Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire

Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: ARC
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: ARC received from publisher at BEA
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

Synopsis from Goodreads:

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we make lists of bookish things!

This week we are talking about our Winter TBRs. I tend to get a lot of reading done in the winter because it's way too freaking cold out to venture out. I'm quite content to curl up on my couch under a blanket with my books. The perfect way to spend winter actually. Do I still have to go to work? 

I decided to focus my list on new releases, but I also am going to try to squeeze in some older books I've been meaning to read. The Lux series being one them. (Try not to freak out too much, Wendy...) Anyway, here's the new releases that I want get to this winter (may it not be too long and may we not get a lot of snow): 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Trust Me, I’m Lying

Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Series: Trust Me #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA Contemporary Thriller
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Source: ARC received from publisher (Thanks, Random House!)
Rating: 4 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Discussion Post: Blog Design

I have a confession. You probably already know this. But...I suck at blog design. This is not my strong suit AT ALL. I know nothing about coding. I'm not very good at design in general, so even if I was good at coding, I wouldn't know what to do with my blog anyway. I keep thinking about having someone overhaul my blog, but then I'm too lazy or don't have the money or whatever the case may be. I do try to do some of my own stuff here and there. And I did tweak some stuff last weekend. (Really subtle changes, it's okay if you didn't notice.) But the fact is, I suck. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Half Lies by Sally Green


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Half Lies

Author: Sally Green
Series: Half Life #0.5
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: ebook
Release Date: November 13, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Set in the months before Half Bad, Half Lies takes the form of a diary written by Michele, the sister of Gabriel, Nathan’s Black witch friend. Having fled Europe for Florida, Michele falls in love with a local White witch boy. There, she finds that the divide between the Black and White witch communities is just as dangerous as it was in the life she's left behind.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we make lists of bookish things!

This week we are talking about sequels that we are dying for. Seriously, how did I even limits this list to ten? Because there are SO MANY SEQUELS I NEED IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW. Damn you, authors and your cliffhanger endings. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Watched by C.J. Lyons

Watched

Author: C.J. Lyons
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Format: ebook
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 3 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

When hackers can hijack any cellphone or computer webcam, no one is safe - including Jesse.

Jesse seems like a normal sixteen-year-old, but he isn't. He is a victim of King - a ruthless hacker who has been blackmailing Jesse with incriminating screen photos and videos. So far, Jesse's given in to King's demands in order to protect his family. But now King wants something that's too horrible to contemplate- and if he doesn't get it, King will kill Jesse's little sister.