Friday, February 19, 2016

Book Boos: January

I am dreadfully behind on my book reviews seeing as how it's late February and I still haven't done my January post. I've started 2016 off a bit slower than I had hoped, especially since I had planned on a quiet January. We had a couple of AWESOME author events at work and I pushed those books up in my queue and then it was like high school all over again with my not finishing them before the 'test'. Luckily, unlike high school, I have been enjoying all of these recent choices.

6. CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare (Audio). Stop reading if you don't want to know a spoiler...Please explain to me how it is okay for Clary and Jace to lust after one another now that they know that they are related. And I did look ahead and know that in the next book they find out it isn't true, but that doesn't matter. The second you tell me someone is my brother, I am no longer attracted to them. 

5. TELL THE WIND AND FIRE by Sarah Reed Brennan (ARC). I loved the premise for this one: a world of magic divided into Light and Dark that centers on a young woman who has managed to cross from one side to the other. One of the characters was so fascinating in the beginning, but lost me a little as the plot moved on. It actually made me feel like this was to be a series and things would be worked out later...but is it? Is it a series? 

4. THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass (Audio). Pleasantly surprised by this book that is very Bachelor-like where America is chosen to compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. She's already secretly in love with a boy back home and joins the competition merely to help her family. I really liked Maxon and his scenes with America were definitely my favorite. Looking forward to book two!

3. Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli. You guys! A book about tennis! A good book about tennis! I loved this book because the author either is definitely a tennis fan or did some great research. My only complaint is that I wanted more sexy time, but maybe in book two?? 

2. THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab (ARC). Of course I loved this because Victoria Schwab is a wizard of words and this book is about monsters who use music. HOW COULD I NOT LOVE IT!? It's really good and I can't wait for more people to read it. 

1. THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater (Audio). This was a re'read' for me as I get ready for THE RAVEN KING to come out in a few months and it was awesome because I noticed so many little nuggets that Stiefvater sprinkled throughout that make so much more sense now. Her writing is so lush and complex and even though I hated the narrator's voice for Adam, I enjoyed every second of this book in audio form. Also, now may be the time for us to revisit when Serena and I tried to find Henrietta, VA:)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Missing Winter Reading List

Sure, we had a blizzard last week, but today it hit 60 degrees and, as a winter lover, I can't deal with that. When I was watching The Revenant (go Leo!) in the theatre I started to feel cold just from watching Leo's character deal with the cold on screen. So I started thinking, what better way to pretend like it's proper winter again than to read some books that will give me the same chilly feeling. So grab your scarves, and let's dig in!

OF SCARS AND STARDUST by Andrea Hannah. This was a sensational book about Claire, who heads home when her younger sister goes missing and she battles demons, both real and fake, to try to figure out what happened to her. The book takes place in the cold of Ohio and a lot of the plot occurs in the snowy fields in the town. 

SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch. As a true winter lover, this book was filled with perfect imagery and lines about snow and the cold. Great adventure and love triangle, too. Bonus!

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by Susan Beth Pfeffer. To be honest, this one might be a bit too cold, but I enjoyed the story so much that I just advise you to make some tea, grab a blanket scarf, and read read read! In this one, an asteroid knocks the moon closer to earth, which messes up everything and ends up (among many other things) causing a very long and intense winter.

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater. Soo much of the plot in this book relies on the temperature and, since it takes place in the very cold midwest, there are a lot of cold days. I love how Stiefvater included the temperatures at the beginning of each chapter. 

GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin. Winter is coming! 

All right, get reading and let's bring winter back!