Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time for a break

As you may have noticed, my reviews have slowed waaay down. At this time, I have decided to take a break from reviewing. I'll still be around on goodreads and twitter. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name—but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she's in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access—and there is nothing they won’t say—or do—to her to get her to remember.
At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things—things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed—and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her—but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.

Book Review:
I was super excited to read Sarah Beth Durst newest YA novel, Conjured, she is one of my go-to authors. The premise of the novel is unique and enticing. I really enjoyed the multiple magical settings of Conjured. Between these various settings and Eve's visions, Durst creates a layered story full of mystery and wonder. However, after a while, the book hits a repetitive cycle. As the reader, I craved to learn more and became frustrated with the lack of information given. This created a slower pace than I normally like. However, once I hit the final 100 pages, I was completely hooked. The pieces start to come together and you have this moment of "why didn't I put this together sooner?!". Overall, Conjured is a tale of mystery, romance, magic, and discovery. In a very Durst-like fashion, Conjured stands out in the crowd of YA paranormal romance. Recommended for fans of Durst and those looking to try a little something different.

Thanks to Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for this copy.
Publish date: September 3rd, 2013
This is my honest review.

Favorite Quote:
"You say you dream of the extraordinary, but you're extraordinary. I say I'm broken, and you try to fix me. I say I'm lost, and you try to find me. I say I'm empty and you fill me. You're like a night in shining armor..."

Cover Art Commentary:
I like the originality of this cover. YA books are a dime a dozen these days, so it's nice when a cover sets the book apart from the crowd. Now that I've read Conjured, the image of the heart and straight pins make sense, but I don't want to give too much away!


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Reading Reflections: August 2013

Books Read:
The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna
Fade Away (Myron Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coben

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 2

Total Number of Books Read This Year: 30

Favorite Read: This is a first, but no favorite this month

Highest Rank: 3.5

Lowest Rank: 3.5

Overall Reflection:
Ok, so this was not my best month of reading. I've already finished my first book for September, so hopefully things are already looking up! :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fade Away (Myron Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coben

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): The living room is Martha Stewart. The basement is Legos—and blood. The signs of a violent struggle. For Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he once competed against is bringing back memories—of the sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved. Now, among the stars, the wannabes, the gamblers, and the groupies, Myron is embarking upon the strange ride of a sports hero gone wrong that just may lead to certain death. Namely, his own.

Book Review:
So this book was recommended to me. Admittedly, I'm not a huge mystery fan, so this was a bit out of my comfort zone. Overall, it was a light read with good pacing. I got a bit confused at the end. I feel like Coben rushed the ending and left it a bit muddled. The main character is likable. His best friend/sidekick is pretty bad ass. I enjoyed reading Fade Away and would consider picking up another book by the same author.

Favorite Quote:
“He truly believed that no one could love him, and no matter who you are, that hurts. It made you insecure. It made you want to hide and build fences” 

Cover Art Commentary:
I like the contrast of the colors.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Making Life A Little Bit Easier!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Make Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier

Blog List
My Nook
Google Calendar
My Amazon Wishlist
Barnes and

What things make your life as a reader/blogger easier?