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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Horde

Horde (Enclave Series #3)

Horde
by Ann Aguirre
432 pages
Young Adult

Synopsis:
The horde is coming.

Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.
Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.
This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.

First Line:
I left without looking back.

My Thoughts:
Holy Amazing, Batman!  Thank You, Thank You ANN AGUIRRE for making such a fabulous ending to your fabulous series.  I truly enjoyed reading this series and they are books I will read again and again.  Seriously.  Not joking.  At.  All.  Have I mentioned how much I liked the ending??  I really did.

Favorite Quotes:
"This man was everything I needed, my best and brightest dream." pg. 322

"Never underestimate your importance, Millie.  You're a hero, same as anybody who fought at the river...and maybe more.  Because it takes more courage to heal the world's hurts than to inflict them." pg. 394

Read More About the Author HERE!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Allegiant

Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Allegiant
by Vernonica Roth
544 pages
Young Adult

Synopsis:

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?


First Line:

I pace in our cell in Erudite headquaterters, her words echoing in my mind.


My Thoughts:
I will be brutally honest here.  This is not my favorite book...AT ALL.  I actually was so angry when I finished it, that I threw the book on the floor...somewhat softly...which woke my husband up wondering why I was throwing my book on the floor.  Some parts of the book I really liked,  and others, including the ending I did not.  You will have to judge for yourself...What was your first thought when you finished the book??

Favorite Quote:
"There are so many ways to be brave in this world.  Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else.  Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.  But sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life." Pg. 509

Read more about the author here.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Graveminder

Graveminder

Graveminder
by Melissa Marr
352 pages
read on my iPad
Adult Fiction

Synopsis:
Three sips to mind the dead . . .

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

First Line:
Maylene put one hand atop the stone for support; pulling herself up from the soil got harder every year.

My Thoughts:
Very creepy.  Yep, scared me silly with all the hungry dead.  Good Halloween read that includes a love story too!
**Contains swear words, including the F word.

Favorite Quote:
"Loving someone means admitting the good and the bad." pg. 80

Read more about the author here.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Dracula

Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Dracula
by Bram Stoker
448 Pages
read on my iPad

Synopsis:
Count Dracula has inspired countless movies, books, and plays. But few, if any, have been fully faithful to Bram Stoker's original, best-selling novel of mystery and horror, love and death, sin and redemption. Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power. (barnesandnoble.com)

First Line:
Left Munich at 8:35pm on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.

My Thoughts:
I have never read this before and found it to be an interesting read.  I'm not usually one for reading books written in letter or journal form, but it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.  Yes, it did scare me.  Yes, I stayed up late reading it.  No, I couldn't sleep after I was done, and when I did finally fall asleep, I dreamed of vampires.  What I enjoyed most was the end notes which explained the meaning of words as well as locations; I also liked reading the time line of the authors life.  Good stuff!
  
Favorite Quotes:
"These friends" - and he laid his hand on some of the books - "have been good friends to me..." pg. 133

"No one but a woman can help a man when he is in trouble of the heart; and he had no one to comfort him." pg. 661

"How can women help loving men when they are so earnest, and so true, and so brave! pg. 976

Read more about the author here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October!


I LOVE October!  I love how the weather changes to sweater weather, pumpkins appear and Halloween.  I also love the books!  Oh, so many Halloweenish books to read from.  Oh, and the movies!  Now, I'm not a blood and guts kind of book/movie gal, but I do love a good scary book and/or movie.  You know, scary enough to be scary, but not too scary??

So, without further ado, my list for the month of October.  Let's see how many of these I get through, shall we.  What are YOU reading this October??


Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)GraveminderThe Ghost Stories of Edith WhartonWitch BornSplendors and GloomsThe Legend of Sleepy HollowRot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin Series #1)

Monday, September 30, 2013

Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
288 pages
Juvenile Fiction: 8 to 12 years

Synopsis:
As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold—the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

First Line:
Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true.

My Thoughts:
Daughter #1 is has been assigned to read this for her schools Battle of the Books.  I decided to read it with her so that I could ask her questions about it.  I'm so glad I did.  What a wonderful book that hit all of my heart strings.  

Daughter #1's Thoughts:
I've never read a more real story than this story. I stayed up almost all night reading it. My favorite part is at the end when her grandpa gets a dog. This story is like a cute puppy...it will steal your heart.

Favorite Quotes:
"Being a mother is like trying to hold a wolf by the ears," Gram said.  "If you have three or four - or more - chickabiddies, you're dancing on a hot griddle all the time.  You don't have time to think about anything else.  And if you've only got one or two, it's almost harder." pg. 49

"It seems to me that we can't explain all the truly awful things in the world like war and murder and brain tumors, and we can't fix these things, so we look at the frightening things that are closer to us and we magnify them until they burst open.  Inside is something that we can manage, something that isn't as awful as it had first seemed.  It is a relief to discover that although there might be axe murderers and kidnappers in the world, most people seem a lot like us; sometimes afraid and sometimes brave, sometimes cruel and sometimes kind." pg. 263

Read more about the author here.

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2)

The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater
448 pages
Young Adult

Synopsis:
After the transformative events at Cabeswater in The Raven Boys, the context in which Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah operate is further altered by the arrival of the Gray Man, a self-described hit man who replaces Barrington Whelk in providing occasional adult narrative perspective. The Gray Man brings with him the machinations of larger, previously unknown forces as he takes orders from a voice on the phone to hunt the Greywaren, the identity of which is revealed early on. But this book largely belongs to the loose cannon that is Ronan, as he works to better understand his supernatural abilities and their connection to his family.

First Line:
A secret is a strange thing.

My Thoughts:
I was lucky enough to discover NetGalley, a site where readers can request books before they are published (or in this case, just after it was published) to review.  

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was very excited to get to review this one.  It's another great read by Sarah Stiefvater.  I like the addition of the new characters and their own personal stories that come along with them.  I'm sad that the next book in this 4 book series will not be out till next year, however, that will give me plenty of time to reread the first two :)
**This book contains swear words, including use of the F word.

Favorite Quote:
"You're going to have to be brave", Maura had said.  "I'm always brave."  "Braver than that." 

Read more about the author here.