Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Keeping up with the Challenge

Books, books and more books. The challenge continues with reviews of the next four books of the New Year Book challenge. And these books were definitely a high, a great experience overall for these reads.

Let's dive right in.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Reading Challenge Continued: Books I Read in January

So the challenge continues and while I'm attempting to read and write on the side, I'm working on catching up on this site. And look, I'm actually back one week later instead of three months or two years later, like I have been prone to do in the past.

As stupid as it might sound, I'm very proud of myself for returning here so soon. Progress is a wonderful thing to behold.

Now then, let's talk about BOOKS.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Year and Reading Challenges

The new year came and went and with it my sanity almost disappeared. At least everyone is recovering nicely, so there's that.

But with the start of the new year came the suggestion of a reading challenge. I've thought about the number of books I read every year and started to wonder if I could actually set a goal, mark down a number and set my mind to finishing that many books over the course of one year.

So that's exactly what I did. What number did I decide on, you ask?

100 books.

To some people it might seem a bit small, to others the number might be a little too lofty of a goal. I hope to make it to 100 books before the end of the year, maybe make it to October and already be done with my challenge. Then maybe next year I can make the number 150, then 200 and so on, you get my drift. But if I'm going to read 100 books, maybe it would be a good idea to come back to my little blog and write about the books I've read.

Sound good? Great, let's begin.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Magic in the Making: A Book Review on Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Sterling Saucier lives in Sticks, Louisiana, next to the swamp that no one talks about and everyone steers clear of. There are legends and stories about the creatures in the swamp and the things that have come out from its depths, but they're only stories with warnings attached to them. Until the day Sterling's brother, Phineas, runs into the swamp and a girl named Lenora May is returned in his place. The town believes Lenora May is Sterling's sister and to make matters worse, Sterling is the only one who remembers anything about Phineas, the brother who disappeared. Her friends are worried about her, her family is watching her like a hawk and the only person who believes her claims has a questionable reputation. As the power of the swamp begins to seep into the town, it slowly becomes clear that no one is safe and that the warning were true.

Now Sterling needs to enter the swamp, to understand its mysteries and figure out a way to get Phin back before he's gone forever.

I kept waiting for my local bookstore to get this in stock. Finally, I caved and ordered a copy then tracked its movements until it was delivered to my front door.

It was worth every effort.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Clearing off the Cobwebs and Talking about Books

It's been nearly two years since I've felt the need to write anything here. I had picked up a good rhythm to posting on here. I was reading my books and gathering my notes and putting my thoughts here because I thought it was what I wanted to do. I really didn't care if people stopped by and read what I wrote. Then I posted a review and a month passed by, and then another, and lo and behold, it turned out to be the last one I'd seemed to have written.

But every now and then I would sign back in here, look at what I wrote and think that maybe I should go back to that. Just pick up where I left off. So I'm cleaning things up here and I'm going to attempt to post again.

Just so you know, I haven't stopped reading or writing. The evidence might not be here but trust me, it exists.

Let's clear the air a bit first, shall we?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Faerytale Magic Part III: A Book Review on Endlessly by Kiersten White

Evie is ready to settle down for good with her normal life filled with her not-so-normal boyfriend, vampire roommate and the horde of paranormals coming in and out of her life at the diner she works at. When a new head at the IPCA tries to blackmail Evie into working for them again full-time, Evie begins to understand exactly where her place in the world is and she's determined to set things right to keep her loved ones safe. But when the Faeries once again return with information regarding the purpose to her existence, Evie has to decide if she's willing to risk everything to help save the paranormals she's worked so hard to keep in line or turn her back on her destiny, once and for all.

Aww damn phooey; mumble grumble boo.

It feels like it took me ages to finish Endlessly. Really, I started it right after finishing Supernaturally, honest I did, but I only just finished it a couple of days ago.

White's writing is concise, the voice is strong. But this time around, there is absolutely no denying it; Evie is definitely whining a LOT in this book. Whenever she hears something she doesn't like, or she just doesn't want to listen to something, she just walks away, or stomps away usually. It got tiresome, to say the least.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Faerytale Magic Part II: A Book Review on Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Evie has a new job now, fulfilling her lifelong dream of living the normal life of your average high school student. But it's not everything Evie hoped it would be. She's stuck going to high school trying to earn good grades to get into the same college as her boyfriend and stressing over college applications. She's working at a diner for money and she lives in a small apartment with a vampire as a roommate. As much as she thought she wanted the "normal" life, Evie thinks back to her days at the IPCA and wishes for the chance to really matter, which is why she jumps at the opportunity to work for them again when they ask her back. But the missions go from bad to worse and the prophecy Evie thought was over has come back with a whole new force behind it. After learning that there's a war brewing in the Faerie world, Evie finds out that her life is inexplicably tied to the paranormals she truly hates, the Faeries. And unless she manages to figure out her part, Evie's whole world will slip through her fingers for good.

Blast. Blast, blast, BLAST!

Note to the reader: Don't read this review if you haven't finished the first book in the series, Paranormalcy, as this review will discuss plot points from the previous release as they pertain to this story, therefore making this filled with the occasional SPOILER!

For a book that I read and finished over the course of several hours, I honestly thought I'd reach the end and be floored by the sheer awesomeness of another adventure with Evie.

Except that it felt like nothing truly happened in this book until the last 60 pages finally rolled around. Then, wow, there went everything, so many revelations, all this new information is given only for the book to end and leave readers looking towards book three with just a bit of trepidation.