Friday, February 28, 2014

February Wrap-Up



I didn’t say I promised to stick to my TBR, did I? Because I shouldn’t have. I went WAAAY off-course.
Overall, I read seventeen books this month. Below is a list of all the books along with my brief thoughts on book (or story as to how or why I read this book at this time, though I usually include that in my full reviews as well) and links to full reviews, if I have full reviews.

As you may or may not know, I am participating in the Jumble Your Genres Challenge this year and planning each months TBR around whichever genre the challenge specifies. Last month, all the books I read counted towards the challenge. This month, not so much. Therefore, any book where the title is PURPLE counts towards the challenge.

  1. Requiem by Lauren Oliver: I rolled this from my January tbr into February, because I did not quite finish it January like I had hoped. Anyway, on the actual book… everyone said it was really disappointing. While it didn’t quite live up to the series, It certainly was no Mockingjay. (NO REAL REVIEW)
  2. In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane: I’d started this book in December 2013 and put it aside. I picked it up again in February and finished it. And I don’t know whether it was contemporary or paranormal. It FELT like a contemporary, but it READ like a paranormal. I’m gonna say it was contemporary with paranormal elements. Sound good? REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/510160349?book_show_action=false
  3. Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein: I liked this book. AND I WANT A TV SHOW OF IT!!! But I’ll live if one is never made. If they turn it into a movie, though, there will be serious protests. Like, maybe a sit-in. Or, I don’t know, how does one protest against a movie being made? REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/563765240
  4. Reality Boy by A.S. King: I don’t really have any strong thoughts on this book. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/844959605
  5. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill: this book was fun and cute and I really, really liked it. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16067180-being-sloane-jacobs
  6. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Coriell Shelley: This book was very real, and it was a hard thing to approach, and I enjoyed it. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/660422034
  7. Unearthly, Hallowed and Boundless by Cynthia Hand: I loved this trilogy! So much! I’ve finished a Lot a series lately (Divergent, Wither, Delirium) and pretty much ALL of the last books were disappointing, but not this one. This one was… so satisfying. Loved it. (NO REAL REVIEWS)
  8. Noami and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: I have a thing on Goodreads that’s not a real review, but I’m gonna link you to it anyway, because I think it’s important. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/850274091?book_show_action=false
  9. Bloodthristy by Flynn Meaney: REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/670858420
  10. Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCafferty: The first book in this series was alright, but I wasn’t in love. The second book was definitely and improvement. Bumped: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/852810462?book_show_action=false Thumped: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/853752410?book_show_action=false
  11. Aimee by Mary Beth Miller: This book really made me feel. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/854629436
  12. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks: I saw the movie and the movie made me want to read the book. I know that’s not how you’re supposed to do it, but sometimes I need to wath the movie cuz I’m not at all interested in the book, okay? REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/442438848?book_show_action=false
  13. Fahrenhiet 451 by Ray Bradbury: The first classic that I have read willingly and actually finished. Also, I enjoyed it. Surprise. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/858419528?book_show_action=false
  14. The Different Girl by Gordon Dalquist: This book was, eh. Sort of slow. Okay, it was slow. But it made a point, and I understand the point. But I didn’t really love it. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/827136654?book_show_action=false
Overall, I read 17 books this month, 8 of which were contemporary and thus counted towards the Jumble Your Genres Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Reign discussion



Before the mid-season hiatus, the most impressive about the show was the show. The weekly previews made it look SO LAME, but the episodes were so remarkably NOT LAME, it astounded me. I kept with it, and over those ten episodes, the show steadily improved. It was amazing!

And somewhere within those first ten episodes, around the episode Left Behind, the previews stopped being lame. They started making the episodes look AWESOME, and the episodes WERE awesome.

Then the mid season hiatus happened. I’m not going to tell you how many times I watched the For King and Country preview. But it was a lot. And that preview made the episode look SO. FRIGGING. EPIC.
And guess what?
The episode was frigging epic.

And then, last week’s episode. Sacrifice. Preview looked awesome. I’m not gonna say the episode was lame, though, because it wasn’t. It was just…awkward.
And this WAS NOT the previews fault. I’m just saying that the previews were lame at first and the episodes weren’t, and NOW, it’s sort of flipped.
My real problem with last weeks episode was the way the whole Pagan thing was played. It was just so… awkward.

**SPOILER ALERT** I will now be spoiling the episode Sacrifice

So, Bash’s mother’s family is Pagan. This we know. The episode Sacrifice starts with King Henry away and Bash in charge as a sort of dry-run for his future kingship. A test, if you will. To see if he can handle it. So he’s taking complaints from the people. Someone tries to assassinate him, but it didn’t pan out, so lets ignore it. Right after that, some dudes step forward accusing a pregnant girl of robbing them. Bash has the guards lock her in the dungeon and send people to search her house for the dudes’ stolen items.
Later on, Bash is talking to Mary and he pulls the pregnant girl out and he’s being all worried about her. Mary’s all like “If this chick is pregnant with your child, then—” well, we don’t know what would have happened then because Bash interrupts her, saying “This pregnant chick is my cousin and there’s pagan stuff in her house, that if they find and connect to me, well, we could get executed for treason.” Mary instantly steps up to help Bash smuggle her out of castle, coming up with a plan that involves them going in different directions so Bash and pregnant chick aren’t caught in the woods together. Something happens upsetting their plan and they all end up in the Bloodwood together with pregnant chick giving birth.
Seeing as Mary was raised by nuns, she knows how to help people give birth, and she steps right up to the task. At some point, she goes outside the tent to get some water or something and sees a pagan pendant or something hanging from a tree. She takes it down and goes back into the tent, yelling about pagans and that other time she was marked by them and how she tore their symbol down. Bash, his cousin and this other guy Bash’s mother sent all get very panicky and Mary realizes that Bash put the symbol up. She starts shouting and shadows start swirling around the tent and Bash, Prgnant Chick and the Other Guy start chanting and the shadows go away. And the Mary shouts some more, like “You’re pagans! All of you! Man-eating, bloodthirsty pagans! You too, Bash! AHH!” she runs out of the tent and Bash runs after her and talks her down, explaining that he is NOT a pagan, but he heard those chants as a child and they’re just in his brain but he doesn’t even know what they mean. Mary calms down.
About five minutes later, pregnant chick dies.
About ten minutes later, at the very end of the episode, Bash is burying pregnant chick and Mary comes out with some flowers to put on her grave. Bash stops her saying, “We—pagans—don’t put dead things on our graves.”
“So what do you put on your graves?” Mary asks.
“BLOOD.” Bash says, slicing his hand open, and Mary takes the knife and slices her hand open as well and they let their blood drip on Pregnant Chick’s grave.

Now, here’s the part I find awkward—Mary’s all paranoid about the pagans, shouting that she can’t trust Bash (implying that she’s scared of him, even hates him, for being pagan) and then she’s doing pagan shit with him ten minutes after it. It was just so… awkward. Like, there’s no other word for it.

**I wrote this post right before watching last weeks’ episode, Inquisition which was just too epic for words, and pretty much turned my brain into confetti. Sacrifice was a one episode slump, it seems.


Monday, February 3, 2014

February TBR

 





So, the pictures aren’t really in the order I want them in.

The SECOND picture is my ACTUAL TBR, whilst the FIRST picture is a selection of books for me to choose from if I end up not reading one on the first stack, or if I run out of books from the first stack.

Anyway, the SECOND picture, first stack, contains these books:

1.       Reality Boy by A.S. King*

2.       Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill*

3.       Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell*

4.       Unearthly, Hallowed and Boundless by Cynthia Hand

5.       Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler*

6.       Naomi and Eli’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan*

7.       The List by Siobhan Vivian*

8.       Bloodthirtsy by Flynn Meaney*

9.       Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCafferty

That’s actually 13 books, not nine, but I put series under the same number.

ALSO-- I have already finished Requiem by Lauren Oliver, and In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane. I'm also Currently reading Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein*

The FIRST picture, second stack, contains:

1.       Aimee by Mary Beth Miller*

2.       Trafficked by Kim Purcell*

3.       How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kristen Miller*

4.       I Don’t Want to Be Crazy by Samantha Shutz*

5.       Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green*

6.       Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price*

7.       Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zietlin*

8.       If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch*

9.       Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield*

10.   17 and Gone by Nova Ren Suma*

They ARE in the order I intend to read them in, so if you think I should prioritize any of these, please, comment!

 

(**February is the contemporary month for the Jumble Your Genres Challenge. Any book marked with an Asterix* counts for the challenge.)

 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

January Wrap-up



Look at me, keeping track!
I read 16 books month, which is pretty good considering my goal of 175 books requires I read 14 books a month.
ALL the books I read this month go towards my Jumble Your Genres challenge. Exxcept the ones that I didn’t really review. I mean, I’m pretty sure I wrote at least a sentence of two for each book I read, but I don’t count that as a REAL review.
So, I’m just going to list all the books I read, with a short sentence about how I felt about it, and inks to Goodreads review if I have a real one.


 

1. Sever by Lauren DeSefano: Dissapoointing. I reread the first two book I late december 2013 (and I started this one n December) with the sole goal of finally reading this one for the first time. the whole series was actually disappointing for me. SPOILERY SERIES REVIEW:
2. All Our Yesterdays by Christin Terrill: I LOVED this book! The characters were amazing, the plot was so twisty and turny and Time tRavel always makes shit fun. Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/639802538?book_show_action=false
3. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney: most of this book was okay. The first half was slow and frustrating, but then, at the end, there was PLOT TWIST that just mad EVERYTHING that had happened in the book THAT much better. I gave this book four stars, because most of it was three-star material, but then the ending just blew my mind so I split three and five down the middle and came up with four. Goodreads Review:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/706783896?book_show_action=false
4. Desert Tales by Melissa Marr: Wicked Lovely is one of my favorite series ever. So, yeah, I read this book, just because. Now, I’m not gonna say it as GOOD as Wicked Lovely, or that it was necessary to the story. It was short and cheesy, but I enjoyed it, because I am a fan of Wicked Lovely. NO REAL REVIEW
5. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: I’ve heard about this author, and this book, for ages. I finally read it and oh, my feels! This really was a good story, and I fell in love with the characters. Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/675303470?book_show_action=false
6. Fly on the Wall by E. Lockheart: I checked this book out because of ArielBissett on youtube. It was a short book, and it took me longer to read than it should’ve. I liked it, I thought it was a fun idea, but I didn’t love it. NO REAL REVIEW
7. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The last thing I read by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was the Raised by Wolves trilogy in 2012. I loved it, but I was so damaged by the end of that series that it took me until NOW to pick up another book by her. And she did it again. The exact same thing. Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/447106814?book_show_action=false
8. Infinite by Jodi Meadows: I won this book of goodreads, so I read it and reviewed it before it was released. If I hadn’t read and reviewed this book before it came out, I probably would have read at least two more books this month. This book was just really meh. (Keep in mind, though, I didn’t especially LOVE the first two either. I just thought they were funny). Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/761677116?book_show_action=false
9-11. Withering Tights, A Midsummer Tight’s Dream, and the Taming of the Tights by Lousie Rennison: this trilogy has got t be the TWEENIEST thing I’ve ever read. Also, it had British words, so I found these books extremely funny. NO REAL REVIEWS.
12-14. Hourglass, Timepiece, and Infinityglass by Myra McEntire: Remember when I said Time Travel always make shit fun? Not this Time Travel. It didn’t make any sense. No matter what they did, they were going to create a new timeline, and don’t get why they couldn’t just…do that. But one thing I did LOVE about this series, was the chapter transitions. I don’t what it as about them, but the way that we went from one chapter to the next was just so compelling and kept me turning the page. Hourglass: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/629682735?book_show_action=false Timepiece: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/833788995?book_show_action=false NO REAL REVIEW of Infinityglass (yet)
15. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: as per my 2014 reading goals, I want to catch up on at least one series a month. I COULD have counted Sever, but I decided to shoot for Requiem and reread Delirium and Pandemonium. By the way, I LOVED rereading Delirium. Updated Goodreads Review:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/268174204?book_show_action=false
16. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver: Which I finished late last night, January 31st. Again, I loved rereading it, but I don’t have an updated review up yet, and I want to put one up, so NO REAL REVIEW (yet).

I was aiming to read Requiem by Lauren Oliver in January but didn’t quite make it so it’s been rolled into February.
**Hint: Look for a February TBR. I plan on putting one up RIGHT AFTER THIS.