Showing posts from November, 2014

Hedgie's Must Reads: November 2014

It's the end of November and the beginning of December - the month of CHRISTMAS! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. November was a bit of a crazy month for me. Not necessarily busy, but I go through moods and reading wasn't one of them for this month. I've been really getting into swing dancing, and have recently taken up rock climbing as well, and that has encouraged me to take on a proper diet of smoothies, fruit, and vitamins - and that has created energy that I didn't know I had. Sitting down and reading is a little hard to do when you're on a high of feeling physically good and drinking too much tea at work to keep yourself focused. Anyway, I still read a lot of good books this month, and I hope you enjoy.
November Reading Wrap-Up

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams (3/5) Haven Hospital and Halls is a safe place for teens dying of an illness. These Terminals are kept comfortable, healthy, and educated. And they don't ask questions. Except Shiloh - S…

November 2014 Book Haul

I bet you guys are shocked to see that my book haul fit into one video. You'll be even more shocked to hear that this is my smallest book haul yet - and it's actually small. It isn't comparing it to other books hauls. I was good and bought the new books I planned, and then because of a clothes splurge, I'm not putting my Powell's order in until December and January. Can we give me a gold star, please? ;-) Enjoy.

Waiting on Wednesday #69 + WWW Wednesday #39

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #3) Publication Date: December 2, 2014
From Goodreads:
Love, vengeance, and greed spark a deadly quest for magic in the third book of the Falling Kingdoms series.
Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic. . . .
THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.
THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secr…

Top Ten Tuesday #67 + Teaser Tuesday #28

- Grab the book you're currently reading. - Flip to a random page. - Share 2 teaser sentences from that page!

He turned the crank handles, hoping the thing wouldn't explode in his face. A few clear tones rang out - metallic yet warm. Leo manipulated the levers and gears. He recognized the song that sprang forth - the same wistful melody Calypso sang for him on Ogygia about homesickness and longing. But through the strings of the brass cone, the tune sounded even sadder, like a machine with a broken heart - the way Festus might sound if he could sing. The Bloody Olympus by Rick Riordan, page 319

Stacking the Shelves #69


The Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull Cole Randolph never meant to come to The Outskirts, but when his friends were kidnapped on Halloween he had to try and save them. Now he's trapped in a world that lies between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death.
Cole's hunt for his lost friends has led him to the kingdom of Elloweer. Accompanied by new friends Mira, Twitch, and Jace, Cold teams up with the resistance movement and joins the search for Mira's sister Honor.
But Elloweer has grown unstable. A mysterious enemy is wiping out towns, leaving no witnesses or survivors. And an infamous rebel known throughout the kingdom as the "Rogue Knight" is upsetting the balance of power.
With enemies in pursuit, Cole and Mira must resort to a fascinating new kind of magic to protect themselves. Every move is filled with danger as Cole and friends try to outwit the High King, who will stop at nothing to regain what he has lost.
This Week, On The Reading H…

Guest Post: Reviewer Behavior

Last month, I asked my guest posters to put their two cents in about author behavior. Given some recent author conduct, I thought it a worthwhile topic to discuss. This month, though, we're looking at the other end of the spectrum: blogger/reviewer behavior. Once again, Hazel, Katherine, and Cayla has joined The Reading Hedgehog is weighing in on proper and improper fan/blogger/reviewer behavior.
Cayla's Thoughts

I don't personally have a book review blog (although I've considered it quite a few times), but I follow many. I love the idea of book blogs. Not only do I like hearing other readers' opinions on books, but it's a great way to hear about books that I might not have otherwise read, and honestly talking about the books I read is a huge part of the fun. Along with this, I'll admit that I have been guilty of ranting about a book a time or two, and I can really enjoy a fellow reader letting out his/her frustrations with a good rant as well. However, ther…

Review: Empire of Shadows - Miriam Forster

Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster
Series: Bhinian Empire #2
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on November 4, 2014
Published by Harper Teen
Pages: 496
Read From: 11.2.14 - 11.15.14

Cast out of her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her - a school where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire's capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could've imagined. More shocking still, she finds the boy she thought she has lost forever outside the gates of her new home.Mara knew the dizzying Imperial city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake?
Cover Blurb:Yes or No? I do love the cover art; love the colors and the fact that you can't really see the character impersonators. Did I mention I also love covers that feature a palace? ;-)
Characters: Mara surprised me as a protagonist. She's strong, intelligent, quick-witted, can t…

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Genre: YA, fantasy, mystery, supernatural
Published on October 21, 2014
Published by Scholastic Press
Pages: 391
Read From: 10.27.14 - 11.1.14

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.
Cover Blurb:Yes or No? I love, love, looooooove the cover art! Maggie Stiefvater, please sell some of your art! You are a brilliant artist!!
Characters: What can I say about these characters that I haven't already? Blue continues to be an awesome female protagonist, with lots of spunk and no attitu…

Waiting on Wednesday #68 + WWW Wednesday #38

Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles #5) Publication Date: December 2, 2014
From Goodreads:
Fresh off of victory over their longtime nemesis, Tursgud, Hal and the Herons, summoned by King Duncan, set sail for Castle Araluen. Thrust into the dangerous world of Araluen, the Herons learn of a threat to Queen Evanlyn and whispers of a deadly sect known as the Scorpion Cult. Rumors say that Iqbal, who previously tried to assassinate Evanlyn at her at her wedding to Horace, might be planning another attempt. Not waiting to see if the knife will strike true, the Herons join forces with Gilan and his fellow Rangers to track down the would-be assassins.
Why I'm Excited
- It's the fifth Brotherband Chronicles book! - I love John Flanagan's books.
Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman (Blythewood #2) Publication Date: December 2, 2014
From Goodreads:
Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl.
She's a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women t…

Top Ten Tuesday #66 + Teaser Tuesday #27

This week's topic: Top 10 Sequels I Can't Wait to Read! Or something like that. I'm assuming we're supposed to pick new releases, but I'm going to kind of just throw in sequels to series that I'm reading, but haven't picked up yet. There'll also be some new releases/upcoming releases thrown in the mix, I'm sure.

- Grab the book you're currently reading. - Flip to a random page. - Share 2 teaser sentences from that page!
"Do you think I can't find someone else to ride your stallion?" Malvern asks me. He waits for me to answer, and when I don't, he says, "There are twenty boys I can think of dying to get on the back of that horse." The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (pg. 219)

Review: Silver - Chris Wooding

Silver by Chris Wooding
Genre: YA, horror
Published on March 25, 2014
Published by Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
Read From: 10.24.14 - 10.27.14

Paul is the new kid at Mortingham Boarding Academy, and he has a dark secret.Caitlyn admires Paul from afar and resents that he only has eyes for Erika.Erika thinks that she and Caitlyn are best friends, but she's wrong.Adam is a bully with a major chip on his shoulder.Mark is outgrowing his old friends but doesn't know how to make new ones.In a few short hours, none of this will matter.Without warning, a horrifying infection will spread across the school grounds, and a group of students with little in common will find themselves barricaded in a classroom, fighting for their lives.Some will live.Some will die.And then it will get even worse.
Cover Blurb:Yes or No? Yes, I like the cover art. Simple, creepy, intriguing. Always my favorite kind.
Characters: This isn't a character-driven book, but I actually did get rather attached…

Stacking the Shelves #68


The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I've teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales.
Look for short stories like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale; The Rise and Fall of the Hotal Dumort; Saving Raphael Santiago and What To By the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You're Not Officially Dating Anyway).
Rush Revere and the American Revolution by Rush Limbaugh Liberty, my wisecracking horse, our old friends Cam, Tommy, Freedom, and I are off to meet some super-brave soldiers in the year 1775. Yep, that's right. We'll be visiting with the underdog heroes who fought for American independence, against all odds, and won! But not before eight very real …