All posts tagged: September

The Fifth Vertex

The Fifth Vertex by Kevin Hoffman Publish Date: August 2, 2014 Pages: 299 How did I get my hand on a copy? I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ Goodreads Synopsis: Urus Noellor—a boy born deaf who is about to be publicly branded as a burden, incapable of being the warrior his people demand—stands upon a rooftop, poised to throw himself over the edge. His failed attempt at suicide unlocks within him a long-dormant form of magic thought to have died out thousands of years before, a power that may be the key to saving the world from an equally ancient enemy.  Urus and his companions—Goodwyn, the greatest warrior in Kest, and Cailix, a mysterious orphan&amp—must find a way to stop a powerful group of sorcerers from destroying the five long-hidden vertices that ward the world against threats from beyond, while fighting off threats from within. They soon learn that the scope of the coming danger may be more dire than any of them could have imagined. As the battle …

Review: Illusions of Fate

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White Genre: Ya Lit/Fantasy/Romance Publish Date: September 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ “I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.” Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him. After reading Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy trilogy, I have pretty much put her on the list of authors that I will buy their book as soon as I know about it. She weaves a fantastic story, filled with humor and tension. I was not disappointed with Illusions of …

Review: Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Publish Date: June 2014 (Special Collector’s Edition) Publishing House: St. Martin’s Griffin Genre: Ya Lit/ Romance/ Realistic Fiction My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ Two misfits. One extraordinary love. Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.   My Thoughts: To be honest, I don’t know how good this review is going to be. I am still confused about my feelings on this books. I was honestly surprised by this book; it was not what …

Review: Lost & Found

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis Publish date: January 27, 2015 (first published on June 24, 2014) Genre: Adult/Family/Cultural/Fiction/Contemporary How did I get a copy? From Penguin House’s First Read program My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (3.5) Goodreads Blurb:   Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house—or spoken to another human being—since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule. Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife’s skin. Now that she’s gone, he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl’s been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he’s on the lam. Brought together at a fateful moment, the three embark upon a road trip across Western Australia to find Millie’s mother. Along the way, Karl wants to find out how to be a man again; Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was. Together …

Daily Bookish Challenges | Day Three

Day Three: Tuesday, September 16: Describe your ultimate dream bookstore! Prompts: Where would the store be located? How big (or small) would it be? I would put the bookstore on the corner of a moderately busy street, probably in an old house, with multiple levels. It would be about a medium sized store. What would it look like? What sort of books would it stock? It would have an old charm to it, almost like a used bookstore. I would stock primarily children’s books, ranging from board books to New Adult. Would this bookstore have any extra or special features? For example, it may have a cafe, a bar, etc. I would put a cafè in the store on the second level with a play are for little kids where the parents could relax. What would the staff be like there? Would you want to work there? The staff would be friendly, engaging, recommending tons of books to people. I would definitely work there. Do they sell things other than books? It would mainly be …

Teaser Tuesday (Sept. 16)

  Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! My Teaser is from Trickester’s Choice by Tamora Pierce He caught Aly’s eye and smiled, his face lighting with humor and tremendous charm. “I know. I’m scarcely attired for the weather.”             Feel free to leave a comment. I would love to see what books others are reading. 🙂

Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner Publish Date: August 24, 2010 Publisher: Delacorte Press How I got it: I own it My Rating: ♥♥♥ Goodreads Blurb: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.   My Thoughts: I’ve heard many mixed things about this book. Some liked; some didn’t like. Some liked this character; some hated this character. I was annoyed through half of it, to be honest. I found the language hard to get behind, and Thomas was annoying. I understand his need to know what is going on and to make sense of his situation, but the constant questions was irritating. This book took me more than a week to read, which seems like forever when …