Month: December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday [25]

Posted December 30, 2014 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. Each Tuesday, they have a new topic for a Top Ten List. Click here for more information and how to participate!

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015—bookish, blogging, or otherwise:


1.
Finish the reading challenges I am in this year.
For the past few years, I have been slacking on my reading and all the challenges that I participate in. For a while, it was because of college. Then it was because I was working in a warehouse with crazy hours and always exhausted. That changes this year! With being in an office setting now and normal hours with a normal lunch break, I can finally breathe again. I’ve been slowly getting back into a great reading routine and I plan on it being even better in the coming year.
**Join with me by conquering you TBR Pile with Bookish’s Challenge. Sign up here.
**Join with me to explore debut authors by joining in on That Artsy Reader Girl’s DAC Challenge. Sign up here.

2. Write more and more often.
The past couple years I have written the most I have in a long time. I almost even conquered NaNoWriMo. But, I have yet to finish a NaNo. This year that also changes. I want to be able to finish one of my manuscripts and have it ready to send out to agents by the end of this upcoming year. I know that this is what I was meant to do. And by gone it, I am going to accomplish this!
3. Cut back on smoking or quit completely.
My boyfriend is in the transition of being almost completely done with smoking all together and I couldn’t be more proud of him. This year, I think I am going to drastically cut back and save it for when I’m drinking. Just thinking about saving that money that I could use on more books, just makes it all the better.
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4. Start working out.
I really need to start taking care of my body. I’m not overweight in any account but I also eat a lot of junk food and don’t do anything to counteract with that. I need to do some serious cardio and yoga and get myself back into shape. I want to be as healthy as I possibly can.
5. Put more healthy choices in my diet.
I eat fairly healthy. But I could use more fruits and veggies in my daily eating habits. So, I plan on picking out more healthy choices when I snack. (Unless I’m on my period because I wouldn’t want to mess with that bitch ;P)
6. Read 3 books off my TBR books that I own before buying more books.
This is rather specific. But since I have so many books on my shelves that have not been read, I’d like to ban myself a little bit by making sure that I read at least 3 books off my shelf before buying another book or two. I think this might help.
7. Blog more and more often.
This goes along with the writing one. But I love the blogging community. I think that it is such a great community and I want to be a better blogger within our community.
8. Comment more.
This goes along with being a better blogger. Everyone likes to see foot traffic on their blog and I feel like not everyone gets enough. I know I’d like to see more comments on my posts but in order to do that I need to be more active in the blogosphere. I feel like the only time I see a huge amount of comments is when I have a giveaway, which is fine. But that probably happens with a lot of bloggers and I’d like to help change that.

That’s all I can think of for now. Let’s talk, do you have some of the same resolutions? Leave a comment and tell me,
What’s on your Top Ten?

Stephanie
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TBR Reading Challenge/TBR Jar/Reader’s Choice

Posted December 29, 2014 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Okay, so, remember the Reader’s Choice poll that I used to do? Well, I’m bringing it back. Kind of. I made my own TBR Jar! And I plan on using this to help conquer the 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. So, without further ado, please help me decide what book to read and review next! 🙂 (Under the poll, I have included the Goodreads Blurb of each book)

1. Half-Bad by Sally Green

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

2. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!

Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions surrounding mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

3. Indigo by Gina Linko

A gift?
A curse?
A moment that changes everything. . . .

Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine’s first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch–charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color–surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.

When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine’s withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?

4. Broken by A.E Rought

  Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.
  A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.
  When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely… familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s.
  The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

5. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Love can never die.
  Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead – or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
  The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria – a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible – until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.
  But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead – and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
  In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

6. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

8. Origin by Jessica Khoury

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home―and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin―a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

9. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Blood doesn’t lie…
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

Stephanie
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Posted December 25, 2014 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday with all of their loved ones! I also hope you guys got some awesome gifts! I know I did! And lots of gift cards for me to buy pretty books with! I can’t wait to get some more beauties! 🙂Just wanted to wish you […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [24]

Top Ten Tuesday [24]

Posted December 23, 2014 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. Each Tuesday, they have a new topic for a Top Ten List. Click here for more information and how to participate! Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year: 1. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin edit: already bought […]

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2015 Debut Author Challenge (DAC)

2015 Debut Author Challenge (DAC)

Posted December 22, 2014 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Challenge Objectives: To introduce readers to this year’s wonderful group of debut authors. To challenge readers to read 12 or more middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts this year. Challenge Rules: You must post your thoughts on each debut book you read in order for it to count towards the challenge. You can […]

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Bout of Books 12

Bout of Books 12

Posted December 22, 2014 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

It is that time again. Time for the Bout of Books Read-a-thon. I am going to be participating in the 12th installment of this read-a-thon and hopefully will be conquering some books off of my TBR pile for the 2015 reading year. You should sign up and join in on the fun with me! Don’t […]

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [Review]

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [Review]

Posted December 17, 2014 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

  My Thoughts: So, I was about halfway through this book and I knew that it was an instant favorite of mine. This could quite easily be my favorite read of the year. Michelle Hodkin’s writing is gorgeous. It’s deliberate. It’s mysterious. It’s lyrical. I absolutely love her writing style and I love how she […]

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TBR Reading Challenge 2015

TBR Reading Challenge 2015

Posted December 16, 2014 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Hey everyone! So, as you all may have realized, I have been posting a bit more recently and am really happy about it. Back at the end of October/early November, I had told Evie and Andrea over at Bookish that I needed a break. Once I left Bookish, I felt bittersweet. Bitter because, I love […]

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Written On Her Heart [Review]

Written On Her Heart [Review]

Posted December 16, 2014 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

  My Thoughts: I thought that this book was refreshing. It was another good one that got me back in the spirit of not only reading but writing as well. I loved that Andi was a writer. I loved that Ford was a writer. I loved the chemistry they had together. Paige Rion’s writing was […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [23]

Top Ten Tuesday [23]

Posted December 16, 2014 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. Each Tuesday, they have a new topic for a Top Ten List. Click here for more information and how to participate! Top Ten Books I Read in 2014: 1. Cress by Marissa Meyer: (my review coming soon) This book has so much Thorne […]

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