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.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thorough Thursday: Requiem (#3) by Lauren Oliver


Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Book 3 in a trilogy
5/5 stars
My reviews for:  Delirium and Pandemonium

Can I just cry right now????  This book was epic.  (It was my Best of the Bunch choice for March!)  I know it received a lot of questionable reviews...I saw some where the reviewer said, "5 stars for the first 3/4th, 1 star for the last 1/4th."  I had NEVER seen that in all my 3 years of book blogging, so I was really nervous to start this.

Fortunately for me, I'm one of the people in this world who believes it deserves 5 stars from beginning to end.  I don't really know how to describe what it did for me - my heart was broken and whole all at once.  Everything made sense.  If it had happened any differently, I don't know...maybe I would have liked it, but it wouldn't have had that shocking, real-life kind of feeling it gave me.

By real life, I mean this:  Things happen.  Our stories are played out in our lives.  Once one battle is won (or lost) your life doesn't just stop.  It keeps going.  It's not the end.  Some things are left unsaid.  Some things aren't finished.  Some questions you won't have the answers to.  Sure, that sucks sometimes, but it's life.
Requiem earned my absolute respect and all my love because of this:  It doesn't "end".  I feel like there is more that will happen, so much more.  I also think that...it had to stop sometime.  There was sooo much work to be done after the climax that it could have gone on and on and on.

Basically, I loved where she left it.  It had me gasping.  For those of you who have read it, highlight this:  OMG I'M SO HAPPY WHO SHE ENDED UP WITH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!  That was ALL I ever REALLY wanted for this series!! ;)  (End spoiler.)  And on top of that ^^ the character development left me breathless, and the gorgeous prose was like a lullaby.  And Hana...a;sldfkja;slgj;askldjf!!!!  I just.  I mean.  UGH.
It was, to say the least, beautiful.

Anyways.  If you loved the first two, PLEASE give this one a try.  Sure, it's a daunting one to pick up, but trust me, it's WORTH IT.  And I feel if you're prepared for the ending, it won't be as much of a bummer as it was to some people.

This book reminds me of...
Forests
Rivers
Danger
Sacrificial love (my favorite kind)
Growth in character
Searching for beauty, especially in the unexpected
LOVE (because that's really what it's all about)

Summary
(Spoilers for the first 2 books!)
They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.
But we are still here.
And there are more of us every day.
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.
Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.
Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.
But we have chosen a different road.
And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #11 - Secrets After Dark


This is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper!


Residing at Thornton Manor under the premise of courting Jonathan Thornton, Hannah Forester intends to find out who murdered her father—and why. After all, Jonathan’s brother Morgan was the last
person to visit Peter Forester before his demise. But upon her arrival at Thornton Manor, Hannah is informed that Morgan perished the previous year in a house fire. She soon learns the manor is full of secrets: a ghost haunting the East Wing, a white wolf that roams
the grounds by night, and the story of a curse-protected treasure on the neighboring island. Most disturbingly, Hannah discovers that numerous young women have visited the manor only to vanish without a trace.

When a hooded, deep-voiced man visits Hannah’s bedroom late at night, warning her to leave the manor for her own safety, she realizes he must be Morgan Thornton. But why does he hide in the East Wing, and why does his family insist he is but a ghost? As Hannah falls in love with the handsome older brother, she must continue to court Jonathan in order to remain at the estate. Can she convince Morgan where her true loyalties lie? And will she uncover the Thorntons’ secrets quickly enough to solve her father’s murder
before she loses her own life?


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Serious fangirl squeeees!!!  This book just sounds so great - and I just...I just...I DON'T HAVE IT WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME.

Problems need to be fixed ASAP.
Too bad it's so expensive, even online, and I can't find it in stores to get my teacher discount.  Someday, though, I will splurge.  Or maybe, I'll just buy the cheap Kindle version and test the waters before making the decision to buy the hard copy.

Released:  January 5th, 2012
Goodreads
Barnes and Noble
Amazon
The Book Depository

What are YOU wishing for this Wednesday?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mini Monday: The Goddess Inheritance (#3) by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Book 3 in a trilogy
3/5 stars
My reviews for:  The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted

Basically...when mass destruction gets a little boring, you know you've lost interest.
I felt bad, really I did.  I wanted so badly to love this book, especially when I paid $9 for it...especially when I absolutely ADORED book 2 and really enjoyed book 1.

Thing is, this one was my least favorite.  The action was lacking, to say the least.  Kate and Henry were still good characters, but their romance was missing so much.  I really don't know what happened, when in the last book I was dying of giggles and squeals and "OMG GET TOGETHER"s over their romance.  Usually a baby in the mix can really do me in, particularly if I love the parents, but not this time.  The villains weren't big enough (not with all the incredible Greek mythology out there where the villains are FREAKING SCARY), and the heroes didn't have to do enough (I've seen minor characters in Percy Jackson do way more than these leads).  I was expecting more, based on the events at the end of Goddess Interrupted, but I didn't get it.

This book reminds me of...
Weak villains
Overestimation of greatness
Confused endings
Strong hearts (because Henry and Kate really stayed strong)
Sweet love
Family trouble

Summary -
(Spoilers for the first 2 books!)
Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
Even if it costs her eternity.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I'm on Bloglovin'!


I've been following people on Bloglovin for a loooong time, and it's about time I joined!!  Follow me by clicking on the link above!! :)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Update: A New Kind of Review...part 2

I've decided to post here what my new reviews will be called throughout the week.

Mini Monday (small review)
Tiny Tuesday (small review)
Wise Wednesday (DNF/2 star and under review)
Thorough Thursday (for when I want to rant or write more)
Fun Friday (this will be random and probably include hilarious pictures and the like; it might also include ranting and raving)

I'm so excited for what these will hold, especially since I can do one a week or all or none!  I'm feelin' free, my friends. ;)

Let me know what you think in the comments! :)  Preparing next week's review right now!

XOXO,
Sierra

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Update: A New Kind of Review

In the crazy hectic business that is my life, I have found very little time for blogging.  The main reason:  it overwhelms me.  The reviews I used to write were loooonnnnggg.  Well, not long in the sense of "boring"...at least I hope not.  I always thought they had a lot of good stuff in them, interesting to read - but they took soooo much time to write.  And now that I'm writing/working full time, writing one more looonnngggg time-consuming thing is, to say the least, DAUNTING.

That's why this poor little bloggy woggy has been so neglected.

That's why I haven't been advertising and reaching 500 followers like I wanted to.

That's why I didn't have a giveaway for my 3rd blogoversary (June 10th).

That's why - I'm changing my style of review.

They'll all be short.  They'll all be to the point.  They'll all include the "The Book Reminds Me Of..." that was in my "Pint-Size Reviews" before.  And another thing:  You'll never know what day you're getting a review.  Before I'd always post a review on Monday or Tuesday, but this gives me leverage to post whenever and wherever and however.

Freedom, apparently, is what I need.
Blogging should be fun.
And I have a feeling that with my new life, this new change to my blog WILL be fun.  I CAN'T WAIT! :)

Reviews to start next week!  Also, belated giveaway coming soon!  LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

XOXO,
Sierra

Monday, July 8, 2013

Inkspell Read-Along: My Answers for Week 1


Okey Dokey!  Here are my answers to the Inkspell Read-Along, Week 1 Discussion Questions! :)


1.  Why do you think Dustfinger tries to push away his feelings for Farid when the boy is left behind in the other world?  Would you have done the same?  I think Dustfinger is tired...tired of running, tired of always having to find new friends (or not having any at all)...  So finding that Farid was left behind, I'm sure it was his automatic response to push the thought away and soldier on.  As for my reaction...it would probably be the same.  There was nothing he could do to go get Farid, anyway.  I would have been sad buuuut I'd just have to learn to let it go.

2.  Is Mo being unreasonable in his worry of Meggie's love for *the* notebooks?  I see both sides.  Meggie is utterly fascinated, maybe a bit obsessed, and she is so excited about words and imagination.  I get that.  And Mo - he lost his wife and nearly lost his daughter because of the Inkworld...I can see EXACTLY where he would be worried for their safety.  He knows and understands the danger, and is such a practical man.  I say he's being completely reasonable.

3.  What is one thing you'd want to be able to do with fire in the Inkworld?  OMG.  The fire in Inkworld is unbelievably amazing.  I would like to be able to make the flowers like Dustfinger does, and also breathe the fire, also like Dustfinger.  Maybe I should just BE Dustfinger.

4.  Dustfinger returns to his old home to discover one of his daughters is dead and the other lives in the castle.  He also finds that his wife remarried after his disappearance.  Do you think there is a chance for Dustfinger and Roxanne to find happiness together again?  I've already read it - but when I was first reading the book, I was SO enthralled by their "romance" and I always swooned over the possibility of them getting back together.  So I say, YES!  THERE IS HOPE!

5.  What is the first thing you would do if you found yourself in your own story like the writer Fenoglio?  If you don't have your own story, you can answer:  What would you most like to do if you found yourself in the Inkworld?  Oh my GOSH.  Considering my current story has lots of pretty dresses, 3 good queens and 1 bad one, 2 very swoon-worthy men, some crazy mutated villains, and 4 very different and equally amazing Realms...I'd say....can I go everywhere and see everything??  HA!  Ok, being realistic, I'd probably want to go to one of the parties.  These queens throw SPECTACULAR parties.  I would go for the 2 men, but fortunately for them they're already taken - otherwise they wouldn't stand a CHANCE against my charm!  LOL

There you go!  Hope you enjoyed this week's set of questions! :)

Inkspell Read-Along: Discussion Questions for Week 1


Ahhh my friends, it's so good to be back!  I was gone all weekend on a writing retreat and it was so wonderful.  But here I am, ready to (try to) take the blogging world in a storm of awesomesauce.
Now doesn't that sound lovely?

Annnnnd you're probably ready for more questions!  Luckily, I have them here. TA-DA!


1.  Why do you think Dustfinger tries to push away his feelings for Farid when the boy is left behind in the other world?  Would you have done the same?

2.  Is Mo being unreasonable in his worry of Meggie's love for *the* notebooks?

3.  What is one thing you'd want to be able to do with fire in the Inkworld?

4.  Dustfinger returns to his old home to discover one of his daughters is dead and the other lives in the castle.  He also finds that his wife remarried after his disappearance.  Do you think there is a chance for Dustfinger and Roxanne to find happiness together again?  (Again, if you've read the book once already - NO SPOILERS!)

5.  What is the first thing you would do if you found yourself in your own story like the writer Fenoglio?  If you don't have your own story, you can answer:  What would you most like to do if you found yourself in the Inkworld?


Ok there you go!  Answer in the comments below or leave a link to your posts! :D

Monday, July 1, 2013

Best of the Bunch (5 & 6)



May

5/5 stars for Vortex by Julie Cross (#2)
THIIIISSSS BOOOOOK UGH.  I can't even.  HOLLY AND JACKSON FOREVER.
Anyways.  I highly recommend this book - to older readers, due to content - because of it's pure awesomeness.  Be sure to check out the first book, Tempest, before!

Other May books:






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June

5/5 stars for Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (#1)
Nevermore has officially stolen my heart.  Kelly Creagh will always have a fan in me.  VAREN will always be the true love of the darker side of me. :P  I seriously adored every moment of this book and read all near-600 pages in about two days.  LOVE!  (Although, The Pirate's Wish was a close 2nd for me...took me a minute to think about which one would win over.  I think Nevermore wins because it's more appropriate for the general audience.  I would only recommend The Pirate's Wish to a handful of people, no matter how much I love it.)

More June reads:



Which of these books have YOU read??  Which were your favorites and which did you not like?  Leave comments!  XOXO