Showing posts from June, 2015

Hedgie's Must Reads: June 2015

June was a pretty slow reading month for me because I was so busy with other things. And I also got into a bit of a reading funk.

June 2015 Book Haul

Busy month! The majority of these books are from BookCon and New York. Once I got home, I really didn't buy that many books at all, and now I'm on a ban because I simply cannot afford any more books - both monetarily and space wise.

Hedgehog Life: 6/22/15 - 6/28/15

Last week I said that this week wasn't going to be very busy. Well, that's not exactly true. Apparently I had a lot going after all! Especially on the reading front.
This Week I Read
- River Quest by John Vornholt (3/5 strawberries)
Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (3/5 strawberries)
- Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz (5/5 strawberries)

This Week I Reviewed - Undertow by Michael Buckley
- Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan
- Prisoner B-3087by Alan Gratz

What's In Store for Next Week
Monday: June Book Haul
Tuesday: Hedgie's Must Reads: June 2015
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday with Jubilee Manor
Thursday: Review of A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Friday: TBA

First up, I ordered a pair of new dancing shoes! (Picture coming soon because I am a terrible photographer!) Ever since I first read Hans Christian Anderson's The Red Shoes - I think when I was about six - I badly wanted a pair of red dance shoes. Try convincing your parents that you need a pair when you …

Review: Prisoner B-3087 - Alan Gratz

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
Genre: YA, historical fiction
Published on March 1, 2013
Published by Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 272
Read From: 6.20.15 - 6.21.15

Survive. At any cost.10 concentration camps. 10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly. It's something no one could imagine surviving. But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.As a Jewish boy in 1930's Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner - his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will - and, mos…

Review: Slaves of Socorro - John Flanagan

Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan
Series: Brotherband Chronicles #4
Genre: YA, adventure
Published on July 15, 2014
Published by Philomel
Pages: 462
Read From: 6.15.15. - 6.20.15

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 Brotherband 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.
Review Dear Slaves of Socorro, I really like your series, The Brotherband Chronicles. It's fun and has lots of good characters. But I've had my issues with your books: they are too slow, too much exposition, no major characters ever die - o…

Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of Dusk

Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief #2) Publication Date: August 4, 2015
From Goodreads:
After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can't help but feel like a monster.
Though she's formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra's not sure she can trust him. And with James's fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.
As tensions rise within Forge's Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?
Why I'm Excited -…

Review: Undertow - Michael Buckley

Undertow by Michael Buckley
Series: Undertow #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, contemporary
Published on May 5, 2015
Published by HMH Books
Pages: 384
Read From: 6.10.15 - 6.15.15

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world's initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric's small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not naturally the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity's only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it's more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Dear U…

Hedgehog Life: 6/15/15 - 6/21/15

I think I've finally gotten back into the swing of things! Some of you are probably wondering: "Where's that BookCon post you promised?!" Well, don't worry - you are going to get it. It is actually going to take the form of my June Book Haul, because I discovered that after getting back from BookCon, I didn't have money to buy any more books. So I can actually fit it all into one video rather than having to do two separate ones! Yay!

This Week I Read
- Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (1/5 strawberries)
- Undertow by Michael Buckley (4/5 strawberries)

This Week I ReviewedPandemonium by Lauren Oliver
- Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

What's In Store for Next Week
Monday: Review of Undertow by Michael Buckley
Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite Top Ten Tuesday Topics
Wednesday: Waiting on Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne
Thursday: Review of Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan
Friday: To Be Announced

Now that I'm back in the swing of things, I've been pret…

Review: Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Series: Immortals Trilogy #1
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Published by Little, Brown & Co.
Published on September 1, 2010
Pages: 407
Read From: 6.3.15 - 6.10.15

Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl.  She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.
Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe - until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.
Dear Immortal Beloved, I had my doubts from the very beginning. You are not the sort of book I usually grab. Party girl immortal, rehab center, undeniably sexy dude - these are all warning signs for me. But I had to read you for several reasons. So I set aside my doubts and went into you…

Review: Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Genre: YA, dystopian
Published on February 28, 2012
Published by HarperTeen
Pages: 329
Read From: 5.21.15 - 6.3.15

I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
Dear Pandemonium, When it comes to the second book in a trilogy, I am always wary. Second books are notoriously the slowest, most disappointing. And when a romance actually works in the first book, I am terrified that a stupid love triangle will ruin it in the sequel. Pandemonium, …

Waiting on Wednesday: Deceptive

Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones (Illusive #2) Publication Date: July 14, 2015
You don't belong with us. These are the words that echo through the minds of all immune Americans - those suffering the so-called adverse effects of an experimental vaccine, including perfect recall, body manipulation, telepathy, precognition, levitation, mind-control, and the ability to change one's appearance at will.
When immune individuals begin to disappear - in great numbers, but seemingly at random - fear and tension mount, and unrest begins to brew across the country. Through separate channels, super-powered teenagers Ciere, Daniel, and Devon find themselves on the case; super criminals and government agents working side-by-side. It's an effort that will ultimately define them all - for better or for worse.
Why I'm Excited - True, I haven't read the first book in this series yet, but I will by the time this comes out, and it just sounds so cool!

Top Ten Tuesday #84 + Teaser Tuesday #45

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR. Goodness, I haven't thought that far!!

They trooped down the stairs and took another right-angle turn to the left. A wooden door, set in an arched opening and reinforced with brass strips, faced them. The area was dimly lit by two lanterns high in the wall beside them. The guard now produced the second key, a smaller one this time. He pounded on the timber door twice in quick succession, then once more after a pause. Then he inserted the key and unlocked the door. Again, the luck turned smoothly and they heard a slight click as it opened. Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (pg. 315)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Golden Specific

The Golden Specific by S. E. Grove (The Mapmakers Trilogy #2) Publication Date: July 14, 2015
From Goodreads:
It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents' disappearance, combing archives and libraries, grasping at even the most slender leads. Theo has apprenticed himself to an explorer in order to follow those leads across the country - but one after another proves to be a dead end.
Then Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the puzzle exists in a foreign Age. At the same time, Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to destroy the new one he has built with Sophia and her uncle Shadrack. What he and Sophia do not know is that their separate discoveries are intertwined, and that one remarkable person is part of both.
There is a city that holds all of the answers - but it can…

Hedgehog Life: 5/25/15 - 6/7/15

I am still so out of it that I don't really know where to begin. So bear with me, please.

This Week I Read
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (3/5 strawberries)

This Week I Reviewed - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

What's In Store for Next Week
It's a surprise!!

So pretty much all that happened last week was New York City and BookCon. I really, truly am going to do a video about it all, and it will include my BookCon book haul. I will also include some photos. I promise I will do this post; I just need time to rest up and organize myself and my schedule.

Other than the craziness of NYC and BookCon (which was amazing), I've been busy with normal, yet exciting, things. I signed up for extra dance classes as soon as I got back - one to polish my basic swing moves and another to learn Lindy Hop. Youtube it if you don't know what it is; you'll be amazed. And now I'm heading into summer, which consists of beach excursions, day hikes, fairs, movie nights, building…

Waiting on Wednesday: Silver in the Blood

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George Publication Date: July 7, 2015
From Goodreads:
Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely know. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and - most terrifyingly - learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate. . . .or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.
Why I'm Excited - As some of you probably already know, I will always read anything written by Jessica Day George. She is an amazing writer and creates truly strong female protagonists. - Shape-shifters!