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Hi! Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper. You find a book on your wishlist that you are dying to get on your shelves and you share that book in a post. This week my book is:

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

I am intrigued by the idea that classes are divided by different languages. I think it also sounds interesting that the MC, Charlaina, can speak all the languages. This book is promising to be unique and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Hi! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list was fun to do but was a little hard to come up with and it is:

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

1. Mythology- I am a huge fan of mythology so any book that has a mythology reference or re-telling is one that I will be interested in and potentially buy.

2. Dragons- I find that there aren’t a lot of books about dragons and I find dragons fascinating and each story I read about dragons is unique.

3. Book or Bookstore related- Being that I love books, I cannot resist checking out a book that is about books or revolves around books.

4. Survival stories- This is kind of broad but I enjoy all types of survival stories. From trying to survive in a dystopian society to trying to survive a ship wreck, survival stories often catch my eye in the book department.

5. Vampires- I don’t really know why I like reading about vampires but I find all the different variations of a vampire told in a book to be intriguing.

6. Werewolves/Shapeshifters- This is kind of the same reason as vampires. They are just fun to read about.

7. Ghosts- I have always loved reading and watching scary stories. Not all ghost stories are scary but I like reading about them since they are most debated about having a real-life existence or not.

8. Paranormal- I wanted to include this for all those paranormal topics that are not covered by above. There are so many things paranormal that make some great books and they always catch my eye in the bookstore.

9. Love Stories- This topic is very broad as well but a potential love story gets me to pick up a book and read the synopsis. If the love story sounds unique enough than I’m in.

10. A location I know of or enjoy reading about- I live in Minnesota and when I read that a book takes place in Minnesota it automatically gets added to my shelves. Also I love Seattle and the state of Washington so if any books are set there than I am likely to pick them up as well.

Hi! I wanted to share some books I picked up within the last week. I went to a library sale last Saturday at my local library and picked up four books for only $3.50! I love library sales! Here’s what I got:

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

No Man’s Land by Lesley Hauge

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

I just have to show you guys the front of No Man’s Land…I am in love with this cover!

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I can’t wait to read this one!

This week I did some major spring cleaning (so proud of myself)! My fiance wanted to thank me for cleaning by taking me to the bookstore and letting me pick out a book. I went in with the intention of buying one book but needless to say I walked out with 3 books since I just couldn’t decide on one book. Here are the 3 books I got at Barnes and Noble:

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Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I am SO excited to read these books! They all look and sound so good!

What books have you hauled in lately?

Hi! I have been searching for some good book deals. Here are some great ebooks at some great prices:

Die For Me

Die For Me by Amy Plum

$1.99

This one is about a girl and her sister who have recently become orphans. They are then shipped over to live with family in Paris, where she meets a boy who is something other than human. A paranormal romance set in Paris…looks good!

Unraveling

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

$1.99

This book is about a girl who dies and wakes up to find a clock that is ticking down to the Earth’s Destruction. She then tries to figure out how she can stop the countdown. This book sounds so good and I’ve heard many good things about it. I can’t wait to read this one.

 Destined

Destined by Jenna Pizzi

$0.99

This book is about a girl that finds out that she is a gatekeeper between two worlds basically one that is “good” and one that is “evil”. She is a part of both worlds and is trying to close the gate between the world. Closing the gate is a big task and one that will leave her conflicted not only about herself but conflicted about her love for two brothers on opposite sides of the gate. This one sounds interesting and for a dollar it seems worth the risk.

I also wanted to share something with you guys. I recently went to a library book sale over the weekend. If you haven’t been to a library book sale, I strongly encourage you to go to one. Library book sales often have donated books along with older library books that are for sale for cheap! The one I went to had books all under $1. I got four book for $3.50 (check back tomorrow to see what I got). If you want more information about where there may be a library book sale (and other book sales), check out http://www.booksalefinder.com.

What deals have you guys found lately or what are some good books you found at a library sale?

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. It is a weekly meme where you share one book off your wishlist that you are dying to add to your shelves. This week the book I’m dying to get is:

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Book blurb from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

This book looks so good! I’ve always loved books in which the characters have elemental powers so when I heard about this one I had to add it to my wishlist. I think this will be a great read, especially with tornado season coming up soon. I can’t wait to get this one!

 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

I was hesitant to read this book since I read If I Stay by Gayle Forman and I didn’t enjoy that one at all. Therefore I got this book from the library thinking that if it was just as bad I wouldn’t have wasted my money. Although my book-intuition was telling me that I was going to love this book and regret not buying it, I still got it from the library. And boy was my book-intuition was right. I loved this book!

The characters in this book were real and I could relate to Allyson. She has a kind heart and always follows the rules except when she runs off to Paris with a boy she just met for just one day and further along in the story she starts to rebel even more. Her rebellion doesn’t seem like a rebellion, it’s more like she is sticking up for herself. When it comes to Willem I find that he is a big mystery which keeps you wondering what is going to happen. When she wakes up and he’s gone it raises all kinds of questions throughout the book.

When Allyson wakes up and Willem is gone she goes through a period of heartbreak which is normal but it seems a little daunting when you’re reading it. Until she finally decides to do something about it. I loved reading about her travels in the book and I loved reading about how with each step she found another piece of herself.

This book is beautifully written and has a beautiful story. This book will keep you hanging on until the very last sentence of the book and even then you’ll be left with wanting more. I cannot wait for the next book (which is from Willem’s point of view) to come out later this year. I can say that I will be buying that one and I will end up buying this one eventually as well since I can see myself re-reading this book.


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