Anticipated New Releases | October

This Thursday is all about new books!  Now a good portion of the new releases this month of ones that are part of a series or trilogy that I have sitting on my shelf (seriously I need to get better at reading all of those), but some of them are stand alone novels or intros to new series.  I have a long list of new releases for October but here are my top 5!

 

1. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

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As a kid everyone loved the choose your own adventure books, at least I know I did.  They allowed me to kind of be the writer for once and experience my own story in my own way.  Which honestly was really cool for a kid who loved books and fantasized about writing her own someday.  Neil Patrick Harris combined two of my favorite things in one area and I for one couldn’t be more excited.  It will be very interesting to see how his take on the choose your own adventure books pans out in autobiography form!

2. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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It’s the year of circular cover themes in fantasy land!  While the circular theme has been circling (wooo for puns in the blog) it’s way around YA novels like Divergent and several others, I really enjoy the take this author has given it.  My inner cover snob is jumping up and down because this cover is absolutely gorgeous!  The plot for this book sounds amazing too.  This book has a kick ass female lead who decides to take her destiny in her own hands, even though ultimately she might have never been the one controlling it.

3. As You Wish: Inconvieable Tales From the Making of Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden and Rob Reiner (Foreward by)

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Wesley my love!  You’ve come back!!  Princess Bride is one of my all time favorite movies and if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend that you check it out!  Seriously this movie had it all.  Romance, pirates, murder, weddings, true love.  You name it, it had it.  I’m so pumped that this book is coming out to shed some light on the making of the movie.  Especially due to the fact that the main writer is Cary Elwes, one of the main stars of the movie.  I cannot contain my excitement for this book!

4. Even in Paradise by Chelsea Philpot

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This book sounds like an amazing contemporary.  Now I’m not entirely sure what this book is about but the cover was what initially caught my eye.  I know its a contemporary and from the looks of the cover it looks like it might be just the summer contemporary that I have been looking for!

5.  Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

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Valentina Cruz no longer exists.  If that doesn’t grab your attention I don’t know what will.  This book sounds fantastic!  I hadn’t heard of it until I was scrolling through Barnes and Noble a couple weeks ago and I’m so excited for this book.  Valentina is a girl who has witnessed something unspeakable, a crime committed by the two people who are closest to her.  This book sounds action packed and brilliant and I will definitely be getting it on my shelf as soon as possible!

BOOK REVIEW | E

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Goodreads Review: 4/5 stars

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In the world of dystopian sci/fi novels, E stands out as a wonderful literary piece.  This book focuses on Eden, a smart and determined girl who is stripped of her memory and thrown into this dystopian world.  Forced to survive she does what she must to make a life for herself.

I feel in love with the main character Eden.  She’s strong and badass and does what she must to make sure she doesn’t fall victim to a world where every move could get you killed.  Wrath does a brilliant job creating a dark dystopian world that develops around the reader and makes them feel like Outpost is coming alive around them.  Although the reader personally isn’t experiencing the trials and tribulations (at least I hope they wouldn’t be), its easy to get sucked in and attached to the problems they are having.  You find yourself rooting for the characters and crossing your fingers that nothing happens to them.  I loved the fact that although Eden was the main character, the other characters in the story didn’t feel like they got left behind.

I’m very happy that I got a chance to read this book and can’t wait to get to the next in the series!

 

Top 5 Childhood Series

This weeks Thursday blog is going to a topic that is close to my heart!  Mostly because these books are books that were some of my favorites in middle school and in someway shape or form got me into reading certain genres.  These books are in no particular order, they are just 5 of my favorite “childhood” books!  What are some books from your childhood that are your favorites or were influential to what you read today?

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Now this book series is definitely something that was a part of many a childhood.  It was a series that focused on the life of an orphaned boy who through no fault of his own is thrust into a world of magic, adventure and danger.  He develops friendships, makes enemies, learns about life and death and teaches some extremely valuable lessons to those reading.  When I was a kid reading these books I loved them mostly because when my reading level advanced so did the reading level of the books.  These books grew with me and Harry in some way went through some of the same growing pains I did.  I will always be waiting for my letter to Hogwarts!

 

2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien

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Now when many people look at this book series they might say that it is a bit advanced for a middle school age child.  To be fair this series was one that I started in late 8th grade and finished in my high school years.  However it was still a part of my childhood through the movies AND the books.  This was a book series that really got me into the realm of Epic Fantasy.  Fantasy books were something that I read as a child by never really dove into.  I was much more of a contemporary lover.  But these books forced me into the Shire and held me hostage until I admitted that I fell in love with the setting and the characters in this series.

 

3. The Thoroughbred Series by Joanna Campbell

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As a child (and an adult) who was and still is obsessed with horses this book series really sparked my interest.  I was convinced when I was younger that I would grow up and work with horses for the rest of my life so these books were like my dreams on paper.  These books aren’t anything fancy.  They document the life of a girl who grew up at a racing stable and saved a horse named Wonder.  She goes on to struggle through normal, everyday middle school/teenage problems as well as race horses.  You know. The normal.

 

4. The Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage

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Now I’m going to be honest here, I have only read the first 4 books in this series.  This is mainly due to the fact that I didn’t pick this series up till around 8th grade and once I started getting into them I also realized that I enjoyed reading YA books more than Middle Grade books.  Now with that being said I really enjoyed the first 4 books in this series and have been considering picking them back up now that I have a tolerance for middle grade books as an adult.  I thought that the world was really well built in these books and the introduction to fantasy that these books bring is amazing.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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As a girl whose mom is a second grade teacher in a Lutheran school, I was very well versed in the Chronicles of Narnia books.  Now normally after hearing your mother read these books multiple times to her class most kids would have been sick of them.  However I really enjoyed the world of Narnia.  I loved the environment and the characters that C.S. Lewis built and opened up to the readers.  Once again this was a book series that got me away from contemporary and into the world of fantasy.

BOOK REVIEW: Fangirl

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Goodreads Review: 5/5 stars

Fangirl focuses on an introverted girl who is stuck in the world of Simon Snow, being a twin and not wanting to get to far away from the things that she is familiar with. Cather Avery is in many ways the stereotypical introverted college freshman, and I related to her character very much!

This book, while being a light contemporary novel brings to light some heavier issues like abandonment, mental health problems (bipolar disorder) and alcohol abuse. Somehow amongst all of the crazy issues that this bring into Cath and Wren’s life, Rainbow Rowell is still able to keep the reader engaged and smiling as the characters grow and learn.

I found little pieces of myself in Cath as she experienced many problems that I experienced my freshman year of college. The character was so related able that I found myself cheering for her, rooting for her to succeed and being sad for her when failure hit. She brings out the idea that even though you may be painfully socially awkward, you can still be an amazing person with so much joy and life to give to those around you.

Also, can we just talk about Levi for a second?  Bless you Rainbow Rowell for introducing a male character that wasn’t interested in being a love interest immediately.  Instead he was interested in who the people around him actually were and making an effort to make them see their full potential.  I enjoyed the fact that she contrasted the character of Levi with Nick, someone who starts off seeming similar to Levi (kind of not really) but who ends up being the complete opposite.  (SPOILERS, sorry not sorry).  I wish everyone had a Levi in their life.

I applaud Rainbow Rowell for this book and honestly cannot fit all of my thoughts into this one review. I will definitely be doing a video review for this for a more expansive review (or rave) about the book.

BOOK REVIEW: The Homeland Directive

 

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Goodreads Review: 5/5 stars

 

The Homeland Directive is a graphic novel that brings up issues regarding national security, information availability, how much personal information the government should be able to access and whether or not information is ever really erased from the internet.

This graphic novel was jam packed with information, action, and some amazing artwork by Mike Huddleston. In fact one of the things I really enjoyed about this novel was the fact that each setting had its own color scheme. The White House, the Department of Homesec, when the characters are on the run and the cities that are mentioned later in the novel. Everything had a distinct color scheme that distinguished it from the rest of the places that appeared. The other aspect that applaud this graphic novel for was it’s character development and how it introduced new information to the reader. Although this is a relatively short graphic novel, the amount of character and plot development is intense. Each character is introduced and brought to life in a matter of only a couple panels. Also when the character bring in new information, particularly information relating to government security measures, it doesn’t feel as though the reader is being bombarded. It feels as though the information is being told and explained to a competent adult who is interested in what everything means.

The only problem that I had with The Homeland Directive was the fact that there was a lot of action build up and then the resolution just fell a bit flat. It felt like there was going to be some huge revelation or some giant end point but I didn’t feel it was actually there. I felt more like the book should have continued on into another one or done something to make the suspense last a bit longer. I will say that although I thought the end fell flat a bit, it was not a BAD ending, it just wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

Overall I would still recommend this graphic novel and am quite happy that I chose to pick it up!

BOOK REVIEW: The Ballad of a Small Player

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Goodreads Review: 3.5/5 stars

I received this book as part of the Blogging for Books program.

I must admit that when I first requested this book I was a bit nervous about it and wasn’t really sure what to expect with it since this was my first dip into Osborne’s writing.  However this author definitely threw me a pleasant surprise.  I found myself getting pulled into the world and into the characters.  The description behind the world that was presented to the reader in the book helped make the reader feel as though they were a part of the world and knew where things belonged inside of the location.  The setting was definitely something that won me over for this book.
The only issue I found myself having with this book is that sometimes the main character seemed a little bland.  I found that there were times in the book when the main character pulled me in and made me feel excited about the story but there were definitely times where that just didn’t happen.  Occasionally the character felt very flat and boring compared to some of the others in the book.
Overall though I was very pleased with this book and would definitely consider looking into more books by Lawrence Osborne.

Under Construction!

Today’s Thursday post is going to be a word of warning I guess is what I would call it.  I’m currently re-working the blog page so the next time you log on things might be a bit different!  Which is very exciting! We are going to have a new background and hopefully a new layout as well, if I have my say in how this works.  So look forward to that.  Also because I didn’t post a blog update today there will be one tomorrow for you guys! :)