domingo, 31 de agosto de 2014

Monday Book Recommendations (9)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:30 0 comentarios

Monday is the day I choose what new books I’m going to start reading but I have so many books in my To Read Pile that sometimes it’s hard to choose so I have decided that on Monday mornings I’ll recommend my some of favorite books.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


I'm very exctited for this week's rec because if I think about it this is my favorite book hands down.  The thing that makes me love this book so much is the fact that it has a little bit of everything: Amazing characters, intrigue, and an excellent revenge plan.
If you decide to give it a chaqnce I would recommend you take your time with this book since it's a bit long and it has many notes that you need to read if you aren't familiar with the period the story take place in.




Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Publicado por Paulina J. en 8:00 0 comentarios
Title: Frr To Fall
Author: Lauren Miller
Pages:469
Publisher: Harper Teen


What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? 

What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. 

Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. 

Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.


Although the premise of everyone being dependant on an app, something that is quite real, a girl in my class had an anxiety attack because her Instagram app wasn’t working: so yeah I could believe that a world where people can’t live without a certain phone.  

My problem with the book was the execution of the plot. Our main character Rory loves her Gemini at first and doesn’t understand why her best friend doesn’t but as soon as a cute guy tells her that the same thing then he must be right. You don’t need a love interest to start questioning things especially if said guy is creepy enough to put a camera and a tracker on you.

Another pet peeve of mine is that authors need to make the main character special somehow, in this case Rory was a Hepta, and in other words she is a perfect student that will shine bright with no effort in her school. A person doesn’t need special abilities or to be different from everyone else to be interesting.

I think that this is a book for people who are just discovering the Dystopian genre since it's not too log and is a standalone novel.


Rating: 2.5 stars out of five. 

sábado, 30 de agosto de 2014

Stacking the Shelves (37)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 9:03 8 comentarios

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course e books!


Tested (New World #3) by Janelle Stalder
The Young World (The Young World Trilogy #1) by Chris Weitz
Also Known As (Also Known As #1) by Robin Benway


Between The Spark and The Burn (Between #2) by April Genevive Tulcholke
The Gardner by S. A. Bodeen
Earth Flight (Earth Girl #3) by Janet Edwards


The Lair (The Farm #2) by Emily McKay
The Fallen Legacies (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files #3) by Pittacus Lore








jueves, 28 de agosto de 2014

Feature and Follow (24)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:12 11 comentarios

The Feature and and and Follow is hosted by TWO hosts,  of Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

This weeks Feature:

 What Character Would I trade PlaceWith


would trade placewith a random Hogwart student, I wouldn't want Harry's responsibilitieso I would preffer (according to Pottermore) to be a Slytherin student.

miércoles, 27 de agosto de 2014

Thursday Thoughts (3)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:21 2 comentarios


Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly meme created by Ok, Let's Read. The idea for this feature was brought about by several conversations I've had with bookish friends in my daily life. I noticed that not everyone has the same mindset about certain aspects of reading, books, and everything bookish and wanted to not only share my own opinions on things, but hear other people's feelings on topics that we might not feel the same way about.


Today I'm sharing my thoughts on The Power 

of Social Media.

I think social media has been an amazing tool for authors; it helps them communicate faster with their reader, share news and find out what people think about their work but at the same time it can be hard for readers because sadly some authors can’t take criticism and attack readers.
I personally like seeing what authors tweet because they’ll post updates, giveaways, promote other authors and they can answer questions and this was something you couldn’t do before.



martes, 26 de agosto de 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (43)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:30 0 comentarios


Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is:


Title: Sparkes Rise
Series: The Darkest Minds #2.5
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Pages: 110
Expected Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Don’t miss the thrilling novella that connects the last two novels in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Mindstrilogy. 

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood. Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her. 

Includes a bonus preview chapter from the final Darkest Minds novel, In the Afterlight.




I just found out about this on Monday! I need this book yesterday, anything to know more about the camps



Tested by Janelle Stalder Review

Publicado por Paulina J. en 10:35 0 comentarios
Title: Tested
Series: New World #3
Author: Janelle Stalder
Release Date: Augu st 26th 2014

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language




*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

 This is the third book in the New world series and I must admit that I as a bit worried that the series was expanding from the original sisters fortunately Missy didn’t disappoint

The Pros:                               

-Each book get’s better and better, they are not copies of the previous one with cardboard character, after reading you end up loving all the character for different reasons.

-Missy: Ye she is shy and comes off as very meek at the beginning of the book but she proves everyone wrong and turns out to be one of the strongest characters I’ve read about recently. The author did a great job writing her character since she is not the typical heroine, she is not a leather wearing kick ass nor is she the super intelligent girl that I incredibly pretty but doesn’t know it; another thing I loved is that Missy had lived some horrible things that needed time to heal and he got more than one book to do so.

-I like that we still see old characters, many author that tend to forget about some character after writing their book but I’m glad to see Bridget ad Roman.

-Ludwing is still my favorite villain ever, he till continues to amaze me. He expects the best from his army and when they make a mistake he isn’t all oh well they were the chosen one that no one can defeat, he actually gets mad and calls his soldier out.

The Cons

-Not enough Ludwing.

-I would’ve liked to see more of the testing that held Tyler, I just love reading about places here experiments are taking place.

-The last 10% of the book was a preview of another of the authors book, I wanted more Missy

Last thoughts



I’m pretty excited for the net book Phoenix looks like one of those characters that I either love with all my heart or one that I ill dislike but I have complete faith that Janelle Stalder will get me to love her.

Rating: 

lunes, 25 de agosto de 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (37)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:24 1 comentarios

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This week is Top Ten Books that I Want to read but don't own

1)      Young Bess  by Margaret Irwin
I’m obsessed with all things Tudor, especially with Queen Elizabeth I; what makes me want to read this book is that it focuses on her teen year instead of her reign.

2)      Just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth
I really like the premier of this book since I’ve heard it decribed a the Lolita of the Internet age

3)      Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady by Derek Blasberg
I think you can never get enough advice on how to tackle the world and many friends have found this book very fun to read.

4)      Eventuality by Peggy Martinez
This is the third book in the Time warper series and it has become one of my all time favorites but every time I try to buy it something happen and I use the money on something else.

5)      Outlanders by Melanie Cusick-Jones.
I read the first book of this series in exchange for a review I never expected to love it as much as I did; there is a sequel listed on Goodreads but I can’t find if it’s published or not.
6)      Had the Queen Lived by Raven A. Nucklos

Another Tudor book but in this one history gets is re-imagined because the author doesn’t kill Anne Boleyn and I would love to see how  it affected Tudor England.

7)      Wicked Games by Gemma Halliday.
This is supposed to be the third book in one of my favorite mystery series but I think the Author has abandoned the project because it a supposed to be published last year and it’ till unpublished.

8)      By Sun and Saltwater by Kate Avery Ellison
The second book in the Chronicle of Itlantis series it has bonus points because it’s written by one of my favorite authors but he hasn’t made her book available in my country.

9)      Garden of Eden by Kate Cowan  
I like the premise of the book but I usually postpone buying it because other books I want more get published.

10)   The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin
This is a book I don’t have but desperately need, the thing is that it’s not published yet and even if it was published I still need to read books 4 and 5.



domingo, 24 de agosto de 2014

Monday Book Recommendations (8)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:30 0 comentarios

Monday is the day I choose what new books I’m going to start reading but I have so many books in my To Read Pile that sometimes it’s hard to choose so I have decided that on Monday mornings I’ll recommend my some of favorite books.

Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher


This was the first "realistic" young adult book that I reads and it totally made me think about how our actions can do so much damage even if we don't realize it,it also helps that the writting is very powerful. A very beautiful yet sad read.



sábado, 23 de agosto de 2014

Lost To Me by Jamie Blair Blitz + Giveaway

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:30 0 comentarios

Lost To Me by Jamie Blair

Title: LostTo Me
Release Date: 08/19/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Lauren Kelling’s prom night is a memory she’ll never forget—in her nightmares. She had the dress, the hair, and romantic first time plans with her boyfriend, Kolton Seidel. But what should have been the best night of her life bleeds into terror when she’s brutally attacked.

Now, Lauren relives the events leading up to prom, unraveling the clues that should have warned her of the trauma to come. Like Kolton ’s malicious ex-girlfriend, who’ll do anything to rip them apart. Or Kolton’s mentally unstable brother.


After the tragedy, Lauren wants to hide, disfigured inside and out, while Kolton drowns in a sea of guilt. Only together can the two of them lay rest to the past and heal each other, through a love too strong to break.


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Excerpt


We sat, breathing in unison, recovering from our near drowning in each other, something he wasn’t trained to save us from. I knew in that instant that I wouldn’t want to be saved from it.
The thought of leaving him sent a wave of sadness through me. I blinked double time to hold back tears, but one escaped and landed on Kolton’s arm.
“Lauren? What’s wrong? Did I upset you?” He cupped my face with his hands, his eyebrows knit with concern as his blue eyes probed mine for answers.
“I’ll have to leave in a few days,” I said, choking on the words, feeling foolish.
He lowered my head to his shoulder. “It’s okay. You don’t live far. I’ll come visit, and you’ll come here. You have a house here. I’m pretty sure you’ll be back.” He squeezed my shoulders. “We’ll make it work. I promise.”
I felt stupid for crying. “I bet you say that to all the girls when they go home from vacation.” I wiped my eyes and realized he was shaking his head.
“I’m not like that, Lauren.” He took my hand and kissed it. “I don’t want to lose you. I won’t lose you again.” His face was so sincere, like an innocent little boy, the boy he used to be. “Okay?”
I nodded and a few more tears slid down my face.
“Stop.” He wiped the tears with the tips of his fingers. “Your mom probably thinks I’ve abducted you.”


About the Author


Jamie Blair lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, their two kids and a cat that broke into their house and refused to leave. She won a young author's contest in third grade, but it probably shouldn't count since her mom wrote most of her entry.LEAP OF FAITH is her first novel. She promises her mom didn't write one word of it. 

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GIVEAWAY


1 - Bracelet with charms that go with the book, a $20 Amazon card and a signed, dry erase, cover magnet (INT)







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viernes, 22 de agosto de 2014

Stacking the Shelves (36)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:27 7 comentarios

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course e books!

So I'm including last weeks haul also because I wasn't able to post it last weekend, I have to say I'm really glad with all my purchases:


The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore
The Forgotten (The Lux Guardians #1) by Saruuh Kelsey
Once in a Full Moon (Full Moon #1) by Ellen Shreiber


Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) by Pittacus Lore


The Diamond of Darkhold (Book of Ember #4) by Jeanne DyPrau
Poseur (Poseur #1) by Rachel Maude
Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1) by Lori M. Lee















jueves, 21 de agosto de 2014

Feature and Follow (23)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 23:30 6 comentarios

The Feature &and and Follow is hosted by TWO hosts,  of Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

This weeks Feature:

 What book/series do you think would make a better TV show than a movie?



I would pick the Vampire Academy movie. I like the series but I honestly thought the movie was a train wreck. I wasn't a fan of the casting, Rose is described as "semi exotic desert Princess" but Zoey Deutch doesn't fit that description, then the marketing campaign wasn't the best either, I had classmates think it was the promo for a porn movie but most of all the movie was very rushed and confusing for people who hadn't read the books.
I think that this would have been aeasier to explain all the things that happened in the book in weekly one hour episode than in 104 minutes.


 

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