Thursday, May 29, 2014

Reading Right Now! (#9)

Title: Earthfall
Author: Mark Walden
I'm on page 132 of 272 pages, which makes me 49% done with this book.

I saw this book sitting on the new books shelf at my library. I was immediately drawn to the cover just because it looks so dang cool. Then I read the synopsis and found out it was about aliens. I knew I had to pick it up. I'm about halfway through this book and I'm really enjoying it. The first chapter was just like POW! This boy is running from these aliens. He's been alone on earth for 18 months and he thinks that he's the only survivor left. It has that post apocalyptic feel that I love in books. So Sam, our main character is pretty decent. I was impressed upon learning he's managed to survive on Earth for 18 months with all these aliens around trying to kill him. So far this has been a very entertaining read. It is a rather short book though, and I worry that it's going to try to rush through things or that the ending will leave me hanging and unsatisfied. As of now though, really enjoying this one. I'm surprised that I haven't really heard any buzz or anything before spotting it at my library. If you like alien stories, then give this book a shot!
So that's it for what I'm Reading Right Now! Tell me what you're reading in the comments below if you want to.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 First Sentences!

This topic was a little harder for me because I'm not one of those people that highlights or has favorite lines in a book. I'm generally more caught up in the whole story and I don't tab or favorite lines. Surprisingly, I did find 5 books with first lines that I liked. This could have been because I picked up favorite books and said, 'yeah, I like that line,' or I generally did like the first line of the book. I feel like I'm easily hooked into the first couple lines of a story, even when the overall story is not that great. All the books I have picked for this Top 5 Wednesday post are great though, and favorites of mine. So here we goooo....

My Top 5 First Sentences!

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."


"Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived"

This one might be a little confusing because I picked two lines, and one isn't even the first line. I like the first line of HP and the Sorcerer's Stone just fine, but I really feel like the title of the first chapter really encompasses the magic that the reader is getting into. These lines are my favorite because they are from one of my favorite series, and they were the lines that started that first magical journey. I know, I know I'm including Harry Potter again, but I can't help it. I love it just sooo much :D


Title: Rebecca
Author: Daphne Du Maurier

"Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again."

So this book has already been in another of my Top 5 Wednesday posts too, and considering this is only my second one, you're probably kind of wondering if I've even read any other books. But this repeat is deserved. The first sentence of Rebecca automatically conveys this mystery and spookiness about this place called Manderley. I feel that it is a great first sentence and really draws one in to the awesomeness of this story. Obviously I like Rebecca and I'm going to pimp it out yet again as a book you should all read.

Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab

"Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half-sunken grave."

Yes, Yes another repeat. I do have problems. But I loved this book so much and remember being drawn in right from the first page. This first sentence helped to capture my attention and intrigue me because I needed to know who this Victor was and why he was in an graveyard with a shovel. Right from the very start I could see that some stuff was going to go down in this book and I was so excited to be along for the ride. I was interested in Victor from the very first and he has stayed with me as one of those people who can do truly awful things, but who I really like anyway.

Title: Anna Dressed In Blood
Author: Kendare Blake

"The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway -- no pun intended."

This line is on my list because as soon as I read it, I knew I was in for a good time. I loved Cas' voice right from the start, the dry, sarcastic tone of it. As the chapter went on, I knew I was hooked. I won't say that I loved absolutely everything about this book, but I did really enjoy a great majority of it. It was a great read and a great time.

Title: Artemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer

"How does one describe Artemis Fowl?"

Ahhh, Artemis Fowl. My favorite diabolical genius child. This first line is perfect because even after reading the majority of the series, it still rings true. This is another series that I love (I really need to get around to reading the last one). It is such a good time in book format and the reader kind of grows with Artemis. There is also the fun magic and centaurs aspect to it along with all the crime. I had to include this in my favorite lines.

So that's it for this week's Top 5 Wednesday! Tell me what you're favorite lines from books are. Are you like me where you pick your favorite books and then use those lines, or are you a real first line enthusiast and look for first lines that really mean something? I'd love to know either way. So, as always, here's the link to the complete list of Top 5 Wednesdayer's and here's to hoping you join in the fun as well!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Reading Right Now! (#8)

Title: Flesh Eaters
Author: Joe McKinney
I'm on page 186 of 364 which makes me 51% done.
So what I'm Reading Right Now! is Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney. This is actually the third book in a series, which I didn't know before I picked it up, but I think it can be read as a standalone and no confusion will occur. This book is about Eleanor Norton and her family, Captain Mark Shaw and his sons, the city of Houston, Texas, and ZOMBIES!!! So the book starts off with disaster on a pretty massive scale for Houston. Houston gets hit by three hurricanes in a row in about a weeks worth of time. The city is flooded and people are badly in need of help. It is with these circumstances that the initial zombies are introduced. Something about the flooding and all the nasty things in the water combined with no food, electricity, and sewage unleashes this virus that strikes the citizens and turns them into the walking dead.
Those that know me, know I love a good zombie tale. This one is proving to be just an okay read for me. My main problem is that I haven't formed any attachments to the characters and I'm not emotionally invested in their stories. If they live or if they die, I really couldn't care less. I realize that makes me sound a little cold and heartless, but the characters aren't really that likable. The flooded Houston is a cool setting though, I'll give it that.
So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! Hope you guys are all reading something great!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books I Devoured!

So this is my first Top 5 Wednesday post and I am excited to join in on this fun Wednesday thing. This was started by Lainey and Mindy for book bloggers and booktubers. Each Wednesday a theme is presented and everyone participating picks out 5 things to fit that theme. I've been watching people do these on youtube for awhile and thought I would finally join in on the fun. I decided to do it for my blog so I could add something new to the mix. So now onto this Top 5 Wednesday!!


There are actually so many books that could be mentioned in this post, but I decided to go with the first 5 that popped into my head. When I really like/love a book, it is hard to pull myself away and I end up devouring it in only a couple of sittings. There are some books that I just couldn't  stop reading because I got so caught up in the story or the world. These are the first 5 books that popped into my head when considering the subject of devouring books.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I know this one is kind of a duh answer and might be on everyone's list, but it doesn't make it any less true. I love the Harry Potter series. I was already a reader before Harry Potter, but HP just further cemented my love of books and reading. I remember racing through this book and loving every minute of it. I also devoured all the rest of the books in the series. Harry Potter was definitely a book that I devoured.

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
This book might get a lot of hate now, but I am still one of it's fans. I remember seeing this book at Barnes and Noble and being drawn in by the cover and then captivated by the story. I read the first few chapters in Barnes and Noble and knew that I had to buy it, take it home with me, and read the rest. This book just grabbed my attention. I got one of my first fictional boy crushes while reading it. Ahhh Edward (but just book Edward, not movie Edward. Robert Pattinson Edward just didn't do it for me.) I can honestly say that I devoured this book. I didn't feel ashamed for liking it then, and I don't feel ashamed for continuing to like it now. The movies could have been better though.

3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
This book was so awesome and completely devourable! From the first page, I was hooked and just couldn't stop reading it. Victor and Eli were such compelling characters and I had to race right to the end just to find out the ultimate story. Racing to the finish line was kind of bittersweet though, because this book was so good and it was just a standalone. Honestly I really want a sequel for it because I would love to read more about Victor and his gang. And I want more ExtraOrdinary people. This book is so awesome! If you haven't read it yet, please do. I promise you won't be disappointed.

4. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
I actually had to read this for a college class and wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. Usually with books that I'm forced to read, I don't want to read them. Something about being forced to read a book just puts me off from finishing and or enjoying that book. This wasn't the case at all when I read Rebecca. I loved every minute of the story and the creepy undertones throughout it. This book was so intense and mysterious and I remember devouring it just so I could find out the ending. The funny thing is, you never even know the main character's name. But Rebecca is a great book full of mystery and suspense. Everyone should check it out.

5. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater 
I loved this book so much and completely devoured it whole! This is a great book for zombie lovers and helped kickstart my current zombie fiction addiction. This is perfect for those of you who enjoy a good apocalypse now book with zombies as the current disaster. This book was so fast paced and full of action. I really loved every minute of it. If you like zombies, then I guarantee you will devour this book too.

So that's it for the Top 5 Books I Devoured and my first ever Top 5 Wednesday post. I will try my best to do more of these because I think they are a lot of fun and something new and exciting to add to my blog. Here is a list of all the current Top 5 Wednesday-ers

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Reading Right Now! (#7)

Why Oh Why am I so awful at keeping my blog updated!?!?! Sorry again for the absence. I feel like I say that all the time (maybe because I do *shame*). My only excuse for this absence is school and then laziness that followed school. I had a couple projects come due all in back to back weeks, so I was busy stressing, procrastinating, and then finally doing those, which is what pushed my blog to the backburner. This blog is like my book diary and I need to do a much better job of keeping it up to date and posted. But that's not why you came to this post, so anyway...
Title: Dead of Night (#1)
Author: Jonathan Maberry
I'm on page 280 of 358 pages, which makes me 78% done with this book.
So what I'm Reading Right Now! is Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry. This is a zombie book and it is no surprise that I love my zombie books. I've read enough of Jonathan Maberry's books to know that I like him as an author. He seems to specialize in zombie fiction and I like reading his stuff. My favorite series from Jonathan Maberry would have to be his Rot & Ruin series. I LOVE that one, so if you haven't read it, then do.
I'm enjoying Dead of Night. The back story of the zombies is terrifying. The town of Stebbins was just ready for another normal day, sure there was a hurricane coming, but they could deal with that. Then the zombies come and ruin the day. What makes these zombies so terrifying is that the actual people are still inside the zombies, they are just not able to do anything to stop themselves. I think that would be the worst kind of horror, to be aware of your surroundings, but unable to control your own body. These people are prisoners in their own dead bodies and not able to stop themselves.
For anyone that likes a good zombie novel, then go check this one out. Readers get to experience the outbreak from the very first bite to the last. Also, the government is called into Stebbins, and lets just say that the government doesn't plan to rescue any survivors. The government has guaranteed there will be no survivors. See! Terrifying!!!
My only negative so far would be that I sometimes think the characters do stupid things. Like Dez, there have been a couple of times where I have wanted to slap her or just tell her to shut-up. Now I know that this would be a terrifying situation, but all I ask is that the characters use their heads a little bit. That would make the possibility of surviving a little greater.
So that's it for what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?