Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Book Title: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games 1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Buy it from Amazon: The Hunger Games


Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen is a sixteen year old living in the country known as Panem, which consists of the Capitol and 12 outlying Districts. Every year each district much chose a boy and girl "tribute" to take part in the Capitol's brutal reality show called the Hunger Games. When Katniss hears her younger sister's name as this year's girl tribute, Katniss immediately volunteers to take her place. For almost every "tribute" this is a death sentence, but tough, self-sufficient Katniss is not going down without a fight. Unfortunately the game becomes about more than just surviving to the end.


My Thoughts:

There is no way I can come up with words to do this book justice. It was awesome! I'm rarely ever drawn into a book by the first page but this one did it. I had no idea what to expect but I was not disappointed. I was reading it at any available minute and did not want to put it down. Even though this book is YA and the main character is a teenager, I did not find it to be at all pretentious or annoying. I felt like I was in her shoes and could relate to Katniss immediately.

I was so sad when it ended and I'm so upset with myself for not buying Catching Fire at the same time as the Hunger Games. I cannot wait until I get my hands on it.

I would suggest this to everyone!





My Rating





Friday, January 28, 2011

Follow Friday Part 3! 1/28/11

Goodness, I can't believe it's already Friday again! While most people will be celebrating the weekend, Friday's are actually my hump day! :( Oh well, only three more days until Monday!



This week's question: What is/was your favorite subject in school?

I hated, HATED school, but I'm gonna have to go with History on this one! I also did pretty well in Math. (Yup, I'm lame!)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vamp stuff!

Yay! I won my first giveaway! Thank you so much to Kristin over at Nocturnal Bites for giving away these awesome goodies!


Go check out her awesome blog!

Nocturnal Bites

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 1/25/11



"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 (2) two "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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"


My tease this week is from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:


 Page 85:
"I pull the covers up over my head as if this will protect me from the redheaded girl who can't speak. But I can feel her eyes staring at me, piercing through walls and doors and bedding. I wonder if she'll enjoy watching me die."





Sunday, January 23, 2011

Waiting for Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Ok, so I'm super duper excited about this!!


Series: Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Preorder Dead Reckoning from Amazon



Synopsis from Good Reads
"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realzses that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . "

If you were to hear me talk about the Sookie Stackhouse series, you'd really think I was quite pathetic. It's kind of ridiculous how excited I get. I've read all of the books twice, except for Dead in the Family, which I know I'll be reading again once it gets closer to May. I can't wait! I can't wait! I can't wait! *slaps face* Ok, I've calmed down. For those of you, like me, who can't wait to get your hands on this, Charlaine Harris has posted the First Chapter on her website.

Now go preorder!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Follow Friday Part 2!



Yup, it's that time of the week again! Sorry, I just got off work and I'm super tired (waiting tables sucks!) so I don't have anything clever to say. :p

This week's question: "Who do you cheer for?"

I don't watch any sports, and I'm so lucky that my boyfriend of 5 years doesn't either! Love you babe!

Review: Shakespeare's Counselor by Charlaine Harris


Book Title: Shakespeare's Counselor (Lily Bard Mystery, Book 5)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Mystery
Buy it from Amazon.com: Shakespeare's Counselor (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 5)

 Synopsis from Good Reads
 "Cleaning woman and karate expert Lily Bard is a woman with a complicated past. Trying her best to cope with her terrifying memories and horrible nightmares, she decides to join a weekly group therapy session in her hometown of Shakespeare, Arkansas. At first Lily can hardly believe the number of her fellow Shakespeareans who share her life experiences." "As it turns out, the group members' feelings aren't the only things that need sorting out - they assemble for a session and find a woman dead, killed in bone-chilling fashion and deliberately left on display to send a twisted message. Who would commit such a horrendous crime, and who is the intended recipient of the message?" Before long, Lily becomes embroiled in this disturbing murder and its aftermath, one in which the brutal killer's motives are entirely unclear. The truth is, the situation has dredged up more than a few of her own terrible secrets, and she may not be able to rest until she can untangle the who and why of this terrible crime. But can she accomplish this before the killer strikes again, and before her nightmares send her over the edge?"

My Thoughts 

I liked this book even though I can't really think of much to say about it. Apparently this is the last one in the series which makes me sad because I really liked Lily Bard. She was a kickass (she could literally kick your ass), takes no BS kind of woman. I did enjoy this book, but there were some things that bothered me. I didn't particularly like or care about Tamsin Lynd. There really wasn't much character development for her. I didn't really understand why Lily would take pity on her, because Lily never feels bad for anyone. That's just not how she is. Another thing that bothered me was the ending. Charlaine Harris at times tends to just wrap everything up in the last 20 or so pages, and this was one of those times, even though this book was a bit longer than previous ones in the series. So that was kind of disappointing... The last thing (I think) I noticed was there were 2 instances when the author got some gym names mixed up, but that doesn't really take away from the story, I suppose.

I love Charlaine Harris! This book definitely isn't great, but it was a fun, light, quick read. I would recommend to fans of the Southern Vampire series.


My Rating

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Living Social

Amazon has a deal going on Living Social today: get $20 gift card for $10. Go buy, NOW! :)

Use my link!



On a side note, I've been changing up things on my blog. I kind of just gave up on the whole "in the sky" theme for now. I had a general idea in my head of how I wanted it to look, but I just couldn't figure out how to make it happen. I'm thinking black and lace is the way to go.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 1/18/11



"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 (2) two "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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"


 My teaser this week is from Shakespeare's Counselor by Charlaine Harris:


 Page 152: "I was too angry to raise my hand to knock. I turned sideways, raised my leg, and kicked."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Challenges



I'm going to try to complete this one, even though I've only read an embarrassing *cough* 1... book so far this year. I definitely need to pick up the pace!


Edit:

I might as well join this Vampire challenge since I'm already doing the Shifter one.

My blog...

Well, I don't really like what my blog looks like right now. I like the whole sky thing I've got going.. but honestly it's a little too sunny for me. I'd like it be a little more cloudy or rainy or spooky or something! Does anyone know of anywhere I can find some good backgrounds or headers? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Did Not Finish: Tinkers by Paul Harding

I feel bad, I really do. My little bloggie thing here is only two days old and I'm already not finishing a book. Now this is very rare for me. It's been years and years since I started a book and DNF (Did Not Finish). Ordinarily I just stick it out and read the whole thing even if I'm not enjoying it.

Things do change, however! And this particular thing was Tinkers by Paul Harding...

I'll admit I had pretty high hopes for this one, seeing as it was a Pulitzer Prize winner. I have been disappointed in the past. I didn't particularly like The Road or Olive Kitteredge, for instance. Soooo... I guess I should've known better.


Synopsis from GoodReads:
 "An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature."
  
This book is very short at a mere 191 pages but I could only get to page 62. Basically all that happened was an old man was hallucinating. I don't want to sound heartless, but it was pretty boring. It felt like a chore to read, so why should I waste time when there are so many better books I know I could be reading and enjoying? I really feel like the author could make an interesting story, "story" being the big key word here. He writes well, but there was absolutely no plot, no storyline, only pointless descriptions about things going on for whole pages. None of the characters were interesting to me.

This definitely was not for me, and I can not think of anyone I would recommend it to. Perhaps if I later hear that it actually gets better at page 63 I'll pick it back up. In the meantime I'm movin on!

Follow Friday



Follow Friday is basically a way to get more followers and meet other bloggers. There's a weekly question, too!

"What makes up your non-human family?"

Sadly I don't have any pets! I would love a puppy, but I can't have them in my super small apartment. *sad face*

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 Shifter Challenge



My first challenge! Since I like lycanthropes so much, I decided to join the Shifter Challenge being hosted by Parajunkee's View. The goal is to read 20 books with a shifter as a main character. Sounds like fun to me!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Review: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater



Book Name: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Paranormal Fiction, Young Adult

Mini Book Synopsis

Grace is a teenager living in Mercy Falls, Minnesota. There are wolves in the woods behind her house, but Grace senses they are not ordinary wolves. As she becomes more obsessed with them, she finds out that there's a lot more under their furry little surfaces...


My Thoughts

This was really my first time reading a young adult novel and any book written by Maggie Stiefvater. I was not disappointed! I loved this book. I've always been interested in werewolves and shape-shifters in general. (I love animals!) Sam, Grace's love interest, made an interesting character as a werewolf. I really liked the whole idea of the were-humans becoming were-wolves when it gets cold. This book had me teary eyed at parts! The suspense of not knowing when or where Sam might change had me biting my nails the whole way through. All in all this book got me sucked into its world, and I can't wait to read the sequel.

My Rating




Monday, January 10, 2011

First post!

After much inner debate I decided to finally start my own book review blog! Mostly I wanted to keep track of which books I read and what I thought of them. But now that I've made this, I'll probably spend more time figuring out this whole blogging thing than actually reading, but oh well!

A more significant post to come soon!

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