Monday, September 29, 2014

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

I was tagged by the lovely Alise over at Readers in Wonderland to do the 20 things you might not know about me tag.  Thanks girl! xx  Here we go:

Question 1: How tall are you?

I'm actually quite short at 5'4'' - my mom is the only person in the world who thinks I'm tall (she's 5'0'' lol)

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

Hmmm, not really.  I do kind of have a crazy good memory though - I wouldn't quite call it eidetic like Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) but I just remember lots of details about a lot of stuff, even from my early childhood My family and friends are always blown away by how easily I remember song lyrics, not to mention lines from my favorite television shows and movies.

...not quite but hey, who am I to pass up using this gif?! ^^

Question 3: What's your biggest blog related pet-peeve?

Overloaded blogs that take forever to load and make my browser crash. Gah!

Question 4: What's your biggest non-blog related pet-peeve?

Bad drivers. Man they can get me going like not much else.  That and small talk. I'm not a huge fan of inane chit-chat and of course, working with the public, you tend to get that a lot o.O

Question 5: What's your favorite song?

Starlight by Muse ♥

Question 6: What's your favorite Etsy shop that isn't yours?

As much as I wish I could buy ALL THE THINGS on Etsy, I usually avoid it because I'm poor. Any one that sells HP, DW or any other fandom things could easily ruin me.

Question 7: What's your favorite way to spend your free time when you're alone?

Reading, of course, blogging, wasting my life away on Pinterest, catching up on my shows or just chilling outside.

Question 8: What's your favorite junk food?

Cake. Specifically Cheesecake. That and butterscotch/caramel anything. *drools*

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

I have 2 cats, a black one called Nox (get it?) and a tabby one called Jazz.

Question 10: What are your favorite fiction and nonfiction books?

Non-fiction? What is non-fiction? Just kidding, uhm I guess The Second Sex and Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination (Uni textbooks that really stayed with me)

Fiction: Harry Potter, Throne of Glass and ALL the Sanderson books! (especially Mistborn and Way of Kings)

Question 11: What's your favorite beauty product?

Bronzer. This pale girl needs all the help she can get! That and concealer.

Question 12:  When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Oh wow, I can't think of anything recent, which is weird cause I tend to embarrass easily. Uhm...

...sorry, I've got nothing. >.<

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tea. Hands down. I regularly drink breakfast (a.k.a. black) tea and peppermint tea but I enjoy almost any kind.

Question 14: What's your favorite movie?

Gladiator, The Prestige, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Dark Knight Trilogy, A Good name a few ;-)

Question 15: What were you in highschool: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

High school was a weird time for me, as wasn't as comfortable with my inner-nerdiness as I am now and was before that...but out of all the choices here, it's still the one that best describes me...


Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Provence France, London or Scotland. Just thinking about those places makes me swoon.

Question 17: PC or Mac?

I've only ever had PCs but I've always dreamed of having a Mac. And I will. One day...

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

Well recently, I got home from work late one day and the bf had cooked a wonderful feast of seafood, veggies and home-made cheesecake ♥  That and he buys me books, so I guess I'll keep him :D

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

David Tennant. Hands down.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly wish you were best friends with?
If we chat regularily online, and have gushed over some same books (or fandoms), chances are, I wish we were bff's in real life! xD
Now is the time where I would tag other bloggers to do the tag, and as much as I wish you all would participate, I know some of you don't especially like the 'forced' tag so I'll just say anyone who would like to participate is more than welcome to! I'd love to read your answers :)
And if you've already done this one - link me up!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Cress

Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles # 3
Published February 4 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
Cress is the third installment in the Lunar Chronicles and to me, it took this series to a whole other level. The introduction of Cress as a character was pretty brilliant itself but the way Marissa Meyer flawlessly weaved  together every separate storyline and point of view completely blew me away.

Cress properly introduces us to Crescent Moon - or Cress for short, a poor girl isolated on a Satellite orbiting Earth since her childhood.  With nothing to keep her company but netscreens, Cress has become a gifted hacker, and understandably, quite socially awkward.  When Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf figure out that Cress has helped them once before, they reach out to her and begin plotting to rescue her.  However, their rescue mission is sabotaged, so while Cress gains her freedom, the crew is separated.  Cast into smaller groups, they all have their own adventures, misadventures and complications as they race to reunite with one another and stop the evil Lunar Queen Levana from marrying Prince Kai and taking over the Earth.

I have to admit that I was equally taken by every single hero and heroine in Cress.  Told in alternating perspective, we got to know Cress, Throne, Wolf, Scarlet, Cinder and Kai separately and intimately as well as together as a group.  Marissa Meyer is definitely the queen of multiple POV's because she continues to add brilliant characters to the fray with unique voices, all while meshing their storylines together in a truly masterful way.  Cress, the newest addition was instantly likeable.  Her quirks and awkwardness were nothing but endearing and I loved the way she kept escaping into random fantasies whenever she was challenged or in a tight spot.  Her hacking skills certainly came in handy and gained her an equal position within this epic, ragtag crew. Cress' chemistry with Thorne (THORNE!!!) was easily a highlight of this entire adventure and it left me begging for more! *swoon*

Similarly, we got to know our returning favorite characters even better in Cress.  Scarlet continues to be bold and brave.  Wolf remains unpredictable, volatile but also alluring and vulnerable.  Kai is, as always, noble and he keeps on trying to do the right thing, amidst mounting pressure and decreasing hope.  And of course there's Cinder, our little cyborg that could.  Cinder is still struggling with herself and her destiny but she always comes through in the end.  I honestly love all of these characters and with the stakes getting progressively higher with every new book, my feelings for them have only deepened every step of the way.

I've already raved at Meyer's amazing skills with the alternating POV's she but I have to give her props for storytelling as well.  She has managed to take fairytale retellings to a whole other level by keeping them fresh, while being faithful to the essence of the source material.  The way these stories are plotted so tightly, with every single detail and twist accounted for amazed me at every turn.  I was riveted from start to finish and there's absolutely not one single detail I would change.   The writing was awesome.  The characters were awesome.  And the story just blew me away!  I know I'm late to the party finally reading this one but I think a part of me knew that when I finally did read Cress, it would be sheer torture waiting for the next installment, Winter to come out.  Luckily, Meyer must have sensed this, because now we have Fairest coming out early in 2015 to tide us over until November '15 *sobs*

There's really nothing more to say about Cress that hasn't already been said a million times over. Bottom line? It's amazing.  Read it. NOW.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #60

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the week is a weekly meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share one favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!    For information on how to join up & for upcoming topics, click here.

  Most Cringe Inducing Scene

I guess the answers this week could depend on what exactly makes us cringe.  It could be something gross, like Dumbledore's blackened hand in HBP (yuck!) It could be something uncomfortable, like Snape being bullied by James and Sirius as seen in his memories in HBP.  Then  again, it could be something that makes you cringe because it's revolting and just too horrible to think about, like Voldemort getting his body back at the end of GoF *shudders*  For me, when I think of cringing in the Harry Potter series, two moments come to mind as being the most cringe-worthy moments:

Harry's arm getting 'healed' by Lockhart

Ron's 'slug' curse backfiring on him

There's just something about Lockhart that makes you cringe, am I right? The second dear old Gilderoy walked up to Harry and said he'd 'fix' his arm, I was already prepared for the worst.  We all knew it was going to be bad!  That scene always makes me cringe because it's a disaster waiting to happen.  You can't look away though but man when that arm turns to jello and starts flopping around? Bleh!  Terrible.


And then in the very same year, poor Ron gets the short end of the stick when his broken wand ends up backfiring and the curse that Malfoy really deserved rebounces on Ron and has him blowing chunks of slugs for the better part of a day.  Yuuuuck.  Every time he raises his wand, I'm already dreading what's coming. So gross >.<

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *92*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Untitled Trilogy #1
Expected Publication: February 10th 2015 by Tor Teen

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
While I still haven't read this author's previous work, the Article 5 trilogy, it has been on my tbr shelf for some time now.  The Glass Arrow however, sounds even more like a story I could really get into!  I mean don't get me wrong, I love a good quality dystopian as much as the next person, but this one ^^ is a dystopian with sci-fi and fantasy elements.  Yeah!!  The fact that this dystopian world targets females already has me on the edge of my seat - and all I've got to go on is the synopsis.  If the actual book follows that same trend, I think we're in for one hell of a ride!

What do you think about The Glass Arrow?
Fill me in below and don't forget to link me up as well :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle #2
Published September 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...
*An ARC was provided by Scholastic Press in exchange for an honest review.*

The Dream Thieves is the follow up to The Raven Boys, (which I adored) and believe me when I tell you that The Dream Thieves is a worthy sequel in every. single. way.  I thought I already loved Blue and the boys as much as was humanly possible, but nope - there is a whole other level to these feels; and they were all brought to the surface while the reading of this book.  This is a story that stays with you long after you've read the last pages and I know that once the details start to get vague, I will promptly return and experience the whole thing all over again! (and again and again.)

The story seems to be getting darker with The Dream Thieves and I found that the scope of the plot has also broadened considerably.  Our Raven Boys aren't the only ones noticing the weird energy lines all over Henrietta; nor are they the only ones keen on finding the elusive Glendower.  I can foresee things getting quite intense in the next installments in any event.  As it stands, the way everything hit the fan at the end of book one with Adam's sacrifice and Ronan's big surprise reveal, well, things were bound to get interesting.  And they did!  Hell, they were more than interesting.  Try addictive, all-consuming and oh-so wonderful!  I happened to read this during an especially busy time in my life and it was sheer torture to have to put it down and walk away from the story - I kept wishing I could just forget the world and read the entire thing straight through.  Every single chapter promised more than the last and damned if it didn't deliver right till the very end!  Just when you thought Cabeswater couldn't get more enigmatic, you're floored with a big twist.  Just when Ronan seemed as mysterious and magnetic as humanly possible, NOPE.  He goes and reveals his dream powers and then we get to explore all of that with him.  Hello jackpot!

The Dream Thieves focuses most of it's attention on the boys this time around. We are treated to some bits from Blue's perspective, but mostly the focus lays on Gansey, Adam, and especially Ronan's perspective.  After Ronan's big dream reveal at the end of Raven Boys, it made sense for him to get more attention this time around.  Not to mention that I already had all kinds of love for his character and was desperate for more!  I have to say that Ronan's part of the story did not disappoint in the least.  I was swept away by his tale, his thoughts and the mischief he got up to ;-D  As for Gansey, I found myself falling even more hopelessly in love with him than I was at the end of The Raven Boys. The more you learn about the guy, the more there is to love I guess!  And then there's Adam, who underwent a huge change right at the end of book 1, so The Dream Thieves was all about how he's changing and why.  I probably don't even have to tell you that I was riveted by all of it. Adam continues to be something of a wild-card but he's a riddle wrapped in an enigma and I love all of it! Even Noah managed to surprise me yet again - and I thought nothing could top his big reveal the last time around. O.O Honestly, all of these boys own their own special piece of my heart! (PS- that ending tease has me shipping a ship that might never sail, but I'll be damned if I won't go down with THAT ship until the very end!! Sooo many feeeeels ♥♥♥)

The characters and their development is just as layered and rich here as it was in the first book.  We learn just as much new information about the boys and Blue as we did the first time around, which kind of blows my mind. The entire story line for The Dream Thieves was incredibly well-plotted and flowed like only Maggie Stiefvater can seem to manage.  I don't know how she does it, but with minimal drama she manages to make even the simplest of details utterly fascinating.  New characters and new monsters are introduced and they all seem like such a natural progression to the story that while they are surprising, at the same time you just know it could never have gone down any other way.  The whole thing was perfection to me, I just can not get over it.

The Dream Thieves is a story that grabs you right from the start and never lets go, not for a second.  It will invade your thoughts and, most likely, your dreams until you are consumed with longing for the next installment in an already stellar series.  I.NEED. Blue Lily, Lily Blue. In my life.  And quickly!  I simply don't think I can survive much longer without it.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #60

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the week is a weekly meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share one favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!    For information on how to join up & for upcoming topics, click here.

 Favorite Dumbledore Moment

Oh man, how do you even narrow something like this down?  Dumbledore is a bloody genius and to me every word that comes out of his mouth and every thought that crosses his mind is of value.  He's such an inspirational character and despite his past and his flaws, he's one of the wisest characters I've ever come across. I just love him to bits! So many of his moments stand out in my mind as defining to the series but I think one moment might just surpass the others for me:

Taking up a bigger role in Harry's magical education 

From the very beginning of the series, I'd been hoping Dumbledore would step up and teach Harry on his own.  So imagine my delight right at the start of Half-Blood Prince when Dumbledore personally picks up Harry at the Dursley's.  After giving them a good old talking to, Dumbledore whisks Harry away on a mysterious stopover at Slughorn's before dropping the boy off at The Burrow.  One of my favorite moments is the little talk Dumbledore and Harry have in the Weasley's shed where the old wizard offers up praise for the boy who lived - before promising that Harry will be taking special classes with him during the coming year!  From the moment those one on one classes started, I was set.  The interactions, conversations and planning that goes down between the two of them are some of my absolute favorite moments in the series.  Their journey to the dreaded cave ^^ was terrifying, exciting and epic all at once.  Even though it ends in heartbreak, it needed to happen that way and I wouldn't change a thing. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *91*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Expected Publication: February 10th 2015 by HarperCollins

The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.

Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre.

And what he knows will change Kym’s life.

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.
As soon as I saw this one up for grabs on Edelweiss, I knew I *had* to read it.  A creepy middle-grade story featuring ghosts, dark wizards, magic and mystery sounds like perfection to me! PLUS, it's a standalone and we all know how rare those are!  Sometimes you just need a nice middle-grade read to sweep you away and take you for a ride.  I'm hoping Monstrous proves to be as entertaining as it sounds :) And who could resist that cover anyway?!  Gorgeous!

Thoughts on this pretty?^^
Let me know when you link me up!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Crown of Ice

Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil
Published September 9th 2014 by Month9Books

Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing. CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.
*An ARC was provided by Month9Books in exchange for an honest review*

Crown of Ice is a book that I simply had to read, despite not being familiar with it's source of inspiration: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.  And here's why: the synopsis described the main character, Thyra Winter as 'scheming' and 'unencumbered by kindness'.  Those are definitely not the usual adjectives used to describe female protagonists - especially in YA. The blurb goes on to say that Thyra is logical and a gifted mathematician.  Again, this just sounded so fresh and different from the usual teenage heroines in YA that I was instantly hooked.  I needed to get to know Miss Thyra Winter. She just sounds so different.  Well, that and the fact that she's the Snow Queen! Because really, how freaking cool is that?

So.  Our Snow Queen is the eternal queen of winter. She's cold, calculating and powerful.  BUT, unless she reassembles a shattered mirror before her 18th birthday, she's doomed to become a wraith. I mean sure, she has magical Snow Queen powers, given to her by a cruel wizard, but at 17...her time is running out all the same as if she was a regular human. Bummer.  Crown of Ice introduces us to Thyra Winter this way and author Vicki L. Weavil doesn't hold back in showing the reader that this MC will not be the usual YA-heroine.  Early on we are shown just how cruel and uncaring this Snow Queen can be.  Clearly, a less-than-admirable protagonist was one of my favorite aspects of this book.  It was just so refreshing to read about someone who is completely apart from the cookie-cutter females in young-adult books that have become the norm.  

As the synopsis explains, Thyra quickly sets her plan in motion to lure a young boy from the village, Kai Thorsen into helping her.  She knows that his skills in math rival her own and with time running out to reassemble this mirror, she needs all the help she can get if she wants to survive. And she wants to survive more than anything - believe me: Thyra Winter wants to gain eternal life. At.all.costs. There's a terrible bit early on with a mother wolf and her cubs that nearly shattered my heart but because of it, Thyra gains another accomplice in the surviving young wolf cub.  The wolf,  Luki was another of my absolute favorite aspects of this book.  I simply adore animal companions in my fantasy books and Luki was incredibly well fleshed-out and completely endearing! Kai was likeable enough as a secondary character but I feel like his character could have done with a bit more background.  I didn't find myself caring for him as an innocent trapped in all this nearly as much as I felt I should have.  That being said, his story was an engaging one in it's own right and I respected that he and Thyra were intellectual equals. It balanced things out nicely, you know, considering that he is a human and Thyra was the magical Snow Queen.

There is a romantic aspect to Crown of Ice but it develops veeeery slowly and in a completely believable and logical fashion.  Obviously, this was another huge plus - we all know how hard insta-love sucks, right?  I am happy to say that the romantic bits here were slow coming and even then, things didn't fall into place all at once.  I am even more happy to say that when the story wraps-up, the romance bits don't end in the typical way either.  The feminist inside of me was incredibly pleased by that :D  And it wasn't just the romance that was nicely-paced; the entire plotline of the book was nicely developed, and as an MC, Thyra had a very nice character-arc, from who she was when the story began to who she becomes when the story ends.  I just wish that the villain, and the few other secondary characters (like Kai) could have gotten a bit more attention, not just in terms of 'page-time' but where their past and motivations were concerned.

Crown of Ice was definitely a book that was worth the read for me.  I was over the moon about getting to know a protagonist who was so unique and compelling.  Thyra Winter is a character I won't soon forget!  I thought the idea of a Snow Queen was fascinating, her powers were cool (no pun intended!) and her wolf-sidekick was adorable ♥  As far as I know, this book is a standalone - another rarity, so I would definitely recommend this one to fairytale-retelling fans and readers who like a very different kind of heroine, one who's both twisted and compelling. Needless to say, I've since added The Snow Queen to my tbr shelf :)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About the author:
Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing and visual arts university.  Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.
Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr

Friday, September 12, 2014

2 Year Blogoversary + Giveaway!

Hi Guys!  I've got something special going on over here because September 13th, 2014 marks my official 2-year anniversary as a book blogger here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews!!  It's kind of amazing to me that it's already been 2 whole years since I launched this little blog back in September 2012.  Time sure does fly when you're having fun :)  Last year, my blogoversary slipped by and I only realized weeks after but this year? I'm on it!  I wanted to mark the occasion with something special AND I also wanted to thank you guys for following the blog and making it what it is today.  So to show my appreciation and gratitude, I'm hosting a giveaway!

Since it's my blogoversary, I decided to celebrate it by spreading the love for some of my all-time favorite reads since I started blogging. As book reviewers/bloggers, we spend so much time gushing about our favorite reads, that I thought this would be the perfect time to pay it forward and give one of my favorite books to someone who might not have read them yet! #bookpusherforlife! So. Here's what's up for grabs:

One (1) Winner will chose one (1) book from the selection above -OR- you can choose another book in the series if the cover shown is a sequel. 
*If a title shown becomes unavailable on The Book Depository for whatever reason, the winner will have to chose another book*

 Giveaway Details:
Giveaway is for one (1) book of choice from the above selection of upcoming releases (or a previous book in the same series).

*If the winner chooses an upcoming releases, the book will be pre-ordered and shipped when it becomes available*

I am not responsible for lost or damaged shipment.

Open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to your location.
Giveaway ends September 22nd, 2014.
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
**Cheaters will have their entries deleted - please follow the rules carefully.**

Once a winner is chosen, they will have 48 hours to respond to their e-mail from me, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #59

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the week is a weekly meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share one favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!   Upcoming topics and how to join here.

  Least Favorite Book

Now before I even begin to answer, I feel like I ought to clarify: I adore ALL the books in the Harry Potter Series.  Like anyone else I have favorites, but I would NOT discard even the smallest bit of of any one of these books.  To me, all of them are absolute perfection.  That being said, I have a compulsive need to sort things, make lists, and pick favorites so I've always known which of the books in the series are my most favorite, and, in this case, which is my least favorite book:

Chamber of Secrets

Chamber of Secrets starts off on a high note, with Harry being whisked away to The Burrow. (♥) This is where we meet up with Dobby for the first time and we have the uber-cool mystery of who -or what is Petrifying the students.  Ginny finally joins Hogwarts as a student herself, we learn of her adorable crush on Harry and then she gets saved by the boy himself!  Sounds awesome right?  Well it is.  Except...
Except, I've always felt so bad that Harry turns into public enemy number one for the first time, at such a young age. It pains me to see how others lose faith in him so quickly but at the same time how can you blame them.  He speaks Parseltongue in front of everyone and keeps freaking showing up whenever the snake strikes.  It isn't the last time Harry becomes an outcast, but to me this time always seems worst.  And seeing that this is the second book in the series, I find that the trio hasn't matured much from how they were in the first book.  They're still kids after all but at the same time, knowing how epic the series gets as it goes, I always find myself looking forward to getting into the darker, grittier stuff.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *90*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

Woven by Michael Jensen &
David Powers King
Expected Pub Date: January 27th '15 by Scholastic Press

Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.

All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown.

But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure.

Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face.

Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.
A middle-grade fantasy adventure with ghosts?? Count me in! I love the sound of this twisted little story with nobility, secrets, castles, murder and ancient magical objects with mysterious powers!  I can't wait to get to know Nels and Tyra and tag along as they try to solve the mysteries at hand. Woven sounds truly briliant, I need this book in my life!!

Thoughts on this one? Let me know when you link me up :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Bookish Seven Deadly Sins

I've been tagged to do the Seven Deadly Sins Questionnaire (created by BookishlyMalyza) by the lovely Aylee @ Recovering Potter Addict & since I had so much fun reading her answers, I didn't think twice about joining in.  Thanks girl!

1. Greed. What's your most inexpensive book? What's your most expensive one?

My most inexpensive books would probably be those 0.99$ steal of a deal ebook sale books.  I have more than a few, I always jump at the chance to get my hands on a book on my tbr shelf and who can pass up 0.99$ deals anyway?!  My most expensive books are my huge, hardback Lord of The Rings and Chronicles of Narnia volumes, which are bind-ups of the entire works in single huge tomes.  Both were gifted to me by my boyfriend ♥  More recently, there would be my current read, Words of Radiance, book 2 in The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.  That beast is over 1100 pages, hardback and full of glorious, full colour maps and illustrations. It's gorgeous and well worth the money I spent on it!

2. Wrath. What author do you have a love-hate relationship with?

Oooh this is a tough one, usually I tend to full-on love or full-on hate, with little room for conflicting feelings like these.  I guess, I'd have to say Stephenie Meyer.  I love that her books were among the first to get me back into reading after a period I like to refer to as 'The Dark Ages'.  Both her Twilight Saga and The Host were books I devoured and often times re-read because I could not get enough of her addictive writing style and fantasy worlds.  At the same time though, I hate that the books were reduced to love-triangles and sub-par film adaptations. 

3. Gluttony. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame.

This one will come as no surprise: The Harry Potter Series.  I've read the entire series of seven books a grand total of seven times!  When I finished reading the books the first time, I literally closed Deathly Hallows, sat in a daze for like fifteen minutes, got up and picked up Philosopher's Stone and started all over again.  I simply could not let go.  This happened more than once and for a bit I was reading the series once a year.  It's been a few years now since I've gone back and re-read them all so I'm beginning to miss The Boy Who Lived and the rest of the gang.  I'm thinking re-read number 8 won't be too far off :D

4.Sloth. What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin.  It's just such a MASSIVE series and you keep hearing about it everywhere, so while part of me needs to feel caught up, the other part just wants to quietly read them when all the buzz dies down. So I wait...

5. Pride. What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Hmmm, I don't think I use books to sound more intellectual, since I think the simple act of reading to be an intellectual one...but, I guess maybe like Lord of the Rings, since it's a classic but not everyone has actually read it, what with the films coming out relatively recently. It makes me feel a bit clever to know some obscure detail that was in the books but not in the films ;-)

6. Lust. What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

In male characters, I like a bit of a tortured soul.  I like them brave, clever, snarky but also dark and moody with their own demons to face and all that fun stuff. *swoon*

In female characters, I like feisty, brave women who know how to kick some ass while being clever at the same time. Think Celaena, Hermione, Ginny, Luna...

7. Envy. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Oh wow, how about all the other Harry Potter editions that I don't own yet! Like the original U.S. Scholastic Editions and the new 15th Anniversary Scholastic Editions to start! What a dream come true that would be :)

Alright, Now it's my turn to tag some people :D Here are my picks:

Lee, Ally & Melissa @ Rally the Readers
Alise & Bec @ Readers in Wonderland

AND anyone else who would like to participate, there were 7 tags to give out but I could have gone on with more!

**If any of you have done this tag already and I missed it, I apologize and I'd love it if you linked me up to your post so I can visit back!**

Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Mitosis

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson
Reckoners 1.5
Published December 3rd 2013 by Delacorte Press

From "New York Times" bestselling author Brandon Sanderson's action-packed novel "Steelheart" comes "Mitosis," a short story set in the world of The Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format.

Steelheart may be dead, but Epics still plague Newcago and David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

Catch all the action before, "Firefight" is the exciting sequel to "Steelheart" hits the shelves.
Mitosis in a novella within Sanderson's Reckoners Series that is meant to bridge the gap between book 1, Steelheart and the upcoming sequel, Firefight due to be released early next year. I actually just featured Firefight as my WoW pick a few weeks ago and it got me in the mood to return to the world of The Reckoners so it seemed like the perfect time to get into Mitosis.

The story wastes no time getting started with Mitosis, which is perfect when dealing with a novella!  Fresh off of the events of Steelheart, David and his crew of Reckoners are dealing with the new reality of Newcago: a city freed from the evil tyrant Epic, Steelheart himself.  David seems to feel like people should be out celebrating and getting back to their normal lives now, but people are largely still living in fear.  Fear that another Epic will take Steelheart's place and the chaos will start up all over again.  But while David and his crew are trying to restore a sense of normality to Newcago, another Epic strolls in...hell bent on causing his share of chaos.

It was kind of amazing to me how Sanderson managed to get me right back in the groove of the Reckoners world without even trying.  I read Steelheart last year but from the first few pages of Mitosis, I was right back in the swing of things!  I thought it was really cool to see how things had changed in Newcago since Steelheart and how the character's lives have been impacted by their heightened status.  See, the Reckoners used to operate under a veil of secrecy, but when you tangle with an Epic, you kind of gain some notoriety. 

There was also some heavy foreshadowing of what I can only assume will be important themes with the upcoming sequels.  All Epics are said to have a weakness, but David seems to have figured out some kind of clue or pattern to how each Epic ends up with any given weakness.  It seemed random in the first book but now there might be some sort of logic to it, which could be helpful in taking down other Epics.  It was a tantalizing detail and I can't wait to see it all fleshed out!

Bottom line: if you enjoyed Steelheart and can't wait for Firefight, I definitely recommend checking out Mitosis.  It's the perfect way to return to the world of the Reckoners for a quick spell, either right after reading the first book, or in preparation for the sequel!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #58

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share one favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Favorite Editions of the Books

This is a tough one.  It seems like there are like a ton of gorgeous covers to choose from with these books - especially when you consider both the U.K. and U.S. editions... and the fact that the series has a variety of both children's and adult covers.  We all have our favorite(s) and I couldn't narrow mine down any more than this:

Bloomsbury Adult Edition (U.K.)

This is the set that I own and I remember seeking these covers out specifically as I was buying the books.  I was in my early 20's then and thought I was 'too old" for the children's editions or something I guess ;-)  Actually I just thought it was really cool that Harry Potter, widely considered as children's lit had adult covers as well.  I've always thought these ^^ were really cool looking, how they each highlight one specific item or location that's important to the story.  My favorites among these are DH and OotP.

Original Scholastic Edition (U.S.)

Being from Canada, the U.S. covers are far more commonplace than any other ones, so these^^ were everywhere, and while I didn't feel the need to own them when they were coming out, I've gotten a bit sentimental about them... and now I want to own a set with these covers too.  I think my favorite aspect about these is the bright, vivid colours.  The earlier books in the set aren't my favorites but I adore HBP...the green, and that scene with Harry and just looks incredibly magical to me ♥  I'm also partial to DH because Harry looks inherently heroic on it - and the blue OotP cover is pretty sweet too!

Scholastic 15th Anniversary Edition

Out of all the new/anniversary covers to come out recently, these ones^^ are my favorite.  And with these, I actually prefer the earlier book covers; my favorites being CoS - how welcoming does the Burrow look there?! - PS, because of Diagon Alley and Hagrid, and PoA (PATRONUS!) I really want to own all of these sets.  If only I had a secret vault in Gringotts xD

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *89*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

Talon by Julie Kagawa
Talon #1
Expected Publication: October 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
DRAGONS.  And not just regular dragons, people with the ability to transform into dragons!!  I've only read one story like that before, the Draconi Series by Stephanie Constante and I loved it!  That was was set in a more traditional setting so I love the idea of dragons being woven into modern day society.  Talon had me excited about it even before I was lucky enough to snag a copy at BEA this year.  I cannot wait to get started on this one. DRAGONS!! :D

Are you as excited for Talon as I am?
Let me know when you link me up below!