Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Hey all! I wanted to do a little Throwback Thursday post this week to highlight the book I was reading this time last year.

Author: Julie Kagawa
Goodreads Rating: 3.79
Pages: 449
Original Review
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
Oh Julie Kagawa! I remember getting this book at BEA one year and my face being like....

It doesn't seem like it's been a year since I read this fabulous book by this equally fabulous author. Since Talon's release, she has come out with the sequel, Rogue, and has a third installment set to grace us in 2016. 
 (oh yea... I'm excited!)

I re-read my review for it, along with other friend's reviews of it, and find myself wanting to read it over again (I most definitely will before reading Rogue anyway). This was in a time period of review for myself where I wrote the review immediately after finishing the book. Now, I like to let the book stew for a day or so and then review notes that I make throughout reading the book to make sure my reviews cover all the emotions, feelings and such that I had while reading. My review with Talon I think should be changed slightly.

This isn't a bad thing at all though!! I still have fond memories and it's still probably one of my favorite books to read. I do remember there being more of a romancey side to the book that I wasn't overly thrilled about. The main character, Ember, I remember being just overly-gullible and naive (I remember often yelling at her for not seeing things that were blatantly in front of her face) I found myself doing this....

I attributed her gullible nature to her just being secluded her whole life but.... sometimes she really needed to follow her instincts. The ending I remember absolutely loving though, hence my overzealous review.

I gave the book 5/5 stars before and looking back, if I had stopped to absorb the book as a whole, it probably would get 4.5 stars from me.

HOWEVER!!! I am now beyond excited to re-read Talon to see if my re-thinking holds true and to pick up Rogue!

So Tell Us!!! What's your Throwback Thursday book??

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #7

(Brought to you by Breaking the Spine)
This week's Waiting On Wednesday is A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro


GUYYYYS. IT'S A SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY.

WITH GIRL PROTAGONISTS AND PROGENY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND JOHN WATSON.

I need this book.

It looks perfect.

The cover is very Sherlockian.

It looks amazing.

Tell me, friends. Has A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE made it onto your Waiting On Wednesday list?


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Fellow Book Nerds

 (Top 10 Tuesday brought to you by Broke and the Bookish

I adore this TTT. It's made for me. Characters who love books are characters I want to spend time with again and again. Don't you?

1. Paige from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

My girl Paige may be a grammar nerd--unlike myself--but we are totally similar in our love for Jane Austen and bookstores and our television writing dreams. Although Paige probably has a better chance of writing for TV than I do.

2. Robbie from Atonement by Ian McKellan

Sobs. Robbie could have had it all. He was intelligent, bookish, with dreams way bigger than his low class status. After a lie destroyed his future, he was imprisoned and then forced into the army where all he lost any hope of success or love.

3. Emma from One Day by David Nicholls

Just thinking of this book makes me want to cry. Why're all British books sad? See: Atonement, Me Before You, etc. Emma is legit one of my favorite characters in all of the books I've read. AND she becomes a YA author later on, basing her main character off of a plucky student of hers.

4. Miranda from When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miranda's favorite book is A Wrinkle In Time which is one of my favorite books which makes WYRM even better, if possible. You should definitely pick up this gorgeous novel if you haven't gotten the chance. It's lovely.

5. Hermione from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

How could I not include Hermione on this list?

6.  Charlie from The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This epistolary novel has become a huge part of the gen x zeitgeist. I love that Charlie was recommended books from his teachers. It's such an adorable book nerd thing to do (and something I'm guilty of. My French teacher would give me french magazines and books to read all the time).


7. Swede from Peace Like A River by Leif Enger

One of the main things that made this book shine was Swede's pieces of epic poem throughout. It added a great depth to the ocean deep novel.

8. Jacqueline from Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I think I may be cheating here since this is a memoir in verse but it's too beautiful not to mention.

9. Apple from Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Apple wrote some lovely poetry as she struggled with all she had to deal with over the course of the novel.

10. Echo from The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey

SHE LIVES IN A LIBRARY. Nuff said.


Dr. Seuss 44 Classic Book Celebratory Tour: Book Review



The Shape Of Me and Other Stuff Review


Reading Dr. Seuss books as an adult is an odd and totally refreshing experience-- a little like walking through the hallways of your elementary school as a senior in high school. So, full of nostalgia and longing. When I picked up Dr. Seuss, I remember snuggling close to my mom (or Grandma, who took me to the library most days as a child) and tracing the odd shapes and sounding out the odd words. I loved the rhymes--Dr. Seuss' books often sent me into rhyming fits afterwards.

Seventeen or so years later and I'm still the same. I wanted to rhyme everything after all. But Dr. Seuss books are deceptively easy. Rhyming into a story is super hard and the key to his genius is how easy it is and how fun it all is.

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff is one that I don't actually remember as a kid. I don't doubt that I would have remembered the fun silhouettes (especially of keys and animals). And I'm sure the idea of being another shape would have sent my imagination into a spiral. Five or six-year-old Brianna would have loved to imagine herself as a horse or elephant or Blogg (whatever that might be).

And I probably wouldn't have gotten the message of the book right away, but now the idea that little Brianna would been taught, in such a subtle way, that it was totally okay to be super tall or dorky looking is heartwarming.

I love the quirky creatures and real life messages that Dr. Seuss always managed to sneak into his books and I think we should always celebrate that. I'm so happy that another Dr. Seuss book was found and that, in my opinion, he can remain relevant. I think his books--whether about which pet a kid should get or how Horton heard a Who--are so important.

I'm so glad that I loved them as a kid and can continue to love him now.

~*~

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for including me on the blog tour and for this opportunity. 


ABOUT WHAT PET SHOULD I GET
In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.



Credit Courtesy of Dr. Seuss Enterprises 


ABOUT DR. SEUSS

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit Seussville.com.

Celebratory Blog Tour:

1.       And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young Folks.com
2.       The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
3.       The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
4.       The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
5.       Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
6.       McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
7.       Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
8.       Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
9.       If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
10.   Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
11.   Horton Hears a Who! 1954 - Bookiemoji
12.   On Beyond Zebra! 1955 - Jessabella Reads
13.   If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
14.   The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
15.   How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
16.   The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
17.   Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
18.   Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
19.   Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
20.   One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
21.   The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 - The Mod Podge Bookshelf
22.   Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
23.   Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
24.   Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
25.   Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
26.   I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
27.   The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
28.   The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
29.   I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
30.   I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
31.   Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
32.   The Lorax, 1971 - Elizziebooks
33.   Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
34.   Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
35.   The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
36.   There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
37.   Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
38.   The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
39.   I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
40.   Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
41.   Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
42.   The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
43.   You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas

44.   Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990  - Jesse the Reader

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Frozen Heart

Author: Elizabeth Rudnick
Goodreads rating: 4.33
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Release Date: 10/6/15
Told in alternating chapters from both Anna's and Hans' perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple's backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.

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