July 31, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up: July 2014

Monthly Wrap Up is just going to be a summary of what's happened on my blog, what I've read, my TBR for next month, and what's coming up and such :)

On My Blog:
Well, there's the first HUGE THING. I created this blog this month! I began with a feature where I recommended different books from different genres and then the Top Ten Tuesday meme and I wrote a review for Eon and so many other things. Because this blog is relatively new, I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do in the future, but I hope to do a larger variety of posts and I have a few ideas in mind.

What I've read: 
  1. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  5. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  6. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
  7. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  8. An ARC of The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Check out my review)
  9. Every Day by David Levithan
  10. Eon by Alison Good (Check out my review)
  11. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
August TBR:
Usually I don't really like to plan out my TBR, I just read what I feel like reading, but these are a few books I'd really like to get to this month.

Okay, that's it for now! What's happened for you in July?
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July 30, 2014

Countdown Survey

So I saw this survey on Great Imaginations, but it was created by Christy's Book Addiction, and I thought it would be really fun to do! It's called the Countdown Survey and it's essentially a countdown from 10-1 with topics for each number and the number corresponds with the number of answers. I think it's a bit hard to explain and understand but once you see the questions, I think you'll get it :)

10- Books already released on your wish list
1. Alienated by Melissa Landers
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
3. Winger by Andrew Smith
4. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
5. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
7. Splintered by A.G. Howard
8. Pivot Point by Kasie West
9. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
10. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

9- Favorite Covers (It was so hard to choose just nine!)


8- Not yet released books that you can't wait for
1. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
3. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
4. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
6. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
7. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
8. The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

7- Auto-buy Authors
1. Rick Riordan
2. John Green
3. Gayle Forman
4. Marissa Meyer
5. Morgan Matson
6. Alexandra Bracken
7. Stephanie Perkins

6- Book Boyfriends
1. Augustus Water from The Fault in Our Stars (ignore that thing that happened at the end of the book)
2. Liam from The Darkest Minds
3. Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door
4. Percy from The Percy Jackson books
5. Nikolai/ Sturmhond from The Grisha Trilogy
6. Levi from Fangirl

5-  Books you recommend the most
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (surprise, surprise)
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
5. Legend by Marie Lu

4- Books you thought you'd like but didn't
1. Every Day by David Levithan
2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher 
3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein
4. Gone by Michael Grant

3- Books that made you cry (I don't really cry while reading, but I tear up…)
1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
**Sorry the ever-so-obvious TFIOS and Allegiant aren't up here, I got spoiled for BOTH so I already knew what was going to happened. Meh. **

2- Books you never plan on reading
1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (Sorry! Vampires and werewolves aren't really my thing.)
2. Fifty Shades (NO. JUST NO.)

1- Favorite Genre at the moment
1. Contemporary!

This was so much fun to do! Feel free to tell me your answers in the comments or share the link to your blog post! 
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July 29, 2014

Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books Of

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is the top ten authors I own the most books of. These numbers probably won't be that large because I don't own that many books by the same author.

9 Rick Riordan books. I have all the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books plus the four books of the Heroes of Olympus series that are out.

6 Pittacus Lore books. I own books 1-4 in The Lorien Legacies, the only books in that series currently out, and two novela bind ups that go along with it.

5 Cassandra Clare books. I have yet to finish TMI series or start TID, but I own books 1-4 of TMI and an ARC of The Iron Trial which is co-written by Cassie Clare and Holly Black

5 John Green Books. I own TFIOSPaper TownsLooking for Alaska, and An Abundance of Katherines, plus another ebook copy of TFIOS.

5 Marie Lu Books. I have the Legend trilogy box set, with the little prequel story booklet, and a double copy of Legend.

5 Veronica Roth Books. I own the entire Divergent trilogy, a double copy of Divergent, and the Four novelas.

4 Marissa Meyer Books. I own books 1-3 of the Lunar Chronicles because book four, Winter has yet to come out and I also have a double copy of Cinder.

4 Margaret Stohl Books. I own books 1-3 of the Caster Chronicles, which she co-wrote, (I never finished the series because for me, the books got worse and worse) plus her other novel that she wrote by herself, Icons.

And then I own a bunch of trilogies, but I can only list two:
3 Leigh Bardugo Books. I own the entire Grisha Trilogy.

3 Laini Taylor Books. I own the entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy as well.

Okay, that's it for now. Comment your top ten most owned authors below!
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July 28, 2014

ARC Review: The Iron Trial

Title: The Iron Trial
Author(s): Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Pages: 304
Expected Publication: September 9th 2014 by Scholastic Press
Series: Magisterium #1
Source: I received an ARC from my local bookstore.
Buy on the Book Depository
Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him — a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come…

My Thoughts:

Hi Guys! I received an ARC of The Iron Trial from my local bookstore and I decided to do a review.

There was a lot of world building in this book, which was both good and bad. The writing was really descriptive, but sometimes it felt a bit repetitive. Quite frankly, I skimmed a lot of those descriptions and I have to say that nothing about the world really stood out for me. I didn't think that the characters were very unique either and at times. I often found myself rolling my eyes at the main character's stupidity. I understand that he is a kid, but there are things you can figure out with common sense. For example, it is never a good idea to keep a demonic dog as a pet.

However, Holly and Cassie's writing blends together really nicely and you can't tell who wrote what. The ending also had a really interesting plot twist that'll have you vying for the next book. I thought this book was a really quick read because it was only 295 pages and although it's classified as middle grade, I think it could as pass for YA. Many people are saying that this book is a rip-off of Harry Potter, but since I have not yet read that series (I have the first book and plan to read it this summer!) I had no problem with it. But I suggest you give it a chance! If you have read Harry Potter and The Iron Trial please tell me you thoughts and comments below. I would also recommend this book to fans of Percy Jackson and people who want a slightly more mature, yet fun, middle-grade fantasy book.

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July 27, 2014

"Our Leader the Mockingjay" Commentary

Hello fellow tributes, today the official Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailer was released. AN ACTUAL TRAILER. NO MORE PROPAGANDA- HALLELUJAH! This teaser is titled "Our Leader the Mockingjay".
The teaser opens up with a clip of a hovercraft descending upon district eight with Katniss and her TV crew inside, I assume. Then we see Plutarch and Coin with Beetee in his wheelchair talking about Katniss and then that alternates with clips of Katniss, at what I would guess is the hospital from district eight. After that, we get to see some of the chaos happening in rebelling districts. I also LOVE the mockingjay crop circle, it looks so cool!  And I wonder if that shot with the triangular staircase is the scene where everyone in 13 is retreating farther underground from the bombs? I'm not quite sure what the explosion clip is- maybe what district 13 looks like above ground during the bombings? Who do you think the person in that clip is?
Overall, there were a lot of awesome clips and shots, I liked the background music, and I don't think it gives too much away. I AM SO PUMPED FOR THE MOVIE.

A clip I'd like to point is at 0:22. You get to she how much attention to detail the directors had because the arrows in Katniss's quiver are color coded like in the book.
"The variety of arrows--razor sharp, incendiary, explosive--turn the bow into a multipurpose weapon. Each one is recognizable by a distinctive colored shaft."
And after that we get a clip of Cressida she looks amazing and her hair's exactly how it's described!
"The TV crew consists of a pair of burly Capitol cameramen with heavy mobile cameras encasing their bodies like insect shells, a woman director named Cressida who has a shaved head tattooed with green vines…"
I have pretty high expectations for Mockingjay because of Catching Fire and I'm excited to see how they filmed everything because a lot of the time, Katniss was locked away in 13 and had no idea what was going on in the other districts.

Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on the teaser in the comments! **Holds up three fingers and whistles (even though I can't whistle)** 
Mockingjay Part 1 hits Theaters November 21st!
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July 26, 2014

Review: Eon

Book Title: Eon: Dragon Eye Reborn
Author: Alison Goodman
Pages: 531
Published: August 31st 2010 by Firebird
Series: Eon #1
 Swordplay, dragon magic--and a hero with a desperate secret

Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye--an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

My Thoughts:

This book was a bit slow in the beginning, which is quite common in high fantasy because there's a lot of world building. I really like the main character because she was strong and smart and pretty kick-a**. The world was very interesting but needed a little getting used to as well.

I had some mixed feelings over the fact that there was no love interest, but it makes sense with her hidden identity and all. I don't think that romance was vital to the story but sometimes romance adds a lot to the story, so I'd like to see how things turn out in Eona.

Also, at times I felt like the story kind of dragged on and was much longer than it needed to be, so it took a while to finish. However, when I did finish it, I quite enjoyed it and the ending was fast paced and exciting. I would recommend this book to people who like high fantasy, dragons, or for people who want to read something with a unique world. I would rate it somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars, but closer to 4.

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Top Ten Characters I'd Want On A Deserted Island With Me

Hi guys, it's Kaylie! I decided that I was going to do Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (Click on the link to see their blog and all the full list of topics). The topic for this week is Top Ten Chracters I'd Want On A Deserted Island With Me. But wait, I know what you're thinking. "Kaylie, it's not TUESDAY!" I KNOW THAT.
I just recently started this blog, so I wasn't able to do this on Tuesday, but this weeks topic seemed really interesting, so too bad! I'm doing this on Saturday *sticks tongue out*. 
But I promise in the future I'll try to stick to Tuesdays.

1. Okay, the first character who comes to mind is obvious. I'd want Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. She'd supply us with food and she has plenty of experience with survival, whereas I can barely set up a simple camping tent.

2. My second choice would be Celaena from The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. Celeana is another kick-a** heroine! She'd help with protection and I think she could be pretty fun to hang out with. Plus she likes to read, so bonus! We could fangirl together.

3. The next character I chose was Annabeth from the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan! She's smart and intelligent, so I bet she'd be the one who would get us off the island.

4. Leo from The Heroes of Olympus! He can build or fix practically anything (including a certain mechanical dragon), so that would come in handy.

5. Mal from The Grisha trilogy. He has his convenient tracker skills and is also quite skilled in combat.

6. Zusanna from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor. She just so hilarious and I think she'd also be great company. Not to mention she's pretty tough, that rabid fairy.

7. Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I think for people who have read the books, it's pretty obvious why I chose her. But, if you don't know she's a cyborg and a mechanic, which could be very helpful. Also, Cinder and Leo as a team? Unstoppable.

8. Finnick from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. He has his Hunger Games survival skills, including swimming, fishing, and killing, which I think would be excellent skills to have when stuck on an island. I also think he'd be good company because I love his humorous personality.

9. Six from the Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. For those of you who have read the series, no explanation needed, but let's just say she has some pretty bad-a** powers, like weather manipulation and invisibility.

10. Cassie from The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. She's smart and know's how to defend and take care of herself, so I think she'd be a great addition to the crew.

So, that is my Deserted Island Bunch. Only now do I realize that most of my characters are girls and that most of them are super skilled in survival and well… killing… *crosses fingers that no one will ambush me in the middle of the night cause I have zero defensive skills* Okay, that is all for this post, so bye!
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July 23, 2014

Beautiful Foreign Covers

Hi Guys! I found some really cool images of foreign special edition books and covers and such and I thought I'd share them with you, cause they're soooooo pretty! (P.S. Click on the Images for better resolution)

1. There are these BEAUTIFUL Luxury Collector's Edition for The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins. These books have new covers that are shinny and feature the iconic mockingjay symbols with metallic foil on the edges of the pages. However, these editions are only available in Australia and New Zealand, I believe.

2. There's an awesome special edition available to U.K. readers of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (I think it is also available on The Book Depository for the US, so yay!) This edition is reversed colored (pink with green type) in comparison to the original edition (green with pink type). It also has art on the other side of the dust jacket, a yellow ribbon bookmark and Simon and Baz embossed in pink on the hardback. (See more pictures on Rainbow Rowell's Blog!)


3. And then I saw this pretty Australian exclusive edition of The Fault in Our Stars By John Green. It's kind of metallic and has slightly different coloring, with the background being black instead of blue.

4. There was also another edition of The Hunger Games trilogy that I thought I would include because they're also gorgeous. These were originally the movie tie-in editions that were released in the UK after the Catching Fire movie release but they will be for sale in the US this September! These covers don't feature the actors like typical movie tie-ins do, but instead the cover is entirely foiled with the mockingjay symbols and titles raised. (Pre-Order them on Amazon: The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition or Buy on The Book Depository)

Comment your favorite covers down below! Do you any cool foreign covers or special editions?

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