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What’s Next Thursday | July 31, 2014

What’s Next is hosted by IceyBooks which allows book bloggers to post 3-5 books that they could potentially read so their followers can cast a vote for what to read next.

You can cast your vote here.  Here are my potential reads:

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

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  • 1 month ago

Wishlist Wednesday | July 30, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper and enables book bloggers to post one book which has been on their wishlist for some time.

Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him. But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer’s brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die—and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first. -Goodreads

I love criminal profiling!  I need to get my hands on this book!

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I really like how all bookstores or libraries are quiet. No one talks above a whisper. It’s like everyone is respecting and listening to the voices from the books. It’s truly magical.

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Day 3 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

Woohoo!!  Another successful day!  I’m loving it!  Today, I finished The Merciless by Danielle Vega (279 pages) and really enjoyed it; however, the gore sometimes is too much for me (which is weird because I love horror novels and movies..).  After finishing that book, I immediately jumped into Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (36 pages), and I’m enjoying it so far.  It is definitely the perfect book to read after reading something like The Merciless.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages read today: 265

Total pages read during the BooktubeAThon: 916

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover.  (The Merciless)
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you. (in progress; Fangirl)
  • Read a book from the genre you have read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; 1. The Graveyard Book, 2. Love,Stargirl, 3. The Merciless)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (in progress)
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Day 2 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

Here we are with day 2, and I think I’m doing well despite having to work today.  Hopefully I can keep this success going into the rest of the week!  Today, I finished Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (194 pages) and started The Merciless by Danielle Vega (50 pages).  I was slightly disappointed by Love, Stargirl and the way in which it concluded the Stargirl duology.  So far, The Merciless is decent; I anticipate seeing if it lives up to the hype.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages Read Today: 244

Total Pages Read During Booktubeathon: 651

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover. (in progress; The Merciless)
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you.
  • Read a book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; 1. The Graveyard Book, 2. Love, Stargirl)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Merciless by Danielle Vega (in progress)
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Day 1 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

After having the most bizarre dream, I was up at the crack of dawn and getting into my first book, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  This book is full of beautiful illustrations and fulfilled Booktubeathon’s challenge to “read a book with pictures.”  I finished it and absolutely loved it!  I, then, started Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli which fulfills Booktubeathon’s challenge to “start/finish a series” which I modified to simply finish a series.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages Read Today: 407

Total Pages Read During Booktubeathon: 407

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (in progress; Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover.
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you.
  • Read a book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; The Graveyard Book)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (in progress)
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  • 1 month ago

BookTubeAThon WINNER

You all cast your votes on BookTubeAThon’s “Read a book someone picks out for you” challenge, and the winner is…….

I look forward to reading it!

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Have you cast your vote yet?

For the BooktubeAThon, should I read:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Send me a message here with the title you chose!  Thanks for those who have already voted :)  

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Book Review: Disconnected

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Seventeen-year-old Milly has a huge problem on her hands.  She is being bullied by Amelia Norris. Day in and day out, Amelia torments Milly and even threatens to hurt her, but she can’t tell anyone—not a soul.  Milly’s reasoning—she does not want anyone to know where her tormentor lives.  They only share one thing in common.  Both co-exist as one in the same body. Milly is so disconnected from her past that she feels compelled to find out what truly happened to her when her parents were still alive.  After a mysterious fire, she and Grandpa George move into Aunt Rachel’s Victorian home where Milly then begins to unravel puzzling clues to her family history. Through dreams and scattered memories, Milly journals her breaking story, trying to cope by putting the shattered pieces back together, all the while resisting with her inner demon.  Amelia is determined to cut Milly out of the real world—literally.Milly starts to wonder who her real family is after stumbling across Aunt Rachel’s notebook—having the intuitive sense that something terribly awful is missing.  All she had thought to be true now seems like one big lie. -Goodreads summary

Publication Date: June 3, 2014.

Order your copy now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository

Favorite Quote from the Book:

“I am no longer in denial of the truth….After all that has happened, I am now looking ahead and into the future instead of searching for what happened…” 

My Thoughts:

I would first like to thank Maryglenn at The Poisoned Press who graciously sent me a copy of Disconnected to review.

As someone who is majoring in English, I am very familiar with grammar and mechanics rules and become frustrated when I see mistakes.  Unfortunately, there are quite a few grammar and mechanics errors in Disconnected.  At times, I found myself to be too distracted by these errors which detracted from story.

Additionally, I do not enjoy the “insta-love” in this book.  I certainly don’t mind “insta-attraction,” but there is legitimate insta-love and love professions when the couple, Milly and Blake have not even had a first date.  It is a little absurd to me as Milly is a mature and sensible protagonist in the book.  Also, I wish that Cronkhite delved more into Blake’s story.  He alludes to having personal issues which give him depth to his character and make him relatable to Milly.  Unfortunately, Blake and their relationship do not delve much deeper than a superficial level.

Besides these issues, I find Disconnected to be an extremely enjoyable read.  Recently, mental illness is becoming less “taboo” in our culture, and I appreciate Cronkhite exploring these topics in her book.  It gives genuine depth to the characters while shedding light on this topic.

Additionally, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and plot twists in this book.  The mystery elements in this book are so intriguing that I could not stop reading it until I solved the mystery.  The plot and writing style are so addicting!  And, let me tell you, those are some MAJOR plot twists that are so unpredictable.  These aspects correlate with the high rating that I ultimately give the book. 

My Rating:

★★★★ 4/5 stars!

Recommendation:

I’d recommend this for those who enjoy mysteries and psychological thrillers.

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