Friday, September 23, 2016

Reading Right Now! (84)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


--The Great Hunt (Eurona #1) by Wendy Higgins-- I'm over halfway through, and enjoying it well enough. It's pretty much about a princess, a beast terrorizing a kingdom, and hunters in a competition to kill it. Whoever kills the beast gets to marry the Princess. This has mixed ratings on Goodreads, and I can understand why. A lot of people aren't crazy about how heavily the romance plays into the book, I can understand that.
I'm not hating this though. I like Wendy Higgins writing. I would maybe like a more believable build up of the relationship, but that's not enough of a reason for me to hate it.

What I Would Like To Get To Next


--The House by Christina Lauren-- I think it's a ghost story, that's enough of a reason for me to want to read it.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Arata: The Legend, Vol. 01 by Yuu Watase

Title: Arata: The Legend, Vol. 01
Author: Yuu Watase
Published by: VIZ Media, LLC
Released: 2009
Source: Library

Summary: Two Aratas in two different time periods switch places. One Arata lives in an ancient world with guardians and magic. He is the last of the Hime Clan, who's girls are destined for the throne. Since there are no girls left in the family, his Grandmother dresses him up as a girl and sends him to the Princess, to stall for time while she looks for another Hime Clan girl. The Princess is gravely injured while he is there, and everyone thinks he did it! Arata must flee for his life.
The second Arata lives in the modern world and has just started at a new school. He hopes this school will be better than his old one.
Through a weird incident, the two Aratas' switch places, and jump into each other's problems.
My Thoughts: I love Yuu Watase! Her stories are always a lot of fun and I love her artwork.
This first Volume had a lot going on. It could be a little confusing at times. I'm excited to see where everything goes.
I do wish we could have spent more time with the Arata that got sent to the modern world. I imagine he experienced quite the culture shock.
If you're a fan of manga, I definitely recommend giving this series a shot. Yuu Watase can create some fun, magical stories.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Fun!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland


Title: Vengeance Bound
Author: Justina Ireland
Published by: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Released: 2013
Source: Library

Summary: One dark night, when Amelie feared for her life, she invited in the Furies. She took her revenge on those who had wronged her, but the Furies deal with her wasn't done. She's been possessed by the Furies, compelled to carry out their work of punishing the wicked, which turns out to mainly be men. Forced to change her name and leave everything she knew behind, Amelie, now Cory, decides that she needs to keep hold of her humanity by going to high school. She's starting to slip with the Furies, their needs have become her needs, and she's afraid that she eventually won't be human at all. The urge to hunt consumes her, but she just wants to be a normal girl.
My Thoughts: What I liked about this was the cover, (just look and appreciate it for a bit) and the concept, everything else was just meh.
The whole idea of being possessed by The Furies was kind of cool to contemplate. The Furies were vicious, they wanted to punish ALLLL the men. This book had the vibes of I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells and maybe also Dexter, but there was something just off about it at the same time.
I never really got the main character Amelie/Cory. It seemed like she wanted to fight and free herself from this possession, but she was weak at sticking to that. It seemed like she didn't really want to exert the effort to try. She liked playing the poor little old me card a lot, which didn't really make me like her character. It was also hard to pinpoint exactly who she was. It seemed like she was always putting on an act. Even though I knew I was supposed to, I couldn't really sympathize with her character, I definitely never liked her character. She was just too all-over-the-place for me.
I liked Niko. He was a cool guy. Attractive and what-not.
I did enjoy the ending of the book. That had a little bit of a satisfying zing to it.
This book was just an eeh for me. I didn't really love it, didn't find myself speeding through it to witness the ending. The concept I liked, I just wish it could have been a story I enjoyed more.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
Cool Concept, Meh Story.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Reading Right Now! (83)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter -- And I'm loving it! It's going to get 5 stars, pretty much knew that from the first page. For those that don't know, Beastly Bones is the sequel to Jackaby, a book that I read and loved maybe last year. The premise is that our main character Abigail Rook becomes the assistant to a wacky detective of the supernatural, Jackaby. Working for Jackaby, Abigail gets to experience all kinds of things while keeping Jackaby in check.
This sequel opens up with a strange case regarding murder, uncovered fossils, and mystery!
I love this series so much. It is awesome. I recommend it to everyone and anyone. I fully expect to finish this this weekend. I'm on page 228 and it's not that long of a book.

What I'm Thinking of Reading Next!

 

--Death Note: Volume 6: Give and Take by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata-- I need to continue on with reading my Death Note, they are always great fun!
--The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins-- This is the first book in a duology and it just looked interesting to me. It's classified as fantasy. Something about a beast that has to be hunted, a king that promises his daughter's hand in marriage to who ever catches it, and a handsome hunter who enters the picture. Sounds good, right?

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you Reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Walk On Earth A Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson

Title: Walk On Earth A Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: Leah Westfall has a secret talent, a talent that must remain hidden for her family's safety. She can hear the call of gold. When gold is near, it will prick at her senses, and lead her to it like a beacon. Keeping it hidden seems like the best way to lead a normal-ish life. Her normal-ish life is turned upside down when tragedy strikes her family. She makes a decision that she can't stay in Georgia, and with the California Gold Rush reaching a fevered pitch, Leah decides to make her way there. She joins up with a wagon train heading to California. The journey is exciting, dangerous, and really just beginning.
My Thoughts: This book was great! I enjoyed reading it so much. It gave me a lot of nostalgia vibes, made me remember my childhood reading Little House on the Prairie books. I find wagon trains and the pioneers that traveled in them across the country just fascinating. I've always enjoyed history, I think it make me appreciate living in the time that I do. Life was so hard back then, death seemed to be more present. This book would be perfect for a history fan, someone that enjoys a romp through a fictional past.
When I first picked this book up, I thought I was going to get a Western. I don't really know why I thought that, but I did. So I was kind of surprised that this was a pioneer read, I just wasn't expecting that. It doesn't have that rough and tumble vibe of a Western, but it does deliver on a very exciting, journey story.
Leah's ability also doesn't play as big an impact as I thought it would. Her ability is definitely important, but it's not the sole focus of the story. I'm interested to see where things go with that angle.
As soon as I read the first paragraph, I was swept into the story. I loved it, didn't want to put it down. I'd never read anything by Rae Carson before, but I'm definitely going to be reading more now. I just loved her writing. The best kind of story, to me, is the one that's fun to read. Getting swept up in a book is the best feeling, and this one did that for me.
If I was going to offer up any criticism, it's that this book didn't really have an ending. I get it, that this book is only the first in a journey, and it definitely felt that way. I really can't wait to see what happens next.
This book was so good. I really enjoyed every moment of it. I can't wait to see where it goes next, what happens next, and how much gold Leah will find in California. I recommend this one for sure, a lot of fun and worth the read.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.2/5
Loved it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books You Want To See As TV Shows

So I'm finally doing another Top 5 Wednesday! This week's topic is the Top 5 Books You Want To See As TV Shows. I picked some books, and here they are...

 
  

5. The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy-- I think this one would make a really fun cartoon. I'm thinking Nickelodeon, in a true cartoon style. Like Spongebob Squarepants, CatDog, or The Fairly Oddparents. This series just has so much humor and I think that would play well into a cartoon. And I love cartoons, so I would definitely watch it!
4. Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones-- This one would be fun because the whole book series is about people with powers having to hide their abilities, and committing heists/crimes to make money. It just has a lot of cool elements that I think would make a great TV show. This series needs more BOOKS and LOVE!!
3. Gone by Michael Grant-- This would make such a crazy, intense, action-packed show. It would be Lord of the Flies on steroids! I feel like Under the Dome kind of barreled in and unfairly took it's spot. I love this series, so much.
2. Jackaby by William Ritter-- How fun would this be!?! Mucho fun is the answer. This has a great mix of the supernatural, humor, and a really kooky detective. I love the books, so of course I'd love this as a television show.
1. Altered by Jennifer Rush-- I feel like this would be a great action show for TV, plus it would have a plethora of cute guys. This is another series that I love, that I wish I had more books from. It would be an awesome CW show, if they did it right.

So that's my Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books You Want To See As TV Shows. What would your picks be? If you want to join in on 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, September 12, 2016

Review: The Cage (The Cage #1) by Megan Shepherd

Title: The Cage (The Cage #1)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: Cora wakes up in the middle of the desert, turns and sees the mountains, turns again and sees the ocean. Where is she? One minute, she was riding in the car with her brother, the next she's here in this desert. Her first discovery is a dead body on the beach, the next is a boy named Lucky. Turns out, there are four other teens in this strange place, a place that's definitely not Earth. Cora and the other teens have become an experiment, captured by aliens, and placed in a type of human zoo. Cora is determined to escape and get back home. She's hoping to convince her alien captor to help her.
My Thoughts: I love Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter trilogy, and I vowed to read whatever else she decides to write. So, The Cage was next on my list to read. Megan Shepherd didn't disappoint me with The Cage, but The Madman's Daughter Trilogy still remains as my favorite.
The Cage was weird, that's the best way I can describe my feelings for it. The general plot reminded me of a dream I had once, a strange, strange dream. 
Cora was placed in a no-win situation. The human zoo wasn't a fun place to be, especially with all the inhabitants kind of losing their minds, but escape didn't seem plausible to me. She's been captured by aliens, so it might be kind of hard, impossible really, to get back to Earth. But I applaud Cora's determination to try, no matter that I'm pretty sure she's stuck in alien land forever.
The other thing that made this book weird was Cora's attraction to her alien caretaker. I didn't get that. I didn't find anything attractive about the Caretaker, and it was weird seeing Cora be so attracted to him. I was more Team Lucky, because he was human, and not a metal skinned, black-eyed thing.
So, I enjoyed this, kind of. It was such a weird read for me. I liked it because it was Megan Shepherd, it was a fast-read, and I was curious to see what would happen next, but it was so, so weird. I'm definitely interested in checking out the sequel, because that ending wasn't really an ending. If you're looking for something different, then I would recommend it, but be ready for the strange.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Strange