Waiting on Wednesday

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Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: September 27, 2016

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

Top 14 of 2014: Day 7

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Instead of taking a week off after the Christmas holiday like I have every year since A Midsummer Night’s Read opened, I am joining forces with Krista from Krista’s Dust Jacket and Kim from Kimberly Faye Reads to host a Top 14 of 2014 meme!

Not only are you able to participate in this meme, but we will each be hosting giveaways on our blogs including extra entries if you participate and add to our links! Feel free to use the graphic above in your posts.

Today’s topic is:

Top 14 Books of 2014….and a GIVEAWAY!

1. Unhinged and Ensnared by A.G. Howard
I know that TECHNICALLY Ensnared shouldn’t count since it doesn’t come out until 2015, but I read it in 2014 so I put it on this list!

2. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

3. The Jewel by Amy Ewing

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

5. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

6. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

8. Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

9. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

10. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

11. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

12. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

13. My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

14. TIE: Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele and Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler

memelistThese are MY personal top 14 reads of this year, and I know there are still a ton of books in my TBR from 2014 that I didn’t get to yet!  Thank you so much for participating and be sure to enter my Top 14 of 2014 giveaway!

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Top 14 of 2014: Day 6

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Instead of taking a week off after the Christmas holiday like I have every year since A Midsummer Night’s Read opened, I am joining forces with Krista from Krista’s Dust Jacket and Kim from Kimberly Faye Reads to host a Top 14 of 2014 meme!

Not only are you able to participate in this meme, but we will each be hosting giveaways on our blogs including extra entries if you participate and add to our links! Feel free to use the graphic above in your posts.

Today’s topic is:

Top 14 Books of 2015 on my TBR

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?”

2. I Was Here by Gayle Foreman

3. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

4. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

5. The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige
To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die….

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?”

6. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

7. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
“One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.  Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.”

8. The White Rose by Amy Ewing

9. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings

10. Winter by Marissa Meyer

11. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.”

12. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

13. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

14. The Cage by Megan Shepherd
“When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?”

memelistWhat are some of the books you are looking forward to in 2015?  Do we share any in common? What books do you think I should add to my TBR?

Join Our Meme! Only one more day and the topic is: Top 14 Books in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands on!

1. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
Book 3 of the Arcana Chronicles

2. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Book 2 of Rebel Belle

3. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Book 2 of Dorothy Must Die

4. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan
Book 2 of Uninvited

5. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings
Book 2 in The Murder Complex

6. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
Book 3 of The Shades of London

7. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
Book 3 of The Madman’s Daughter

8. Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Book 2 of Talon

9. Lady Celie by Melina Marchetta
Book 3.5 of the Lumatere Chronicles

10. Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Book 2 of Don’t Get Mad

 

What sequels are you waiting on?!

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

1. Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele
I mean, didn’t you see this one coming?

2. Unhinged by A.G. Howard
I met A.G. at BEA and I may have fangirled a little bit. I want to get my hands on an ARC of the final book, or I might cry. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but still!

3. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
This book was super fun to read and I just cannot wait until more of the story comes out.

4. Uganda be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Heck yeah, Chelsea. Always on my best lists.

5. My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
Beautiful story with LGBT and Religion storylines.

6. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Serial killers and super smart profiling teens? Yes. All it is missing is Matthew Gray Gubler…

7. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My first Armentrout novel, and it was freaking awesome.

8. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
I’m an Alice girl, but Paige has me almost on the Wizard train!

9. Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule
Beautiful story that reminds me of Phantom of the Opera. Pick it up!

10. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Historical fiction, women’s rights, and a decent love story? Yes, please!

 

What were some of your favorite reads this year?!

 

 

Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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!

Anyone who may have followed my blog for long enough will remember that I have a (slight) obsession and love for Alice in Wonderland and any modern adaptations that have a decent plot and use good elements from the original story.  So, any modern “fairy tale” (I use that loosely since Alice and Oz were both written in what could be considered modern times and are regarded as not necessarily part of the fairy tale tradition) will receive a good amount of attention from me and I’ll definitely want to read it.

Whew. That was a long preface. Anyway, I can honestly say that the movie version of the Wizard of Oz terrified me as a child, and I still cannot watch it without wanting to hide my face from the flying monkeys (no matter what Wicked by Gregory MacGuire said to make them less terrifying).  However, Danielle Paige did give Oz a new spin.

Amy, as a character, was very flat at the beginning of the novel.  I appreciated the way that Paige allowed Amy to come into her own throughout the novel, and it really gave me the opportunity to appreciate her through her growth.  In addition, she really went from being a flimsy, average teen to the savior that Oz needs.

Speaking of Oz needing saving, Dorothy was a nightmare.  Again, Paige did her best to make her scary, and there was a fair amount of death in this novel, but Dorothy ended up coming off like a spoiled and self-centered brat.  Although I am still questioning why Paige decided to go along with the movie and give Dorothy red shoes, instead of the silver ones that were used in the original novel.  Possibly because red is the color of blood?  Either way, based on the description of Dorothy and her clothes, I imagined her as wearing one of those really slutty Halloween costumes that are super short and low cut with her high heels.

There was two boys that really kept the main character’s attention, Pete and Nox.  But I really liked that there wasn’t a main focus on any time of romantic interlude, because the whole story was about Amy learning to stand up to the big bad Dorothy.

I wish I could ask Paige whether or not she consciously used Dorothy and the mining of magic to juxtapose the original political undertones concerning the Gold and Silver standard.  Perhaps I’ll try to ask!

I really enjoyed it and will wait impatiently for the next installment.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books on my Spring 2014 TBR List

Click on the titles to read the synopsis, and then add them to your TBR!

1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

2. On the Fence by Kasie West

3. The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer

4. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

5. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

6. A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

7. Nil by Lynne Matson

8. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

9. Tease by Amanda Maciel

10. End Times by Anna Schumacher

 

What are some of your books on your TBR list?  I’d love to have more to add to mine!

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist

Note: This list is going to include Bookish Items and Books I want to read

aliceinwonderlandbooksi1. Alice in Wonderland Booksi
A phone charger that looks like my favorite book AND in a cute cover? Yes, please.  Click the link to view it!

2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Been waiting forever to see the conclusion of Clary and Jace’s story. So excited!

3. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Southern Charm and a debutante mixed with the excitement of the paranormal? Sign me up.

personallibrarykit4. Personal Library Kit
Do I have to explain this one? I would LOVE to catalog my books.

5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Even though I still haven’t finished the prequel (oops) I still cannot wait until this book releases so I can read it.

6. Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
I’ve loved all of her other novels that I’ve read and I am ready to begin a new series by her!

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7. I Like Big Books and I cannot Lie
Yep, it is definitely overdone, but I want one anyway.

8. Insanity by Susan Vaught
Asylums, haunting, and a creepy cover? I preordered this long ago.

9. Down the Rabbit Hole Necklace
WANT. WANT. WANT. WANT.

10. Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule.
Read the synopsis. It is fairly straight forward.

What are some things on your reading wishlist?

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