July Wrap-Up

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So this month was a little rough for me. I was very busy with life and moving, but I was able to start a few new things for the blog. (Some things I am really excited about). Like last months wrap-up I will apologize for it being kind of long. I have just accepted the fact that I am a very long winded person and I don’t know how to make it shorter.

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Books I Read:

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

How We Fall by Kate Brauning

♠ The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

♠ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff

Physical Books _ 3Kindle Books_Novellas_

 

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

July TBR List

July Book of the Month

Unhaul | Moving Edition  

Raven Boys Week 1 Reactions

Read.Sleep.Repeat. 2014 Series Challenge|Update

Raven Boys Week 2 Reactions

Bargain Book Haul 

Emoji Book Tag

Too Many Books, So Little Time Read-A-Thon

Raven Boys Fancast

Bookish Bucket List Update

Charmed Cover Reveal 

July Book Haul

The Girl From The Well Giveaway

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I completed my goal on Goodreads!!! I just changed it to 75 books 🙂

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From July (Links to the threads of post)

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Third Sentence Thursday 

Friday Reads

Swoon Worthy Saturday 

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ August Book of the Month – FCLA Book Club Read

♠ Buddy Read with Krystal @Bookjunkiekrystal of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Pride and Prejudice Read-a-long 

Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon

♠ August TBR List

♠ Book Shelf Tour

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children | Book Review

MissPeregrineCoverMISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN BY RANSOM RIGGS

Genre: YA, Paranormal/Fantasy

Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”
– Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Synopsis:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. [Goodreads]

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I buddy read this book with Krystal @ Books Are My Thing this month! We decided (more like she did because I am horrible at making decisions) to do a dual review. We also plan on reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs next month and out joint review will be on her blog!  We skyped to discuss and how/what we would do and let me just tell you it was awesome being able to talk/ put a face to and everything to a bloggy friend! So without further ado, here are each of our reviews!

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I originally added this book to my TBR list merely because I found the idea of writing a story around old photos intriguing. Usually it takes more than that, but I’m so glad I added it on a whim because I really enjoyed this book!

I thought the storyline was quite unique, something you might find in television (hello Doctor Who!!), but not so much in books. And using the photos added a different perspective. There were a few times I felt the photos were a bit forced, as if the author really just wanted to include a particular photo and so found some obscure way to incorporate it. Still, I liked the way they were used in the plot and helped to tell the story.

The relationship that develops was a bit strange and creepy for me, haha, but I guess it works. I did think though that we didn’t get much backstory into the main character’s life, so the major decision he makes seemingly without much difficulty at the end of the book kind of had me scratching my head.

All in all, this was a quick read that had me not wanting to put it down, despite a few flaws. I’ll be curious to see how Riggs manages to continue including the photographs in the second book, Hollow City, given how the first book ended. I’d recommend this one to anyone who enjoys time travel and quirky stories, and I’m giving it a 4 out of 5!

 

Ashley's Review

 

Riggs weaved together a dark story using real (sometimes disturbing) pictures to enhance and add depth to an already strange, creepy and intriguing book. It was really well written and the way the story fell together was beautiful. The use of pictures to tell the story was such a unique concept (not saying there aren’t books that use pictures like graphic novels and such) the way in which Riggs used real pictures was an absolutely wonderful twist. Although there were times that the pictures and their introduction to the story felt forced and unnecessary. It creates the question of whether he wrote the story and included the pictures or picked the pictures and wrote the story around it?

I felt like the storyline and events were well developed and it was what really drew me in. The characters were interesting and all had their quirks, but I didn’t become invested in one in particular. I thought the character development lacked a little especially with the main character,Jacob. You do not receive much background to him besides his relationship with his grandfather. With the twists and shocks that come at the end of the novel, it is a crazy decision made from the readers perspective because you were not given any details and background earlier on. I loved that at times the main character was a perceived as unreliable and it gave the story that little extra crazy!

The book definitely ended with loads of questions and making you need a sequel. I am interested to see where the story will grow and how the relationships and characters will develop.

Overall Miss Peregrine’s was an intriguing and unique story that caught me off guard and surprised me. There were parts that I struggled to get through, but the majority of the book was fast paced and hard to put down. I was so engulfed by the story and needed to keep reading.

RATING-4

 

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco | Giveaway

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A few months ago I received an e-Arc of The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco from netgalley in return for an honest review. I was recently contacted by the publisher and asked if I would like to hold a giveaway. If you haven’t already seen the review of the book I did I will link it up here!

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

This is the first time I have read a book like this and I have found that it just really wasn’t my thing. I am all about supporting debut authors and getting there work out there and give them the attention they deserve. I really want to be able to give someone this book and hear their thoughts on it! Rin Chupeco had a unique and interesting style of writing and overall had a spine chill inducing feel throughout the whole story that made me only read it with the lights on!

Japanese Legend That Inspired The Ring Is Retold from Murdered Spirit’s Perspective in Debut Horror Thriller


The Girl from The Well ● Author: Rin Chupeco

Sourcebooks Fire ● August 5, 2014 ● ISBN: 9781402292187

Hardcover/$16.99 U.S. ● Ages 14+


 

Praise for The Girl From the Well:

“[A] Stephen King–like horror story…A chilling, bloody ghost story that resonates.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Chupeco makes a powerful debut with this unsettling ghost story…told in a marvelously disjointed fashion from Okiku’s numbers-obsessed point of view, this story unfolds with creepy imagery and an intimate appreciation for Japanese horror, myth, and legend.” –Publishers Weekly, STARRED

“The Girl from the Well is part The Ring, part The Grudge and part The Exorcist…A fantastically creepy story sure to keep readers up at night… Okiku is one of the most interesting YA characters to date.” RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ STARS-TOP PICK!

“A dark novel that will appeal to horror fans, lovers of Elizabeth Scott’s ‘Living Dead Girl.’” –School Library Journal


The Ring meets The Exorcist in this haunting and lyrical reimagining of the Japanese fable.

Okiku has wandered the world for hundreds of years, setting free the spirits of murdered children. Wherever there’s a monster hurting a child, her spirit is there to deliver punishment. Such is her existence, until the day she discovers a troubled American teenager named Tark and the dangerous demon that writhes beneath his skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. Tark needs to be freed, but there is one problem—if the demon dies, so does its host.

With the vigilante spirit Okiku as his guide, Tark is drawn deep into a dark world of sinister doll rituals and Shinto exorcisms that will take him far from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Japan. Can Okiku protect him from the demon within or will her presence bring more harm? The answer lies in the depths of a long-forgotten well

Rin Chupeco: Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well is her debut novel. Connect with Rin at http://www.rinchupeco.com.


 

Now on to the
Giveaway!!!!

RULES:

♠ Must live in the US
♠ Must be 13+ with guardian permission or over 18 years of age
♠ Must be willing to give me your mailing address
♠ Must actually complete the items in the Rafflecopter or your submissions will be disqualified.

The giveaway will run from July 31st until August 14th !

(Follow this link and it explains everything)

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Thanks sourcebooks for providing the copy of the book for the giveaway! 

#TMBSLT Read-A-Thon | Wrap-Up

I have to say that this is the most successful read-a-thon I have ever participated in! I finished a total of 6 books (although it was only 3 full books from start to finish) I did sit around and just read basically all week (I should have been unpacking…oops) It also kicked off a string of read-a-thons I will be participating in. I am super stoked about the upcoming read-a-thons so you should make sure to check them out and let me know if you will be participating! 

Day 5 [7/26]: 

Book(s) I Read:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff

Page Count: 327 pages 

 

Day 6 [7/27]:

Book(s) I Read:

I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Page Count: 166 pages

 

Day 7 [7/28]:

Book(s) I Read:

I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Page Count: 101 pages

 

Day 8 [7/29]:

Book(s) I Read:

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han 

Page Count: 165 pages

 

Day 9 [7/30]

Book(s) I Read:

I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff

Page Count: 98 pages

 

TOTAL PAGE COUNT: 1,281 pages

♠ BOOKS COMPLETED:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff

Diving Back Into Old Loves…

It has been awhile since I have posted a rant/thought type of post! I always feel like I have a lot to say and like getting my thoughts out and hearing thoughts and opinions from others on certain topics. I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts and especially if you would like me to create a post on any topics or issues. Okay let me get into the topic of thought…

BOOKS OF THE PAST

I recently moved back home and whole putting all my books together with those from my “childhood” I realized how much my book taste has changed. It kind of made me sad looking at my shelves and realizing there are a lot of authors/genres that I haven’t read in forever and have neglected. I own a countless number of historical fiction book regarding WWII. I was in love with history and still to this day I have a huge interest in history and mainly WWII. I took many course in college regarding the topic and can’t believe I haven’t read any historical fiction all year. I also was a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and would always get the books as presents from family when younger because they all knew about my love. I noticed when I was looking at my shelves there are many I own and have not read yet (which I will be changing this upcoming month). Although I understand you grow out of old favorites and have ever changing interest, there are elements from those books I use to love that I feel like I have been missing and compromising for other books.

So what are your thoughts about going back and reading genres and authors that you use to love (and I don’t mean re-reading books). Do you think there is a point where you just really do not enjoy a certain author or genre. (Also I am not referring to growing out of like from child/middle grade to adult because they still have similar genres across the “age” groups) I guess this can also go with thoughts and opinions on reading YA as an adult. I am all about it and don’t think that there is anything wrong with reading about kids younger than me and such….I would love to hear you thoughts and opinions!

The Raven Boys | Book Review

17675462THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

Genre: YA, Paranormal

Series: The Raven Cycle

“Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Synopsis:
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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A unique paranormal story laced with swoon worthy boys, a sassy girl, awesome and quirky ladies of 300 Fox Way, mystery, twists and loads of questions.

I have to say I am usually not a huge fan of stories being told from multiple perspectives, but the way that Maggie Stiefvater wrote and executed the story it did not phase me as much while reading. She does have a unique way of writing that took me a little bit of getting use to. She created some amazing characters that were so full of life and personality. They all hard such different quirks and it was refreshing and definitely made me fall in love with all of the characters. The story was complex and layered with suspense, surprises and shocking moments that were captivating and drew me into the story completely. I think this is the first book in awhile that has gotten me so involved and lost in the story that I was questioning everything and noticing things I don’t believe I would have if the writing didn’t engulf me into the world Maggie Stiefvater created. The writing towards the end did make me a little angry and the way the story left off and how it was ended was really frustrating (and its not just because it was a type of cliff hanger) and slightly turned me off a little from the book. (Only slightly)

The story was weaved together through the eyes and perspective of all the characters and there was a lot of work put into the plot and the setting, but to be completely honest my love for this book relies mostly on the characters! Blue was sassy and quirky and so confident in herself (although she did fall a little flat at the beginning for me and annoyed me a little later on in the book). The house full of psychics was a great addition to the story and although they were only secondary characters those woman were so quirky, witty and I couldn’t help, but laughing at their dialogue. And those boys! I could so turn this review into a complete fangirl and swooning post about the Raven Boys from Aglionby.  All of the boys had such different personalities and it was hard to choose my favorite, but I think it was totally Adam! The relationship between all of this boys was fantastic. They are a motley crew and at times it is crazy that they are all friends, but throughout the book you see how much they care for each other as they all work through their own issues and problems.

Overall I highly recommend this read. It is a breath of fresh air in the YA paranormal genre and has so many components going on that you can’t help but to get drawn in and try to figure out what is going to happen and what consequences will fall upon them.

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This was the first book read for The Future Cat Ladies of America Book Club! To check out the discussions and other posts that were done by Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads and I throughout the month based on the book follow the links below!

Reaction Post Week One

♠ Reaction Post Week Two

The Raven Boys Fancast

♠ Reaction Post Week Three

♠ Reaction Post Week Four

We would love for you to join us in August, look out for the post announcing the August book of the month!

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Top Ten Tuesday| Most Owned Authors

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From! This was very hard for me to do because just recently I have gotten on the kick of auto-buying books based on the author so my list won’t contain large numbers. There are a few that I am in love with and own a lot of, but not many. Slowly I am gaining new loves and buying all that they publish.(They will be in order from most owned to least) but here we go.( I am also counting novellas and prequels )

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6

1

4

5

8

7

9

10

I think I might do an author auto-buy post sometime soon so look out for that!

What are you most owned authors? 

 

 

 

Making Up For Monday [7/28]

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Hosted by: An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer

Today’s Question: Is there any books that made you angry? If yes, why?

I feel like this is a terrible question to ask me because I will go off on a rant about all the things. I don’t want to completely tear apart any books because I feel like that is counterproductive to the whole loving books and getting people to love books thing I am trying for! I will list some books that made me angry and I will also list some components in books that make me angry so as to try and not go off on some crazy long rants.

Books I was upset with:

♠ Arena One by Morgan Rice

♠ The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

♠ Dead River by Cyn Balog

(There are many more that I had big problems with parts and such, but recently these three have really frustrated me completely)

Components that make me mad in books:

♠ Love Triangles (when the whole book revolves around the love triangle, don’t get me wrong I do get a little turned off from a book when there is a love triangle, but I can handle it and even somewhat like a book as long as its not the main plot of the story)

♠ Grammer ( There are editors for a reason. And I am not talking about ARC copies, I understand they sometimes have problems. I am referring to finished and published copies that are full of grammatical errors, misspellings etc.)

♠ A weak and dependent main character ( Now sometimes I understand this is necessary and makes a story, but I can’t handle the girls that are so dependent on a guy and never grows or develops. I am not about those needy people)

♠ Unnecessary Fluff ( I am so mad when I am reading a book and half of the book is boring and wasted information just used to fill pages and doesn’t build or lend to the plot at all)

♠ Open endings ( Now this is a really big thing that bothers me personally. I have a huge thing with endings and I understand sometimes an open ending make the story and adds to the overall atmosphere and feeling of the book, but than there are those that leave so many unanswered questions and they are standalones and you never find out what happened)

♠ Obvious sequel ending ( I just recently read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and I loved the book as a whole and than there is the ending. The ending ruined some of the book for me because she threw in some unimportant, unnecessary information that lets you know there is another book. I thought it completely ruined that last part of the book. Without that part the reader already knew there had to be another book and it was just pointless and annoying that she added it.)

 

I think I will stop for now. I could probably go on forever and make a post just about components of books that make me mad (If you would like one let me know). A lot of these are things that I personally dislike and I would love to hear what some of your pet peeves are with books or what makes you mad when reading a book. Or even what books frustrated you to no end! 

 

Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon | TBR

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I have just recently moved back home and I’m trying to be a big kid and find a real job, but while the search is underway I have loads of free time and what better way than to dedicate to reading! Emily @ Books & Cleverness is hosting a two week long read-a-thon from August 1st to August 15th! Check out her blog to see the rules/sign-up and all that good stuff! The theme of this read-a-thon is reading books that have been gathering dust on your shelves for a very long time! Emily has also created some challenges which you can check out here! With the books I have picked I tried to find ones that are different genres and such since I have been reading and ones that have been sitting on my shelf for some time. I have to say that my TBR is subject to change, but for the most part I will be trying to stick to it! I also haven’t decided on how I will be doing my updates (they will follow my typical read-a-thon update format) I won’t be doing one everyday, but after I decide I will let you know! Now on to the challenges…

Read a book set in the past.Read a

♠ Read a book set in the past- The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape From The Tower Of London by Elvira Woodruff

♠ Read a classic- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

♠ Read a book written before 2010-

The Wedding by Nicolas Sparks

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Confessions of a Working Girl: A True Story by Miss S

♠ Extra: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

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I know this is a very weird assortment, but they are ones I have been neglecting and need to get around to! Hopefully I get to these and more!

 

If you plan on participating please let me know! I would love to keep up with your updates and see what you will be reading!