so here is my haul of books from this past week.










miércoles, 27 de julio de 2016

Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth Review

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Title: Take the Fall
Series: - 
Author: Emily Hainsworth 
Date Published: February 16th 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray


WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?

Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?

At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?


-Even though I guessed who the killer was halfway through the book, the way the author handled the reveal which made it pretty cool and not what I expected.

-Gretchen turned out to be such a great victim because the more you found out about her I could only think that no wonder she got killed and why someone had not done it sooner.

Things I didn't like:

-Marcus and I never clicked, the story could have been fine without him.

martes, 26 de julio de 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray

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Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: The Gilded Cage
Series: -
Author: Lucinda Gray
Date Published: August 2nd 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brother's death was an accident. 


A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There's a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham. Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother's killer claim her life, too?



I like historical novels so this seems perfect for me.

lunes, 25 de julio de 2016

Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them 

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:30 0 comentarios



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This week's topic:

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them 


 Sword fighting-Eragon

I had a lot of fun reading about Eragon's lessons with Brom that I used to act them out.

Magic Show - The Night Circus

Reading about the amazing Tents created throughout the book I wished I could do it.

Harry Potter-Magic

This one explains himself

 All things the Edmond Dante got taught while in Prison

I might not use all this knowledge to get revenge it's still interesting how Edmond went from being someone with little education to someone so cultured.

Singing-  Under the Never Sky

I have many talents but singing is not one of them I don't want to be this virtuoso just to be capable to carry a tune.

  Book Binding- Inkheart

Meggie's dad can do this and for some reason I've wanted to learn how to do that.

  Survival Skills- The Swiss family Robinson

I'm a city child born and raised that has easy access to everything, I would not survive in the wild.


Playing the Violin- If you find me


My parents always talked about getting me into lessons but never did and now I figured that I was to old to start.

domingo, 24 de julio de 2016

Monday Book Recommendations: The Doll Collection by Ellen Datlow

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:30 0 comentarios

Monday is the day I choose what new books I’m going to start reading but I have so many books in my To Read Pile that sometimes it’s hard to choose so I have decided that on Monday mornings I’ll recommend some  of  my favorite books.



Title: The Doll Collection
Series: - 
Author: Ellen Datlow 
Date Published: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Tor Books

The Doll Collection is exactly what it sounds like: a treasured toy box of all-original dark stories about dolls of all types, including everything from puppets and poppets to mannequins and baby dolls. 
Featuring everything from life-sized clockwork dolls to all-too-human Betsy Wetsy-type baby dolls, these stories play into the true creepiness of the doll trope, but avoid the clichés that often show up in stories of this type.Master anthologist Ellen Datlow has assembled a list of beautiful and terrifying stories from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Pat Cadigan, Tim Lebbon, Richard Kadrey, Genevieve Valentine, and Jeffrey Ford. The collection is illustrated with photographs of dolls taken by Datlow and other devoted doll collectors from the science fiction and fantasy field. The result is a star-studded collection exploring one of the most primal fears of readers of dark fiction everywhere, and one that every reader will want to add to their own collection. Stories in this anthology by: Stephen Gallagher, Joyce Carol Oates, 
Gemma Files, Pat Cadigan, Lucy Sussex, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Stephen Graham Jones, Miranda Siemienowicz, Mary Robinette Kowal, Richard Bowes, Genevieve Valentine, Richard Kadrey, Veronica Schanoes, John Langan, Jeffrey Ford


It was pretty Cool to see how many ways a doll could be made into something incredibly creepy without restoring to possession.

miércoles, 20 de julio de 2016

Other Broken Things by C. Desir

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Title: Other Broken Things
Series: -
Author:C. Desir
Date Published: JAnuary 12th 2106
Publisher:  Simon Pulse

From the author of Bleed Like Me, which Booklist called “edgy, dark, and turbulent with passion” comes another compelling and gritty novel about addiction and forbidden romance—starring a fearless, unforgettable heroine.

Natalie’s not an alcoholic. She doesn’t have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like getting in their car when they can barely see. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.

Unfortunately, her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.

But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat’s life, and things start looking up. Joe is funny, he’s smart, and he calls her out in a way no one ever has.

He’s also older. A lot older.

Nat’s connection to Joe is overwhelming, but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she’s been desperate to forget.

Now, in order to make a different kind of life, Nat must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.


I liked how the author showed that teens aren't immune to addiction. Most authors just glaze by it or make drinking look like something glamorous.

Natalie is a pretty unlikable character, tolerable at her best but these negative things are what made her so interesting. Half of the time I was sure she wasn't going to make it and the other half I wanted to see her rise to the occasion.

I really liked Natalie's mom, she made mistakes but instead of doing nothing and playing the victim she tried to do her best for her daughter.

I'm not sure how I feel about the romantic interest. It certainly came as a surprise and it makes sense but I still have mixed feelings about it.

Final Rating

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martes, 19 de julio de 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: P. S. I Love YOu
Series: -
Author: Kasie West
Date Published: July 26th 2016
Publisher: Point

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.
 


Kasie West is always a safe bet author, I usually love things she writes.

 

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