WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, pill hosted by Should Be Reading.

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The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

Remember, clicking the book cover will take you to the review. If it doesn’t take you to a review, that means either A, you clicked on a book under the ‘currently reading’ or ‘reading next’ or B, I haven’t written the review yet!

What are you currently reading?

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Sasha and Katie keep recommending it like crazy and J.D. Netto sent me a copy so I gotta buckle down and read this!

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I just bought this at the bookstore this week so I also need to buckle down and read this.

What did you recently just finish reading?

Its been two weeks since I did one so I’ve read a bit.

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Pretty much died when I got this as an e-ARC off Edelweiss. Died of happiness.

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Re-read because I remember not quite enjoying the book the first time I read it but then when I re-read it, I still didn’t quite enjoy it. Its just not one of my favorites by him. They just announced a movie, using the same team as TFiOS and Nat Wolff as Quentin, and John Green as a producer but meh. I’d rather read An Abundance of Katherines.

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After watching the Divergent movie, I just felt like I wanted more and more Four.

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I got this as an ARC on Edelweiss too and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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This book was beautiful. The history and the fantasy of it, the tension. I truly enjoyed it. It’s the Book of the Week tomorrow!

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As part of the Fierce Reads Street Team, I was assigned Katie Finn’s novel. I quickly learned that Katie Finn is none other than one of my favorite authors, Morgan Matson, and I zipped through this book. I canNOT wait to share this with you all!

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

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I absolutely fell in love with Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart this year so its time to get on board with his fantasy writing. And its time to get back on actual fantasy. I feel like I haven’t read some in awhile.

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What are you reading this week? Share in the comments!

Paper Towns Book Review

Paper Towns by John Green

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You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

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Author Website

GoodReads Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, ask Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

My Review:

When I first started reading John Green a few years ago, this was one of the first ones I had picked up. The first one I had read was An Abundance of Katherines, which still remains my favorite of his. Back then, Paper Towns didn’t impress me as much as his other works so I decided to give it another try.

I still found it kind of lacking. For me, in this particular book, it was really hard to get John Green out of my head. It didn’t feel like it was Quentin’s voice. It always felt like John’s voice and it was kind of frustrating. I watch a lot of Nerdfighters and Vlog Brothers and just John Green videos on YouTube, and I felt like it was John the whole time so it was hard to get into Quentin as a character. I know that authors put themselves into characters-I definitely do that-but it was highly distracting in this book.

I also just didn’t think it was that great of a story. I was kind of like Q’s friends, and sort of frustrated at his obsession with Margo. She seemed sort of…I don’t know. I just didn’t like her. She was so mysterious and she left these clues and everyone was fascinated by the idea of her but not actually her, you know? It was kind of “been there, done that.” I feel mean right now haha because I don’t tend to give less than positive reviews but I just wasn’t that impressed with this book. I felt like Margo was a one-dimensional character and I really wanted her to surprise me. The direction in which her story ended up just didn’t surprise me and I like a good book to surprise me. His other books have done that before, and this one just felt predictable from the beginning.

That being said, there is a lot of good about this book because John Green is a really great writer and he has a way of capturing teen voice in a way that not many authors can do (Andrew Smith!!!!!) and he definitely does that in Paper Towns as well. It always seems to me that John Green never really left his teen years behind, but in a good way. He remembers what its like and it comes across in the page. He gets the emotions and the hormones and the humor and all of it. Its great. And there were parts of the book that I really liked, like the after-prom party and the road trip and that sort of thing. There were parts that had me laughing like crazy. There were almost, like, short stories within the bigger story that I enjoyed more than the story as a whole. Not one of John Green’s strongest, not in my opinion.

Rating:

3.75 out of 5 Stars

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, cheapest hosted by Should Be Reading.

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The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

Remember, price clicking the book cover will take you to the review. If it doesn’t take you to a review, that means either A, you clicked on a book under the ‘currently reading’ or ‘reading next’ or B, I haven’t written the review yet! 

What are you currently reading? 

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I got this in the mail a few days ago, and I’m excited to read it. It comes out April 1st so I want to read it before it comes out. I’m about 100 pages in and I’m really enjoying it so far. Its so different from what I’ve read from her before. Its so….historical, but also magical at the same time. I am seriously loving it so far.

What did you recently finishing reading? 

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This book blew my mind. Seriously. Read my review, read the book.

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After seeing the movie in a prescreening, I needed to reread the book. I felt like the movie was really close to the book, and I couldn’t remember if I was close or not. A re-read made me love the movie even more.

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I re-read this book too, to really give Cora Carmack a try again. I have “Finding It” too, so maybe I’ll keep going. Its just not quite what I expected. I really liked it until about 75% of the way through. Sigh.

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I was looking to see when the sequel of Reboot came out, and noticed that you could download a review copy of Rebel on Edelweiss, and got SUPER excited and busted my way through it.

What do you think you’ll be reading next? 

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I’m not super thrilled about this book but Jennifer L. Armentrout tends to surprise me at every turn so I want to give it a chance, even though its not something that I would normally read. I want to have faith in her.

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When I read this book awhile back, it really didn’t jump out at me, not like An Abundance of Katherines or Will Grayson, Will Grayson, etc. But that was awhile ago and with the announcement of John Green’s appearance at the Festival of Books, I really want to re-read it and give it a chance that maybe I didn’t in the past.

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Reboot by Amy Tintera Book Review

Reboot by Amy Tintera

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You Can Find the Book At:

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GoodReads Summary:

Five years ago, store Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, page 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.

My Review:

I had seen this book around for ages it seems like, sitting on book shelves, or on people’s TBR lists on GoodReads, but I didn’t go forward and do anything about it until my friend, Erin, from That One Geek Girl, read it and loved it, and she’s going to be at the Pasadena Teen Book Fest. Which is awesome. When I was shopping for books on my birthday, I was glad to find a copy and immediately bought it.

And I’m so so so glad that I did. I’m so glad. I would have read this book in a few hours, but life got in the way in the process, but I finished it quickly. I actually just discovered that the sequel, Rebel, is an e-ARC on Edelweiss and I just downloaded it and I had to force myself to log on to write the review of Reboot before I immediately sat down on my Nook and started reading.

I am so highly impressed with Amy Tintera’s book and I’m so glad that I read it. The concept was new, refreshing and something that I immediately felt connected to. You’re in the head of the main character, Wren, who has lost much her humanity in the 178 minutes that she was dead before she rebooted. You would think that would make her a hard character to understand, or to become familiar with but it was so easy to become attached to her. She’s doing her job, and she enjoys it. She enjoys being quick, strong and ruthless. She is more satisfied being a Reboot than she was as a human.

Then we enter Callum into the story. Callum is a recent Reboot, a 22, who still retains a lot of his humanity and immediately starts to drive Wren kind of crazy. Which, of course, made me love him right away. They are absolute polar opposites and I love that in a couple, especially when its usually the boy who is mysterious and hard and unemotional. I loved that Callum was fun, and always had a smile on his face, and was so determined to find Wren’s humanity.

The two of them together really brings a beautiful love story, and it happens in a such a slow-paced, perfect way that kept me turning the pages, desperate to find out what happened next. The subtlety of their relationship was exactly the way it should have been: not too obvious, not too quick, but creeping up on the both of them.

But it was more than the love story that kept me interested. It was the story of Texas and the reboots and the HARC and the world that now was. The virus, the serums they were injecting into the lower Reboots, the slums and the ricos. We’re told just enough that we feel comfortable but there’s enough kept from us, from Wren herself, that makes you want to keep reading. There’s something fishy going on in this society but what? What is going on? That’s what keeps you reading. The mystery of knowing only so much of what is actually going on is frustrating, but in a good way. It makes you want to read, it keeps you reading. So many books nowadays spoon feed you but not Reboot. Not Amy. She keeps you guessing and dodging and running right alongside the story and its awesome.

I also really love the action. Any time that I can read a book where a girl kicks ass, where anyone kicks ass, is something that is very enjoyable to me. There’s just something fun about a really good fight scene and there are some really GREAT ones in this book.

Now I think I’ve talked about this book enough, and my last word is going to be this: Read the book. Honestly. Its really fun, its action packed, and full of mystery and guessing. Its fast paced, and even a little frightening and heart wrenching at times. And the love story is simple, slow and beautiful. Now I have to finish this so I can go read Rebel now…

Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Everneath by Brodi Ashton Book Review

EverneathWhere To Buy: Amazon, information pills Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Description: Last spring, price Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

My Review: Wow oh wow. What a fabulous story. It was better than I expected it to be. The plot was quite an interesting concept. It’s kind of like the retelling of the myth of Persephone, which is one of my favorite stories!

Nikki has basically returned for the underworld, which is called the Everneath. She “returned” because she didn’t want to stay away from her love, Jack. Because she is meant to stay in the Everneath, she only has a limited time to immerse herself back into her old world. The Everneath will come after six months to take her back.

It’s quite a predicament she gets herself into, because for a while, Nikki doesn’t absolutely nothing in regards to Jack, so I’m wondering why the heck she even bothered. It was almost like she enjoyed torturing herself, but remaining around him — but not being with him. She didn’t even really engage in conversation with him, until he put in her a position to. She for a majority of the book, Nikki pissed me off.

Then there’s Cole — the asshole we all know and hate. Cole is the reason why Nikki is involved in this whole Everneath experience to begin with. And he’s so unapologetic for everything he puts her through. He clearly witnesses how much Nikki loves Jack, but he tries to cut her off at every turn. I personally think it’s jealousy due to love, but that isn’t necessarily specified because it is understood that Cole can’t feel love.

Throughout the entire book, I’m naturally rooting for Nikki and Jack to just be together. I want her to be honest with him and I want him to just protect her against Cole, who just continues to act so petty. There’s an underlying reason why Cole wants Nikki. He wants to take over ruling the underworld and feels that Nikki is very crucial in making that happen because she’s so powerful.

I really enjoyed Jack’s character, but I honestly think he was underplayed. I would have loved to hear more about his back story, especially more on his experience after Nikki left him (for the Everneath). I feel like there’s a hidden gem in his back story.

Nikki’s character was a little flat for me, mainly because she kept letting Cole take the reins on how she was going to spend her six months in her old life. Cole dominated Nikki’s everything and it got annoying, fast. But I have a feeling that due to the happenings at the end of the book, Nikki will be back and ready for action. I think book one’s happenings will force her to get a better head in the game.

Cole’s character does everything I needed it to do — make me hate him. He was so underhanded in his handling of Nikki, of his own affairs. Of everything. I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him, so I’m interested to see what happens with him.

Overall, I was pleased with the book. The ending was such a cliffhanger for me that I NEED to pick up the second book now! I need to know what Nikki’s plan of action is.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

WWW Wednesday

Its been awhile since I did one of these…February 19th. Which means I’ve actually read some books since then! Yay! Let’s see…

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, view hosted by Should Be Reading.

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

What are you currently reading? 

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Okay, ed technically I haven’t started it yet (or maybe I will have by the time this posts), but its what I’m going to be reading so I count it. She’s going to be at the Pasadena TBF next month, so I really want to read it.

What did you just recently finish reading?

Well, since the last post…

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It took me ages to read it because I was so in a slump but I finished it and LOVED it.

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I was trying to read something easy to get me back into my groove. I normally don’t say this, out of respect to other authors, but whoa, this was bad.

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I count it. I had to read it, duh! Also, it was cool, had lots of stills and it really encouraged me that the movie is going to be great. I can’t wait. AGH. Only a few more days!

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I re-read it. Again. I can’t get enough of this book. It never gets old.

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AGH. I loved this book. It was awesome. I can’t wait for the third one!

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Can Neil Gaiman do wrong? Of course not.

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At the urging of my friend, Michelle, I finally picked up this book and read it, and seriously enjoyed it. I want to read the rest of the series but I have such a high pile of TBR so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it :/

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I picked this up because she did an online launch party/chat thing with Jessica Brody and I read it in about four hours last night, staying up til about 4 am to finish it. Its brilliant. A review is coming, I promise!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have SO many books I want to read, my pile is seriously ginormous. Look at the pile. Look at it.

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Yeah, so what will I be reading next? Hopefully something from that pile haha.

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What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments! 

Sara’s Birthday Haul!

So I’ve been wanting to explore vlogs more and I made a vlog yesterday, visit web talking all about my birthday haul. Because I’m surrounded by awesome people that got me awesome gifts.

And I realized…well, hospital vlogs are kind of fun except for the whole editing and uploading thing.

Also, I’m kind of silly on camera. Like…ridiculously awkward and weird and silly.

But whatever. I think I’m going to try and do them more often. It was kind of fun and you guys can SEE me for once! Won’t that be nice?

Here’s my beautiful video of me and my darling birthday presents! Enjoy!

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I really hope that embeds. I have issue with that. If not, you know, just click the link. Haha!

Yay!