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On Holiday!

The Reading Hedgehog is going on holiday for March and most of April, if not all of it! I am in desperate need of a break from blogging. I love this blog, but lately it has been feeling like nothing but a chore, and I even kind of want to just delete it and never think about it again. I can't remember the last time I read a book without stressing over when I needed it finished so I'd have a review to post on my blog - or even read a book without dissecting everything about it. It's not fun, and I hate my passion feeling like a chore. One that I actually find myself avoiding a lot of time.
So I need a break. I don't know how I'll feel after my two-month break. I won't delete The Reading Hedgehog, but things might be different. I need to sit back and reconsider why I'm doing it and what I can change about it. Maybe I'll put all of my book stuff on Youtube and use the blog as a place to post them. I don't know. The future of The Reading Hedgehog is, f…

Hedgie's Must Reads: February 2015

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February is over! It was an incredibly busy month for me, and March isn't looking any better. I didn't get to read as many books as I had hoped I would, but I still read a lot of good ones. And because this month was so crazy, I'm cheating; you'll have to watch my wrap-up this time.

February 2015 Book Haul

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I hauled 17 books this month, and I am so, so, so unbelievably proud of myself. I only went over by 10 books! And I had money in my book budget for it, so yay!

Review: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey - Wendy Wax

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While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
Genre: Adult, contemporary
Published on April 3, 2013
Published by Berkley
Pages: 384
Read From: 2.15.15 - 2.24.15













SYNOPSIS
When the concierge of the Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with each other. . . .
Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money for herself and her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old-world charm of the Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.And then there's Brooke M…

Stacking the Shelves #79

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BOUGHT
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax When the concierge of The Alexander, a history Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with each other. . . .
Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money - for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.
Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.
And then there's Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She's just starting to realize that…

Review: The Iron Trial - Cassandra Clare

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The Iron Trialby Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
Series: The Magisterium #1
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy
Published on September 9, 2014
Published by Scholastic Press
Pages: 299
Read From: 2.8.15 - 2.15.15












SYNOPSIS
Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come. . . .
Review
Initial Thoughts: I picked this book up because of its premise and that it's the beginning of a new Middle Grade fantasy series. I didn't pick it up because the authors (shockingly enough, I'm actually no…

Waiting on Wednesday #79 + WWW Wednesday #49

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Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms #3) Publication Date: March 1, 2015
From Goodreads:
Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole continues his quest in book three of a "fanciful, action-packed adventure" series (Publishers Weekly, starred review), from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.
Cole Randolph ventures to a new kingdom as he continues his search for his friends - and also pursues his quest to mend what has gone awry with the magic in The Outskirts. Can he overcome the challenges ahead, or will he be stranded forever in a world between reality and imagination?
Why I'm Excited
- It's the third book in the Five Kingdoms series. - Brandon Mull writes weird stuff, but it's really growing on me.
The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (Princess Academy #3) Publication Date: March 3, 2015
From Goodreads:
After a year a the king's palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper pr…

Top Ten Tuesday #77 + Teaser Tuesday #38

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This week's topic: Top 10 Bookish Problems I Have. Only ten?
Buying Too Many Books! I think most bookworms have this problem, but I have in excess. You think 10 books a month is a big haul? Oh, honey; that's a small haul for me. On average I usually buy 20 books a month. Now I do get a discount on all the books I buy, but still. I'm trying to cut back because I have a lot of things I'm saving up for: car, school, apartment.Alphabetizing Everything. Maybe this is actually due to my OCD more than having worked at a library for nine years, but I've found that my bookish pastimes have made alphabetizing an even stronger instinct than it used to be. Movies, spices - if it can be organized alphabetically I'll do it.Buying Bookmarks. It doesn't matter how many I have; I always want another one!Shunning Certain Bindings. I'm one of those persnickety people that only likes hardcovers. With a few very rare exceptions, I will not buy a book if it's in paperbac…

Review: Seeker - Arwen Elys Dayton

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Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Seeker #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on February 10, 2015
Published by Delacorte
Pages: 448
Read From: 2.6.15 - 2.8.15












SYNOPSIS
Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered 'Seeker.'Only when it's too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin's new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.
Review
Initial Thoughts: I was intrigued by Seeker's vague and ominous synopsis. And because I'm also a fantasy fan, I couldn't resist. Seeker held my attention from the very beginning, and I was very pleased to discover that I liked a lot of the characters. However, the middle dragged and I found the world building to be lacking.

Characters: Quin is a pretty strong fema…

Stacking the Shelves #78

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BOUGHT
The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory's classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte's in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.
Time is running out as Rory fights to find her friends and the ghost squad struggles to stop Jane from unleashing her special nightmare on the entire city. In the process, they'll discover the existence of an organization that underpins London itself - and Rory will learn that someone she trusts has been keeping a tremendous secret.
Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil w…

Hedgehog Life: February 2015

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Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you are all having a lovely time with your books, boyfriends, girlfriends, or whoever you hang out with on this designated day of romance and friendship! Because I personally think Valentine's Day isn't just about romantic romance, but also showing friends and family members how much you love them, too!
Anyway, February has been awesome so far! Swing and rock climbing have been going great, and I've also gotten back to archery and fiddle practice! Busy me! I've also started cooking and baking again! My first attempt was a Lime Cilantro Chicken dish, and then I made a bunch of Valentine's Day sugar cookies for my friends. I at first attempted making caramel chews and chocolate, but that didn't turn out quite how I expected it to. Oh well; it was fun to try!
In current news, I recently purchased a brand new fountain pen. Yes, it's expensive, and yes, I love it. I have yet to name it (maybe Sebastian?), and I've been want…

Waiting on Wednesday #78 + WWW Wednesday #48

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Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Praetor War #1) Publication Date: February 24, 2015
From Goodreads:
When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods - magic some Romans would kill for.
Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.
In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerfu…

Top Ten Tuesday #76 + Teaser Tuesday #37

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Things I Dislike When It Comes to Romances. Well, this should be easy! Do I Love Him Or Do I Love Him?! You know the classic love triangle. Girl caught in between two guys (I suppose it can happen with a guy caught between two girls, but it's rare in novels). I just can't stand it. The girl flip-flopping between the guys makes her seem flaky and ridiculous, and by the end of it I want to tell both guys to find someone else. She's not worth it!French Kissing. I'm going to admit: like everyone, I anticipate that leadup to the "first kiss." I wait for it in every Jane Austen novel. However, descriptive kissing - especially in the French fashion - is repellent to me and certainly puts me off ever wanting to kiss or be kissed by anyone.Lack of Communication. This isn't just in romances, but it does seem like that most of the tension in romances comes from the fact that the couple just doesn't communicate. They …

Review: The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer

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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Series: Matteo Alacran #1
Genre: YA, science fiction
Published on September 1, 2002
Published by Atheneum
Pages: 380
Read From: 2.4.15 - 2.6.15











SYNOPSIS
At his coming-of-age party, Matteo Alacran asks El Patron's bodyguard, "How old am I? . . . I know I don't have a birthday like humans, but I was born.""You were harvested," Tam Lin reminds him. "You were grown in that poor cow for nine months and then you were cut out of her."To most people around him, Matt is not a boy, but a beast. A room full of chicken litter with roaches for friends and old chicken bones for toys is considered good enough for him. But for El Patron, lord of a country called Opium - a strip of poppy fields lying between the U.S. and what was once called Mexico - Matt is a guarantee of eternal life. El Patron loves Matt as he loves himself for Matt is himself. They share identical DNA.As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threat…