Showing posts from April, 2015

Hedgie's Must Reads: April 2015

Another crazy month! Craziness all around! But we got a lot of reading done - more than I thought I would - and here they are!

April 2015 Book Haul

It's the end of another month and that means cataloging new books and shelving them (a task that I'll do sometime; hopefully before I leave. . . .) So this month started out mostly good, then I went and bought too many books again, but oh well.

Come Fly With Me!

That's right, people - the day is finally here! In just a few short hours (several hours, actually, but I know they'll fly by - haha) I'm going to be boarding my plane(s) to Nashville, Tennessee! I will fly all night to get there, and then I will spend the day looking at stuff, eating cupcakes and Southern cuisine, and finally I'll make my way to Parnassus Books, where I will meet YA author Sharon Cameron! I've always loved her books, The Dark Unwinding and its sequel A Spark Unseen. But I think that in the past few weeks, she's become even more of a favorite author.
And best of all, I actually got my copy of Rook in yesterday, so I sped through Tunnel Vision so I could read it. And I can read it on the plane(s)! I doubt I'll have it done by the time the launch party starts, but I should be through an awful good portion of it! I have already read the first three chapters and am so totally in love with it.
I'll be blogging throughout my stay in Nashvill…

Review: Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on October 14, 2014
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 416
Read From: 4.6.15 - 4.10.15

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter's magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.Orphaned as an infant during Winter's defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians' general, Sir. Training to be a warrior - and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather - she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter's magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she's scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, an…

Hedgehog Life: 4/20/15 - 4/26/15

I am literally two days away from leaving for Nashville and Sharon Cameron's launch party! I can hardly believe it! This week has been a flurry of last-minute preparations. I didn't have as much time to read, but that's all right. I'm sure I'll get time in Nashville (definitely on the plane).
This Week I Read: - Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
This Week I Reviewed: - Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
- The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond
- Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

What's In Store for Next Week: Review of Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
April Book Haul
Hedgie's Must Reads: April 2015
Review of The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
Tuesday I went and got my new computer, a MacBook Pro, which I am now using to write this post!! My mum and I spent some time in Portland while we were there, too; went to Powell's and Voodoo Donuts and got a little lost in a bad area, but eventually got back to where we wanted to be after some very helpful cyclists…

Review: Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Genre: YA, fairy tale retelling
Published on April 1, 2014
Published by HarperCollins
Pages: 452
Read From: 4.2.15 - 4.5.15

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.What happened? Dorothy.They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.I've been r…

Review: The Only Thing to Fear - Caroline Tung Richmond

The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond
Genre: YA, alternate history
Published on September 30, 2014
Published by Scholastic Press
Pages: 280
Read From: 3.29.15 - 4.2.15

It's been nearly eighty years since the Allies lost World War II in a crushing defeat against Hitler's genetically engineered super soldiers. America has been carved up by the victors, and sixteen-year-old Zara lives a life of oppression in the Eastern-American Territories. Under the iron rule of the Nazis, the government strives to maintain a master race, controlling everything from jobs to genetics. Despite her mixed heritage and hopeless social standing, Zara dares to dream of an America she's only read about in banned books - a land of freedom and equality.Rumblings of a revolution are growing in the Territories, and a rogue rebel group known as the Alliance is plotting a deadly coup. Zara might hold the key to taking down the Fuhrer for good. . . .but it also might be the very thing that de…

Waiting on Wednesday: Rook

Rook by Sharon Cameron Publication Date: April 28, 2015
From Goodreads:
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy Rene Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to he doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiance is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and Rene find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
Why I'm Excited
- Sharon Cameron is one of my absolute favorite authors; I will always read whatever she published. - But this book - this book - soun…

Top Ten Tuesday #80 + Teaser Tuesday #41

Top Ten Favorite Authors of ALL TIME! I have to choose ten out of ALL the authors I've ever read?! Really?! This isn't fair!!!!!!! :-( But I can do it! And to make it easier on myself, I will only include YA and Middle Grade authors; no classics.
John Flanagan. I'll be honest, I have read authors whose writing is so, so, so much better and the Ranger's Apprentice series dragged, and he seems very adverse to ever killing any of his characters. But I grew up with John Flanagan's books. The Ruins of Gorlan opened me up to fantasy. I will always, always love his books.Lemony Snicket. I will always read anything and everything written by him. Short of The Roman Mysteries, his books were my first "real" fandom. I obsessed over these books. I had notebooks filled with notes and I studied codes and ciphers just to crack the ones in the books. I read all the classic books referenced, I watched and rewatched the movie; I spent a lot of time scouring websites and for…

Review: Antigoddess - Kendare Blake

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
Series: The Goddess War #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on September 10, 2013
Published by Tor Teen
Pages: 333
Read From: 3.28.15 - 3.29.15

Old gods never die. . . .Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra - an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.These days, Cassandra doesn't involve herself in the business of gods - in fact, she doesn't even know they exist. But she could be the key in a way that is only just beginning.Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with others of the ancient Olympians, who …

Hedgehog Life: 4/13/15 - 4/19/15

While last week had some awesome things, I think I'm safe in saying that this week was better because I didn't get sick. I did have a 7AM dentist appointment. . . .But thank goodness that's about it.
This Week I Read: - Windchaser by Scott Ciencin
- Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
This Week I Reviewed: - City of Glass by Cassandra Clare - Bone Gap by Laura Ruby - Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
What's In Store for Next Week: Review of Antigoddess by Kendare Blake Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors Waiting on Wednesday with Rook Review of The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond Review of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Nothing much going on. Just more prep for Nashville, my birthday, and other things. But overall, a pretty quiet week of reading.

Author Visit: Heather Brewer, Danielle Paige, Victoria Aveyard, Sara Raasch

On April 10th, I got to meet YA authors Heather Brewer (The Cemetery Boys), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen), and Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes) at the University of Washington Bookstore. Did not get as many pictures as I wanted because I was in bad vantage point for pictures, but next time! Meanwhile, enjoy the video!

Review: Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on September 2, 2014
Published by Bloomsbury
Pages: 562
Read From: 3.22.15 - 2.28.15

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth. . . .a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever.Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength not only to fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

Dear Heir of Fire,
I have had such a love-hate relationship with your series. I detested your protagonist so much that I despised everything in Book #1. I was so tired of the unromantic romance that I barely tolerated Book #2. But my gut told me, Heir of Fire, that the series had so much potential that it couldn't not get bett…

ARC Review: Bone Gap - Laura Ruby

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Genre: YA, mythology retelling
Published on March 3, 2015
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 368
Read From: 3.19.15 - 3.21.15

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps - gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren't surprised. After all, it wasn't the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O'Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That's just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?Finn knows that's not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turn up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.As we f…

Waiting on Wednesday: Stolen Magic

Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine (Tale of Two Castles: #2) Publication Date: April 21, 2015
From Goodreads:
Elodie, the dragon detective Meenore, and the kindly ogre Count Jonty Um are all on their way to Elodie's home island of Lahnt. Elodie has barely set foot on land before she learns that the Replica, a statue that keeps her island's deadly volcano from erupting, has been stolen! If the Replica isn't found in three days, a mountain will be destroyed. And when Elodie ends up alone with a cast of characters any of whom may be guilty, she has to use her wits to try to unravel a tangled web of lies.
Why I'm Excited
- I adored A Tale of Two Castles the moment I started reading it. I love Elodie and Meenore so much! I can't wait to spend another book with them! - Gail Carson Levine is, and always will be, one of my favorite authors.

Top Ten Tuesday #79 + Teaser Tuesday #40

Top Ten Inspirational Quotes from Books. I cheated a bit and mostly did favorite quotes, rather than strictly "inspirational." More fun that way.
- I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. - The Important of Being Earnest -
- A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. - Pride and Prejudice -
- Every fairy tale, it seems, concludes with the bland phrase "happily ever after." Yet every couple I have ever known would agree that nothing about marriage is forever happy. There are moments of bliss, to be sure, and lengthy spans of satisfied companionship. Yet these are no small effort, and the girl who reads such fiction dreaming her troubles will end ere she departs the altar is well advised to seek at once a rational woman to set her straight. - Princess Ben -
- "Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several t…

Review: City of Glass - Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on March 24, 2009
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 541
Read From: 3.12.15 - 3.18.15

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes how much h…

Hedgehog Life: 4/6/15 - 4/12/15

I can hardly believe the week is over! My 23rd birthday is right around the corner! I feel so old!!!! ;-) Anyway, lots in store for you guys! It was one awesome week.
This Week I Read: - Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (5/5 strawberries)
- Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (3/5 strawberries)
- The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (4/5 strawberries)
This Week I Reviewed: - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - Beth's Story, 1914 by Adele Whitby - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
What's In Store for Next Week: - Review of City of Glass by Cassandra Clare - Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books - Waiting on Wednesday with Stolen Magic - Review of Bone Gap by Laura Ruby - Review of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas - Author Visit: Victoria Aveyard, Danielle Paige, Sara Raasch, Heather Brewer

Whatever plans I had for this week were somewhat derailed when I got leringitis - and then the stomach flu on top of it. I was going to finish my shopping for Nashville Friday, but was feeling too sick for it. I …

Review: Twilight - Stephanie Meyer

Twilightby Stephanie Meyer
Series: Twilight Saga #1
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Published on October 5, 2005
Published by Little, Brown & Co.
Pages: 498
Read From: 2.25.15 - 3.15.15

When Bella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back. . . .

Dear Twilight,
Despite everything about you - despite the horrendous movie, the terrifying fangirls, the hilarious satire - I actually picked you up with an open mind. I wanted to give you a fighting chance to prove yourself to me. I wanted to let your words speak for you…