Friday, April 12, 2013

Just in case

To  all of my followers,

I know I moved to Wordpress during a crazy time of changing from Google Reader to whichever new reader you found.

So I just wanted to make sure that you all knew that I have moved to Wordpress! And I would love it if you followed me over to WP and followed me there! You will have to re-follow via RSS or Networked or Twitter or Bloglovin.

So head on over to my new home!

Love and Glazed Donuts,

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I'm Moving to WordPress!

Hello my lovely followers,

For those of you who are reading this and who have stuck with me through this rough start to 2013, I thank you. 

As many of you have probably heard, in July Google Reader will be retired.  And while this will not affect anything having to do with my blog itself, I decided this was my last straw in the google hosting world.  I am so very afraid that one day Google will announce that Blogger will be retired.  Or even worse, that Google will just delete my blog entirely (because I know this has happened to a few bloggers).

For these reasons, I am moving to WordPress!  I have been thinking about it for a while, and I have been designing a blog layout that I really like.  And since I have had a bit of a hiatus, I feel like this will be the easiest time to just move.  You, my loyal readers who are still reading, will follow me over there.

I just need a fresh start.  I have a new blogging energy, and I am really excited to see what I can make it.  So just follow me over there!

For those that follow via GFC, obviously it won't work over there.  But please follow via RSS, Email, Twitter, or Networked Blogs! 

I am not deleting this blog yet, but I have already transferred all my posts over.  So here is your re-direction.

Please follow me over to WP:

Farewell, Blogger, and HELLO WORDPRESS!

Love and A New Beginning,

Monday, March 11, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday! (40)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme create at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is:
Top Ten Books at the TOP of my SPRING TBR!
This year has bombarded me with so many shiny new books it;s just been crazy! I have had a constant stack of books from the library about 15 books high at any one time.  Thankfully, all of my January/February TBR books have come in and my hold list has settled down.  But now spring is coming!  And that means more books!  But I am going to keep my stacks under control over the next two months and read through some books that I have sitting on my shelf that I need to read!  So I am splitting my list in half today!  New releases and oldies on my bookshelf!

New Releases in March/April:

1.  Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

2.  Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

3.  Story's End by Marissa Burt

4.  Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

5.  The Hero's Guide to Storming Your Castle by Christopher Healy

Oldies by Goodies: 

6.  A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

7.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

8.  The Host by Stephenie Meyer 

9.  World War Z by Max Brooks

10.  (Daughter of Smoke and Bone and) Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

So what books are on your TBR list for spring?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Love and Pan's Labyrinth,

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review: Zom-B Underground

Title/Author:  Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan
                        (Zom-B #2)

Genre:  Young Adult, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies

Published:  January 2nd, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 181 pages

How I Got This Book:  Checked it out from the library

Why I Picked It Up?:  I was really intrigued after reading Book 1 (Zom-B review here) that I wanted to get my hands on the next installment as quickly as possible!

Book Jacket Blurb:  "Can you hold on to your humanity if you're a monster?

How do you face the present if you're haunted by the past?

Where can you turn when you're trapped in a living nightmare?

For B. Smith, Death is not the end!

B is a zombie, but unlike most of the walking dead, B's brain still works.  There are others who survived the transformation into zombies, too.  They call themselves zom heads.  The world's gone mad, populated by mindless flesh-eaters, and what little is left of the government has plans for B and the other zom heads.  It isn't a pretty future.

Waking back up should be a blessing, but B soon realizes that consciousness can also be a curse..."

My Review of this Work:

**Disclaimer:  If you have read Zom-B, this review will be spoiler free.  But there are unavoidable spoilers for Zom-B. You have been warned.**

My experience with Zom-B was an interesting one.  It was definitely a quick read, but it was completely unexpected!  So in picking up the second book in this series, Zom-B Underground, I still really didn't know what to expect.  But I was pleasantly surprised.

B wakes up a new being--a dead one, to be precise.  Yes, B has re-awoken as a zombie, locked up in a research facility where scientists are studying her and others like her.  As a conscious zombie, B gives us access to a different perspective of a post-zombie apocalyptic story. 

In Zom-B, B is a majorly flawed and abrasive character with little hope for redemption.  Yet in this second book, B has the chance to redeem herself.  She has awoken to a new world, a new life, one that is not easy but it is a chance to change.  I found myself identifying and empathizing with B in this book, which is SO DIFFERENT from the first book where I just wanted to hit her!  So along with the intense character development, we also develop as readers.  This is a very interesting transition and experience, one that I do not experience all that often while I read.

This is the first zombie novel I have read where zombie experimentation has played a major part in the story (this is also the first novel I have read where the main character is a zombie).  I think that Shan is definitely adding a new element to zombie lure that is both intriguing and exciting.  This story, told from such a perspective, allows for a different level of character development from all angles, both zombies and not zombies.  The world is changing drastically, and Shan is slowly shedding light on just what the world has become.

I am really glad that the next few books will be published this year.  These books are so extremely short, and I can trust that the quality will still remain in this speedy publication.  Look for my review  of book 3 in May!

My Bookshelf Rating:

A Middle Shelf Book!

What an interesting perspective Darren Shan brings to the zombie-apocalypse world!  We have character struggle with B, who is trying to be someone better than she was.  And we have zombie experimentation!  What is going on in this zombie-apocalypse?  Zombie introspective makes for a very interesting twist in this long-term narrative.

Love and Smart Water,

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday! (39)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme create at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is:
Top Ten Series I Want to Start but Haven't!
So I am primarily a series reader.  I love the world and character development you can get from more than one book to the same story.  These are the series that are on my TBR list that I just haven't gotten around to reading yet, even though I am super excited about them!  And after compiling my preliminary list, I have A TON!  So here are more than 10, but it was hard enough limiting my list down to this!  To limit this list, I have taken out trilogies.  This only includes series with 4 intended books or more!  Enjoy! 

Middle Grade:

1.  Eragon by Christopher Paolini:  Fantasy.  Dragons.  I have only heard great things about this series.  Honestly, I don't know why I haven't read it before now. 

2.  Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan:  The break off series to Percy Jackson. I WANT TO READ THESE SOON!  I just need the bright and shiny new books to hide for a while lol!

3.  Theodosia and the Serpants of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers:  This is a series that I have found through working at the library.  Mystery, archeology...sounds like a winner!

Young Adult:

4.  Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout:  I feel like I am the only person in the world who hasn't read this series!  I need to get on this pronto! I need to know what all the hype is about!

5.  Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins:  I know, this is a trilogy, but then there's the break out series counts!  I have heard great things about this series, and I really want to read a great YA about a witch!

6.  My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent:  Honestly, I am just captivated by these covers! They are just gorgeous!  And many people love them, so I want to read it!

7.  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl:  I wanted to read this book before I watched the movie, but I saw it first.  And now I REALLY want to read this series! I heart Ethan!

8.  Bloodlines by Richelle Mead:  AAAAH VAMPIRE ACADEMY! I love it! And I need more! This series will definitely be read soon!


9.  Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs:  I love Bones so much, and I am really interested in reading the series that inspires it.  And yet it always gets put on my back burner.  But not this year!

10.   The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers:  I discovered this series at the library last week and just want to read it now!  It just looks AWESOME!

11.  Soulless by Gail Carriger:  I need some more Steampunk in my life, and I hear this series is pretty good ;-)

12.  Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen:  This is the book I WANT that MY LIBRARY SYSTEM DOESN'T HAVE! BLAH! I WANT IT SO BAD LOL

13.  Darkfever by Karen Marie Morning:  So many people love this series, I just really need to know what is going on with it! BAH! =)

Honestly, there are just WAY too many books on my list.  I just want to read them all!

What series are on your list?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Love and Puffs with Lotion,

February Month in Review

I know that I was MIA for the majority of February, and I apologize.  I have just had a lot going on and had to prioritize my time.  I will be back this month.

My Month in Review

This will be where I list the books I have read this month, movies I have seen, notable acquisitions, and anything else that I find worthy of telling you. =)

February Books Read:

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Tempest by Julie Cross (Re-read)
Vortex by Julie Cross
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Legend by Marie Lu
Prodigy by Marie Lu
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Re-read)
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

 February Stats:Total Books:  10
Total Pages:  3764 pages

Favorite New Book(s) Read This Month:  Legend, A Tangle of Knots, Through the Ever Night

Challenge Update:
New Authors Challenge:  6 out of 30
Audio Book Challenge: 1 out of 25
Stand Alone Reading Challenge:  1 out of 15
TBR Pile Challenge: 0 out of 12

My February Movie Adventures: (With One Sentence Reviews!)

This year my co-workers have challenged me to watch more movies. So I have taken up a personal challenge (located under my 2013 Challenges tab) to watch some. So here are the ones I got to this month.

Beasts of the Southern Wild:  A beautiful story about love and family that is told in the most perfect and heart-warming way possible.  P.S.  There is exactly 3 minutes of magical realism in this movie.  So don't let that deter you from seeing this movie.
Beautiful Creatures:  I have not read this book yet, so I cannot compare book to movie.  However, the story was solid, and I just fell in love with Alden/Ethan.  And Emmy Rossem was a hoot!
Munich:   This movie left me thinking a lot, and most of thoughts were not happy.  This movie left me feeling kind of empty.  However, Daniel Craig plays a supporting actor role, and he is kind of a hippie with long hair. 
Man on a Ledge:  Surprisingly a decent movie.  A lot of development of a rather simple idea.  You don't know what the full story is until the end.
The Fountain:  Three parallel stories that are kind of tied together, but I kind of liked that.  It was a really intriguing idea, and Hugh Jackman is fantastic.
David Fincher Movies (I watched 3 this month heehee)
Se7en:  Serial killer plus Brad Pitt/Morgan Freeman = an extremely eerie and interesting movie.
Zodiac:  A different kind of serial killer movie than Se7en, but I liked it just as much.  It is part suspense and part Law & Order.  A really solid movie.
Fight Club:  Such a crazy psychological ride.  And I must say, I just don't believe it!

P.S. Watch David Fincher movies, because he is a genius!

Well, that is all for My February in Review! What was your favorite book you read in January? Favorite movie you saw? What are you most looking forward to reading next month! Comment and let me know! =)

Love and Iron Chef,

Monday, February 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday! (38)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme create at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is:
Top Ten Authors on Auto-Buy!
I don't buy new books very often.  Normally, I get a book from the library and decided if I like it enough to buy.  But, like many readers, I have some authors that I ANXIOUSLY await their new books and IMMEDIATELY buy them!  So here is a list of the authors that are on my Auto-buy list!

1.  Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns:  Okay, seriously guys, he is my FAVORITE AUTHOR EVER!  And as soon as I found out that he has a new book coming out in May I jumped and squealed!!!  AND HE'S COMING TO MY CITY IN JUNE ON BOOK TOUR OMGSH I AM SO FREAKIN' EXCITED!  *much rejoining*

2.  David Levithan, author of Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and many others:  Okay, David Levithan is the author I search for every time I go to the used book store.  And if there is by chance a novel on the shelf by him that I do not own, I buy it.  No questions asked.  I haven't read them all yet, but I am SUPER PUMPED to read them this year!

3.  Dan Wells, author of Partials and I Am Not A Serial Killer, among others:  He has become a new favorite author. And I got to meet him last year and he signed many books for me.  And Fragments comes out TOMORROW and I am going to buy it.  Hints the auto-buy! EEK!

4.  Gillian Flynn, author of Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl:  She is such a talented writer with a fascination for the strange, bizarre, and creepy.  Just my kind of gal!  Even though I didn't love Gone Girl, I will continue to buy her next books until I am no longer impressed.

5.  Chelsea Cain, author of the Gretchen Lowell and Archie series:  Holy crap! I just love this series so much! I read it in a week, and now I am ready for the next installment!  And when Chelsea Cain writes a new series, I am TOTALLY buying it!

6.  Dan Brown, author of Angels and Demons, Deception Point, and a few others:  Dan Brown has a talent for writing really entertaining and intriguing thrillers, and I love them.  And I will be buying his new book in May because, hey! It's Dan Brown!

I really can't pen any more names down with certainty, so I will stop now.  Who do you auto-buy?  Leave a comment and let me know!

P.S.  Sorry I have been MIA for a while.  I will be mostly back from now on.

Love and Beasts of the Southern Wild,

Monday, February 11, 2013

An apology

Hey guys.  I am sorry I have not been around as of late.  Life has just gotten in the way this month and I haven't had  a lot of time to be on the internet.  And right now, I don't see it getting any more consistent. 

So I just wanted to let you know that I am still here and still alive and still reading, just not updating as much.  I will let you know when I am back full-force again! (Hopefully soon!)

Thanks for sticking by me!

Love and Berry Salad,

Friday, February 1, 2013

My Month in Review: January 2013

It's a new year, so I am adding a new summary-type post at the end of every month to propel me into the next month.  So here is

My Month in Review

This will be where I list the books I have read this month, movies I have seen, notable acquisitions, and anything else that I find worthy of telling you.  =)

January Books Read: 

Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain--5 stars

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Review here)--3.5 stars
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume (Review here)--3 stars
Frostbite by Richelle Mead--4 stars
Super Fudge by Judy Blume (Review here)--4 stars
Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume(Review here)--4 stars
Double Fudge by Judy Blume(Review here)--3 stars
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead--4 stars
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead--3 stars
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (Review here)--4 stars
The Walking Dead Volume 17 by Robert Kirkman--2 stars
Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan--3 stars
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell--3 stars
Just One Day by Gayle Forman--4 stars
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (audiobook)--4 stars
The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine--3 stars

January Stats:
Total Books:  16
Total Pages:  4962 pages
Total Minutes:  2010 minutes (33.5 hours)

Favorite Book(s) Read This Month: Kill You Twice, Just One Day, Frostbite
Favorite Audio Book(s) Listened to This Month:  A Game of Thrones

Other Reviews Posted in January

I have been behind on reviews, which is why you haven't seen a lot of these books reviewed on my blog yet.  I am hoping to catch up in this next month!  But here are the books I did get to review this month (along with those listed above)!

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whatley--5 stars
The Shining by Stephen King--4.5 stars
Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume--4 stars
We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han--3 stars
Ten by Gretchen McNeil--2 stars
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski--DNF
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter--4.5 stars

Challenge Update:
New Authors Challenge:  3 out of 30
Audio Book Challenge:  1 out of 25
Stand Alone Reading Challenge:  0 out of 15
TBR Pile Challenge:  0 out of 12

My January Movie Adventures: (With One Sentence Reviews!)

This year my co-workers have challenged me to watch more movies.  So I have taken up a personal challenge (located under my 2013 Challenges tab) to watch some.  So here are the ones I got to this month.

The Hobbit:  Peter Jackson takes the way whimsical classic children's tale and brings it up to the visual greatness of The Trilogy.
Perks of Being a Wallflower:  I was afraid of this movie, but I am happy to report that the essence of this novel is preserved, bringing this beautiful book to life.
Moonrise Kingdom:  A quirky adventurey romance, of sorts, that I found to be very entertaining.
Les Miserables:  I will say it--I was very impressed with the vocal and acting performances of each and every actor.  Such an emotional ride and a great movie adaptation of the stage play!
Silver Linings Playbook:  I only speak the truth.  This movie is pure brilliance, from storyline to acting.  It deserves every nomination it got!
Snow White and the Huntsman:  There were too many genre elements thrown in to this movie--I found it a little disjointed.  Though I liked Chris Hemsworth.
WALL-E:  (Yes, I just got around to watching this) A cute futuristic love story with a rather obvious hidden message against consumerism and laziness.  But I really liked Eve. =)
All four Die Hard Movies:  Here is my order of likeness:  1, 3, 4, 2.  The two movies done by John McTieren were SO much better than the other two. 

Book Acquisitions of Note

ARC of Unremembered by Jessica Brody (received from MacMillian Kids Books)
ARC of A Tangle of Knots Lisa Graff (received from Penguin Kids)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Box Set of Pretty Little Liars #1-4 by Sara Shepard

And a special acquisition this month.  This is a book from my childhood (my grandmother had a copy that somehow got lost over the years) that I found and just HAD TO HAVE.  It is so beautiful!

What's On My February TBR?

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (audiobook)
World War Z by Max Brooks
Dualed by Elise Chapman
Vortex by Julie Cross
Cinder(re-read) and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Under the Never Sky (re-read) and Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine
Jinx by Sage Blackwood
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Legned and Prodigy by Marie Lu
and Various Works by Jerry Spinelli, my February Juvenile Author of the Month

Well, that is all for My January in Review!  What was your favorite book you read in January?  Favorite movie you saw?  What are you most looking forward to reading next month!  Comment and let me know! =)

Love and Banana Boat,

February Author of the Month!


Well, it's the first of the month, which means it's time for me to announce my February Author of the Month!  So, this month I have decided to read:
Jerry Spinelli!!
Mr. Spinelli is the author of over 25 juvenile and young adult novels, and his works are being read by so many children!  He is the beloved author of titles such as Star Girl, Maniac McGee, and Loser
I must admit, I have not read a single work by Jerry Spinelli, which is why I chose him as one of my authors this year!  I plan on reading and discussing some of his major juvenile fiction works and well as writing up some reviews for his newer titles.  So be on the look out for book reviews on the 10th and 20th and a discussion post on the 30th!
Love and Oragami,