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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?

 

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.

I had a pretty good reading month this past March. I read 11 books. Here are what I’ve read, my rating and a quick blurb about the books:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. I am on the fence about this book. I struggled with it greatly because I felt that there was some main information that this book is lacking. I did like the concept of the books and I liked the story, I just wish that there had been more that we learned about Mara Dyer. 

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. Rating 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the incarnation concept that was the main focus of this book. The world of the book was very interesting and fun to read about, especially the dragons. I am looking forward to reading the next one and seeing where the story goes.

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. This book was something different and not what I thought it was going to be. This book is the first of four in the Riders of the Apocalypse. Therefore, I thought that this would be about the first horsemen of the apocalypse and there would be an oncoming apocalypse in this book. However, this book was mostly about the main character and her eating disorder with some paranormal thrown in. It was okay…I didn’t hate but I didn’t love it either.

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. This is a book about angels and I wasn’t that impressed with it. It was okay but I didn’t love it. The book seemed to follow along the same path as many other books and I didn’t feel that had many unique qualities. I don’t know if I will continue with the follow up books.

Need by Carrie Jones. Rating 2.5 out of 5 stars. I struggled to get through this book. I had trouble with the writing style and I felt that at time there were chunks missing from the story. I did a full on review of this book that you can check out here. I did like the concept of the book but felt like there were parts missing.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. I loved this book. I loved the beautiful pictures that went along with the story. I loved the characters in this book. I rented this from the library and I wish that I would have bought it so that I can have it in my personal library. This book was so beautifully written that I didn’t want it to end. I would highly recommend this book.

White Horse by Alex Adams. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. This book is an adult apocalyptic novel. This book was like a movie playing out in my head and I hope it does get turned into a movie. It was full of action and twists and turns and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The love in this book is like a plant growing through the sidewalk – something that stands tough and beautiful in a rough world.

Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. This book was fun to read – if you haven’t opened this book up, do it the next time you are in the bookstore or library. The amazing fact that Foer created a novel out of cutting out words from another novel is incredible. It read so beautiful with thoughtful, heartfelt phrases. I loved reading this book.

The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. This book wasn’t my cup of tea. The story wasn’t bad, but I just couldn’t relate to it or the characters. I find it hard to talk about this book because I just didn’t feel much about it. It was okay.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. WOW! This book was an amazing end to the Infernal Devices series. If you haven’t read this series, please read it (the first book is Clockwork Angel). This book is my favorite of the series, or maybe the first one is, but they are all so good. I loved, loved, loved this book!

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Rating 2 out of 5 stars. I didn’t want to read this book but kept facing pressure to read it from my friends so I fell into the pressure and picked this book up. I felt that there was a huge lack of plot in this book and though it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, I still didn’t particularly enjoy it.

Book Blurb from Goodreads: 

Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Review in a paragraph: This story has a great premise to get going on and it balances along the line for the whole book. The book has a cute story and the characters are fun to read about. At times it seemed to me that there were chunks of the story taken out; these parts were not crucial to the story but rather just bits and pieces that were missing from the story. It was an okay read.

Full Review: Let’s start by looking at that pretty cover! I hate to be shallow but this cover is one of the reasons this book intrigued me. Moving on to the pages… The book itself was not my favorite, but I didn’t hate it either. I thought that the characters were interesting and the story sounded intriguing. Although it did sound familiar to Twilight, with the girl moving away from her sunny home to a dreary small town to live with another family member, it was not at all similar outside of this small detail.

I felt that while reading the book there were missing parts of the story, like there were paragraphs missing here and there. For example, when one of the characters is meeting Zara, there is no introduction of the character, Zara just starts using her name. There are a few other instances similar to this one throughout the book. These instances were not crucial parts of the story line that you would be missing, but rather minor annoyances.

I liked the freshness of the story. The world created in this book is one that I haven’t read anything similar to before. I liked that each chapter started with a new phobia. I like the twists and turns and characters turning out to be what you didn’t see coming. I am on the fence about continuing the series but I might give it a shot to see where the story continues.

Here are some quotes I liked:

People are always looking into the dark, Zara. we’re afraid of what we might see. It might be dark outside, it might be the dark of our own souls, but I figure it’s better to get caught looking than to never know.

There is something about libraries, old libraries, that makes them seem almost sacred. There’s a smell of paper and must and binding stuff. It’s like all the books are fighting against decay, against turning into dust, and at the same time fighting for attention.

Then he smiles at me and my heart starts beating harder, which I’m ashamed to admit, but its true. Hearts betray you like that. This is why it’s perfectly acceptable to be cardiophobic, afraid of hearts.

For February I didn’t read all the books I wanted and for a good reason… I had a baby! My son arrived mid-month and put a halt on some reading for a good week. Never-the-less I did manage to read a few books. Here’s what I’ve read, what I rated them and a quick blurb about them:

Rapture (Fallen, #4) by Lauren Kate. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I thought that this book was a great ending to the series. The twist at the end was one I didn’t see coming and just gripped me by the ankles. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I love the artwork in this book. The telling of the story in a mixture of words and pictures is so unique and a wonderful way to read a story. I liked it so much that I read another story by Selznick. This story was a short, good read.

Tiger’s Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1) by Colleen Houck. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. When I finished this book, I was immediately wanting to pick up the next in the series. This hasn’t happened to me in awhile. I loved the fresh plot and characters in this story; Ren is to die for. I am anxiously waiting to start the next book.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I read this book for a class and what a pleasure it was to read. This book opened up my eyes and made me cheer for Jr. My book is filled with little post-its marking my favorite quotes.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This is the second book this month that had me wanting to immediately read the next in the series. Tahereh Mafi’s writing is absolutely beautiful. I did a full review on this book if you want more of my thoughts on this book.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This is the other book I read by Brian Selznick that had the same type format of telling a story with a mixture of pictures and words. While the story wasn’t exactly my cup of tea I still loved reading and looking at all the beautiful pictures.


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