Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday(1)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week there's a new post of  Top Ten list  that one of the bloggers  at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. Just add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out your blog and you can check out others as well. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment on their site. Like the Book Blogger Hops it's a great way to find blogs out there. 



For the first one that I'm participating in it's all about the Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Book Blogging!


Here's my Top Ten Reasons: 


1. Number 1 reason has to be that I simply love reading! I can't live without my books. I have always been an avid reader and a book blog let's me find others who share my passion for it. 


2. It's a way to get share my thoughts about a book with others. Before I became a book blogger, I had only one person I would talk about books with, my sister. We both love reading, but no one else we knew ever read the same books we did or knew what we were talking about half the time. Now I have found tons of blogs that people post how they loved or disliked a book almost as much I do. It's a great way to see others ideas on a particular book.


3. ARCs. Before I have never gotten to read a book before it's been out on the shelfs. Now I can read a book ahead of time and it's a great way to read books I've may have not picked up before. 


4. Audience. When I first started this blog, I had barely anyone following me, and I didn't know what I was doing. Then I started finding other book blogs and people started leaving comments on my post and helped me get better at it because I knew I really wanted people to know how I felt about a book and so I wouldn't lead them astray with a bad review.


5. Changed my perspective. I admit I had a skewed view of the world. But when I started blogging I started reading others' blogs and it got me to see the world differently. I found people who enjoy reading just as much as I do and maybe more. 


6. Outlet. I have found that I say a lot more on my blog than I do in person. I'm quiet and shy, but on here I feel like I can really say how I feel about a book. I know I can give a bad review about a book because it's not like it's going to cause a major catastrophe. I have a right to my opinion and I feel like I'm more free to express it on here. 


7. I can post whenever I want. I know there are weekly memes and doing weekly reviews is important to keep my blog current, but I have the freedom of posting when I have time and I can always come back and edit it. Recently I have been trying to get back on track and post reviews I should of posted months ago, but even though I know I should post more I do have the option of doing it when I have the time. 


8. Finding Awesome Books! I love reading others blogs and finding a new book that sounds awesome from their reviews. It gets me to read books of different genres that I might have not read before. I'm someone who mainly reads YA, but it was mostly paranormal or a bunch of series. I use to only get the books at my library never reading a review on it before. Now most of the time I read a review about it before I even think about buying it, maybe even before I read the preview. I know that I may feel differently than how the reviewer felt, but it's still helpful to know if a book is worth reading or not.


9. I can be nerd that I want to be. I use to always have my nose in a book, and still would if I wasn't extremely busy all the time now. Even now, I find a way to at least read a few chapters of a book even if I don't really have the time. I use to think that no one was as obsessed as me, but I found through blogging that there are a lot of people who are like me and that makes me happy. I use to go on and on about books I loved with none of my friends really appreciating how awesome a book is because they just didn't have the passion I did for the book. Now I read others reviews and they have that same passion as me.


10. Contests. I find these quite exciting especially when someone's giving away a book I really like and want. I also like being able to come up with contests of my own or participating in them through Blog Fest or another site. 


So those are my reasons I love book blogging. It's a great community I'm proud to be a part of. So what are your reasons?




Alisha

Vanished

So I read this book a while back, but like a lot of books I've read over the past months, I haven't had the time to post a review for them. There's no time like now to finally get a review in is there. So for this one it's Vanished by Kate brian the 12th book in the Private series. 


About and Thoughts on Book:


Lost and found...
Against all odds, Reed Brennan re-established Billings as an underground literary society. She and the new initiates created a glamorous secret headquarters and were ready to show Easton Academy that even though Billings House is gone, the Billings Girls are stronger than ever. But before Reed had a chance to revel in her success, something horrible happened:
Noelle disappeared.
Now Reed has no idea who wants to hurt Noelle or why, but it's up to Reed to save her. As the clues build up, the clock ticks down, and Reed fears that unless she finds Noelle soon, she'll lose her friend forever....
From B&N

These books are all about the mystery. They keep you guessing till the very end and sometimes even after that because it's never really over. Every time Reed thinks something good has finally happened in her life and all the drama is over, something else happens and she is again keeping secrets from her friends and boyfriend. She thinks that she has to handle everything on her own. Yet in this one, Josh is there for her. She has help, but will she take it. She can't let anyone know that Noelle is gone. The kidnappers keep sending cryptic texts telling her that if she tells anyone that Noelle will be hurt. Sometimes they demand her to complete tasks, such as get a letter from Noelle's grandma who's in Europe that excuses Noelle from school. Something about this seem not right, something about this makes it seem like these kidnappers don't just want money. They could be anyone and it's up to Reed to find out who.

Like the other books in this series, it keeps you on your toes till the end, and definitely after that. You may think you know what's going to happen or who committed the most recent crime, but then there's a twist that throws your earlier assumptions out the window. You want to keep reading even after it's over because you know something else has to be thrown into the mix to make it even more of a mystery. One of my few problems is that whenever I read these books there's always a cliffhanger at the end and then I have to wait months to get the next book and I sometimes forget what all happened in the last one. That's true for any book in a series, but with these it always seems like there's a cliffhanger, and they're not that long so when you get to the end you immediately want to have that next book in your hand. I do think that some parts of the book tend to be a little slow, but it's not enough to keep you from continuing to read it and possibly get done with it in a day or less. I know I usually finish them pretty quickly even though I wish I didn't so I didn't have to wait even longer for the next one. Yet what happens in the end of this one throws me for even more of a loop, I can't believe and it kind of disappoints me. Maybe it's just me but I didn't like the course this series has now taken. I plan on getting the 13th book in the series, but I haven't had time to go to a book store and get it or the other multitude of books on my forever growing "to be read" list that never seems to get any shorter. I am still trying to keep from purchasing books offline even though I get them used and for cheaper. This is all due to the fact that I'm trying to prove I don't have an addiction. Anyways if you like mysteries and you like the Pretty Little Liars series then I suggest you read this series. I think it is one that you will enjoy, especially if you like the suspense. Yet it's not a book that's a must read, which is one of the reasons why I haven't gotten the next one. 

Alisha
P.S. It's becoming increasingly difficult to stop myself from buying books online especially since I keep finding books I want to read and the library doesn't have them and the preview isn't long enough. But I will prevail!!! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fallen

So I've been wanting to read this book, Fallen by Lauren Kate, for a while now, and I have finally read it!


About and Thoughts on Book:
There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.



Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.


So I actually read this a while back, but didn't have the chance to review it. I've been extremely busy but that's no excuse for me not trying to get a review done about this book. 

Anyways on to the book:
Luce is in trouble. A boy dies and her boarding school blames her. This is the reason why she is sent to Sword and Cross. Everyone there has their own reasons for being sent there, but once Luce sees Daniel, he's the only one she really wants to know about. I felt that Daniel was a total jerk to Luce every time he saw her. Except sometimes he'd forget that he was suppose to be mean to her and be the guy he really wished he could be around her. He has his reasons for being this way, it may just save Luce's life. Of all the characters, I did like the Daniel the best even with the way he acted.
It's always intriguing to read a book about a forbidden love. You know it's not suppose to work out, yet you keep hoping that it does anyways. It's true for this book as well. You want Luce to fall for Daniel even though Cam seems like someone any girl would love to have. He's the bad boy and that's saying something when it's based at a school where everyone there could possibly be considered a criminal. He entices you and makes you want to be around him. The parts that included Cam or Daniel were the parts I couldn't wait to get to read. Yet this book couldn't of been as good as it is without the other friends that Luce makes at Swords & Cross. Those being Penn and Arriane. Arriane befriends Luce on the first day, but my suspicions had me thinking she was bad news. She seemed to just want to get in trouble but she also seemed to be there for Luce. Penn is her own sort of person. She's always wearing multiple layers of clothing, even with the heat of being in Savannah, GA. She also knows her way around the school since she's been there her whole life, not because she got in trouble but because her dad use to be the ground's keeper. Just her knowing everything there is to know about Swords & Cross comes in handy for Luce. It doesn't hurt that Penn is one awesome friend.


Even with all this, Daniel is still the main person Luce can't get enough of, neither could I. This story keeps you engrossed in it not allowing you put it down. What about fallen angels could ever be boring?


Sorry it took me a while to post this. It has nothing to do with me not liking it as you can tell from my review. So go read a book about a forbidden love. You'd wished you'd had one of your own.

Alisha

The Hunger Games

So my friend and I decided to do our own book club and this is the first book we chose to read. It's The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

About and Thoughts on The Book:


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.


From B&N


Katniss lives in the poorest district of Panem, District 12. Out of the 74 years that the Hunger Games have been going on, District 12 has only had two winners. Maybe it's time for that to change. The Capitol has everything while all the districts are poor and have to give over the coal they mine, food they harvest, and clothes they make to the Capitol. It's punishment for the Rebellion that also wiped out District 13. The Hunger Games are another way they make sure there is not ever another rebellion. They take one girl and one boy each year and make them fight to the death all to the Capitol's enjoyment. They show the districts that this is what happens when you go against the Capitol. They take your children, and there's little chance they'll return. All Katniss thinks when she takes her sister's place is that she doesn't want to lose her sister. She'd rather die than Prim. Yet maybe she has a chance. Before the games even start she shows that she's a contender not to be taken for granted. But there's also Peeta to worry about. They're suppose to act like teammates, but they both know that only one can win. 


What can I say about this book? Well I will tell you that I didn't want to read it when it first came out. I think it had something to do with what it was about. I have read futuristic books about North America being nothing like it is now, and I think when this book came out I decided I needed to get away from books like that. I should of read this book anyways. I didn't know what I was missing. I do know it's a trilogy and that I need to get the next two, yet there are 3+ holds on it at the library. I don't want to buy it because I'm trying to prove I don't have an addiction. So I will wait, if I can. When I first started to read this book, I knew it wasn't going to end well. It's about a fight to the death. How else would it end? Well there are many surprises in this book and you can always count on a twist. It is what the Gamemakers like to do. They can't stand a boring fight. I'm glad I was talked into reading this book finally. I found out there's going to be a movie, and I'm hoping it lives up to the book. So if you're like me and originally didn't want to read this book, than please go check it out. You never know maybe you'll end up really liking it. I did. I'm not saying it's for everyone. That's not the case at all. Maybe some people don't like reading about teenagers killing each other. And honestly I don't, but it's the rest of the story that helps to make it so good. So don't leave this one off your to be read list, you never know what you'll be missing out on. 


Alisha

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Beautiful Creatures

So I had promised I would post more and that didn't work out, and I'm sorry for that. I truly am. So I do have a book review to post now about Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

About and Thoughts on Book:
There were no surprises in Gatlin County
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.




Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
From B&N

Well when I first started reading this book it took me a while to get into it. I don't know why, it's a extremely good book. It just starts off slower than expected. Ethan is an interesting character. He believes that he's different than every other person in his small town. He knows that one day he will get out of Gatlin and leave all of the small town life behind, unlike everyone else who he thinks is stuck there. He believes all of this will happen until he meets Lena. The mysterious girl who everyone knows will never fit in with them. She's outcast as soon as she arrives. I think this shows the small mindedness of the people of Gatlin. They can't accept someone who's not like them. To begin with it seemed like they just didn't like her because she was Old Man Ravenwood's niece. Then they start blaming anything bad that happens at school on her. And maybe it is her fault. She does have these amazing powers that she can't always control. Even with everyone else hating Lena, Ethan can't stay away from her. He also may be the only one that can help her with a curse that has haunted Lena's family for over a century. 

After getting past the slower parts, which was before Lena and Ethan started hanging out, I couldn't put this book down. I liked that this wasn't another typical supernatural book. Castors, not witches, are the main paranormal beings in this book. They all have their own power and not all of them are good, which is to be expected. I can't wait till I can get my hands on the next book, Beautiful Darkness. I know it's already out. I just haven't had the time to buy it or go to the library and find out if they have it.

Overall I give this book:
LI - Loved It! It's a definite read! You should grab this book before it goes running off the shelf!