Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves|April 2016 Book Haul

Wow, what a month! You could say I was very lucky in March!
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.


NetGalley Reviews:


What books did you get this month?

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Son of Neptune By Rick Riordan|Review

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 4th, 2011
Genre: Middle Grades Fantasy
Pages: 521
Format: Hardcover

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams. Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart. Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

My Thoughts

Percy is back and he brought along some amazing and awesome new friends! Honestly, I'm going to make this review short, mainly because I just want to begin Mark of Athena. Most of the things that I would normal touch on have already been stated in my previous reviews for any book by Rick. However, I think his character building skills has definitely reached an all-time high. Percy, Hazel, and Frank each receive four chapters in the rotation, instead of two like in The Lost Hero. I definitely feel like I understand Hazel and Frank more than Jason, Piper, and Leo because of the extended chapters. Not only are the character more complex and round, they are also more diverse. We need more diversity in modern-day literature. The world isn't just black and white. Rick doesn't just deal with Greek and Roman mythology, he also dabbles in Chinese mythology. But that could be a story for another time? I also love the fact that each character has their own outstanding trait that distinguishes them from others. The characters are alike in many ways, but their actions set them apart not only from their siblings but from each other.

Re-Read Challenge

A huge thanks to Kelly over at Belle of the Literati for hosting this challenge!

When I First Read: A few months after it was released.

What I Remember: Percy is back! Reyna. Octavian. Octavian murders Percy's panda (pillow). Nico returns!!! Sammy. Hazel's past. Frank's lifeline. Phineas. Ella the harpy. Hylla. The Amazons. Nico get’s captured. Frank’s family gift. The Argo II arrives.

Why I Wanted to Re-Read: Percy, duh. 

How I Felt After Re-Reading: Wary because I how MoA is going to kill me, again.

Would I Re-Read Again? Yes!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Dragon Heir By Cinda Williams Chima|Review

The Dragon Heir (The Heir Chronicles #3)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on August 12th, 2008
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 499
Format: Hardcover

The covenant that was meant to keep the wizard wars at bay has been stolen, and the sanctuary of Trinity must prepare for attack. Seph monitors the Weirwalls, while Jack and Ellen train their army of ghosts to face an onslaught of wizards. Even Anaweir Will and Fitch are setting traps around the town's perimeter. To Jason Haley, it feels as though everyone but him has a role to play. Then he finds a powerful talisman - a huge opal called the Dragonheart - buried in a cave. When its power washes over him, he knows he's destined for a greater purpose than anyone ever imagined. Madison Moss can hears the seductive call of the Dragonheart also, but she has other things on her mind. Maddie's been leaking dark magic ever since absorbing the blow that was meant to kill her boyfriend, Seph. If anyone finds out, she'll be banished from the sanctuary - and Seph - forever. Meanwhile, Trinity's enemies mean to win the war with the help of the Dragonheart, and they know that Madison Moss is the only one who can get it for them. Moral compasses spin out of control as a final battle storms through a town that was meant to be a refuge. With so much to lose, what will Jason and Maddie be willing to fight for - and what will they sacrifice? It's everyone for himself in this thrilling conclusion to the Heir trilogy.

My Thoughts

Betrayals. Double-crossings. Blackmail. This book gives you plenty. Struggling to feel wanted, Jason Haley goes against Hastings orders and infiltrates D'Orsay's new claimed home. Unaware of the treasure that is buried deep within a cave, D'Orsay is amused by the failed attack. Until he discovers what Jason escaped with. Meanwhile, Maddison Moss is struggling with her own issues. She desperately wants to get close with Seph, but after intercepting Leicester's spell originally meant for Seph at Second Sister, Maddison hasn't quite been the same. Literally drawing out his energy, Maddison knows she can't stay. She leaps at the first chances that she gets, returning home to protect her family and property. Alicia Middleton slithers back into Trinity, with a hidden agenda of her own. Growing closer with Jason, Leesha can't stand the thought of betraying him, but she must if she wants to escape Warren Barber. Soon they all find themselves mixed up in a war that has been going on for centuries. As more and more twists hinder their chances of winning, they must come together through sorrow, hardship, and courage. Old enemies return seeking revenge and power. As an all-out war is thrust upon Trinity, it is up to the small team of heirs to end it.  
There is so much backstabbing, betrayal going on that you find yourself being swept away. You're never really sure who to believe. I love how complex the stories are and how they intermingle with each other. Each time I read them, I go back and catch why a certain character spoke that way or why they acted as they did. Speaking of the characters, they are all well developed, bringing their own unique personalities to push the story further along. The wording was straight and to the point during the more action packed scenes and more calm and descriptive in the more tense scenes. There is something for everyone in this series. There is romance, humor, action, and emotion. An excellent read for anyone looking for an adventure into the world of magic.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Night Speed|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.

Night Speed hits the shelves May 3rd, 2016.

"Only those young enough can survive the pulse-pounding rush of tetra, a dangerous and addictive new drug that fuels a nine-minute burst of superhuman strength and speed. Alana West has been trained to use the drug so she can pursue the young criminals who abuse its power—criminals like the breakneck who nearly killed her kid brother.

On tetra, Alana is unstoppable. The rush makes her an explosive blur as she surges through New York City, battling to bring down breaknecks before they leave more people dead or injured in their wake. But with the clock ticking down to her eighteenth birthday, Alana will soon be too old for the rush...when just one more dose will prove deadly.

Supported only by her strong and steady handler, Tucker, Alana goes undercover, infiltrating an elite gang of breaknecks to stop the supply of their drug. But when Alana gets trapped on the wrong side of the law, she learns the breaknecks are not quite what they seem—especially Ethan, the artistic boy whose bottomless brown eyes seem to see the truth inside her. With her own dependency on tetra increasing, Alana must decide where her loyalties lie before the rush ends. Forever. "
I'm secretly hoping Night Speed will be a lot like Tron.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bookworm Delights|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:

The smell of ink and paper: There’s just no better way to calm and rejuvenate all of your senses than with a deep inhale of a book’s pages. The younger the book, the fresher the smell. The older the book, the more vintage the smell. 

Unexpected finds: Everyone loves to save money, especially on something that they love. For a bookworm, like myself, I’m always on the book out for cheap reads. I will never pass up the chance to dig around in a large laundry cart filled with books at my local Goodwill. What’s even better about finding a bargain buy, is discovering that the book far exceeds your expectations. 

Discovering your next favorite book/series: There are so many books and series to choose from today and the numbers just keep growing. As much as we bookworms would hate to admit, but there just isn’t enough room in our busy lives for every book. So, when finally coming across that series/book that just tears at your soul, jackknives your heart, or clouds your mind, you’ll need a few weeks to recover emotionally and mentally. 

Rainy days: If the sun’s not shining, I’m not whining. Drab and dreary days are a bookworm’s best friend. It may be a while before they get to spend the entire day with their best friends again.

The overwhelming desire to reorganize/share your bookshelf: Wether it is by color, author, emotion, series, every bookworm has a system to shelving. I, for one, like the series method. I cannot stand the sight of the families being ripped apart and divided.

Fandom t-shirts/jewelry: We all have some. How else are you supposed to dress?Book exchanges/free libraries: I have yet to come across a free library on the street. However, from what I have seen, it looks incredibly interesting and fun. Take a book. Leave a book. Who wouldn’t like that?

Finding someone else in your fandom: Discussion. Discussion. Discussion. Literally the fuel to a fandom. Finding someone who can relate with you own asdfghjkl is a great feeling!

Beautiful covers: We all have that one book or books that are just there for decoration. We never intended to read it when we bought it, the cover was just too pretty to be left behind.

Creative must-have bookish products: Candles. Chairs. Vending machines. Booklights. Bookends. Just the miscellaneous objects that are an essential part of your reading experience. 

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Monday, April 25, 2016

New Releases|April 26th, 2016

100th post!
Thank you all for the amazing comments and support!

Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week!

"Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

Inspired by Indian mythology."

"Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?"

"There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade..."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week?