Archive for March, 2014


I’ve finally finished Endless by Amanda Gray. It took quite some time, and I will most likely have a review for it up this Tuesday. While I was reading Endless, I also managed to finish Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I was surprised I was able to finish two books at once. The reason I did this has to do with the new method I’m trying with my reading. It mostly involves reading two books at once, but I’ll explain more about this in a separate post later this week.

Here are the two books I will be reading next:

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Genre – Science Fiction

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

The Archived – Victoria Schwab
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

*Description taken from Goodreads.

I’m going to try reading Ready Player One again. I am so determined to finish this book, and I will conquer it! I’ve also been wanting to read something by Victoria Schwab, so I picked The Archived. It sounds really good, and I’ve heard and read great reviews about this book.

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March 2014 Book Haul (#3)

Another book haul! As I said in my previous post, I went to the book fair again this weekend. I picked up five more books to add to my TBR. The book fair and bookoutlet will be the end of me. So many good deals on books. I did discover one method to read books faster each month, and I’ve already started using it. It’s actually working so far, so I’ll be able to put a dent in my large TBR. I’ll have more details about this in another post. Anyway, on to the book haul!

*All descriptions taken from Goodreads.

Goddess of Yesterday – Caroline B. Cooney
Genre – Young Adult/Historical Fiction

Anaxandra is taken from her birth island at age 6 by King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter, Princess Callisto. Six years later, her new island is sacked by pirates and she is the sole survivor. Alone with only her Medusa figurine, she reinvents herself as Princess Callisto when Menelaus, great king of Sparta, lands with his men. He takes her back to Sparta with him where Helen, his beautiful wife, does not believe that the red-headed child is Princess Callisto. Although fearful of the half-mortal, half-goddess Helen, Anaxandra is able to stay out of harm’s way—until the Trojan princes Paris and Aeneas arrive. Paris and Helen’s fascination with each other soon turns to passion and plunges Sparta and Troy into war. Can Anaxandra find the courage to reinvent herself once again, appease the gods, and save herself?

In Caroline B. Cooney’s epic tale of one girl’s courage and will to survive, Anaxandra learns that home is where you make it and identity goes deeper than just your name.

The Dark Side of Nowhere – Neal Shusterman
Genre – Young Adult/Science Fiction

A classic science fiction novel from bestselling author Neal Shusterman is back in print.

Jason is having a bad day. The kind of day when you just don’t feel like yourself. Only for Jason, it’s not just a feeling. He really isn’t himself.

Not any more.

Who is he? That’s the problem. Jason isn’t sure. And it’s not just him. Everyone in town is acting weird. His friends. His parents. Everyone. Billington is usually such a normal town. As Jason is about to discover, nothing will ever be normal again.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales – Oliver Sacks
Genre – Non-Fiction

In his most extraordinary book, one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.

Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks’ splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine’s ultimate responsibility: the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject.

The Light Between Oceans – M. L. Stedman
Genre – Historical Fiction

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Fury – Elizabeth Miles
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

In this chilling start to a trilogy rife with revenge, two teens learn the hard way: Sometimes sorry isn’t enough.

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems… Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better—the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay. Em and Chase have been chosen.

March 2014 Book Haul (#2)

As I said in a recent post, I went to a book fair this past weekend. I only bought six books and two small items, but I might end up going back some time this week or weekend. Even if I don’t buy anything, I like browsing the shelves and seeing everything the book fair offers.

*All descriptions taken from Goodreads.

Unsaid – Neil Abramson
Genre – Fiction/Animals

In this explosive debut novel, Neil Abramson explores the beauty and redemptive power of human-animal relationships and the true meaning of communication in all of its diverse forms.

As a veterinarian, Helena was required to choose when to end the lives of the terminally ill animals in her care. Now that she has died, she is afraid to face them and finally admit to herself that her thirty-seven years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena lingers, a silent observer haunted by the life she left behind-her shattered attorney husband, David; her houseful of damaged but beloved animals; and her final project, Cindy, a chimpanzee trained to use sign language who may be able to unlock the mysteries of animal communication and consciousness.

When Cindy is scheduled for a research experiment that will undoubtedly take her life, David must call upon everything he has learned from Helena to save her. In the explosive courtroom drama that follows, all the threads of Helena’s life entwine and tear as Helena and David confront their mistakes, grief, and loss and discover what it really means to be human.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Genre – Young Adult/Romance

It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City – and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be – and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

Naked – David Sedaris
Genre – Non-Fiction/Humor

In Naked, David Sedaris’s message alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek is the same: pay attention to me.

Whether he’s taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.

This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris
Genre – Non-Fiction/Humor

“David Sedaris’s ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art,” (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book.

Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths.  Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris’s sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from “a writer worth treasuring” (Seattle Times).

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
Genre – Romance

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

Fever Crumb – Philip Reeve
Genre – Young Adult/Science Fiction

Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order.

Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb – nearly the only person she’s ever known – to assist archeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. Fever has also been singled out by city-dwellers who declare her part Scriven.

The Scriveners, not human, ruled the city some years ago but were hunted down and killed in a victorious uprising by the people. If there are any remaining Scriven, they are to be eliminated.

All Fever knows is what she’s been told: that she is an orphan. Is Fever a Scriven? Whose memories does she hold? Is the mystery of Fever, adopted daughter of Dr. Crumb, the key to the secret that lies at the heart of London?

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While I was walking from one part of the building to the other, I found some cool items. I ended up buying a pack of Vampire Knight playing cards. The cards have scenes from the anime which I think is pretty neat, and they only cost 99 cents. I also bought these killer magnets. (You can click on the pictures to get a close up).

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A Fair Maiden Review

Genre: Fiction

*May contain spoilers

A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates is an adult contemporary novel that focuses on a 16-year-old girl named Katya. Even though the protagonist is young, the story focuses on adult themes such as rape, an emotionally damaged person, and a rather disturbing relationship. The story deals with Katya’s psychological state and how far she is willing to go to feel loved.

Katya is working as a nanny for the rich Engelhardts in New Jersey. One day, she is walking the Engelhardt’s two children to the park when she stops to window shop. While she is stopped, she meets Mr. Kidder who is a much older gentleman. He becomes interested in Katya, which seems harmless, and Katya enjoys the attention she receives. Katya is drawn to Mr. Kidder’s lavish life, and she is a bit intrigued by his intentions. After spending some time together, Mr. Kidder requests that Katya pose for his new paintings. These requests make Katya think about what Mr. Kidder really wants from her and what he is willing to do to get his way.

I’ll start off by saying that A Fair Maiden is not for everyone. There are plenty of cringeworthy moments in this novel, and they can make the reader feel uncomfortable. I know I felt that way more than once while reading. By this, I mean the relationship between Mr. Kidder and Katya. The way he addresses her and speaks to her is rather creepy. It gets even worse as the story progresses. Although it’s creepy, their relationship makes a lot of sense based on Katya’s character.

Katya’s character is well-developed. She has grown up in an environment that neglected her. Katya’s mother would rather drink and gamble than deal with her daughter, her father left the family when she was young, and Roy, a “distant” cousin, treats Katya horribly. Katya has low self-esteem, and it makes her a perfect target for others to abuse her. Katya craves some sort of approval from others. She desperately wants a father figure in her life, and she wants to escape her fate of being poor forever. When Mr. Kidder starts showing her attention, she is hesitant, at first, but she jumps at the chance for someone to show an interest in her. Of course, he has his own motivations for this relationship but that is not made clear until near the end.

The ending is a bit surprising. I had a bunch of ideas about what Mr. Kidder really wanted, but I never guessed what actually happened. It adds a more disturbing layer to this story, and I’m not sure many readers will guess his true intentions. I ended up staring at the page after I finished this book, wondering what on earth I had just read.

*Spoilers*

One of the biggest issues I have with this story is how the rape is handled. I know the reason for these scenes is meant to show how vulnerable Katya is and how she believes the two individuals care for her. However, I didn’t enjoy that there were no consequences for the offenders. They were able to get what they wanted without anything bad happening, and Katya ends up believing everything is fine. At first, she wasn’t happy about the situation, but then she learns to accept it. That’s actually terrible for this young girl. I understand that it is to show how psychologically damaged she is, but I feel there are better ways to show this.

*End Spoilers*

A Fair Maiden is a sad and disturbing story about a relationship between Katya and Mr. Kidder, and it demonstrates how emotionally damaged a girl can be without a good role model in her life. While this story is well-written and Katya is well-developed, it’s not for everyone. The story can really stick with a reader and that might not always be a good thing. I do believe it’s worth reading, but it might not be as satisfying as most readers would like.

My Rating: ★★★

Book Fair

Where I live, there is a book fair that occurs every few months. After being closed all winter, it’s finally opening up for the next three weeks. Tomorrow is the first day it’s open in 2014, and I’m planning to be there as soon as it’s open. I’ve been looking forward to this book fair since the last one ended. This week has been agonizing, and I’m going crazy just waiting for tomorrow. I’ve been saving up for this week and will probably buy more books than I should. I may have a problem.

I’ve made a list (a very long one) of books I will be looking for. I love just going there and exploring all the sections. Sometimes I find great books that are not even on my list. It normally has a really great selection of newly released books at great prices. Look forward to seeing a book haul very soon. 

 

Chad agreed to write a review for my blog about The Night Angel trilogy. This trilogy includes The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, and Beyond the Shadows. I’m happy to present his review.

Genre: Fantasy

Plot:

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art – and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is just the beginning. He was raised on the streets and knows an opportunity when he sees one – even when the risks are as high as working for someone like Durzo Blint.

Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and become the perfect killer.

Review:

The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks is my favorite book series of all time.  I’ve read the entire series twice and both times it was extremely enjoyable.  The second time maybe even more so because you get to pick up on little details you missed the first time, much like when you re-watch a movie.

The funny thing is we actually purchased the first book in this series, The Way of Shadows, for Heather.  However, she was taking too long to get to it and I picked it up one day to read a few pages and see what I thought.  I was immediately hooked, and she never got the book back.  It now sits on my shelf along with every one of Brent Weeks’ other books, all of which are signed.  Suffice it to say I’m a big fan of his writing.

In The Night Angel trilogy, Brent excels at creating believable characters.  Not just a few either; there are literally dozens of characters that you have to keep up with.  Virtually every one of them has their own agenda and their own traits and they almost all play a large part in the story.  From Mamma K’s kind heart and serious approach to running the city’s brothels to Logan Gyre’s intelligence and childlike innocence, Brent captures everything perfectly.  Throughout the course of the three books, you witness the characters grow and develop in believable ways.  Some characters, like Azoth, go through extreme transformations, changing names and identities entirely.

Adoration of the characters aside, the plot is just as well developed.  Within the main plot there are many intertwining sub-plots that keep the story interesting and keep it from getting dull or boring.  As I said above, all the characters have their own goals and they’re all working for different things at the same time.  Some of them succeed and others fail, but the beauty of it isn’t realized until the end of the third book, when all of those sub-plots and characters come together for the greatest conclusion to anything I’ve ever read.

If you’re a fan of fantasy books but you find it really hard to get into the intensely detailed writing of some authors, Brent Weeks may be an author for you to consider.  His focus, as he has mentioned on more than one occasion, is on his characters.  The details of the world come to you slowly in an easy to follow manner.  Brent doesn’t really “vomit” description on you at any point, and it actually feels more like you’re a part of the world he has created.  It takes you a while to learn things that some of the characters already know, and it feels more natural as opposed to having the entire history of the world dropped on your head in the first chapter like some books do.

If you’re looking for a series with easy to understand writing, an incredible story, and incredible characters, you need to give The Night Angel trilogy a shot.  Be warned though: Characters you love will die and characters you hate will win.  It’s a believable world full of believable characters, and I absolutely love it!

Chad’s Rating: ★★★★★

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

While looking through videos on Youtube, I came across this particular book tag. Several people have been doing it, and it seemed like fun. I decided that I wanted to try it out. Of course I won’t be doing a video like most, but I figured I would post about my attempt. I was even able to convince my fiance to do this tag with me, so you’ll get to see his picks and opinions at the end. This tag was actually a lot of fun, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to die in this zombie apocalypse. I think Chad might have a better chance with his team.

Here is the original video if anyone would like to check it out.

The Rules:

  1. Pick 5 books (preferably ones you’ve read or know the characters).
  2. Write the name of the books on pieces of paper.
  3. Put the pieces of paper in a hat or container.
  4. Pull one piece of paper out to choose your first book.
  5. Open to a random page and use the first name you see to answer question 1 (under “Your Zombie Team”).
  6. Use the same book for question 2, but turn to a different page.
  7. Pull one piece of paper out to choose your second book.
  8. You will use your second book to answer questions 3 and 4.
  9. Your third book will answer questions 5 and 6.
  10. Forth book with answer questions 7 and 8.
  11. The fifth book will answer questions 9 and 10.

Your Zombie Team:

  1. Who is the first person to die?
  2. Who is the person you trip to get away from the zombies?
  3. Who is the first person to turn into a zombie?
  4. Who is the person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies?
  5. Who is the idiot of the team?
  6. Who is the “brains” of the team?
  7. Who is the team’s medic?
  8. Who is the weapons expert?
  9. Who is the brawler?
  10. Who is the Team Captain?

My Results:

My books:
Easy – Tammara Webber
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
Lord of the Flies – William Golding

First Book: Lord of the Flies

1. Who is the first person to die? – Roger

  • I’m pleased with this one. That sounds so terrible, but I really didn’t like him.

2. Who is the person you trip to get away from the zombies? – Piggy

  • This is actually really sad. I’m such a horrible person for tripping Piggy, haha. He didn’t deserve it. Poor Piggy.

Second Book: Ender’s Game
3. Who is the first person to turn into a zombie? – Ender

  • This would be shocking. If he is the first to turn into a zombie, I’m pretty sure the rest of us are doomed.

4. Who is the person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies? – Bean

  • I always liked Bean, but I might have to reconsider that since he trips me.

Third Book: Anna Dressed in Blood

5. Who is the idiot of the team? – Thomas

  • I don’t really see Thomas being the idiot of the team. I know he can put himself in some danger, but I don’t see him being the idiot.

6. Who is the “brains” of the team? – Carmel

  • This is where my team starts heading down hill. While I think she can be smart, at times, I wouldn’t want her to be the “brains” of the team. It’s a bit scary thinking about it.

Fourth Book: The Raven Boys

7. Who is the team’s medic? – Maura 

  • This could be helpful. She might be able to save us. Maybe.

8. Who is the weapons expert? – Calla

  • I’m not so sure about this one. She is spunky, but I’m not sure if she would be a weapons expert.

Fifth Book: Easy

9. Who is the brawler? – Dr. Heller

  • . . . I’m not even sure about this one. If he is the best fighter we have, I think we should just hide . . . forever.

10. Who is the Team Captain? – Lucas

  • I can see this. He probably had to take charge since our “brains” of the operation is Carmel and our brawler is Dr. Heller. I give us about a week or two of survival.

Chad’s Results:

“I decided to participate in this as well but I’ve read far fewer books.  I only know the characters in a few of the books on our shelves, so I only used 4 books (each the 1st in a series) instead of 5.  The Way of Shadows, being from my favorite trilogy, was used twice.  Brent Weeks and Orson Scott Card are my two favorite authors, and I have read these four books more than once each, so I am very familiar with and attached to these characters.  It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to doing more of these in the future.” – Chad

Chad’s books:
The Way of Shadows – Brent Weeks
The Black Prism – Brent Weeks
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card

First BookThe Black Prism

1. Who is the first person to die? – Liv

2. Who is the person you trip to get away from the zombies? – Gaven/Dazen

  • In all honesty I don’t think tripping either of them would do much.  I think they’d be safe from zombies regardless but I guess I was feeling brave to even attempt such a thing.

Second BookEnder’s Game

3. Who is the first person to turn into a zombie? – Ender Wiggin

  • Well I guess our odds of defeating the zombies are significantly lower now.  One of Earth’s greatest leaders being a zombie and all.  But at least he probably wont be working against us.

4. Who is the person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies? – Peter Wiggin

  • No surprise here.  Peter is a ******.  Good luck trying to take over the entire planet when 75% of the population is brain-dead and just wants to eat you!

Third BookThe Way of Shadows

5. Who is the idiot of the team? – Durzo Blint

  • Hmm . . . he would make a far better weapons expert or brawler in my opinion, so it’s disappointing that he’s our idiot.  Hopefully we can still get by.

6. Who is the “brains” of the team? – Regnus Gyre

  • This is probably one of the best selections.  Regnus Gyre is a very intelligent man in The Night Angel trilogy.  I would have no problem with him making all the intelligent decisions.

Fourth BookThe Way of Shadows

7. Who is the team’s medic? – Kylar Stern

  • I would say we’re safe with Kylar as our medic.  He was trained by Durzo Blint in all things that can kill and in how to prevent death, so surely he would know how to take care of us.  That said, if he was trained by the Durzo in our list, who is an idiot, I think we might be in trouble.

8. Who is the weapons expert? – Logan Gyre

  • The son of the “brains” of our group being the weapons expert is a good thing.  Logan liked to read a lot about history and battles so he would be well educated on weapons I’m sure.  He would certainly be able to craft us some lethal contraptions.  With two Gyres on our team the zombies best look out.

Fifth BookEnder’s Shadow

9. Who is the brawler? – Sister Carlotta

  • We have a nun as our brawler.  I guess we intend to either convert the heathen zombies to our religion or fight them in a non-violent manner.  Perhaps we should just stay hidden inside the church . . .

10. Who is the Team Captain? – Volescu

  • While there are certainly better options for team captain, Volescu is a smart man and would probably make a good captain.  He was very unethical, but anyone who can genetically engineer children to be extremely intelligent  has to have some good qualities right?

Tag:

Anyone who wants to do this tag. Let me know in the comments if you do because I would love to see others’ results.

TBR (#6) – Endless

I finished Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh yesterday, and I have to say I didn’t want it to end. It was such a good book. However, I did find out that she has more stories on her blog. I know, I know. I’m a bit behind on a lot of things. I decided that since I was on a reading high, I would go ahead and pick up another book.

Endless – Amanda Gray
Genre – Young Adult/Science Fiction

Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not everybody can see the past lives of people around them.

When she befriends Ben Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble on an old music box with instructions for “mesmerization” and discover they may have more in common than they thought. Like a past life.

Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to believe they have been there together before. But they weren’t alone. Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her own dreams was there, too. When Nikolai appears next door, Jenny is forced to acknowledge that he has travelled through time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time, is determined to send him back.

While Ben, Jenny and Nikolai race against the clock – and the Order – Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life – and beyond death.

*Description taken from Goodreads.

I received this book from NetGalleyI recently joined this site, and Endless was a free read that I didn’t need to get approved. I thought I would go ahead and read and review this book to improve my approval ratio, so I’m able to get more books in the future. I’m only about 8% into the book, but I’m enjoying it so far. I’m hoping it’s not too predictable and has some nice twists and turns.

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Diana at Brilliantly Novel. This was really exciting and fun to do, and it’s an honor to be included with other great bloggers.

The Liebster Award is rewarded to up and coming blogs that currently have less than 200 followers, but I have heard that it’s also for blogs with less than 1,000 followers as well. The German word, Liebster, is translated in English to: Sweetest, Kindest, Dearest, etc.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Display the award somewhere on your blog.

3. List 11 facts about yourself.

4. Answer 11 questions chosen by the blogger that nominated you.

5. Come up with 11 new questions to ask your nominees.

6. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think deserve the award and who have less than 1,000 followers. (You may nominate blogs that have already received the award, but you cannot renominate the blog that nominated you.)

7. Go to their blog and inform them that they’ve been nominated.

Eleven Facts About Me:

  • I’m an only child.
  • I have a very sassy parakeet who thinks she rules the apartment. Her name is Zeus, as in this Zuse. It’s very complicated.

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  • I have a lot of hobbies (gaming, reading, writing, watching movies, painting, drawing, blogging).
  • I graduated from college with a B.A. in English.
  • I hope to one day write my own novel.
  • My movie collection contains more than 600 movies, including Blu-rays, DVDs, VHS, Recorded DVDs, and Recorded VHS. (Let’s just say I really enjoy movies.)
  • I didn’t bother getting my driver’s license until I was 18 years old.
  • I’m very sensitive to gluten, latex, certain fruits, and until recently milk.
  • I hate waiting for other people, but I tend to unintentionally cause people to wait for me.
  • I’m terrified of any bug with more than six legs. I’m not sure why six legs is my limit, but spiders and centipedes make me want to pee myself.
  • On that note, I’m actually a bit afraid of horses. Yeah, that’s just odd, haha.

Eleven Questions From Diana:

1. If you could take a vacation in any fictional world, where would you go?

  • I know it’s not from a book, but I would love to vacation in ChalkZone. It would be a lot of fun to create whatever I wanted.

2. What is one book that you’ve always wanted to read, but haven’t?

3. What two characters make up your favorite fictional couple? What book are they from?

  • Landon and Jacqueline from Easy by Tammara Webber

4. More and more authors are posting playlists of songs that they listen to while writing a book. Are there any songs that remind you of a book that you’ve read?

  • I’m not entirely sure why but “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic reminds me of Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

5. People are always asking about who your favorite heroes/heroines are, but who is your favorite villain/bad guy?

6. If you could ask one author any question you wanted, who would you pick and what would your question be?

  • This is a tough one. I would have to say Edgar Allan Poe, and I would ask him “How did you stay motivated to write?”

7. What is your most anticipated book of 2014?

8. In the event of a disaster, if you could only save 3 books, which ones would you save?

  • This is so hard! I would never want to choose, but if I had to, these would be the books:
  1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  3. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

9. What is one book that you read before you blogged that you would like to reread and review?

10. If you could pick the perfect cast, what book would you like to see turned into a movie and/or TV show?

11. Would you rather have to survive a zombie apocalypse or be a tribute in the Hunger Games? Why?

  • A zombie apocalypse. I highly doubt I would survive in the Hunger Games. At least in a zombie apocalypse, I could join a group of people, and we would all try to survive.

Eleven Questions For My Nominees:

1. What made you start blogging?

2. Which book (books) has been the most influential in your life?

3. If you could only choose one, who would your favorite book character be? Why?

4. What is your favorite book series?/What is your favorite standalone?

5. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 books would you need to survive?

6. Do you prefer buying your books in stores or online?

7. How do you choose to organize your bookshelf (by genre/author/size/color/etc.)?

8. If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be and why?

9. What is your favorite genre?

10. What is your least favorite cliche?

11. Do you enjoy background noise while you read or do you need silence?

My Nominees:

Dawn of books

ppd’s rambles

Young Writers Annonymous

one writer, many heads

mchllmdm

The Caffeinated Bibliophile

A Bit Behind on Books

I’ve decided that instead of pushing myself to read Ready Player One, I’m going to let myself read other books while I slowly read it. I’m enjoying it, but I’m not sure if I’m completely invested in it at the moment. I was starting to put myself in a reading slump, trying to force myself to read this everyday, so I’m going to let myself read other things as well. I mean I’ve already read two other books this month while I’ve been reading Ready Player One, so I might as well let my followers know I’m not just slacking. Here is the next book I’ve started to read:

Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh
Genre – Humor/Non-Fiction

This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

*Description taken from Goodreads.

I’ve heard really good things about this book, and so far, I’m loving it. The humor is right up my alley, and I’m flying through this even though it’s 369 pages. Of course, it’s mostly made up of pictures, but it counts.