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Review: The Eye of Minds - James Dashner

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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Series: The Mortality Doctrine #1
Genre: YA, science fiction
Published on October 8, 2013
Published by Delacorte Books
Pages: 308
Read From: 08.09.15 - 08.24.15












SYNOPSIS
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it's addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?
But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he's holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific - the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer's motives are a mys…

Waiting on Wednesday: Walk on Earth a Stranger

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Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) Publication Date: September 22, 2015
From Goodreads:
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home - until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? 
Why I'm Excited - A new fantasy trilogy by Rae Carson? Sign me up! - And it takes place historical California! Awesomeness!

Review: The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke

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The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Series: The Assassin's Curse #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on October 2, 2012
Published by Strange Chemistry
Pages: 298
Read From: 08.23.15 - 08.26.15












SYNOPSIS
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn't really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.
To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks - all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic. . . .and the growing romantic tension between them.
Review
Dear Assassin's Curse,
I've been wanting to read you ever since you came out, and at long last I finally got the chance to this year! You sounded wonderful from the very beginning and I had the reassurance of sev…

Waiting on Wednesday: Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas Publication Date: September 8, 2015
From Goodreads:
Jacques Papier has the sneaking suspicion that everyone except his sister Fleur hates him. Teachers ignore him when his hand is raised in class, he is never chosen for sports teams, and his parents often need to be reminded to set a place for him at the dinner table. But he is shocked when he finally learns the truth: He is Fleur's imaginary friend! When he convinces Fleur to set him free, he begins a surprising, touching, and always funny quest to find himself - to figure out who Jacques Papier truly is, and where he belongs.
Why I'm Excited - This sounds so adorable; I can't wait!

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Genre: YA, contemporary
Published on April 7, 2015
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 303
Read From: 08.01.15 - 08.02.15













SYNOPSIS
Sixteen-year-old and no-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon's junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out - without alienating his friends, compromising h…

Waiting on Wednesday: Catacomb

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Catacomb by Madeleine Roux (Aslyum #3) Published On: September 1, 2015
From Goodreads:
Sometimes the past is better off buried.
Senior year is finally over. After all they've been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they're just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan's uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed. . . .And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn't expect to hear from again - someone who died last Halloween.
As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate - a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan's only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.
Why I'm Excited - Even tho…

Top Ten Tuesday #89 + Teaser Tuesday #50

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Top Ten Authors I've Read the Most Of. I had to pull statistics up on Goodreads for this one. Let's get started!
Ann Rinaldi comes in first at 26 books. And that number just keeps climbing. She's written so many books and I want to read all of them.Rosemary Sutcliffe comes in second at 25 books. Like Ann Rinaldi, she's written so much and I want to read them all.Lemony Snicket comes in third at 24 books. I don't think that is counting his picture books, so I have actually read more than that because I know I've read all of his books.Avi comes in fourth at 20 books. He was my favorite author as a kid and I still really enjoy his books, if only because it creates a sense of nostalgia.Caroline Lawrence comes in fifth at 17 books. I loved her Roman Mysteries series, and read every single one of them.John Flanagan comes in sixth at 16 books. I have one more book I need to read and then I'll be all caught up.Anthony Horowitz comes in seventh at 15 books. Alex Ride…

2015 TBR Update #5

So it's been a while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my July TBR has 21 official books. Out of those, I have completed 1 this week.
Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (3/5 strawberries) I have 18 left to read: The Eye of Minds - James DashnerUnder the Egg - Laura Marx FitzgeraldAn Abundance of Katherines - John GreenLibriomancer - Jim C. HinesThe Prey - Tom IsbellThe Invasion of the Tearling - Erika JohansenThe Lost Kingdom - Matthew J. KirbyIgnite - Sara B. LarsonDevoted - Jennifer MathieuHidden - Donna Jo NapoliThe Spindlers - Lauren OliverThe Mouse With the Question Mark Tail - Richard PeckAsylum - Madeleine RouxThe Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda SalisburyCirca Now - Amber McRee TurnerOf Monsters and Madness - Jessica VerdayThe Whispering Trees - J. A. WhiteBad Luck Girl - Sarah Zettel …

Hedgehog Life: 8.3.15 - 8.9.15

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And the busy weeks are back!! And in full force!
This Week I Read:Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (2/5 strawberries)
- Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill (3/5 strawberries)
- Maus I by Art Spiegelman (4/5 strawberries)
- Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (3/5 strawberries)

This Week I Was Supposed to Review (I will!): - A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
- Let the Games Begin! & The Secret World of Mermaids by Jordan Quinn
What's In Store For Next Week: Monday: 2015 TBR Update #5 Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I've Read the Most Books From Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday with Catacomb Thursday: Review of Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken Friday: Review of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Saturday: N/A

So this has been a crazy week! Thursday a friend and I went to see Ant-Man. I was one of those extremely vocal people who declared that it was going to be one of the stupidest movies ever made, and my opinion only got …

Waiting on Wednesday: The Copper Gauntlet

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The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare (The Magisterium #2) Publication Date: September 1, 2015
From Goodreads:
Callum Hunt's summer break isn't like other kids'. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren't heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.
It's not easy for Call. . . .and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.
Call escapes to the Magisterium - but things only intensify there. The Alkahest - a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic - has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes - and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.
Why I'm Excited - I enjoy the Magisterium series and look forward to seeing wh…

Top Ten Tuesday #88 + Teaser Tuesday #49

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Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings I've Read. I feel like I've done this list a lot, so I'm just going to use the same list as last time!




- Grab the book you're currently reading. - Flip to a random page! - Share 2 teaser sentences from that page!
"Now, Mumsy" - Sophronia was quick on the flip - "don't you see? It's a symbolic allegory of the famous myth of Romulus and Remus. Since a werewolf is almost never female, Lady Kingair has dressed as a nanny to foil the wolf shape and properly represent the she-wolf who fed the great hero-founders of Rome." Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (pg. 113)

2015 TBR Update #4

So it's been a while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my July TBR has 21 official books. Out of those, I have completed 2 this week.

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (4/5 strawberries)Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (2/5 strawberries) I have 19 left to read: Waistcoats & Weaponry - Gail CarrigerThe Eye of Minds - James DashnerUnder the Egg - Laura Marx FitzgeraldAn Abundance of Katherines - John GreenLibriomancer - Jim C. HinesThe Prey - Tom IsbellThe Invasion of the Tearling - Erika JohansenThe Lost Kingdom - Matthew J. KirbyIgnite - Sara B. LarsonDevoted - Jennifer MathieuHidden - Donna Jo NapoliThe Spindlers - Lauren OliverThe Mouse With the Question Mark Tail - Richard PeckAsylum - Madeleine RouxThe Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda SalisburyCirca Now - Amber McRee TurnerO…

Hedgehog Life: 7/27/15 - 8/2/15

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This week has, to be quite honest, rather dull! With the exception of two exciting events.
This Week I Read: - Let the Games Begin! by Jordan Quinn (5/5 strawberries)
- The Secret World of Mermaids by Jordan Quinn (5/5 strawberries)
- Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (4/5 strawberries)

This Week I Reviewed: Nothing!
What's In Store For Next Week: Monday: 2015 TBR Update #4 Tuesday: Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings I've Read  Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday with The Copper Gauntlet Thursday: Review of A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman Friday: Review of Let the Games Begin! & The Secret World of Mermaids by Jordan Quinn
Saturday: N/A

So other than reading and finishing cleaning out my closet and library (it's a never-ending cycle) and dancing, I haven't been up to much. Tuesday I was actually invited by the dance instructor to help him teach the beginning crash course lesson they have every night before the social. I didn't do much; just acted as his follow, but it …

Hedgie's TBR: August 2015

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This is a new "feature" where, at the beginning of every month, I'll share with you the books I plan on reading! You'll be able to follow my progress every Monday and also on the tabs bar!