Showing posts from October, 2013

Hedgie's Must Reads: October 2013

We are headed into the month before Christmas! Hedgie and I are both very excited about it, though Hedgie would rather the weather wasn't so cold and blustery. However, October's weather made for excellent reading time, and we spent our days curled up in the reading chair. Most of October's reads were nothing special, albeit mostly enjoyable. But there were a few gems, especially with the new releases. These are Hedgie's and my favorites:

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (4/5) The first in a planned series, Etiquette & Espionage was not entirely what I was expecting. Quirky - yes. Steampunk - yes. Thoroughly wonderful characters and an amazingly engaging world - no. I honestly expected this book to be mediocre; enjoyable, but nothing special. Two paragraphs in, and I was hooked. I loved it! The quirkiness, the writing style, the characters, the plot, the world - everything. It was amazing! The plot was a little slow, but that's mainly due to lots of w…

Waiting on Wednesday #21

Fool's Gold (Order of Darkness #3) by Philippa Gregory Publication Date: February 11, 2014
From Goodreads:
Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.
Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they've been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal - he plans to create the Philosopher's Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life.
With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister th…

Top Ten Tuesday #18

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Scariest Looking Book Covers. I actually don't know all that many scary covers. And usually books that have scary covers tend to contain not-so-scary stories (sadly). But I've managed to find 10 and I hope you enjoy my picks! Especially the last one.
I've got a thing about creepy staring eyes - especially disembodied staring eyes. They freak me out! Always have and always will.

I thought this was one of the lamest books on Earth, but the cover is pretty spooky. Hence why I picked it up in the first place.

I both like and dislike this cover. It's kind of eerily creepy and just . . . disconcerting. Or so I find it. Really liked the book, though.

Grasping hands shooting out of basement-like places . . . Another childhood fear that's I've never quite gotten over. Too bad the book isn't as spooky as the cover.

There's a human skull in the snow in a foggy woods . . . Enough said.

Deliciously spooky - and the reason I…

Review: Emerald Green - Kerstin Gier

Emerald Greenby Kerstin Gier
Series: Ruby Red Trilogy #3
Genre: YA, time travel, romance
Published on October 8, 2013
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 464
Read From: 10.18.13 - 10.19.13

Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.

Stacking the Shelves #20


Weekend Recommendations #24

This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or higher) that I would recommend to friends! So, here are this week's two picks:

Review: Born of Illusion - Teri Brown

Born of Illusionby Teri Brown Series: Born of Illusion #1 Genre: YA, historical fiction, supernatural Published on June 11, 2013 Published by Balzer + Bray Pages: 373 Read From: 10.15.13 - 10.18.13

SYNOPSIS Anna Van Housen has a secret.A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and seances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians and mentalists in 1920s New York. For Anna, the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini - or so Marguerite claims - handcuffs and sleight-of-hand illusions have never been much of a challenge. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her mother, because while Marguerite's powers may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people's feelings and foretell the future.

Review: The House of Hades - Rick Riordan

The House of Hadesby Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on October 8, 2013
Published by Hyperion
Pages: 583
Read From: 10.13.13 - 10.15.13

Hazel stands at a crossroads.She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Waiting on Wednesday #20


Top Ten Tuesday #17

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Character Names I Love. This was, again, an easy one, setting aside the fact that it was difficult to pick just ten! It was also a struggle to not take them all from Charles Dickens, but he has such wonderful character names!

Review: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man - Tamora Pierce

The Woman Who Rides Like a Manby Tamora Pierce Series: Song of the Lioness Quartet #3 Genre: YA, fantasy Published on January 6, 2005 Published by Simon Pulse Pages: 284 Read From: 10.12.13 - 10.13.13

SYNOPSIS "Let her prove herself worthy as a man."

Stacking the Shelves #19


Weekend Recommendations #23

This is a special edition of Weekend Recommendations! Normally, Weekend Recommendations consists of my randomly picking two books I liked (or loved), and fangirling about them. But because Halloween is just a week away, I thought it would be fun to do a special Halloween Weekend Recommendations! So I've pulled in three of my book buddies to help me out. They've each listed two books they think are great Halloween reads. Check it out! And if you would like to see their reviews on Goodreads, click on the book titles!

Review: Russian Roulette - Anthony Horowitz

Russian Rouletteby Anthony Horowitz
Series: Alex Rider #10
Genre: YA, action
Published on October 1, 2013
Published by Philomel
Pages: 372
Read From: 10.11.13 - 10.12.13

Alex Rider's life changed forever with one bullet and the pull of a trigger.

Review: A Midsummer Night's Scream - R. L. Stine

A Midsummer Night's Screamby R. L. Stine Genre: YA, classic retelling, horror Published on June 2, 2013 Published by Feiwel & Friends Pages: 250  Read From: 10. 9.13 - 10.11.13

SYNOPSIS It was a horror movie that turned into real horror. Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed.

Waiting on Wednesday #19


Top Ten Tuesday #16

Today's Top Ten Tuesday Topic: Top 10 Books I Was "Forced" To Read (either by book clubs, teachers, other bloggers, enthusiastic friends). Thankfully, they don't necessarily have to be forced reads that I hated; they can be forced reads that I ended up liking! So I've parceled it out in two top 5 I hated, and top 5 I liked/loved.

ARC Review: Bird - Crystal Chan

Birdby Crystal Chan Genre: Middle Grade, contemporary Published on January 30, 2014 Published by Tamarind Pages: 416 Read From: 10.8.13 - 10.9.13

SYNOPSIS Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away.

Stacking the Shelves #18


Weekend Recommendations #22

This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or higher) that I would recommend to friends! So, here are this week's two picks:

Review: The Far West - Patricia C. Wrede

The Far Westby Patricia C. Wrede Series: Frontier Magic Trilogy #3 Genre: YA, alternate history, alternate reality, fantasy Published on August 1, 2012 Published by Scholastic Pages: 378 Read From: 10.5.13 - 10.8.13

SYNOPSIS A journey into the unknown. . . .The Far West, out beyond the settled territory, is a dangerous place. Eff knows this better than most - she's traveled past the Great Barrier Spell, seen steam dragons, fought a pride of saber cats, and killed a medusa lizard before it could turn her and her brother to stone.

Review: Trapped in Paris - Evelyne Holingue

Trapped in Parisby Evelyne Holingue Genre: YA, suspense, thriller Published on June 1, 2013 Published by Burel Press Pages: 184 Read From: 10.5.13 - 10.5.13

SYNOPSIS Sixteen-year-old Cameron and Framboise have nothing in common and no reason to meet. But when a volcano eruption in Iceland interrupts all air traffic, the two teenagers find themselves trapped in Paris. When they witness a murder on the River Seine and are kidnapped by a mysterious dangerous man, they become unlikely partners in a fast spine-chilling four-

Waiting on Wednesday #18


Top Ten Tuesday #15

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Worst/Best Series Endings. I'm splitting this in two; my top 5 best series endings, and my top 5 worst series endings.

Review: How to Lead a Life of Crime - Kirstin Miller

How to Lead a Life of Crimeby Kirstin Miller Genre: YA, suspense, thriller Published on February 21, 2013 Published by Razorbill Pages: 434 Read From: 10.2.13 - 10.5.13

SYNOPSIS Meth dealers. Prostitute. Serial killer.Anywhere else, they'd be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they're called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. the rest disappear.

Stacking the Shelves #17

From the Library:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy, seaside town . . . until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.
Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in the cemetery . . . who makes you want to kiss back. Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it.
Through the Skylight by Iain Baucom When Jared, Shireen, and Miranda are each given one glittering gift from an old Venetian shopkeeper, they never fathom the powers they are now able to unlea…