Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Scorch Trials [Review]


Stats:
360 Pages [Kindle]
Published 12 October 2010
ASIN: B003F3FJQO
Amazon//Barnes&Noble


Synopsis:
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?



My Thoughts:
In the sequel to The Maze Runner, the Gladers are finally safe. They are rescued. And then everything goes wrong...

Soon they find out that instead of a safe haven, they are now about to start the 2nd phase created by WICKED. They travel through a pitch black tunnel and are attacked by silver, amorphous, fire hot, metal balls. When they finally reach the end of the tunnel, they realize they are at the surface where sun flares have created an apocalyptic climate and there are zombie-like Flare-infected humans.

In this book, you are kind of given a mindf#@& situation. You don't really know what's the truth and what is a WICKED created Variable. You don't know who is a genuine person. You question everything. I absolutely love how Dashner has created a story that makes you suspicious of each character and has you questioning what's really going on. It's not a predictable read. It's rare to find that kind of quality of work nowadays with so many books being written about the same thing. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind series. If you love dystopia or off-the-wall type reads, pick up this series!


Previous Review:
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater {here}

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Forever [Review]


Stats:
405 Pages [Kindle]
Published 12 July 2011
ASIN: B004VSTP4Y
Amazon//Barnes&Noble


Synopsis:

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.


My Thoughts:
Forever was a great ending to the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.

It was highly more emotional than the other two combined. There is more of the Isabel and Cole perspective. Another death has propelled the sheer arrogance of Isabel's dad into taking matters into his own hand and planning an aerial attack on the wolf pack. Cole is working hard to find a cure. I do like how a lot is resolved emotionally, but a lot is left open for your imagination to wing what happened to the main characters after the story ended.



Previous Review:
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater [here]

[Counts toward my TBR Pile challenge: here] 

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Linger [Review]


Stats:
369 Pages [Kindle]
Published 13 July 2010
ASIN: B003NHRGSQ
Amazon//Barnes&Noble


Synopsis:
the longing.
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being human.

the linger.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces -- wolf and human -- with love bearing its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?



My Thoughts:
So Sam & Grace are together.
The cure worked.


But now there is a whole slew of new problems. Beck has left behind new wolves to be cared for. Isabel's dad is even more gung-ho about killing more wolves. Grace isn't feeling well and stinks of wolf. And Grace's parents catch them together in her bed (kind of).

I think this book was easier for me to get sucked in to because of the way Sam & Grace are separated by way of her never-present roommate parents...who by the way are complete douchebags. I was forbade from seeing my now-husband right after we started dating. I think Grace becomes a little irritating in this one, in the sense that you just want her to SPEAK UP about how she's feeling. I was glad she told her dumb parents off - good for her, but I wanted her to say something about how she was feeling to Sam. Cole is rough. He is a hard character to get a feel for at first. I think I'm starting to like him now - or at least want to see his character grow and have resolve to his problems. Isabel is probably my new favorite character. She is the bitch that the story needs. The person who comes in, tells it like it is, fills in the blanks, and gets stuff done! It's also interesting to get to know her personality better. I really love her perspective in the story. I really enjoyed how Stiefvater went more into the wolf mythology in this one and how she brought Cole, whose dad is a "mad scientist" into the story to help get a more accurate opinion on why the wolves function as they do. This was just another great book!



Previous Review:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater [here]

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0 - Wrap Up


I fell off the readathon wagon in the weekend time frame - Day 6 and Day 7, I didn't read at all. On Day 6, I was out from 9am to 5pm school shopping. On Day 7, my allergies got the best of me and I felt like I was hit with a freight train. I couldn't concentrate at all on reading. :(

But coming from a reading slump - where I was finishing 2 or 3 books in a month (OUCH!) compared to 8 to 15 books in a month - I think I did relatively well.

Books read:
Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings [finished at the very beginning]
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Total Pages Read: 482 + 73 + 312 + 193 + 191 = 1251

My Goals that were met:
  • Participate in at least 3 challenges
  • Participate in 2 Twitter challenges
  • Visit a lot of other blogs
My main goal was to beat my last readathon accomplishments: 4 books, 1393 pages - and honestly for only reading 5 days out of the 7 - (and a really shabby 2nd day) I came really close :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

10 Deadliest Sharks [Review]


Stats:
120 Pages
Published 14 Dec 2010
ISBN: 0982750722
Amazon//Barnes&Noble


Synopsis:
Sharks are one of the world's oldest and most ferocious predators. For as long as man has entered the sea, sharks have struck fear in their hearts. This groundbreaking graphic novel from Discovery Channel and Silver Dragon Books examines the world's deadliest sharks and sheds light on their true nature, refuting the notion that they are mindless killing machines, but in reality are among the most amazing and well adapted creatures on earth.


My Thoughts:

When I saw this galley on NetGalley, I was all over it. I wasn't even aware that Shark Week 2012 was coming up when I saw it, but perfect timing :)

This book is in a comic book format and is packed with tons of information about ten different species of shark. It took me quite a while to read this book because I kept jumping to Google and Youtube to look up stuff about the sharks I was reading about. I highly recommend this to any shark enthusiasts or even non-shark enthusiasts, as sharks are fascinating creatures and I think that educating people about them is the best way to teach people to respect sharks. I've been watching Shark Week this year and was excited to read more about the insane shark attack involving Rodney Fox, who I had seen on the "How Jaws Changed the World" special. I'd have to say the most interesting of all the sharks discussed is the Shortfin Mako. I can't wait to go Google-crazy and learn more.
Thank you to NetGalley and Zenescope for a galley copy of this book.


Previous Review:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater [here]

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0 - Day 5 Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Day #5 - only 2 days left :(

So yesterday I was pretty distracted and couldn't concentrate on reading, so I only got thru about 170ish pages. I'm currently using the text-to-speech function on my Kindle, so that I'm multitasking. I need to at least finish Forever and get halfway thru The Scorch Trials - NEED.

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)


10:30 AM
Total pages read: 20
Books read: Forever (currently reading) 
Total blogs visited: none yet

12:15 PM
Total pages read: 20 + 44 = 64
Books read: Forever (currently reading)
Total blogs visited: none yet 

8 PM
Total pages read: 64 + 12 = 78
Books read: Forever (currently reading)
Total blogs visited: 6
I had to take kitty to the vet and make dinner and clean and all that, so now I'm back to reading (: 

11 PM - end of day
Total pages read: 78 + 113 = 191
Books read: Forever and 10 Deadliest Sharks (not counting towards page or book count)
Total blogs visited: 6

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0 - Day 4 Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Day #4 means a little over halfway thru...nooooo!

Today, my plans are to finish Forever. Then start back on The Scorch Trials and get at least 50% thru it.
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

10 AM
Total pages read: 72
Books read: Forever (currently reading)
Total blogs visited: None yet.

Challenge #1: The Candy Challenge
Q. Tell everyone about your snacking - habits.
A. Depending on my mood and cravings, I could eat yogurt with berries and granola, cereal, leftovers, or one of my favorites, English muffins with melty peanut butter on them.

Next Day Final Update
Total pages read: 72 + 121 = 193
Books read: Forever (currently reading)

Yesterday I thought I was gonna read a lot, but then I was supremely distracted all day. So I didn't read as much as I wanted. I definitely need to kick it up a notch because I have to bring one kitty to the vet today and school shopping tomorrow.

Shiver [Review]


Stats: 
402 pages [Kindle]
Published 1 August 2009
ASIN:  B002JWD6AS
Amazon//Barnes&Noble


Synopsis:
Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.


My Thoughts:





It's been a while since I have fallen madly in love with a book. I really love when it is an author I've never read before too, because this just means there are all these books that I have to look forward to reading!

Shiver takes place in fictional Mercy Falls, Minnesota. Grace, a 17 yr old, is a wolf attack survivor who is obsessed with the wolf who saved her life. Sam is her wolf. Every year when spring comes around, he turns back into a teenage bookworm musician boy. Every year when it starts getting cold, he turns back into a wolf. The only thing is that each year that passes will dwindle down the chances of a shift back to human and eventually Sam will just be a wolf. After a high schooler is killed in a wolf attack, the townsfolk take to the woods with guns to hunt down the wolves. Sam is shot in wolf form and turns up on Grace's back door as a human.

I love what Stiefvater has done with the wolf "mythology" - the temperature makes the wolves shift and their time as humans is limited. The wolves are actually wolves when they shift - they have wolf emotions, not human emotions, and remember their human memories in a wolf fashion. I really like Grace. She's not your typical whiny, annoying teenage protagonist. She is a smart, independent, brave, strong teenage girl. Sam isn't your typical douchebag, angsty male lead. He is shy, sensitive, and overwhelmingly likeable.

This one made me cry. Extra extra brownie points because this one made me cry :)
 


Previous Review:
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness {here}

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0: Day 3 Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Day #3 today.

Okay so yesterday I was supposed to read "a butt ton" but that totally failed. So today I really do need to read a butt ton. I'm 1/3 of the way through Linger. I want to finish it and read most of Forever.

  Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)


9 AM
Total pages read: 48
Books read: Linger (currently reading)
Total blogs visited: None yet.

Challenge #1: Word Search [Completed]
Challenge #2: Match the Zombie Covers [Completed]
Both were really fun :)

4:45 PM
Total pages read: 48 + 155 = 203
Books read: Linger (currently reading)
Total blogs visited: 15

Next Day Final Update
Total pages read: 203 + 89 + 20 = 312
Books read: Linger and Forever (currently reading)
Total blogs visited: 15

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0: Day 2 Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Day #2 is well on its way.

Now unlike yesterday when my husband had the day off, today is back to regular old just me and the kids and I should be able to get a butt ton of reading done. Yesterday I finished Poltergeeks and Shiver, although I'm not counting Poltergeeks as part of my book count, just my page count. Today I'm hoping to work on...
  Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

9:30 AM
Total pages read: 7
Books read: Linger (currently reading)
Blogs visited today: None so far

Challenge 1: Relocate
Q. What book are you reading, where does it take place, and where is it going to relocate?
A. I'm reading Linger by Maggie Stiefvater which is located in fictional Mercy Falls, Minnesota. I would relocate it to the Equator. Stiefvater was already clear to explain that the more warm the climate, the more hypersensitive the wolves are. But no one knows what would happen to them at the Equator!

Next Day Update for This Day
Total pages read: 73
Books read: Linger (currently reading)

I didn't get around to doing much social stuff yesterday or reading. I had to grocery shop and I went straight from making my list at 1p to shopping at 3p to making dinner at 5 to eating at 6. It was pretty busy for me. Hoping to obliterate a couple books today :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0: Day 1 Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Today is Day 1 - starting line! Wooo!!

I started off by finishing Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings last night.

I was about 74% through when midnight hit. I blame Spice Girls and Shark Week. So I finished it up and this morning I will be starting...


All my updates for today will be in this post including challenges :)

10 AM
Total pages read: 80 pages
Books read: Poltergeeks
Blogs visited today: 10

Challenge 1: Passing Books
Q: What happens to your books after you've read them?
A: They go back up on the shelf. I am one of those folks who doesn't share LOL

3 PM
Total pages read: 80 + 132 = 212
Books read: Poltergeeks & Shiver (currently reading)
Blogs visited today: 15
Participated in Twitter Chat #1

8 PM
Total pages read:  212 + 149 = 361
Books read: Poltergeeks & Shiver (currently reading)
Blogs visited today: 22

Last Update
Total Pages read: 361 + 121 = 482
Books read: Poltergeeks & Shiver
Blogs visited today: 22

- Overall, I completed my daily goal of 300 pages for Day 1.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Shadow of Night [Review]


Stats:
#2 in All Souls Trilogy
592 Pages
Published 10 July 2012
ASIN: B006WEZ9TK
Amazon//Barnes&Noble


Synopsis:
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.


My Thoughts:
Shadow of Night takes off right where Discovery of Witches ended. Diana & Matthew have time traveled back to 1590. In particular, time travel can be a difficult thing to portray. Harkness executes it insanely well. You have The Butterfly Effect going on - and you notice little things that didn't really make much sense in the first book, now make sense with the time travel. I ended up finding a forum that discusses many different layers of the story relating to history and mythology. I will definitely be rereading both books soon and taking vigorous notes. I enjoy a book that can invoke deep thinking and a lot of detective work :)

In this installment, more of Matthew's past comes up - events, friends, and family. It is a much more emotional tale and I found myself angry and sad - there were definitely some bittersweet moments too. I especially like Matthew's father, Philippe. It was hard to really get a feel for his true character at first, but after a few chapters, I couldn't help but really like him. Even if he's a little on the cunning, conniving side! Diana was much more enjoyable in this book - she seemed like more the scholar instead of a little ditsy love drunk girl.

The third and final book is bound to be a killer ending and I am painfully awaiting for the reveal of all my question's answers! :)

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group USA for the galley!


Previous Review:
Beyond the Wall [here]

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Beyond the Wall [Review]



Stats:
240 pages
Published 26 June 2012
ISBN: 1936661748
[Amazon::Barnes&Noble]


Synopsis:
Go beyond the Wall and across the narrow sea with this collection about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.

The epic game of thrones chronicled in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. In Beyond the Wall, bestselling authors and acclaimed critics offer up thought-provoking essays and compelling insights:

Daniel Abraham reveals the unique challenges of adapting the original books into graphic novels.
Westeros.org founders Linda Antonsson and Elio M. GarcĂ­a, Jr., explore the series’ complex heroes and villains, and their roots in the Romantic movement.


Wild Cards contributor Caroline Spector delves into the books’ controversial depictions of power and gender.

Plus much more, from military science fiction writer Myke Cole on the way Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder shapes many of the leading characters to author and television writer Ned Vizzini on the biases against genre fiction that color critical reactions to the series



My Thoughts:
Beyond the Wall is a good educational companion to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. It's a compilation of different essays written about different subject matters relating to the books. I personally found R.A. Salvatore's foreward fascinating, as well as, Alyssa Rosenberg's essay about the sexual politics in the series. I also found the Westeros.org founders' essay about romanticism really interesting and talked about it with my husband (who has also read the books). The essays are a great starting point for discussion for all SoI&F fans.

Thank you to NetGalley and BenBella Books, Inc for the galley!


Previous Review:
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich {here}

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Two for the Dough [Review]


Stats:
209 pages [Kindle]
First Published 1 January 1996
ISBN:  B000FC0VZW
[Amazon::Barnes&Noble]


Synopsis:
From the author of One for the Money comes the second clever comic mystery featuring irrepressible bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Here, Stephanie finds herself on the trail of a killer who happens to have a distant relative who's a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.


My Thoughts: 
Stephanie Plum is the-bomb-dot-com! Yep, I said it! I went there.

I love how Evanovich writes. It's so witty, funny, and entertaining. I really hope they make this one into a movie as well because it is even better than the first book! I enjoyed more of Morelli and more of Grandma Mazur. I love an author that is willing to throw some worty dirds in there and makes the story more believable and realistic. The second installment stays true to everything Evanovich laid out in the first story. The bounty that Stephanie is hunting in this one is a very crazy guy who happens to be related to Joe Morelli. You are constantly on the edge of your seat, wanting to know what happens next! I am more than ready to read the next one!



Previous Review:
Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: {here}

[Counts toward my TBR Pile challenge: here] 

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0 Goals



Oh yeah! Bout of Books 5.0 starts reallllll soon - next week, in fact, on August 13th. I'm really excited about it because in July I read 3 books and got super behind in all my reading. Each month I try to read around 8 books. So right now I have 4 from June and 6 from July that I didn't get around to reading and I really want to catch up. I really want to get back into reading more. Lately I've been in such a slump trying to read anything. Not that I'm bored with reading, I just get so tired trying to read. :( So here's the plan...because I'm the (wo)MAN WITH THE PLAN!

The Goals:
  • Read 300 pages each day.
  • Finish 5 books - Finished 1 Finished 2
  • Participate in at least 3 challenges - Two finished on Tuesday Done on Weds.
  • Participate in 2 Twitter chats - One down on Monday Done on Weds.
  • Visit bloggers also participating and leave lots of comment love - every day!
  • Beat my last readathon accomplishments: 4 books, 1393 pages At 2 books, 867 pages
The Books:
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  • The Death Cure by James Dashner
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - Monday
  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater - Wednesday
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  • Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Total of 9 books and 3227 pages. To get all of these done, I would have to read over 400 pages a day. But I like to overchallenge myself. :) I at least want 5 books read and 300 pages each day. We'll see what happens!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.  It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.  There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Precious Little Life [Review]


Stats:
168 Pages [ebook]
Published 24 August 2004
ISBN: 1932664084
[Amazon::Barnes&Noble]


Synopsis:

Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rock band, he's ""between jobs,"" and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

My Thoughts:
I'm sure most of you all have heard of Scott Pilgrim, the movie, with Michael Cera in it. I saw it a while ago and really loved it. I had no clue it was based on a comic and jumped at the opportunity to read the comic. What happens in the first volume doesn't include the whole movie, so I definitely
want to go find the rest of the volumes!

Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year old Canadian in a band called the Sexy Bob-ombs with his friends. He is a year post-break up with his last girlfriend and has started dating a little 17 year old named Knives Chau. He starts having dreams involving a girl with pink hair on rollerblades and then while at the library with Knives, Scott sees the pink haired girl, Ramona Flowers.

If you haven't seen the movie, I highly suggest reading the comics first and then watching the movie. All the fun starts happening when Ramona shows up, but I don't want to give away too much! It's such a quirky series. This volume included a little section where the author, Brian Lee O'Malley talked about his inspiration behind the characters and sketchings of how they have evolved and changed throughout time.

Thank you to NetGalley and OniPress for the galley of this awesome comic!




Previous Review: 
The First Husband by Laura Dave {here}

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The First Husband [Review]


Stats:
210 Pages [ebook]
Published 12 May 2011
ISBN: 1101515139
[Amazon::Barnes&Noble]


Synopsis:

Annie Adams is days away from her thirty-second birthday and thinks she has finally found some happiness. She visits the world's most interesting places for her syndicated travel column and she's happily cohabiting with her movie director boyfriend Nick in Los Angeles. But when Nick comes home from a meeting with his therapist (aka "futures counselor") and announces that he's taking a break from their relationship so he can pursue a woman from his past, the place Annie had come to call home is shattered. Reeling, Annie stumbles into her neighborhood bar and finds Griffin-a grounded, charming chef who seems to be everything Annie didn't know she was looking for. Within three months, Griffin is Annie's husband and Annie finds herself trying to restart her life in rural Massachusetts.

A wry observer of modern love, Laura Dave "steers clear of easy answers to explore the romantic choices we make" (USA Today). Her third novel is packed with humor, empathy, and psychological insight about the power of love and home.



My Thoughts:
I just want to start out by saying...this needs to be made into a movie. I am NOT a chick flick kind of girl and I'm really not a big chick lit girl either, but I loved this book. It was funny and romantic. It was sweet and cute. It was real and gripping. Dave has an excellent, fluid writing style that makes it very easy to be engrossed in not only the story, but the characters, as if they were people you really knew. Annie is a 32 year old travel columnist, who has been dating Nick for 5 years. One day, Nick comes home and says his "therapist" told him he needed a break to figure things out. After the separation, Annie falls into that typical chick flick depression. Her ex's sister gets her to get out of her funk and that's when Annie meets Griffin.

I don't want to give away too much, but I will say that I really liked Annie. I really loved the ending too. It was the one I was rooting for and again, why I say that it should be a movie! Now!

Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin Group USA for the chance to review this book.


Previous Review: 
Talented by Sophie Davis {here}

[Counts toward my TBR Pile challenge: here] 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August TBR List

Books leftover from June:
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner [Currently reading]
  • The Death Cure by James Dashner
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake [We Heart YA BOTM]
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [We Heart YA Runner Up]
Books leftover from July:
  • Two For the Dough by Janet Evanovich [Currently reading]
  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  • The Magician by Michael Scott
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate [We Heart YA BOTM]
  • Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo [We Heart YA Runner Up]
Books for AUGUST...yes, actually August:
  • Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Sorceress by Michael Scott
  • The Necromancer by Michael Scott
  • The Warlock by Michael Scott
  • The Enchantress by Michael Scott
  • Beyond the Wall [NetGalley]
  • Shadow of Night [NetGalley]
  • Poltergeeks [NetGalley]
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis [We Heart YA Themed BOTM]
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green [We Heart YA Regular BOTM]
Also, We Heart YA is doing a summer challenge - books you read spells Summer.

So as it appears, I have a busy, busy, busy, busy August coming up. Luckily, August 13 to 19 is Bout of Books readathon time!! YAY!

I have 22 books to read. This is super doable. I can do this. Hopefully (: