May Wrap Up/Haul

It’s time to wrap up the month of May! It was a pretty good reading month. I read a lot, but no books that I was really in love with while reading. First, let’s start with the books I read this month:

Poached by Stuart GibbsQuiet by Susan CainWhite Space by Ilsa J. BickThe Girl with the Blood Red Lips by V.B. MarloweAlice in Zombieland by Gena ShowalterReality Boy by A.S. King

Macbeth by William ShakespeareA Million Suns by Beth RevisThe Truth About Alice by Jennifer MathieuThe One by Kiera CassThe Dark World by Cara Lynn ShultzDorothy Must Die by Danielle  Paige

  1. Poached by Stuart Gibbs
  2. Quiet: The Power of Thinking in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  3. White Space by Ilsa J. Bick
  4. The Girl With the Blood Red Lips by V.B. Marlowe
  5. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  6. Reality Boy by A.S. King
  7. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  8. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  9. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
  10. The One by Kiera Cass
  11. Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin
  12. The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz
  13. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

And my favorite book I read this month was…The Truth About Alice! 

Bingo Card Process:

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For a new to you author –

Featuring recovery – Reality Boy

Child narrator – Poached

Spring release – Dorothy Must Die

1st in a series – White Space

Zombies – Alice in Zombieland

I have bingo now!! Yay!

ARCs Received and Not Yet Reviewed:

Coin HeistChasing Before (The Memory Chronicles, #2)RumbleAfterworlds

  1. Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig
  2. Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans
  3. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
  4. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Books Purchased:

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  1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesic by Gabrielle Zevin
  5. The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement Moore
  6. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  7. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  8. The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
  9. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (not pictured)

That’s it for May! How was your reading month?

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige Review

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die #1)

Published HarperCollins 2014

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: Hardback from the library

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b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998This book is a really cool retelling of The Wizard of Oz. The world Danielle Paige has created was so beautifully done, combining the best between the old world of Oz and a whole another imagined world. In this part of the book, this is probably the strong point. Oz is a creepy, reimagined story. I really like the way that the old elements were mixed in with the new story – especially Glinda, the winged monkeys, and the Wizard. The way that Dorothy came back to Oz was not totally weird and allowed for the story to start again.

Amy, the main character, is a little bit annoying. Her backstory is that she has a constantly depressed mother after her father left her. When the tornado takes her up into Oz, she becomes suddenly strong  and very smart. I really did not expect this twist to turn around in her character development. I also found a problem with the romance she had. It seemed very instalove and there was just something so cliche about it. The minor characters were also interesting, but I just wanted to know more about their stories and the world. The witches who help teach Amy aren’t really that big of a deal, but we are expected to feel something major for them. One thing I do appreciate about the story is that there are already deaths within this first book. I just shows how nitty gritty the new world of Oz really is.

The plot was very interesting and it kept the story moving along, but the problem was with the slow pacing throughout the entire book. It moved along so slowly while she was being trained and waiting to kill Dorothy. However, the problem was that I was waiting for something (anything) to happen the entire time, but it never really built up to anything. The whole book was just the set up for the rest of the books in this trilogy (which probably could have been in just one story). I really don’t know if I want to continue with the series after having this first book. It was fun to see the way Oz was adapted, but the characters and plot don’t really live up to that. Plus, I don’t want another two books with the same concept.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Merciless

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, featuring to be released books. This week I picked:

The Merciless

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
 
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
 
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .
 
In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

This looks like a really creepy horror book and is getting a lot of good reviews…although I’m kind of scared by it. I guess that’s the point though, right?

What did you pick for WoW?

The Girl With the Blood Red Lips by V.B. Marlowe Review

The Girl with the Blood Red Lips

The Girl with the Blood Red Lips by V.B. Marlowe (Curses in Crimson #1)

Published All Night Reads 2014

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: I received an egalley of this book from this publisher. This does not affect my views or opinions on this book in any way.

Buy this book: Amazon

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Neva is different. Aside from having a phobia of mirrors and an unquenchable desire for apples, she harbors a dark secret. She’s been cursed to repeat the same three years of her life over and over again. Unfortunately, these three years happen to be Neva’s sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school, and high school’s not that easy when everyone considers you a freak. To break her curse, Neva must accomplish a grisly task that she can’t bring herself to complete. Will Neva break her curse in time, or will she be bound by it forever?

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it was a vampire book, which it was obviously not (why was I even thinking that? Just because a title has the word ‘blood’ in it doesn’t mean it’s about vampires…). This is actually a fairytale retelling of Snow White which definitely needs to be defined in the summary above. I would never get that from the cover or the title. Thankfully, I read another review of this book that mentioned this idea as well. Know that before going in. Otherwise, you will probably be forever confused.

That being said, I liked this interpretation of Snow White’s story. She’s trapped with this three part curse (I’m not sure of curses work that way, but whatever) – she has to stay between the ages of fifteen and seventeen forever, she is addicted to apples, and she can’t look at mirrors. I really liked the first and the last part of the curse, but her addiction to apples got a little weird. Seriously. SHE STOLE A PIECE OF CANDY FROM ANOTHER GIRL’S HAND. That’s jut unnaturally weird. I can’t even explain my reaction to that part of the story. And it continues with many weird descriptions of apple based food for the rest of the book.

Neva was an interesting character (I loved her name), but I didn’t feel much character depth. The point of this book is for her to undo the curse – but she’s been stuck this way for hundreds of years and decides to break it now, why? I don’t know. And the way she does is also really weird. I never expected that from her. I really liked her Father (the Huntsman) and their neighbor Dot. She was a great comic relief! The high schoolers were extremely stereotyped though. We had the hot guy, who met Neva during a week long school project, and somehow fell in love with her. Insta love at it’s finest…And the popular girl who was actually really nice. I did like who the witch was though.

This book is really short and the plot does suffer a little from that. It makes it a fun, light, easy read (see Pretty Little Liars style writing as well). If you are in the mood for a story like that, then I would suggest this book. Just don’t expect too much.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Take With Me on an Airplane

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week is a freebie week, so I decided to center my top ten tuesday around books I would take with me on an airplane (or other form of transportation) for reading. I am doing so much traveling this summer and getting my books ready to travel with me is a big deal! Here’s the books I picked:

Just Like FateIncarnate (Newsoul, #1)City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, #2)Outpost (Razorland, #2)Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)

  1. Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
  2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  4. Dust Lands by Moira Young
  5. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  6. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  7. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
  8. Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
  9. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
  10. Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Why these books? Well, most of them are in a series that I really enjoy, so I know I will like the book. Before, I’ve brought books with me that I have ended up not liking and having to read them was just not fun! This way, I have a little bit better of a chance I will enjoy the book. Also, most of these I own on my Kindle, which is important so I am not taking up a lot of space in my luggage. Some of these I have just had sitting around for a while…All of them aren’t too short (I have taken really short books and ended up finishing them halfway through the trip). And most importantly – I’m not (probably) going to cry during any of these!! I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer on a ten hour bus ride…and let’s just say that it was not pretty.

Those are my top ten books I would travel with! What are some of yours? Or what did you do for this freebie Top Ten Tuesday?

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter Review

Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)

Published Harlequin Teen 2012

Genre: Young Adult Zombies

Format: Hardback from the library

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She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.


Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….


I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

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Okay, let’s get something straight here first. THIS BOOK IS NOT AT ALL ABOUT ALICE IN WONDERLAND. The cover and the title are both lies or something to get you to read this or something. I don’t know. But I was very, highly upset. I was expected something really cool with Alice returning to Wonderland and everyone is a zombie or something…but no. We got a regular old, high school zombie romance with no Alice references except her name. I am begging for a cover change and a title rename!

Now, to the actual review. This book was just a regular, plain zombie book. Alice has super cool zombie fighting powers that aren’t recognized until a huge accident happens at the beginning of the book. The first chapter is probably the best of the entire book. She moves in with her grandparents, changes schools, and meets Cole, a bad boy who she has a major case of instalove with. Seriously. She meets him and immediately wants to kiss him. This later explained, but never why this happens to them. There are a lot of half explanations in this. It’s your basic story set up. Even the zombies are fairly lackluster with okay action scenes. Nothing too unique or special.

Alice was nothing special. Cole was a typical bad boy that Alice, the nice girl, of course falls in love with and turns bad too. I liked her friend, Kat because she was so crazy and fun. She got a little annoying her relationship with Frosty although. The character development was okay but it was also a pretty basic arc. Even the villains and plot twists weren’t really that intriguing.

Overall, this book was a bit of a disappoint. Nothing really stood out to me as special about anything in this book. It was just overall okay. It was some fun to read when the characters weren’t being annoying, but it was anything fantastic. I’ll continue in the series, but not immediately.

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The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz

The Dark World (Dark World, #1)

The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz (Dark World #1)

Published Harlequin Teen May 27 2014

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: I received an egalley of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. This did not change my opinion or the content of this review in any way.

Buy this book: AmazonBarnes & Noble b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home. 029c6-coollogo_com-9181998   Okay, so this book is very conflicting. Parts of it I loved, parts of it I hated. So, let’s break this review up into pros and cons, shall we?

Pros

  • I loved Paige’s sass and wit and humor. She was so funny in a quirky way. I found her a really relatable and funny character. She also talked in a really teenager-like way, which I really enjoyed.
  • The idea of the Dark World is so cool! I loved this alternate universe ruled by demons as a new take on this genre.
  • The inclusion of ghosts in a demon world was also very unique. As was warlocks fighting demons, not your classic angel v. demons battle going on.
  • The demons are really well described, including the different types of demons and what their powers were.
  • All of the action scenes were written really beautifully and it made those scenes really fun to read about.
  • The inclusion of parents in a book! Yay!

Cons

  • That was one big heaping of insta love. Seriously, so much insta love. It fixed itself toward the end, but there was still this voice reminding me of the insta love. They met each other and were in love. That’s seriously how it worked.
  • The love interest, Logan, was a little bit sappy. He’s just so…lovey about everything. And they are so young, yet he was pretty much giving his life to her. Often. That’s not even a spoiler considering that’s maybe the entire purpose of his character, bringing me to the next one…
  • Paige never saves herself! Logan always jumps in and does it for her. Now, I love a good, strong female character and Paige totally had that capability. But, she never did anything but waited for Logan. And I just wanted her to stand up for herself.
  • Her ghost friend, Dottie, and really all the minor characters felt undeveloped and unnecessary. Especially Pepper. No idea what her purpose was, yet there was so much focus on them.
  • The ending. It took the entire book to get to the ending. No spoilers here, but it makes me want to read the next one, but also really upset that we didn’t get into it sooner.

That’s about what happened with this book. I thought the plot was interesting, and especially the world building, but I did not really enjoy the characters or the love relationship. Overall, I am going to read the next book to see where this goes, but this book was not anything spectacular. For me, it is the essence of a three paw book.

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