So much happening with the development of several books to the big screen so I am just going to condense my thoughts into one post. Excuse the big rambling mess below!! [Read more...]
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Books To Read In A Day
Here are books that I read in one sitting (or day) and that I could not step away from aka some of the best ones.
01. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary so I was pretty sure this wouldn’t be my thing. I started it before bed thinking, “I’ll read a few pages.” Cut to 3AM or so and I had just finished and had the silliest grin on my face.
02. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Is anyone able to put this down?! This was such an intense reading experience for me. As was Catching Fire immediately following. And Mockingjay when that was released.
03. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick – SPEAKING OF INTENSE. This book kept me up until I finished it and I was freaking out over it along the way on goodreads and twitter.
04. Angelfall by Susan Ee – Susan Ee really knows how to keep the pace going and going in her writing. So addicting!
05. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Yup, yup, this list would not be complete without this book. I have such vivid memories of my experience reading it: freshman year of college in my dorm, class early the next morning, running to my laptop around 4AM to order New Moon, missing class the next day…YEAH.
06. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – I read through the first four books when I was in the sixth grade and experienced the midnight releases from Order of the Phoenix onwards. Guess who stayed up all night reading them? That would be me! My all nighters started early…
07. Insignia by SJ Kincaid – My review for this one should be up soon, but I had so much fun reading this book. It.is.awesome.
08. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I had only read one other John Green book and it hadn’t quite lived up to my expectations. I randomly picked up this one and fell in love. And sobbed. And was destroyed. But I loved every second of it!
09. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – Unearthly remains one of the best surprises for me. Despite being 400+ pages, it was not enough!
10. So many other books that I could list here: Vampire Academy books, the Fever series, most of my favorite chick lit reads… I will reserve this spot for what’s to come!
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. – Goodreads
This is one of those books that I could write “OH MY GOD” over and over again and I still don’t think it would be sufficient enough to capture my excitement over it. And to think I almost missed reading it! I’m completely embarrassed to say that I’m one of those readers that will, 99.9% of the time, look past the self-published/indie books in favor of novels from the big publishers. Shame on me, I know, so thanks to all the good buzz happening on Goodreads, I snagged this for my Kindle and absolutely fell in love.
Susan Ee effortlessly made Angelfall a gripping, addictive read from the very beginning. It opens six weeks after the arrivals of angel on Earth and their massive destruction on the world and humanity. After having holed up in their condo, Penryn, along with her sister and mother, attempt to make an escape to a safer location. Immediately, Ee was able to set the scene by evoking the feeling of fear. A single feather falling from the sky turns Penryn’s blood cold and things go from bad to worse as a fight between several angels happens right in front of them. Even worse yet, Paige, Penryn’s sister, is taken away and her journey to find her depends on one very injured angel, Raffe.
As far as characters go, Ee has a winning combination with Penryn and Raffe. They‘re an unlikely duo, forced to work together in order to reach their own goals. They each lost something in the fight and they share the same determination to get it back. Though there is an initial mistrust between them — and a lot snark involved — they do come to be a great team together. There is a hint of a romance between the two, but it wasn’t overdone. Underneath all their back-and-forth bickering, there’s a sweetness and growing trust between the two. I can’t wait to see that continued in the following books.
Individually, Penryn is brave and kickass, but it never felt contrived. There’s nothing more annoying than a heroine that can do it all, so it was good to see layers and depth to her character. Her relationship with her schizophrenic mother was realistic and, of course, her love for her sister really resonated with me. As for Raffe, there’s a certain amount of arrogance about him, but he’s mostly just charming. Though he didn’t lose his sister, his own plight is just as heartbreaking and it would be impossible not to feel for him after what he endures.
While there was a tiny degree of predictability at first, Ee still took her story to unexpected places. As someone who attended Catholic school for most of my life, I was especially surprised to see her take on the darkness of angels I had come to be (somewhat) familiar with in my education. There were names I recognized and they were definitely “harbingers of doom, willing and able to destroy entire cities” in this book. I do wish I had been able to experience more of the destruction, rather than just the aftermath, but Ee did a great job making the angels intimidating beings. In addition to that, there was some dark and terrifying imagery and, towards the end, there was a sci-fi twist that only gives the series a different edge from the norm.
Angelfall is easily one of my favorite books of 2011 and I’m so thankful to the powers of Goodreads for bringing it to my attention. You can preview the first five chapters here and the book’s awesomeness in its entirety can be yours for only 99 cents on your Kindle or Nook (or computer or reading app of choice). 99 cents! There’s no reason at all to pass up on this deal because I think the quality is worth so much more. I can only keep my fingers crossed for its success and count down to getting my hands on a physical copy once they’re released.
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Best of the Bunch is hosted by Lyrical Reviews to give us the chance to highlight our favorite read of the month.
For December: Angelfall by Susan Ee
My review will go up on Tuesday, but I will continue to fangirl over it now: I was completely riveted. It had the perfect mix of thrills, excitement, darkness, and a great cast of characters. Look it up on Amazon or B&N for an amazing deal.
December at work had me crying every night (kidding, but it was very stressful/busy), so blog time was minimal. Still, I expected it to be worse. Here are my posts:
Page to Screen:
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Here are some stats of my reading + blogging this year.
Initial Reading Goal: 100 books – reached on September 21
Second Reading Goal: 130 books – reached December 30
Total Books Read: 131
Pages Read: (according to Goodreads) 47,555
First Book of 2011: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Last Book of 2011: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Longest Book: (according to Goodreads) George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings with 969 pages
DAC Goal: 12
DAC Books Read: 32
Reviews Posted: 86
It has been such a blast reading, blogging, and fangirling with you all. I had some amazing experiences this year — from meeting some of my authors at Comic-Con (Stephanie Perkins! Laini Taylor! Veronica Roth!) to simply squeeing over some awesome book boyfriends (St. Clair! Cricket! Four!) — and I’m so excited for what’s ahead. My goals for reading/blogging will be up tomorrow. I hope you all have a fun and safe Happy New Year. Thank you all for visiting and following the blog. See you all in 2012!
Event hosted by A Life Bound by Books, Confessions of a Bookaholic, Fiktshun, and Two Chicks On Books
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! It’s time to start recapping my favorites of this year and look forward to what’s in store in 2012. Today’s post is for my top ten favorite reads. It seemed impossible to do, but I finally narrowed it down:
• The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – (Review) – The biggest and best surprise of the year for me. This book is quietly stunning and even now, weeks after I read it, it still has a pull on me. A favorite for all time and that last line? Perfection.
• Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – (Review) – This is a fantastically layered book that has some familiar elements found in other novels but Laini Taylor offers a new edge. The world is so imaginative, enthralling, and, as I’ve mentioned them before, those “Hello”s are a killer. Swoon!
• Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – (Review) – This was only my most anticipated book of the year, so… high expectations, right? No need to fear, Stephanie Perkins delivered with another lovely story with the right amount of sweetness, yearning, and everything wonderful.
• Divergent by Veronica Roth – (Review) – So.much.fierceness! While this is definitely action packed and thrilling, Veronica Roth matched that with equally compelling characters. In addition to that, the romance offers a slow burn based on mutual respect.
• The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – (Review) – I fangirled over this book after I read it and I’m happy to do it again: AMAZING READ, OMG. Elisa’s character arc was incredible and I could gush all day about the unexpected — but awesome — places Rae Carson took the story.
• Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick – (Review) – I sped through this book as if it were water and I was dying of thirst. I could not read it fast enough and yet I dreaded every page turn because things were so C-R-A-Z-Y. This was definitely the most intense read for me this year and it was so good.
• A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee – (Review) – Not only was the mystery fun to unravel, but Mary and James are great leads and their chemistry is some of the best everrrrrrr. Seriously, it pretty much oozes off the page and, psst, it only gets better in book two (and I’m sure book three which I will get too soon!).
• A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness –
Review – I didn’t review this one because I wouldn’t be able to detail how affecting the book is. Beautiful and brutal.
• Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – (Review) – Cynthia Hand more than made up for the horrible angel books I read prior to hers and I actually love this one more with each re-read. The mythology is interesting, her characters are fully fleshed out, and she still manages to keep an air of mystery surrounding everything. Also, Tucker!!!
• Blood Red Road by Moira Young – (Review) – Blood Red Road is awesome because it has: a lot of adventure, a unique writing style, a prickly and flawed main character, a handsome and charming guy, an awesome pet crow, a group of kickass females, and other excellent elements that I will not detail because you should read this ASAP!
I wouldn’t be me without cheating somehow, so here are some honorable mentions as well:
• Angelfall by Susan Ee – I just finished this yesterday and I’m still in a state of CAPS LOCK over it. My review will be up soon, but you should just go ahead it buy it for your Kindle or Nook. 99 cents, people! Don’t miss out!
• Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren – (Review) – Exciting adventure, great romance, and a story full of heart. This book has everything!
• Unwind by Neal Shusterman – (Review) – Terrifying and haunting, this book has one of the most chilling scenes I’ve ever read.
• Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – (Review) – So much Jem goodness! Plus, this really was an excellent followup to the first book.
What are your favorite reads of the year? Do we share any of the same books? Let me know!