Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Books to Read if you liked Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck (Top Ten Tuesday)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, where each week you list your top ten list for that week's bookish theme.

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So, this is my first Top Ten Tuesday, sorry if I mess it up. This month I read the first four books in the Tiger saga, and loved them. Like, really loved them. So I thought that I would tell you 10 other series/books that I think are kinda like the Tiger Saga, and that I think you would like. 
  
Boundless (Unearthly, #3)Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)



Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)




The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)




Opal (Lux, #3)Obsidian (Lux, #1)Onyx (Lux, #2)
 
Origin (Lux, #4)
Opposition (Lux, #5) 












Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy, #3)Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2)





Brightly Woven



Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) 
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)


Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)



Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)


9.) The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare 
(There are only two books released. This is suppose to be a five book series.)
 
The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2)

 
 

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (Give me, Give me Tuesday)

Daughter of Deep SilenceI’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.



Did someone say revenge? I'm in! I love reading books about revenge because it is so fun to see this big plan that the main character has play out, so I think it is about time that I pick this one up! :)

- If you have read this book, what did you think of it? - 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Book Review)

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2) 
Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium -- but things only intensify there. The Alkahest -- a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic -- has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes -- and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict -- and a whole world’s fate.


 *THIS IS BOOK TWO IN A SERIES. THERE MAY BE SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK. LINK TO THE FIRST BOOK AT THE END OF THE POST.*


*Does happy dance* I am really excited of you can't tell. I mean, you take two great YA authors and have them write a book series, greatness is bound to happen. This book series is so fun with all of the magic, lovable characters, and twists and turns that you instantly love it. The only thing that I don't like is that I have to wait until 2016 to read the next book!  

 
I really like where this series is going! This series could do so many things and go in so many different directions, and I can't see a bad option! I am just so excited! 

The character's are so fun in this book. Call and Havoc are my favorites though. They are the dynamic duo, they also had some of the funniest lines of the whole book. One thing that I found really refreshing was that Call was not afraid to say what was on his mind. I feel like that is something you don't see all the time in books so it was nice to see Call with that trait.
   
The magic in this book is so cool! I mean, just the idea of using the different elements for magic, and each of them having a counter. It makes sense! One thing that can be hard with magic books is that the magic element can get confusing. So with the magic making sense, it just makes this book even better.

Overall, this is a fun book with lovable characters, awesome adventures, and epic magic. I will defiantly be picking up the next book!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fallen by Lauren Kate (Cover of the Week)

Fallen (Fallen, #1)What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .











I have not read this book. I also have not seen the best reviews for this book, but you have to admit, the cover is GORGEOUS! It is so dark and eerie that I immediately want to pick up this book and read it, (or at least make a nice home for it on my bookshelf).

- What do you think of this cover? -  

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Superpowers (Bable from a Book Nerd #6)

 Background:
This is basically just a post of my train of thoughts regarding superpowers. It is extremely random and choppy, but I want to know what you guys think of different superpowers. In other words, this post is not about books. Who would have thought the day would come. Hope you enjoy anyways! :) 

What is it with superpowers? It is the go to question for ice breakers, three year olds, and everybody has asked and answered the question at least once. Why is this a question that we always gravitate towards? Is it because superhero movies are so popular? I mean, the majority of people know the basic idea of hero vs. villain, good guy vs. bad guy, and superpowers usually come with them. There's Superman who can fly, has heat vision, super speed, super strength, and super hearing! That's just one superhero! Spider man shoots webs, and Wolverine has metal claws and heals!  There are so many superheros and superpowers that it is impossible to list them all. Some more popular superpowers though include...
  • Super Strength
  • Super Speed 
  • Super Hearing
  • Invisibility
  • X-Ray Vision
  • Reading People's Minds
  • Mind Control
  • Healing/Invincibilty
 The list goes on and on and on and on and on and on...(you get my point). Evey once and a while though, someone comes up with a new one. Those are always the funnest to hear about because they can be extremely wacky. I asked this question to someone a while ago and they answered with, "I would be able to make food appear with just a single thought."I think that that is the best answer I have ever heard to that question. You have to admit though, that would be epic...

- If you had a superpower what would it be and why? -

Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Book Review)

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.






*I did not finish this book, all of my thoughts/feelings/opinions are based on what part of the book I read.*

Let's just say this book was not my cup of tea. I don't usually like to review books that I DNF. I like to review books that I loved or liked, so that I can recommend books that I like to you guys. As I am thinking back over the 185 pages of this book that I read, I am thinking of the things that I did not like. What made me put down this book? One thing really comes to mind, it was boring. To me at least it was. There are plenty of reviews on Goodreads where people loved this book, just not me.

I feel like the cause of all the problems was that I could not connect with any of the characters. I did not really care what happened to them. I mean, from what I read, they were always doing something, but I never cared. That's a major problem with books! If you don't really care about the characters, it is hard to like the rest of the book. 

I also found that the multiple pov bugged me in this book. The main three characters that we follow are Lev, Connor, and Risa, and I didn't like them. I felt that Lev just kept going on and on about something he knew was not true. Risa was okay, she was the one I liked most of the three. Connor made me so mad sometimes. He just kept making stupid decisions! Why would you ever do some of the things that he did? Just no, no no! Why? Then we got random chapters from side characters. Most of the time though, they don't make sense at first. Who is Teacher? How does this play into the story? They tie back eventually, but it can be extremely confusing while you are reading those chapters. I thought I suppose to save being confused for math, not the books I read for fun.

I think that when it comes down to it, I tried to read this book for nine days. That is a long time. I have decided that there are so many books that I want to read, that I am not going to stress about the books I don't like. If I am not enjoying a book, I am not going to make myself finish the book when I could be reading a book that I like better. There are so many books that I want to read that I feel that it is not worth stressing over the books I am not enjoying.

0/0 points
I did not finish this book

Overall, this is a book that I can see a lot of people loving, but it was just not for me. 

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck (Book Review)

Tiger's Destiny (The Tiger Saga, #4)With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger's curse. But the trio's greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga's final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.  It's a race against time--and the evil sorcerer Lokesh--in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the bestselling Tiger's Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers' true destinies once and for all.







I have one thing to say, mind blown. I can't believe how good this book was. The writing was beautiful, the story was amazing, even the romance was really good. Just, aggggggggg! SO GOOD! If you have not read this series yet, I really want you to read it. The first book is called Tiger's Curse, and the series just keeps getting better. I loved this book and I can not wait to read more of Colleen's work!

*WARNING! THIS IS BOOK FOUR IN A SERIES! FROM THIS POINT ON THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE BOOKS. ALL LINKS WILL BE AT THE END OF THIS POST. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*

YES! YES! YES! My mind is amazed right now, I can't help but sing the Everything is Awesome Song, from the Lego Movie? Because everything is awesome! Everything makes sense! It all ties together! It is perfect! I love it, but I can't help hating my self for not seeing it earlier. I just love those moments don't you? Where you can't help but smile, at a beautiful book with an nearly perfect ending.   

In this book I feel like Ren, and Kishan really show their true selfs. Yes, I know we already know who they are, but we get to see what they were like before they got cursed. Kishan, the brave warrior with special experience in planning and strategy. Then there is Ren, the caring solider who would do anything for those he loves. Two different people, that Kelsey has to choose from, (And personally, I think that she ended up with the right guy).

The action, pacing, and romance in these books has just kept getting better and better. If you look back on this series, you can see Colleen's writing has been getting better and better. I love it when you can look back on previous books by an author, and can see the improvement. It just makes me so happy!

I am a little confused though, is there a book five? It says that there is a book five on Goodreads, but it has no publication date, cover, or synopsis. So, I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series or if there is another one. If this is the last book, then I am extremely happy with this ending. Everything got tied up, with just enough room for us to happily imagine what will happen in the future. But I would also love another book! I could see different things that could happen, and different adventures that could happen, it is all very exciting! Do think there will be a fifth book?

5/5 points
My favorite in the series! 

Overall, I loved this book and I can not wait to read more of Colleen's future work! 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (Give me, Give me Tuesday)

Poison Study (Study, #1)Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...



- Why do I Want to Read this Book? -
While this book may have come out in 2007, I have yet to read it. This book sounds so cool though! I have heard nothing but good things about this book, and I am intrigued by the preview. I can't wait to give it a try!
If you have read this book, what did you think of it?

*Links*

Sunday, September 20, 2015

One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin (Cover of the Week)

One of the GuysTomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.

Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.

But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.




-Why Do I Like this Cover?-
I think the reason I like this cover do much is because it is simple. Nothing really pops out, but I like that. Everything blends together nicely. It all goes together, and the feet just tie everything together. What do you think of this cover?
Links:
One of the Guys on Amazon    
One of the Guys on Barnes & Noble 
One of the Guys on Goodreads 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

When You Have Not Read A Popular Book by a Popular Author (Babble From a Book Nerd #5)

You know that author that everybody raves about, but you still have not read a single one of their books? Ya, lets talk about that moment. I had this moment when I was looking at my bookshelves and I saw the Archived by Victoria Schwab. I still have not read this book. I have heard amazing things about Victoria's books, but I have yet to read one. I feel that every time a popular author's book comes on to my radar for books I want to read, there are always the ten books I have checked out from the library that I need to read. Eventually though, they float away into my brain's to be read river, and let me tell you, it's a big river. There are just so many books that I want to read that I sometimes forget about other books that I really want to read, even if it is by a popular author. Also there is the tiny fear that you will not like the book because of all the hype. Will the book still be as good now that you know so many people have read it and loved it. I try to go into books with little to no expectations, but sometimes you can't help but expect greatness. Is it more comforting to read books by authors you know and love?

Some Popular Books I Have Yet to Read

If you didn't notice, most of these titles have been turned into movies and T.V. shows. These are just six of the books I have yet to read, and trust me, there are plenty more that I need to read. 

- What Popular Books Have you Not Read? -

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck (Book Review)

Tiger's Voyage (The Tiger Saga, #3)With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections--leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.












*WARNING! THIS IS BOOK THREE IN A SERIES! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!*

Stuff went down, hard. I thought that the second book was crazy and out of this world, and beautiful, but this was a majestic brick. So much happened, and just left me so excited to read the final book. In this book, Kelsey and her two tiger friends are on the quest for another of Durga's gifts, and has you may have guessed, things get chaotic. This was such a fun book that I blew right through, an excellent addition to this great series.

I think it is time to talk about something in the shape of a triangle. The one thing that annoyed me in this book, the love triangle. So, Ren or Kishan? I think it is pretty obvious who Kelsey wants to be with, and a good part of this book I felt she was just making herself sad. Wouldn't everything just be so much better if she chose to be as happy as she could be?

Now, there was a lot of action trying to get Durga's gift, but lets not forget about Lokesh. I really want to know how he plays out in this series, because it seems like he is more of a background problem. I think that he will come back to bite them in the butt, in a big way. What is his real motive? What do you think?

Overall, I can not wait to pick up the next book and see what happens next. 

4.5/5 points 
I loved this book!
   

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck (Book Review)

Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. Kelsey Hayes's eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy nobody would ever believe.

Aside From battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince.

When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest, with Ren's bad-boy brother, Kishan,the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren's life hangs in the balance--so does the truth within Kelsey's heart.

Tiger's Quest, the thrilling second volume in the Tiger's Curse series, brings the trio one step closer to breaking the ancient prophecy that binds them.





*WARNING! THIS IS BOOK TWO IN A SERIES! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR BOOK ONE! CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW OF BOOK ONE*

I honestly am blown away. I loved the first book and was expecting second book  syndrome, but I liked this one better than the first one. Colleen has so much going on in this book that you expect to get lost or confused, but you never do. Everything fits together so well, there is a perfect blend of everything, and I can't find anything bad to say. I was a little annoyed by the end of the first book, how Kelsey just left Ren like that, but this book just made up for all of that. I really want you to read this book. Please? You will thank me later.

You guys, the character development in this book was huge. Kelsey in the last book made some silly mistakes, but in this book she grows so much emotionally, and physically. It was so cool to get to see how she grew stronger everyday, and learned from her mistakes. Kelsey was not the only one who really grew in this book though, we get to see a lot more of Kishan. In the firs book, we did not really got to see or learn about Kishan, but in this book we really learn more about his past and who he really is. Now, I really don't know who I like better, Kishan or Ren. Let me know who like better on the comments.

At first I thought it would be cool to be Kelsey, travel to India, hang out with two tigers, and get a bunch of free stuff, but I don't think I want to be in her shoes after this book. Some pretty scary stuff goes on in this book that I don't want to be ANYWHERE near. If I were Kelsey I would have turned back and gone back to Oregon. That really shows how much of a book nerd I am. I imagine myself being them, but would not want to be them.  

The thing I love most about this series is that I have no idea where this is going. No clue! I could see this story go in so many great directions that I can't wait to see what happens next.


5/5 points
A New Favorite! 

So, I will most likely marathon the rest of the series because I am so in love with this series and I need to find out what happens next.   
   

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Soundless by Richelle Mead (Give me, Give me Tuesday)

SoundlessFor as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...



I really enjoyed Richelle's other series, The Vampire Academy series. They were just so fun a fast paced that I now really want to read this one. While this one may be a stand alone and not have vampires in it, it has a really interesting premise that really catches my attention. This book is expected to come out on November 10, and I can't wait to pick it up.