Friday, December 9, 2016

Reading Right Now! (93)

This week I have a plan! A plan to hopefully get my library addiction back to being almost under control. This weekend, I'm going to try to read a bunch of the comics and mangas that I have checked out from the library. We'll see how this goes.
What I plan on Reading Right Now! is...

 
 

--Death Note, Volume 7: Zero by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
--iZombie, Volume 2: uVampire by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
--Arata The Legend, Volume 3 by Yuu Watase
--Nailbiter, Volume 2: Bloody Hands by Williamson, Henderson, Guzowski, and Hill

So that is my Reading Right Now! plans. What are you reading?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review: Mr. Monster (John Cleaver #2) by Dan Wells


Title: Mr. Monster (John Cleaver #2)
Author: Dan Wells
Published by: TOR (A Tom Doherty Associates Book)
Released: 2010
Source: Library

Summary: John Wayne Cleaver stopped a serial killer, but in the process, he let his own Monster out of the cage. John and Mr. Monster are fighting for dominance, and the public at large will only be safe if John wins. 
Just when John thought his town was safe, another killer makes himself known, leaving women's tortured bodies throughout the town. 
John must once again save his town from a killer, and figure out how a diagnosed sociopath can lead a normal, teenage life.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was super excited to pick up Mr. Monster, and it did not disappoint! This story was deliciously creepy. I was excited to be with John Wayne Cleaver again, and really did feel for him as he fought with his darker side. I'm really rooting for John to do the right thing, or the most right thing he can manage, and continue to be the hero I know he can be.
Dan Wells offers such a creepy and compelling character through John. The reader just feels like they are in the messed up head of John, and while we are totally appalled by his fantasies and thoughts, we are cheering him on in the quest to overcome them.
This was just another great book to the series and I'm excited to read more of John Cleaver's story. Also, the villain of this book was terrifying! I don't know how Dan Wells does it. Great book for readers who enjoy the darker, more dangerous side of reading life.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Creepy and Fantastic! Can't wait for the next book.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books I Want To Finally Read in 2017

There are so many books that sit, and sit, and sit on my shelves without being read. I keep saying that I'm going to get to them, then new shiny books distract me, so I read them instead. I hope that 2017 will be the year that I finally cross some old books off my list. This week's Top 5 Wednesday topic is perfect for that. So here's the Top 5 Books I Want To Finally Read in 2017.

  

5. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I need to finally get around to reading this, and 2017 is a good goal to shoot for. I never got on The Hunger Games train when the books came out, but I did get on the train for the movies. I thought the movies were awesome and I finally need to get around to reading the books.

  

4. The Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis: I've just been getting the urge to finally read this series. I love space book and remembered hearing good things about this series, except for the uproar of that cover change. So I would like to read and finish this series in 2017.

  

3. The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: Another series that I would like to finally finish in 2017. I hope to re-read These Broken Stars and then maybe marathon the rest of the series. I remember loving the first book and these covers are just beautiful.

  

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin: Yet another series that I would love to finally finish in 2017. I remember all the buzz that surrounded this series, and I guess I just want to be a part of it. I read the first book a couple of years ago, so I hope to re-read the first one and then marathon the rest of the series. We'll see how it goes.


1. The City of Bones/The Mortal Instruments Series/The Infernal Devices Series/All the Cassandra Clare books I can: I've had this whole series and other books by Cassandra Clare sitting on my shelves for far too long. I need to finally get around to reading them. It's getting pretty sad that I continue to buy each new installment without having immersed myself in any of the books. I really hope this happens in 2017. I hope, I hope.

AND SUPER #1: My ultimate goals for 2017 are to read more books on my shelves, to get my library addiction semi under control (that one might be pretty difficult), catch up with review books and e-galleys, and finally finish series that I have started years ago.

So those are some of my goals for 2017. I got a little off the Top 5 Wednesday topic, but it was a jumping off point for what I really hope for in 2017. So that was my Top 5 Books I Want To Finally Read in 2017. What are yours? Let me know. And if you want to join in the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should! Each Wednesday is a new, fun topic to contemplate and consider. Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers Here!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: Fear (Gone #5) by Michael Grant


Title: Fear (Gone #5)
Author: Michael Grant
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Released: 2012
Source: Library

Summary: There's been four months of relative peace in the Dome. Sam has set up a lakeside community. Cain and Albert have been managing the kids in Perdido Beach. The Darkness has been taking a little bit of a break. But peace and safety never last very long in the FAYZ. The Dome is changing. An ugly stain is spreading across its surface. A Blackness so complete, that it threatens to block out the light. The kids of the FAYZ have survived Hunger, Plague, and Lies, but how will they survive absolute darkness and the gaiaphage's next move? Get ready for another thrilling and chilling book in the Gone Series!
My Thoughts: I know I say this with every book in the Gone Series, but it's the truth, so here I go with it again, I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES! It's such riveting, tense, thrilling, dramatic, gasp-inducing reading. I just can't get enough of this series. Fear is another great addition to the series, where more things start to go wrong for the kids in the FAYZ. 
One awesome thing about this series is that it doesn't have a dull or bad book in the bunch. It is all around great reading!
I'm so excited, yet anxious, to read the last book Light. I can't wait to find out how this whole thing ends, but at the same time, I don't want it to end.
I loved Fear. I can't believe that ending. I also really enjoyed getting viewpoints from outside the Dome. Poor Mary and Francis. I can't wait to see what happens next and recommend everyone to START THIS SERIES PRONTO!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 5/5
Fear is Fantastic!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom (#1) by Christopher Healy


Title: The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom (Heroes Guide #1)
Author: Christopher Healy
Illustrations by: Todd Harris
Published by: Walden Pond Press
Released: 2012
Source: Library

Summary: Saving a princess and having it immortalized in song by bards should ensure that the public remembers your name, but for Princes Gustav, Duncan, Frederic, and Liam, the girls got all the glory, while they became stuck with the name Prince Charming. Although they all go by Charming, the princes are completely different people. Prince Frederic is scared by almost anything. Gustav goes out of his way to prove his strength and toughness. Liam works hard to be a hero each and every day. Duncan is just oddly lucky. When the kingdoms are threatened, these four Prince Charmings come together to save their kingdoms, and hopefully gain fame with their real names. Full of witches, dragons, giants, trolls, dwarves, sword fights, beets, and the occasional flute, this is one rollicking, medieval good time.
My Thoughts: I really loved reading this book! It is such a great middle grade adventure story, with tons of humor, action, and great characters. This story had so much humor in it, with so many funny and slightly ridiculous scenes and lines. I had such a good time reading this book, and seeing the four characters come together as princes, and eventually friends.
My favorite part was watching Gustav and Frederic become friends. So sweet. Duncan was always a good time, so odd and yet so enjoyable.
I also loved the illustrations by Todd Harris. Each illustration was so well done and matched with the story. While Healy's story was good, the added illustrations made it great!
I LOVED reading this adventure of four unlikely hero princes and their ultimate journey towards friendship. This story was full of humor and fun and adventure and awesome! A great story for readers of any age who fancy a good laugh. I'm excited to see what other adventures lie in story for these princes in the sequel.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.5/5
Go Read Now!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 2016 Wrap-Up

I decided to do a November Wrap-Up this month, for no real reason other than I wanted to do it, and it would count as more content on the blog. An added plus is, I guess it could be cool to look back and see all the things I read in the month.
In November, I had an average reading month. A couple novels and an equal amount of comic books. I have bypassed my GoodReads 2016 Challenge Reading Goal, Yayy Me!, so any other books I read for the year are just added bonuses.
Here's what I read in November 2016:

      

--The Hunt (The Cage #2) by Megan Shepherd-- Megan Shepherd is one of my favorite authors to read. I love her Madman's Daughter Trilogy. This series is about aliens, and it's been a little weird, but I still enjoy it. A lot of interesting developments happened in this volume. Some stuff that I didn't expect and shocked me. Can't wait to see where it goes in the 3rd book, which I believe will be the last in the series.

--The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories Edited by Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matheson, and Charles G. Waugh-- This was probably my favorite of the month. It was a bunch of Original Twilight Stories that became episodes. Each story had the date that it aired and the actors that starred in the episode. It was just really cool. I've been watching The Twilight Zone on Netflix and have been enjoying it. I've been impressed with what they managed to do with the screen technology that they had. I really liked the book because it read like a book written to be enjoyed. The main goal was in telling the stories, not trying to blow people away by super intellectual literary writing (which I don't tend to enjoy that much. Probably a big reason I don't like reading classics) I thought this was fun and will probably check out more Twilight Zone stories in the future.

--Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey-- This one grew on me the more I read it. At first, I wasn't sure if the main character was spunky and cute, or just extremely annoying. I'm still not exactly sure how I feel about her, but she did grow on me the further I read in the book. Buzz Kill is just a cute, almost cozy, mystery about the high school coach being murdered and trying to find the killer. It was good.

--Chew, Volume 5: Major League (Chew #21-25) by John Layman and Rob Guillory-- I always love a Chew Comic, and this one was no exception. These are just fun. They also remind me a lot of Lost. Of Miles and Sawyer teaming up as detective partners dealing with weird stuff.

--Y: The Last Man, Volume 7: Paper Dolls (Issues #37-42) by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuka, and Jose Marzan, Jr.-- Another comic series that I enjoy. I'm also getting near the end of it, which is exciting and a little scary. It's about the last man on Earth after all the other men die from a mysterious sudden thing. Yorick (the last man) teams up with a doctor and an agent to find the cure and save the world.

--Gotham Academy, Volume 2: Calamity (Gotham Academy #7-12) by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kersch-- This was probably the most disappointing read for me the whole month just because I liked the first Volume so much and this one left me wanting. It started off weird, which threw me off, but by the end it got more on track with the story, so I enjoyed it more.

--Locke & Key, Volume 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez-- This is an interesting comic series. It's definitely fun to read. I've only got one more Volume to read and I can see how everything ends. This Volume was full of backstory, which was interesting to read.

Favorite Read of the Month

Shouldn't be that surprising. I liked it because it was fun.

Started But Didn't Finish

Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A.G. Howard

About halfway through. This series and I are not friends, will never be friends. I want to read the whole thing just so I can see how it all ends. I'm probably going to pick up the novella book too. I have a problem with quitting things. If I started it, I have to read them all, just to see if it gets better. Current thoughts: I don't like Morpheus at all and Alyssa's getting on my nerves too.

So that's how my November 2016 of reading went. How did yours go?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: Her Sky Cowboy (The Glorious Victorious Darcys #1) by Beth Ciotta


Title: Her Sky Cowboy (The Glorious Victorious Darcys #1)
Author: Beth Ciotta
Published by: Signet Eclipse
Released: November 6, 2012
Source: Library

Summary: When Amelia Darcy's beloved father dies in an explosion, she is heart broken. Her life continues to unravel as it is revealed that her father died penniless and left nothing for his family. When Amelia sees an advertisement in the paper, offering a huge monetary prize for an artifact of historical scientific significance, Amelia jumps at the chance of adventure and money to ease her family's woes.
Amelia sets off to find the artifact her father had once told her about. Along the way, she crashes into Tucker Gentry, the famous Sky Cowboy. They feel instant attraction for each other and team up to find the prize, while dodging enemies who want it too.
My Thoughts: I was hoping for a fun steampunk read, and while I did get that, I also got a massive amount of sexytime, which I wasn't really craving. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, because the title did kind of hint that it could be one of those books. I really ended up enjoying the adventure and the story.
My favorite part had to be the world building. The aspects of time travel, Vics, Mods, and the Freaks were really cool concepts to consider and was probably one of the best parts of the book. The downside was that there was just too much thought, attention, and detail put into sex.
Tucker Gentry always had SEX on the brain, and it got a tad annoying at times.
So, definitely an adult read with lots of sexy time, but for anyone who loves good, steampunk world building, you should definitely give this one a shot.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
Really cool world full of skyships, time travel, Vics, Mods, and Freaks!