A BOOK : Scarlet

11983940Scarlet
by A.C. Gaughen

Published February 2012

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. 

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

Summary and photo from Goodreads.com

I started Scarlet with high hopes and I instantly fell in love with it in the first few pages. Scarlet’s dialogue takes a minute to get used to, but I personally had no trouble falling into her style of speech. For some reason I love characters that end up dressing up and pretending to be someone they’re not, and while some people do know that she is a girl the majority of the people don’t, which leads to some funny encounters. I also love the tension of having a girl in an all boys “band of merry men” or whatever the Robin Hood clan is called. Not like the romantic tension- but the tension between the boys wanting to protect Scarlet and Scarlet having none of that. I think that was my favorite part of Scarlet. One of the guys would say something and then Scarlet would say the exact thing I was thinking of.

It did end up being more about romance than I had originally wanted it to be, but I thought overall Gaughen balanced it pretty well and it felt natural to the characters. I loved that Scarlet could prove that even though she is this headstrong tough woman, she still had feelings. I love that we were in her mind and we were able to see her struggle with getting used to the idea that she might have feelings for one of her friends no matter how much she tried to squash them.

Scarlet has her own past and her story of how she became known as Will Scarlet was scattered throughout the story. I was a fan of how slowly Scarlet’s story trickled out as she was forced to deal with her past and finally began opening up to her friends. Some last thoughts:

  • Much was basically my favorite character ever.
  • I loved the explanations behind the names
  • Scarlet is a thief and that is just pretty much awesome.
  • I just love how angry Scarlet got when it comes to men vs. women, noble folk vs. commoners, and judging people for what they do. There is a line where Scarlet makes a comment about how she tends to see things others don’t around her and it definitely is true. I love that she spoke strongly about these things even though people didn’t usually listen.
  • I also love how Scarlet was religious. I found it interesting to read about her faith especially since she is a thief.

So, if you can’t tell, I ended up really liking Scarlet. The next book is Lady Thief. I am personally excited to read this book especially after how the first one ended. I can’t wait to see how Scarlet has or has not grown.

Add it to you to read shelf on Goodreads!

 

Waiting on Wednesday : #scandal

I went on a look to see what is coming out this summer rampage recently and as a result I have a whole list of books I am eagerly waiting to read. Thankfully, a bunch of them have already come out! (I can’t believe it’s already April!)

The following one doesn’t come out until June, but I am ready to read it right…. now!

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Summary:

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…


This word screams DRAMA. Which is funny, because I have been in such an anti-drama mood in books, but I really really really want to see how Ockler integrates the social media in with the story. I also love the element of trying to figure out the Facebook hacker and I am excited to learn more about Lucy. Just from the summary she seems awesome and ready to stand up for herself.

#scandal comes out June 17th

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted every week by Breaking the Spine to highlight books that are not quite out yet, that an individual (such as myself or you!) are anxiously waiting to be released. Check out what she is waiting on!

A BOOK : Dorothy Must Die

18053060Dorothy Must Die
Danielle Paige
Published April 2014

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Summary and photo from Goodreads.com

I have been looking forward to this one since it was first mentioned on the Epic Reads Tea Time! This novel takes place after Dorothy has left Oz, and has come back from. Amy is thrown into this world that she thoughts was imaginary, and quickly learns everything that she would expect out of the Land of Oz is completely different.

Everything you think is good is bad, and everything you think is bad is good. Or it might not be good. No one really knows anymore.

The things I ended up finding really intriguing while reading Dorothy Must Die include:

  • Mysterious characters. You know you aren’t getting the whole truth from certain characters, and I enjoyed trying to figure them out. Can Amy trust them?
  • The new Oz. The way Dorothy is described is creepy. As is the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow. Paige definitely plays with your expectations.
  • The visuality of the book. Maybe it’s because there is already a Wizard of Oz movie, but I found myself being able to see this book in my mind quite nicely. This series definitely would be a shoe in for a movie.
  • The twists and turns. There are a lot more surprises in Dorothy Must Die than I expected there would be! Some of them I completely didn’t see coming, some of them I felt like I had at least a little bit of a hint.
  • The stakes are high. The book starts off with a bang pretty early on and proves that no one is really safe. Paige doesn’t just say that terrible things happen in Oz now, but she makes you live through it.

If any of this sound remotely interesting to you, I suggest you pick this one up. I myself am not that big of a Wizard of Oz fan, but I ended up getting quickly swept up in this story. This is quite long (clocking in at 452 pages) and I will say, the middle for me dragged a bit but I do encourage you to push past it and shoot toward the end if you start to feel the same.

Add this to your to be read shelf on Goodreads.com

So after writing the above review, I ended up doing a little research and found myself in a conundrum. I read the book. I liked it. I stalked Danielle Paige on Twitter a little bit. She seems quite awesome. However, just a heads up, this book does come from the book packaging company James Frey owns Full Fathom Five, which is not the awesomest sounding company to put it simply. You can read a little more about it here at Snuggly Oranges and here at Bibliodaze. If you are curious about book packaging and literary development companies, check out Kelly’s explanation at Stacked. She does a great job explaining how they work.

As a result of this am I telling you not to read Dorothy Must Die? Obviously not. I liked the book. I am personally interested in this stuff, and as a reader I would want to know this, which is why I am sharing it with you.

In which you learn everything about me.

I am honored to say that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is a means for book bloggers to showcase other book bloggers they enjoy that have a smaller amount of followers.

I have actually been nominated a few times, but have been very late in posting a response to any of the nominations, so I would love to say thank you to the following people for nominating me:

Andie from The Book Heap! If you are looking for a book blog that talks about a variety of different books from contemporary young adult to fantasy and beyond, she is your girl (I have put a bunch of books on my TBR list because of her).
Jennifer from Bookjunkiez! If you are looking for a blog that incorporates snippets of everyday life and book reviews you should check Jennifer out.
Teenagethinking101! From daily life to music to books, if you are looking for a smattering of different types of posts you should definitely pay Teenagethinking101 a visit.

It appears the rules differ slightly for the Liebster award from blog to blog, so I will post Andie’s rules, but decrease the amount of questions and facts due to this post being already wayyyyy too long.

5 Random facts about me:

1. I currently have the Pink Sands candle from Yankee Candle lit and it is one of my favorite candles ever. Seriously. Go out and smell it if you can.

2. Right now I am obsessed with YouTube channels. One of my favorites at this moment is World of the Orange, but I can talk to you all day about all of the other channels I love.

3. I am growing Poppys in a pot and I am really nervous they will die.

4. One of my favorite things is moving furniture around.

5. I took Latin in college and really liked it, but I have since then forgotten a majority of everything I knew.


 

A few questions from The Book Heap, Bookjunkiez, and Teenagethinking101:

1.How have you found your book blogging experience so far?

Good! Haha. I have technically been book blogging since 2011, but it feels like only recently that I have really started book blogging due to me being more consistent and finally starting to get to know some other book bloggers better (which is the best thing ever). I try to keep book blogging pressure free, so while I am certainly not consistent or “the best” it is something I still enjoy doing and that is key to having a good blogging experience!

2.What is your favourite Season?

To my media overloaded brain I seriously thought this question was referring to TV. I don’t know! Spring! Mostly because you go from having a long winter and it is such a reward to have the warmer air and see things start to bud again. But I really do love all of them a lot, which is why I do enjoy living in the Midwest even if the weather can be sporadic. (Exhibit a- it is snowing and it is April. Surprise!)

3. Most influential book you’ve read?

Probably the Redwall series. That is one of those books that hit me at one of the perfect times. I was obsessed along with one of my best friends (she is the one that passed Redwall on to me to read ASAP) and it was like an entire world was opened up to me. We spent hours participating in RPG forums and making up our own stories. My sister and I tried to make scones because of the series. I also started my own website for the book. Brian Jacques just sort of invited you to be a part of this other world and create things yourself.

4. Most under-appreciated book in your opinion?

There are too many! One I would say is The Onion Girl by Charles DeLint. Maybe it’s because I don’t run around shouting about this book, but I still haven’t met anyone who has read that book and it is painfully beautiful.

5. Did you read much by yourself as a child?

All. The. Time.

6. Audiobooks: Yay, or Nay?

YAY. I’m currently hooked on the Nerdist podcast right now, so I don’t listen to audiobooks at this time but I have in the past! They are perfect for doing chores and walking the dog to.

7. Do you have a goodreads account?

YES. check check, check me out.

8. Do you want to be an author yourself? Or are you happy just to be a reader?

I have wanted to be an author since I was in elementary school all through college. While I am content in just being a reader right now, some part of me still wants to finish a book and have it published. I do write creatively sporadically and work on different stories intermittently, but at this time I haven’t put forth a lot of dedication to the cause. We will see!

9. What is your most embarrassing/scariest moment you have ever experienced?

I used to be absolutely petrified of public speaking. In high school I was doing a speech on animal abuse with a friend and I got overrun with nerves and started giggling nonstop.

10) Describe your most recent dream.

I had a random dream that revolved around Day9/Sean Plott being in my Physics class (which is something I have not taken in like 6 years). He had these tattoos on his forearm which looked kind of neat and was involved in this Romeo and Juliet storyline with this other girl in my class. I don’t know why Day9 was featured since I haven’t been watching his videos recently, but the Romeo and Juliet story line comes from me reading this book Juliet, which revolves around Romeo and Juliet.

11) How do you picture yourself in 10 years?

Some of my friends and I have been playing this game and it both terrifies and excites me. I would hope to be in a new city, a house/condo owner of some kind, be in a stable job that is challenging and somehow related to the library field, married maybe, still doing this blog (that would be kind of neat- huh?), have a golden retriever or other dog, have accomplished some things off of my “things that scare me but I want to do them” list and have added more to my things that scare me list.

12) List five of your favorite movies and songs.

This is so hard! But here we go:

Movies:

1. You’ve Got Mail

2. The Holiday

3. Country Strong

4. 12 Angry Men

5. Love Actually

Songs:

1. Almost every Sara Bareilles song

2. Almost every Taylor Swift Song

3. Honest Songs – Noah Gundersen

4. I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers

5. The Lowering — The Avett Brothers

13) If you had supernatural human powers, what would be your powers and who would you use your powers on?

The power of invisibility! I would use my powers on everyone- bwhahaha. But really. One of the things I love about reading is to see how other people live life. I would probably sneak into things I would otherwise probably never experience. Random meetings- certain conventions- employee only rooms in retail places- you know. All super stellar and interesting things- ha!

14.What is your favorite book?

I am worthless at these type of questions. I am going to choose two and I THINK these are my top two all time favorites. Otherwise they are *really* high up there: The Onion Girl by Charles DeLint and The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.

15. What is your most memorable  family vacation?

Probably going to Arizona to see our cousins down there when we were way younger. We hiked on smaller mountains, had a Nerf war, stayed at a hotel that had a life-size chess set and overall had a lot of fun.

16. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A lot of places, but I think my first stop would be Ireland.

17. What is your favorite T.V. show?

Grey’s Anatomy!

18. What is your favorite book series?

Because of history I think I would have to say Redwall and Harry Potter.


I am extremely impressed if you read all of the above. So thank you! If you did! I am going to tag a few of my favorite people I am subscribed to that don’t have more than 1000 followers. So check them out!

1. Browsing Bookshelves

2. The Book Marauder

3. Books and Iced Coffee

4. Cracked Spine Books

5. Melanie’s Musings

6. The Girl Reads Books

You all are tasked with the job of answering the following questions if you would like:

1. What is your first memory of reading?

2. If you could have any author write your life, who would you choose to do it?

3. Besides reading, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

4. What genre or genres do you not read?

5. Where do you get the books you read?

6. How do you decide on what books you read? 

7. Have you ever met an author? If so, tell me about it- if not who would you like to meet?

8. What is an average day like for you?

9. Why did you start blogging?

10. How do you find other blogs to read?

11. What are you top 5 favorite singers/bands?


 

Whew! Thank you for sticking with me through this beast of a post! Even if I didn’t tag you, let me know how you would answer some of these questions.

A BOOK : The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

I am back from my trip! On this excursion I finished two books (we had some delays in traveling) as well as did a bunch of other fun stuff. I finished Dorothy Must Die (which I will talk about later probably) and The Here and Now which I will be talking briefly about today!

18242896The Here and Now
Published… TODAY! (4/8/2014)

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

Summary and photo from Goodreads.com


Based on the summary, I wasn’t so sure if I would be into The Here and Now mainly because of the romance story line. That hasn’t been my personal cup of tea recently, so I was starting off this book fairly doubtful that this would be the best choice for me. But you know what? I ended up really liking it. The main reason? TIME TRAVEL.

Yes, there is a romance line in the book that is one of those heartbreaking kind of ones where you know it can’t work out but there is hope that it might but maybe it won’t and the guy is extremely smart and sweet and very friendly and is kind so you really really want it to, but who knows what would happen and yes. If you are a fan of books with romantical story lines? This one definitely has one.

However, if you are someone who is looking for something other than romance, this definitely does not revolve around the love story. As you know if you read from the summary, Prenna is from the FUTURE. And it is fascinating. I loved how Brashares shared snippets of the future and the disastrous turn life on the world took. It is dark and sad, but that was my personal favorite part of the book.

This book addresses the larger theme of how the present affects the future.

I was left with a lot of questions about why certain things happened in the book and a lot of questions about that future world, but I am good at turning that part of myself off while reading so it didn’t bother me. Now that I am done I kind of wish there was either a guidebook to the future available or some sort of “prequel” planned, because I really just want to know more about the future land. But I can’t discount the book for that– all of that is part of a different story, not part of Prenna’s current story.

So if you are looking for a fast whirlwind sort of story that is about a futuristic world, time travel, an intense romance, and so much more- The Here and Now by Ann Brashares is available now!

Hahaha, I just sounded like a commercial. But seriously:

Check it out on Goodreads.

Note: This copy was obtained through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

TRAVELING. Is there such a thing as too many books?

How do you choose what books you are going to bring when traveling?

I’m leaving tomorrow morning to visit my sister (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). It is going to be about a 4 hour plane ride there and of course as a book lover I am over analyzing what I am going to bring for the plane. Originally I was going to take 3 books.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, and The Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. I had it balanced perfectly- new young adult book, current book I’m behind in for a book club thing I have going on, and a book I own that I haven’t read.

Then I freaked out and rearranged everything.

I officially have: The Walking Dead: Rise of the GovernorPilgrim at Tinker Creek and I have decided to bring my Nook with me. I downloaded 5 ebooks through my library and I have an arc on there that I have been meaning to read. These books include

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (I am attempting to broaden my reading horizons with this one)
VIII by H.M. Castor (I have been wanting to read this for so long! It’s supposed to be grand)
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Same as above- I’ve been wanting to read this and I never expected it to actually be available to check out since it’s so popular! Gooo my library!)
Juliet by Anne Fortier (I was grilling a coworker today at work about good books to read. She recommended this!)
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (time traveling! young adult! romance! My interest is peaked.)

And of course. I am still deciding whether or not to bring Dorothy Must Die.

Meanwhile, I have to be up in 5 hours and I am still not completely packed (I am mostly packed though! I just have a few odds and ends). So all of this stressing out about what to bring for the very short plane ride will lead me to not sleep which of course will lead me to not even read any of these books because I will be just be sleeping on the plane.

Life is hard. :P

Does anyone else have this problem?