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Please Be Kind, Rewind: 12-18 October 2014 October 18, 2014

I am on a roll on reading this week! MAYBE at this rate I can read all the books I’m wanting to read before YALLFest. MAYBE. If the kids keep cooperating. All the reading means not a lot of working on the blog. Everything I read this week was a physical/ebook except for Crown of Midnight. It’s my audiobook read. I am definitely going to reread this series ASAP cause I know I’m not getting the full experience on audio! I’m working hard to get back on track, but I probably won’t be completely back to 100% until after YALLFest. I have about 20 books I need/want to read, Hubby has drill, Bug has a doctor’s appointment, Hallowe’en festivities, AND my birthday are all between now and then. SO. Needless to say. It’s a hopping time! I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I love this time of year!

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Completed:

Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz


The Prophecy by Erin Albert Rhew


The Outlanders by Erin Albert Rhew (Go ahead and pre-order! Only $2.99!)


Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz


Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz


Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

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Currently Reading:


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

 

 


Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor

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Read to the Kiddos:


Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch by James Dean

New to my shelf:


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (Punk’s Imagination Library book, got it last week and forgot to add it!)



From the library:


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas


Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

as usual, more audiobooks! (:

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Throwback Thursday #2: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday is when I’ll review a book I read before I started blogging.

This week’s selection is:

Rating:  5 stars
Pub date: 26 June 1997
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Format: hardback, personal copy
Status: Book one of the Harry Potter series

Summary:

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

If you’ve read my About Me page, or know me personally, you know that I got Harry Potter for Christmas in 1999. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, I’ll start at the beginning. My uncle lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a result of this, I always got super cool gifts. I’ve gotten several awesome dreamcatchers over the years. Christmas of 1999 ended up being a disappointment. I was shocked to open my present and see the first two Harry Potter books. BOOKS?! I hated reading! Well, reading on my own, I loved being read to when I was little. After much persuasion from my Gran, I caved and gave the first book a try. I struggled through the first bit until Harry got to Hogwarts. I’ve never looked back. I received book three for a late present from a friend, and was at Walmart at 6am to get book 4 that summer. Books 5-7 I was at midnight release parties at Barnes & Noble. Bliss.

Before I get started, let me say I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this series.

Now, the big players:

Harry Potter (obviously) – Our 10 turning 11 year old protagonist. An orphan living with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. He is visited by a mysterious half-giant, Hagrid, who tells him “You’re a wizard, Harry!”. He’s surprised to learn that not only is he a wizard, his parents were murdered by the most feared wizard of the age – He Who Must Not Be Named!

Ron Weasley – Youngest son of the Weasley family. Poor, but extremely friendly and loyal. Hates being constantly overshadowed by his older brothers and getting their handmedowns.

Hermione Granger – Muggle-born witch to dentist parents. A bit of a know it all. Eventual friends with Harry and Ron, completing the famous trio.

Our story opens in a small neighbourhood in Surrey when Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall and Hagrid bring baby Harry to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousin after his parents had been murdered. Fast-forward 10 years and we see that Harry is living a very neglected life and being forced to sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Mysterious letters start appearing addressed very specifically to Harry’s location. His aunt and uncle freak out and move him into Dudley’s (his cousin) second bedroom.

Once Harry receives his letter, delivered by Hagrid, and he discovers that he’s a wizard. The torment from his horrific childhood instantly melts away with the elation of getting to escape the Dursleys.

Harry is thrown into the Magical World and a crash course of learning of the world he was forced to leave behind due to his parents’ murder. Harry’s first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is full of adventures. He makes friends, learns a new sport, clashes with Professor Snape, and saves the day. (I’ll let you read the book to find out more details on all of these! I don’t want to spoil the adventure for you!)

Things you can look forward to in Sorcerer’s Stone:

  • flying!
  • Remembralls
  • Magic (duh!)
  • Troll
  • Poltergeist
  • Ghosts
  • Speaking portraits
  • Potions
  • Transfiguration
  • Quidditch
  • Invisibility Cloaks
  • Mirror of Erised
  • Evil professor
  • Centaurs
  • Unicorns
  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • VOLDEMORT

I owe so much to JK Rowling. Thanks to her creation of Harry’s world, I was pulled into the lifelong joy of reading. Jo manages to pull so much into her series. Her imagination knows no bounds.

The magic continues in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Recommended for: Fantasy and magic lovers, adventure, levels of mythology spread through the book and the series

Not recommended for: Those who dislike magic or a male protagonist.

 

*Review* Everbound by Brodi Ashton October 7, 2013

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Everbound: An Everneath Novel

Rating: 5 stars
Pub date: 22 January 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA, Mythology, Romance, Fantasy
Format: hardback, obtained from the Public Library
Type: Book 2 of the Everneath series

Summary:
Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

We pick up right after Jack sacrifices himself to the Tunnels in Nikki’s place. Talk about a punch to the gut right off the bat, Brodi! The emotions and everything concerning this is just overwhelming. With the emotions being so strong yet the action a bit lacking (which I think was used to emphasise just how crappy things were for Nikki) I was on the fence about if this would be a good second book or not. In my experience, book 2 just doesn’t live up to the hype and expectations book 1 set up. THANKFULLY, this is NOT the case with Everbound. Once the action does get kicked up in the Everneath it is non-stop.

It was interesting to see Cole go from hellbent against taking Nikki to the Everneath to deciding to take her. I SHOULD have picked up on the sneakiness, however, I let him have the benefit of the doubt that his little black heart could be redeemed.

The trip through the Everneath kept my blood pumping the whole time. THE WHOLE TIME. I’d been planning on enjoying the majority of Everbound in the car on the way to the beach. That totally didn’t happen. 1. I couldn’t sleep the night before we left. 2. I decided to read until I got tired and could fall asleep. You would think that I would know by now that when I’m over excited about a trip I don’t sleep. You would think when I’m so into a book that I would know that I won’t be able to put it down until I’m done. Nope to both of those. I was about 40% or so through it when I started the final stretch. Thought I’d just read til 50% then it got pushed back to 75%… then it was OMG THIS ENDING IS JUST TOO MUCH I NEED EVERTRUE RIGHT NOW! Whoa. Kudos to Brodi for THAT spectacular cliffhanger. I’m never one to like cliffhangers, but brava! Way to punch a girl in the heart.

Nikki. Oh, poor Nikki. I’ve never genuinely lost the love of my life (thank the Lord!), but I can kinda relate Jack being in the Tunnels to when my hubby was deployed. Life really did seem suspended and extra sucky. Unlike Nikki, there wasn’t anything I could do to go and bring him home (not that I didn’t plot!). Nikki’s continued bravery and attempts to do a giant rescue attempt by herself is inspirational. You go girl!

Jack. He’s not even a major player in this game and he’s pulling at my heart strings! A high schooler and ready to sacrifice himself for the love of his life. Normally I’d scoff at that whole high school love thing, but THIS?! Whoa. The love between Nikki and Jack isn’t just puppy love, let me tell you that! I teared up I don’t know how many times during the dreams when Nikki realised he was beginning to fade. And at the end?! Oh wow. I wanna kiss that boy!

Cole. Oh, Cole. Where do I even begin with you? You played me good. Stinker. You’re a bigger stinker than my toddler and THAT takes talent. I was starting to fall for Cole. My wall of caution began to crack a bit. The thoughts of maybe this bad boy can be redeemed. Nope. Heart stomped. Thanks, Brodi. Thanks. I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve. He’s made sure I’m firmly on Team Jack now though. I won’t fall for the sweet redeemed bad boy antics again, sir!
Recommended for: Lovers of mythology retellings, immortality, quests for redemption, and a bit of romance
Not recommended for: Those who dislike fantasy or think the immortality thing has been played out.

 

 
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