Thursday, January 2, 2014

December Wrap-Up

I'm going to take a different approach to the Wrap-Up this time. In the past, I've done paragraph reviews of each book, but I've found that it's become to difficult to do that. Still, I want you to know the books I've read. That said, I'll just be doing a sentence or two for each one. As always, there will be a link if there's a longer review.

Revealed by Kristen and P.C. Cast
It's really sad how long it took me to read this book (almost two months). I'm a big fan of their previous ones, but by book 11, it's time for the series to end. I'm excited to see the final book in the series come in October, but the series is just begging to end. 3.5 Stars

Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone

Okay, so, I have a confession to make. I didn't get quite as far into the books as I meant to. That said, I have read the first book and have a review for you! Compared to other books I've read, I found that the book was a little slow. The story was interesting, but it took some time for me to get into it. The world was very complex, which made the story a little confusing, but I got used to it. The story was simply one that is not my favorite style, but that I still enjoy. But! I have a brother who enjoys stories exactly like this, and I whole-heartedly plan on shoving this in his face and making him read it, because I know he'll enjoy it. 4 Stars

Find the full review here.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Oh wow. I've been meaning to read this book for a while, and finally picked it up in early December. It was a fast read, it only took a couple hours, but it was good! There's a lot of language, etc, but if you can deal with that, you'll definitely like the book! 5 Stars

Afterglow by Karsten Knight
I've been waiting for this book since I read the previous two books last spring. It took me two tries to get into the series, but once I was in, I was a goner. Afterglow was the perfect end to the Wildefire trilogy, and the epilogue had me squealing with delight. The book started immediately with action and didn't quit. 5 Stars

Legend by Marie Lu
I've heard how amazing this book is for a long time. Finally, my library got the book from the book fair in November. I plowed through this book, it was so good. It was dystopian, yes, but it had a different feel to it. I definitely recommend it to people who like the genre! I loved the dual POVs, which provided battling views on the situation. The end of the book will probably lead to an angst-ridden sequel, but I hope it will be good enough that that will be overridden. 5 Stars

In Time by Alexandra Bracken
While I loved The Darkest Minds, In Time just didn't do it for me. I got it when it released, but couldn't get past the first chapter. I would read bits and pieces at a time, resulting in hazy memories of what it was about. When I finally reached the halfway point, I got drawn in enough that I finished the book. 3.5 Stars

Read the full review here.

Bittersweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout
It is an undisputed fact that Jennifer L Armentrout can do no wrong! I have twelve posts about her books that can prove it for you. I have read all but one of her YA's, and they ROCK! Bittersweet Love is a prequel novella to White Hot Kiss, the first book in a new series. This also marks Jennifer's first publication with a big publisher. What is the series about? Demons and gargoyles, that's what! 5 Stars

Read the full review here.

The Moth in the Mirror by A.G. Howard
This one was good. The only reason it took so long to read was because it took me a while to pick it up. The Moth in the Mirror is book 1.5 in the Splintered series. It's from the POV of one of the male leads, Morpheus. In it, he's trying to figure out what he needs to do to win the heart of Alyssa and 'defeat' Jeb, the guy who currently has it. 4 Stars

Read the full review here.

The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I've heard a lot about these books and how amazing they are. So, one day, I decided to pick up the first one and see if it lived up to the hype. It wasn't as good as I'd been told it was, but it was better than I expected. Which is always a good thing. Both book one and book two I had trouble getting in to. They would start off slow, but then about halfway through, they'd pick up and I wouldn't be able to put it down. Skimming became a very close friend of mine, as I struggled through POVs that I didn't enjoy. And yes, there were multiple POVs.

Read the full review here.

Bang by Lisa McMann
Bang is the sequel to Crash. While I found Crash better, Bang was good as well. The book is extremely short and didn't take me very long to read, but it still had a full plot and description. I really like the two main characters and want to continually murder their parent. The final book comes out this spring and I'll make sure to pick it up! 4 Stars

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this from The Regulator, my local indie bookstore. And boy was it good! I might even dare to say that it was the best in the series. The characters are diverse and the world spectacular. I love the two main characters, Aria and Perry. I'm sad this series is over, but it was a perfect ending. I wish there was more description in one area, but can't discuss it until after release on January 28. 5 Stars

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The feels! The feels! I was crying twenty pages into this book! I read this the first evening of Winter Break, and have been forbidden from reading the sequel until the holidays are over because my mom knows that I'll cry again. Most of the story is told via memories of the main character Mia. Even still, it's SO interesting. I can't wait to pick up the sequel! 5 Stars

If I Should Die by Amy Plum
*Sigh* I can't believe this series is over! Confession time, I got the final book on release date but didn't read it until winter break. Why? Because I'm the master of procrastination. That said, I LOVED it! The ending was just so perfect... *whimpers* I almost cried when it ended, not because it was sad, but because it was so right. I really enjoyed the first two books, but, if memory serves, they just didn't do it for me. If I Should Die swept them off their feet and now I'm dying to reread the entire series.

Read the full review here.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park was another book that I'd heard amazing things about. I finally bought it for my birthday, and boy, did it not disappoint! I flew through it in a day and loved ever second. I was near tears by the end though. I really wish there was just one more chapter so that we the readers could know for sure what happened. You will not regret reading this! 5 Stars

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
I've wanted to read this book for a while. I knew it was about Egyptian mythology, which was the main reason I wanted to pick it up, but it was also by an author I liked. My library wouldn't order it, so I held off. I finally picked it up for my birthday and I loved it! Isadora and Ry are amazing! Egyptian mythology is so cool to read and I just AH! It's a standalone novel, but I wish that there were a million more! This is a read you will not regret! 5 Stars

Pushed by Corrine Jackson
I read the first book in this series from my local library, but it wouldn't order this one. I ended up getting this book for Xmas. So, a side note. I gave my parents a wish list of a bajillion books for Xmas. Just so they'd have options, you know. They went to Barnes & Noble and looked them up. B&N had four of them. FOUR! Basically, B&N is not good for buying books that aren't on the Bestseller lists. Anyway, this book was really good and I finished it before the evening was over. The first one was fairly slow, but Pushed picked up the speed. I can't wait for book three, Ignited! 5 Stars

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
Kami Garcia is the coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series. I confess now that I couldn't get past the halfway point of book two in that series. BUT! Unbreakable was amazing! Ghosts, demons, ghost/demon hunters, and more! The book was SO good. But a warning, it is not one you want to stay up late reading. There's some scary stuff in there! 5 Stars

The Last Stand of the New York Institute by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson
This is the next-to-last book in the Bane Chronicles, a series of novellas about Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments. I've tried to hold off on reading them so that I can buy the bind-up later this year, but it's HARD! This was interesting, because readers got to see Valentine's circle before things went boom. Also, TESSA! That's the main reason I bought it... Anyway, the novella is good, but A) spoils The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments, so only read if you've read both and B) is on in eBook format at the moment. Read at your own risk! 5 Stars

The Shadowhunter's Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
This one was good. It is quite literally the Shadowhunter's Codex from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. It takes place after City of Glass, but before City of Fallen Angels. The book itself is much like a text book, but it has comments in it from Clary, Jace, and Simon from the series. A fun read when comments are present. 4 Stars

Salt by Danielle Ellison
Salt was amazingly spectacularly stupendous! I just, AH! I've been reading a bajillion books recently but this was the one I needed! Gah, the feels! I cannot put how amazing this book into words without simply telling you to GO READ IT! I hate reading eBooks. They're hard to read, things crash, the internet gets in the way, and they're all around annoying. I started this one and finished it in a few hours flat. At this point, my only thought is GIVE ME MORE! *visits Goodreads* What?!?! How is there no information on book two! You see my dilemma. Anyways... Just, read it. 5 Stars

Read the full review here.

Unfinished Books:

I finished most of the books I read this month. Why? This was my binge-read month. All those books that I'd been really wanting to read but couldn't I found time to read them. Hence the fact that only two reviews went below 4 stars. That said, I didn't finish Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, and The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski. All of these books are actually really good, but I've been plowing through all my other books first. They'll be read soon!


I didn't do as much rereading this month. I reread Embrace by Jessica Shirvington, since I finally bought the book and didn't remember how the series started. I reread Forgotten by Cat Patrick because I finally bought the book and I swear that woman is part goddess or something. I've read it multiple times by this point. I'm currently rereading Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout because, you know, she's just that amazing. :)

Book Buys, Etc:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (gift)
This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson (signed)
The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson (signed)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (gift)
Every Book Its Reader by Nicholas A Basbanes (gift)
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway
Avalon by Mindee Arnett (ARC)
Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell (ARC)
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (ARC)
Pushed by Corrine Jackson (gift)
No Angel by Helen Keeble (ARC)
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott (ARC)
Chosen by Kristen and P.C. Cast (gift)
Entice by Jessica Shrivington (gift)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (gift)
Rush by Eve Silver
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White (gift)

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