Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Only Read Once

Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From but NEED to Read More

Maggie Stiefvater - I've only read Scorpio Races. I want to read Raven Boys really bad.

Leigh Bardugo - I only read Shadow and Bone and I really want to finish the series.

Pierce Brown - Red Rising was amazing, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!

Jamie Ford - I was introduced to Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet for book club, and I really enjoyed it. I want to read more of his stuff.

John Green - I've only read The Fault in Our Stars. I'd like to read more.

Alexandra Bracken - Brightly Woven blew me away. I read that book ages ago, and I've wanted to read more from Alexandra since then.

Sara B. Larson - I can't wait for Ignite!!

Zoe Marriott - Shadows on the Moon was unique and amazing! I want more!

Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus is magical and so unique. She needs to write more stuff!

Elizabeth Ross - Belle Epoque is one of my favorite books this year! I would love to read more from this author.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

My Thoughts:

-    I went into this movie with pretty low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it!

-    The characters are great. I loved Rocket (the racoon). He was hilarious! I also loved Groot. He was a heart warming character. Rocket and Groot reminded me of Han Solo and Chewy.

-    I laughed so much during the movie. Rocket's humor was right up my alley. The characters would do things that were so unexpected. I couldn't stop the giggles.

-    I loved all the cool gadgets and tech.

-    I loved seeing Thanos.

-    I thought the story was great. The villains were great!

-    There was a lot of language, nothing too heavy. There were also some dirty jokes. 

-    The CG and environments were awesome!

-    I want to read the comics now.

-    I would definitely go see this movie again. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fan Art Friday: A Series of Unfortunate Events

These books are fun. The movie was a disaster, but the books are fun. . . and frustrating.

So much talent! I love all of these in their own way. I can't really pick a favorite. They all speak to me and portray the stories perfectly.

Which is your favorite?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Crown of Midnight

17167166From Goodreads:    "A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Thoughts:

-    Wow! Amazing! I need the third book NOW!

-    I couldn't put this book down. I craved it. I couldn't stop thinking of the characters and what was happening to them.

-    The tension between Chaol and Celeana in the first half of the book was delicious!

-    I feel like my heart was ripped out and stomped on! It hasn't fully healed yet. I hope the next book provides some remedies.

-    This were some pretty violent scenes, and I enjoyed them all. Definitely a 16+ book.

-    I think the new covers are a vast improvement. I love Celeana in her bad-a glory. I liked that the back of the book was Celeana in her red gown. 

-    I'm so attached to these characters. My heart bleeds for them! 

-    The reveals about Celeana and her past are so awesome!

-    Ah!! I just can't gush enough about this series! GUSH! GUSH!

Previous book in the Throne of Glass series
(covers are linked to my thoughts)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Distance Between Us

15283043Goodreads Synopsis:    Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

My Thoughts:

-    The cover doesn't fit the book. The girl is too fancy, and the boy isn't fancy enough.

-    Caymen is an awful name for a girl.

-    I LOVED the sarcasm. Caymen's remarks were funny and clever. 

-    The premise of this book reminds me of Pretty in Pink. Molly Ringwald would be the perfect Caymen. 

-    This book was okay, but I'm just not a contemporary romance person. The stories start meshing together, and I can't tell one book from another cause they are all so similar. 

-    The ending was abrupt. I want to know what happens to Caymen's mom and the doll shop. Does Caymen contact her father? There are some loose ends!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Authors or Books in X Genre

Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in the Fantasy Genre

I don't think I could come up with 10 books in any other category but fantasy.
Covers are linked to my thoughts or Goodreads.

Why haven't people been yelling at me to read these sooner!! These books are AMAZING!!

I'm so surprised that a lot of people haven't even heard of or seen this series. The covers are beautiful and the story is enchanting.

Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite authors. I love everything she writes. Everyone needs to read Poison Study!!

Lloyd Alexander should be as big as Tolkien and Lewis.

John Flanagan's stories are wonderful and unforgettable.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles are some of my favorites. These books started my love for dragons.

Some people give these books a bad rap, but I like them a lot. It seems like people love them or hate them. There really isn't an in between.

This book should be more well known. It is wonderful!

Jessica Day George should be a better known Utah author. I'm always sad that her signing lines aren't as long as others. I love everything she writes!

This series was WAY better than I was expecting. There should be more buzz about these books.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Mother to Embarrass Me

519713Goodreads Says:    Now that Laura is 12 years old, she realizes that everything about her mother is totally embarrassing. Like the way she yodels at the top of her lungs while she works (okay, she calls it singing). And plays really oldmusic so loud the neighbors can hear (can’t she listen to normal music?). And walks around in clay-covered pajamas (yes, she is a sculptor, but still . . . ). 

But things are about to get much, much worse. Laura has noticed that her mother is getting a little bit, well, fat. Then one night over dinner (at a restaurant, since she almost burned down the house trying to cook), her mother announces that she’s going to have a baby. Now all the neighbors, including the gorgeous boy Laura has a crush on, will know her parents have been doing it. Maybe even in the house! There must be some way Laura can change her mother before her own life is completely, utterly ruined!

My Thoughts:

-    I think I'm a little old for this book. I probably would have appreciated it more when I was twelve.

-    Laura is really whiny, and she is SO mean to her mother. I can't believe some of things she says and thinks. I just wanted to smack her!

-    I can see why Laura thought a couple things her mom did were embarrassing. The loud music and the dancing in front of her friends would turn my face red too. 

-    The ending was lame. There wasn't really any conclusion. Laura and her mom didn't reconcile anything. There wasn't really a point to the story.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fan Art Friday: Throne of Glass


I read Throne of Glass this week, and I LOVED it! I knew there would be some awesome art to showcase.

The last two are my favorite. I love the colors and style.

Which is your favorite?