Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


When Shalini’s father gets a new job in L.A., she is torn away from her life in India and the boy to whom she’s been betrothed since she was three. L.A. is so different, and Shalini dresses and talks all wrong. She isn’t sure she’ll survive high school in America without her fiancé, Vikram, and now she has to cope with her mom’s homesickness and depression. A new friend, chill and confident Renuka, helps Shalini find her way and get up the courage to join the Food4Life club at school. But she gets more than just a friend when she meets Toby—she gets a major crush. Shalini thinks she loves Vikram, but he never made her feel like this.
In Lovetorn, Shalini discovers that your heart ultimately makes its own choices, even when it seems as if your destiny has already been chosen.

Author Kavita Daswani has always been fascinated by child marriages and betrothals, and this story of a traditional girl from India, who is exposed to so many more freedoms and experiences after being dropped in a completely alien culture, is a fresh and contemporary look at the subject.

 I'm don't honestly know what to feel about this book. First off our main character is likable but but doesn't always click with her self, if that makes any sense. She makes so decisions that I can't see a person like her making. Don't get me wrong is was a good book with a good story to tell, but along with Shalini (our main character) odd actions the book is just to short.If the book was a few chapters longer or had an epilogue I felt that all these little lose ends could be dealt with and we could have found out what her final decision was.

Over all a pretty good book, but need a little something more.

I got this book through the Goodreads Firstreads program. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Samantha Ruiz has a freak gene that makes her turn invisible, or ripple. She can’t control it, and it’s getting worse. Afraid of becoming a lab-rat, Sam keeps her ability secret, until fellow runner Will Baker sees her vanish into thin air. Will promises secrecy and help, and Sam begins to fall in love.
Together, the two discover there are worse things than being a scientific curiosity. Someone’s been killing people who possess Sam's gene. A mysterious man from France sends letters that offer hope for safety, but also reveal a sinister connection with Nazi experiments.
The more time Sam spends with Will, the less she can imagine life without him. When Sam uncovers secrets from her past, she must choose between keeping Will in her life or keeping Will safe.

This is the story of Sam a girl with a secret, a secret she can't control. So when will sees her disapper he promises to help and to keep her seceret, because he has secrets of his own.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun read with a good plot. Our main charcter actual has a brain and doesn't just go with everything Will says. Her best friend isn't the best but pretty realistic. The journal entreies are very disturbing, but fit in well with the store. So worth the read and thanks Cidney Swanson (the author) for sending me a e-book copy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

WWW Wednesdays (#1)

W. W. W. Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading . Here's how it works... Each Wednesday I will answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you'll read next?

Currently Reading:

The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist #2) - An interesting book so far and if it's like 1st book it doesn't have a romance.




What did you recently finish reading?

Phaze Doubt (Apprentice Adept #7)- An odd end to an odd series

Torn (The Missing #4)- A nice continuation of the series, but not the best of the series.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide #4) and Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide #5)  -  Odd books in an odd series.





Jenny Pox (The Paranormals #1)- A good read, but it has a lot of sex for YA. Also it's free on kindle. 


What do you think you'll read next?


The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles #1)- This one has been on my to-read list since a friend recommended it and I finally picked it up from the library (along with all the other books on my what I think I'll read next) .

There You'll Find Me- A random pick it looks like a quick, cute read. 






Will Grayson, Will Grayson- I've read and enjoyed both of these authors and hope this book can live up to my expectations.

Marcelo In The Real World- My Goodreads recommendations seem to think I desperately need to read this book, so here it goes!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


On the day after Halloween, Nan wakes up in a subway car. She is not dreaming. She doesn’t know where she’s been or what she’s done. She’s missing a whole day from her life. And she’s wearing skeleton makeup and a too-small Halloween costume that she doesn't remember putting on.
Nan is not supposed to wake up in places like this anymore. She’s different now, so far from that dangerously drunk girl who hit bottom in the Nanapocalypse. She needs to find out what happened to her, and fast. As she tries to put together the pieces of the last twenty-four hours, she flashes back to memories of her previous life. But she would never go back to her old friends and her old ways. Would she?
The deeper Nan digs, the more disturbing things get. This time, she may have gone one step too far. This time, she may be a walking ghost.

This book is odd, we start out with a girl waking up on a subway with no idea how she got there or how she ended up in a costume and make-up. But slowly she starts to retrace her steps trying to figure out what happened to her, and where is her friend?

First let me say that this book is rather small and a quick read. Which can be a good thing depending on the book but this book felt too fast, like we where rushed through it. It's told in a series of flash-backs mixed with present day trying to figuring out what happened. For the first half the story is very believable and okay, but the second half is much less believable but much more exciting. So a descent read, I wouldn't buy it (at least for the price their currently asking), but if your library has it check it out.  

I received this book through the Goodreads.com's Firstreads Program.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How They Met, and Other Stories

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a confection from David Levithan that is sure to appeal to fans of Boy Meets Boy. Here are 18 stories, all about love, and about all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down. What is love? With this original story collection David Levithan proves that love is a many splendored thing, a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing.

I started this book thinking it would be a bunch of cute little love story of the usual kind. But I got a little bit of a surprise to find out the first story was about a gay boy. But I can live with some of that mixed in a kept reading to find that out of 18 stories, 8 focused on gays or lesbians.

But they are all cute little stories about finding love and are worth the quick read. Some of my favorites (probably because they remind me of my self) are A Romantic Inclination and Without Saying.


“I think one of the highest compliments you can give a person is that when you are talking to him, you are not thinking about the fact that you are talking to him. That is, your thoughts and words all exist on a single, engaged level. You are being yourself because you aren't bothering to think about who you should be. It is like when you talk in a dream.”

"You wanna-I dunno-get coffee or something sometime?"

Justin smiled "Not coffee. But yes."

"Not Coffee it is, then."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Uping my Challenge

I'm uping my reading challenge on Goodreads.com from 250 to 275. Due to me reaching my goal! My 250th book was Inheritance the last of the Inheritance cycle, hopefully I'll have a review in the next few days.

Friday, September 30, 2011



Something some power is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping her friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.
Laurel suspects her new found ability has something to do with an ancient family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.
Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?
Review:This book sadly (like many other YA books) suffers from Disappearing Parent Syndrome where parents are just kind of out the picture. But this book gets through it and is truly interesting.

Laurel's mother has passed away due to cancer and know her father has sent her/allowed her to go away to boarding school (what is up with boarding school and YA books?) and suddenly those odd little songs her mother used to sing are causing odd things to happen with flowers.

Honestly I'm not usually the one to fall for more girly, lovey dovey books. Which this one manages to pull off and make interesting. These flowers depending on their meaning (there is a very nice guide in the back of the book) and with Laurel's help can guide emotions. But Laurel is new at all of this which causes some problems which she must solve. Even though at points I wanted to smack her, I ended up really enjoying the book.


I will be posting....soon....

I will get back into the routine of posting, soon, at the moment I'm so tired it isn't even funny and this weekend isn't going to help as I'll be running ever single day.

I am currently at 204 books this year and I've received my copy of  Lost in Time and it was pretty good. I will get caught up on reviews at some point (I have over 20 to do) but please stick with me and I will get back on track soon.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Book Thief

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can't resist- books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are to be found.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Wow, that is about all I can say. This book takes place in Nazi Germany and we meet our main character as her brother dies. But this is not the typical Nazi Germany, our main character is not Jewish. She is a little girl who is given up because her mother can no longer care for her or her brother. But when her brother dies and is buried she picks up a book dropped by one of the grave diggers, this is the book that starts her career as a book thief.

This book starts slowly and is a little strange our narrator is Death, who drops hints and gives away details all through the book. But you slowly fall in love with the characters and begin to care so much about them, and at the end of this book I was in tears. This is not a happy ever after, but worth the read never the less.

Monday, September 12, 2011


 S.J. Wist I just wanted to let you know I'm not ignoring you, blogger isn't letting me post comments. So thanks and the number/list has now gone to 185.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.

I got this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I was really hoping to love this book, it had a interesting cover (even though the girl just look weird) and plot, and I've enjoyed books like Across the Universe. But this book was... not my cup of tea. We were very quickly introduced to our characters and then suddenly bad stuff starts happening and I honestly didn't care about anyone yet.

Another problem is this book was a little too much religion/cult like for my taste. I'm all for interesting story lines with cults but this one just didn't do much for me. Also all of our main characters were too... square, they all fit a perfect little stereotype. And what was up with ending? It wasn't an ending but it wasn't a cliffhanger at the same time.

But it was a fairly good book and I will at least try the next one.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave.  But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects.  Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up.  Hungry.  Infected.  Contagious.  This is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang…but a bite.

I received this book through the first reads program on goodreads before actual publication.

This book was Hannibal Lecter meets Zombie Apocalypse, well maybe not Hannibal Lecter but creepy serial killer. This story takes place in a small Pennsylvania town (which kind of creeps me out, I live in PA) and starts when the body of a serial killer wakes up and eats the mortician. Cool, huh?

Our main character is a cop/ army veteran with some issues, but I loved her all the same. Yep our number one zombie killer is a woman, a kick-ass woman. She can shot and argue with the best of them and is in no way the damsel in distress. But our story starts when she wakes up late for work and her and her partner's first call of the day is to the local mortuary....

At parts of this book I was laughing and at others about to cry. I loved and yet found it corny that our serial killers mother's name is Clarice. I wanted to cry at the end at the decisions they where forced to make. I found it odd that none of this people had never seen how to kill a zombie before and it took them forever to figure out how. Random fact the first mention of zombies in this pre-released edition is on page 155.

This book had a few issues that I hope they catch before publication, like the Hannibal Lecter reference at the beginning of the book was worded oddly. At the end of this book I was left wondering is this really the end or is there going to be a sequel? But over all I really enjoyed this book and will be seeking out more zombie books. This book is to be published October 25th, 2011

More Finished Books

I'm really behind on writing reviews but here are the books I've finished and once again something  screwed up on my goodreads counts so I went with the other counts:
176. Life, the Universe and Everything
176. Jellicoe Road
177. The Da Vinci Code
178. Anna and the French Kiss  

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Across the Universe

Lets start out with some of my old reviews.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My review, which does have some very small spoilers included:

I started this book think this would be a romance in space, something okay but not amazing. But I ended up really liking it.

This is the story of a girl named Amy who joined her parents to be frozen and sent to a new plant as our earth isn't doing so well. It's suppose to take 300 years to reach this new plant and her parents are experts need to settle it. While they are frozen in time, Elder who is one day to take over the ship learns some secrets of the ship and not all of them good.... But when Amy is woken and almost dies from it and other frozens die or almost die, Elder and Amy most find out the truth.

This is more of a Utopian world then anything else. Here are some similarities I found with some other books.

The Giver- The passing down of secrets between two males, in Giver the Giver and Receiver and in Across the Universe Eldest and Elder. Also the drug control.

Brave New World- The class structure, control of class before birth, and once again drug control.

But it is it's own book and is special, come on it's in space! I did have some trouble getting into it but after that I loved it, even if I figured out a few things ahead of time. It's sequel A Million Suns is due out January 10th, 2012 and I'm defiantly going to read it. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011


This is my new Blog, Sticky Note Quotes named for how I mark quotes in books I read. I'll be posting reviews and letting you know what I'm reading, and of course sharing the quotes I find.

So lets start with the books I've read so far this year:
1. Sent
2. My Story: "A Child Called It", "The Lost Boy", "A Man Named Dave"
3. Lasher
4. The Declaration
5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Omnibus): The Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers, The Return of the King
6. Beastly
7. Alex Cross's TRIAL
8. Life As We Knew It
9. Hannibal
10. The Darkangel
11. This World We Live In
12. The Dead and the Gone
14. Hurt Go Happy
15. In the Forests of the Night
16. A Brother's Journey
17. Sweetblood
18. Cry to Heaven
19. Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
20. The Clan of the Cave Bear
21. The Valley of the Horses
22. Linger
23. Brave New World
24. The Mammoth Hunters
25. The Plains of Passage
26. The Shelters of Stone
27. Matched
28. The Land of Painted Caves
29. Daniel X: Demons and Druids
30. Eragon
31. Eldest
32. Brisingr
33. The Hunger Games
34. Catching Fire
35. Mockingjay
36. Sabotaged
37. Full Moon Rising
38. Kissing Sin
39. Tempting Evil
40. Dangerous Games
41. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
42. Blue Bloods
43. Masquerade
44. The Silence of the Lambs
45. The Dead Guy Interviews
46. Revelations
47. Interview with the Vampire
48. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
49. The Resistance
51. Valiant
52. Graceling
53. The Looking Glass Wars
54. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
55. The Book Thief
56. Split Infinity
57. Seeing Redd
58. The Queen of the Damned
59. ArchEnemy
60. Embraced By Darkness
61. The Darkest Kiss
62. Ember
63. Feed
64. Victory of Eagles
65. The Host
66. The Vampire Lestat
67. An Abundance of Katherines
68. The Tale of the Body Thief
69. The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes, and Humans
70. Pandora
71. Fire
72. Across the Universe 
73. Thirteen Days to Midnight 74. Gifts
75. The Knife of Never Letting Go
76. Gardening in Eden: The Joys of Planning and Tending a Garden
77. Enclave
78. Twilight Eyes
79. Deadly Desire
80. Bound to Shadows
81. Briar Rose
82.Moon Sworn
83. The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time
84. Voices of Dragons
85. Ender's Game
86. The Iron King
87. Radiance
88. Rampant
89. Night Star
90. Fairest
91. Memnoch the Devil  
92. The Iron Daughter
93. The Iron Queen
94. On a Pale Horse
95. Speaker for the Dead
96. Bearing an Hourglass
97. Once a Hero
98. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
99. I Never Met an Animal I Didn't Like
100. Bambi: A Life in the Woods
101.Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
102. The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids
103. Conception
104. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
105. Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family
106. Pirates!
107. Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers
108. Blue Adept
109. The Magic Bullet
110. With a Tangled Skein
111. Wielding a Red Sword
112. Being a Green Mother
113. Promise of the Wolves
114. After
115.The Lightning Thief
116.Raised by Wolves
117. Winter's Passage
118. Juxtaposition
119. Summer's Crossing
120. Heartbeat
121. Out of Phaze
122. Forget-Her-Nots
123. Foundling
124. Cathy's Book
125. The Lark And The Wren
126. Robot Adept
127. Xenocide
128. Before I Die
129. When I Was Five I Killed Myself
130. Breathe My Name
131. The Farming of Bones
132. Death Be Not Proud
133. Goose Chase
134.The House of the Scorpion 
135.Children of the Mind
136. Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel 
137. Annexed
138.Getting Near to Baby
139. Merrick
140. Ivy
141. Ponies
142. The Harry Potter Prequel
143. Glow
144. How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro
145. Lord of the Flies
146. Divergent
147. The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy
148. The Maze Runner
149. Tide Knot
150. The Sea of Monsters
151. The Heretic's Daughter
152.The Ask and the Answer
153. Incarceron
154. Unicorn Point
155. Tongues of Serpents 
156.Tongues of Serpents
157. Forbidden
158. Pegasus
159. Ruby Red
160. XVI
161. Ironside
162. Feed
163. The Water Wars

Now right about here everything I was using to keep track of this number (I'm part of a site called Goodreads.com) says that some where along the way the numbers got mixed up and I'm only at 162 so I
went with that number as I continued (if anyone can figure out where/how I screwed up, I'll love you forever).

163. The Scorch Trials
164. Sapphique
165. The Titan's Curse 
166. Monsters of Men
167. Unwind
168. Eyes Like Stars
169. The New World
170. Aesop's Fables 
171. A Game of Thrones
172. Passion
173. Fell
174. Delirium
175. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
If you go through some of these books you will see that a few are ARC (advanced readers copy), which means they aren't out yet but I got a free copy through the Goodreads FirstReads program, in exchange for my rating and review. Hopefully more of these will be popping up in the future. My goal is to read 250 books this year and it looks like I'm going to make it, I'm currently reading  Life, the Universe and Everything.

I have Inheritance, which is the final book of the Inheritance Cycle (the first book is Eragon) which comes out November 8th, pre-ordered from Amazon.com
 and Lost in Time book #6 of the Blue Bloods series (starts with Blue Bloods) out September 27th, pre-ordered from Amazon.com.
So welcome and I hope you follow along!