Monday, April 30, 2012

Please Be Patient

Hi fellow readers.  I  just wanted to say that I'm sorry my posts have been sporadic lately but things have been uber-busy at school.  My grade 1 class is preparing for their science fair and I am preparing to have all their parents into my classroom.  This is all taking place tomorrow and I'm hoping to be able to start posting again starting Wednesday evening.  I have been leaving my house at 6:30am and not getting home until 8pm so that leaves little time for my hubby and even less time for my blog. I have been getting some reading done but I am a tad bit behind on my reviews.  I promise to have a post by Thursday!  I hope all is well and happy reading!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WoW: Ten

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly feature where bloggers share what they are excited to read next.

This week's pick is:

Summary from Goodreads:

And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off the from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine
This book comes out September 18th, 2012.  I can't wait! 

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Few Short Reviews

Well, despite my best efforts to review each book as soon as I'm done with them, I have fallen behind and as a result I can't remember much about some of the books that I read.  This is unfortunate but such is life.  I will give a few mini-reviews of some those books though.

Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne
Summary from Goodreads:
When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.
 But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.
 Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.
 Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.

Well, there was a lot of hype about this book and I had high hopes for it.  All that to say, I was disappointed.  This book started off strong but in the end it was just a little too quirky and off the wall.  At times I found myself very confused and having to re-read parts because I didn't know quite what was going on.  It seemed like a good premise but something just fell short.  I have to say that I'm not sure if I'll read more from this author.  Many enjoyed this book but it just wasn't for me.  

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
 Summary from Goodreads: 
"Love and Leftovers" is a powerfully written debut novel that chronicles one teen's journey navigating family, friends, and love.
This is a book told in verse about a girl who moves to another city because her parents are getting divorced and her father has come out of the closet.  The girl struggles with fitting in at her new school and in the end this messes up her love life.  I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book.  It's not a book with a lot of depth but I can relate to trying to fit in.  I wasn't a popular girl in elementary or high school and I found it difficult to fit in at times.  I have also found myself in a few messy romantic situations.  I thought the book was quirky and I really liked the main character.  I have been really enjoying books told in verse as of late and this one was really cute.  I recommend picking it up.   
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
 Summary from Goodreads: 
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.
This book was all over the blogosphere when it came out and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  I find it difficult to read books with a lot of hype though because sometimes they don't live up to my high expectations.  I always wonder if I would have liked the book if I had picked it up without knowing anything about it.  I think this was the case with this book.  That is not to say that I didn't enjoy it but it just wasn't all I was hoping it would be.  I quite liked Anya's character and I liked the mystery around everything.  I can't imagine a world where chocolate is banned. I don't know what I would do and it was funny to think of chocolate in the way one would think of alcohol during the Prohibition.  I liked the whole gangster element to this novel and I liked the predicaments that Anya gets herself into.  I like that she is true to herself and she is such a strong character.  She never stops caring for her brother and she has a strong moral compass.  I think I will have to continue reading this series to find out what happens next.    

Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox (31)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This is what I got in my mailbox this week:

For Review:

Yay! I love Jodi Picoult!! Thanks Simon and Schuster!

From the Library:
Since Bitterblue is coming out soon I should read Fire.

I've seen this everywhere and I'm excited to read it.
I got this as an audiobook and I'm listening to it right now.

From the used bookstore

Again from the used bookstore

Used bookstore find- I quite enjoy Harbison's chick lit type books

Used bookstore find- A little Canadian lit!

I've been reading a lot of Kristen Hannah lately.
That's all I got in my mailbox this week.  I'm curious to see what you got in yours.  Happy Reading!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Audio Book Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Publisher: Listening Libaray
Publishing Date: September 22nd, 2009
Genre: YA
Hours: 15 hrs 8 mins
Narrator: Erik Davies
Source: borrowed from the library

Rating: 2.5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It's not a lot to ask. But that's before he's given some bad news: he's sick and he's going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he's willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

My Review: 
I had heard so many great things about this book and I knew that it had won an award so I put a hold on this audiobook at the library.  I was really looking forward to this and I have to admit that I was a little disappointed.  It was fun and quirky and told a good story but for some reason I just couldn't connect with it.  It may be because I knew the entire time what the outcome of the book would be. 

***Spoiler Alert***
I think what I didn't like about this novel is that it was just one giant hallucination sequence.  The entire time I just kept thinking what is the point of the novel.  I don't know why this bothered me so much.  I usually don't mind if I know the ending of a novel but for some reason I really found it irritating with this novel.

Again, I don't think that my opinion on this novel means that everyone is going to dislike this novel.  I think that there are a lot of great things about this novel.  First of all, Bray is a great writer.  She can weave a story and create worlds that are so imaginative and full of satire.  I do admit to being pulled into the writing while listening to this audiobook. 
I also think that the cast of characters were hilarious.  You have a boy with Mad Cow Disease, a little person, and a talking gnome who are all on a huge road trip that may or may not involve aliens and angels.  The characters were well thought out and at times I found myself laughing out loud. I also like that this was told in the point of view of a male.  Most novels are told in the point of a view of a female so this was refreshing. 
The narrator of this novel does a good job of capturing the essence of this novel.  I didn't find him distracting and I thought that he put life into the novel.
Again with all these positive things to say for some reason I just didn't get into the novel as much as I was hoping to.  For this reason alone I gave the novel 2.5 stars out of 5 but I do think that many will enjoy this novel and I can see why this novel was given an award. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Sins

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly feature where bloggers share what they are excited to read next.

This week's pick is:

Here is a summary from Goodreads:

On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy.  But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew.  An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.  When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York.  Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

This the second in a series and I quite enjoyed the first novel.  It comes out May 8th and I can't wait to read it.  

What are you waiting on?  Happy Reading!  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Too Many Books, Not Enough Time

Recently I was looking around my apartment and I started to feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of books I have laying around my house.  Don't get me wrong, I love my books and I love being surrounded by my books but since I have started blogging it seems that I buy more and more novels and then never get around to reading them.  One of my biggest problems is that when I see something that someone has raved about I feel the need to get it right away so I will put a hold at the library or if it's on Netgalley I will request it.
I will also go on Netgalley and go on a bit of a requesting spree.  Does anyone else do that?  At first it was because I wasn't sure if I would be approved for everything I was requesting.  The problem with this is that I was approved for the vast majority of them and then I found that all I was reading were e-galleys.  Again, this makes me sound very ungrateful for an opportunity to read some amazing books before they are published.  That is not how I want to come across but I was finding myself looking at  my bookshelf and longing to read some of the books that had been sitting there for a long time.  for a while I stopped requesting books on Netgalley but recently I started going a bit bananas again.
I have been requesting galleys and also putting holds on books at the library.  This means that again I am only reading galleys and library books and my personal collection is not only being ignored but growing because I keep buying more books.
About a month ago I decided to reorganize my shelves into read and TBR and I was shocked to see how many books I had bought and I have yet to read.  My shelf is set up so I can put books on both sides and one whole side plus a bit is all TBR.   Here are some pictures of my MASSIVE TBR pile!

This side is made up entirely of books that I haven't read yet. 

This side is mostly read except for the first two top boxes. 
 I guess what I'm really getting at is that I think I will be reading from my TBR pile from now on.  I will still accept some books for review, especially if they are coming out anytime in the summer because I have the summer off but I think I will stop going to the library for a bit until my pile is a little less insane.  I have to say as well that a lot of my books are adult novels so I think that I will be posting a lot of adult reviews coming up. I hope that doesn't turn away a lot of readers who enjoy YA.  I have been reading predominately YA now for about a year and half and I think it's time for some adult reads.
Does anyone else have this problem or am I just a little crazy?  Also please let me know if a book shelf tour is something you'd like to see.  I have film one and upload it if it's something that people are interested in.

In My Mailbox (30)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This is what I got in my mailbox this week:

For Review:

This book is already published in Canada but is being released in the States.  Thank you Harper!

Thank you Razorbill Canada!
I pre-ordered this and can't wait to find out what happens!

This is an adult book about Rwanda and it looks quite good.

Another adult pick; about a prostitute. 

This is all over the place lately.  I'm curious to see what all the buzz is about. 

From the library:
Loved the first book so now I have to see what happens in the 2nd.

Started this last night and for some reason I can't get into it.

To finish off all the published books in this series. 
Well that's what I got in my mailbox.  What did you get in yours?

Happy Reading!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: Everybody See the Ants by A.S. King

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: October 3rd, 2011
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 279 pgs
ISBN: 9780316129282
Source: my local library

My Rating: 4 stars

Summary from Goodreads
Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?

Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's smart, funny and boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against it.

My Review:  
I first saw this book on an IMM over at The Book Rat. Misty always has good book recommendations and so when she said how much she liked this book and I saw it at the library, I knew I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed. This book mixes contemporary with a bit of magic realism to tell a story about bullying. Lucky has been bullied by the same boy since he was young and after a particularly horrible incident Lucky's mother decides it's time to pack up and go on a vacation to see Lucky's aunt and uncle. Throughout the story Lucky describes his vivid dreams of his lost Vietnam war vet and POW grandfather. Lucky is always seeking a way to bring back his grandfather from Vietnam through his dreams and he never quite succeeds.
While all this is going on Lucky is starting to develop a realationship with his uncle through weighlifting and he also begins making some new friends.
I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into the rhythm of this book but once I did I couldn't put this book down. When I was younger I was definitely bullied and I could relate to Lucky. I was fortunate enough not to have had anything really serious happen to me but I could relate to this character. I can remember not really knowing what to say or do and not wanting to discuss what was going on with anyone. I can see why Lucky began withdrawing into himself and why he felt like there wasn't anything that he could do.
King's writing style is amazing and I can see why she has been nominated for a few awards. It flows really well and it captivates you. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
I also liked that King is able to weave a story about prisoners of war into this story. Many POWs were never found and I can only imagine how horrible it would have been to be stuck there and never return home. The book draws comparisons between war and bullying. In a way Lucky is a POW of bullying and is seemingly helpless. He finds himself trying to help his grandfather escape in his dreams when he should be trying to find a way for him to escape the constant belittling and physical abuse that he has endured at the hands of his nemesis.
Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It is a story that will stick with you for a while and I definitely recommend that you read it if you get a chance.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Review: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Publisher: Anchor
Publishing Date:October 29th, 1999
Genre: Adult Literarture
Pages: 184 pgs
ISBN: 9780385722209
Source: my local library 

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary from Goodreads
In this enchanting tale about the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening, two hapless city boys are exiled to a remote mountain village for reeducation during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. There they meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, they find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.

My Review:
I read this book for this month's book club. It is a book that my aunt recommended and I can see why it is one of her favourite books. It is a book about 2 young Chinese boys sent to live in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. These boys were seen to be too education and that they could learn a lot from living in the country and going back to the basics. While they are there, books are forbidden (even illegal)and they are forced to work in a mountainous rural area of China. While working here, they come across a girl, the little chinese seamstress from the title.
I don't want to give too much of this book away, seeing as it is less than 200 pages long. It was wonderfully written and I read this in one sitting. I could not put this book down. I coudln't imagine living in a society where learning and books are seen as something bad. I loved the scenes where the two gentlemen were scheming to try to get some books. It also loved how much passion the boys had for reading and story telling. Even though books are illegal and even though they have found a way to attain a book or two, they still use the fine art of oral storytelling to pass along their passion. It goes to show you how far someone is willing to go to do something they are passionate for. Even in a remote village in the mountains, far away from the universities and from books, the boys find a way to learn and read.
I can only imagine a life without books. I don't know what I would do but I would like to think that I would perhaps begin make up my own stories. This book is beautifully written and it has also peaked my curiosity in a few subjects including the cultural revolution in China and The Count of Monte Cristo (which is mentioned often in this story).
One thing I wish would have been different is the length of the book. I would have loved to have been given a little more description and facts. I would have loved to learn a little more about the time frame and country the book took place in. I also found that the book ended rather abruptly. Even though the ending was foreshadowed, I felt like I wanted to know how the characters adapted after the ending. For these reasons I give the book 3.5 stars out of 5.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Publisher: Delacourte
Publishing Date: April 27th, 2010
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 320 pgs
ISBN: 9780385735889
Source: my local library

Rating: 2.5 stars

Summary from Goodreads :
Devi's life isn't turning out at all like she wanted. She wasted the past three years going out with Bryan—cute, adorable, break-your-heart Bryan. Devi let her friendships fade, blew off studying, didn't join any clubs . . . and now that Bryan has broken up with her, she has nothing left.

Not even her stupid cell phone—she dropped it in the mall fountain. Now it only calls one number . . . hers. At age fourteen, three years ago!

Once Devi gets over the shock—and convinces her younger self that she isn't some wacko—she realizes that she's been given an awesome gift. She can tell herself all the right things to do . . . because she's already done all the wrong ones! Who better to take advice from than your future self?

Except . . .what if getting what you
think you want changes everything?

Fans of Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series will love this hilarious new novel with a high-concept premise.

My Review: 
I read 10 Things We Did last summer and I loved it. It was quirky and fun and made me laugh out loud. When I saw this book at the library I was hoping for something just as fun and quirky from Mlynowski. I have to admit that while I enjoyed this book, it was a bit disappointing and lackluster for me.
The book is about a girl named Devi who has just been heartbroken. She drops her phone in a fountain and as a result something magical happens. Now the phone can only be used to call one person: herself in freshman year. Devi decides to use this to her advantage and tells her younger self to work harder (to get into a better university) and to stay away from her ex (so she won't have her heart broken). In the end shenanigans are had by all.
To me, this book was light and fluffy but I think it was too light and fluffy for my taste. While I enjoy YA, I am almost 30 and I think that this book would be perfect for it's target audience of teenagers. I think that most YA is geared at teens but can also be enjoyed by those that are older but some is best enjoyed while still young.
I still like Mlynowski's writing style and her characters and I still found the book entertaining but I did find that it was a bit too predictable for me. It is also a theme that I have read a lot of.
While this book may not be entirely for me, that is not to say that it wouldn't be enjoyed by others. I give the book 2.5 stars out of 5 but again, it was more than likely just my frame of mind and my age bracket. I would suggest that you read for yourself and decide what you think.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WoW: Time

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly feature where bloggers share what they are excited to read next.

This week's pick is:

Here is a summary from Goodreads:

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

It comes out June 12th and I can't wait.  Happy Reading!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: You Deceived Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's edition is the top ten books that deceived you.

Here is my list:

This book was presented as a type of mystery novel and I was totally thrown for a loop when fairies started being involed.... Great book though!

From my review yesterday you might know that I totally though this book would be funny and not quite as serious as it was.  I don't know why I thought that but I did.

The cover of this book would lead you to believe that this novel has a lot of ballet things in it when in fact it does not have much. 

When this book came out there was a lot of talk about this cover.  It deceived me because I thought that it would be a nice light beach read when in fact, while quite good, it is pretty serious.

This book seemed to me like it would be in the realm of chick lit and I was pleasantly surprised to find it more in the realm of historical fiction.

Based on the cover of this novel you would think this is about a happy childhood.  It is not and is quite a disturbing book.  It's still one of my favourites though.

What deceived me about this book is the fact that it is by Alice Sebold (she wrote The Lovely Bones).  I was expecting greatness and was seriously let down with this one.

This is a book that was picked for a book club that I was in and when I saw the cover I thought that it would be the most boring book of all time.  That is not the case and I couldn't put this book down. 

This book looks like a fun light beachy type read.  It is not and I ended up putting this book down. 

Again I thought this would be more in the realm of chick lit but it was a little more serious than that.  Again another excellent book. 

Well those are mine.  I know a lot of them are adult books but maybe they will inspire some of you to go out and try a few of them.  Sometimes deception can be surprising but good.  Happy Reading!

Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
Publishing Date: September 7th, 2010
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 280 pgs
ISBN: 9780316084239
Source: my local library 

My Rating: 4 stars

Summary from Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

My Review:
This book is about a girl, Bianca, who is going through a pretty tough time in her life. Her mother had pretty much abandoned their family and then pretty much demands a divorce. This in turn begins a downward spiral for the father. While this going on, Bianca decides to deal with her frustrations and sadness by sleeping with a guy who has repeatedly called her the DUFF (the designated, ugly fat friend).
Just from the title of the novel, for some reason I expected this book to be funny. I am not sure why but I didn't expect it to be as serious as it was. For the most part I really enjoyed this novel. I really liked all of the characters and I really liked the plot line. I was a little shocked at how much sex was in the novel but it didn't make me dislike the book. In fact, I think in a way I liked it more because of it. Okay, let me explain that before you go thinking I'm a bit of a perv. I think that Keplinger doesn't hold back because her novel in a YA novel. Sometimes, in other YA novels you can tell the author held back in writing sex scenes or glosses over them when a big part of a being a teen is navigating through your sexual impulses. Things are new and hormones are high as a teen and I think that confuses many adolescents. It is something that is a big issue for teens and I think to gloss it over does nothing. I like that Keplinger doesn't hesitate to dive right into the deeper topics even though they may be a bit controversial.
My one complaint about the book is the way that alcoholism is depicted in the novel. I have grown up in a family where alcoholism runs rampant and I think that the way the father miraculously comes out of his alcoholism because of one incident (I'll admit a fairly traumatic incident) isn't how things would typically happen. In my experience, alcoholics are in denial for most of the time and even though really bad things may happen, many will refuse to admit to having a problem. Again, I think this may be my one complaint because it hits a little too close to home but I do remember being a teen and reading some books with this issue that is too easily resolved. I also remember thinking and desperately hoping that things can be that easily resolved in my life and feeling deeply disappointed when it wasn't. Again, this is all because of my personal experiences and I do not think the majority of people will be bugged by this.
Overall, this is a great book and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In My Mailbox (29)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This is what I got in my mailbox this week:

For Review:

Thanks Netgalley!  I've already started this one and it's quite good.

I was very excited to get this from Netgalley!

Thank you Thomas Allen and Son!

From the Library:
I've already read this and loved it!

I can't wait to dig into this one

This book looks amazingly creepy

Bought at Chapters:
A bargain books find.. I've wanted to read this for a while.

Another bargain books find.. Only $6 for a hardcover.

My husband described this as The Hunger Games for adults so I thought I'd give it a try.
Well that's all I got in my mailbox, what did you get in yours?

Happy Reading!