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Cinder by Melissa Meyer

19 Aug

Cinder

Book One in the Lunar Chronicles

Rating: Five out of Five Stars

Why oh why ooooh whyyyy did I not read this sooner?!?!

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I am slightly angry at myself for not reading this sooner. I was terrified that this book would never ever ever live up to the hype and so bought it and then shelved it FOR YEARS!! YEARS!!!! And I just glanced over it, passed it by, pushed it aside like some mediocre story. I even MET MELISSA MEYER in person and STILL did not pick up the book. How awful right? Like, that’s just a slap in the face.

And now, oh Melissa, I am ashamed and disgusted in my behavior. This book is brilliant. Clever, beautiful, ingenious and stunning. You’ve opened up my scared little heart and nestled Cinder snugly into a corner. Please forgive me for doubting you as now swear my undying allegiance to this fantastic series for life. Now come back here so I fangirl all over you!

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To Read Tuesday – 2013’s remaining releases

25 Jun

I have been a SUPER SLACKER on my To-Reads Tuesdays lately. I wish there was some way to quit and be a full time blogger/reader… but alas, I must make money. So until some smitten publisher comes and swoops me up, I do have to work a normal job.

Instead of giving some in-depth analysis into one book, below is a list of all the 2013 releases I am looking forward to for the next 6 months!

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Also not on here:

The King’s Guard by Rae Carson (Fire and Thorns 0.7)

Altered by Gennifer Albin (Crewel World 2)

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

15 Apr

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Book Three in The Chemical Garden Series

Rating: Three out of Five Stars

More a 2.5…. Almost a 3.

This book, as well as the whole series, is difficult for me the actually rate. I can’t figure out if a love it or hate it. And every thing I want to happen never does and it never turns out how I want and uuughhhh… I get so frustrated.

First off, this series has a pretty amazing premise. Wither was an excellent title for the first book and so was Fever for the second. But I didn’t like Sever for the third book, it didn’t grasp and intrigue me and I never had the “Aha!” moment like I did with the others. And with that, it kinda pisses me off it’s called the “Chemical Garden” series and we don’t learn wtf a chemical garden is until the, what? last three or four chapters in the ENTIRE series?! It’s a great name, don’t get me wrong, but I would have liked to have some inkling about that whole idea much, much sooner.

So considering the name, and the covers, got worse as the series went on, I feel the actual story did too. Wither was great, Fever was eh, and Sever was a bunch of good and bad stirred together. It’s almost as if her writing style changed as she progressed and the way she structured the book. Wither had a lot of internal turmoil and conflicting emotions but by the time we get to Sever, there are a lot of different characters we interact with but none are as strong as the first four or five we met. So while those character’s aren’t necessarily poorly constructed, they just seem underdeveloped compared to the amazing sense of individual personalities we met in Wither. And I get it, we ate, slept and breathed with Cecily, Jenna, and Linden but because we had such dynamic and depth in those three, we loved and hated them, connected and FELT Rhine’s struggle between Linden, Rowan and Gabriel, it was like we were left on a limb in Sever and told to jump off with no one to catch us. Wither was an amazing, unique, exquisitely, passionate and emotional book. Sever was any other YA dystopia. Rhine went from being engaging and a fighter to being passive and, well, annoying at times.

And that beginning… oh kill me now. Worst waiting game. It was stagnant and stale and JUST LEAVE ALREADY RHINE! Where’s the ferocity we got to see in Fever and Wither? Gone gone gone gone gonneeeee. I thought she would never leave that damned house. And the ending.. the ending… *sniff* just makes me sad.

At the end of the day, I think I rated all these books a three, Wither was almost a four and Sever was almost a two. But it’s a good series for dystopia lovers and has a different take on the post-apocalyptic idea which I very much enjoyed. I would still consider it a must-read series.

So many books, so little time.

25 Mar

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Hello hello hellooooooooooo everyone!!

It’s been days, WEEKS really, since I have had a chance to sit down and think straight about something other then work. But now that my week long work conference is done and my brain has finally recuperated from the mush it became after the convention, I am finally FINALLY able to focus long enough to A.) finish a book and B.) write some reviews! Because that is the point of this blog afterall, yes? Yes.

So, in the next week or two I will finally get back into my flow of posting at least one or two reviews a week. So stay tuned and forgive me for neglecting you all. Damn work gets in the way of everything fun sometimes!

Upcoming Reviews:

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“The unfed mind devours itself” – Gore Vidal

Best Of 2012 – Not just the boring categories!

2 Jan

Hello and Welcome to the year 2013!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! 2013 has some amazing book releases so I am SUPER STOKED for this year. Now, like all book lovers and bloggers, I just had to create a Best of 2012 blog. While most people do one in December, I read lots of books over the holidays so I wanted to wait until the year actually ended before I created my list. You never know what gems you can find in the last weeks of the year! I also wanted to add some variety to the blog so I asked my book soul mate Amy to pick her favorites in each category. You can read her Top Ten Books Read of 2012 here.

Please note that these books are not only the books that were published in 2012. We wanted to included all the books we read so some of them are a few years old. I hope you all enjoy and please add your favorites in each category in the comments!

Favorite Book of 2012

Sydney                     Amy

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The Selection by Kiera Cass     Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Favorite Author of 2012

Sydney               Amy

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Cinda Williams Chima         Neil Gaiman

Best Female Protagonist

Sydney           Amy

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Penryn РAngelfall by Susan Ee          Beatrice РDivergent by Veronica Roth

Best Male Protagonist

Sydney         Amy

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Han РSeven Realms Series        Po РGraceling Realms Series

Best Romance

Sydney         Amy

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America and Maxon, The Selection               Katsa and Po, Graceling

Most Resourceful

Sydney         Amy

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Gaia, Birthmarked¬† by Caragh M. O’Brien ¬†¬† Viola, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Best “Come to Jesus” Moment

Sydney         Amy

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James, Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater    Katy, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Most Badass Character

Sydney         Amy

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Deuce, Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre       Katsa, Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Favorite Series

Sydney                Amy

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Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima      Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Best Fantasy Book

Sydney                Amy

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore            Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Best Dystopian Book

Sydney                Amy

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline      Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Best World Building

Sydney                Amy

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Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima         Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Best Cover

Sydney                Amy

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Angelfall by Susan Ee                   Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Most Looking Forward to Release of 2013

Sydney                Amy

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Prodigy by Marie Lu                       Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

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