Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reading Right Now! ( #13)

Title: Her Dark Curiosity
Author: Megan Shepherd
I am on page 63 of 420 pages, which makes me 15% through the book.
Here's what I'm Reading Right Now for this week: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. Yayy! I loved loved loved the first book in the series (The Madman's Daughter,) so I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel. For those of you who haven't read the first book, I'm not going to spoil it for you. In this book Juliet is back in London trying to forget everything that happened on the island. Then London is plagued by a killer who's calling card is a flower dipped in blood and deep slashes in all the victims chests. Juliet thinks she has an idea who the killer is and now just has to catch them before it is too late.
I'm really enjoying this sequel so far. I loved the first one and recommend it to everyone who hasn't read it yet. So if you haven't read it yet, go pick it up NOW! This series is so creepy and atmospheric. It is a perfect Halloween read cause it has all the chills and thrills. 
So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! and probably what I'll be reading for a little while longer. Tell me what you are Reading Right Now! in the comments below, cause I always do like to know.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Non YA Books

So here's a fun category for this weeks Top 5, my Top 5 Non YA Books. This topic wasn't too hard for me, because I like to read all kinds of books, not just YA. This Top 5 will be adult books that I have loved and enjoyed from all time and as recently as 2014. So here's my Top 5 in no real particular order.

Title Confessions of a Shopaholic
Author: Sophie Kinsella
I love anything Sophie Kinsella. If you want a great chick lit, laugh-out-loud, romantic book, then Kinsella is the one to turn to. I've read most of her Confessions of a Shopaholic series and some of her other novels and have loved them all. Her writing and the situations she comes up with for her characters actually makes me laugh out loud. That might not sound like much to you, but it is rare for me to really laugh out loud while reading a book. I'll find situations funny inside my head, but LOL's are a rare thing for me. So yeah, I love Sophie Kinsella. Any book by her is going to be great.

Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
This has been in so many posts, but I can't help it cause I love it. Anti-Heroes!!! Super Powers!! Victor!!! I'm not gonna say a lot because I've already gushed about this one enough. If you haven't read it yet, Go... NOW!! You won't be disappointed.

Title: Night Film
Author: Marisha Pessl
I believe I've talked about this one before too, but I'll talk about it again. This book was one of the most addicting books I've read in a long time. It didn't really feel like a book, but more like a weird movie that I just couldn't turn away from. I loved the incorporation of pictures and files and extra bits of fun that was sprinkled all throughout the text. The ending might not have been exactly what I wanted, but I enjoyed every moment while reading this one.

Title: The First Days
By: Rhiannon Frater
One word, Zombies. Do I need to say more? So, it is no surprise that I have a love for any and all things zombie. Hello Walking Dead? So I devour anything zombie I can get my hands on (haha I made a sort of pun or something there. If you didn't get it then it is understandable because it was probably a bad pun. Probably wasn't even a pun. I should probably look up the word pun and see what it means.) I fell in love with this book. From the first page I was hooked. It's all about being right there as the zombie apocalypse starts to happen and the struggle for survival. It's not so much the zombies that I end up loving, but the story of how people struggle to survive in such harsh conditions. I also like how this is not one of those zombie books that tries to change my view of zombies from monster to human being that shouldn't be killed. In my mind, once a person succumbs to the zombie bite and dies their first death, their reanimation as zombie doesn't make them human anymore. They are forever altered, forever changes, and beyond coming back. The cure is not gonna happen for them. They only way to deal with them is to put them out permanently and try to rebuild the world. I'm always happy to read zombie tales that try and go a different way though. Anyway, all you need to know is this is an awesome zombie book and start to a great series.

Title: The Six Gun Tarot
Author: R.S. Belcher
This one is kind of my wild card pick I guess. I read it this year (2014) and the story was so strange and fun. I picked this book up mainly cause the cover caught my eye. One thing that I think the library is especially good for is picking up and trying books that you would never take the chance of buying. Sometimes you discover something really cool and this book was something fun and unexpected. So judging books by their covers isn't a bad thing at all. Oh and details Western, a sheriff that doesn't die, a deputy that's more animal than man, and a strange jade eye.

So those are my Top 5 Non YA Books. Some of these choices were my favorites and others I just really enjoyed. These are some books that have really stuck in my mind because of their awesomeness. Sometimes venturing out of the YA bubble can be fun. I encourage reading whatever you want and maybe experimenting and having a mix of books in your life. 
If you want to do your own Top 5 Wednesday, then you definitely should. Here's the link to the goodreads group

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Title: These Broken Stars (#1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released: 2013
Summary: Lilac and Tarver come from two different worlds. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe, while Tarver comes from a modest family and has become a highly decorated military officer. They are traveling on the Icarus, the biggest luxury spaceship in the galaxy. When Tarver and Lilac meet, the attraction is instant, but there is no hope for any romance to bloom. Then the unthinkable happens, the Icarus crashes. Lilac and Tarver are the only survivors on an uninhabited planet. They must work together to survive, but there might be more to this planet than meets the eye. A breathtaking space saga that is a great start to a new series.
My Thoughts: 5 stars! Loved it, loved it so much. I've really been into space books lately, and this one was just fantastic. 
I loved Tarver right from the start. He was such a dependable, honorable guy and I wanted the best for him.
Lilac was an interesting character in that I grew to like her. In the beginning, she seemed to be a mean little rich girl, but as the story progressed, she grew and changed and became a person that was worthy of Tarver's affection.
I really loved the background and setting of the story. The Titanic-like Icarus, the vaguely Victorian time period, and just the mystery and suspense of this strange, uninhabited planet.
I also really enjoyed the survival aspect to the story and the love that develops between the characters. The mystery of the story kept me intrigued and reading until the end.
I did feel like I read this book kind of slowly, but I think that was more me than something being lacking in the book.
So, I loved this book. Loved the space, survival, mystery, love thing that was going on throughout it. I really came to like both of the characters and rooted for them. There was also some twists that really surprised me. I can't wait to read more in this series. Kaufman and Spooner made a great team and created a beautiful space epic. I'm definitely gonna recommend this book to as many people as possible.
Out of This World Good!