Showing posts from June, 2014

Hedgie's Must Reads: June 2014

It's that time of the month again: wrap-up time! June was a terrific month for reading; I got a lot done on my TBR list, and it makes me so happy! I was prepared for the author event on June 19 in time, and I read a bunch of other books I wanted to read, and then some, and yes - I'm very proud of myself for everything I read. Oddly enough, I had no "worst reads of the month" this time through! It was, overall, a very good reading month!
June Reading Wrap-Up
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (3/5) Book #1 in a trilogy. When a massive hailstorm hits, a school bus full of high schoolers and middle graders is forced to take refuge in a super store. And as disaster after disaster piles up, turning the world in to an apocalyptic landscape, the teens must learn how to survive, while still battling old high school grudges. While I didn't come to care for any of the characters, I did enjoy the overall story. I wanted to know what would happen next. It focuses a bit too much on…

June 2014 Book Haul

Book haul time! I was actually, surprisingly good this month - compared to the others. Yes, I bought some unplanned buys, but overall I did really well! Once I bought all of my planned buys, I didn't buy any more books! So proud of myself! That being said, I still bought quite a few. . . . .24, to be exact.

Guest Post: Interpreting Love Triangles

In the world of YA and teen romance, love triangles are a given. Find a YA book that doesn't have a love triangle - or something similar - and I will admit defeat. To be fair, I have read a few YA that don't have love triangles, but I can't think of what they were. ;-) So, with love triangles peppering literature nowadays, how do you go about figuring out how it will turn out for the characters? I've asked my friends Katherine and Hazel to join on this topic! This was very interesting to do, to see the differing opinions - and agreeing ones!
Katherine's Method
I don't abhor all love triangles. If done right, they can add something to the story. But sometimes, the love triangles can be utterly ridiculous (like The Hunger Games. I thought the love triangle was not only stupid, she picked the wrong guy. Peeta's a wuss!!)
I look for a connection between the characters. More than the usual "oh, he's so hot" type of connection. I find that the conne…

Review: The Mirk and Midnight Hour - Jane Nickerson

The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson
Genre: YA, fairy tale retelling
Published on March 11, 2014
Published by Knopf
Pages: 384
Read From: 6.15.14 - 6.25.14

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey is left at home in Mississippi while her father fights in the war against the North - a war that has already claimed her twin brother. Grieving and adjusting to life with a new family - a love-crazed stepsister, laudanum-addicted stepmother, and two cousins she doesn't quite know how to handle - Violet feels like a stranger on Scuppernong Farm.When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned, vine-shrouded lodge, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy - one of the men who might have killed her own brother - and yet she's drawn to him; their time together, deep in the wild forest, feels enchanted.But there's an uneasiness, too: Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor. Someone has been tending to his wounds - keeping him alive - and it becomes …

Review: The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Genre: YA, contemporary
Published on June 3, 2014
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 199
Read From: 6.13.14 - 6.14.14

SYNOPSIS Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car? It's true. Ask anybody!Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students - the girl who had the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door - tell all they know.But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end, there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I do like the cover art. It scream contemporary (which it is), but I like it. It caught my attention, for whatever reason, an…

Waiting on Wednesday #52 + WWW Wednesday #22

Slaves of Socorro (Brotherband Chronicles #4) by John Flanagan Publication Date: July 15, 2014
From Goodreads:
Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud - leader of the Shark Brotherhood and Hal's constant opponent - has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Araluen villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action. . . .with the help of one of Araluen's finest Rangers!
Why I'm Excited
It's the fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles!! That's reason enough to be excited! Despite a lot of flaws, I do really and truly love John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series - and the Brotherband Chronicles has been equally enjoyable. I do hope he never stops writing any tim…

Top Ten Tuesday #50 + Teaser Tuesday #11

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Cover Themes I Love. Okay, so I actually couldn't think of that many, and I was too lazy to come up with an extra five that I dislike. So, this is actually Top 6 Cover Themes I Love.

- Grab the book you are currently reading. - Flip to a random page. - Share two sentences from that page!
More than once, I stop myself from moving around to keep warm or glancing out the window to see if Tomas is coming. Instead, I close my eyes and think about the happiness I felt when I first arrived at the University and saw this building. It was a week after The Testing. The sun was hot on my skin and I couldn't stop smiling. I had made it through the Testing. I was living my dream of following in my father's footsteps. Everything was possible, especially with Tomas holding my hand firmly in his. I hadn't known then how precious that happiness was. How free I felt or how quickly I would realize that nothing about my life was as I thought. Tha…

Author Visit: Leigh Bardugo, Emmy Laybourne, Ava Dellaira, Jennifer Mathieu

On June 19, 2014, The Reading Hedgehog got to meet YA authors Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14), Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead), and Jennifer Mathieu (The Truth About Alice) at the University of Washington Bookstore! We got our books signed, listened to other people ask questions (because I totally forgot), took pictures (remembered this time!), and overall had a lot of fun. Enjoy the pictures and mini video below!


Stacking the Shelves #53

Inland by Kat Rosenfield After nine years spent suffocating in the arid expanses of the Midwest, far from the sea where her mother drowned, Callie Morgan and her father are returning to the coast. And miraculously, Callie can finally breathe easily. No more sudden, clawing attacks and weeklong hospital stays.
But something is calling to her from the river behind their house and from the ocean miles away. Just as her life begins to feel like her own, and the potential for romance is blossoming, the intoxicating pull of the dark water seeps into her mind, filling her with doubt and revealing family secrets. Is it madness, or is there a voice, beckoning her to come to the sea? To answer the call of the dark waves. To come home.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient n…

Hedgehog Life: June 2014

I hope you are all having a nice, lovely summer! If your weather is anything like mine is, you'll be hitting the beaches and lakes and rivers! I haven't been doing any of that, mostly because I've been too busy reading, working, and seeing movies! But Hedgie and I have been reading outside in the sun, so we haven't been total recluses.
June has been pretty fun. Earlier in the month, I went and saw Maleficent and The Fault in Our Stars. I loved the first movie - it will always be my favorite retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I'm pretty indifferent to Angelina Jolie as an actress, but she was brilliant as Maleficent, and I loved the twists in it. The Fault in Our Stars . . . well, you can read my full opinion of it here, but to sum it up: I did surprisingly enjoy it, but I had issues with some of the cast (namely, Augustus).
A friend and I also made a trip down to Powell's City of Books! I really, honestly didn't need to do that this month. My pocket book took a bi…

Review: Sky on Fire - Emmy Laybourne

Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #2
Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Published on May 28, 2014
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 212
Read From: 6.6.14 - 6.12.14

Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive, and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver Internatio…