Books, Books, All About Books

I love books. I'm not a professional reviewer, but I will use this space to write some of my thoughts about books I read. Also posted here will be other book related things such as hauls, book wishlists, book tags... ect.

Rosie Dunne/Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

I just finished reading this book. It is the most frustrating book I have ever read, but I loved every minute of it. Since it is told in emails, text messages and letters, the reader kind of has to read between the lines and use their imagination. It follows Rosie, her best friend Alex and their family and friends from when Rosie and Alex were 7 years old up until they are in their 50s! When I finished reading this, I was overwhelmed with emotions and had a good cry.

 

Five star rating all the way.

6/1/2015 Book Haul

In my defense I got some late birthday money and a 20$ off coupon at the store. Everything I bought were between 10 and 30 percent off because I am a member at the store. The price I list is the price of the item before the discount.

 

Barnes and Noble:

 

 

 

The Assassin's Blade ($10.99) [10% off]

Throne of Glass ($10.99) [10% off]

Crown of Midnight ($10.99) [10% off]

Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ($18.99) [30% off]

 

Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories by John Jackson Miller ($16.00) [30% off]

5/29 and 5/31 /2015 Book Haul

A few of these were bought on 5/29 and the rest were bought on the 31st.

 

 

Half Priced Book Outlet (Local store):

 

Ghostgirl #2: Homecoming by Tonya Hurley ($3)

 

The Watcher's Guide Vol 1 by Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder ($3)

The Monster Book by Christopher Golden, Stephen R Bissette & Thomas E. Sniegoski ($3)

 

Thanks for the Memories ($3)

Rosie Dunne ($3)

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern ($3)

 

The Surgeon ($1)

The Apprentice ($1)

The Keepsake ($1)

The Mephisto Club ($1)

Bloodstream ($1)

Girl Missing by Tess Gerristen ($1)

 

Haunted by Jeff Mariotte ($1)

 

4 for $1

Hush Little Baby

The Stranger

Fatality

The Fire by Caroline B. Cooney

 

4 for $1

Wanted

The Return of the Vampire by Caroline B Cooney

Win, Lose or Die

Kidnapped by Diana Hoh

 

4 for $1

Lights Out

Missing by R. L. Stine

Resolved: You're Dead by Nicholas Adams

Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan

 

4 for $1

Broken Hearts

The Cataluna Chronicles: The Dark Secert

The Surprise Party

The New Boy by R. L. Stine

 

4 for $1

The Dare

First Date

The Prom Queen by R. L. Stine

Remember Me by Christopher Pike

 

4 for $1

Bury Me Deep

Whispers of Death

The Starlight Crystal

The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike

 

4 four $1

Monster

The Visitor

Scavenger Hunt

Die Softly by Christopher Pike

 

Digital Fortress ($3)

Deception Point by Dan Brown ($3)

 

Dragon's Blood ($1)

Heart's Blood ($1)

A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen ($1)

 

Star Wars Young Jedi Knights: Darkest Knight ($1)

Star Wars Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force ($1)

Blue Adept by Piers Anthony ($1)

 

5/22/2015 Book Haul

I forgot to mention that around the 22nd I got a few more books when we stopped at the store. That same day, my book outlet and amazon order came in. (I already mentioned the books in a previous book haul) Yay!

 

 

Goodwill:

 

Daughters of Eve (.99cents)

They Never Came Home by Lois Duncan (.99cents)

 

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern (.99cents)

 

The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (.99cents) This is my 3rd copy of this book!

 

 

5/15/2015 Birthday Book Haul

Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection - J. K. Rowling

My birthday was on the 14th, so on the 15th, I got some books with my birthday money. I was also gifted some books that came in the mail yesterday.

 

 

 

 

Bookoutlet.com

 

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo ($3.99)

Magnolia by Kristi Cook ($2.99)

 

The Face on the Milk Carton ($2.99)

Whatever Happened to Janie ($2.99)

The Voice on the Radio ($2.99)

What Janie Found ($1.99)

Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney ($2.99)

 

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier ($4.99)

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake ($2.99)

Wish by Joseph Monninger (.79)

Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price ($1.99)

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl ($2.99)

 

Barnes and Nobles:

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Exclusive Collectors Edition) ($18.99)

 

 

Goodwill:

 

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (.99)

 

Amazon.com:

 

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern ($4.00)

 

Amazon.com: (Birthday Gift)

 

Harry Potter UK Edition Box Set.

 

 

 

5/10/15 Book Haul

Yesterday was Mother's Day. I am not a mother, unless you count the fur babies, but while killing time to go meet someone, we stopped at the bookstore, because why not!?

 

 

 

Half Price Books Outlet (Local Store):

 

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay ($1)

 

Vanish ($1)

The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen ($1)

 

Chthon by Piers Anthony ($1)

 

Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown ($3)

 

 

 

Given to me from someone on Goodreads:

 

You Will Never Nanny In This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen (Free)

5/08/15 Book Haul

Went to the bookstore to find some cookbooks because I'm curious about becoming a vegetarian, and ended up with a few other books.

 

Half Price Books Outlet (Local Store):

 

 

Quick Vegetarian Pleasures ($3)

Everything Guide to Being Vegetarian ($3)

 

 

Eye of the Storm ($1)

The End of The Rainbow ($1)

Ruby by V.C Andrews (Ghost Written by Andrew Neiderman) ($1)

 

Beaches by Iris Rainer-Dart ($1)

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville ($1)

 

Confessions of a Shopaholic ($1)

Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella ($1)

 

Vampire Academy ($3)

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead ($3)

 

 

 

The Complete Sherlock Holmes ($7.99)

 

 

4/24/15 Book Haul

Oops. Did it again. We had a 25% off coupon at the bookstore and got some gift money. Why not spend it on books as books are pretty much the only thing I want for my birthday. Can't wait for May because I might be getting a new Harry Potter box set (the pretty UK edition!) for my birthday.

 

Half Price Books Outlet (local store):

 

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire ($3)

 

 

311 Pelican Court ($3)

204 Rosewood Lane ($3)

Heart of Texas vol 1 ($3)

Heart of Texas vol 2 ($3)

Heart of Texas vol 3 by Debbie Macomber ($3)

 

Millie's Fling ($3)

Perfect Timing ($3)

Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Jill Mansell ($3)

 

A Marcelli Wedding: The Marcelli Bride & The Marcelli Princess by Susan Mallery ($3)

 

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus ($3)

As Sure As The Sun by Anna McPartlin

Master And Commander by Patrick O'Brian ($3)

 

True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas ($2)

Forever by Judy Blume ($2)

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell ($2)

 

Insomnia ($1)

Christine ($1)

The Dark Half by Stephen King ($1)

 

Shooting Stars (Shooting Stars 1-4) ($1)

Falling Stars (Shooting Stars 5) ($1)

 

Butterfly (Orphans 1) ($1)

Crystal (Orphans 2) ($1)

Brooke (Orphans 3) ($1)

Runaways (Orphans 5) ($1)

 

Rain (Hudson 1) ($1)

Lightening Strikes (Hudson 2) ($1)

 

Celeste (Gemini 1) ($1)

 

Willow (De Beers 1) ($1)

 

Melody (Logan 1) ($1)

 

Broken Wings (Broken Wings 1)  by V.C Andrews (Ghost Written by Andrew Neiderman)

 

 

4/23/15 Book Haul

Got a huge book haul today. Oops. We'll, they are mostly used books. We got our tax check.

 

Barnes And Nobles:

 

Holly City by Ransom Riggs ($10.99)

 

(Buy two get one free sale:)

 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown ($14)

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ($15)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Free)

 

(Buy two get one free sale:)

 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy ($15.95)

The Martian by Andy Weir ($15)

EX-Heroes by Peter Clines (Free)

 

Half Price Books Outlet (Local Store):

 

The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones #2) by Helen Fielding ($3)

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede ($3)

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade ($2)

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade ($2)

One For The Murphys by Lynda Mullaby Hunt ($2)

'A' is For Alibi by Sue Grafton ($1)

'B' is For Burglar by Sue Grafton ($1)

 

The Buffy Chronicles by N.E. Gence ($3)

The Watcher's Guide Volume 2 by Nancy Holder ($3)

Angel: The Case File Volume 1 by Nancy Holder ($3)

 

Jeannie Out of The Bottle by Barbara Eden ($3)

Steve & Me by Terri Irwin ($3)

I Love Lucy: The Classic Moments by John Watson ($3)

Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball by Stefan Kanfer ($3)

 

Bookoutlet.com:

These were ordered on 4/23

 

This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hover ($3.49)

Luz-Beginnings by Jennifer L Armentrout ($2.99)

Sweep (Vol 1) by Cate Tiernan ($3.99)

Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1) by Diana Peterfreund (.49cents)

 

Amazon.com:

This was pre ordered on 4/23

 

The Mistborn Trilogy Box Set by Brandon Sanderson ($28)

 

4/22/15 Book Haul

Just a small book haul today. We stopped at the Dollar Tree and happened to find 3 books.

 

 

 

Dollar Tree:

 

She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters ($1)

 

Ascendant (#2 Killer Unicorns) by Diana Peterfreund ($1) (I got this book despite it being #2 because of the premise! Killer unicorns? The first book can be found on Amazon, so expect that in one of my upcoming hauls)

 

Mourn The Living by Henry Perez ($1)

 

 

4/20/15 Book Haul

I've decided to keep track of how many books I get each month. This is starting late for April, but better to start late than never.


Today is April 20th. I got 9 books. 2 new and the rest used.

 

Half Price Books Outlet (Local store):

 

Hook by Terry Brooks ($1)

 

The Mammoth Hunters (Book 3 in the Earth's Children Series) ($1)

The Plains of Passage (Book 4 in the Earth's Children Series) by Jean M. Auel ($1)

 

The Wildflowers ($1) 

Into the Garden by V.C Andrews (Ghost Written by Andrew Neiderman) ($1)

 

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld ($2)

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus ($3)

 

Barnes and Nobles:

 

Slammed by Colleen Hoover ($15)

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ($10.99)

 

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My husband got two Piers Anthony books, 1 star wars book and 1 graphic novel. (Books were $1 each, GN was $6) all came from the Half Price Books Outlet (Local store)

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman -A Review-

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So I got this book in paperback for free from a Goodreads giveaway. I intend on reading it and reviewing it (Though Goodreads does not require you to do so when you win a giveaway, but it ups your chances in winning more giveaways and it just seems like the right thing to do when getting a book for free!)

 

 

Title: Meritropolis

Author: Joel Ohman

Series: ?

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/150018960X/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=150018960X&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Summary: The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment--to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.

But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn't an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing--not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science--is going to stop him.

Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends learn more about the frightening forces that threaten destruction both without and within the gates, Meritropolis reveals complexities they couldn't possibly have bargained for.

 

Review:

Currently on page 42/chapter 4.
Here are my first impressions:
* Well written, though every now and again sentence flow is a little off.
* The soft copy design of the novel and the way this is edited makes it obvious that it is a self published novel. If I were to give the design and editing a rating it would probably be a 2/5.
* The author writes action scenes really well.
* The plot is engaging and pulls the reader in.
* The title of the book is jarring because it is hard to pronounce, or I'm not sure how to pronounce it. I keep saying "Metropolis." and when I try and pronounce it how it is written, I stumble over the word and it makes me pause in my reading.

 

Currently on page 58/chapter 6.
More impressions:
* While the idea behind the plot itself is engaging and it pulled me in at chapter 1, I'm finding this is going too slow. I'm bored at this point.
* There are too many characters and POV changing in each chapter.
* I don't like Charley so far.
* There is a character who is described as having an ugliness with a hardness to it, an almost animalistic quality that seemed wild and menacing -inhuman. Then it goes on to say that his most amazing quality is his smile - it could melt paint off of walls. It was so pure and bursting with child-like goodwill.... I like the way the author describes this guy, but at the same time, the way it is worded in the book sounds a little funny. The above description is not quoted word for word.
* Overall, I think this has promise. I'm not far in, so it could go either way. With a second or even third revision, this could come out as being a really great novel.

Status: Finished

I did like the novel. There were some interesting twists and turns. The characters grow on you after a while and even though I feel like this needs a lot of revision and tightening up, I would give this a three star rating. As it is, it is pretty great for a self published novel.

 

Would I recommend it? Not quite yet. It needs more work.

Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson -A Review-

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Title: Dandelion Fire

Series: 100 Cupboards (#2)

Author: N.D. Wilson

Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dandelion-fire-n-d-wilson/1100185175?ean=9780375838842

Summary: Henry York never dreamed his time in Kansas would open a door to adventure—much less a hundred doors. But a visit to his aunt and uncle’s farm took an amazing turn when cupboard doors, hidden behind Henry’s bedroom wall, revealed themselves to be portals to other worlds. Now, with his time at the farm drawing to a close, Henry makes a bold decision—he must go through the cupboards to find the truth about where he’s from and who his parents are. Following that trail will take him from one world to another, and ultimately into direct conflict with the evil of Endor.

 

Review: "Dandelion" is full of interesting characters. Harry and Henrietta are likeable and it is fun to read in their point of view.

There are a lot of extra side characters added in that were not in the first book in this series. At times, things may get a little jumbled and confusing with there being so many people to remember.

The writing style is good throughout most of the story, but could have be a whole lot better overall.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7029327-dandelion-fire

Asylum by Madeleine Roux -A Review-

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Title: Asylum

Series: Asylum (#1)

Author: Madeleine Roux

Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/asylum-madeleine-roux/1113200651?ean=9780062220974

Summary: Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

 

Review: Spooky. Chilling. Unexpected. These are some words that can be used to describe this novel.

It does read for a younger audience, but the further you get in, the more the writing seems to mature into being something even an older audience would like.

This is because at first the main characters come off as younger than they are supposed to be, but as they themselves mature, the story does as well.

"Asylum" does have some spooky and unexpected turns. There are times when "the reader" and the main character are confused and questioning what is going on and if he might be losing his mind.

The pictures added to the chilling nature of this novel.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers -A Review-

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Title: Grave Mercy

Series: His Fair Assassin (#1)

Author: Robin LaFevers

Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grave-mercy-robin-lafevers/1104512967?ean=9780544022492

Summary: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

 

Review:  "Grave Mercy" is out of this world, amazing. Fun, fun, fun. Reading this is like eating ice cream. Everything about this novel, the author and the world she created is divine.

You will fall in love with the main character, even with the side characters.

There are some tear worthy moments, so have some tissues at hand.

This is a 5 star nove
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins -A Review-

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Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Series: Anna and the French Kiss (#1)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anna-and-the-french-kiss-stephanie-perkins/1100257825?ean=9780142419403

Summary: Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

 

Review: "Anna and the French Kiss" is a novel that you will want to read again and again. Everything about "Anna and the French Kiss" is great. It is impossible to not love Anna, Étienne, and the secondary characters in this novel. Stephanie Perkins does a wonderful job of making you hate the characters who are meant to be unlikeable.

The way Stephanie Perkins describes the scenery is beautiful.

Overall, Anna deserves a 5 star.

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This doesn't relate to "Anna" but to the series as a whole: If Stephanie Perkins decides to write any more books for the series, I'm curious about Meredith, Rashmi and Ellie, and maybe even Bridgette.

I really got attached to Rashmi. She's one of my favorite side characters and I would like to know more about her.

We don't learn much about Ellie or Bridgette so it would be interesting to find out who they are deep inside. And who couldn't love Mer? Of course I want to have a story of her in Rome
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