Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox #3

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. If you want to learn more, you can read about it here.

From Library:
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Heist Society by Ally Carter

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

I think I had a really good week at the library, because I've been wanting to read many of the books that I picked up. I'm especially excited to read Delirium! I want to know what you guys got this week, so please leave your answer in the comments! :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Name!

Well, if you haven't noticed by now, my blog has undergone a name change as well as a change of layout! :) For a few weeks now, I've felt like I needed a change, and this is it. Plus, I don't know, I'm kind of indecisive when it comes to names, so I'm not even sure if this will be the only time I change it.

But yeah, I really just wanted to post to let you guys know, just in case anyone gets confused! I also hope that this layout is readable (I'm not really good at any kind of design/colors), but if it isn't, feel free to leave a comment with advice. :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Musing Monday #1

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week's musing asks:
Do you listen to audiobooks? Why, or why not?

I personally have never listened to an audiobook before because I have just never thought of picking one up. I honestly don't know if I would even be able to pay attention to one. I'm able to concentrate on reading because it sucks me into the story, but when have to actually listen to something, my mind tends to wander. Plus, I like being able to imagine how the characters' voices sound in my head; with an audiobook I think the narrator would distract me too much. However, I've heard of some people listening to audiobooks while driving, and that sounds like a great idea. I think I may just have to get an audiobook so I can try it out sometime.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Rating: ☆☆ [2]
Release date: Dec. 8, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: paperback
Source: bought
Pages: 452
Series: Fallen (#1)
Challenge: --
There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she seems him on her first day at Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move.

Except Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce-he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.
I'm still not exactly sure how I feel about this book. I didn't particularly like it nor did I dislike it, and I had a hard time rating it. Overall, it was mostly an okay book, although there were some parts of the book when I wanted to smack the main character, Luce, because she was missing the obvious or she was just acting dumb in general.

I think a big reason why I didn't like Fallen was because it was pretty predictable. I felt as if I had read it before. I mean, I didn't even find the main love interest that entertaining. Daniel doesn't really stand out compared to some of the other love interests from other books of the same genre. I felt like the book had a lot of overused cliches.

But despite that, there was still something about the book that made me want to keep reading - even if I wasn't exactly in a rush to finish. Even though this one didn't impress me too much, I'll probably keep reading the series. The ending wasn't all that bad, and it actually left me interested to find out what happens next. Plus, I really want to know what happens to a couple of the side characters. So if I end up seeing the sequel in the store or at the library, I'll probably pick it up. However, if you're interested in starting this series, I suggest that you borrow Fallen from the library to find out if you like it first rather than buy it right away.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To participate, you just have to answer three questions in your post:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

So here are my week's answers to the questions!

What are you currently reading?

As much as I don't want to admit it, I'm a pretty slow reader. I like to take my time instead of rushing through a book. Not to mention that I don't even have that much time in the first place to devote to reading. So even though I started this book on the 12th, I'm still in the process of reading it. As of right now, I don't have any particularly strong feelings about it-I neither love it nor hate it. I guess I'll just have to see how it ends, though.

I'm reading this one for school. We just started it about two days ago, so I'm not that far into it. I'm actually pretty excited about reading this just because it's one of those books that's considered a classic.

What did you recently finish reading?

Surprisingly, I liked this book a lot more than I had originally expected to. It was really cute, and the story was great. If you want to know more about what I thought, you can read the review I already posted.

What do you want to read next?

I've really been wanting to read this for awhile now. So right now it's at number one on my to-read list, although Matched by Ally Condie is also fighting for my attention. If only there was more time for reading.. -.-

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox #2

If you want to find out more about the meme In My Mailbox, click here!

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Matched by Ally Condie

I'm so excited about the books I managed to buy this week! I've finally been able to get Matched! I was waiting for the paperback version to come out so I wouldn't have to spend so much on the hardback. Also, the new Percy Jackson book, wooo! My Barnes and Noble even had signed copies, so I got one of those to complete the signed collection I already have. (I'm a pretty huge Percy Jackson fan. :D) So I definitely cannot wait to read that one.

What books did you receive this week? Leave your answer in the comments. (:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

Rating: ☆☆☆☆ [4]
Release date: Mar. 25, 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Pages: 298
Series: --
Challenge: --
Eighteen-year-old Indigo Skye feels like she has it all-a waitress job she loves, an adorable refrigerator-delivery-guy boyfriend, and a home life that's slightly crazed but rich in love. Until a mysterious man at the restaurant leaves her a 2.5-million-dollar tip, and her life as she knows it is transformed.

At first it's amazing: a hot new car, an enormous flat-screen TV, and presents for everyone she cares about. Indigo laughs off the warnings that money changes people, because she knows it won't happen to her. Until the day she looks around and realizes everything important is slipping away, and no amount of money can buy it all back...

I really enjoyed reading this book. One of the great things about it is the author creates such a diverse and interesting cast of characters. Even if you don't end up liking the main character too much, I know you'll find another character to fall in love with, because they're all just so different and unique. All of them really have great personalities, not to mention that the humor is great at times.

The storyline was also interesting, because it really shows the effect of not having money and then having so much that you have no idea what to do with it. It's very realistic; even if I don't approve of them, I can understand why Indigo made some of the choices that she did. By the end of the book, I could tell that she had undergone some major changes as a character, and I think it's really awesome when you can tell the main character has grown as a person.

The ending left me satisfied as well, and overall I'm happy with the book. Anyone who hasn't read this should at least go check it out!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Booking Through Thursday #1

Sorry if it ever seems like I do a lot of memes, but seeing as I don't have a lot of time right now, I'm just using them to at least get something posted rather than nothing. But anyways, this week's Booking Through Thursday's question is:
If you could get a sequel for any book, what would it be?
If I could get a sequel for any book, I'd probably get Clockwork Prince (if that can even be considered a sequel because the series is a trilogy?). But yeah, that's mostly because I'm up to date on all my other series, so I don't really have any other sequels to look forward to.

Unless I could get another book from a series that already ended. In that case, I'd love to get another Hunger Games book, as well as another book from the original Percy Jackson series that focuses on Luke. Ever since the series ended, I've wanted to know so badly what happens to him. o:

Anyway, I'm pretty sure that there are more books I'd want, but those are the only ones I can think of at this moment.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

In My Mailbox #1

Hey, everybody. (: This is my very first IMM, and I'm pretty excited! If you want to find out more about In My Mailbox, then you can read about it here.

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Epic by Conor Kostick
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

I'm really excited to read these books, especially Leviathan. I'm interested to know what books everybody else got, so leave the URL to your IMM in the comments below! (: