Feb 5, 2016

Recent Reads: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Source: Bought, but also received from Netgalley and Random House Kids in exchange for an honest review.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series:The Illuminae Files #1
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date:  October 20. 2015


Format: ebook and Hardback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
WOW, just wow... I cannot believe how absolutely amazing this book ended up being. Now I know that almost everyone has loved it, but that doesn't always mean I will, but I LOVED this book. These authors strung together the most heart pounding crazy space epic I have read so far. I absolutely adored it at every turn. The book make me gasp, yell, crazy, freak out --- all the emotions at once sometimes.

I was lucky enough to have known about this book and know that everyone loved it but also stay away from any reviews and spoilers until I read it - so I won't be the one to spoil it for anyone either. just know that it is not what you expect at all and prepare to be amazed and shocked at every turn. 

So on to this plot now that I am done fangirling.... sorry about that. Illuminae is written up as a casefile on an incident - the incident being the attack of a planet. The book is a record of everything that happened but mostly focuses on two people, teens actually, Kady and Ezra. The file contains messages, recordings, files from the ships, data records, lots of interesting things to read and look through. Anywho, Kady and Ezra are on different ships after escaping their planets destruction. The are both being chased but there is a bunch of hinky stuff going on too. Kady is trying to find out the answers, Ezra is trying to follow orders, and everyone is just trying to survive. Lots of suspense and lots of craziness take place.

I loved the way this book was put together, you read conversations and files as snapshots of what is happening and that made of easy reading even though the book is super bulky (599 pages). I started reading pretty slowly as the story began but about 100 pages in it took off and I could not put it down, I finished the rest in about 3 sittings, and that was only because I had to eat and run an errand.  

What can I say, I loved the whirlwind of emotions this book created. The characters were so interesting and fun to follow, and the plot was so crazy that I never thought it would make sense in the end but it does.... oh so much. I cannot wait for the next one.


Feb 4, 2016

Recent Reads: Spelled by Betsy Schow

Source: From Goodreads Giveaways and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

SpelledSpelled by Betsy Schow
Series: ...will be 3 books no name yet :)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date:  June 2, 2015


Format: Paperback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.
This book was so fast paced and amazing I can't believe it. Spelled is about a princess who is possibly doomed to a curse put on her family so she is locked up tight in a castle. When she makes a wish that ruins all the rules of fairy tales and all the happily ever afters she is forced to brave possibly invoking her curse to rescue the world and fix what she has done. What made this book all the more interesting was that the whole thing intertwines all sorts of fairy tales together and reads a lot like the Wizard of Oz. The main characters name is Dorthea, she travels with a group, there is a wicked witch after her, and there are some almost ruby slippers.

The plot was very engaging and kept me on my toes the entire time. At about page 50 is when the mayhem starts to set in and the book really gets going and I really appreciated that since recently I have been picking up some slow starters.

Dorthea is a great main character, there is character growth and she is just sarcastic enough to be a typical teenager but she is strong and brave and I didn't hate her, even when she was bratty. 

This whole book was a pleasant surprise. I kind of knew what I was getting into but I didn't think I would love it so much. Schow takes these worlds that we know and so beautifully adapts them into her story so that they feel familiar yet different enough to keep the reader guessing. Loved it.

If you are a fan of fairy tale retellings, you will enjoy this one.   


Feb 3, 2016

Recent Reads: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the WoodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll
Publisher: Margaret K. McEldberry Books
Publication Date:  July 15, 2014


Format: Hardback
Source: Library



Goodreads Synopsis: 
'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...
I have been seeing this book at my local library for a while now and every time for one reason or another passed it up. This week though I decided it was time and picked it up. I have seen it on various blogs that I follow and the cover is vivid and captivating although I wasn't sure what the story was about. Much to my surprise it is a collection of short tales in graphic novel form and I love that! 

This book was creepy, there is no other way to put it. The stories were interesting and the endings were unpredictable and the macabre feeling of it all was wonderful.  I loved it so much.

The tales themselves were a variety of things, some about sisters, some about ghosts, some about monsters - all of them were strange and unusual and very very creepy. There is no other way to describe it. The images were also very dark and spooky feelings, I really enjoyed this whole package. 

Feb 2, 2016

Blog Blast w/ Giveaway!: The Witches' Sleep Trilogy by Kaitlyn Deann

Hello Readers! Another fun day of Book Content for You!

Today I have the pleasure of sharing some excerpts from a YA Series called: The Witches' Sleep Trilogy by Kaitlyn Deann, the third book is coming soon so the author is even offering a giveaway of the first book in the series to get you started! :) 

 I hope you enjoy the excerpts and have a chance to check out the books.

The Witches' Sleep (Book 1) by Kaitlyn Deann

About the Book
At only seventeen, Ella Barnes is shot and killed for an unknown reason. She is shocked when she wakes up in a different world, a world of witches. Ella has to learn to adapt to a new body, new life and new world, surrounded by new people. As Ella gets to know Raena, the world of the witches and its people, she realizes they aren’t the perfect creatures they believe themselves to be, and she’s not the type of person to stand around and twiddle her thumbs. Will Ella succeed in changing the mindset of the people? Or will she be doomed to die another cold and tragic death because of her rebellion?

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World of the Beasts (Book 2) by Kaitlyn Deann
About the Book
Sea-Anna and Tuck have been weretiger slaves to the witches for over twenty years. But now, because their master happens to be the leader’s worst enemy, they have been sold to the beasts behind their master’s back. Sea-Anna and Tuck are separated, bought by two different beasts. Sea-Anna, who dreads the beasts more than anything, promises herself to stay strong, but not for herself, not to save her own life. She has to protect her secrets. But will she buckle under the pressure Aphalie, the world of the beasts, shoves at her? Or will she overcome the trials and become the weretiger she was always meant to be?

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About the Author
Kaitlyn Deann has been telling stories since she was very young, whether through at-home productions with her cousins and siblings or through verbal tellings. She decided to try her hand at writing when she was eleven, and it became a part of her in an unexplainable way. She fell in love with writing, fell in love with the stories she could tell by simply stringing together a few words. As a writer, Kaitlyn hopes to keep a reader turning pages late into the night and give them something to think about long after they finish the last page. She loves her friends, family, and God. Laughing is her favorite calorie burner. She lives in somewhere, Texas with her family. 

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THE WITCHES' SLEEP, has won the Gold Medal for Readers' Favorite 2013 Annual Book Contest under the Fiction - Paranormal genre.


Feb 1, 2016

February 2016 TBR Pile

So in 2015 I wanted to hold myself more accountable for my ridiculous TBR pile and I started doing a Monthly TBR post .... only it didn't last very long, I think I only posted for the first 2 months of the year :/

Now that we are in 2016, I really want to try again, so here is my Monthly TBR...
Here are the books I would like to read in February 2016 at the very least...In January I pushed for 6, this month I want to limit to 4 and have more room from random picks.

Here is my list :)
Curio (Curio #1)   Rootless (Rootless, #1)  
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)     Princess in Training (The Princess Diaries, #6)

Jan 31, 2016

Building the Book Pile #172

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

And can you believe how fast January flew by? I can't, this is crazy! I have spent my week trying to read all the things, painting my office, and trying to adopt a puppy - well application is submitting but nothing more yet (anxiously awaiting a reply). Work has been pretty busy too but there has still been a little time to prep some blog content in the afternoons which is nice :) I have a bunch or reviews lined up for February and am super happy about it...and I have my TBR prepped and ready for you to see tomorrow. Yay organization.
How are you doing? Staying organized in 2016? 

What's Happening?! 
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

  Giveaways on Cover2CoverBlog!

SOON! ... so soon

Coming up on the Blog...

 February TBR
Book Blast: Excerpts from the The Witches' Sleep Trilogy by Kaitlyn Deann with Giveaway!
Recent Reads: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (YA/ GN)
Recent Reads: Spelled by Betsy Schow (YA)  
Recent Reads: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA)  

  Books Received this Week

Our Love Grows    Unicorn vs. Goblins (Heavenly Nostrils, #3)