Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stuff I Got This Week


Smash Books and supplies. Including...a cat pen.

So if you haven't heard of Smash books, they are really neat. Google some images of them. It's pretty much awesome scrap book paper in a binder book. You can doodle and glue and scrapbook and journal. Whatever you want.

My problem is that I bought two because they were on sale. Then I showed my mom. Then she saw them on sale for even cheaper and bought me two more. Now I have four of them and I don't know where to start.

Do any of you guys have Smash books or journal/scrapbooks? How do you start? What do you put in them? HELP?! ;) 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Movie Review: Submarine

WherI got it: Netflix
Rating: 4 stars 
Cover Rating: 4 stars (I like it quite a lot.)
Rating: Rated R
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
Run Time: 1 hour 37 minutes
Buy it: Amazon

For a summary of this movie, check out my review of the book version here.

While this movie didn't follow the book all that well. It was still a pretty swell movie. There were things left out or changed that I didn't love, but in and of itself it was a good movie. I really enjoyed seeing Oliver Tate come to life. Noah Taylor was brilliant as Oliver and I really enjoyed him a lot. I also got to really like that Oliver's mom's ex-boyfriend was some sort of new-age magician. He didn't seem quite as ridiculous in the book, but I think it really worked in the movie. One thing I really didn't like was Oliver's parents. They seemed to be part of the ridiculousness that surrounded Oliver in the book. In the movie though they seemed a bit more stiff. I didn't feel like we really got to know them. It was a bit disappointing. Besides it's faults of being an adaptation of a book this was still a good movie and you should check it out if you like indie type films. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Submarine - Joe Dunthorne

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (I like it.)
Genre: Young Adult/Adult
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Random House
Page Count: 312 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Oliver Tate might look like just your average boy from the outside, but inside his mind is reeling. Oliver Tate spies on his parents so that he can make sure they are happy and stay together. Oliver Tate wants a girlfriend and doesn't mind the hot and cold Jordana. Oliver Tate isn't really quite sure how to act and what to do with all his feelings. Oliver a bit strange.

Really enjoyed this book. It's almost like a pervy Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Oliver has a really interesting outlook on life and so seeing the events unfold through his eyes was bizarre and extraordinary.

The relationship between Jordana and Oliver was curious. It was nearly not really a relationship at all. They seemed to be two dots collided together by circumstance and they continued on their way until they bounced back together again. I could never really tell if either of them truly liked the other. It seemed like Oliver liked her, because he seemed a bit broken up when they weren't together. It was hard to filter out his Jordana emotion amongst the barrage of other feels.

Oliver's relationship with his parents was also a bit odd. They seemed uniquely close. He spied on them often to make sure they were making love and not going to divorce. Things really escalate when Oliver's mom seems to find a life of her own and starts leaving the house. Then Oliver decides to up his spying.

This was a fantastic read and Oliver is a character I'm sure you'll enjoy getting to know. He can be rude at times and annoying, but also endearing in a way that makes you want to squeeze him. If you like off-beat books and don't mind quite a bit of pervy talk, check out this novel.

First Line:
"It is Sunday morning."

Favorite Lines:
"This is no time for vowels."

"On the way home through Singleton Park, I get involved in some crying."

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blog Tour: The Fallen Prince - Shea Berkley

Now, I haven't read this series yet but the reviews I've read make it sound fantastic. Debbie from I Heart YA Books gave it 5 stars and Nikki from Wicked Awesome Books gave it 4. The reviews gushed, so now I'm certainly excited to start this series, especially now that the second book is out!

There is a magical realm that exists alongside the human realm, but it wasn’t always so. The firsts are beings who were created to nurture the land. The world was split into two realms, and the firsts were allowed to redeem themselves. Sadly, the majority continued with their self-indulgent behavior to the point where one of their own, a king, became so obsessed with power, he was secretly banished by the court in hopes his absence would calm the masses. But a spark of madness was ignited and not even the lost king's absence could curtail what he set in motion. 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books I've read so far in 2013...
(links take you to my reviews)

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin - Just amazing.

Death Cloud
 by Andrew Lane
 - I didn't really think I would like this series much, but it's turned into one of my favorites.

Icons by Margaret Stohl - I was really excited for Margaret's solo project and it did not disappoint.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab - She always just makes these fantastic stories that will give you goosebumps.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Just as good as I expected it to be. ♥

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George - Lots of fun. I want to live at Castle Glower.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - This was another really fun one. An all around great read for all ages.

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi - I read Unravel Me this year too and that could have been on this list, but I love that with Destroy Me we get to see inside Warner. He's such a guarded character and this was a great glimpse beneath his steel doors.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis - Though I didn't want this series to end, I tore through this book. It's was a satisfying conclusion to their centuries long trip.

Where You Are by J.H. Trumble - So moving.

The Broke and the Bookish is a group of college aged and twenty somethings that have an unhealthy obsession with reading and would spend every last penny on books even if it meant skipping a few meals. We are the people  who lurk in the library, buy handbags based on how many books can be stashed in them, and who refer to characters in books as if they are personal friends.
We sought after other bookish college students to share in our love for reading and were brought together by the College Students group on Goodreads that was created in September 2008. Our desire to share great books with each other in and our tendency to be opinionated and passionate about all things book related naturally led to the birth of The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Middle Grade Monday | Review: The Wig in the Window - Kristen Kittscher

Middle Grade Monday is a feature started right here at Reading Nook. It's a way to share news or reviews of middle grade novels on a blog that doesn't exclusively post middle grade content. Feel free to join any time and link up.

Where I got it: ARC from publisher
Rating: 4.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 4.5 stars (I really love this cover. It's a lot of fun!)
Genre: Middle Grade
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 368 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Sophie and Grace like to play at being spies. On one of their nightly escapades they spy something sinister through a neighbor's window. They see a teacher hacking someone to bits...well they see lots of blood and her with a huge knife. Turns out that she was making pickled beets. Something is still sort of off about Dr. Agford though, and the girls are convinced that she is up to no good. They really don't have any proof though, all they have is a hunch. A hunch might prove to be good enough though.

This book is one you won't want to put down. From the very beginning things are fast-paced and exciting. There is also the "you never know" aspect that keeps things exciting. Even when the clues point one way, some clever misdirection points another way.

I liked Sophie, but I didn't care too much for Grace. Grace seemed a bit superficial and there was something a bit too eager about her that I found off-putting. She wasn't necessarily bad, but she tired me. Sophie seemed like a regular tween. A little excitable, but also level-headed in some cases. I really enjoyed Trista even though she had a big personality. She was just loud and proud and ultimately a fun, smart character. Really, Kristen Kittscher did a great job with every single character. They each had their parts to play and they all played them well.

I think this would be a great read for boys and girls. Some may be a bit off-put by the friendship issues, but it may be helpful too. Ultimately this was a really fun mystery that had me second-guessing myself on more than one occasion. Definitely check it out if you're looking for a little predicament in your reading.

First Line:
"I thought I'd mastered the art of escape."

Favorite Lines:
"'At one point she went after the school librarian. The librarian! Could there be a more noble soul?'"

This is a Middle Grade Monday post feel free to link your middle grade reviews/news below :) 
(doesn't have to be posted on a Monday)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stuff I Got This Week

For Review:

Under the Light - Laura Whitcomb
Sequel to A Certain Slant of Light

Another Little Piece - Kate Karyus Quinn
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. 

 A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. 

 Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish...a bloody razor...and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past. 

Pretty Girl-13 - Liz Coley
Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she's returned home…only to find that it's three years later and she's sixteen-or at least that's what everyone tells her. 
 What happened to the past three years of her life? 
 Angie doesn't know. 

The Forgetting Curve - Angie Smibert
Sequel to Memento Nora

Arclight - Josin L. McQuein
No one crosses the wall of light...except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be. 

 The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it. 

 When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again? 

The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth Laban
Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher. 

After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris. 

 In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures. 

 And Grayson has gone missing. 

 No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home. Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. 

It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

So that's what I got this week. 
What did you all get?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Nail Art Friday

This week I chose to represent Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. I thought the cover was a bit more greenish than it is in real life. Regardless I quite liked the way they cam out. Now I just have to learn how to take better pictures.

(For more great books onto nails check out The Bookish Manicurist)

Revlon Mossy for the green and  some
gold sparkles on the tips for the dirt.
I used three different pinks for the rose and a small paintbrush.
I used the white nail art pen for the highlights.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Where You Are - J.H. Trumble

Where I got it: Inter-library Loan
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 3.5 stars (I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one.)
Genre: Young Adult/Adult
Publication Date: December 24, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Page Count: 320 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Robert's life kind of sucks. His dad is dying and his aunts have invaded his house. These aren't doting aunts either, at least not to Robert. Then he has his boyfriend who's a boyfriend by name only. He would much rather hang out with his "girls" than with Robert. Robert is pretty much alone, until Mr. Mac. Andrew McNelis (Mr. Mac) has a weird home life. He married a girl when he got her pregnant, but he's gay. They lived together for awhile, but things didn't quite work out. Andrew notices a change in Robert and wants to help, but has been made very aware of the line between teachers and students. Unfortunately sometimes lines have to be crossed and there is nothing anyone can do to keep them there.

I'm not sure where to start with this book. It sort of ruined my life. I was so anxious reading this novel. I was just waiting and waiting for something bad to happen. There is no way that people can just be happy. Someone always has to stick their nose where it doesn't belong. My chest hurt until the final page and then I let out the breath I had been holding in. So if you're going to read this, consider this your warning.

The story is told alternating between Andrew and Robert's points of view. I think this made it a much more intense read. The reader needs both sides of the story. All those feelings need to be out in the open for the reader to understand the heartache and longing. If this was told from just one point of view it probably would have fallen a bit flat. It would have been much easier to categorize as YA or Adult, but it wouldn't have been nearly as beautiful.

This is a story about a student-teacher relationship, but it was really so much more. Don't let that dissuade you. This was a beautiful, heartbreaking novel and you should definitely read it if you enjoy realistic fiction. This is so real. Andrew and Robert have to deal with so much, apart and together. I envy their love, but not their lives.

The ending was a bit !!!!!! I don't know how else to explain it. I just wanted to smack both of them and scream "Don't be so stupid!" I loved the end though and as I said, afterwords I got to breathe a big sigh of relief.

First Line:
"You still here?"

Favorite Line:
"'Isn't that what a guy brings when he's courting his paramour?'"

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Watersong series...

So I've never read any of Amanda Hocking's books, but I find her story incredible. She is one of the few people who self-published and became rich and famous. Have any of you read any of her stories? She has a lot of series out right now. Any you would recommend? Have you read the Watersong series?

Review: Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets - Evan Roskos

Where I got it: My collection
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Lots of fun and I love the color of that wall. The title bit is quite lovely.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Page Count: 305 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

James has been a bit depressed ever since his sister, Jorie, got kicked out of their house. His parents are hard to deal with (he calls them "The Brute" and "The Banshee" if that's any indication) and all James want is to figure out how to get Jorie back. He enlists the help of his imaginary pigeon psychiatrist to work through his issues and come to terms with the fact that maybe his sister is better off gone.

James was an interesting narrator. He was at times a bit strange but he was very earnest. Evan Roskos blends humor and emotion to make a more palatable issues novel. There are a lot of things going on in James world and he doesn't really have anyone to turn to. He tries to tell his parents he needs help but, like they told his sister, it's just a faze and they won't pay for it. James is depressed and trying to cure himself with Whitman, pigeons and hugging trees. This can only work for so long.

James goes on a journey in this novel and it's not done by the end. Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets is an honest look at depression and anxiety. It's not "a faze" and you don't just wake up one morning and are cured. It takes work and empathy and lots of other things. Roskos shows this in the novel and that makes this novel what it is. James struggling to find his way through the tumultuous teenage years makes this novel wonderful and heart-breaking and honest. This is just a great novel.

It's light enough that you don't just feel depressed reading it. Even though it's funny, it's not frivolous. James has to face some tough facts and he has to deal with them (mostly) on his own. Definitely add this to your 2013 reading list. You're bound to love it.

First Line:
"I yawp most mornings to irritate my father, the Brute."

Favorite Line:
"The anxious vomiting butterflies wake with a burst."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR list...
(Some of these are carryovers from my spring one since they fell a bit by the wayside...)

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz - Still can't believe I haven't read this one.

How to Lead a Life of Crime
 by Kirsten Miller
- Done with Kiki Strike and can barely keep her books on the shelves at work.

Mind Games by Kiersten White - Still haven't read Endlessly but YAY new series!

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepard - I always love a re-telling and this just sounds fab!

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff - I liked Brenna's other novels, so on to the next.

Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick - This just sounds really fantastic and I loved Her and Me and You.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - This one sounds so cute and fun.

Invisibility by David Levithan & Andrea Cremer - Love both of them and can't wait to see what they created together.

Taken by Erin Bowman - She's a local author and this just sounds really interesting and I keep meaning to read it and forgetting.

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green - This just sounds intriguing.

The Broke and the Bookish is a group of college aged and twenty somethings that have an unhealthy obsession with reading and would spend every last penny on books even if it meant skipping a few meals. We are the people  who lurk in the library, buy handbags based on how many books can be stashed in them, and who refer to characters in books as if they are personal friends.
We sought after other bookish college students to share in our love for reading and were brought together by the College Students group on Goodreads that was created in September 2008. Our desire to share great books with each other in and our tendency to be opinionated and passionate about all things book related naturally led to the birth of The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Middle Grade Monday | A few of my favorite reads.

Middle Grade Monday is a feature started right here at Reading Nook. It's a way to share news or reviews of middle grade novels on a blog that doesn't exclusively post middle grade content. Feel free to join any time and link up.

This week I wanted to share with you some of my favorite middle grade novels. 
This is by no means a definitive list and I'm sure I forgot a ton that I ♥!
(title links bring you to their Goodreads page)

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place - MaryRose Wood and illustrated by Jon Klassen (my review)
This whole series is just a lot of fun and I really enjoy it. 

Liesl & Po - Lauren Oliver and illustrated by Kei Acedera (my review)
I also loved The Spindlers by Lauren. She is just a great author.

The Cavendish Home for Boys & Girls - Claire Legrand and illustrated by Sarah Watts (my review)
Victoria is a fantastic character and really made this book stand out.

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
This was one of my favorites growing up. Just a great fairy tale twist.

The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart and illustrated by Carson Ellis
Lots of thinking and puzzles are involved with the reading of this book, which I throughly enjoy.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg
This is a book that everyone has to read.

Wonderstruck - Brian Selznick (my review)
Also, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Honestly Brian Selznick is simply a genius.

The Willoughbys - Lois Lowry (my review)
A really fun read.

Juniper Berry - M.P. Kozlowsky and illustrated by Erwin Madrid (my review)
A fairly creepy middle grade story with lots of good stuff in it. 

Zombie Tag - Hannah Moskowitz (my review)
I'm totally in love with Hannah and her books and this one is no exception.

A Tale Dark & Grimm - Adam Gidwitz (my review)
If you love fairy tale re-tellings, this needs to be on your list. 

You can check out more of my middle grade likes and dislikes here

This is a Middle Grade Monday Post feel free to link your middle grade reviews/news below :) 
(doesn't have to be posted on a Monday)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Nail Art Friday

This week's nail art is for a novel I recently read and adored. 
If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin. 

This one was super easy. I used a red polish first. I used the crackle coat "Shredded" on my four fingers and then Hard Candy's Black Tie Affair on my Thumbs. I'm pretty certain that Black Tie Affair is one of my favorite polishes currently. I'm sorry you can't see it that well in the picture. 

(For more great books onto nails check out The Bookish Manicurist)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: The Murmurings - Carly Anne West

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 2.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Totally creepy.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 384 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

The murmurings start and then the shadows start. Are they losing their minds? Or is there something lurking that wants to be heard? Everyone thinks Nell's lost her mind. So they lock her away. But when she disappears from the hospital things start to get really crazy. Sophie wants to believe that her sister wasn't crazy, but how does she know that she's not crazy too?

I expected this book to be much creepier than it turned out to be. I mean, look at the cover and the title. It's sounds creeptastic, but it fell short for me. I think it was a case of telling not showing. I was told that scary things were happening, but I never felt the terror that should have been surrounding the characters. It's a shame, because the story was really interesting and had so much creepy potential.

Another thing that bothered me were the inconsistencies throughout the novel. Like driving to his house and he drives her back...where's her mom's car? There were some little things like that which were never explained. I can deduce what happened, but I think these things could have been caught in a read through.

The story itself was fairly interesting and complex. New scary creature concepts and lots of threads winding around the story. I just really wish it could have been creepier. If I could have gotten inside the story I think it would have been amazing. To feel like if I looked in a mirror I would see shadows staring back at me.

If you've read this or are going to read it, I would love to know how it worked out for you.

First Line:
"I'm supposed to wonder why Gregor Samsa is a cockroach."

Favorite Line:
"Like we're goddamed wizards."

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Maggot Moon - Sally Gardner

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (I love the colors and the illustrations.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Candlewick
Page Count: 288 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

In the Motherland being different is frowned upon. If your different, there is probably a reason and that reason is your no good. Standish is different and until he got a friend he was nearly alone in the world. Standish had his grandfather (his parents were taken) and now he had Hector. They play with a football Standish found and it ends up on the other side of a big government wall. That's when the trouble really starts. What if Standish hadn't found that football? What if it hadn't gone over the wall? What if that fool Hector didn't volunteer to go get it? Maybe then Hector wouldn't be gone too. Maybe Standish wouldn't have to save him and the rest of the Motherland people.

I don't know what I was expecting with this novel, but it wasn't this. This was very interesting. It was a completely unique tale about a young boy in a cruel world. This story will shock you and warm your heart.

Standish puts himself down a lot. He has dyslexia, and everyone tells him that means he's not very bright. I don't think this is the case at all. Standish is kind and thoughtful. Just because his reading and writing isn't the best, doesn't mean he can't form intelligent thoughts. It's a shame that most of his teachers only perpetuate the idea that he isn't bright instead of trying to help him in any way. This country, the Motherland, seems like a terrible place to be. It seems a bit like Nazi Germany and we all know how fun that was.

The violence in this novel is enough to make you sick. There's the school yard bullying which is bad enough, but then there's the teacher bullying (not to mention the government bullying). Standish's current teacher is the worst. He is a despicable person with no sense of decency, with his sick thoughts based only on self-preservation. It's disgusting that someone as awful as he be granted a position of power over these poor children.

The story wasn't all terrible things happening though. There were many shining moments where your heart can start to warm. It was a very curious story too. I was never quite sure where it was going until we got there. Standish was creative narrator, so the story flowed a bit differently with him telling it then it would if someone else were to.

If you're looking for a novel that's a bit off the beaten track, that pushes your comfort zone; check out Maggot Moon. It was fascinating and totally worth the read.

First Line:
"I'm wondering what if."

Favorite Lines"
"Even if I could, I couldn't"

"Frick-fracking hell!"

"I still have that scream in me."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

This week's topic is:
Top Ten beach reads...

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (my review)
A hilarious  and fun book. Definitely my first choice.

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman (my review)
This was a really fun book too and it will make you glad to be at the beach and not crammed in this tiny workplace.

The Boy Book by e. Lockhart (my review)
A really great series. This is book two, which I just now noticed, but regardless read them all at the beach.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (my review)
I think this has enough in it to keep you at the beach long enough to get a fantastic tan.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente (my review)
Love this story and it's perfect for the outside.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (my review)
Another book with a lot going on that will keep you engrossed.

And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky (my review)
A fun, but semi-serious read. Something a little bit heartier.

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (my review)
Really, any of Kody's books would work. This one takes place during the summer though.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (my review)
Deserted Island = great beach read, right?!

The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes (my review)
This is another amazing novel and it takes place in the Caribbean, so...yeah. 

The Broke and the Bookish is a group of college aged and twenty somethings that have an unhealthy obsession with reading and would spend every last penny on books even if it meant skipping a few meals. We are the people  who lurk in the library, buy handbags based on how many books can be stashed in them, and who refer to characters in books as if they are personal friends.
We sought after other bookish college students to share in our love for reading and were brought together by the College Students group on Goodreads that was created in September 2008. Our desire to share great books with each other in and our tendency to be opinionated and passionate about all things book related naturally led to the birth of The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mini Reviews: Bedlam - Andrew Lane | Destroy Me - Tahereh Mafi | Six Earlier Days - David Levithan

 Where I got it: My collection
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 3 stars (Who is that and what is her doing?)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: November 30, 2011
Publisher: Macmillian Children's Books
Page Count: 35 p.
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads
Short Story Sequel to: Death Cloud and Rebel Fire and Black Ice

Another great story in the Young Sherlock Holmes series. At first I thought this one was an alternate part from the book, from when they go to meet Mycroft. After reading along a bit further I realized that it was actually it's own little bit. I'm always a sucker for a story that takes place in a mental institute. I wished this could have been a bit longer, but any amount of Sherlock is better than no Sherlock.

First Line:
"It was one of those rare days in London when the sun shoe on clean streets and the air did not smell of rotten vegetables and horse dung."

Favorite Line:
"He was bald, apart from a fringe of black hair running around the back of his head like a small curtain."

Where I got it: ebook from library
Rating: 4.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 4.5 stars (I really love these new covers.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Harper
Page Count: 103 p.
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads
Short Story Sequel to: Shatter Me

♥♥Warner♥♥ If you are Team Warner, you will love this story. If you are not, this might convince you. I love it when we get to take a peak inside another characters head. Warner is such a complex character and I was always wondering what he was thinking. He changed so much and so constantly that it always kept the others on their toes. There were just so many different sides to Warner, that one could never know which they would get. We also got to know Juliette and Warner's father a bit better with this story. We at least got to know them through Warner's perspective. If you are a fan of this series, make sure you check this one out.

First Line:
"I've been shot."

Favorite Line:
"Medicine, medics, hours in bed. All this for a kiss."

Where I got it: My collection
Rating: 4.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Lovely match-y match-y)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: November 26, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 47 p.
Buy it: Amazon
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This short story is exactly as it's title suggests. It's about six earlier days before Every Day. It was nice to get a little bit more background about A. We know so little about A, because A picks up pieces from every body inhabited. Each new body changes A in some way. If you enjoyed Every Day and wanted a couple more days of A, this short story is 100% for you.

First Line:
"I wake up to the sound of footsteps and muffled giggles, and the smell of maple syrup."

Favorite Lines:
"I have so few words at the age of seven. I don't know stern or enraged or sanctimonious. All I know is mad."

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: Black Ice - Andrew Lane

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 3 stars (Kind of just a meh cover. Not bad, but not wow.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Page Count: 278 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads
Sequel to: Death Cloud and Rebel Fire

Sherlock is back and going to visit his brother in London regarding Sherlock's education. When Amyus and Sherlock arrive however, they see Mycroft holding a knife with a dead man behind him. The police are convinced that Mycroft is a murderer, but Sherlock doesn't believe it for a second. He and Amyus want to prove his innocence, but it's Myscroft and Sherlock who travel to Moscow. Of course,  there are bound to be many bumps in the path but hopefully they can still find Mycroft innocent.

This was a fun one. It was nice to see some more Mycroft in this novel. Also, maybe I just didn't notice it in the first two novels, but Amyus seems especially Southern in this novel. His drawl is very apparent in this novel.

It was a shame that there was hardly any Matty or Virginia in this novel. I quite like them and Sherlock just isn't quite the same without them. I guess Sherlock has to shake them loose at some point, but I missed them a bit in this novel. Matty always had something witty to say that reminded me of Watson. Maybe Sherlock is too embarrassed to deal with Virginia currently. I hope they are back for the next adventure though.

Pieces from the previous novels start to fall into place with the Moscow adventures. It's very nice to have some of the blanks filled in and to get a better picture of what and who Sherlock is facing.

I don't know what to tell you to get you to read this series if you haven't already. I mean, it's awesome. It's Sherlock. What more do you want?!

First Line:
"Sunlight sparkled on the surface of the water, sending daggers of light flashing towards Sherlock's eyes."

Favorite Line:
"Birds everywhere, staring at him with cold eyes."

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Graceling - Kristin Cashore

Where I got it: My collection
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (I enjoy this cover.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Publisher: Harcourt
Page Count: 471 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Some Graces are good, while others are easily exploited by the rulers of the kingdoms. Katsa has a killing Grace and her king loves it. He loves using her to instill fear into his people. Katsa tries to use her Grace for good on the side though, which is how she runs into Po. Po is Graced too. Katsa leaves him alive, though she could have killed him, and finishes her mission. What she doesn't expect is that she might need Po's help because they are on the same side.

I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. It was a really fantastic read. The characters were enjoyable. The setting was lush and vast. All around it was just a really great read.

I especially loved Katsa and Po. The interactions between the two of them were amazing. They played on each other so well. Po was a lot of fun. I like the ease with which he spoke and did everything, I'm sure part of it was his Grace. Katsa had a hard time getting out of the role she was forced to play for so long. She was in the mindset that she was who she was made to be instead of who she really was. She did lots of great things, but in her mind all the horrible things were piled higher. All the characters were fleshed out nicely and it made it easy to choose sides and favorites.

I loved learning more about this world. Each of the kingdoms came to life and I would love to visit and explore the sights. It was a very full world and I can't wait to dive back into it with Fire and Bitterblue.

I always think I don't like fantasy that much and then I read books like this and I remember how amazing it can be. Really I just appreciate any book that's well-written and has a great story. This book totally fits the bill and I will be checking out the rest of this series as wel as future books by Kristin Cashore. If you haven't gotten around to reading this yet. I highly recommend you check it out.

First Line:
"In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind."

Favorite Lines:
"She glanced up at him, and in that moment he pulled his wet shirt over his head. She forced her mind blank. Blank as a new sheet of paper, blank as a starless sky."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

This week's topic is:
Top Ten books that feature travel in some way...

Paper Towns by John Green 

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (my review)

Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern (my review)

Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown (my review)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (my review)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (my review)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (my review)

The Broke and the Bookish is a group of college aged and twenty somethings that have an unhealthy obsession with reading and would spend every last penny on books even if it meant skipping a few meals. We are the people  who lurk in the library, buy handbags based on how many books can be stashed in them, and who refer to characters in books as if they are personal friends.
We sought after other bookish college students to share in our love for reading and were brought together by the College Students group on Goodreads that was created in September 2008. Our desire to share great books with each other in and our tendency to be opinionated and passionate about all things book related naturally led to the birth of The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.


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