Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That I Want In Some Books

Hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish, it's a meme for listing the top ten for everything bookish.

I need more books with the following:

1. Unicorns
There is a lack of YA books with unicorns! Why is this?
Unicorns are AMAZING!! Yet I have only seen 1 or 2 unicorn books!

2. Parallel Universes
While there are more Parallel Universe books than Unicorn books, I can NEVER get enough of these!
I find the idea of universes that are the same yet different so intriguing!

3. Paranormal Romance Books that are NOT Twilight copies
Come on, authors!
So many of the paranormal romance books I've read lately just seem like Twilight copies!
Just with Greek Mythology or Angels or whatever else.
Can we please get something else?

4. Just No More Copies
No more Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Divergent, or whatever else you feel like copying.
Those books are cool, but I would be much MUCH happier with original stuff!

5. Plot Twists that BLOW MY MIND
Basically, I want to see that plot twists that I will never see coming!

6. Aliens
I have a minor obsession with aliens.
I will always want more alien books...

7. Time Travel
Same as aliens, I have a minor obsession.
(and people wonder why I like Doctor Who!)

8. Characters that Make Me Laugh
I don't care if the book is about the frexing apocalypse! I WANT TO LAUGH!

9. The Afterlife
I just find books about the afterlife very interesting.
Can I have more, please?

10. YA books with No/Little Romance
I'm usually fine with romance, but almost EVERY SINGLE YA book has romance in it (sometimes randomly). Can I get some without the romance?

There's probably a lot more that I'm forgetting about, but what I mainly want is this: Original Ideas.
I will be happy with that.

Monday, January 20, 2014

REVIEW: Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

I feel like I missed something.
I have seem nothing but 5 starred and 4 starred reviews of this book.
Then there's me...
with the measly 3 stars...

Is a 3 star review bad? No, 3 stars, in my case, means that I liked the book. But I liked the book, I didn't love it or adore it like everyone else.

What I Liked: 
First of all, I LOVED the time period!
I have never read a book that took place in the 20's and thought that this book did a great job portraying it, both positively and negatively.
It was also obvious that Bray did her research!

I also loved the story, since that was why I picked up the book in the first place! Killer ghosts, people with special abilities, the 20's! (yes, I keep coming back to that) Yes, please!

What I Didn't Like: 
I only really had one problem with the book: the story seemed to drag.
This book was a brick (almost 600 pages!) and the story drags on through all of it! 
Now, I don't mind large books, as long as something is happening within those pages, but in a majority of this book, nothing really was happening.
I might be feeling this way due to the fact that it took me around 3 days to read this (I usually read a book in a day, even one of this size) but the story did seem to drag and, with that, the book often lost my attention.
The speed does eventually pick up at the end, but by then I wasn't paying much attention.

In Conclusion: 
I seem to be the odd one out in that I don't adore this book.
I LIKE it, but I don't LOVE it.
The story was great, but the pacing was a bit slow.

Do I recommend this book? Yes.
While I don't love this book, many others do and I get the feeling that I'm just one of those rarities. 
I will also be reading the sequel (but that's awhile away...)

I hereby give this book:
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked this book, but didn't love it

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, where you talk about whatever book you are IMPATIENTLY WAITING for!
This week I am waiting for...

                                                          Goodreads Description:
13576132An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

                                                                                                                    Goodreads Link

Why am I waiting?
This book looks and sounds amazing! Why wouldn't I want to read it?!
What are you waiting on?

RECENT COVER REVEALS: December 2013 Edition

Last month was a pitiful month in cover reveals, but there was a few of them.

The Hunt (Project Paper Doll #2)
The Hunt (Project Paper Doll, #2) by Stacey Kade
I'm not really sure what bothers me about this cover...

Waterfall (Teardrop #2)
Waterfall (Teardrop #2) by Lauren Kate
So pretty!
Too bad that the series isn't as good as the covers.

Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures #1)
Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures, #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The background bothers me.
And the lollipop reminds me of Valentine's Day.
(Is that supposed to be Ridley's?)

The Faerie Queen (The Faerie Ring #4)
The Faerie Queen (The Faerie Ring #4) by Kiki Hamilton

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Companion) by Maggie Steifvater
Cool, but it sucks that it doesn't really much the covers of the books of which this is a spin-off of.

So, which cover is your favorite?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Seven Goals/Resolutions For 2014

Hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish, it's a meme for listing the top ten for everything bookish.

I don't exactly have a long list of resolutions for this year, but here I go!

Bookish Resolutions/Goals

1. Actually Blog
I touched on this yesterday with my I'm a Pitiful Blogger post, but I haven't really blogged at all since I started this blog. So I intend to revive it.

2. Review Books
I'm horrible at reviewing books. Not in the actual reviews, I hope, but in getting myself to write the reviews.
I usually think "Oh, I can write that later," then I go start another book.
You might know where this is going...

3. Don't Read Quite So Much
This might sound strange coming from a book nerd, but my book obsession has increased so much that I hardly do anything else.
I read 438 books last year, not including rereads.
This actually worries me.

4. Write a Book
This ones a little out there, but I've had so many ideas for books rolling around in my head that I feel like I should get them down on paper (or at least Microsoft Word).
Not only this, but my mom and I have also decided to write a book together!
We have written one paragraph! Yay!

Non-Bookish Resolutions/Goals

5. Get a Job
I'm 17 years old, so it's not exactly worrying that I don't have a job, but I would like to have some job experience before I start an actual career.
I would also like some money to buy all of those pretty new releases.

6. Get a Driver's License
Yes, I'm 17 years old and don't have a driver's license.
This is mostly due to my book addiction. In order to practice driving, I had to put my book down.
Wasn't going to happen.
But I recently realize how close college is and it would be really nice if I was actually able to drive places while in college.

7. Find Food to Eat
I'm a vegetarian. This can make it difficult to find foods to eat.
My diet basically includes pasta, cheese, and bread.
I kind of need to find other things to eat.


Well, that's all I can think of right now.
I'll probably randomly remember other ones later.
Anyway, what are your goals/resolutions?

I'm a Pitiful Blogger

I have realized that I have not posted on this blog since December 7th, which was a month ago.
And I quick look at the Archive shows that I hardly posted at all since I first started this blog.
(2 posts in November, 9 in October, and so on) 
And a majority of these posts are just memes. Nothing original.

And. I. Am. Ashamed.

I started this blog a few Septembers ago and, I admit it, I was not ready to start a blog.
I was bored, just started following blogs, and decided that it would be fun to start my own.
It just seemed so easy.
But it's not easy starting a blog and I wasn't willing to go through what it takes to start one.

This year, though, as my New Year's Resolution, I have decided to revive this blog. 
The difference this time is that I am willing to try.
This blog has 40 followers and hardly any posts whatsoever, but I want to bring this blog into existence.

So, my few followers, I intend to get out of my "cone of shame" and make this pathetic blog a less pathetic blog.