A Free e-Book

I recently received an email earlier alerting me that one of my favorite books was at the Kindle Bookstore… for free!

Obsidian 3That’s right, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is free at the Kindle Bookstore.  I don’t know how long this is going to last, but I just got mine!  I don’t know why I went crazy about it, though… I seem to forget that I already own this book in hardcopy…

But, yeah!  I know this was a puny post and all… *taps fingers against keyboard awkwardly*…

That’s all for now :D

-littleonion

Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon

I don’t usually participate in read-a-thons, mainly because I’m never successful with them, but today I saw a fellow blogger, Emily, mention that she was hosting a two-week-long read-a-thon, starting from August 1st – August 15th, and I got really excited!

So today we’ll be talking about the Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon!

Dusting off the ShelfClick here to see Emily’s post telling you the rules and how to sign up (everything is really simple), and click here to see the challenges and her TBR!

Read-A-Thon Challenges:

  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a classic.
  • Read a book written before 2010.
  • Read at least 100 pages a day.
  • Read a book that’s been neglected by you for a shameful amount of time.

So those are the challenges!  Time for…

My Read-A-Thon Picks:

Read a book set in the past — The book I’ve chosen for this is The Diviners by Libba Bray.  It’s been on my shelves since I believe December… do I smell neglect?

Read a classic — My choice for this is 1984 by George Orwell.  I actually started this a few days ago before I knew about the read-a-thon, but I’m only six pages in, so let’s just let that pass ;D

Read a book written before 2010 — For this challenge, I’ve chosen The Host by Stephenie Meyer, published in 2008.  Well, look who’s striving high.  Already two humongous books on my list… *rubs temples* They have been on my shelves for a while, though.  And I don’t see myself picking them up anytime soon, as I have a bunch of other books to read.  Le sigh.  Problems of a reader.

I was actually considering my current read for this challenge, Kissed by an Angel, which was published in 1995… yeah, I think it qualifies.  But I’m already 40 pages in, so I’ll just read that for a few more days.  Hopefully I’ll finish it before the read-a-thon begins!

Read at least 100 pages a day — This one shouldn’t be hard, since these days my daily count is around 100 pages every day.

Read a book that’s been neglected by you for a long time — I’m going with Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, which I’ve heard so, so many great things about.  It’s also been on my shelf for a very long time, so yay!  I’ve heard it’s about time travel, which, if you didn’t know, I LOVE.  I’m really excited to read these!

Now, this is only four books to read in two weeks, which I’d like to think I can tackle.  But, two of those books are pretty thick (which is probably why I’ve been neglecting them… and… well, hype), so I don’t know.  But I don’t want to stress over this and throw myself into another slump (though if I do, I’ll have a Rachel Hawkins book waiting for me, and her books are the best, especially for digging yourself out of that hole reading slumps tend to throw you in), so I’m just going to take it slow.  It’s definitely going to be fun, though!!!

I’ll be doing daily progress updates as well, so here’s what those will look like:

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And that’s all for now!  I’m really excited for this read-a-thon, and I hope you guys can participate, too!

-littleonion

 

 

Book Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

FrostbiteTitle: Frostbite

Series: Vampire Academy, #2

Author: Richelle Mead

Summary: Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price… -Goodreads

Review:

*This is a non-spoilery review!

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Richelle Mead book. The last book I read by her was The Fiery Heart, and I’ll be reading the next book in that series shortly, as it comes out very soon!

Richelle Mead’s books are always action-packed and full of romance and they’re funny. Frostbite is no exception. There were so many funny moments where I was just dying, and that’s something that I love in a book. Emma over at Books Forget Me Knot actually is the first person who recommended Richelle Mead’s books, quite a while ago. I’m so glad I decided to start them!

It actually took me a really long time to pick up Frostbite, despite owning it for a really long time. I think I read Vampire Academy at the beginning of this year.

Anywho, this book was incredible. I was literally going crazy and fangirling for all of the guys in this book, including Dimitri, which was really weird, because I wasn’t a big fan of Dimitri in the last book. I didn’t have any problems with him, he just wasn’t my cup of tea. But I really liked him in this book, and there were several Rose/Dimitri moments that made me hyperventilate. Heh.

I actually just thought of this now, but it’s kind of cool how the main places we know in this book are in Montana and Idaho. I can’t recall ever reading a book that was based in either of these locations, so it was refreshing.

The characters in these books are gold, man. In the last book, I was really annoyed with Rose because she was, let’s face it, rather full of herself. She seemed to have really matured in this book, though, while still managing to act like a normal teenager (as normal as her life could be, with vampires and all). She has an awesome personality, though, and is super blunt with people, which I also came to like.

My only problem with Rose is that she seemed to catch on to things very slowly. She has so much going on in her mind, but still.

Each character has his or her own distinct personality. I really felt all of the characters grew in this book, and we were even introduced to some new ones, like Tasha, who I really liked :D

Richelle Mead really knows how to make two characters have chemistry. Like, omg.

(Spoilers: I literally squealed when Adrian finally came into the book XD He was great. I have a feeling it’s going to be very interesting to see how he grows as a character throughout VA, even though I already know how he turns out in Bloodlines—such a sweetie ^-^) End of spoilers.

This book was a perfect mixture of serious non-sparkly vampire politics and normal adolescent behavior that would come from people of Rose’s and her friends’ ages.

I was happy with the way the book ended and I’m so excited to get my hands on the next installment!

5/5 stars

 

Sunday Funday: Week In Review

This is my first Sunday Funday, but I’ve been reading a few of them for a couple of weeks now.  I first discovered it over at Stefani’s blog, but it was originally created by Cristina :D  Let’s get started!

Life:

Nothing unusual has been going on in “normal” life, lol.  Last Sunday I did make an Instagram account, though, so that was pretty unusual for me.  I’ve also been really into the Subway pastrami sandwiches.  SO GOOD.  And so filling.

I’ve also been really into hair dye!  Heheh, yes.  A little while ago (maybe a month ago?) I dyed my hair blue, which was the first unnatural color I’d dyed my hair.  I used a light blue first, and then I went over it a day after with a darker, more-vibrant blue.  Now it’s just green (go figure xD), but I still love the splash of color it brings.

Life in Books:

I had a pretty darn good week in books if I do say so myself!  I was aware of BookTubeathon, which ended on Sunday, but I was kind of being lazy and thought of joining in at the last minute, but ended up not.  For one thing, I literally just got out of the worst reading slump ever, and I didn’t want to do anything that might make that happen again.  Forcing myself to read as much as possible isn’t exactly going to make books land on my good side.  It would have ended up a big, stressful mess.  But—congrats to all of those who did participate!  Tell me what you read!

As for what I read this week, let me tell you:

I finished Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, which is a huge weight off my shoulders.  If you didn’t know, I’ve been reading this book since last October (read from: 10/7/13 – 7/18/14), which is shameful, but hey, I was being forced to read a book I didn’t like.  What can you expect? XD

I then read Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (read from: 7/17 – 7/19), which was freaking AMAZING.  Like, go read this book if you haven’t.  It was great.  I already ordered the next book from my library, but sadly, I have to wait for someone else to read it before me D:

I also just finished Inexcusable by Chris Lynch (read from: 7/19 – 7/21), which I, unfortunately did not enjoy.  People agree that it would be a good companion to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, which I really liked (Kristen Stewart was great in that movie :O).

I’m not going to put up a full review of this book, mainly because I didn’t really take enough notes to put together a substantial review.  I will tell you literally the only thing I liked about Inexcusable: the thought style highly impersonated that of Holden Caulfield, my favorite sulker and main character of The Catcher in the Rye.  That was literally the first thing I thought of when I started reading this book.

Inexcusable offered me the very first chance to use my TBR wineglass!  I’m really trying to get through those books that I keep buying.  The next book I chose was Frostbite by Richelle Mead, and I’m quite eager to start this book because I’m loving Richelle Mead right now :D

IMG_2535[1]So that’ll be my next read.

Aside from that, I started rereading Twilight… I was very bored.  And that book can be somewhat addictive.  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe it’s because it’s so easy to read.  Simple plot, simple writing style, and it’s (for me) calming.  I DON’T KNOW.

Now… I’m going to reveal a secret… you may laugh.  I recently picked up this book at the library.  I was curious, okay?!  *shies away as I reveal the book*

City of Indra

The title of this book is so freaking long.  Rebels: City of Indra, The Story of Lex and LiviaO_o

But, yes, I’m attempting to read this.  And I’ve already found several Legend comparisons (yes, Marie Lu’s Legend), and I’m not really enjoying it.  I wish I hadn’t heard who the “authors” were, then maybe I could go into this with a clear mind.  Gahh.

I also am participating in my library’s Summer Reading Program, which started in early June, but unfortunately, I was going through slumpiness.  But I’ve read and reviewed five books already, so I get a prize!  Last year I got free books, so my fingers are crossed, though that’s not exactly helping Project Finish the Books You Hoard.

(My life in books last week was really long!)

And last but not least, I went to Barnes & Noble and picked up a bunch of, uh… chapter samplers and sneak peaks… *covers face with hands* I’m not even a sampler person.  So why did I pick up these free samplers?  Well, there were a few authors I recognized.  I got a Young Elites sneak peak, which is the first book in Marie Lu’s new series that I’m super excited about :D  Also, Ally Condie has a new book coming out!!!  As in Matched Ally Condie!  Look:

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I also managed to snag an “If I Stay” poster and a poster for “The Infinite Sea”, which is the second book in the 5th Wave series (which I still have to read… I still have to read “If I Stay”, too… *facepalm*

The chapter samplers/sneak peaks are pretty darn generous!  They’re pretty thick for samplers.

Life in Music:

I had a pretty awesome music week!  I got the chance to go to Hot Topic, one of the awesomest (I just made that a word) stores on the planet :D  I got some band merch, and shirts were buy one, get one half-off, so I was a happy camper!  Here are the shirts I got:

IMG_2543[1]I got a Sleeping With Sirens shirt and a Panic! At The Disco shirt, which I LOVE.  I can’t wait to wear them :D

I also discovered a song with lyrics that I think are just amazing.  Just so beautiful and it’s a really touching song, I think.  It’s called Free Now by Sleeping With Sirens.  Here’s a lyric from the song:

“I wrote this song for my mother
I wrote this song for our father
So hopefully we can come together
And hopefully make things a little better.”

The message in this song is amazing, and I love it.

Another lyric-y thing that I discovered this week, though I think this also should be in my Life in Books section, is that I found these interesting lyrics:

“They’re gonna clean up your looks
With all the lies in the books
To make a citizen out of you
Because they sleep with a gun
And keep an eye on you, son
So they can watch all the things you do.”
-My Chemical Romance, “Teenagers”

This song really reminds me of that Twilight Zone episode (one of the newish ones that aired years ago), where that family moved to the gated community because their teenage daughter was getting out of control, and they pretty much stripped her of her tattoos and her CDs and her hair dye and everything and I LOVED THAT EPISODE.  I also loved the episode with Jessica Simpson and the creepy Barbie dolls O_o

But more importantly, these lyrics reminded me of… dystopian worlds.  Think about it… Now let it sink in…

Are you mind blown?  XD


And that was my week in review!  It came out to be much longer than I’d anticipated, so if you made it this far, you get a cookie!  If you skimmed, you still get a cookie :D  Withholding cookies is a horrible thing to do >.<

What was your week like?  Let me know in the comments, or link me to your Sunday Fundays, if you participated.  I’d love to know!

-littleonion

Book Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

DemonglassTitle: Demonglass

Series: Hex Hall, #2

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Summary: Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world-the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good-or kill her.

But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons in secret, with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she? -Goodreads

Review:

Hex Hall was a masterpiece.  ‘Nuff said.

Demonglass was exciting.  It was so thrilling and intriguing.  There were so many turns of events and plot twists that literally had me on the edge of my seat.  You know you’re reading a good book when you have to cover the next page to keep your eyes from jumping ahead.  Because you’re so excited to know what happens.  That’s what Demonglass was like.

In this book, we take a trip away from Hex Hall, Sophie’s school, and go to England, where Sophie plans to go through the Removal (and talks about her daddy issues).  I didn’t really miss any minor characters from the last book.  It’s not that I didn’t like them, it’s just that I was more interested with what was going on with Sophie.

As the summary suggests, we get to see more of Archer, which was fabulous, though there might be another guy I like even better than Archer in this book. :O

I feel like every character had such a distinct personality, and though Sophie has this whole thing going on with Archer, she was kind of the anti-Bella Swan, or anti-any other female protagonist who had the same mindset as Bella.  (Minor spoilers: I also feel like Sophie’s thing with Archer was more… normal than some of the relationships we see in fantasy.  They just seem so dysfunctional, even when you dissect it and take away the fantasy aspect. End of spoilers)

The interesting thing was that some of the cussing was filtered out.  Like, at one point someone was apologizing to Sophie and he said, “Sorry for being a jerk,” and Sophie proceeds to think, He didn’t actually say “jerk,” but another word that was way more accurate.  Now, I’m sure we can all fill in the blanks and figure out what that word was, but I found it interesting.  Not that there wasn’t swearing in this book.  Just that some of it was… left to the imagination XD

The relationship between Archer and Sophie reminded me of the song Bulletproof by La Roux (raise your hand if you remember that song).

I think the only thing that annoyed me about the book (it had more to do with the author’s writing style) is that Hawkins had the tendency to repeat words and phrases.  But other than that, it was awesomesauce :D

There was a whole bunch of other stuff going on that the summary didn’t even touch on, and Demonglass was a satisfying read.  It was so unique, and I think that’s kind of hard to do in the fantasy genre, to make a book stand out so much.  I definitely wanted more upon finishing the book.  It’s time to hit up the library!

5/5 stars.  Excellent sequel!

How Long Does It Take For Me To Finish A Book?

It’s story time, my friends, my bloggy people.  Gather ’round.

Once upon a time, a man named Jostein Gaarder decided to write a book about philosophy.  He named it Sophie’s World, and it was published in 1991. 

Sophie's World

Unbeknownst to him, a fangirl in the 21st century would be forced to read his book on philosophy.  Let’s just say this fangirl was not pleased, and she certainly made her displeasure known.  The fangirl began her journey with this book on October 7, 2013. 

She found the book to be boring, though there were moments where the book picked up.  She especially enjoyed the few parts that mentioned mythology.  But still, this did not satisfy the fangirl.  There was a major creep factor which never failed to make her uncomfortable, and yet the main character in the book, Sophie, was completely unfazed… as was Sophie’s mother (and really, the mom should have been a bit more attentive and paid more attention to her teenage daughter and the strange man she chilled with).

The story kept getting more and more bizarre.  Maybe, the fangirl thought, I’m reading too much into this creepy situation. 

But it still irritated her. 

The fangirl managed to swallow down the last thirty-seven pages in one sitting, and finished Sophie’s World on July 18, 2014.  She was so proud.


I fail at life.

facepalmEven House is disappointed XP

emma watsonEmma Watson’s pretty impressed with my accomplishment, too. -.-

Draco MalfoyNow, now… Calm down, Draco…

And that’s my story about Sophie’s World, completely non-fictional.  I did, in fact, begin the book at the beginning of October of last year and completed it about half an hour ago.

Someone get me a trophy, because I was nominated for, and won, the Longest Time It Takes To Read a Five Hundred-Page Book Contest.  I want a cookie.  I totally earned it.

Le sigh.  Shame on me.

But I hope you got a chuckle out of that (or maybe you’re looking at this post like I’m crazy for taking so much time to read a book…)!  I have so many rant-y notes that I didn’t want to deal with.  Plus, I stretched this book out for so long that toward the end, I wasn’t even sure what was going on.  I completely forgot most of the plot and whatnot.

I am a horrible person.

But, yeah!  And to make me feel better about this situation (or maybe you just want to sit back and laugh at me… that’s cool, too…), what are some books that you took forever to read?  Let me know!

-littleonion

 

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Shiver 2Title: Shiver

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. -Goodreads

Review:

*Again, trying to go spoiler-free!

I feel like it’s really rare these days to find a series that’s not titled after the first book.  Right?

So, Shiver!  I’m back into the swing of things!  I started Shiver a little bit before finishing Of Neptune, but I was only fifty pages in.  So I read it pretty fast, considering my recent slumpiness.  I feel free!

Now, I’d started Shiver once before about a year ago, but, according to Goodreads, put it down in September 2013.

This book was quite… well, bland.  The summary didn’t grasp my interest.  In fact, it had me rolling my eyes.  “He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.”  Can someone say cliché?

Shiver was written in dual-POV (thank the gods that they were both in first person—I would have gone insane!), both Grace’s and Sam’s.  Their voices weren’t at all distinctive, and they didn’t really have personalities.  I felt like Grace’s “witty” remarks came out sounding slightly forced.

Now, I’ve read Maggie Stiefvater before.  I read The Scorpio Races, which I really enjoyed!  And this didn’t live up to it much.  I felt that Stiefvater was trying too hard to sound poetic.  I mean, poetry played a relatively significant part in the story, but it was kind of getting on my nerves.

Instalove.  Meh.

If I had to choose, Isabel and Beck were my favorite characters.  And maybe Jack.

Minor Spoilers: Let’s talk about Grace for a sec.  In my opinion, I feel like she might have been worse than Bella Swan :O (Side note: I’m actually rereading Twilight—don’t ask.)  Anyway, Grace went as far as saying this about her relationship with Sam (which seemed to take up all of her time with friends and stuff): “This, Sam and me, this was my real life.  The life where I went to school and waited up for my parents and listened to Rachel vent about her siblings— that felt like a pale dream in comparison.  Those were just things I had done while waiting for Sam.”  So, you’re telling me that all of the things that have happened in your life, it was just stuff you were doing while waiting for some wolfy boy?  So, yeah, that got on my nerves. End of spoilers.

This was one of those stalker stories, where the guy, like, watches the girl, and the girl finds it soooo romantic (do I sense another Twilight parallel?).  He was also infatuated with her scent… OMG.  He even said at one point that he had an obsession with Grace.  How utterly dreamy.

For me, the last hundred pages contained the best part of the story, which is why I’m giving this book a 3.5/5 stars.  Not sure whether I’m willing to start the next installment.  We shall see…

How did you feel about Shiver?  Let me know!