I ended up taking an unexpected hiatus for a month, due to work reasons, so I'll be trying to catch up with everything this month. Wish me luck!
Author: Anya Monroe
Title: Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde
Series: Love and Star Stuff
Genre: YA Nerdy Romance
Date published: October 8, 2015
My life is spinning out of control faster than I can say sorry for all the things I’ve done since this whole planetary shift began.
Like apologize for the fact I made out with my soon-to-be stepbrother. And his stepbrother. And that I’m crushing on the one guy I swore I’d never be into…while keeping it all from my BFF.
Mom says I think the world revolves around me, but the truth is, I’m just trying to survive the worst week of my life.
The universe is legit out to get me. It started when my gaming nemesis deleted my AsteroMine galaxy and it’s only gone downhill from there.
It isn’t my fault. I swear.
Oh my god, this book. Let me explain something to you... I crazy stalk new release books on Amazon everyday, and I do add some of them to my wishlist. What I don't do is immediately buy a book when I see it, except this one.
I'm pretty busy right now, but I planned on reading this in December when I had a couple weeks off. As you may be able to tell, it is not December yet. I couldn't even make it a month without reading this.
5% into the story, and I knew I would love it. Do you mean character is a teenager girl obsessed with a video game. That is basically my life. Although I am no longer teenager, most of teen years were spend online playing video games.
There is a whole of a lot of drama in this book. Maggie, the main character, is trying to figure out how to balance her obsession with this game and real life. I have been there.
I met my husband on an online game. I tried to kill his character off shortly after we first met. We went from never talking, to talking online all the time, to talking on the phone all the time. The majority of our conversations were about the game, at first. But then things changed, we met in real life, and long story short we just celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary.
This is the exact kind of nerdy romance that I have always wanted to read, because I can relate to it. This was fantastic, I loved it, and I had a huge grin on my face during the entire last 10% or so.
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Title: Life and Death
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date published: October 6, 2015
Source: Gifted on Amazon
This new edition pairs the classic love story with Stephenie Meyer's bold and surprising reimagining of the complete novel with the characters' genders reversed. InLife and Death, readers will be thrilled to experience this iconic tale told through the eyes of a human teenage boy in love with a female vampire. This edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new cover art. Fans of Bella and Edward will not want to miss the opportunity to see these iconic characters portrayed in intriguing new roles.
Nely Cab bought me this book, because she is an enabler. I was trying to, unsuccessfully, ignore its very existence. Not because I thought it sounded stupid, but because I knew I'd drop everything to read the blasted thing... and I did.
I'm not going to say I regretted reading it, because I didn't. No, it's not Midnight Sun - but she never said it would be either. Although I would totally read it if she ever publishes it.
Anyway, it's pretty much Twilight. There were many times I would read it as the original parts in my head, and then I'd confuse myself. I mostly did this with Edythe/Edward parts. Because of this, I couldn't read it in one sitting. I read it in spurts over the last week.
I still liked the story. Had I read it this way originally, I would have enjoyed it this way.
Except the end. That was bull plop. I get why she did it - "to test an alternative ending". But don't say you're writing a Twilight gender swap and then completely ruin the end. The real point of it was to keep fans from demanding the other three books. I guess that was a smart move on her part.
Would I recommend this book? Not really, unless you're a Twihard. It was cool for a 10th anniversary thing, I'll give her that. It was a fun way to reread the book.
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Title: Queen of Always
Series: Stolen Empire
Genre: YA Historical
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Date published: September 15, 2015
If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it's that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress' health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy.
Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.
When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter's reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she's ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.
Don't miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series!
Queen of Always is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great. Fans of the hit TV show REIGN will devour this scandalous glimpse into the life of one of the most dynamic women in history.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited when I had this on my kindle. Am I the only person who gets so excited about a book that they're afraid to read it? Because that's how I was with this one. I adored the last two, and I was worried I had hyped myself up too much.
Then I started it. I couldn't put it down, and it was finished that same day.
I know the story of Catherine the Great, so it wasn't even as if I shouldn't have been expecting certain things... but I found myself so immersed in this world that Ficklin created that there were many times what I knew of her story was far from my mind. I let the story captivate me, and it did a fantastic job.
Much like the last two books in this series, there is a lot going on. The protagonist is trying to stay alive and keep as much of herself as she can, despite the overwhelming amount of hardships she struggles with. There is really not a dull moment.
I felt this to be a wonderful retelling of Catherine the Great, and I highly recommend it to lovers of historical fiction.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date published: January 3, 2012
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
My book club is doing a meeting on this series some time next year, so I was heckled into reading this book. Although it was already on my TBR list, but I won't tell them this.
A few others on the blog had read and enjoyed it, so I had expectations. The cover looks awesome and I had been gifted a copy from a friend, so I used the whispersync deal and bought the audio.
It starts slowly, but I understand why. This is a whole new world and it needs to be explained. Still, there were more than a couple of times that I had to reread parts because I'd zoned out and missed something that may have been important.
As I continued, the pace picked up. I'm pretty sure some expletives were shouted as I read certain bits. Also, and this is why I love whispersync, I would totally "sneak read". One example was when I was listening to it on the drive to my son's school, but I had gotten there early so I was in his class.... and I was looking at my phone whenever I didn't think his teacher was paying attention to me. It was at a dramatic part and I couldn't just STOP reading!
I am generally a fan of fairy tail retellings, and this wasn't an exception. Although, honestly, if I wasn't aware this was a retelling I'm not sure I'd have noticed. It is so vastly different from the original, but in a good way. The cyborg and lunar aspect was awesome.
This was not at all what I expected when I had heard about it, but it is definitely worth reading. I will be continuing on to book 2.
Author: Suzanne Collins
Title: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mocking Jay
Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date published: May 1, 2011
Source: Kindle Unlimited
The stunning Hunger Games trilogy is complete!
The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first time ever in e-book. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. The trilogy is now complete!
I was bossing one of my friends to read this series, and she told me she would if I would read it with her. Once I saw the audio was on KU, I agreed. I read the hardcover version back in 2011, so I figured it would be a good a time as any for a reread. Especially with the final movie coming out soon.
I'm not sure if it was harder or easier to read knowing what was going to happen. In a way, it made it worse - because the anticipation of the horrid things I knew were coming. At the same time, I knew to prepare myself for such feels.
There was so much that happened in the series I had forgotten. Mostly little details, but they made a bigger impact the second time around. I suspect because I knew the characters more, so I was more attached to them.
The three most memorable scenes, to me, all happened in Mockingjay. I can honestly say those scenes still highly affected me and were still powerful as they were the first time I read them. I most definitely felt terrified, crushed, and pleased - just as I had three years ago. This goes back to the thing I said about me forgetting some of the bits. I mean, I remembered these scenes existed, but not the emotions behind them.
The narrator, Carolyn McCormick, did a great job and I was pleased at how she portrayed the characters - helping to add another depth of emotion to the story.
I can't believe I had completely forgotten the end, Not that it was bad, (it was no Harry Potter epilogue, thank god), but I had thought that was something I'd read in fanfiction (I'm not the only platypire that thought the exact same thing!)
Anyway, I enjoyed my second reading of this series and it has escalated my interested in the upcoming movie. Because I am a sadist.
Author: T.E. Ridener
Title: 180 Days
Genre: Transgender Romance
Date published: October 1, 2015
Lydia McIntosh left her old life behind when she said goodbye to Prairie Town, North Carolina and started over halfway across the country with her beloved Gran; away from her family, away from everyone who knew the person she once was, and from the identity she never quite wanted in the first place. When her grandmother passes away, she returns home and while she only intends to stay for the funeral, her grandmother has other plans, from the grave. Her will states that Lydia must remain in Prairie Town for six months in order to give her family and her old town a chance to get to know the new her, the real her.
Lydia has had years to adjust to long hair, summer dresses, and nail polish, but she understands her family will need time to get reacquainted with a daughter they’ve never known and a sister they’ve missed terribly. Anticipating the worst, as she always has, Lydia’s feelings about her old town begin to change when she meets her brother’s best friend, Callum. Callum is kind and more accepting than she could have ever imagined and she’s falling for him.
When her 180 days are over, will she be able to say goodbye to the family she’s missed so much? Will she survive her mother’s endless intolerance? Can she really leave the man who acknowledges her past and still wants her?
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a story about a transgender girl and her journey to acceptance and love when she returns to her hometown. Within the pages of this book you will be introduced to characters who color outside the lines and that's just how they like it. I implore you to give them a chance because we are all beautiful and unique in our own ways, and we all deserve love and happiness.
I have been looking forward to the release of this book since I discovered it was going to be published, a couple months ago. I've been stalking the author's page, waiting to hear for the release. The moment I saw it was out, I one-clicked it. I needed to read it!
I've read other stories by the author before, so I knew she was good at telling a captivating story. But I didn't expect was how much I would become caught up in this one. I had to fight myself to put it down when I had to function in the real world. Apparently feeding children is more important than continuing reading, even if it is all the dramas.
The way the author handled this story, I was impressed. I didn't feel she was trying too hard or that she was trying to tell a story that she had no experience about. There's many times where I've read a LGBT story that had a good concept, but was nothing more than a bunch of stereotypes thrown together in 200 pages. This was not like this. She did what all those that failed couldn't do, she made them into people.
Throughout the story I feel in love with her characters, and I hope she decides to make this a series of one-shots. Although there's a lot of laughter and romance, there's also heartbreak and tears. There's still many people who have failed to acknowledge the T part of LGBT, and I am so pleased that this author took it upon herself to write a story and show that transgenders are people. They deserve the same love and respect as the rest of us.
I absolutely adored this story. It was worth the wait, and it more than met my expectations.
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5 Platypires - Oh my holy fluff, this book was amazing and everyone needs to read it immediately!
4 Platypires - Great book. Enjoyed it a lot. Minor issues. Highly recommend.
3 Platypires - Good book, but I would have enjoyed it more if there weren't so many issues.
2 Platypires - The book was okay, but it needs a lot of work.
1 Platypire - I didn't like the book. Major changes needed.
DNF - I couldn't finish. Too many issues.