Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer

Hello! I feel really bad that I haven't been reviewing (and reading for that matter) as much as I would like to be. Already, my summer is super busy. And it's going to get even busier. I'm going away for a couple weeks and then there are other things I have planned to do. Trust me, it's a lot. Before I get too busy though, I'm going to try reading a lot and schedule some reviews to keep my blog active. I also have some Top Ten Tuesdays prepared and scheduled for certain weeks. I honestly don't know when I'll be able to be more active, but I'll try. This summer is super busy for me.

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Review- Reboot

Synopsis by GoodReads:
Reboot
By: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
I...
won this book in a giveaway from Reading Fictional.
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.


Review:
First of all, I just want to thank Reading Fictional. I got this book from a giveaway from them. It was the first giveaway I won! BOO YAH! Any who, I was way interested in it before I read it. I loved the idea of an army of Reboots. Plus a kick-butt MC? Who wouldn't want that?

When I started carrying this around, my friends were like, "5 years ago I died? 178 minutes later, I woke up? That makes no sense." Even my teacher asked (yes, when I began reading this I was in school.) about it. But I was so excited to read this, I never really thought about it. When we start out, Wren is on an assignment and shortly afterward, the newbies come.

I really like Wren at the beginning because she was tough and kick-butt. But as soon as she got involved with Callum, there was a totally different person. I expected her to be tough at first and then soften up. It bothered me, but only just a little bit.

Callum was written perfectly, just how you would expect him to be. He's not really coordinated and isn't the best solider. I found him really cool and only sometimes annoying. Plus, I really liked the other characters, too. All the Reboots were so interesting.

As I got further into the book, the more interested I got in it. But I do have to say that I prefer the beginning. In most books, it's like that for me. I prefer the beginning to the end. There were a couple of things that I didn't like, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

I only wish there was a bit more action. That is another thing that would make Reboot a more interesting book. It is a zombie book, technically. So you need lots and lots of action! But overall, I liked it. It was a good read!





My Reading Habits

Lately, I've been trying to keep up with blogging now that it's summer and I will be away. But I'll tell you about that another time. I've also seen some posts where bloggers talk about their reading habits. If you talk to any of my friends, you will know how picky I am. So, here it goes...

  • I write down the date and title in a notebook every time I acquire a physical book.
  • I always read on the couch or in my bed. Only when I have too, I'll read in school (which is usually everyday).
  • Don't talk to me if I'm reading.
  • Music is background noise if their is already noise where I reading. It has to be soft music.
  • I never, ever let people touch my books without permission.
  • If I'm reading please don't have a pencil, pen, marker, etc. It's a hazard. You might ruin the books. 
  • I will always keep paperbacks looking like new. You might just think I've never read it.
  • Every so often, I just have to change my reading position.
  • No dog ears, highlights, or underlining is allowed in my books. That's what Post-It notes are for.
  • If a character has an accent, I might say the characters lines out loud so I have a better visual image of what's going on.
  • I sometimes make the expressions the character makes, for the same reason as the habit above.
  • Hardcovers are for home (mostly, unless I have no other choice). Paperbacks and eBooks are for reading in public.
  • I only buy cheap eBooks.
That's it! I'm sure there's more, but I think each book is different. So, I guess those are my general reading habits. What's your habits? What do you think of mine?

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blog Update- I'm on Bloglovin!

I've heard a lot about the death of Google Reader and all that jazz, so I decided to get a Bloglovin!  And I'm not really sure what to do... So yeah. On the side (to the right) I added a thing where you can follow me. Yay! I got the button! That is probably my final edit/update of this post.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

DNF Review- Shards and Ashes

Syopsis by Goodreads:
Shards and Ashes
By: Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong and Ot
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 13, 2013
I...
borrowed this from the library.
Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested.

Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world.


Review:
So, this is a little hard to review since it's a collection of stories. But I think I got it.

The first story was by Veronica Roth. And I was snoozin'. Literally. I almost took a nap. And that really disappointed me, since I LOVE Veronica Roth's writing.

Next up, was a short story by Kelley Armstrong. I really enjoyed this one. It would be a great book! But then, I was kind of bored with all of the stories. I found myself saying, "When will this be over!?" for the couple that I tried.

Short stories are just not for me. I don't think they are something that works for me. I was disappointed in myself, too since I was anticipating reading more from some great authors. Since this was a DNF, I only really payed attention to Kelley Armstrong's story. I'm sure there were other good ones, but I just have so much to read right now.

I might give it another try, but I'm not sure. This book was either a hit or miss. And it just missed the mark.

Book Review- Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You

Synopsis by GoodReads:
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You
By: Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 21, 2012
I...
got this ARC from ARCycling.
 
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You is renowned author Joyce Carol Oates's newest novel for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Wintergirls and Speak, said that "the painful honesty of this book will crack open your heart."

Senior year, their last year together, Merissa and Nadia need their best friend Tink more than they ever did before. They have secrets they can share with no one but her, toxic secrets that threaten to unravel their friendship—and themselves. Tink had a secret, too, a big one, but no one knows what it was. And now she's gone. . . .

In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews described Joyce Carol Oates as "a master at portraying the inner lives of teens." In Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You, she's created a powerful portrayal of a friendship strong enough to transcend death.


Review:
First of all, I just wanted to let you know that this was the first ARCycling book I received in the mail! Yay! I totally recommend going to their website. The link is over here. ----->

Now, for the actual review. Contemporaries are perfect for summer so I was really happy when I received it. I saw some mixed reviews on GoodReads, so I was a bit unsure about whether I would like it. This was my first Joyce Carol Oates book, too. And I felt like the cover was so Harper.

This is a really serious book. Merissa goes through a lot. There is so much going on in her life, crazy things happen because of it. So basically, our MC, Merissa, is the popular, smart, likeable girl at school. But, when she's at home that image of a girl who you would want to be your friend goes away. She's two completely different people.

There were so many things (and within the first 80 pages) that changed my emotions. A couple of times, I even had to put the book down because you get a clear visual of this horrible stuff. My heart broke many times in this book.

But that part of the book was kind of predictable. Then for like the last 50ish pages were in the POV of Nadia. It didn't really make sense to me. I felt like that part could've been taken out completely or every couple of chapters the POV could change. I didn't really like the Nadia part. Plus, I thought Merissa and Nadia would be connected more, but that only happened towards the end of the book.

Overall, the book was okay. I felt like some things could have been done differently. The book wasn't one for me. It really isn't my type of contemporary.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday- Books on my Summer TBR

TTT is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish and is a weekly meme. So this week is my summer TBR. Oh joy! There are so many books I plan on reading, I don't know how I can fit it all in. So, in no particular order...

  • Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza- It looks so interesting.
  • Taken by Erin Bowman- There is a signing and discussion near me soon, so I hope I can go!
  • Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen- This is one of the only Dessen books I haven't read!
  • The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller- This sounds perfect for me.
  • Etiauette & Espionage by Gail Carriger- It looks like something I would so enjoy!
  • Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi- Am I the only person who hasn't read this yet?! Well, summer is the perfect time to read it.
  • Parallel by Lauren Miller
  • Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson- ROAD TRIP!
  • Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill