Author Archives: Steph
I’m back! It’s been over a year, but I’m FINALLY getting settled now…Graduated with an MLIS, getting comfortable with the new eResources job (I get to buy eBooks and eAudiobookss for 10 libraries!!), and my house is finally starting to look a home. The best part is that there is finally some time to read again 🙂
Since it’s almost Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to read the last book in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Library of Lost Souls. It definitely didn’t disappoint. I brought this book with to read during the four days I’m out of town for a conference…it only lasted the first night. It was addicting and almost impossible to put down.
Library Souls starts out right where it left off, in the middle of an action scene where it seems all hope is lost. Now, I will admit to skimming some of the action fights and “scary” stuff (it’s more creepy than scary, but I’m a wuss). The heart of the book is awesome though. Discovering who you are, making tough decisions, trust, families, and of course a little bit of romance. Jacob, the gifted hollowgast seer, is the main character once again and remains relatable despite his peculiarness. He struggles with confidence, trust, and ultimately discovering who he is all while trying to save his peculiar friends and beloved ymbryne from the Wights.
Action-packed and beautifully written, I highly recommend this series (if only for the great pictures!).
Expect more reviews shortly! Now what to read over the next 2 days….
I’m going to preface this with: This has been my favorite “meaningful” read this year. I adore this book. I checked it out from the library, but at some point I would love to own my own copy…It’s that awesome. Sue Monk Kidd wrote The Secret Life of Bees which was amazing, however I was less impressed with The Mermaid Chair. In my opinion, this story blew both of them out of the water (but I’m slightly biased because I’m a sucker for a moving historical fiction about the abolition of slavery/women’s rights).
The Invention of Wings, tells the story from two different character’s perspectives as they grow from children into the women they are meant to be. Hettie, a slave girl also called Handful, for all of the mischief she causes and Sarah, the girl who is given Hettie as a “present” (although Sarah, as you’ll learn, despises slavery very much to her privileged family’s disapproval). These characters work wonderfully together throughout the story. They are vastly different, in circumstance and personality, and even though they are an odd combination and not quite “friends,” they compliment each other in so many ways.
The story follows the girls through both of their difficult lives, one being a slave and the other supporting the abolition of slavery in a very pro-slavery nation. The girls develop into women, but Kidd does a wonderful job of showing the reader real life difficulties and personal conflicts still relevant today through these transformations.
All in all, I LOVE this book……..
I’ve been reading the Maze Runner series by James Dashner lately. I saw a preview for the movie when I went to Divergent (which was A-Mazing!) and knew I had to read the series before I’d allow myself to even think about going to the theatre. (The kid from Game of Thrones is in it, so it must be good, right?)
I finished Maze Runner in a day/night. I couldn’t stop reading it. Why were these kids stuck in a place with no conceivable way out except through a dangerous maze? Why didn’t they have their memories? Why was there now a girl in a previously all boys place? Basically I kept reading to find answers to all the questions, which honestly just lead to more questions….but I liked it.
Thomas, our main character, is a hero. He’s super smart, strong, and a born leader with a bit of a reckless streak. I do enjoy the other prominent characters in the series too, they all have very unique personalities. (I won’t go into details though because I don’t want to spoil Maze Runner for anyone.)
So here’s the gist of Maze Runner:
This group of kids is stuck in a maze where if they leave the center of it, the Glade, and don’t get back before the walls close them in at night, bad “things,” called Grievers, will kill them. Otherwise, if they stay in the Glade they get weekly supplies and have a system set up where different people work different parts of the Glade. Pretty nice right? This is all great until the girl shows up and their normal routine goes down the tube. Oh yeah, and everyone in the Glade has had their memory wiped…
We see everything from Thomas’s view and Thomas is full of questions. Fueled along by Thomas’s curiosity, this story flew by for me….and ended with more questions. So I hurried and got the second book in the series, The Scorch Trials, which also ended with more…yes, you got it, questions. However, I’m hooked and I desperately need the third book!
Unhinged…was pretty great. There were so many emotions for me during this one, I felt like I was on a rollercoaster though, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride! Howard has some awesome twists and turns I’m never able to see coming. Having to put this book down to do homework felt like I had to rip it off my hands…it was sooo hard to do.
There’s more boy drama and family issues and I do feel for our dear semi-crazy Alyssa. (However, I’m totally team Morpheus if we’re picking sides…which of course we are, right?) There is a race to save Wonderland and a struggle between who Alyssa’s human side and her fae one. All the while there are those plotting against her and those she loves. Plus a pretty big twist I’m gushing to talk to someone about!!!
My only wish is that we could have gone down the rabbit hole in this book, but it was pretty mad despite being in the human realm.
A.G. Howard, are you really gonna make us wait a YEAR after that ending?!? I can’t handle it…Give me more! Nowish please 🙂
Cress. I loved it. So full of action and wonderful people (umm…characters…) that I cannot get enough of the Lunar chronicles series. I totally wish I was on board that epic, dangerous mission to overthrow Queen Levana with them just so I could hang out and chat with Wolf, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Kai, and of course Thorne.
This book introduces some new characters, but retains all of the lovable favorites. Cinder’s powers are growing and she struggles with an internal battle; do her powers define her? Can she still be a good person if she manipulates people with her powers even if it’s not for the same reason Levana does? And can she resist the power’s sometimes darker temptations?
Scarlet’s story was pretty intriguing too, though we don’t see much of her and I’m guessing she will play a larger part in the next book…however I’m not going to say anything because I don’t want to give anything away J
And Cress. Her storyline was wonderful. I loved it and could totally relate to her (and I think a lot of book lovers can to some extent). Being isolated in a satellite she created fantasies about meeting the man of her dreams…which never quite play out the way she anticipates…
All in all it was awesome…and I canNOT wait for Winter to come out!!
P.S. I just pre-ordered a SIGNED copy of Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire from Books of Wonder Shop!!! It was a bit spendy but I feel totally worth it (:
Splintered was incredibly unique, a bit bizarre, but overall the result was amazing. I’m in love with re-tellings of fairy tales right now and this story took Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and gave it a completely new twist in the modern day. Wonderland is darker and more twisted with the plot line involving a curse, a love triangle, talking bugs, and the need to save a mother from cruel treatments at a mental institution.
Alyssa, our lovely heroine, is the descendant of the Alice Liddell from Alice in Wonderland, however, this comes with a price; a family curse which has led past descendants to mental institutions, but Alyssa knows her relatives aren’t crazy. When she is told that her mother will start shock treatments, Alyssa decides to take it upon herself to break the family curse and head down the rabbit hole.
Wonderland and the characters within Splintered are amazingly described and vividly come to life. The romance in the story is maddeningly good too. There is the perfect guy or the dark mysterious one…decisions, decisions. Plus, it’s filled with twists and turns I never saw coming (which I suppose is right since it’s Wonderland…).
Overall, I loved it. About halfway through the book I ordered the second one and I would be reading it now if Cress by Marissa Meyer hadn’t arrived….
I was excited to learn about the Kindle First program through Amazon which I received this eBook through, because it is a really cool idea. Give a try if you haven’t yet.
Timebound was an OK read for me. I was immediately drawn to the promise of time travel and the lure of a love story (and, yes, the gorgeous cover!). However, in actuality they didn’t wow me. The time travel aspect was a bit hard for me to follow and there were parts that just didn’t feel/flow right. If I had felt more ambitious, I would have liked to have gone back and picked it apart to make sure it was all “correct”, but alas, I’m a bit short on time at the moment.
The love story aspect… I don’t know, it wasn’t my favorite either. The relationship developed too quickly and I was rooting for the wrong team apparently…blurgh. I’m not attracted at all to the guy our character is crazy for. But it wasn’t a bad read. The story held my attention and it certainly was unique. So, again, it was ok…I will most likely read the next one just to see how things play out, but it won’t be a high priority read.
I am sooo excited to read them, you have no idea! I’ve seen good things around the blogosphere 🙂
I also received this ARC through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program:
Top Ten Tuesday
Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
Well I will be off in library school all of 2014, well mentally anyway as it’s an all online program, but I will need fictional worlds to keep my sanity. So these are the books I am looking forward to the most this upcoming year:
Mixed emotions..this is the final book in the series right? So my fictional boyfriend is just leaving me…not fair! But I can’t wait to read it! And it’s released the day before my birthday!!
Cress by Marissa Meyer-Feb. 4
I should probably take the day off work when this comes out…
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig- Aug. 5
Every time a book by the lovely Lauren Willig comes out, I feel like I’m getting an early Christmas gift 🙂
That Summer by Lauren Willig
….and I get two by her again this year!!! Lucky me !
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-May 20
I didn’t even know this was coming out until today…and now I don’t know what to do with myself. I. Love. Casters.
The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan-Oct. 7
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo-June 3
Again…I may need to use some PTO…or become mysteriously ill…when this arrives.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs-Today!
Great first book, excited for this one.
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness-July 15
So I despised the 2nd book. Ugh, so much, I was just bored out of my mind. But I’m hoping this conclusion can redeem itself.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-April 8
Again, I couldn’t stand the second book in this series, but I hope this one is much better.
Thoughts, feelings, additions???
Oh, Infernal Devices…You were amazing. The recovery process from the overload of emotions has taken a while, but I feel progress is being made. So much happened within your pages. So much love and hate, mixed feelings, action, heartbreak, and I met many, many wonderful people…I mean characters.. And that ending, in Clockwork Princess? OMG. I tried not to sob, I did, but it didn’t work. Now that you’re over…I feel empty. I’ve picked up 3 books since then and only finished one. I wasn’t even all that impressed with the one finished either. I have a feeling you have something to do with this. Nothing can quite compare to my friends the Shadowhunters. I miss Tessa, Will, and Jem along with all of the others and feel a little lost without them, but happy for having met them.
So my readers…go out and read the Infernal Devices, but beware that the books will change you…