Friday, December 27, 2013

Hugetastic Book Haul part 1

Hey, y'all. Lots of books.
I recorded this on the yesterday, but didn't put it up. Sorry :p


The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey:
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers:

Part 2 should come in a  couple weeks, as I've already spent all my gifcards, but I selected the free shipping option, which takes 5-8 business days.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten New-to-Me authors from 2013.

So, I actually participated in a challenge for one of my goodreads in which I read 60 new-to-me authors, so… I’ll just pick the best ten out of those.

Okay, I actually meant the best thirteen. And I’m gonna try REALLY hard to put the in order of how much I liked them.

  1. Bree Despain- Though I’d heard of the Dark Divine trilogy, I’d never read it. Have you seen the covers? They are SERIOUSLY lame. But the mythology of these books is SOOO cool. I loved it.
  2. Jody Gehrman- I am IN LOVE with this woman’s writing! She is by far my favorite contemporary author now.
  3. Rick Yancey- The Fifth Wave. Do I need to say anything more?
  4. Rainbow Rowell- I hope it no secret that this particular author has exploded across the internet community of readers. I LOVED Eleanor and Park, and though I don’t think Fangirl was quite as good, it was immensely enjoyable.
  5. Maria V. Snyder- Oh. My. Fantasy. The Poison series was so well thought out, with such a unique premise and I LOVED the characters. Now I just need to detach myself from that world so I can get into her other series.
  6. Kelly Keaton- After all those Medusa-myth themed noves I read last year and this one, the fact that Keaton’s story stood out was amazing. It was just so DIFFERENT. And also, Sebastian.
  7. Romily Bernard- Her debut novel was just. So. Good. So action-packed and well-written and well thought out, I was just blown away.
  8. Andrew Fukuda- The Hunt series is so good—I’ve only read the first two books, but I love them.
  9. Susan Ee- Her first book, Angelfall, is just so unique. Her second is sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read.
  10. Jessica Brody- Another good contemporary author I found. Lots of contemporary authors on this list, btw.
  11. Elizabeth Norris- I already have a weak spot for scifi, and I loved her first book, Unraveling. I’ve asked for the second, Unbreakable, for Christmas.
  12. Jennifer L. Armentrout- No, I had not read anything by this woman previous to this year. To date, I own the first four books in the Lux series and I’ve read the first two. I can definitely tell why she’s so popular.
  13. Jenny Han- here is a popular contemporary author. I read two of her bboks this year—Burn for Burn and It’s Not Summer Without You (I did not know that It’s Not Summer Without You was book 2). I loved Burn for Burn, though I had some issues with It’s Not Summer Without You, which is why she is in last place.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR pile.

Well, I get quite a few of my books from the library. Currently, I have five books checked out, so let’s go through them, shall we?

  1. The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn: a trusted friend told me this was one of her favorite books, so I had to read it, but it wasn’t available in my library system, so I had to get it through ILL!
  2. The 100 by Kass Morgan:  I’ve had this on hold since, what? September, maybe? Anyways, the CW is making a show on this, set to premiere with the mid-season shows. I can NOT read the books AND watch the show at the same time. I’m anal like that. I can read he books before or after, bu not while the show is airing. (which is why I’m holding off on reading Witches of East End). Whether or not watch the show depends on if it good, though, which remains to be seen…
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I loved Eleanor and Park, and I heard really good things about this, so I put it on hold sometime in mid-October, and I just can’t wait for the feels.
  4. The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines: one of my groups on goodreads read this, either last month or this month, probably last month. I had to get it through ILL.
  5. Starters by Lissa Price: The friend who said the Iron Butterfly is her favorite book she also recommended this to me, and, as I said, I trust her.
  6. For number six here, I really think I should clear a book off of my unread series book shelf, but I know what exactly to read. So maybe, if anyone reads this, y’all could comment and help me?
    1. Sever by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden 3): I was spoiled for a event in this book MONTHS ago on goodreads, and I’ve been putting off and putting off cuz I’m so mad, cuz I got spoiled!
    2. Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium 3): While I wasn’t spied, per se, I have heard that this an open-ended, overall disappointing end to the series, so I’ve been putting this one off as well.
Which one should I buck up and read this December? Help??
Either way, that will take care of the next three books on this list, (Because I have to reread the first two books) which brings us out to 8 books on my winter TBR. Good?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Story of How I Came to Love (and Stalk) the Vampire Academy Series

Let me tell you a story.

It all started one blustery November day in 2009. I was 16, still obsessed with Twilight, and I was at wal-mart with my mother and one of my brothers. We stopped to browse the book section, as usual. My mom looked at the romance books, my brother—we’ll call him Dylan—was looking towards the science fiction-y shelves, and a title containing the word vampire caught my eye. I crouched down and pulled it off the shelf, flipped to back cover and read the description.
And I was not too interested. Sitting next to this book was Frostbite, which I also picked up and flipped over. 
Mom, Dylan, and I left with no purchases and myself with not even a desire to purchase Vampire Academy.

Almost a month later, on Christmas day, I tore into my presents as usual. And what did I receive from Dylan? 
That’s right. Vampire Academy and Frostbite. He’d noted my interest in the books while we were at wal-mart, little knowing that I had decided they were not interesting enough to warrant my time.
But they went onto my shelf nonetheless, where they sat. And waited.

In January of 2010, I found myself one day with nothing new to read—and picked up Vampire Academy. And then I promptly put it down after about a chapter, infinitely bored.
There they sat, on my shelf. Just waiting.

A couple months later, in March, I once again found myself with nothing new to read. So I gave Vampire Academy ONE MORE CHANCE—
And I tore through it like there was no tomorrow.
I went through Frostbite just as quickly.

Within a couple days of finishing Frostbite, but still far too long of a wait, I made my mother drag to me Sams and bought Shadow-Kissed and Blood Promise.
I read the backs of both before diving into Shadow-Kissed. And though there were only two lines on the back of Blood Promise, they caused to me guess what might happen at the end of Shadow-Kissed.
Needless to say, I was up til two in the morning reading Shadow-Kissed, praying that my guess was incorrect.
*Spoiler*: it wasn’t.

Reading Blood Promise became a unique form of a torture (it’s also notable to point out that Blood Promise is my favorite in the series.)
After finishing Blood Promise, waiting another two months for Spirit Bound’s release was nigh impossible.
I don’t even remember how occupied myself during that time.
And then, O Glorious! Spirit Bound was released and I read it.
And how could I POSSIBLY wait for the release of Last Sacrifice?

My answer was to obsessively reread the first five books—over and over again.
By the time that summer was halfway over, I’d gone through the reread cycle at least three times and hated myself quite a lot.
Fortunately, around halfway through the summer, during the fourth reread, my family wet to visit our cousins in Iowa—and one of my cousins (let’s call her Abby) shocked me out of my Vampire Academy craze by giving me Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn to read.

I went back to being a normal crazy-obsessive-reading-person until Last Sacrifice came out and I reread the series one again for the release.

Now, I am nineteen, I’ve been engaged in goodreads/booktube/book blogging/overall online book community for about a year to a year and a half. Nowadays, I read new books far more often than I reread old ones, a complete flip-flop from my sixteen year old self.
But I do still reread books on special occasions—mainly new releases in series, nostalgia, and movies.
This week, I reread the Vampire Academy in anticipation of the movie this coming February—and as I read it, I was reminded of why I was so obsessed with the series in the first place. I also noticed QUITE A BIT of foreshadowing to the events of Blood Promise in this first book.
Since I’m having the warm-fuzzyish-obsessive-must-read-or-die-by-Strigoi feels that usually accompany rereading the Vampire Academy, I WANT to go on and reread the rest of the series right now. Like, I’m struggling to stop myself from just picking up Blood PRomise and reading it. But since only the first movie is coming out, I’m only aloud to reread the first book.
Hopefully, those or-die-by-Strigoi feels will still be there AFTER I see the movie, because that’s when I plan to reread the rest of the series. AND catch up on Bloodlines (I’m two books behind! Gasp!)

So, there’s not really a moral or any obvious point to this story. I just wanted to tell it. And… now I’m done telling it.
So, goodbye.

Monica, out.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Release I'm Dying To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten 2014 releases I’m Dying to read.

Oh, man. Narrowing this down to 10 will be so difficult


  1. City of Heavenly Fire: Off the top of my head, I WANT THIS ONE MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD.
  2. The Infinite Sea: I Loved the Fifth Wave, and OF COURSE I want the sequel!!!
  3. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater: This is a book. About Cole St. Clair. Just in case you didn’t hear me, I’ll say it again: Cole St Clair.
  4. Cress by Marissa Meyer: OMAGHERD!!! Me wants this!
  5. Penryn and the End of Days #3: It should be no secret that I loved Angelfall, and I preordered World After and got it the day after it came out. Last I checked, goodreads said this was coming out in May 2014. If that’s the case, I can wait to read World After and Penryn and the End of Days #3 at the same time. If, however, the release date is pushed back… people in Australia will hear my screams. 
  6. Talon by Julie Kagawa: Julie Kagawa, one of my FAVORITE authors, on Dragons, one of my FAVORITE beasts. Does this sound like recipe of perfection to anyone else?
  7. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan: Sci-fi. If you are unaware, I have this weird crazy about scifi. Also, this SOUNDS like a crazy-weird-scifi that I can get crazy weird about, so… yep. That made sense.
  8. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead: So… I’m WAY behind on the Bloodlines series. The Indigo Spell is sitting on my shelf, unread. The Fiery Heart will soon be sitting on my shelf, unread. (I reread Vampire Academy yesterday. I will put something about it up on goodreads, and possibly the blog, in the near future.
  9. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong: One, PREETTTTYY cover. Two, Young Adult Fantasy? Yes, please. Three, Kelley Armstrong: I loved the Darkest Powers trilogy
  10. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: Blame EpicReads for showing this one to me. And getting me excited about it.