All Things Raven

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I recently read the first book of The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven Boys is a fresh breath in a sea of YA supernatural repetition. In wake of Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Divergent series everything I have read in the past few years seems to be attempting to ride on the coat tales of success. Some of them have been good, most have just been repeats with different characters and monsters.17675462

What makes The Raven Cycle so interesting?

  • A non-annoying budding love story going on.
  • Most of the main characters and POV that the story is written in are male.
  • Actual adults present in the lives of these teenagers.
  • Underlying mystery.
  • Original supernatural elements I’ve not seen before.

I am currently on book two, The Dream Thieves, and I’m 89% finished. 4 out of 5 stars is my current review, but only because I haven’t read to the final book, The Raven King, yet (which released in 2016 by the way).  This is due to the fact that every series, no matter how great, seems to have a lull in the middle somewhere. A book that isn’t as good as all the others. There are also two of those little in-between stories if you’re into them.

On a side note, I recommend taking a look at Maggie Steifvater’s website. It’s probably the best author’s site I’ve ever seen. You can just click the link to check it out.

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Bout of Books 11 Goals

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I’m lucky, my son is in school all this week…and I”m not! I have a whole week to myself! YAY! So what are my goals you ask? Well, lets look and see:
BOOKS TO READ: at least 3 books
Lailah by  Nikki Kelly (I will actually be finishing this one up)
The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher
Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell
(bonus: Daughters of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor )
I WANT TO:
Participate in every challenge
Participate in at least one tweet chat, maybe two. (They are super fun!)
Have lots of fun!
Meet some new awesome people!

Review: Dark Sacrifice

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Sacrifice is the second book in Angie Sandro’s series about Mala LaCroix and her JuJu filled life. She sees dead people, literally. And she just got through a pretty traumatic situation in Dark Paradise (book one) only to be shoved out of the frying pan and into the dark magic induced fire. Along with having to figure out her supernatural abilities, she is also trying to figure out her love life.

The beginning of this book through me for an emotional filled loop, but it quickly corrected itself. There was some pretty frustrating stubbornness going on in the romance department. Thank goodness to, it was about time! Sometimes men are clueless, well maybe all the time. After getting out of the psych ward at the local hospital, and getting her crush out of prison, Mala is accosted by some pretty pissed off ghosts. She heads to New Orleans where some great, and not so great, surprises are waiting for her.  Poor Mala can’t win for loosing.

Angie Sandro knows how to make her readers fall in love with all of her characters. Her writing style is spot on and it flows like a good movie. She makes her books read like you are living it.

While she finally figures out what she wants out of her love life, Mala has just began to figure out what her life is going to hold for her and how to live in it. Want to read about Mala’s misadventures in Paradise Pointe? Pick up Dark Paradise and start reading the series, you won’t regret it! Dark Redemption is going to release on September 9th.

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Review: Cress

cressCress, by Marissa Meyer, is the third book in the Lunar Chronicle series. The series is about a group of, well, teenagers, who are trying to save Earth from a power crazed Moon queen. Each book is loosely based on a different fairy tale, and each book has its own main character that is supposed to represent the main character of the fairy tale.

I love the Lunar Chronicle series; it is so original compared to most of the other popular series hitting the shelves these days. Each character is strong and worth investing your reading time in. So far there is Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), and Cress (Rapunzel). With these three characters are also a few secondary characters that a reader can’t help but fall in love with. In this series you will find love, friendship, heart break, suspense, adventure, and heroism. Also, the villain is one of the best villains EVER. She is the queen of the moon, Luna, and she is just about as evil as they come. She can (and loves to) bend the will of humans to do just about whatever she wants them to do, including killing themselves and worshiping her. Can you imagine if that kind of person is the ruler of the moon and Earth? That would be horrible. Hence, the teenage rebellion.

Cress’s character is based on Repunzal, and she has been locked in a satellite (instead of a tower) for seven years by herself. I love her, she starts off a little socially awkward, but she learns her way around other people quickly. She has lived a heart breaking existence for just about her whole life. You can’t help but fall in love with her. In this book there is betrayal, heart break, and lots of action packed adventure. Who to trust? Where is safety? When will the next attack happen?

Interested? Go find a copy of Cinder, the first book, and start the series for yourself. The fourth book, Winter, is going to be released on November 10th, 2015. That’s too long to wait!

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5 Things Non-Readers Don’t Get

I’ve already covered annoying things book nerds tend to do, now I’m turning the tables. Here are 5 things that non-readers will just never understand.

 

1. The need to keep reading, especially when the book is getting good.

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Yes the whole book is good. No, I can’t stop reading. Sorry, not sorry.

 

2. Movies will never be better than the book.

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It just isn’t humanly possible. It’s just not.

 

3. Yes, I need all of these bookshelves.

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It’s either that or piles of books. Or both. You’ve seen Hoarders right?

 

4. I will always need another book.

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Books are like toilet paper for readers. I can survive without it, but it won’t be pretty.

 

5. I cannot pay attention to a person talking and a book at the same time.

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Huh? Did you say something? I’m reading, the choices are to be ignored or get the stink eye, I mean…it’s up to you.

7 Annoying Habits of a Book Nerd

Us book nerds tend to live in a world of our own (or one created by an author), and though we all have the same sense of sadness that so many people out there don’t read more often, we tend to set ourselves apart from them. I am a book nerd so it was hard to step outside and look in so I asked some friends what they thought were some of the more annoying habits of readers. Here are some of the most common annoying habits of  people who read:

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photo credit: BrittneyBush via photopin cc

1. Ignoring others. We all do it, don’t even try to deny it. When you’re reading a good book (especially when its getting close to the end) and you just. can’t. put. it. down. Your house can catch on fire and you’re still not going to notice because that nose is stuck in your book. I am sometimes surprised at how much time has flown by when I come back to reality.

 

 

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2. Raving about books nobody else has read it. This is especially true with book bloggers and our ARCs. I’m sure that it is massively frustrating when a book blogger gets a great ARC and then gushes about it to others who can’t read it until it is released to the public. Frustration!

 

shut up3. When other people talk about a television show or movie based on a book, the readers of the group tend to take over the conversation by talking about the book instead. I do this, I know I do. Especially with Game of Thrones. It’s especially bad when only one person hasn’t read the books. I feel bad, really, not really. Ok, yes I do.

 

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4. Comparing the movie to the book it’s based on, while watching the movie. Oh, I am so guilty! I can’t help it. Even if I am in the movie theater I can’t help but whisper to my husband, “That didn’t happen in the book, and she should have red hair!” I do try to keep it to a low whisper as to not disturb those around me though.

 

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5. Dog-earing library books. I don’t do this. I can’t stand this. A book I just finished had the first page to every chapter dog eared and it was sad and annoying.

 

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6 Judging others by what they read. I read YA and I’m not ashamed! I hate when others are book snobs and act like what they read makes them smarter than me and what I read makes me less smart. Oh, they are books, a form of entertainment. While they are meant to educate, they are also meant to make us happy! No need to be a Judgy McJudgerson!

 

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7. Reading the end of a book before starting it or looking up the sequel to see what happens while in the middle of the first. I admit that I have skipped ahead to the end once or twice. Especially with the Harry Potter series, I’m not sure why just that series. But I have never looked up a sequel to see what happens while reading the first book.

 

Be curtious of other readers and non readers alike. We all have habits that annoy the people around us and that is just part of being human. And don’t be upset, I will do a follow up soon of the habits of non readers.

Throwback Thursday: Harry Potter

Throwback ThursdayIn honor of my first time participating in Harry Potter Moment of The Week from Uncorked Thoughts I would like to take a walk down memory lane and remember the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

This series is the best thing to happen in my generation and I hope that it is being passed down to our predecessors. I remember the first time I read Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, it was my gateway book. I had a love for reading early on in my childhood but it was squashed by the demands of assigned reading from school. When I discovered the Harry Potter series I fell in love with reading, mostly because I actually found something I LIKED to read instead of something I HAD to read.

I understand the point in having children read literature in school, but I believe some contemporary books should be added in to the mix to help students realize the awesomeness of reading a book that touches your soul. I know not all books have the ability to do this, but Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger are definitely members of one of the greatest book series the world has read.

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So, lets take a moment a remember the books that sparked a fire in the hearts of so many young people and got them on the path of reader nerdom.