Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Buying (addiction?) Tag

I have recently been thinking about the topic of book buying, which I do a lot of even though I know I will not be reading the books soon. I figured that this is a good time to talk about it considering I am judged on many fronts for this.


How Frequently Do I Buy Books?
-I buy books about once a week, on average.

How Many Books do you buy at once?
- I buy on average anywhere from 4-6 books at a time.

Why do you feel the need to buy books?
-I have many reasons including....
  1. "Stocking" up for when I go to college, I know money will become tight and I will need to constrict the amount I buy so I have been buying them now.
  2. Many people have an art focal point in their room, however I use my books as my medium for art.
How many Unread books do you own?
- I own roughly 108 unread books, now I know that isn't much for some people because they read incredibly fast however I read about 4 books a month if one or more are over 500 pages. So this number is HIGH for me, but I am not complaining :)

How do People react when they see your shelves?
- They usually don't see my shelves, the only other person aside from my family that has seen this "addiction" is my book loving girlfriend.
-My girlfriend is skeptical to me reading all the books that I own, and therefore I sometimes feel as though I am being judged. However it does not stop me from buying books.

How long have you had the oldest book on your shelves?
-The oldest book on my shelves is 2-3 years old, that is The House of Leaves By: Mark Z Danielewski ; this book sounds great it is just written in an odd format and I am frankly intimidated to read it.

Do you use the library?
-At this point in my life I do use the library even though I should not do that at all. I have a very close relationship with the librarian at my school and she buys books that I am anticipating for me to read before I decide to buy them or not...so how could I pass up that kind of offer :)

I Tag You!
I am not that into following bloggers as much as I follow vloggers on Booktube (Youtube), so I do not know who to tag other than Alma @ Diaryofabooklover.BlogSpot.com

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Salt & Stone Review (Some Spoilers)

I would first like to thank Scholastic Publishing group for sending the Galley to me for review! I was thrilled to hear that I would get my first big review copy from such an amazing publisher, Thanks again.


Copy Information:
-Release Date: 2/24/15
-Page count:304
-Hardcover price:$17.99
ISBN:978-0-545-53748-3
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My Star Rating: ****/*****

Review: (Some Spoilers may be bellow)

Characters: Overall the characters have gone from the frightened and misled group in Fire and Flood to creating essentially a family unit in Salt & Stone. The relationships that have built and thrive in this book are surely the best part of this book. Not all the relationships are romantic, for example the bond built between Harper and Olivia is much like a mother and daughter; this duo broke my heart when they came together due to Harpers sad circumstances. Even if I am not a fan of romance in general the romance that built and bloomed with Guy and Tella made me smile and even almost cry at the end of the book, which takes a lot to get me that invested in a character duo. These characters are sassy and snarky, perfection.

Plot:
The Brimstone Bleed is now over. but this book definitely did set up for the next books which I need in my life now! They race through the ocean and glacial landscapes to complete the race. the climax of the novel I felt was the conclusion when they reach base camp and the reader is gut punched to realize the reality of Tella's situation and circumstances continuing on... The story takes off from where the first one left off, but it takes you on a rollercoaster ride to the finish line of the Brimstone Bleed.

Cover Design:
To be completely honest I am not sure how to feel with these new covers. To me they seem like the stereotypical YA novel cover, which does not represent the book at all. However even though the original cover design blew me away this cover feels like it will be more impressive in person and the online image does not do it justice.
 
 
This is a Must Buy!
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THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN SCHOLASTIC PRESS FOR SENDING THIS AMAZING BOOK TO ME EARLY!
 
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Well Of Ascension By:Brandon Sanderson Review

First I would like to thank Amanda for giving me this idea for a sequel review format...\

Thoughts on Book 1:
Summary:
              In this world there are two very different classes of people, the Skaa which are the lowest of the low and do all the Noble men's slave labor; the Noble Men are the higher class who are involved in the court system. The Lord Ruler is the God like figure that has presided over the empire for a thousand years with his iron fist crushing any hope of change for the Skaa. The magic system in this world is very unique it is called Alomancy, which is where you can ingest metals if you have the ability and burn them to take their powers, for example tin enhances sight & pewter enhances strength...ect. The Skaa finally get the spark of hope when a man named Yeden hires the great thieving crew of Kelsier (Survivor of Hathsin pits) to take down the empire; Kelsier like many non Skaa has the ability of Allomancy, as many of his crew does. But when Kelsier sees Vin a young Skaa theif and feels her using Allomancy he takes her under his wing and enlists her to take down The Final Empires Lord Ruler...  READ THE FINAL EMPIRE TO DISCOVER THE REBELLION!



Book 2:
Characters and Development:
Vin- Grew a lot through this novel from her relationship with Elend and Sazed; she became bold and learned what it took to stand up for what she believes in. Vin's tragic life have not prepared her for what this book tests her abilities to do, yet in the end she is stronger for having survived it all.
Elend- He grows romantically involved with the most influential Mistborn in the Dominance. We see Elend grow and become a Democratic leader which was ultimately a good choice for Luthadel. He later snaps into his full potential of leader and lover.
Sazed- He becomes more openly rebellious and sneaky about his plans, the research he works on becomes focused on the deepness. Finally Sazed learns that brains and bronze are all a part of being on the thieving crew.
Kandra- This mythical beast becomes outright snarky and literal making the novel have a touch of humor,their contracts are explored evenm more which implicates new reliance pn the Kandra.

Action/Pace: The best way to describe this book is like a stick od dynamite, the fuse burns low and slow giving adequate build up and then the stick blows up causing chaos and mayhem!

My Hopes for Book 3:
  1. Elend and Vin's relationship to deepen...
  2. Expansion of knowledge of the city and its secrets...
  3. Unite the Central Dominance and create a stable society!
Recommendation: MUST READ THIS TRILOGY EVEN IF YOU HAVENT BEEN A FAN OF FANTASY IN THE PAST, SANDERSON MAKES IT EASY TO FLY THROUGH THESE CHUNKERS OF BOOKS WITH EASE!



(Photo Credit: Moi :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To Be Read Shelf Tour

I am back with a kind of Tour of my Shelf with all of the books that I must read, the Books will be listed bellow the photos...

 
 
 
The List Of Shame:
  • The Darkest Minds Trilogy By: Alexandra Bracken
  • The Under the Never Sky Trilogy By: Veronica Rossi
  • The Maze Runner Trilogy By: James Dashner
  • Sekret By: Lyndsay Smith
  • Taken & Frozen By: Erin Bowman
  • Wool By: Hugh Howey
  • The Bone Season By: Samantha Shannon
  • Anansi Boys By: Neil Gaiman
  • Sea of Shadows By: Kelly Armstrong
  • The Archived & The Unbound By: Victoria Schwab
  • Pathfinder & Ruins By: Orson Scott Card
  • The Demon King By: Cinda Williams Chima
  • Half Bad By: Sally Green
  • Boxers & Saints By: Gene Luin Yang
  • Neverwhere By: Neil Gaiman
  • Defiance By: CJ Redwine
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel By: Susanna Clarke
  • Uglies Trilogy By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Abhorsen Trilogy By: Gath Nix
  • Throne of Glass By: Sarah J. Maas
  • The Iron Trial By: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
  • The Rithmatist By: Brandon Sanderson
  • The Diviners By: Libba Bray
  • Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (Duology) By: April Toucholche
  • A Song of Ice and Fire By: George RR Martin
  • Afterworlds By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Bloodsong & Tower Lord By: Anthony Ryan
  • Golden Boy By: Abigail Tarteline
  • Death Sworn By: Leah Cypess
  • The Stormlight Archive By: Brandon Sanderson
  • The Lux series (already completed book one) By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Gone Girl By: Gillian Flynn
  • The House of Leaves By: Mark Z. Danielewski
  • City of Bones By: Cassandra Clare
  • Shadow of the Wind By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • All the Light We Cannot See By: Anthony Doer
  • The Accidental Highwayman By: Ben Tripp
  • The Lies of Lock Lamora By: Scott Lynch
  • The Enchanted By: Rene Denfeld
  • Where Things Come Back By: John Corey Whaley
  • 100 Sideways Miles By: Andrew Smith
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer By: Michelle Hodkin
  • the Secrets of Riven Trilogy By: Ronlyn Domingue
  • The old Man's War Saga By: John Scalzi
  • Redshirts & Fuzzy Nation By: John Scalzi
  • Across the Universe By: Beth Revis
  • The Martian By: Andy Weir
  • Everybody Sees the Ants & Please Ignore Vera Deitz By: A.S King
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close By: Johnathan Safran Foer
  • Papertowns By: John Green
  • Fangirl & Eleneor & Park By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Noggin By: John Corey Whaley
  • Side Effects May Vary By: Julie Murphy
  • Assorted Classic Novels

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Seize The Tuesday

As A part of the LGL Buddies group to promote Adi Alsaid's Novel Let's Get Lost, we have Created a blogging meme of how we all "Seized the Tuesday" as Leila does in LGL for that week.

Tuesday Seized:
Because this is my first Seize the Tuesday Post, I thought I should explain who I am first... I am an active member in my local Boyscout troop going for Eagle Rank and work at a local Convenience store in my town, on top of these two activities I am a Senior in High School and will need to be choosing where I want to spend my $ and time to earn my Degree.

  • This Tuesday I received my third acceptance letter from all of my schools, this complicated my choice because I now have choices. I can take the leap and move three hours away, stay in my home state, or move five hours away. How I am counting this as my "Seize the Tuesday" because I am leaning towards the further school because they have an excellent program for my major in Biology, not to mention the surrounding region is prime hiking area. I have Scheduled a campus tour and have applied to get into their honors program which will further challenge me to do my best in school. I was inspired by Leila's journey from LGL to take this leap and trust that where I go will be where I need, and to not over complicate things and just go where my heart takes me even if it is the most difficult choice I have ever made.



Thank You Adi for writing this story that has been so influential to my Senior Year and my future career! :)

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Kiss Of Deception Book Review

General Thoughts: I had mixed feelings about this book from the beginning, the characters were very detailed however the plotline lacked some key elements for me to like a book.

Characters:
Lia- A rebellious teen princess who runs from her betrothed wedding to the prince of a neighboring land. Lia is a conflicted girl who cannot decide who she loves/
Kaden- a man who Lia meets along the way #1 of two love interests.
Rafe- #2 love interest.

Plot: This story had okay world building, the outlying kingdoms felt to me as the best part of the novel. The imagery used in this book is extremely vivid, which allows the little plot line to play out in your head as though it were a movie. As far as the plot goes I felt that the story was something that revolved too much around who she loved and who she wanted to love... This may seen to be good for some people, however my likes for a novel is light on romance and it is WAY TOO much for my liking.

Rating: ***/*****
- I will be continuing the story with the future books, as by the end of the novel the romance died down enough for me to appreciate the story and its world enough :)

Book Info:
Publisher-Henry Holt
Page Count- 488
Amazon Link

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