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Top Ten Tuesday – July 30th

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This week was all about our favorite beginnings and endings. You could have just gone with beginnings or endings or both but I decided to do both – more endings than beginings because that is what tends to stay with me… I have two books that fall into both categories – they had me from the first moment to the last page I read so check it out:

Tangled (Tangled, #1)by Emma Chase

“Do you see that unshowered, unshaven heap on the couch? The guy in the dirty grey t-shirt and ripped sweatpants? That’s me, Drew Evans.  I’m not usually like this.  I mean, that really isn’t me…..

“As I look at the troubled expression of my big bitch of a sister, I’m thrown back twenty-two years back in time.  I’m six years old and my hamster, Mr. Wuzzles, has just died. And just like that day, the painful truth is ripped from my lungs. “It finally happened.”  “What happened?”  “What you’v ebeen wishing on me all these years,” I whisper.  “I fell in love”

*After these first lines – in the first chapter I was hooked – I had a love/hate feeling for this guy but the humor and how he was so real/raw took me in. This is by far one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.. Get it today – I promise you’ll love it!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)“Delirium” by Lauren Oliver

“The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we’re well. – Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh”

*I absolutely cannot say enough about this book and series, it had me from page one to the very end of the last book… amazing!

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)“If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

“Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.”

*Again – this is another book I was hooked sentence one, page one — amazing book!

Now for the endings!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)“Delirium” by Lauren Oliver

“He is looking at me through the smoke, across the fence. He never takes his eyes off of me. His hair is a crown of leaves, of thorns, of flames.  His eyes are blazing with light, more light than all the lights in every city in the whole world, more light than we could ever invent if we had ten thousand billion years.  And then he opens his mouth and his mouth forms one last word.  The word is: RUN.”

*WOW – This book had me by the seat of my pants from start to finish – and drove me through the rest of the series too..amazing writing!

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)“Pandemonium” by Lauren Oliver

“I promise,” I say.  Behind us the door creaks open, and I turn around, expecting Raven, just as a voice cuts through the air: “Don’t believe her.”  The whole world closes around me, like an eyelid: For a moment, everything goes dark.  I am falling.  My ears are full of rushing; I have been sucked into a tunnel, a place of pressure and chaos.  My head is about to explode.”

*Again – WOW Oliver knows how to leave you with a cliff hanger, I couldn’t get my hands on requiem fast enough…

Requiem (Delirium, #3)“Requiem” by Lauren Oliver

“Take down the walls.
That is, after all, the whole point.
You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you cannot see through to the other side, don’t know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise or destruction.
Take down the walls.
Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.
Otherwise you may never know hell; but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying.
All of you, wherever you are: in your spiny cities, or your one bump towns. Find it, the hard stuff, the links of metal and chink, the fragments of stone filling you stomach.
And pull, and pull, and pull.
I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever.
Take down the walls.”

* I quoted this when I reviewed this book – amazing writing. It has been stuck in my head ever since — so many meanings and just so meaningful to the story. I know it didn’t give a lot of readers the resolution they wanted – but i think it really brought the point of the story home..so much meaning and so much to fight for.. Awesome series.

Under the Never Sky (Under ...“Under the Never Sky” By Veronica Rossi

“She shot into the darkness, letting her ears guide her.  She followed the crunch of his feet on stones and small twigs, coming faster, louder, as his walk became a jog, then a run.  She chased the sounds until all she heard was his heartbeat and then his breath and his voice, right by her ear, telling her, in tones as warm as fire, exactly the words she wanted to hear.”

*Another amazing series – I also loved the end of the second book, no real quote there but just the idea they were together and in search of the blue sky together – one of the best second book endings ever, and I loved this as much. Rossi is an amazing writer!

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)“Breaking Dawn” Stephanie Meyer

“I pressed my hands to his face again, hefted the shield right out of my mind, and then started where I’d left off-with the crystal-clear memory of the first night of my new life..lingering on the details.  I laughted breathlessly when his urgent kissw interrupted my new efforts again.  “Damn it,” he growled, kissing hungrily down the edge of my jaw.  “We have plenty of time to work on it,” I murmured.  “That sounds exactly right to me.”  And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever.”

*I am a tru Twilight fan and this was the best ending of this story i could have imagined – the last sentence just shows all they were fighting for, all the hard work, and the turmoil – they won. They get their daughter, their family, and their forever together – Seeing her lift her shield so he can see in her thoughts and then that line sealed the end of the book for me – great ending!

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)“If I stay” by Gayle Forman

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want.  I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York.  But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that too.  I was talking to Liz and she said maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us.  And that would suck, but I’ll do it.  I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today.  I’ll let you go. If you stay.”

*Tear— What a selfless thing to say – I loved the raw feeling in this book and his character – what a selfless act to offer to dissapear from someone’s life just to make sure they live, to give up your own happiness for someone else’s.. It just – confounded me to be honest. Amazing writing and I loved the second book just as much *spoiler alert* — I was happy  for them both to get their happy ending in the end of the second book.. *sigh*

Divergent (Divergent, #1)“Divergent” by Veronica Roth

“I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave. I suppose that now, I must become more than either.”

*You can feel Tris changing when you read this, feel the raw grief of her realiziation her whole world is changing and nothing will be the same ever again – Great female role in a book – and definetly left me wanting more.

Well that’s it guys – hope you enjoyed and love to hear yours! I’m sure there are tons of things i left out – it’s hard to think of everything you’ve ever read and what stuck out and even harder to get back to all those quotes – but it was a great topic! Something I”d like to cover again and give myself more time to pull together – quotes make a story to me, and I love pointing out who these made the books stick in my mind forever.

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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Monday Musing – July 29th

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then

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I was thinking all morning what I would muse about today — and I”m coming up empty handed… So I think I will gush about the new Book Tour site i’m starting to participate in and how awesome it is! I’m not sure if you all are familiar with Around the World ARC Tours – but if you have a blog and keep it updated with new content you can sign up to read/review books you mail from one reader to the next. This has given me a chance to get a lot of the larger name books that I could not have gotten myself probaby – so it’s super exciting. I didn’t realize how much I missed actually holding and having a paperback book – so many of mine are Ebooks that I get from Netgalley/etc and while that is super convenient and I love it, holding the actual book is nice too – just the smell of books, I know that sounds nuts..but it reminds me of why i love reading so much.

I’m on my 4th book right now and I have about 4 more on the way at this point and just really enjoying it. The site is run super well – you get the book, have 1 week to read and 1 to review, so you arn’t crunched for time – but it keeps you on target too and the schedule moving. I think it’s just a great opportunity, especially for those of us who are newer to blogging and don’t get ARC’s from the publishers themselves.. If you want to participate to check it out I’ll post the link below —

Anyway from the 4 books I’ve received so far – 3 have been great and 1 was a will not review (subject was NOT what I thought it would be at all).. You get 5 chances to not review a book each year and it resets in October I think..

Anyway – instead of book gushing today, I thought I’d gush about this and the amazing opportunity it is for anyone who wants to check it out!

Happy Monday!

Here’s the link: http://aroundtheworldarctours.wordpress.com/

Check it out – you never know –and if you get a lot of review ARC’s in paperback and want to share – we would love it and it’s very easy to do that too!!

Kelley

 

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Am I the only Muggle who hasn’t read Harry Potter??

Complete set of the seven books of the Harry P...

Complete set of the seven books of the Harry Potter series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey Y’all! I am finding myself this Saturday night thinking about Harry Potter – as I saw the movie on tv.. How in the world have I not read this yet??

I will admit, it came around during the “height” of my Twilight “Addiction” — So I was basically eating, breathing, living Twilight. I can clearly remember even reading during stop lights ( I know – terrible!!) – So maybe I somehow skipped it over.

I actually started reading the first book at least three times, but then I would revert back to something else – I distinctly remember the first book up until the moment Harry meets Hagrid for the first time and I was so glad he got away from that terrible cousin/aunt/uncle – I also remember loving the fact that they called humans “muggles” – what an awesome word, right? I loved the first visit to the alley where they get all the “magical” supplies and in the movie I LOVE the first dinner at Hogwart’s and just how awesome they constructed this wolrd via the movie – Personally I just loved all the movies.

So – I didn’t watch any of the movies promising myself that I would read first, then see the movies. And up until the last movie was released on DVD I kept to this promise – but by this time I had started reading and shortly after blogging, and now my schedule is packed! I don’t review everything I read, but I try too and I’m so bogged down with stuff I’m SUPER excited to read that i keep putting this off until I have more “time..” – all of my fellow bloggers know this feeling.. SO maybe I should make this my mid-year blogging resolution? What do you all think??

Let me hear what you think — Should I read it now, make that a huge bookish commitment to have done by the first day of 2014? OR if i’ve seen the movies and loved them – should this stay this way? I am not a huge magic fan or wizard fan.. but I kind of put this into a different category…

Anyway – let me hear it, what do you think?? Should I stay a misinformed Muggle – or do I make this a resolution right here and now to get this right and read these books??!

Happy Saturday!!

Kelley

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WWW Wednesday’s – Check out what I’m reading now and next!

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

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This is one of my favorite weekly events – I love seeing what everyone else is reading and what they are going to read — so check my list out!

1. What am I Currently reading?

The Infinite Moment of Usby Lauren Myracle

I’m about 55% into the book and I have enojoyed it – we shall see how the ending plays out here.. Right now it’s not a huge page turner, but I could see this being a good mindless summer read – with great romantic moments — tune in for my review!

2. What will I read next?

Starry NightsWild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)

So I have both of these right now in my possession as part of a blog tour – but which to read first.. This might sounds nuts but I need to have both read by 7/29 when I need to mail them out — Any suggestions on what should come first??

3. What did I just finish reading?

Rule (Marked Men, #1)by Jay Crownover

I absolutely loved this book – great writing and story and hot romance! I can’t wait to read the second book – “Jet” which I will right after I’m done with my 2 current blog tour books – it’s already on my Kindle and ready to go!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Let me hear what you’re reading – what you want to read – or what you’ve just read. And if you have comments on what I’m reading – tell me that too!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday – July 23rd

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Hello Everyone! I wasn’t sure how I felt about this week’s topic, but the more I’ve thought about it today – it’s pretty interesting. I want to add a disclaimer here – that even though “most” likely I will no t pick up books with these words associated on the cover or description – but like with everything else – there is always an exception to the rule.. So while I can’t say never read, I can say I would strongly consider any books involving the following:

Top Ten WORDS / PHRASES that make me NOT pick up a book:

1. Next “Insert title here” – I don’t like books that sell other books or live off of their success. I can’t say I have never considered a book who boasted this, but I’m not immediately drawn to these – especially if it’s listed on the cover or the back of the book. Let it sell on it’s own merit!

2. Graphic Novel – I haven’t ever been into comics, so to me this makes sense.. if it says that – I pretty much keep moving..just not my thing – but just my opinion here – I am sure there are some really great ones out there.. Just not for me..

3. Werewolves/aliens/Magic/Wizards/Witches/Demons – I will admit I am into vampire novels ( in a Twilight or True Blood situation) but for the most part these books are not my go-to choices. I do enjoy a great paranormal read, but i don’t search for books under these topics. The Magic/Wizard/Witch/Demon/Alien are almost an absolute no go for me – but Never say never I guess..

4. Fantasy Novel – I’m not and I haven’t ever been into this genre… and still not, so this is a definite stop, drop, and move on for me.

5. Cancer/Death – I had some personal experience with Cancer – and it’s just awful to relive that so for the most part I will out of my way to avoid – for example “The Fault in Our Stars” i have been wanting to read – awesome reviews but I just can’t pick it up – I think still too fresh for me. Death is the same thing, just so dark. i can’t say I don’t read things with death in it – but I do read Nicholas Sparks and we all know he likes to throw one of these in there like almost..always.. But you get the point.

6. Horror/Thriller novel – i’m not into scary or thrilling events or books. I may be girly but there is nothing better for me than a great romance book, so I avoid books like these – I like to enjoy my read, not cause myself nighttime terrors from it..

7. Fairytale “re-do” – I like fairy tales in general, but I don’t like the “lets take this great story and make it dark and scary” idea so I try to avoid anything that’s titled or described as this.

8. Autobiographies – I will read one of these every so-often but I’m not into non-fiction at all usually and this falls into that category..

9. Historical – if it’s not current or future, then I’m not reading or interested. Even the historical romances don’t fit my interests right now – maybe this will change and i’m sure there are some good ones out there, but right now if it’s not now or future, not for me.

10. Murder Mystery/Political themed – same lines as the horror/thriller. I just don’t enjoy books set around these themes…just not for me. I like some good “adult” romance, love YA, love contemporary adult for the most part, but not these – and most of all absolutely no to political themed books..

 

Well there you have it folks – my list. I’m sure I will eat my words on some or all of these at some point, but for now there you have it. One of the words I thought about listing for example is zombies, but I had to think about how much I liked “Warm Bodies” so that’s a change from just the past year.. So while again I can’t say never, I can say not right now.

Let me hear it – what are your thoughts? What makes you run screaming for the aisle and away from the book shelf? Put your list below or add your link —

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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Monday Musing – July 22nd

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

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I have been sitting here wondering what I should “rant” about today — I was going to rant about how busy I am and how crazy I’ve been trying to get everything done but that’s boring — So instead I’m going to absolutely YELL about how EXCITED I am that “Panic” by Lauren Oliver is officially available for review copy on Edelweiss. I sent the request for my copy yesterday and I am crossing my fingers I get to read it — Now that I know it’s out there I will just go insane if I have to wait until March 2014 – I mean SERIOUSLY!! I need it now, like five minutes ago…

Anyway – I’m done yelling and screeching now..I guess i can go back to my normally scheduled work day. Tell me what you think – what you’re reading or what you want to rant about – love to hear from you all!

Hope Everyone has a happy Monday!

Kelley

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“Tumble & Fall” by Alexandra Coutts left me thinking in a deep way…

Tumble & Fall

by Alexandra Coutts

Publish Date: September 17, 2013

How I Got The Book: Via blog tour site – Around The World ARC! Super excited to be on the review team for this book!

Summary From GoodReads:

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

What I Thought:

This book definetly took me by surprise.  I was excited to read it because it sounded so different from other..dystropian or world end stories, and the cover was beutiful (really why I initially wanted to even check it out!), but once I read into it and got started, it felt..overwhelming. It’t not too thick – so it’s not just that. I think it’s the fact that it’s written in 3 person and follows 3 for the most part completely separate story lines. It was really hard until about half way in to be sure which character was who and what was going on in each story. I did love the characters themselves, and we’ll talk about that below. As far as the overall story, once I got through the 50% mark I was sucked in. It was def a different POV way of writing – but in the end it kind of worked with the story, so while it may have bothered me at first, it gave the book character in the end. I have seen other reviews where people stopped reading because of this or just cut it off, but I pushed through and once I got invested, I was invested.. I read this book in 1 day everyone, one single day.. I had to see what would happen. I loved the way the storylines come together and I thought this was a great book because it wasn’t all love and flowers. The characters were real with flaws and all. While the book just takes place over less than a week, you do see a lot going on and I feel like a lot changes for all the characters over this time. So, in closing this up so I can get on to the character portion – while I started out being on the fence, once I got to the halfway point I was in, fully invested! So, if you’re reading or thinking of, remember that – the ending is worth it – the message in the story is worth it. This book left me thinking, in a deep way for 2 days after – it was all I could think about… It is a beautiful story, with interesting and complex characters and a unique story line and plot – so glad i did not abandon it!

The Characters:

Let’s start with Caden. I really felt for this character and the way he grew up. I don’t want to give away and stories, but I think this one was the most surprising because it was my least favorite character but he really surprised me and left me wanting to meet this kid! I picked one quote for each character – so check out his below. While at first his story seemed simliar and same old, same old – it turned out to be about finding out who you are and what you stand up for – being brave when the world is literally crumbling down around you – and Caden was brave. The next character is Zan. Zan is a cool chick  – she seems laid back and hip. Her Mom seems to be a little tough and the whole unit is not working “perfectly” but they are there and together. Zan was inspiring, her love was overwhelming. It blew me away at her age the love she had to give and the emotions she was able to work around. Beautiful character. Now, last, but not least is Sienna. Her story broke my heart and then healed it again all over. Hearing her starting point, wow.. killed me, broke my heart for her. And to be honest from page one she was my fave. Seeing her grow, work into her family as is, face the literal possible end of the world, and to still grow personally. How difficult would that be? You’re looking at the end of the life as you know it, and you’re still opening up – letting someone in.. All the characters in this story showed so much maturity in the emotion dept, there was little if any panic with them – you do see it around the outside of the story, but not within. To some people  that lack of panic was unrealistic, but after the end I realize it was meant ot be that way for a reason. I have seen some reviews as well that pointed out they did not like the ending – and I won’t poil it for anyone, but I loved it and I felt like even it wasn’t what I personally wanted – it fit the story. It left me thinking. There were so many levels of emotion, connection, love – it was just a deep and beautiful story…

The Take-Away

I give this story a 4/5 stars. I loved the story and characters, but it did take some work to get that far into the book. It was tough to get through the first 100 or so pages, and if I wasn’t determined to read I could have lost out on this from the begining be a little difficult to navigate through. But, on my part, I’m really glad that I did power through and get to the end. This is the kind of book I might not read again,but it’s something I will remember the rest of my life, it made that type of impression. My other not complaint but something I wanted to point out is that the deep concepts for YA seemed to be REALLY deep, it was hard for me to process some of these thoughts/emotions and concepts – and I’m a full grown adult. So, not sure this is really aimed at the right age group. For someone my age, I see it being super appropriate. It absoutely makes you think about your life, what you’re doing and if you are happy = and put yourself in these shoes. It made me personally think seriously about things I could change to be more happy , it definetly hits home that life is short and what matters are the connections in your life, the love and the feelings and your “tribe.” Get the book, don’t stop unitl you’re past the 40% mark, and love it!

A Quote for each character:

Caden:

“Caden looks at his sister.  He wonders how something so small can be so resilient, so indestructible.  “You’re not mad?” he asks.  Carly smiles and shrugs.  “Mad?” she repeats.  “Why would I be mad? Nothing’s different.  You can’t lose something ou never had,” she says.

Zan:

“But it’s not a sorry machine.  She can almost hear Daniel explaining the difference, although she’s not quite sure she understands what it is.  Something about control.  Sorry is a feeling, a passive state of heart and mind.  Foregiveness is something you give.”….

It’s what she needs to let go.  Before they move on, wherever they’re going, she needs to know that it’s behind her.  It was a part o fher, and now, as the machine spits tiny yellow stars into the turning glass globe, it’s gone.

 

 Sienna: I did a bit more than one here – you can tell she was my favorite storyline!

“No.” Owen shakes his head.  “I thought it was something, maybe.  But the only thing I need, right now, is you.  As soon as you left, I knew it.  There was no way I was going to not be with you today.  I know we still don’t know each other that well, but…”

“We do, “ Sienna stops him. “We know each other enough.”

But she meant what she’d said.  They knew each other enough.  And she knows enough about herself to know that she really would tell him someday, if it turned out that they had someday, after all.

Not today, though.  Today isn’t about reliving, or explaining, or trying ot make sense of things in the past.  Today is about who she is now, and who she has standing beside her. Ownen. Ryan. Dad. Even Denny.  Her Tribe.

“I’m sixteen,” she says. “It feels funny to be standing up here and talking about things like home and family and love, but I guess those are hard things for anybody to talk about. You just kind of know it when you see it. At least, I do. And it’s here.”

 

 

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