Musing Mondays - Week 5

"Musing Mondays" is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. This week's musing is:

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

Well, I really cannot remember. I usually have a strict bedtime (great, I know right? even better that I love to read!) but I guess...

The Last book I spent the night finishing it off would be Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I was so excited that I bought the book, and couldn't wait to find out what happens in the end that I spent half the night finishing it. Which probably wasn't such a good thing, cause that book was kinda confusing...a little bit. Well, I think that was the only time, cause of me and my strict bedtime can't get enough night-reading it!

Well, what's your answer to the musing? Leave a link/comment!

Cover Love - Week 6

"Cover Love" is a weekly meme that I've adapted from 21 Pages. This week's Cover Loves is: Books with Redheads. I started looking at my desktop background (which is the title above!) and I started to see a whole bunch of books with models with red hair!

The first one up is the book series which caught my attention, The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray. (sorry it's out the series order!)

The next one is a stunning cover, Firelight by Sophie Jordan.

I haven't read the series yet, but I really plan too! The A-List by Zoey Dean (and a really bright cover at that too!).

This series I adore! Cassandra Clare's fantabulous series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes and the soon-to-be-released, City of Fallen Angels.

I Haven't read this series yet, but I do plan to! Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston. (again, sorry that it's out of series order!)

...and the last book, which was just recently released, Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton.

well, that's all for this week's Cover Love! Which books have you seen with Redheads on it? Leave a link/comment to your own Cover Love!

In My Mailbox - Week 6

"In My Mailbox" is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It allows book bloggers (such as myself) to share with y'all what we bought/borrowed/received etc. this week.

What I Borrowed:

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

*sigh* that's all for this week! I don't really get a say when I get to go to the bookstore since I'm 14 :( it's sad! but I still have some books on my shelf that need to be read! but since my birthday's coming up and it's holidays for a week now...I'll see if I can buy some books :)

What did you get this week?

On My Wishlist - Week 2

"On My Wishlist" is a weekly meme by Book Chick CityIt's to show show (one) book which is on my wishlist! It doesn't have to be new, it can be old or whatever. I just thought it would be cool (Like Book Chick City) to share the amazing books that I want to read on my mega huge wishlist.

One Book on My Wishlist:

Names Will Never Hurt Me
by Jaime Adoff

(from Goodreads)

In this gripping story, four very different teenagers reveal their deepest feelings and fears during a day in which the hurts and struggles of high school escalate dangerously. There's Kurt, the "freek" who listens to loud music, trying to escape the kids who bully him; Tisha, the girl who feels "out of place" because she's biracial; Ryan, the football star who rules the hallways but hides a terrible secret; and Floater, who wields power over students by acting as the principal's eyes and ears. As tensions rise and emotions reach the breaking point, will Kurt, Tisha, Ryan, and Floater be able to reach out to one another in time to prevent a tragedy?

I know the library has this one, so I'll see if I can go and borrow it next time! What's on your wishlist? Leave a link/comment!

Friday Finds - Week 5

"Friday Finds" is a weekly meme by Should Be Reading. It's to show what amazing books I've found this week, and it seems like I've discovered A LOT.

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
Star Struck by Anne-Marie O'Conner
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Pretty Bad Things by C.J. Skuse
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Mortal Kiss by Alice Moss
All You Get is Me by Yvonne Prinz
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Well, which ones have you read and think are good? What are your Friday Finds? Leave a link/comment!

Booking Through Thursday - Week 4

"Booking Through Thursday" is a weekly meme by Should Be Reading. This week's question asks:

What’s the largest, thickest, heaviest book you ever read? Was it because you had to? For pleasure? For school?

I've read a couple of thick books...

The first thick book I had ever read was Eldest by Christopher Paolini. It was HUGE. It took me like, 3 days to read it though. Well, that was cause I was on holiday, and I had a whole bunch of time, but if I wasn't? I'm sure it would have taken me like 2 and a half weeks to finish it!

The next thick book I'd read was the book following Eldest, which was Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. It's only a bit thicker than Eldest, but because this time I was in school, it actually DID take me 2 weeks.

The recent thickest book I read, was a re-read of The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. It took me a while, but I think the first time I read it, it took waayyyy longer. But this one took around 1 week and I lovved it :)

Well, all three were for my own enjoyment. I don't think there was any book that thick that wasn't! Well...what's the thickest book YOU'VE read? Leave a link/comment!

Book Breakups - Week 1

"Book Breakups" is a meme hosted by Pure Imagination. Have you ever stopped reading a book because it was so boring, you couldn't finish it or for whatever reason just stopped? This is what this meme's about. 

One book I've broken up with is:

The Secret Life of Prince Charming
by Deb Caletti

I broke up with this book, because well...

I enjoyed it. I actually did. But because there were so many things going on, I just couldn't get to finishing it. And just when I had the time, I had to go to India for the holidays and my suitcase was already overpacked with books! So when I came back, it was time to return it to the library and I couldn't remembered what happened in the book. It was great at the beginning, and I really do hope that I return to this book!

Here's the Blurb:

Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist -- after all, she's the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.
It doesn't help that she's gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He's a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy...but he's her dad, and Quinn's just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he's treated the many women in his life, how he's stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she's never met and the little sister she'll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father's wrongs...and in doing so, begin to uncover what they're really looking for: the truth.

What book have you stood up lately? Leave a link/comment!

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

After her mom vanished in a stench of drugs and alcohol, Ruby continued to live in the family house alone. Finally found out, the introspective teenager is sent to the luxurious home of her older sister, Cora, whom she hadn't seen in ten years. Everything there seems unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and supremely weird: her fancy new room; her lavish new wardrobe; the exclusive private school where she never quite fits in. Most mysterious of all is Nate, the friendly boy next door who seems to have a deep secret of his own. Another subtle character-driven teen novel by Sarah Dessen, the author of Just Listen and That Summer.

The thing I Love about Sarah Dessen's books is the realism in the pages, how real the characters and setting is. Lock and Key does not disappoint.

I love Ruby's character. She's assertive, headstrong, funny, charming and love-able. She kinda reminds me of Annabel from Just Listen with shyness at first, but then she becomes more free and able to speak for herself. LOVE NATE! That's what I find really amazing about Sarah Dessen's and Meg Cabot's books. The Guys. They're so well described that most girls would be jealous and want their own "Michael" or "Owen" in real life! Nate is cute, adorable, he's really nice and optimistic, yet he has a secret. I feel so bad for him! But it's really sweet how he keeps the optimism and stays on the happier side of life when his life isn't.

This however, wasn't the best Sarah Dessen I would say. I mean, I didn't think it was as good as Just Listen or This Lullaby. So readers out there who HAVEN'T Read Sarah Dessen's book yet, read this one, cause there are some better ones, yet this one is still amazingly adorable and just really awesome :)

I keep thinking about the titles, and I must say there are different meanings to the word Lock and Key. I mean, it could be the key around Ruby's neck, the one that belongs to the house that she lived before she was found all alone. It could be *SPOILER ALERT* The key necklaces that Harriet in the jewelry store makes after she looks at Ruby's. But what I really think it is, is that it's the thing behind everyone's past, their secrets. Like Nate's, his is hidden behind a lock, guarded, that can only be opened by a key. Yet, Lock and Key could also have the meaning that there are new doors to be opened, like Ruby finding her sister Cora after a long time. I dunno, just food for thought.

*SPOILER ALERT* There was an really cool allusion to another work by Sarah Dessen in this book! Barbara Starr from This Lullaby made an appearance at Cora and Jamie's house party! I was like, OMG! It's her! :D

Overall, I found Lock and Key to be honest and shocking, fun loving and humorous and that things don't always seem what they look to be. Characters are amazingly well put, and the plot is FANTASTIC. Lock and Key is one Sarah Dessen book you have to read.

I was thinking, what Sarah Dessen book next?? Leave a comment, and tell me which Sarah Dessen book I should read next. The Truth About Forever? or how about Keeping the Moon? I dunno, you decide!

WWW Wednesdays - Week 4

"WWW Wednesdays" is a weekly meme by Should Be Reading. Just do the following:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen. Just started it and it's amazing!

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading Prom Night: All the Way by Megan Stine. Look out for a review soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I'll read Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway next! It sounds really good :D

Leave a comment with a link to your answers, or just post your answer (if you don't have a blog) in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday – Week 6

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. It spotlight's upcoming books which I'm dying to read!

A Book I Cannot Wait for:

Summer: We'll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Publication Date: April 26th, 2011

(from Goodreads)

It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

OMG! I haven't been able to get my hands on the 2nd book (review of The Summer I Turned Pretty is coming up soon guys!), but I cant WAIT for this one! I luvv the cover :)

What are you "waiting on" this week? leave a link/comment!

Cover Alert (4)

"Cover Alert" is a meme I created myself. It's to show you all which amazing cover I have discovered! and here it is:

Oh. My. God.

I love the first book, Wings, but unfortunately I haven't been able to get my hands on the second. But I was looking at the series and I saw THIS cover! I loooovvveee it and cannot WAIT for Illusions by Aprilynne Pike. here's a blurb:

Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice. 

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

OMG! Luv the sound of this! what do you think of the cover? Leave a comment about it/leave a link to your own Cover Alert post!

Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein

He is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; she is simply Ophelia. If you think you know their story, think again.

In this reimagining of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen's most trusted lady-in-waiting. Ambitious for knowledge and witty as well as beautiful, Ophelia learns the ways of power in a court where nothing is as it seems. When she catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and Ophelia's happiness is shattered. Ultimately she must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever... with one very dangerous secret.

I really love it when authors create books that mix fact with fiction, creating unknown and untouched material loved by everyone and has everyone thinking, "how could that have NOT been part of the story?". Ophelia is no exception.

I haven't read Hamlet (yet) but I'm sure, as everyone says, that after reading Ophelia, Hamlet will never sound the same again. As Ophelia looks through the eyes of the leading lady in this Shakespearean tragedy, certain elements are there from the original play. The beginning where it shows Ophelia's childhood and her acceptance into the court is pre-Hamlet. *SPOILER ALERT* the Middle bits are the Hamlet story line, with the murder etc., only from Ophelia's point of view. The After math (when she escapes) is post-Hamlet. So, in a sense, Ophelia tells the tale of before, during and after Hamlet

*SPOILER ALERT* Like (almost) all books I read, there have to be some amazing guy who I fall in love with. And this time it wasn't Hamlet.
Oh sure, I mean, he's amazing and everything, and yes, he's supposedly hot, but I wasn't so attracted to him as he started becoming, well, mad. My friend (who lent me this book – Thank You!) didn't know why I liked Hamlet. Well, I don't like mentally unstable guys. *rolls eyes*. Yeah, okay, I'll admit. He'd be somewhere on my awesome list of amazing guy book characters. But not somewhere near the top. And the guy who I really liked, was Horatio, Hamlet's best friend and "helper". 
OMG. I loveeeed him. I mean, he sounded much better and nicer and all the other good better stuff than Hamlet! and I lovvveed the ending of Ophelia. It was so cute, and I was hoping it would happen :)

I loved the whole story, and I mean it. Nothing was slow, everything was perfect and writing? flawless. Lisa M. Klein is a composer of words (wow I actually said that!) and I can understand that re-writing Hamlet from a different point of view is difficult, but she makes it seem so pronounced, so clear. Characters were portrayed as they were meant to be, with feelings so realistic, it makes it seem as if Hamlet was a real event in history.

Overall, I would say Ophelia is a read not to be taken lightly. You must read the brevity of the words and feel the emotions flooding through the book, as you get captivated by the setting and characters, to feel the full-effect of the book. Even without doing so, it's a book that's amazingly perfect, so true and pure, with development to the play Hamlet and shedding a new light on what happens to Ophelia and what happens behind the scenes, the leading lady taking the stage finally.

Teaser Tuesdays - Week 4

"Teaser Tuesdays" is a weekly meme by Should Be Reading. Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"What am I going to do?" I asked her.
"Tell everyone you know to spread the truth about what really happened," Ariel suggested.
"Uh, right. So let me know when you've got that done," I said. "Because you and Gina are about it."

~ p.41, Prom Night: All the Way by Megan Stine

Well, that was my teaser...what's yours? Leave a link/comment!

Top Ten Tuesday - Week 6

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's Top Ten list is: Top Ten Books I Wish I'd Read as a Kid.

1. Septimus Heap by Angie Sage. I mean, since I'm still kind of a "kid" (well, 14, so technically teen!) I really wish I read this series when I was like around 10, because then I would have loved it! I read the first two books and then I stopped. It was kinda sad.

2. Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix. I was a real fantasy lover when I was younger (well, 2 or 3 years ago) and I wish I'd read this series then, because I just read the first book and don't feel like continuing (well, anytime now...maybe later) because it was just a bit childish.

3. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. I liked the first book, I read it last year, so I'm definitely planning to read this book, but I think I would have really loved it if I had been younger when I read it, cause I used to be a Peter Pan freak.

4. Pendragon by D.J. Machale. I tried reading this book, but I abandoned it. I just wasn't so captured by it, but I think (again) I would have really liked it if I was 11-12.

5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I wish I'd read this when I was 5 or 6. It seems so good, but when I read it out loud to a little kid for social service a few weeks ago, I didn't really find it appealing. I didn't get to see the movie either, so yeah.

6. Ingo by Helen Dunmore. I love this book so much! but imagine if I'd been younger...I'd have loved it even more!

7. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. This seems like the type of book I'd have loved to read during 5th or 6th grade, but guess what? I still haven't read it! I will get a copy one day. I still want to read it badly!

8. Allie Finkle's Rule for Girls by Meg Cabot. I really wish these had been written when I was in 5th or 6th grade! they are so funny!

9. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. When I was on my Fantasy book craze around 3 years ago, I really wish I'd read these books. I love the movies, and I just read the Hobbit.

10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. I did read this series, and LOVED IT! But I wish they had been released back when I was 9-11, cause these books are hilarious!

Well, that's my Top Ten...what's yours? Leave a link/comment!