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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

{COVER REVEAL} Wait For You by J. Lynn

Today, I am so excited to present to you the cover of Wait For You, the new novel of the fabulous J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout). Eeeep! I know, right? But before we take a peek at the cover, please take a moment to read the early praises for Wait For You. ^_^


What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU


“J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT


“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES


“I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books


“Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes


“For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic


“For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms


“I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says


Excited? Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU? 



Synopsis

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

WAIT FOR YOU is available now! 



About the author:



J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites: 






So what do you guys think of the cover? Pretty, isn't it? I swear I'm going to get my hands on this book pretty soon!

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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY [#4]


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on:


The Darkest Craving
Series: Book 10, Lords of the Underworld
Author: Gena Showalter
Release Date: July 30, 2013 
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a breathtaking Lords of the Underworld tale about a warrior trapped by darkness and the woman determined to save him.

Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price.

Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together.

WHY I'M WAITING ON IT
 I so love this series! Kane is not my favorite Lord, but still I can't wait to read his story. I'm a bit disappointed with the cover, though. But I'm willing to overlook that in exchange of a beautiful story. And thank the gods Kane's partner is not that Horsewoman of the Apocalypse.

So what book are you waiting on this week?

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Monday, February 25, 2013

{REVIEW} The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
by Yasutaka Tsutsui

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi
Published: September 1, 2012 by Alma Books (first published January 31st 1967)

The novel adaptation of the acclaimed anime film! The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells the story of Kazuko Yoshiyama, a third-year middle school student who accidentally acquires the ability to time travel after an unfortunate accident in a school science lab.




MY THOUGHTS
I am an anime fan and although I've never seen the film, I was excited to read The Girl Who Leapt Through Time mainly because it was made into an anime movie. And of course, this was my first time reading Japanese literature so that added up to the excitement as well.

For starters, it was a short and quick read. I could've finished it in one day if I didn't have other things to do. The book also consists of two stories, although I didn't know it at first. 

The first story, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, is just your typical time travel story. It's about Kazuko, a third-year middle school student who accidentally acquired the ability to leap through time and space. Although other people would be delighted to discover they have such powers, Kazuko wasn't at all happy with it. She looked for the cause and wanted to get rid of these abilities because she did not want to be different. The plot is very simple and I think the only twist in the story is when Kazuko discovered where and from whom her ability to time travel came from, albeit indirectly. The pace is fast, not boring and I must say it's an okay read. I only wished the author did not make Kazuko and Kazuo's names sound so similar. It's a bit confusing sometimes. 

The ending is a bit sad for me. I was looking for more. It was sad that Kazuko did not see that 'person from the future' again and that her memories of him were also erased. I would have wanted them to meet again, maybe when Kazuko's a bit older, you know, so they could be together. Although that's impossible, right? Because they live in different times. *sigh*

In the second story, The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of, is where my frustration started. I was like, "why did the story suddenly change?" I even thought that it's a continuation of Kazuko's story. But no, it was a totally different story. One I didn't really get. It's about Masako, a teenager who's afraid of heights and Prajna masks. She also has a younger brother who's a scaredy-cat, but Masako helped Yoshio conquer his fears so she thought she might as well conquer hers. There's not much conflict in this story. For a while I even thought it's horror. Until now I'm still not sure what it is, though. But I think what this story is trying to tell us is we all must at least try to face our fears. And that we should always be careful of the words we speak in front of children. We never know how they affect them.

I have some reservations about this book but I liked it still. If you're looking for a quick read that's still enjoyable, try this book. But if you want something a bit more complicated, this book is not for you.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

2013 First in a Series Challenge

2013 1st In A Series Challenge

Welcome to the 2013 1st in a Series Reading Challenge hosted by Darlene's Book Nook!

As the title suggests, this challenge is for the books that are the first in a series. So for those who love reading series like me, come on and join in the fun!


GUIDELINES

1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

2. You can join the challenge at any time. All books read during the challenge period count for the challenge, regardless of when you sign up.

3. This challenge can cross-over to your other reading challenges.

4. You do not need a blog to participate! If you are not a blogger, you can post your reviews at Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing and link them up here.

5. All formats of books are acceptable: Bound copies, e-books, and audiobooks (unabridged only).

6. There are four levels for the challenge:

a. Series Novice: Read 5 books that are first in a series.
b. Series Lover: Read 10 books that are first in a series.
c. Series Expert: Read 20 books that are first in a series.
d. Series Fanatic: Read 30 books that are first in a series.

7. When you write your sign-up post, you must choose your level. You can go up, but you cannot go down!

8. There will be a link-up for your reviews, which will be posted on THIS page.

9. There will be a link for your wrap-up post at the end of the challenge, which will be posted on THIS page.

10. Create a sign-up post and link back to this post. Sign up with Mister Linky below! Be sure to use the direct url to your sign-up post and not the url to your blog.

11. Grab the challenge button and post it in your sidebar. Copy and paste this HTML code into an HTML gadget for your sidebar: <a href="http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.ca/2012/12/2013-1st-in-series-challenge.html"><img alt="2013 1st In A Series Challenge" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0ykcwC5ah3M/UODiNUBtcXI/AAAAAAAAOpk/1vEUBUhZU4M/s320/1st+in+a+series.jpg" width="190" /></a>




For this challenge, I'm going to aim for Series Lover (10 books) level. If you're interested to join, just click on the button above and sign up! Happy reading! ^_^


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

{REVIEW} The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks


The Last Song
by Nicholas Sparks

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: September 8, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing
Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts… and heal them.


MY THOUGHTS

I've never really loved the other Nicholas Sparks novels the way I love The Last Song. Yes, I liked them okay but not really to the point that I'd read them again. They're a bit slow and dull though the romance is always great. But somehow, The Last Song is different. This is now my favorite Nicholas Sparks novel.

Each character is unique. The story itself is interesting. It's kinda personal to me because the main character Ronnie and I have something in common.  It actually hit a raw nerve so I felt more connected and familiar with her character. The development of the story is okay and the lines are funny. The re-connection  between Ronnie and her dad is heartbreaking yet beautiful.  Their shared passion made it all work out in the end in spite of their differences and past mistakes. Ronnie's tough but compassionate and loving personality is amazing as well. It just shows that beneath a young woman's rebellious and strong facade lies a heart full of love and care for her family, for the people around her and even for the animals. I also liked Ronnie's brother and of course, Will. He's an essential character to the story. He helped Ronnie go through the things that eventually led to her healing and forgiveness. He's not just the love interest guy but he's also a much-needed friend.

It was an inspiring read. Family and music and romance mix well together in this book. Fans of Nicholas Sparks would definitely enjoy another hit.

FAVORITE LINES

“Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love, but that doesn't make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.” 

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“Mom says it's because she has PMS."

"Do you even know what that means?"


"I'm not a little kid anymore. It means pissed-at- men syndrome.” 

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Friday, February 22, 2013

{REVIEW} Overtime: A Novella by Shana Norris


Overtime: A Novella
by Shana Norris


Genre: Yong Adult, mythology, retellings
Published: May 20,2012

Five months ago, the epic rivalry between the Trojans and Spartans ended in flames. Now the two schools exist in an uneasy ceasefire as a community event threatens to push them over the edge.

Cassie Prince just wants to focus on her new relationship. But is happiness possible in a place where loyalties run deep?

The Trojans and Spartans return in this ebook sequel novella to the YA novel Troy High.

 


First line:  "You are so dead," Greg Mennon growled as he twitched in his seat.


MY THOUGHTS

The story picks up five months after the ending of the first book, Troy High. Troy and Lacede are somewhat on a ceasefire, Greg and Cassie are finally together and Hunter's arm is still in a sling.  His shoulder injury from the homecoming game against Lacede has made Hunter feel useless, like he's nobody without football. Meanwhile, Cassie takes on her first leadership stunt by organizing a beach clean-up and her relationship with Greg is being threatened by Greg's ex-girlfriend. To top it all, Perry and Elena aren't doing so well together. 

Now what do I think about Overtime? For one, I like it better than the first book. It's a novella so it's shorter and the pace isn't boring. The characters have improved as well. I like that Cassie stepped up to leadership. She found her voice and confidence to do something for her community. Well, her intentions aren't really for her community alone but also to help Hunter gain his former self and to somehow redeem Troy High's reputation. Although she was hesitant to be a leader, I think she did a very good job.

Another one is Elena Argos. I admire her desire to just be herself. She made the right decision at the end and I like her for that. Independent women ftw!

Unfortunately, Greg is still the same Greg. Clueless and frustrating. I mean, doesn't he realize what Nessa is doing? And he's so blind to see that it affects Cassie! What the heck? If Perry is my least favorite character, Greg is a close second.

Well, I'm glad Shana Norris wrote this ebook sequel novella to Troy High. It's a good follow-up to the story and it delved deeper to some of the characters' personalities. It gave them a good opportunity to redeem themselves since they're not totally likable in the first story. Not really my thing but it's enjoyable enough.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

2013 Sequel Challenge



Welcome to the 2013 Sequel Challenge hosted by Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads! This is the third reading challenge I'm participating in this year and as I love reading books in a series, this will be a good challenge for me.

The goal: To read as many sequels as you can. You set your goal at whatever number works for you.

GUIDELINES


* The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st.
* Any books started before Jan. 1 will not count.
* Any book after the first book in a series counts. Books in the same series also count.
* Novellas count, as long as it is after book #1. (ex: #1.5, #2.5, etc) No prequels.
* Books can be of any publication date. They don't have to be released in 2013.
* Sign ups will be open until December 1st, 2013.



If you're also interested in joining the challenge, head on over to Auntie Spinelli Reads and sign up!

Happy reading!


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

{REVIEW} Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom


Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom


Genre: Non-fiction, memoir, inspirational
Published: 2000 by Warner


Nearly 20 years after their first lessons, now dying college professor Morrie imparts his wisdom to student Mitch during weekly Tuesday meetings. A gentle mentor imparts the lessons of a long life.







First line: The last class of my old professor's life took place once a week in his house, by a window in the study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink leaves.



MY THOUGHTS

As I mentioned in my review of Regine's Book, I am not a fan of non-fiction. But I read books in this genre nevertheless and ironically enough, these are the books that really get to me. They teach me something, inspire me and make me cry. Tuesdays with Morrie is one of those books. I can't believe I waited so long to read this. 

These were the last days of Morrie Schwartz, a professor diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. It should have destroyed lesser men, but Morrie was more than that. You'll see his courage and optimism in the face of imminent death. I was amazed that even though he was suffering physically, he still gave his all to the people he loved. He gave them time, companionship, concern. He listened to their problems and offered advice. He could have easily chosen to be alone and spent his remaining time with his family, but he was not selfish. Even deteriorating, he still served his community, wanted others to hear his message and taught them about life. His aphorisms were inspiring and thought-provoking. They'll make you reflect on yourself, your actions, your intentions. It was humbling reading his views of the culture he lived in. His student Mitch was one of those lucky enough to be taught by him. Morrie changed him for the better. The love between the coach and the player - as they fondly call each other - was beautiful. Mitch was there during Morrie's last days and as Morrie said, it is never too late. They talked of love, life, marriage, family, forgiveness, saying goodbye, death. The goodbye was heartbreaking, of course. And even though Morrie's gone, Mitch was sure his old professor still listened to him, because that's how Morrie was.

This book is a must-read. Today's generation would definitely learn a thing or two from Morrie Schwartz.


FAVORITE LINES


"Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn't. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted."

"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Let it come in. We think we don't deserve love, we think if we let it in, we'll become too soft. But a wise man named Levine said it right. He said, 'Love is the only rational act.'"

"Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too - even when you're in the dark. Even when you're falling."

"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."

"Mitch, if you're trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone."



"...love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone."



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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY [#3]


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Inferno
Series: Book 4, Robert Langdon series
Author: Dan Brown
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.




WHY I'M WAITING ON IT

Dan Brown became one of my favorite authors the moment I finished Angels and Demons. The way he writes is so mesmerizing, I find it hard to put his books down. That's why when I learned that there will be another Robert Langdon novel, I was so excited and immediately added Inferno to my wishlist. I'm expecting mystery and excitement in this new book. And of course, I'm also looking forward to the history lessons. ^_^ For all the twists and turns of his stories, one thing I'm certain is that Dan Brown never disappoints.



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

{REVIEW} Troy High by Shana Norris


Troy High
by Shana Norris

Genre: Young Adult, mythology, retellings
Published: August 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams

Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.
Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena–who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders–transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten.
The Trojans and Spartans pull wicked pranks on each other as homecoming approaches. And the Spartans’ wildcard football star, Ackley, promises to take down the Trojans’ offensive line. But the stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school. Troy High will seduce readers with its incendiary cast of mythic proportions.




First line: It was a late Sunday afternoon when I kissed my best friend.



MY THOUGHTS

About the characters:

Cassie – the main character is not likeable. It's like she's this helpless heroine caught between two rivalring kingdoms (well, in this case, schools).
Greg – I don’t like him; he’s completely clueless about Cassie’s feelings towards him; he could have chosen not to take sides in the rivalry between Troy and Lacede but instead, he helped his brother carry out his stupid pranks, then tried to justify himself by insisting that he had no choice
Hunter – I sort of liked him because he is a real brother to Cassie, actually cares for her and tries to protect her, unlike Perry who does nothing but tease Cassie in front of the school
Elena – although she’s kinda shallow, I liked the fact that she’s a friend to Cassie, although the latter was thinking that Elena only uses her to get close to Perry. She sincerely cares for Cassie and helps her have other friends
Lucas – a pathetic loser who can't accept the fact that his girlfriend dumped him for an enemy (not that I can't blame him for being angry)

About the story:

It was kinda lame, the whole rivalry thing between the two high schools. The thing that bugged me though was the pranks. Putting laxatives in the cafeteria food? What if someone's allergic to laxatives and ate that spaghetti? Things could've been serious, right? And I think cutting off the Trojan statue's head is destruction of property. I can't believe these high school students would go that far just because of the long-standing rivalry between Troy and Lacede. And the worst thing is that the ones wholly responsible for those pranks got away with it. They weren't punished because the ones who were caught did not have to guts to tell the truth. 

Here comes the reason why I find Cassie irritating. She could have ended the 'war' between her and Greg's school. She knew everything so she had it in her power to go to an authority and put a stop to those pranks. But she did not because 1.) she wanted to protect her brothers, 2.) she did not want to be an outcast again, and 3.) she insisted that this war has nothing to do with her friendship with Greg. And look what happened to that friendship. Her reluctance to do what is right made her a coward in my eyes and no, I can't tolerate characters like that.

The pace of the story’s somewhat slow although it became better towards the end. I expected that Troy High would win the homecoming game since it’s the school of the main character. But it’s a good thing they didn't.  It lessened the predictability of the story. 

It was an easy and light read. All in all, it was okay but not the kind of book I'd like to read twice. 

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge




Welcome to 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!!!

6 BLOGGERS, 12 MINI-CHALLENGES, 24 BOOKS TO WIN!!! 

We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us.. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up..

Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!! :D



Challenge Guidelines:

*This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2013.

*Anyone can enter! You don't have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you've read! (On your blog, Amazon or Goodreads/Shelfari!)

*Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2012 and earlier! NO 2013 ARCs and 2013 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!

*You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

*When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge. (If you don't have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)

*You can move up levels, but no moving down.

*Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

*On the 20th of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month. For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)

*If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)

*December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - a box of books.

*You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!

Levels:
(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2013)


1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children


Schedule:

January 20th: Evie @Bookish (www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com)
February 20th: Rachel @Fiktshun (http://www.fiktshun.com)
March 20th: Justin @Justin's Book Blog (http://www.justinsbookblog.com/)
April 20th: Tiffany @Escaping.. One Book At A Time (http://escapingonebookatatime.blogspot.com/)
May 20th: Bonnie @Words At Home (www.wordsathome.ca/)
June 20th: Justin @Justin's Book Blog (http://www.justinsbookblog.com/)
July 20th: Emily @Doodle's Book Blog (doodlesbookblog.blogspot.com/)
August 20th: Tiffany @Escaping One Book At A Time (http://escapingonebookatatime.blogspot.com/)
September 20th: Rachel @Fiktshun (http://www.fiktshun.com)
October 20th: Emily @Doodle's Book Blog (doodlesbookblog.blogspot.com/)
November 20th: Bonnie @Words At Home (www.wordsathome.ca/)
December 20th: This one will be posted on all the blogs. There will also be a huge BOX OF BOOKS giveaway and this time you can link up ALL YOUR TBR Pile REVIEWS you wrote for the entire month!



This reading challenge is somehow perfect for me. I have A LOT of unread books that I acquired last year and I really want to read them all. I especially love this challenge because it has a GIVEAWAY! Yay! I'm aiming for A Friendly Hug (11-20) level but hopefully, I'll be able to level up by mid-year. ^_^

What are you waiting for? You know you want to get that TBR pile over and done with so what better way to do that than joining this challenge? Click that pretty button at the beginning of the post and sign up. Happy reading!


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{REVIEW} Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Uses For Boys
by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.
Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up.




First line: In the happy times, in the tell-me-again times, when I'm seven and there are no stepbrothers and it's before the stepfathers, my mom lets me sleep in her bed.


MY THOUGHTS

I picked up this book because when I saw the cover, I thought this is a mushy swoony love story. Boy, was I wrong. Although Uses For Boys is a YA novel, it's intended for more mature teens. This is not a happy book.

I was confused. I was wondering the whole time where the story is heading. Nothing made sense to me. All I understood was Anna was somehow neglected by her mother and she sought love and affection from the boys she slept with. And there were a lot of sex. With different boys. As much as I would like to understand this book, I couldn't. I felt like I just couldn't grasp the story. I couldn't sympathize with Anna or any of the other characters. It's sad because I've seen great reviews about this book but I guess it's just not for me.


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Wizards and Ninjas



I've recently finished reading the entire Harry Potter series and decided that this is now my favorite series ever. While falling in love with the books, I noticed a lot of similarities between Harry Potter and an anime series I also absolutely love: Naruto/Naruto Shippuden. It actually made me wonder if the creator of Naruto is also a Harry Potter fan. From characters to the plot, here are some of the things that I found common between them:

(note: To those who haven't read Harry Potter and watched Naruto yet, please be aware that there may be spoilers in this post.) 
























Harry PotterNaruto/Naruto Shippuden
THE PROTAGONIST

Harry Potter



Uzumaki Naruto
The Chosen One, The Boy Who LivedChild of the Prophecy
*both are orphansJames and Lily Potter died protecting infant Harry from VoldemortMinato and Kushina died when the Kyuubi (nine-tailed demon fox) tried to kill infant Naruto
*both contain a part of the ones who killed their parentsA part of Voldemort's soul lives within Harry, making the latter an unintentional HorcruxKyuubi's chakra was sealed into Naruto, making him a Jinchuriki
*both bear a distinguished markHarry's lightning scar "is the result of a failed murder attempt by Lord Voldemort…""...the whisker marks on his face that he gained from Kurama's influence on him while he was in Kushina's womb."
*both try to do everything themselves
THE PROTAGONIST'S MOTHERLily PotterUzumaki Kushina
*both are red-haired
*both are considered 'outsiders'muggle-born"originated from Uzushiogakure'sUzumaki clan..."
*but with expceptional abilities"...an extremely talented and skilful witch. Her skills were such that, Lord Voldemort was willing to overlook her Muggle-born status and asked that she and her husband join him.""...deceptive strength and fierce barehanded fighting skills…"
THE VILLAINLord VoldemortOrochimaru (Naruto)
*both are obsessed with immortalitymade Horcruxes to ensure that he will not die has a technique called "Living Corpse Reincarnation, which allows him to transfer his soul to another body and extend his life indefinitely."
THE HERO DISGUISED AS VILLAINSeverus SnapeUchiha Itachi
worked as a spy for Dumbledore to protect Harrycarried out secret missions to protect Konoha village, making him an S-rank criminal
spied on the Death Eaters to relay information to Dumbledoreinfiltrated Akatsuki to monitor its movements
OTHERS
*the gang of villainsDeath EatersAkatsuki
*the mentor who diedAlbus DumbledoreJiraiya



(note: quoted texts are taken from http://harrypotter.wikia.com and http://naruto.wikia.com respectively.)


So there. Those were some similarities I found between Harry Potter and Naruto. If you also love both and saw other things common between them, feel free to remind me. ^_^

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY [#2]


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm going to feature a book from a series that I dearly love. I only knew of this new installment last month but of course I've been always positive that the Septimus Heap series would not end with only six books. After all, seven is the most magical number, right? :)

So without further ado, here it is:



Fyre
Series: Book 7, Septimus Heap series
Author: Angie Sage
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 


Now that Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle are fourteen years old, they have assumed larger roles in their Magykal world. Beetle has become the Chief Hermetic Scribe of the Manuscriptorium and Jenna is waiting to be crowned Queen, but Septimus is still battling the remnants of the Dark Domaine, which will remain until the power of the evil Two-Faced Ring is destroyed forever. To accomplish that, the ancient Alchemie Fyre must be relit—a task that sends Septimus to the very origins of Magyk and Physik, testing both his skills, and his loyalties to ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, and Alchemist Marcellus Pye.
In a journey that encapsulates the entire Septimus Heap series, Septimus will continue to discover the truth of who he is and expand upon his Magykal power and skills. Septimus Heap, Book Seven: Fyre weaves together every singular character from the entire series and incorporates many of the Magykal places from each book. Written with Angie Sage’s distinctive humor and heart, Fyre is the grand finale that celebrates the greatest Magyk of all: When the Fyre inside is kindled and when the Time is Right, anything is possible.





WHY I'M WAITING ON IT

I've always enjoyed Middle Grade books and the first six books entertained me a lot. I can't wait to see what happens next to Septimus and the others. I also miss a lot of characters, especially Nicko and ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand. I expect this would be a welcome breather since my TBR pile mostly consists of Young Adult and New Adult books. It's a bit sad, though, because this is the last book of the series. Nevertheless, I'll be keeping an eye for it come April. ^_^

Is anyone also waiting on Fyre? What book are you waiting on?




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