Showing posts from May, 2014

Hedgie's Must Reads: May 2014

Spring is behind us and summer is here! Yay! Summer equals beautiful days and reading outside with lemonade and apples! Not that Hedgie really cares to read outside; he doesn't like the sun, and he only has an interest in covering himself in dirt. Silly man. ;-) May was a pretty good reading month for us. I made May the month where I caught up on sequels that have been sitting on my shelf for a while. It. . . .sort of happened. But I also started a lot of new series. So, here's what we read!

May 2014 Book Haul

It's that time of the month again: book hauls! I've gotten a little bit better at editing my videos, so hopefully this one is better than the last. In total, I hauled 35 books. Most of them are new releases, and a few were freebies and gifts. I didn't meet my "12-books-only" quota, but it's still better than the 60-book haul I did last month!

Review: Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on June 5, 2012
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 358
Read From: 5.14.14 - 5.15.14

Alina Starkov doesn't expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they're sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.When the convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold.Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the …

Waiting on Wednesday #49 + WWW Wednesday #19

Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton Publication Date: June 3, 2014
From Goodreads:
Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you're the next keeper of the real Cinderella's dresses is even tougher.
Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she's working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella's dresses, life gets complicated.
Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart, Johnny, stuck in the middle of battle, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it's too late.
After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.
Why I'm Excited
It sounds kind of like a peculiar retelling of Cinderella, and I'm always interested in the newest and most peculiar retelling. Sadly, I won't be buying it, as it is only in pa…

Top Ten Tuesday #46 + Teaser Tuesday #7

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Childhood Favorites. A favorite topic; I love remembering all of the books I loved as a child. This list will probably range from very little kids' books to when I was twelve, and will be two books short from ten. I know I had several favorites, but I am forgetting several of them.

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

His face was clear, and all of the houses with their Christmas lights faded behind him. With his smallest hands he had opened a door in me, and I cried and cried. He held me there until I laughed a little. Like the whole thing was a joke. I wanted to forget all of it. We kept walking. Along the path of light, I saw every bulb come into focus only as we got close to it. And finally he said, he said it to me, "I love you, too."Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (pg. 162)

ARC Review: Mouseheart - Lisa Fiedler

Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler
Series: Mouseheart #1
Genre: Middle Grade, animal fiction
Published on May 20, 2014
Published by Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 320
Read From: 5.12.14 - 5.14.14

Hopper is an ordinary pet shop mouse - until he escapes. Soon he finds himself deep within the untamed Brooklyn transit tunnels and in Atlantia, a glorious utopian rat civilization.But all is not as it seems. Hopper misses the siblings she lost in the escape. Atlantia is constantly threatened by rebels who wish to bring the city to its knees. And there are cats everywhere, cats who leave the citizens unharmed. . . .and no one can seem to answer why.Soon Hopper is caught in the crosshairs of an epic battle, and as the clashes rage, Hopper learns terrible, extraordinary secrets. Deadly secrets about Atlantia. Painful secrets about his friends.And one powerful secret about himself.
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? It's a very creepy little cover, and quite fitting of the book. It's not The Thickety c…

Stacking the Shelves #49

The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley After his parents' death, Michael Vyner's future is unclear. All he knows is that his new wealthy guardian has invited him to a remote country estate. But Michael begins to suspect something is not right on the very night he arrives, when he spots a mysterious woman in the frozen mists.
The chilling solitude of the house itself is another surprise. His guardian is rarely seen, and there's an evil force lurking in an old hallway mirror. Michael soon realizes that the house and its grounds harbor many more secrets - both dead and very much alive. And Michael's reason for being there is quickly becoming clearer. . . .
The Body at the Tower by Y. S. Lee Now nearly a full-fledged member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. Mary Quinn is back for another action-packed adventure. Disguised as a poor apprentice builder and a boy, she must brave the grimy underbelly of Victo…

Guest Post: All About Books!

Guest post time! Again! Whoohoo! As usual, Katherine, Kel, and Hazel have joined The Reading Hedgehog. Our topic is similar to April's, in the fact that there's a series of questions we all answer. Tangents and ranting were encouraged. ;-) This guest post was inspired by a book tag Justine TP did on Youtube.

Review: After the Parch - Sheldon Greene

After the Parch by Sheldon Greene
Genre: YA, futuristic
Published on March 21, 2014
Published by Strategic Book Publishing
Pages: 220
Read From: 5.10.14 - 5.11.14

It's 2075. The USA has broken up and California has become an Independent refuge dominated by a single omnipotent corporation. Eighteen-year-old Bran, a shepherd, is given a mission to traverse the California Republic in ten days, in order to save his rural community from forfeiting its land.

Review: Absent - Katie Williams

Absent by Katie Williams
Genre: YA, supernatural
Published on May 21, 2013
Published by Chronicle Books
Pages: 184
Read From: 5.10.14 - 5.10.14

Seventeen-year-old Paige is dead, the victim of a freak fall from the roof during Physics class. Now she's a ghost, permanently bound to the grounds of her high school. It isn't all bad: she has the company of her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. And she can find out everyone's secrets, which can be amusing - for a while. But then Paige hears

Waiting on Wednesday #48 + WWW Wednesday #18

Allies & Assassins (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Somper Publication Date: May 27, 2014
From Goodreads:
Prince Anders, the ruler of Archenfield, has been murdered, leaving his younger brother, Jared, to ascend the throne. Sixteen-year-old Jared feels unprepared to rule the kingdom and its powerful and dangerous court, yet he knows he can rely on the twelve officers of the court to advise him. He also knows he can just as easily be at their mercy - especially when it appears that one of them may be responsible for his brother's death. Unable to trust anyone, Jared takes it upon himself to hunt down his brother's killer - but the killer may be hunting him, as well.
Why I'm Excited
It sounds along the same lines as Jennifer A. Nielsen's The Ascendance Trilogy, and I am dying for another series like that! I loved The Ascendance Trilogy, and though I literally just finished a few weeks ago, it feels like I've been done with it for forever! I need something else!!…

Top Ten Tuesday #45 + Teaser Tuesday #6

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Books About Friendship. I'm going to interpret this a little bit and include books that just have really great friendships in them; not necessarily books that are strictly about friendship.

- Grab the book you're currently reading. - Flip to a random page. - Pick two teaser sentences to post!

I sat there for a while, picking at my breakfast, mulling over Nikolai's parting words. Then I gave myself a little shake. I didn't have time to dissect his motives. In just a few hours, the war council would meet to talk strategy and how best to raise a defense against the Darkling. I had plenty to do to prepare, but fist I had a visit to pay.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (pg. 251)

Author Interview: Shawn Martin

Forget Me Not by Shawn Martin Series: Shadowflesh #2 Genre: YA, paranormal, fantasy, romance Published on March 31, 2014 Published by Vinspire Publishing Pages: 308 Purchase Link:Paperback, Kindle
Fortune has smiled on seventeen-year-old Aileen McCormick ever since Addison came back into her life, giving her the love she has so desperately longed for. That is, until a mysterious man slithers across her path and slips a spellbinding cameo around her neck. The cameo holds more than just the image of an enchantress who hungers for souls. It possesses a curse that strangles away every memory Aileen has of Addison.
Addison, a three-hundred-year-old fugitive from the netherworld, recognizes the wretched woman inside the cameo and the curse she has cast on his unsuspecting love. The enchanted cameo has but on purpose: to torment Aileen with hints of love she can no longer recall.
Aileen cannot escape the deadly cameo. She runs for her life with the curse only a breath away. If she truly wants…