Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book Haul 2015!

Hey everyone!
So I have gotten so many new books because of Christmas/ my birthday. So, I thought that I would put together a list of them! (Quick note: all summaries are from Goodreads)

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  • Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
  • I do not know why it has taken me so long to put this on my to- read pile, but not this is, I am ready for it. 

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  • Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
    Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...
    But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
    Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
    Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to
    Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
    For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
  • I am not a huge Rainbow Rowell fan so lets hope I like this one. 

3. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

  • Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.
    Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.
    With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.
  • I loved Rachel Hawkins when I was younger, but I do not know if I will still enjoy her writing...I guess we will see.

4. Graceling by Kristin Chashore

  • Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... 
  • I am so excited for this one, I have heard so many great review of it.

5. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

  • Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
  • I love Trish Doller so I am super duper excited for this one. 


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys


Title: Out of the Easy
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Page Count: 346 
Genre: Contemporary/Mystery

Age Range: 14+



Synopsis (from Goodreads):
 It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
My Thoughts:

This has to be one of my favorite books. Hands downs. I loved everything about it. If you like history, mystery or contemporary books, this may be the one for you. If you like all three, then this will be your favorite.

The book deals with a young girl who is trying to get out of New Orleans and away from her mother's shadow. When she is tied to a death in the area, she has to figure out how to solve her problems with that added on top. Fun times in the Quarter.

One of my favorite things about this book was the setting. It takes place in 1950s New Orleans. I have never been here but I have always been interested. So, while I was reading the book I was captivated by the culture and the way that Septeys infused the 1950s history into the plot as well. It was not just good food and awesome music, the author showed the rough parts of the city, including prostitutes and gangs.

Speaking of prostitutes, when I first started the book, I was nervous about them. I did now know if I would be able to enjoy the book. However, Sepetys made it appropriate for the age range. It was not rated R but it was not too PG. She did not go into explicit detail but did not with hold information. It was perfectly written in that way.

Now onto the characters....
The female characters took the spotlight on this one. Josie was a great main character especially for teenage girl readers. All she wanted was to get out of her mother's shadow and go to college. Her journey trying to get there was really great to read. I also loved Willie. She was the mom that Josie never had and she really cared for her.

Overall, this book was so much fun to read!!!

My Ratings: *****
Cover Rating: 
I LOVE IT
Recommendation:
1. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 
2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 
3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart  

Now what do you think?
Sincerely,
a Book Nerd 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

The blog was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!!!
YAYYY!!!!!
Thanks so much Tessa at Crazy For YA for the nomination! (you are awesome :D)

So there are some rules to this award and how it works....


Instructions:
1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Display the award on your blog
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself
4. Answer 10 questions from the blogger who nominated you
5. Nominate 5-11 blogs who you believe deserve the award (email/comment)
6. Make a list of 10 questions for your nominees to answer 

Random (but awesome) Facts:
1. I am a pescetarian (I don't eat meat, but I eat fish)
2. I am an early riser 
3. I prefer the cold to the hot
4. I am obsessed with fuzzy socks
5. I work at a toy store while I go to school
6. I have to correct people whenever I first meet them because they mispronounce my name
7. I love reading in my bed with all the lights off and just one book light
8. I hate shopping (unless it is books)
9. I like looking at all of my books before I go to bed (it makes me happy)
10. I am the opposite of a procrastinator (I get nervous it if I don't do my work right away)
11. I love stupid, ridiculous humor (I just saw 22 Jump Street and I died) 

Tessa's Questions 
1. If you were a fruit, which would you be and why?
Hmmm...of course the first one is a stumper. I would have to say pineapple because they look cool. 

2. What was the first book you've ever read? If you cannot remember, what book has had the biggest impact on your life or on you?
The first book I can remember reading were the Caillou books. I lived in Montreal at the time, and I read all of the Caillou books in french. 

3. If you could be a character in any book, who would you be?
Maximum Ride because she is so bad ass. I mean seriously? She has wings and she is sassy. 

4. If you could save the life of any character, who would it be?
DUMBLEDORE.HANDS DOWN. When he died, I felt like a piece of me was torn out. So yeah, Dumbledore. 

5. What kind of music do you like to listen to?
I LOVE rock music (alternative, classic, indie, heavy metal)

6. What book world would you like to live in?
This is so repetitive because I say it all of the time, but the wizarding world in Harry Potter. When I was eleven, I waited for my acceptance letter. Even just being in that world for one day would make me happy. 

7. Most accurate book- to- movie adaptation?
This is sooo hard. Uhhhh jeez. I want to say Lord of the Rings because it was literally perfect...but I do not want to say that 100%. 

8. What inspired you to blog?
Uhh... Katy from the Lux Series?
Nah, I am just joking (I think). I actually started blogging because I saw how much fun everyone was having doing it, so I was like "why not?!"

9. What is your favorite color?
Red. Red. Red. Red. I like red. 

10. Library or book store?
Library I think...because there is a certain type of person who goes to the library and I think that I fit in well with those people. 

Questions for Nominees
1. Where do you want to travel?
2. What character would you like to go out to dinner with? 
3. What is your favorite type of weather? 
4. What book had the biggest impact on your life? 
5. Favorite dessert?
6. What character do you want to repeatedly slap in the face?
7. Sweet or salty?
8. Kindle/ Nook or hard copies of books? 
9. Have you ever been in a book club? 
10. Favorite time of day?

Thank you again to Tessa for nominating the blog!!

Sincerely, 
a Book Nerd 




Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Half- Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout




Title: Half- Blood
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout 
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: October 18th, 2011
Page Count: 281 
Genre: Paranormal
Age Range: 12+

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The Hematoi descend form the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals- well, not so much. Half- bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden is not her biggests problem- staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty,she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Thoughts:
For some strange reason I did not want to read this. I have no idea why. Looking back at it now, I should have read this years ago. This book was AMAZING!!! I read it in one sitting, and then I just had to buy the next like three more right after this. I think that the reason why I did not want to read it was because I love Jennifer Armentrout so much that I was worried that this was not going to be as good as the Lux Series. This was totally irrational because it was just as good as the Lux Series. 

I guess I should stop raving about it, and actually tell you why I thought that it was good. Well first, I loved the idea of the story.  I love books like this where they are being trained to fight and work on their powers. It is not just like they woke up one day and could fight like crazy. No way. These people actually have to work day in and day out to achieve the level that they can. So pretty much, the story revolves around a teenage girl named Alex. Her mother was a pure, which makes her a half- blood. She was in the Covenant, training to  be a Sentinel, until she was around twelve. Her mother took her out of the Covenant and traveled around the country with her, hoping they would not have to go back. When her mother gets killed by daimons (which are just pures who went crazy) she is forced to back to the Covenant. She pretty much has to fight for her right to stay there, and if she does not catch up to the other kids her age, she is going to be sent to servitude. So that sounds pretty awesome right?!?! 

I thought that the plot was so interesting. The relationship between the pures and the half-bloods was so complex and intricate. When they are kids, they are in school together and they seem like they are friends and they can work well with each other. In reality, they are brought so far apart by the laws and rules of the society. The half bloods know that eventually they will have to serve the pures, and will never have equal rights. Armentrout dives deeper into this concept throughout the series as well. She did a great job using concepts  from everyday life and history and fitting it into an entirely different world. 

I also loved the characters. I do not think I have loved a character as much as Alex. She is one of my all time favorite characters, and I would love to be her. She has so much spunk and attitude, but a big heart as well. She just wants to do what is right for everyone (half bloods and pures). She is not afraid to stand up for herself or fight for what she believes in. I feel like she does it in a way that is different from other girls in other books. She takes the problem head on, and faces it with cunning and emotion. Alex is a really unique character that I thought added a lot to the story. The other characters were great as well. Aiden **cue the swooning** was the perfect man candy for the novel. Every time he came into the room, I had heart palpitations alongside of Alex. 

Armentrout's writing is also really captivating. There was not one moment where I was bored, because she always keeps you on your toes. You are always waiting to see what happens, or hoping that something specific would happen. She keeps you entranced, and you never want to stop reading. 

Overall, this was a great quick read. It had a great plot, writing and characters. If you are in a book lull right now, I suggest you pick this up (along with the rest of the series)!!!

My Ratings: *****
Cover Rating:
I like it 
Recommendation:
1. The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout
2. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 

Now what do you think?
Sincerely,
a Book Nerd 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Top 10 places I want to go to (from books)

Hey everyone! So today I will be listing my top 10 places I want to go from books. Enjoy!

10. The Glass Castle (Throne of Glass)

  • A cute guard and a cute prince. Yeah, I'm there. 

9. Amsterdam (The Fault in Our Stars)

  • I love European cities, so when I read this book I wanted to go sooo bad. 

8. Brittany (Grave Mercy)

  • I just want to be like Ismae. A super awesome spy girl. 

7. The club (This Song Will Save Your Life)

  • a club that plays 80s music and where you learn to be a DJ?! Sign me up. 

6. New Orleans (Out of the Easy)

  • I have always wanted to go to New Orleans but this book made me want to go even more.

5. Omega Point (Shatter Me)

  • This is kind of like Hogwarts. I mean, who doesn't want to have awesome super powers?!

4. The Tree House (Jellicoe Road)

  • This is the BEST hangout place in any book because it is where the characters really got to know each other but it was also a huge part of the plot. 

3. The Shire (Lord of the Rings)

  • It is just so cute. Let us be honest

2. McConnell (This is Falling)

  • I just want to go to college so.... No surprise here. I am only a couple months away and reading this book made me want to go NOW

1. Hogwarts (Harry Potter)

  • Duhh....I mean who doesn't want to be a wizard?!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd 


Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lyons Barnes


Title: The Naturals
  Author: Jennifer Lyons Barnes
  Publisher: Disney- Hyperion
  Publication Date: November 5th, 2013
  Page Count: 308
Genre: Mystery
Age Range: 13+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.
My Thoughts:
Hmmmm...... wow. This book was crazy! It was definitely not what i was expecting. However, I do not know if it was better or worse than what I was expecting (which is confusing)

So, the book started off with the a teenage girl named Cassie. She was taught by her mother how to read people. She looks at how they act, what they wear, and what they say to profile them. When her mother was murdered when she younger, she was sent to live with her father's family. She always felt that she was an outsider. So, when she is invited to join a special program (the Naturals) to train as a "profiler, " she jumps at the opportunity. She ends up living in a house with four other Naturals who are trained to help the FBI solve cold cases. As Cassie lives there, she finds more and more out about her mother's murder.

I loved the idea of the book. Cassie and Dean (another profiler) had to get into the heads to the serial killers and figure out what their signature and MO would be. I thought this idea was so cool and the way that Cassie and Dean are able to put themselves into the shoes of someone like this is just crazy.

I also thought that the way that that this program fit into her mother's murder was interesting. I will not tell you how and why but how that led to the ending was unexpected and really suspenseful (AHHHHHHH -> that was my reaction).

However, I did think that it was missing something. I feel like I always say this ... but yeah. I could not connect to the characters that well and I thought that the the author did not dive deep into the character's personalities. It was just like skimming the surface. This was especially seen with the "romance" in this novel (if you can even call it that)

Overall, I thought that The Naturals was a really fun and thought provoking read. However, I was not very emotionally involved in the book. I thought it was good, but I do not know if I will read the second one or not. 
My Rating: ****
Cover Rating: Its okay
Recommendations:
1. This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink
2. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
3. Find Me by Romily Bernard
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Kindle!

Hello everyone! Happy New Year!!

So, if you could tell from my posts, I am a fan of actual paper books. I have never really read anything but paperback or hardcover books. I always liked holding the book and flipping an actual page. However, for Christmas this year I got a Kindle. At first I was a bit wary because I am not one to read from a screen. Surprise, surprise... I LOVE IT. I have used it for the last week and I am obsessed. I have bought way too many books and have been reading none stop. I love how I can just get a book whenever I want. This can be a problem though because I have already spent about $100 in the past week. Hopefully I can keep my spending to a minimum (we will see about that)

Just a little update :D


Hope you have a wonderful day
Sincerely,
a Book Nerd