Friday, December 27, 2013

Fun Friday: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Book 2 in a series
5/5 stars
Forever Favorite
Recommended 16+
Read my review for Book 1, Throne of Glass

Dear Sarah,





Well, there is a lot to say right now.  A lot to say.  Since 98.798% of the time I'm too wordy for Twitter, and I still wanted to tell you personally how I felt, I decided to write you a letter.  Problem solved, right?  But no, there was still one more problem: I figured it'd be selfish of me to just email you this letter.  No, no, that wouldn't do, because I want the whole world to know how I feel, and I'm not about to be quiet about it.  So I'm writing you this letter and posting it for the world to see and read and feel with me.

I have a lot of feelings.


I think the most important thing for me to tell you is this: I love Chaol with the very essence of my being.  People may say I'm being overly dramatic or unrealistic or just plain dumb, but NO.  I am not.  I am totally rational.  I love him.  I probably sound like every other fangirl, so let me put it this way, writer to writer...  When I started reading ToG, I loved him.  Seriously from the second he was introduced.  And you of all people know how much I swooned over the "Get up!" scene.....it makes me swoon even just thinking about it now.  But when I opened CoM...I realized something.  I love him...the same way I love my own characters.  It's a deep passion that I can honestly say I've never felt for any character other than my own...until now.  And I'm sure you know how that is.  Your own characters are like your own children.  So this is saying something.

Same goes for Celaena.  She had me wondering for a lot of ToG.  But whatever you did in CoM...it just made my poor heart so anguished.  It was like I had written the words, carried out the death sentence (figuratively), myself.  And it was beautiful.

I'm really just amazed by this book.  Everything about it...I just can't say enough.  I'll try to keep it mellow, but mellow's not really an option right now.  I'm already excited just thinking about it.


After Chaol and Celaena, let's just say that my mind is still REELING from the cliffhanger/twist at the end.  When I say reeling I MEAN IT.  Okay?  Okay.  My friend, who's currently reading the copy of ToG that you signed at LATFOB, was talking about her thoughts on the book, and I literally just dropped my head in my hands and started making my famous moaning cow noises (don't ask) and felt a nervous break down coming on.  All I could say: "THE END OF BOOK TWOOOOO."

The conversation ended there.

Me, falling into my feelings:

(And everyone I know watching, confused.)

I also love what you've done with the side characters.  I love them all the same, good or evil.  They are all freaking fantastic and awesome and can I have them all?  Kthxbai.

I would also like to tell you what I think of your epic world building, expressed in .gif form -



If that doesn't accurately express how I feel, I don't know what will.  I feel like my eyes have been opened, and I understand so much - while also understanding that there's so much I have yet to understand.  Savvy?

What I'm trying to say is.... Crown of Midnight is beautiful.  Your world is beautiful.  Your characters are to die for...they have become my nearest and dearest.  Your writing is just beautiful and wonderful and everything I love.  You've broken my heart more than once, actually over and over and over again whenever I think about CoM, and it is the best kind of heartbreak.  It is the heartbreak of deepest emotion.

In a few words, "Well done, Sarah.  Well freaking done."



Much love and lots of hugs and "drift well" and all that,
Sierra
XOXO

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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


Hosted by the lovely Broke and the Bookish.  They are awesome.  FOLLOW THEM!

This is a super fun topic!!  I've never really thought about these authors as being "new to me".  Even though they are.  So let's celebrate the awesome finds of this year (and maybe boo a few, 'cause I'm rude).


1.  THIS IS MY FAVORITE DISCOVERY EVER.  Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.  They have DESTROYED ME with their glorious work of art, These Broken Stars.  Review coming soon.  It looks mostly like this:  a;dlskfja;skldjfaklsdjf;kaldsjf;lkasdjf;al!!!!!! a;sdlkfja;sldkfjkla;sj!!! a;dslfjASD;FAW;EIOGHAIW;LJF!

2.  Markus Zusak.  He also destroyed me.  In a much different way than the two women above and probably more long-standing.  Anyone who has read The Book Thief will know what I mean.  It is, without doubt, one of the greatest pieces of literature the world has seen, or ever will see.


3.  *hangs head in shame* John Green.  I know, you're all throwing tomatoes and eggs and cabbages at my head.  I deserve it.  It is true.  I had never read John Green before this year.  Before like, September.  Now, however, I'm definitely officially a Nerdfighter and I don't forget to be awesome, thank you very much.

4.  Melissa Jensen.  I just ADORE her book The Fine Art of Truth or Dare.  It really struck a chord with me, as I was able to connect with Ella perfectly.  The story tugged at my heart and made me cry and laugh and all the wonderful things of the world are wrapped up inside it's pages.  I definitely want to read all her books now!

5.  Kelly Creagh.  *glares hatred and fiery darts and evil poison arrows and all sorts of other killing objects*  This woman writes with a style I have never read before, steals my heart away like a thief in the night, and then CRUSHES IT.  And still I love her...aside from wanting to strangle her for that ending in Enshadowed.  All in all, she is freaking brilliant.


6.  Leigh Bardugo.  I love this woman.  I met her at a signing right after Shadow and Bone came out, but I didn't read it until this year...and then proceeded to snatch up Siege and Storm without a moment of hesitation.  She is brilliant and her world of the Grisha has inspired me unlike any other.

7.  Kimberley Freeman.  She writes adult fiction, which I seldom read except for book club.  And wowowowowow I was BLOWN AWAY.  I cannot even handle this woman's excellence in story-telling.  I read Wildflower Hill and will be purchasing it to read again, ASAP.  And the rest of her books, since I'm addicted.

8.  Sylvia Plath.  Oh man oh man this gal is crazzzy.  Ummm, no pun intended?  I loved The Bell Jar and really cannot wait to read more of her work.


9.  *whispers* Michelle Hodkin.  Oh GOSH how can I not mention her.  I devoured both books, Unbecoming and Evolution in about 4 days.  And now.  I'm dying.  For Retribution.  Can someone give it to me NOW?!?!!?!

10.  Sarah Ockler.  This woman creates such a beautiful story with her words!  Bittersweet was my introduction and I cannot wait to read more!  I am utterly fascinated by Ockler's stories! :)



All righty...there's my list!  What about you all?  Who have you discovered this fine year? :)

XOXO
Sierra

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mini Monday: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Stand-Alone
4/5 stars

A few years ago, I was a no-contemporary girl.  Fantasy-only, that sort of thing.  I saw this section in my local bookstore and scrunched up my nose and went on to my fantasy section.
Then I met my lovely bestie, who also had a book blog, and I was inspired by her love for Sarah Dessen - and I read Keeping the Moon.  I haven't stopped reading contemporary since then.  (Here: read my review for my favorite contemporary book EVER.)

Along for the Ride is officially my 2nd favorite Dessen novel, right after The Truth About Forever.  This book...it just means something to me.  Everything that happened, with Auden's insomnia, her parents, Eli, the baby...I just adore it all.  I couldn't put the book down.  I loved Auden and who she was as a person, and how she grew and changed for the better.  She is a wonderful character worth remembering.  I love how she dealt with having a step-mother, how she handled her father's selfishness (I haven't been so angry at a character in so long), how she worked through things with Eli (faulty though it was)....  Yeah.  I could go on.

And Eli.  Need I say anything more?  His depth - what happened to him, how he handled it - made him SO real to me.  What the ended up naming the bike shop?  Genius.

Which reminds me - I ADORE this cast of side characters.  All of them.  The food fight scene seriously made me ridiculously happy.  And the kiss.  The first kiss was DREAMY.

(Oh, and I looooooved Jason's cameo.  I was so intrigued by that.)

This book reminds me of...
Staying up...really late
Car crashes
Food fights
Rising above
Real life issues
Quiet boys
Biking by the beach (think, Coronado)

Content level -
Ages 15+ for some brief language


Summary
It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thorough Thursday: The Prey by Andrew Fukuda (#2)


The Prey by Andrew Fukuda
Book 2 in a trilogy
5/5 stars
My review for:  The Hunt (#1)

Bear with me.  I finished this book last night.  I am STILL in shock.

Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I really genuinely loved the first book.  (I rated it a little lower because I couldn't stomach some of the scenes...but really.  It was BRILLIANT.)  And that cliffhanger, right?  Ok well this was worse.

ANDREW FUKUDA I LOVE YOU.

Currently sitting in my chair contemplating the meaning of life because of this book.  And I can't say anything to you all because...well...you might not have read it.  But really.  It was right under my nose (see book for reference) the WHOLE TIME and I didn't have a clue.  I thought I was guessing some things but then...nope.  I've come to the conclusion that Andrew is smarter than 90% of all life on this planet....or he just knows how to weave a really great story.  Or both.  Either is fine with me.  And totally believable.

Can we talk about how much I love Gene?  Because I LOVE Gene.  He is so incredible.  I could kiss him.  I love that this book has a male narrator - if it had been a girl, it wouldn't have had the same weight.  I love female narrators, don't get me wrong, but I don't pass up any opportunity to read sci-fi from a man's POV.  (See Tempest.)

And then there are the side characters - Sissy, Ben, Epap, Jacob, David...and some new faces.  Clair, Krugman, the elders, the pregnant women.  And we see some great returns, too, one of which I totally called.  There was another I wasn't so sure about and...yeah.  Zipping my mouth shut now.

Also - Sissy grew on me so much within the first 50 pages.  I liked her before, sure, but now I just LOVE her.  She's a rockstar.  I want to be like Sissy.  She has so much to offer to this story and I can say that she definitely eased some of my pain about that one character in The Hunt who made incredible sacrifices and made me SO SAD.  Sissy was like a salve on my wounds.

Can you all just read this book?  Kthxbai.

This book reminds me of...
Creepy men (seriously, I'm not joking)
Pregnant women (again, not even kidding you)
Prisons disguised as safe havens
Suspense that just hangs in the air even though nothing is happening and everything feels safe
One single word that I can't say because it gives away the entire ending (if you've read it, you KNOW)
Incredibly complex plot twists that blow my mind to pieces
Trains.  Scary trains.
Incredibly amazing book boys that deserve to go into a hall of fame or something
Nearly drowning
Etc, etc.
(Basically all this book reminds me of is horrifying and creepy things, and somehow this is a good thing.  Pregnant women, in of themselves, are not creepy, but his book....... *dies* Don't ask me how Fukuda did it, but he did.)

Summary
(Spoilers for the 1st book!)
For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast... and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other... if they can only stay alive.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

Hosted by Broke and the Bookish - check out these wonderful babes! ;)


1. My very favorite is...HADLEY!  Hadley Sullivan from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.  I've written the name down - I want to name my firstborn daughter Hadley, because I love it so much.  SERIOUSLY.

2.  Ezekiel from 100 Cupboards trilogy.  He's one of my favorite characters, and I just love his name.  It's strong and just appeals to his personality and character.  So perfect.

3.  Chaol from Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.  Can I get a collective *swoon* from all the ladies?  Chaol is in my top 3 favorite book boys *ahem, MEN, because Chaol is a MAN* and I just love his name.  It's epic and simple, all at once.


4.  JARED.  From both Incarceron/Sapphique and alsoooo The Host.  Both Jareds are A;LKSDJFA;LDSKF AMAZING.  Jared Howe is such a wonderful, passionate character who I love to swoon over.  (MAX IRONS, ALSO.)  And Jared Sapiens is...basically...one of my top 5 favorite book characters...ever.  Both of them.  I just.  I can't even.

5.  Judah Ben-Hur.  From, as you've probably guessed, Ben-Hur.  And amazing book, about an amazing man, during an amazing time.  You should all read it.

6.  Xander.  Matched, Crossed, Reached.  Don't get me wrong - I'm Team Ky all the way.  But there was something about Xander in that last book...where I just fell over because of his perfection.  Cassia was meant for Ky, but WOW Xander.  I just loved him so much.  That was when I realized how much I loved his name, too, where before I'd never noticed it.  Wonderful, wonderful man.


7.  William Monk and Hester Latterly from the William Monk series.  I just love these names so much.  These books are the only mysteries I'll read that I actually enjoy - they've ended up some of my favorite books EVER - and so naturally I love their names.

8.  Four from Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant.  I know it's not his real name, but it's his identity.  That means so much more to me.  And it just fits him.  It IS him.  LOVE.

9.  Jack Caputo from Everneath.  This man.  He is just...everything.  He's beautiful and wonderful and precious and adorable and just plain AMAZING.  His name is one I hold dear and love to say often.  Like, seriously, all the time.  JACK CAPUTO.

10.  Hudson from My Unfair Godmother.  I love him so much.  His name is absolutely fabulous.  He is fabulous.  Just.  Yes.

11.  The one that doesn't count because there are too many of them - ALL the names from Harry Potter.  ALL OF THEM.  They are really the best.  Honestly, who can think up better names than Rowling?  Not many people.  Not many at all.

What's on your list?  Leave me links! :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Giveaway Time!

You all know how much I love you, right??  Well, I'm here to SHOW you how much I love you with a fantastical giveaway that will blow your minds.

Ok, well, it's all been done before.  But who cares!  These kinds of giveaways never get old.

IT'S A MYSTERY GIVEAWAY!


I currently have 2 boxes in my room.  1 is for younger teen readers, and the other is for teens/adults above the age of 17.  They both have a little bit of everything - contemporary, fantasy, romance, etc.

And I want to give them to you.  This year, Yearning to Read turned 3 (June 10th), I finished the 2nd draft of my novel that was 3 years in the making, and I figured it was time for some spring cleaning!  I'm also turning 20 years old in about 10 days, so whoohoo!  Let's CELEBRATE!

So here are the rules and the Rafflecopters to enter.  Don't be shy!  Hop on in!  Remember the 2nd Rafflecopter is for ages 17 and up!

RULES:
Be excited
Be very excited
Live in the US of A
Don't have a P.O. Box
Be your awesome self
Be 12+ for the 1st box
Be 17+ for the 2nd box
Be a book lover

Easy peasy, right?? :D
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Monday, October 14, 2013

I'm A Loser...

This post is entitled, for good reason:

I AM A LOSER
by Sierra Abrams

But I'm sure that's not what you all are here to hear.
Nope.
I'm pretty sure you're here to listen to me talk about all the great books I've been reading.
Because I've been reading a LOT of good books.
And yeah, that's what this blog is about.
I just wish life wasn't so busy.

The good news is:  I'm in the middle of editing my novel.
It's coming together.
It's beginning to look like a flipping awesome YA fantasy novel, if I ever saw one.
I'm getting REALLY excited.
But with all of this, plus work and looking for a new job and friends coming into town ALL the way from Australia...I have no blogging time.

What my blog says to me every day:


So here's me, trying to pledge an hour a week to blogging.
It's the least I can do.
Because I desperately love it and wish I still had the time I used to.
Like, really.
One hour.
I can do it, right?
Tell me I can do it.
I'm writing it into my calendar.
I'm setting alarms.
I'm putting it in my to-do list.
I'm lining up book reviews.
I'm also lining up a grand giveaway - a belated 3 year blogoversary and my 20th birthday giveaway! :D



Life is good.
I'm not a loser.

The end.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Love To See As Movies/TV Shows


Visit The Broke and the Bookish for some wonderful reviews and memes and lots of fun! :)

1.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Considering this is in my top 5 favorite books ever, ummm yeah.  I need this to happen, like, yesterday.  There was movie news last year, but nothing has come of it.  Fingers are crossed!

2.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Everyone who has read this will understand why I want this so badly.  COME ON!  It would be so badass and omg so romannnntic!  Plus, if casted right, some Chaol screen-time would make my life complete forever and ever.

3.  The Face of A Stranger by Anne Perry
This is the first of the William Monk series, of about 20 books, so I would expect it'd be only 1 or 2 movies...but OMG if just the first book was made into a movie I would cry happy tears.  It's the most perfect mystery.  Like.  Wow.

4.  Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
OMG.  Can't you just see this happening?  It'd be the most intense and insane movie.  I'd probably be hugging myself in fear the whole time.  But seriously.  This is one that I could see being a FLIPPING AWESOME TV show.  They could set it up just right to follow the story, too.  Hmmm...

5.  Incarceron & Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
BOTH of these books should be made into movies.  Like, now.  And Luke Evans better be JARED or else.

6.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
So.  There would be gross sobbing and ridiculous sniffling and loud bawling and rough hair pulling.
Because.
This book.
It would be hard to do, but it is possible.

7.  Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
*evil grin*

8.  Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
I feel like this could be a movie or TV show, depending on what the creators are going for.  Either would be good.  All would be good.  Just, give me something.  I neeeeeed it.

9.  100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson
*cries* It would be so amazing and hilarious and full of adventure.  This whole series, please?  Kaythxbai.

10.  The Dragon's Tooth by N. D. Wilson
I would LOVE TO SEE THIS ON THE BIG SCREEN.
Secret societies and magic and ancient relics and incredible creatures and the undead and heroes worth rooting for?  Everything about this book would be crazy and fabulous for the big screen.  I just don't want to see Nolan peeling his skin off.  Please, let's keep that out.  It grosses me out enough in the books.  *blech*

Runner Up -
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
This book is written in a very unusual way...but in such a way that I could see them making a TV show out of it.  Depending on how they make it, it might have to be changed some, fleshed out more; but if they focused on some of the individual men/families who were affected by the Seal Women, it might work more like the book.  But omg I would love to see something like this on my TV.  It would be so chilling...


Anyway...there's my list!  Link me up! :D

Monday, August 19, 2013

A-Z Bookish Survey!

A-Z BOOKISH SURVEY

The lovely wonderful Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner is fabulous and has created a fabulous survey and I am soooo excited to take it myself! :)

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Even though I no longer read her books, just because I've aged out of them, I still have them on my shelf: Lauren Brooke.  She wrote the Heartland series and I love every single book and still have them all lined up on my contemporary shelf.  YAY! :)

Best Sequel Ever:

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher.  Because Incarceron was brilliant, and then there was Sapphique.  You know?  YOU DON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU'VE READ IT.  So.  Read it.


Currently Reading:

The Sins of the Wolf by Anne Perry (;asldkfj;askldjf THIS WOMAN); The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (meh...not so much); Liesel & Po by Lauren Oliver (I'm in love with Lauren, basically!).

Drink of Choice While Reading
Tea!  Always tea.  Of course tea.  My favorite is TARDIS or Peeta tea...from http://www.adagio.com/

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book.  OMG I can't even concentrate on an e-reader.  I tried - trust me, I tried.  But to no avail.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Ermergersh.  Ummm...???  In high school I actually had no real boy interests...more like middle school.  That was my time.  And in that time I would have picked the misunderstood bad boy. AKA someone like.... Cole from Everneath/Everbound by Brodi Ashton.  But now I'd go for someone like Oliver.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  Because I almost didn't read it and omg I'm glad I did because my life has changed completely because of this book omg you have no idea just reeeeeaaaaad it.  And then I met Elizabeth Wein and I almost started crying while thanking her and yup.  (A runner-up would be Delirium.  Yep.  It changed me.)

Hidden Gem Book:

The Queen's Daughter by Susan Coventry.  OHHH this book.  It was incredible.  I'm not one for historical fiction but TQD captured me in such a way that I never wanted to put it down.  It has some more mature content, so beware younger teen readers.  But everyone should give this book a shot one time or another.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I think just starting Yearning to Read was the biggest step.  It pushed me to read more than I'd ever read...it pushed me to realize I wanted to be the author on the other end of the interviews...it just...pushed me.  In such an awesome direction.  So blessed!

Just Finished:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - super cute! :)

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica is obvious.  I just won't.  Nuh-uh yuck.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1276 pages) - Proud to say it's one of my top favorite books! :)

Major book hangover because of:

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris.  UGH this book I just can't even with it anymore.  It's too much lovely and wonderful and goodness all wrapped up with a HORRID CLIFFHANGER ENDING that ripped my heart into shreds.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

ERM.  Well.  I suppose 5?  Two are shelves, one is a nightstand, one is a dresser (it holds probably 250 books) and the last one is giant with cubes and it holds another 200-250 books.  These are all filled to the brim, overflowing, actually.  It's scary and wonderful all at once.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The City of Ember by Jean DuPrau.  It's still one of my all-time favorites!

Preferred Place To Read:

The bed!  Definitely.  So much relaxing.  :)

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
"KISS ME, HARDY!  Kiss me, QUICK!" - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  So, um.  I cried just writing that out.

Reading Regret:

OOOOH I have no idea...  Ummm....  I guess...not reading more classics like I said I was going to.  There are about 100 of them, unread and sitting on my shelf, that I have not read.  I should change that shortly.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
Well that's just evil.  THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM.  I feel like it, at least.  Maybe not.  Actually, there aren't.  The Eve trilogy is one.  River of Time series (one book left!) and Relic Master.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Oh dear.  Ok so.  1.  The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky.  2.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.  3.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Sarah J. Maas, N. D. Wilson, Lauren Oliver, Cornelia Funke, Elizabeth Norris....

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Oh goodness.  There are a lot right now, but I think right now, of books coming out in 2013, I'd say These Broken Stars by Kaufman and Spooner.  It has the most delicious cover AND I'm a hopeless romantic and sci-fi junkie, which is what this book is all about.  WIN-WIN.  For 2014, I'd say Panic by Lauren Oliver is my pick!

Worst Bookish Habit:
Being supa-dupa OCD about my books.  I mean, sure, it's good to have organization.  But I get teased.  I do, and it probably won't ever stop.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, coincidentally.  :D

Your latest book purchase:
A;LSDKJFA;LSDKJF all the books. >:[  Except not.  It was a trio:  Silas Marner by George Eliot, Confessions by Saint Augustine, and Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  I went and ordered the next book early the next morning.  I still have not read it (it's been only a couple weeks) - but that's still dumb. I NEED TO READ IT.

Ok that was SUUUUPER fun.  Everyone else should hop on over to Jamie's and give it a whirl!! :)  XOXO

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 - I'm participating!!

I can't even wait you guys.  I loved the last one, even though life got in the way and I didn't have a whole lot of reading time.  BUT WHATEVER.  This week I will try my hardest again.  PROMISE!

Here's the official blurb and button:

Bout of Books

The Bout Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

GOALS

Lately my number of books per week has been lame about 2.  I'm going to up that and say I want to read approximately 3.  Let's hope for 4, but don't get your hopes up.

I'm going to finish the last half of The Sins of the Wolf by Anne Perry.
Read Liesel & Po by Lauren Oliver (I'm 2 pages into it today).
Read Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (for later this week/weekend).
Read or at least start 1 other book.  It will be a mystery book! (For me and for you! haha) :D



Anyone else want to join in on the fun??  Just visit Bout of Books and read THIS POST.  You can sign up there! :)

XOXO
Sierra

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fun Friday: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh


Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Book 1 in a trilogy
5/5 stars

First there was this:
And then some of this:


Except you want it to be more like this:

Photo Caption: DEATH

But that's beside the point.  There's also a little bit of this:

This is probably the strangest combination of story elements that I've ever experienced before, but boy oh boy, I was HOOKED.  Like, this book is over 500 pages long.  You'd think it would take me a while... But no.  I devoured it within about 3 days time.  I WAS SO ENTHRALLED.

VAREN NETHERS is a beautiful, wonderful book boy who I love tremendously and want to take into my arms and hold tightly and never let go.  Isobel is actually very wonderful, despite the fact that she makes mistakes.  She's her own person and I loved that about her.

And BRAD.  (See "DEATH" photo above.)  We'll just say by the end of the book I felt horrible.  I have no other words on this matter.

Basically these are my reactions to this book:

First - "How is this going to work?"

Second - "OMG THIS IS GOING TO WORK!"

Third - "WOW this is good."

And then -




And then.


Basically this sums up my entire Nevermore experience.  Which you should all go out and try to experience as well.
Ok?
Ok.
(On the technical side:  This book is well-written, suspenseful, surprisingly clean, with lots of character development, love, a great story-line, and a killer ending.  LET THE READING COMMENCE!)


This book reminds me of...
Poe (obviously)
Amazing romance
Unexpected awesomeness
Goth boys
Lip rings
Many emotions all jumbled up
Cliffhanger endings

Content level -
Recommended 15+


Summary -
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. 

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. 

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. 

His life depends on it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mini Monday: That Summer by Sarah Dessen


That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Stand-Alone
4/5 stars

This book was just sooooo adorable!  I knew I'd get into it and not be able to put it down...and I was right, of course.  It's Sarah Dessen, which means I devoured the pages in two, one hour sittings.

I loved Haven, and I really enjoyed reading about her family.  To be honest, I am most like her sister Ashley...like...wow.  I was surprised at how many ways I could relate to her.  She was a little more extreme in some ways, but she is definitely my bent.  I loved how even though she made mistakes, she had her strengths, too, and everyone still loved her.  (Yay me! Haha)

Sumner was my favorite character, because he was so complex.  So many layers went into his character and how he changed and what he did and who he was.  He was just...great.  He lifted my spirits and also reminded me that no one is perfect.

Really, this is such a great, quick read.  Anyone who is looking for an easy book with a tiny side romance (not what you think) and good lessons to learn - read this book! :)


This book reminds me of...
My sister, whose name is Haven
First love
Mistakes
Individuals, and what makes us different from each other
Getting to really know people
Coming-of-age
Good laughs

Content level -
Ages 15+ for some brief, strong language (GD, B)



Summary
The more things change...
As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on.
Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in.
Then her sister's old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect...
But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mini Monday: Vortex by Julie Cross (#2)


Vortex by Julie Cross
Book 2 in a trilogy
5/5 stars
My review for:  Tempest

I want to marry Jackson.  I'm serious, you guys, I want to marry him. NOW.
Despite the fact that I sound absolutely crazy, and before you leave and call the police on me, let me say a few things.
Jackson is magnificent.  He's kind and caring and goofy and totally adorable and just sooooo gorgeous.  My favorite thing about him?  How much he loves Holly.  It's epic, pushing the boundaries of love, and ohmygoodness I just swoon every time.  His love for her is one of my very very favorites.  Ever.
But then we have the good ole sci-fi elements of this story.  TIME TRAVEL GALORE!  I'm a huge time travel junkie, and Cross writes such a great time travel story.  There's so much to learn in the next book - things got so twisted and crazy and I was left hanging and HURRY UP.
Besides that?  I just love Cross's writing.  And her side characters.  And the journal entries.  And, well, everything.

This book reminds me of...
Really amazing imperfect but totally realistic boys who you want to sweep you off your feet
LOVE
The future
Crazy tech
Different times
Learning about yourself
Heartache
MORE LOVE
Complicated feelings

Summary
(Spoilers for the first book!)
Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save.Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.