Thursday, April 17, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Instead of a synopsis, I decided to give you a trailer!

My Thoughts:

-    This book was full of surprises. It was not at all what I was expecting. I definitely didn't expect time travel.

-    The story kinda had the same feel as The Night Circus. It was weird yet cool.

-    It took a while to finally get to the good stuff. The story had an okay opening, a slow middle, and a great ending.

-    I loved the photographs throughout the book. They were hauntingly awesome. When I found out they were all authentic photographs, I was blown away, and it made the book even more awesome.

-    This is weird, but it took me about 20-25 pages before I realized the main character was a boy. I guess I've gotten into the habit of just assuming everything I read is from a girl's perspective. That is really sad.

-    I really liked the whole concept of the big old house and the loop. It was really clever, and so unexpected.

-    I thought this book was going to be a bit scary and creepy, but it wasn't. I'm kinda glad, but a little disappointed. 

-    I'm really excited to read about what happens to Jacob and his peculiar friends. I wonder if his family will believe what happened to him.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars Utah peeps!
Here are some fun events that are coming up!

Carol Lynch Williams Workshop
Wed, April 16
Orem Library @ 7 PM

Shannon Hale
Tues, April 22
Orem Barnes & Noble @ 7 PM

Orson Scott Card
Wed, April 23
Orem Barnes & Noble @ 5 PM

Aprilynne Pike
Wed, April 30
Provo Library @ 7 PM

Maggie Stiefvater
Tues, May 6
Provo Library @ 7 PM

I hope to see some of you at these events!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scent of Magic

12027429Goodreads Synopsis:    Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again.

My Thoughts:

-    I liked and hated the two stories and perspectives. I didn't like how it changed from first person to 3rd person. There was already a lot going on with Avry and the war, and I don't think more trouble was needed. However, in the end, I kinda liked the new race of people introduced.

-    The guy on the cover is weird. I don't know why he is there, and it looks way out of place.

-    I wish Avry and Kerrick had more time together. I feel bad for them, and I think they can do so much more together. They make an unstoppable team!

-    I didn't like how much time the book spent on Avry teaching other soldiers to walk through the forest. I felt like a lot of the stuff in the middle was filler and it slowed down the story.

-    All the twists and surprises were awesome! I didn't see a few things coming.

-    I love the characters! Snyder has an amazing talent for creating wonderful and lovable characters.

-    Quain and Loren remind me of Ari and Janco a little bit.

-    Great story, but OH the ending! I can't wait to read the next book. 

First book in the Healer trilogy:
(cover is linked)

Touch of Power (Healer, #1)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flashback Friday

Fan art isn't the only thing that Friday is good for!

When I was younger, my sister and two nieces liked to put on plays for our family. We did Peter Pan, Robin Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, and we had a Snow White one in the works.

We were pretty creative. We used the characters from the story and came up with our own ideas about how things happened. It was awesome! My favorite one we did was probably Robin Hood. It was our best. We had a lot of fun doing it, and the family got a kick out of it as well. We always tried to gather as many family members as possible to see our little productions, and they were merciful enough to sit and bear it.

My sister recorded our performances, and if she ever gives me a copy, I'll post one for you.

Did you ever put on plays with your siblings or cousins?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kingdom Hearts

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From Goodreads:

1:  After a terrible storm shatters the peace of his tropical island home, a young boy named Sora is set adrift from his world and his friends, Riku and Kairi. Meanwhile, Disney Castle is in an uproar when it is discovered that King Mickey has gone missing, leaving it up to Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy to find him! When Sora, in search of his friends, and Donald and Goofy, in search of their king, cross paths, their fateful encounter will change the destiny of the universe forever!

2:  Sora, a young boy who lives a peaceful life on his tropical island home, is set adrift when a horrible storm wrecks the world he loves and separates him from his friends, Riku and Kairi. In another world, the Disney castle is in chaos when King Mickey goes missing, and it's up to Donald, the court magician, and Goofy, the captain of the army, to find their king. When both Sora and the King's allies happen upon each other and learn that the ills that have befallen their worlds are the doing of dark beings without heartsknown as the Heartless, the three recent acquaintances take up arms together in an epic quest to travel to unknown worlds, set those worlds right, and findtheir friends!!

My Thoughts:

-    Why do these read from left to right? They should read the other way!

-    These follow the video game pretty well. There are a couple of worlds missing though, and I wish they had included everything.

-    I love seeing Final Fantasy characters mixed with Disney characters! So brilliant!!

-    The story is a bit confusing. I wish they explained things better.

-    I like how some of the panels overlap. Some of pages are crazy organized chaos.

-    Reading these makes me want to play the game again.

-    Seeing Goofy as a turtle will never get old.

-    I wish these were in color. I wonder why they decided to do them in black and white?

-    These were fun to read, but I probably wouldn't buy them. I'd rather play the video game.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rewind to You Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal, About the Author, a Sneak Peek of REWIND TO YOU and Rafflecopter Giveaway

Genre: Clean Contemporary YA Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2014; Available for PREORDER now

One last summer before college
on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she?
This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before
the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left
behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the
night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the
guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who
scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up
to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past
and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

About the Author:

 lives in sunny Arizona
with her husband and two children. Growing up in Orem, Utah with five siblings,
a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active
imagination and always loved a good story. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, dancing (deduced to dancing around the kitchen
while cooking dinner these days), traveling, writing, writing and more writing,
and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU, her
debut novel, was inspired by the loss of her father as a teenager.

A Sneak Peek of REWIND TO YOU:

Giveaway: Signed Copy of REWIND TO YOU and $25 Amazon Gift Card

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. The winner, chosen by Rafflecopter, will be announced here on April 29th as well as emailed. The winner will have 5 days to respond at which point a new winner will be chosen. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read
(click on covers to see my thoughts)

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10626594 The Phantom Tollbooth
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12924326 4214

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ketchup Clouds

17242447Goodreads Synopsis:    Dear Mr. S. Harris, 

Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . . 

I know what it's like. 

Mine wasn't a woman. Mine was a boy. And I killed him exactly three months ago. 
Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other. 

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance. 

My Thoughts:

-    I enjoyed this sad and somber story. It had some funny and heart felt moments, but it was pretty darn sad.

-    I didn't like how the story ended. I wanted a different resolution, but I can understand how "Zoe" couldn't be with a certain someone.

-    "Zoe" had a lot on her plate, almost too much in my opinion. Her home life is unstable, her younger sister is deaf, plus all the crap with the boys! I'm surprised she wasn't bogged down from everything. She kept going, and even after the horrible incident, she still kept going. I admire that.

-    There were some sensual moments. A couple were a bit too descriptive for my taste, and why would you write stuff like that to a guy on death row that you've never met? I don't buy it.

-    I like how the story was written with letters. "Zoe" was pouring her heart out to a complete stranger. That would be nice to do sometimes.

-    I love the title of this book, and I'm going to call red clouds ketchup clouds from now on. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fan Art Friday



I love how Creel's ball gown was brought to life!
I found a couple on notebook paper. It is weird, but I liked the pictures.

The last one is my favorite! That is exactly how I pictured Creel's dress!
I also like the one with Shardas and the stained glass windows.

Which is your favorite?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Shadow Throne

17667561From Goodreads:    One war.
Too many deadly battles.
Can a king save his kingdom, when his own survival seems unlikely?

War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.

His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighbouring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne?

Rousing and affecting, Jaron's adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion withThe Shadow Throne.

My Thoughts:

-    I've been waiting for this book for a long time!!! It didn't disappoint.

-    I didn't feel like smacking Jaron for once. It was kinda nice, but I missed some of the stubborn foolishness.

-    The ending was awesome! I loved all the reveals! I loved the conclusion!

-    There were a few slow bits in the middle. This one didn't keep me turning pages like the previous two, except for the end.

-    Roden proved to be a great asset to Jaron. I thought Jaron was a fool for giving Roden such a high rank, but of course, Jaron's plan worked. I really admire Roden now. His character development was really fun to read.

-    I love gray characters. The ones where you don't know if they are good or bad, and this series has so many! You just never know who to trust, and the people you don't trust do surprising things.

-    I loved the part the women had to play in the war. GO GIRLS!

-    War isn't fun for anyone, and I'm glad the author portrayed that. 

-    I can't gush enough about this series! READ IT! 

Previous books in the Ascendance Trilogy
(click on the cover to see my thoughts)

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)