Apr 24, 2014

{Review} The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern
Pages: 512
Publisher: Anchor Books
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed from Paige
Age Group: YA
Date Published: September 13, 2011

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

Apr 22, 2014

{Top Ten Tuesday} Top Ten Characters With POWERS

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's theme is "Top Ten Characters Who X." I've chosen Top Ten Characters Who Have Super Powers. 

1. Juliette Ferrars (Shatter Me Trilogy) - She has some killer skin.

2. Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy) - Mara's got some killer wit. (Why can all my favorite characters kill people? Because that makes for really interesting books, okay?)

3. Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments) - Clary has some amazing drawing skills, as in she makes runes stronger just by drawing them and she can create new runes. Cool beans, right?

Apr 15, 2014

{Top Ten Tuesday} Top Ten Bookish Things That I'd Like To Own

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's theme is "Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own." 

1. New Bookshelves - My current bookshelf is old and overflowing. There's a hole in the back for like a cord? But it was "handmade" (as in someone poked a hole in it with a hammer or something equally ratchet). I'd really like something like this:

2. Bookmarks to match every book I own - You know that odd feeling of accomplishment when you have the matching bookmark to go with the book? I WANT THAT FOR ALL OF MY BOOKS.

3. Book Page Nail Press-Ons - Sally Hansen sells some I think. Like the zebra print nail stickers? Except with words.

Apr 14, 2014

{Review} Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan
Pages: 370
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: YA
Date Published: September 24, 2013

 It's time to choose sides....On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

Apr 9, 2014

{WoW} The One by Kiera Cass

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we book bloggers talk about upcoming releases we are excited for. This week I'm looking forward to:

Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Age Group: YA
Expected Publication: May 6, 2014

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.
From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

Apr 8, 2014

{Top Ten Tuesday} Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's theme is "Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read."

1. The Archived by Victoria Schwab - Victoria's vision of this archive for the dead is so new and fascinating. I never imagined anything like the archive, and the way the book is written and the world is created is amazing. I just... read it.

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I love the way Michelle combines the PTSD and Mara's potential superpowers. Is Mara killing people with her mind? Or is she crazy? We may never know.

3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - I read this for the first time when I was 11, and I've never seen such a unique take on Greek mythology since. The demigods, and camp half-blood, and the personification of the gods are so great.

Apr 3, 2014

{Review} Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 358
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: June 5, 2012

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him? Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

Apr 1, 2014

{Review} The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Victoria Schwab
Pages: 368
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: January 28, 2014

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?
With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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