Saturday, June 30, 2012

Weekly Book Haul (22)

Again, not too many books this week! But I'm extremely excited to read them!


I cannot wait to listen to this! I checked it out in book format a while ago and never got to it. But then I found out that it's performed by Jim Dale (same person who narrates Harry Potter) and he is SO GOOD. So I got really excited. 


This was kind of an impulse buy. Then I looked at the ratings on Goodreads.. :(
BUT. I got it at Costco, so it's not like I payed full-price for it. Plus, the illustrations and cover is GORGEOUS. 


I don't think this counts into my Library Book Ban. =)

My Reading Pile (July 1-July 7) hosted by Rachel @Fiktshun
You'll be seeing my July TBR post soon, but I will be getting very busy starting this week.
I only hope to start listening to Liesl & Po and to finish Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (it didn't happen last week), and perhaps start Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire!

What's in your Reading Pile? What books did you haul? I'd love to know! =)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

"We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...
Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences."
Title: A Need So Beautiful
Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages: 267, Hardcover

A Need So Beautiful wasn't exactly what I expected. I originally thought that it was about angels, but I am...way off. Sort of. Suzanne Young was able to create a unique spin on the paranormal genre, which I thought was totally fun to read about. However, my overall opinion of the book is kind of low. While the concept was fantastic, the characters and plot were lacking for me.

Charlotte Cassidy lives a secret life. On the outside, she's just a normal girl who goes to a private school, and lives with a foster mom. But on the inside, she's not normal like the others. She feels the Need, which is the compulsion to help others, and do what is right. The Need also includes something like an asthma attack, which is exactly what she uses, always as the excuse. Charlotte is of the Forgotten. Monroe, her clinic doctor, helps her along the way to figure things out. In the end, Charlotte must choose between the light, and the evil.

The plot was a huge problem for me. In literature class, I'm sure everyone has learned that in a story, there has to be 3 main parts: a beginning, climax, and solution. Now, I did not find myself at a climax, ever. If you were looking at the story through a line graph, you'd see a flat line. Pretty much, for all I see, the plot was about different scenarios in which Charlotte had to give into her Need and help someone out. And then towards the end, FINALLY something happened. And then the story just ended.

Despite the insufficient plot, Suzanne Young DID do a great job with a twist in the end. I kind of saw it coming, but I did love it; it left me hanging. It makes me want to check out A Want So Wicked.

Onto the characters. They were all extremely shallow, except for maybe Mercy. Charlotte just seemed whiny ALL THE TIME. And I hated how she was never truthful to Harlin! Ever! That makes a very weak relationship. And Harlin, I didn't see what was so good about Harlin. He didn't stand out to me, in the sea of YA boys. He was alright, I guess. And Monroe, goodness, Monroe. I did not care for him at all. He was so vague and it annoyed the crap out of me! He didn't tell Charlotte anything for a long time when she clearly needed answers! Even Charlotte's best friend, Sarah was… *shudders*. Not the best friend you would ask for.

The only thing that I really favored was the concept. It is extremely unique, and I do love myself some creativity every once and a while! Not the same old, same old.

To conclude, I wasn't disappointed with this read, because I hadn't expected too much out of it. A Need So Beatiful wasn't my type of read, but I do recommend trying it out. I suggest reading it, not listening to it on audio, because I think that also affected my overall enjoyment of the story. I am still undecided on whether I want to pick up A Want So Wicked. Maybe someday!

Audio Performance: As mentioned above, I recommend not to listen to it on audio. The reader killed Monroe's British accent--it kind of scarred me for life. I wish I had read the book.

Grade: C

Source: Online library (audiobook)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Timepiece by Myra McEntire

"A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...
Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?
Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results. 
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...
The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts."

Title: Timepiece
Author: Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 336, Hardcover

"I'm a bad ass. A bad ass who bakes when he's depressed." -Timepiece (quoted from eARC, not final.)

I was beyond excited to dive right into Timepiece after finishing Hourglass. I was so utterly satisfied with Myra's writing and story, and I had heard nothing but great things about Timepiece. Sadly, while it still had it's enticing characters from Hourglass that I loved, there were many points in the novel that left me in confusion, leaving me frustrated; I wasn't able enjoy the story as much.

Heading into the story, I had no idea that it was told from Kaleb's point of view! I was completely surprised, and while it was really interesting and portrayed very well, I couldn't get into it until about halfway through it. I guess I was just so used to reading in a female's POV. However, after familiarizing myself with his personality, I found it very enjoyable and he was a very blunt (and honest!) character. His comments and thoughts cracked me up.

I also really adored Lily and Kaleb's relationship, much, much more than Em & Michael's! (I loved Em & Michael's relationship, so that's saying something.) I loved how it started out terribly, but graduated into something sweet and tender! They are perfect together. I hated seeing Kaleb chase after Em in Hourglass, so I'm extremely happy that he found someone.

Other than that, Timepiece was quite the roller coaster ride. There was about 3-5 new characters that were introduced, and I felt that Myra could have spent more time elaborating on them. She whipped by them so quickly that I couldn't seem to recall who they were or what their abilities were. What were their motives? What role did each character play? I got so confused at one point that I had to ask one of my blogger friends  for confirmation and help (thanks Nina!)

There was also the plot. Sure, Myra keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, but there was just too many things going on! I was jumping from one situation to the next-- my mind was just about ready to erupt. Why couldn't she just keep it simple? It was very difficult for me to follow the plot and story when so many factors were affecting one another. And the fact that it was about time-travel? Even more puzzling.

I do have to give credit for Myra McEntire for still having that amazing ability to write so smoothly and with ease. She was still able to entrance me and bring me into the story. It was very well crafted and there was some serious world-building in this sophomore novel! You can tell she really thought it thoroughly!

On the whole, Timepiece is an intricately designed novel with fantastic characters brought in from Hourglass that readers will continue to enjoy. At times, the plot and new addition of characters may leave readers perplexed, but it is overall still a delightful read. I am still looking forward to Infinityglass, the third and final installment in the Hourglass trilogy!

Grade: B-

Source: Publisher via Netgalley--thanks Egmont USA! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekly Book Haul (21)

Hey guys! Not too many books this week, at all. 
My pile is too big, but I'm starting to narrow it down! :)

From the library:

I really need to read this! I think I may be reading it for my 10th grade
lit class in the spring, but it's always good to get a head start, right? :)

(I just broke my library book ban. XD)

From Netgalley:

Thank you so, so much Disney-Hyperion for making this auto-approve!
I was SO excited to find this one! 

My Reading Pile (June 24-June 30) hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun
I feel quite accomplished! I believe that I'll be reading Timepiece this week, and starting Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I'm no longer reading the HP series on audio, simply because it's faster if I just read them. I also want to read Something Like Normal. I'm completely aware that it's already released, but I do want to get a review up! I hope I get to finish A Need So Beautiful since I'm listening to it on audio! If at all possible, I also want to start The Catastrophic History of You and Me

What books did you haul this week? What's in your reading pile?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

"One hour to rewrite the past . . . 
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?"

Title: Hourglass
Author: Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 387, Hardcover

Hourglass is unlike ANY novel I have read before. That's what I love about time-travel novels; they are always so different and unique. Except, Myra McEntire was clever enough to mix in some paranormal romance in there as well. I was extremely hesitant about continuing this book when I first started, simply because I expected one thing and got another, but in the end, I am so glad I persevered and finished it, because I can't be more excited for Timepiece.

The reader is introduced to Emerson Cole, a girl who can see ghosts of the past. Enter Michael, a boy who is here to help Emerson. They weren't supposed to fall in love. Soon enough, Emerson finds out about the Hourglass, a group of people who are in charge of time-travel, and the people who can time-travel. Emerson is submerged in a completely different world, and finds out she is more important than she thought. She is taken back through time to save lives, and gets involved in a magical and dangerous world.

Emerson Cole was an amazing character. Her emotions when thinking about her parents were raw and I really felt it. She's also sarcastic, which I loved. Also, her generosity to save others to make other people happy was heart-wrenching. Michael was just too sweet. Their relationship was so genuine and adorable. Kaleb, even though a flirt, was still enjoyable to read about him. He was special and memorable for me.

The plot was absolutely great. Everything was put together very skillfully and I couldn't have asked for better. Especially the huge plot-twist towards the end--wow, I did not see the coming. Talk about SURPRISE. With every turn of a page, Myra McEntire just keeps the surprises coming.

One of the main elements I loved the most about the book was Myra McEntire's writing. I'm not sure if it was the font or the layout of the book, but everything just flowed together so well (it HAD to be her writing). I could feel myself reading the words very smoothly and without trouble. I really enjoyed myself. Kudos to you, Myra, for being able to write so effortlessly!

Overall, I am very satisfied with this book. I do sense the coming of a love triangle about to happen (which could potentially become annoying..), but the plot is so great that I highly recommend Hourglass to anyone who loves a tender romance and a mind-blowing time-travel novel! I am beyond excited to read Timepiece!

Grade: A

Source: Library 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cover Reveal: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Today I have a cover reveal for you guys! I spotted it on the Epic Reads website and thought I should share it with you guys!

Title: Breaking Point (Article 5 #2)
Author: Kristen Simmons
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 400

I think it looks so awesome! Personally, I haven't read Article 5 yet, but I really, really want to! It sounds great! What do you guys think of this cover?

Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

"When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life."

Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Release Date: November 22, 2011 (US)
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 322, Paperback

"Only I would notice a guy's ears when he's half-naked. There's something seriously wrong with me." -Saving June, pg. 245

Saving June was quite the read. It's one of those darker contemporaries that makes you think. When I first heard "roadtrip", I immediately thought it was going to be a fun, summer-y read that would make me light-hearted and cheerful, but I received quite the opposite. Although what I read was unexpected, I loved it. The turnout was fascinating, and it was only some areas in the plot that really slowed it down for me, but otherwise, Saving June is a magical story that everyone should try out.

The story starts off with the death of Harper's older sister, June, who committed suicide. Harper and her mother are both devastated, but the devastation Harper feels is… different. She doesn't cry; instead, she's hollow. Nothing. She doesn't even know why June killed herself. What she does know is that June always wanted to leave their city and go to California. And with that, Harper and her best friend, Laney, take the road trip to California, to scatter June's ashes. But Jake Tolan, a boy of June's past, comes along with them. Jake helps them and in a way, heals Harper.

The characters were extremely strong. Harper was so real to me. Her emotions were carried out very well and I could really truly understand her anger, despair, love, grief, and passion. Her progression and healing process was paced very well, and I loved watching her transition back into herself during the road trip.  Laney was very fun, I loved her. She was serious when she needed to be, and a great friend when Harper needed her. I also really admired Jake Tolan. His love for music was so great, and his personality was so pure and although he was portrayed as a bad-boy, his inner self was astonishing and completely different than what I had thought. He was also an intricate and secretive character as well. But all the same, all of the characters were fabulous.

I think very highly of Hannah Harrington's writing. It was utterly breathtaking. I couldn't have loved the characters as much as I do if it weren't for Hannah's writing style and imagery!

The factor that really deflated this stellar novel was the plot pacing. The first half was extremely slow for me, and I kind of had to push my way through. Do not get me wrong, I loved the characters from the start, but the plot was moving along very slowly. It wasn't until the middle of the book that it really started to pick up. And the ending… it took my breath away! It's always really important for an author to have the perfect ending, because it's usually the last thing that the reader reads & remembers. And Hannah was not near to disappointing me. The ending was absolutely perfect.

In the long run, despite the occasional slow-paced moments in the story, Saving June was a beautiful and stunning story with exceptional characters and outstanding writing. I cannot wait to check out more of Hannah Harrington's oncoming novels!

Grade: A-

Source: Library

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weekly Book Haul (20)

Hi everyone! I am SO happy to be back to blogging. IT'S SUMMER. Guys.
That gives me time to actually sit down and READ A BOOK. Peacefully.

Anyway, as most of you know, I took a two-week hiatus for the end of the year (exams). Well,
in that time, I did gather a great amount of books.... here goes nothing. I got these BEFORE 
the library book ban officially started, mind you.

The physical books (from the library):

I know that Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland LOVES this series.

I have yet to read the first...

The Audiobooks (also, from the library):

Loretta @ Between the Pages is OBSESSED with this book!

I know Sash @ Sash & Em really liked the audio of this one! =)

I have the first 3 in paperback, no need to worry that I don't know the order!

From Netgalley:

This is an adult novel, but it does have YA crossover appeal.
Plus, Racquel @ The Book Barbies LOVES this book, and I trust her, 
so yeah. =) Thank you SO much Penguin for approving me of this title!

My Reading Pile (June 17-June 23) hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun
I'm going to be having a relatively busy week this week (I know, it's only the first week of summer and I'm already busy) with dance team things, and my own dance studio's recital. However, it IS summer now, so I will be reading whenever I have the chance. I want to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I started it early last week, but it's so BIG.

I do believe I'll be able to start Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and read Hourglass by Myra McEntire. If at all possible, I want to start Timepiece as well.

That's what I got this week! What did you guys get? What's in your reading pile? Feel free to leave links, I'd be so happy to check them out! =) Have a great reading week!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

"Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine - a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it's undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe - in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page."

Title: The Probability of Miracles
Author: Wendy Wunder
Release Date: December 8, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 360, Hardcover (Read: library hardcover)

"Because thoughts are energy, energy is matter, and matter never disappears."-The Probability of Miracles, pg. 249

I didn't feel everything that I should have felt.

First off, I went into this book, getting ready for all of the AWESOME and preparing a box of tissues next to me while I read. Alas, it was never needed. I didn't even come close to crying, and the overall story was disappointing. Do not get me wrong, the plot was great, but it wasn't minutely near to living up to it's hype.

The plot kicks off with Cam and her mother, Alicia, and her younger sister, Perry, as they move from Florida, to a miracle town in Maine. More specifically, Promise, Maine. It's believed that miracles happen there. And once you leave the town, disaster will strike to whomever left. Cam and her family moved there because of the ongoing cancer that has plagued Cam when she was young. She wants to be cured, somehow. When they arrive in Promise, she meets new people who she never have thought would affect her life than ever before.

The characters in this novel were fantastic. Cam, especially. From the start, I was drawn in by her sarcastic humor and her nonchalance behavior. She is so chill for someone who has cancer and is on the brink of death. I loved her personality! And Asher was just the sweetest boy you could ask for. Their relationship wasn't too rushed, either. I thought it was pretty darn close to perfect. And for some reason, I really loved Perry, even if she is a young, bratty, and annoying teenager. And Lily! Lily, Cam's best friend who also was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, left the story so quickly I wished that I could have seen more of her.

There was also many outrageously creative aspects in this novel. The miracles, more specifically. The incorporation of flamingos, donkeys, lobsters, Disney-world, the Flamingo list, and more. It was a little on the silly side, but still completely enjoyable.

The ending was absolutely beautiful, but it wasn't enough to make me bawl my eyes out. For me, it was more of an "Aww, that's so sad!" moment for me. I think Wendy Wunder could have done a better job with the notion of death and leaving a loved one. However, I loved the interesting messages she threw in there. Such as, paying attention to coincidences. Or, staying in the present moments. Those were deep.

All in all, while the characters were brilliant, as was the idea and plot, it wasn't memorable for me, and with all of the other cancer-involved stories out there (My Sister's Keeper, The Fault In Our Stars), I have a feeling this one won't stand out for me, personally. It was more of a laugh-out-loud book than a cry-out-loud one for me, but do check the book out, many people cried heavily over it.

P.S. I LOVE the title. Once you read the book, it's so freaking absolutely perfect. <3

Grade: B

Source: Library

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Goals for Summer 2012

Hi everyone! Summer has officially begun for me (as of 2 days ago!) and I have kicked off my summer reading, obviously. My goal this summer is to yes, read all of those required books (Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Vampire Academy, etc. See full post here.) But I do have other goals, such as:

Read at least 40 books this summer.

This goal is pretty self-explanatory. Last summer, I read 33 books, and I wasn't busy at all. This summer I will be MUCH more busy, but then again, I'm also more goal-oriented, and I'll be reviewing the books. Last summer, I hadn't even started actually blogging until late-late August, therefore, wasn't really motivated to read more books. So hopefully I'll reach my goal of 40 books! (cross your fingers)

Go on a library book ban.

I have a theory to make. It is SO much harder to successfully achieve the library book ban than the book buying ban. Why? Because library books are FREE. I don't even feel guilty or anything, because I'm not spending money. The reason that I need to go on a library book ban is because I have books that I own that I really need to read, as well as Netgalley titles. I'm pretty much just ignoring them now, which is SO not good. I haven't made the library book ban official until today, but I've already kind of tried (and failed...).

If you're an obsessive library book person too, feel free to join me on this library book ban. I'm going to *try* to go until August 28th. Totally a random date. Let's see if I'll last that long. MY only exception is the list of books that were on my Summer To-Read List. Those I can check out. =)

I also need to read the books that I own.

That being said, I don't own very many books, so I want to try to get through at least half of them. Physical books-wise, I only own enough to fill up 1 shelf. Yep, I don't own many books. But Kindle-wise, I have like, 30 or so. That may be a bigger problem. Out of the books that I own, I've probably read less than 15% of them. And, it DOES make me feel like I've wasted money. So I feel bad. So I must read them. I MUST.

Readers, what are your goals? I'd love to read about them! Feel free to leave links in the comments. =)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Repost: Review: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

"Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him."

Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 303, Hardcover (read: eARC)

I'm always on the lookout for mermaid/siren books, because I just love the underwater world. It's always intriguing; it seems like it would be amazing to be a sea creature with a gorgeous scaled-tail. So Lies Beneath was definitely an eye-catcher. I didn't expect too much or too less, so I wasn't disappointed. Lies Beneath is a great, solid read.

Calder and his three sisters are sirens. But they aren't typical sirens. They drown humans so they can take away a feeling: happiness. And they are seeking revenge on the Hancocks for killing their mother. So they hunt the Hancocks down, only they want Calder to seduce the Hancock daughter so they can later on kill the father. Things don't go as planned and Calder must figure out who's side he must go on, his sisters's side or the Hancocks.

The characters were alright. I definitely liked the change in perspective (Lies Beneath is told from a male's point of view). It's really different and fresh. I was reluctant on Calder's character at first because he didn't have any emotions or feelings that are particularly flamboyant. I don't hate him, but there isn't any spark. But when Lily comes into the story, his whole character lights up and I loved Calder after that. I really, really liked Lily. She's so sweet and smart and caring, I totally understood why Calder liked Lily so much.

On the other hand, Calder's sisters were so, so annoying. I hated them from the start. They are all so cocky and full of themselves. They are also seductive towards Calder, which is actually disgusting. Ugh, disastrous. But, they are supposed to be hated (mostly) so I'm on the right track!

The plot was delightful. It had a great amount of chilling, underwater moments. I loved those, they are very suspenseful. The twist in the end was very unexpected and took me by surprise. Lily and Calder's blooming of a relationship was a little fast-paced (insta-love) but it wasn't ridiculous, so I could still go with it. The plot was very sturdy.

Something totally random: I think the title really suits the story of the book. This is a title I actually really like! How Calder has to hold in so many lies from Lily, and they are beneath as in underwater.... I'm not sure my interpretation is correct, but it makes sense to me that way!

Overall, Lies Beneath is a well-written mermaid story that I recommend to people who love underwater creature books with action. I look forward to Anne Greenwood Brown's other books!

Grade: B+

Source: Publisher via Netgalley--Thank you for providing me with an ARC!
*Note: Originally posted on this blog on 2/17/12 here.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Weekly Book Haul (19)

Hi everyone! I actually didn't haul anything this week! I've been a good girl.
I have WAY too many books to read. And of course, not enough time.

My Reading Pile (June 3-June 9) hosted by Rachel @Fiktshun
I'm definitely still working my way through the Harry Potter series! 
I am flying through the audiobooks, and I will finish Harry Potter
and the Chamber of Secrets early this week, possibly tomorrow. I am also
reading The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder, and it's not 
CATCHING my attention, but I do want to make progress this week. I'm having my 
first exam this week, as well as my first dance practice of the season. So I'm pretty
darn busy. I will be starting Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 

What did you guys haul this week? What's in your reading pile? =)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Two-Week Hiatus!

Hi everyone.

I'm sure you've all heard it, this time of year is usually when students (like me) are taking exams and are stressing out, as well as pulling out their hair. This is me.

Add on some dance team events. Dance team season has begun, and the first things we do is fundraising, adding a buttload of work ahead of me. Within these first two weeks of June. So, the obvious answer is to leave the blogosphere for these two weeks, and get done what I need to get done.

I hope you all understand, and I will see you all soon!
(Sorry, maybe 1 or 2 posts are scheduled...)

May Favorites 2012

LAST FULL MONTH OF SCHOOL IS OVER. Ohmygoodness. I'm almost done with year one of high school! Anyway, this month was GREAT for me, despite the busy school stuff. I read a lot of books (for me)!

In the month of May, I read:

-Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness

-Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 

-Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

-The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by 
Jennifer E. Smith

-A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Favorite Read of the month:
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Most Disappointing Read:
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

*Special shout-out to Mr. Patrick Ness:
You're amazing. May was pretty much "GO PATRICK NESS!" month. You're awesome. Do what you keep doing. 

HOORAY! I read such awesome books this month (SEVEN!), and the Chaos Walking books were more than 500 pages, so I'm even MORE proud. =) What did you read in May? What were your favorites?