Showing posts from January, 2015

Hedgie's Must Reads: January 2015

January is over! And it was an amazing start to the new year! I got through so many good books this month; I am so proud of myself. So, so proud of myself! I can't believe I got through so many! A note to readers: while I am still going to do Hedgie's Must Reads, but I am also linking my Reading Wrap-Up videos at the end of these posts. These videos allow me to go a bit more in depth about what I liked about the books - and what I disliked. So enjoy this new(ish) feature!
January Reading Wrap-Up
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (3/5) Book #3 in the Harry Potter series. Harry is preparing for another semester at Hogwarts, but even this enchanted school of wizardry and witchcraft may not be safe for the young wizard. Sirius Black, the most dangerous criminal and Lord Voldemort's heir apparent, has escaped the magical prison of Azkaban - and he's after Harry. I really enjoyed Book #2, but this one of my favorite. Because we meet new characters - mo…

January 2015 Book Haul

It is time to showcase all of the books I bought and/or was given for the month of January! While I deviated a little bit from my planned buys, I didn't do too bad. Besides, it's always fun to a buy a few unplanned buys; to keep the book haul interesting. ;-) So, without further ado, here is the January 2015 Book Haul:

Review: Moriarty - Anthony Horowitz

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
Genre: Adult, historical fiction, mystery, Sherlockian fiction
Published on December 9, 2014
Published by Harper
Pages: 304
Read From: 1.20.15 - 1.25.15

What really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, met at the Reichenbach Falls?Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty - dubbed "the Napoleon of crime" - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.Days after Holmes and Moriarty disappear into the waterfall's churning depths, Frederick Chase, a senior investigator at New York's infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency, arrives in Switzerland. Chase brings with him a dire warning: Moriarty's death has left a convenient vacancy in London's criminal underworld. There is no shortage of candidates to take his place - including one p…

Waiting on Wednesday #76 + WWW Wednesday #46

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen Trilogy #1) Publication Date: February 10, 2015
From Goodreads:
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mae finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
Why I'm Excited
- I love high/epic fantasy. - Finally! Someone is writing a fantasy series where the magical people are the ones who rule and the normal people are the peasant class! - Look at the GORGEOUS cover!
The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #3) Publication Date: February 10, 2015
From Goodreads:
Rory and her friends are reeling from a series …

Top Ten Tuesday #74 + Teaser Tuesday #35

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Books I Wish My Book Club Would Read. And because I run my book club, maybe we will someday! Some of these books I've read already and would like to re-read; others I haven't read yet.

- Grab the book you're currently reading. - Flip to a random page! - Share 2 teaser sentences from that page!
There were bushel baskets of gold coins, open chests of jewelry and bolts of fabric that gleamed with silver and gold bullion embroidery beneath a layer of dust. There were racks of weapons and statues of women and children that had been painted to make them appear more lifelike. They wore clothing, too, of rich velvets and silk, and the women wore real crowns and necklaces of ruby and emerald opal. Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George (pg. 87)

Review: The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio - Lloyd Alexander

The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander
Genre: YA, adventure
Published on August 7, 2007
Published by Henry Holt & Company
Pages: 306
Read From: 1.17.15 - 1.20.15

A beautiful Kirkassi girl, cold-eyed villains and smiling killers, a bazaar merchant peddling slightly used dreams - could any young adventurer ask for more? Not Carlo Chuchio, who is seeking hidden treasure on the legendary Road of Golden Dreams.With Baksheesh, the world's worst camel-puller, Carlo leads a caravan through the Arabian Nights-like realm of Keshavar. Robbed of all but his underdrawers, mistaken for a mighty warrior and then for a crown prince, Carlo risks his life for a treasure that may not even exist. . . .
Cover Blurb:Yes or No? I love the color scheme for this book, and the Arabian Nights style. It promises adventure and treasure!

Characters: Poor Carlo has a heart of gold and craves adventure, but he isn't the most aware or brilliant person. He's easily fooled and you ca…

Stacking the Shelves #75

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.
There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday - and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings. . . .until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth - sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of h…

Guest Post: Reader Problems

These questions were created by About to Read on Youtube!
Katherine's Reader Problems

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
Well, I'm kind of a "I read what I want" type of person, so I'd probably read the book that captured my interest first. Or I'd just pick a book from the ginormous pile and give it a try. While I don't have 20,000 books no my TBR, it sometimes feels like it. ;-)
You're halfway through a book, and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?I try really hard not to DNF a book. But if I'm halfway through a book and I'm really not loving it, I do DNF it. Life's too short to read a book you dislike.
The end of the year is coming and you're so close but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?It depends on how many books behind I am. If it's 5 books or under, I'd try to play catch-up. But if it's 6 or more b…

Review: Midnight Thief - Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
Series: Midnight Thief #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on July 8, 2014
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 376
Read From: 1.16.15 - 1.17.15

Growing up on Forge's streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that's not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she's not sure she wants to play by his rules. But she is persistent - and darkly attractive - and Kyra can't quite resist his pull.Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by the Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with remarkable ease.When a fatefu…

Review: Ticker - Lisa Mantchev

Ticker by Lisa Mantchev
Genre: YA, steampunk
Published on December 1, 2014
Published by Skyscape
Pages: 274
Read From: 1.11.15 - 1.16.15

When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass "Ticker" in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it's discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another, improved Ticker for Penny, and he's put on trial for mass murder.On the last day of Warwick's trial, the Farthings' factory is bombed, Penny's parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings. . . .or is the motive more sinister?Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a y…