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Friday, June 22, 2012

My Reading Week Re-Cap

So after a couple of busy weeks of summer I've concluded that I don't really have much time for my blog!  I have read so many books this summer, and haven't really reviewed any of them!  I did rate them on Goodreads.  So I think I'm going to try to do just a weekly re-cap of my reading week.  If I'm able to have time to post more, then I will, but this atleast will motivate me to post at least once a week!  So here goes!


I haven't watch the TV show yet, and a few of my friends love this show!  So I thought I would read the books first, like I always do!  It was pretty good.  Very creepy in a lot of ways, which was a pleasant surprise!  I gave it 4 stars!


I LOVED this books!  I can't wait for its sequel!  The romance angst in this one was top notch!  I need to know what happens to Violet and Linc!  5 stars!


Since I'm from Iowa, I was really excited to read this one!  I always love reading books from Iowa.  This was no exception.  This book had a fabulous plot, characters, everything.  And great romance as well!  A great contemporary young adult book!  5 stars!


This was a great fantasy read!  It is actually classified as a  children's book; I think because of the reading level.  But the story has lots violence, and is worth reading!  Reminded me a little of Cornelia Funke's novels, which I love!  Gave this one 4 stars


Finally read the finale of the Vampire Kisses series.  I never really got hooked on this series.  It was just okay for me.  I did want to finish it though, just to find out what really happens to Raven and Alexander.  I won't give away any spoilers, but the ending satisfied me.  Almost kind of relieved this series is over!  Gave it 4 stars.

That wraps up my reading week!  I am currently reading:

which is very different, but good so far!  Hope your reading week went well, too!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

In My Mailbox #9

I feel so behind on my blog!  Summer has hit with a bang, and I have been very busy!  I have had time to read,though, just no time to review anything! So I'm going to do a quick re-cap here!

Books I've Recently Read


I gave it 5 stars!


I gave this one 4 stars!  One quick note on it--if you haven't read our heard of this book and you love the 80s, you need to read this!  Full of 80s pop and references!


I gave this one 5 stars!

Okay, now onto what I received in my IMM this week!

All the books I received were from the library:

What did you receive this week?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Synopsis: Once a century, One person is chosen for greatness.
 Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses.  The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can't see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king--a king whose country is in turmoil.  A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he's not the only one who seeks her.  Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her.  A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior, and he looks at her in a way no man has looked at her before.  Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most.  If the prophecy is fulfilled.  If she finds the power deep within herself.  If she doesn't die young.
Most of the chosen do.

My 2 cents:  I absolutely loved this book!  It had everything--great characters, a great plot, lots of suspense!  I especially loved Elisa--the author made her seem so ordinary, so imperfect.  It was hard to imagine that this chubby girl who loved pastries was going to save their country from war!  It really was a hero's journey--Elisa had to learn a lot to become such a kick ass heroine by the end!

I also loved the world that the author created.  I love getting immersed into a new imaginative world, and Carson delivered on that one!    The fantasy element was also great in this.  I love how the Chosen one centered around God, and was chosen by a Godstone in the baby's navel when they were named, in a special ceremony.  It was a very different way in building this world.  I saw lots of comparisons to our own world--how the majority of the public scoffs God in everyday life, and many more misquote sacred texts to try to understand their religion.  Very clever!

All in all, a great read, and if you haven't read it, I hope you will!  5 stars!