Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up: Sept 14-20, 2014



Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday


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Nothin'! Still poor! :p 




Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen [GoodReads]
The Diviners by Libba Bray [GoodReads]
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong [GoodReads]
Eve and Adam by Adam Grant and Katherine Applegate [GoodReads]
Asylum by Madeleine Roux [GoodReads]


H20 (The Rain #1)
Thanks Sourcebooks Fire // Negalley!


   



This was a busy week for me! I started training for my new job as an ESL instructor, so I'll be working nights now. Boo. But in happier news, I finished my 40 page capstone paper for graduation so I no longer have that thing weighing down on me! I'm so happy I finished it, because I can't imagine writing it, doing homework for my last course, working, AND blogging. And in preparation of my crazy busyness, I have scheduled 14 posts for the upcoming weeks! 14! That's the most I've ever had! I've got reviews until late October which is fabulous!

Saturday was Apple Fest which is pretty big in my neighborhood! Husband and I went around 10AM and it was jammed packed, people are serious about their apples! We got apple cider, had hard apple cider, bought macaroons, ate delicious savory crepes and topped it all off with pains au chocolat! DELICIOUS DAY OUT. 











Well that's all from me today, I hope you all have a fabulous week and I'm sorry if I'm not around to comment as much as I usually am! ): 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review: Faking It

Title: Faking It (Losing It #2)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow and Company
Genre:  New Adult // Romance
Format: eBook
Source: BN.com (Purchased)

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel (goodreads).


I picked up Faking It without knowing much about Ms. Cora Carmack or the first installment in this series. Luckily, these books can serve as standalones and didn't take away from any of the book's charm. 

Plot: The story of Cade and Max is a really cute and simple one. They're both two individuals with overwhelming pasts and seem to be the polar opposites of each other. Max's desire to continue hiding her one true self brings the two of them together for a game of "Let's pretend!" There weren't a lot of curve balls in this one, of course there is reveal for one of the characters, but nothing too crazy. This love story was very simple and adorable, which is why I liked it!

Characters: Cade is SUCH a catch, I swear, I think I liked him more than I liked Max! Cade is the straight lace golden child while Max is the punk/goth/rocker girl. The two of them get together and they have so much chemistry.   liked Max and her how her past played out, her family could have been fleshed out more, but the story circled mostly around Max and Cade so it's understandable that Carmack didn't give secondary characters as much "meant." 

World Building: As most new adult novels, this one circles around class, work, and bars. I'd say mostly bars. There wasn't much to the world building but I did feel like the characters moved from point A to point B rather quickly. 

Short N Sweet: Losing It is a refreshing and sweet new adult title that explores the past and learning to live for the future. It's just what you need when you need something to make you smile!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review: The Ivy


 Title: The Ivy (The Ivy Series)
Author: (Lauren Kunze w/ Rina Onur)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: New Adult // Drama
Format: eBook
Source: BN.com (Purchased)


 Congratulations! You have been admitted to the most prestigious university in the world. Now what are you going to do?
Callie Andrews may not have money or connections or the right clothes, and she may have way too many complications in her love life, what with
Gregory
the guy she loves to hate ...
Evan
the guy she'd love to forget ...
Clint
the guy she'd love to love ...
and Matt
the guy she really should love ...
all vying for her attention.
But she has three fantastic roommates (best friends or her worst nightmare?) and a wholesome California-girl reputation (oops) and brains and beauty and big, big dreams.
Will it be enough to help her survive freshman year at Harvard (goodreads)?

I bought this ebook when it was on sale for $3...I think that was a year ago. Yesterday, I finally sat down and started it. 10 hours later, I was looking for the sequel!

Plot: I think your opinion of this book depends on how you approach it. By no means is this a riveting critique on the social cliques of prestigious universities or student substance abuse. It's a fun, easy read about a new girl and her climb to popularity. Callie Andrews is from California, she has blond hair and is starting her freshman year at Harvard University (just like the author, but we'll ignore that). Her roommates are a crazy cast of characters, and her boyfriend just broke up with her -through email. The book takes place over the first three months of school and a lot happens before Thanksgiving Break. The book ends with a pretty scandalous cliffhanger which had me wanting to know more. 

Characters: Callie is our main character, and even though the novel is in the third person, we are basically seeing everything through her eyes. She's not a role model whatsoever; she's just a girl trying to survive her first year away from home and figure boys out. There are a lot of secondary characters that all either add to the drama or are comedic reliefs. I'm a very PC person when it comes to diversity in novels, and while Kunze does include some diversity, I thought she also called unnecessary attention to the characters of color. OK (our Nigerian prince who has an English accent?) is repeatedly characterized by his ebony skin and called a "big black man." We get it, he's black. Let's move on. There is also Fahad, who is from Saudi Arabia and described as wearing a white tuxedo with an ironic purple turban. Why is his turban ironic? ALSO, I don't think Saudi Arabian men even wear turbans. I know I don't know every single Saudi in the world, but I've never seen a turban grace their heads (unless they are religious leaders) so..... 

Moving on from the POC characters, Callie has a list of men who are heads over heels in love with her. I personally love  Gregory. He can be pretty rude, and always sarcastic, but it's clear that he's hiding behind an image. One last thing (I notice I've been rambling). This novel is in the third person and is mostly told from Callie's angle, like 90% of the time. Then there are times where Kunze switches perspectives and it is super confusing as to whose eyes we are seeing a situation through. I think this book would have been better if it were just written in the first person POV. 

Setting: The Ivy takes place at the illustrious Harvard University, and as I have never been to Harvard, I liked hearing them described from an actual Harvard Alumnus.  

Short N Sweet: If you want a cerebral read, keep looking. However, if you are looking for a fun college story along the lines of Gossip Girl, you might want to check this one out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#43]




Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Expected Publication Date: October 14, 2014


A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn't go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own (goodreads).


I've been in a high fantasy mood lately, and I also love stories that deal with a struggling class system! Plus I've heard a LOT of good things about this one from people who read the ARC so I'm excited! 

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#27]





A row of nurses in clean aprons and masks all stood neatly posed, with the warden in his spectacles and coat seated in front. Every single one of them stared straight ahead except for the nurse at the far right; her head was cocked unnaturally to the side, as if her neck had been snapped just before the picture was taken.
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Page 104













Monday, September 15, 2014

Bookish Discussion: Bookstore Confessions


I like going to bookstores, I like being surrounded by books, bookish accessories and people who love to talk about books. Today I want to share with you some of my 

Bookstore Confessions

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1. I don't actually SHOP at Barnes and Noble (the physical store). I either sit at the cafe and drink Starbucks-ish beverages while browsing books on my nook OR I scan the barcodes of books that I'm interested in to buy on Amazon or at HPB. 

2. I hate when other people are in the Young Adult section with me! Even though I'm only 26, I feel weird when I'm browsing shelves with a 13 year old. This is probably why I do a lot of online shopping. 

3. I have never been to an actual books signing/Discussion. I've met a few authors at conventions and that was great,  but I've never gone to a place that highlighted one or a few)specific authors. I really want to, but the bookstore that usually has bookish events is about a half an hour driving distant and I lack a car. 

4. Some people can sit at bookstores and read, but I physically CANNOT. I can't concentrate with all the hustle and bustle around me, no matter how much I try. It's just not comfortable. ): 

5. I miss Borders. Like a lot. Nothing can compare to Borders! Half Price Books is a close second, but Borders was just a classic (and their loyalty program was the Bee's Knees). They got ALL of my money. Like all of it (I was a kid and I didn't see anything wrong with spending $100 on manga like every other week. Being an adult sucks). 

6. I feel really sad about leaving a bookstore empty-handed. Sometimes I pick up something random (like a bookmark or SOMETHING) so I feel like the trip wasn't wasted. 



Do you have any bookstore confessions? Can you relate, or am I just crazy? Comment below!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up: Sept 7-13





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So it's Fall you guys! I don't know about you guys, but one day it was 80F, and then it rained and 50F became the new norm. o.O I actually kind of like it because I LOVE Fall. I love fall fashion, I love fall drinks (drinking my pumpkin spice as I type), and I love Halloween themed TV shows. Well, I WOULD love Halloween TV shows if the hubs wasn't hogging the TV. New video game came out so I get the pleasure of looking at the back of his head as he screams into his mic at "n00bs" and kills aliens.  Don't ask me, I don't understand. This is why I play RPG and puzzle games. Which reminds me, I need to finish Professor Layton / Phoenix Wright. Any fans of those two games? They're about the only games I have time for because they're portable and don't take 50 hours of my life. 

So now that it's officially beginning to feel like Halloween, I've been doing a lot of spooky reads and will be participating in a Halloween guest post so I'm excited about that! :) On the topic of my blog, I want to thank everyone who gave me recommendations for a blog design, I'm still looking into it (aka I need money...er a job. Something) but thank you for the recommendations! I also want to liven my blog up a little with some discussion posts and guest posts. If that sounds like something you would be interested in, please email me at amber.dulivre AT gmail DOT com. I'm open to joint projects too! I've been feeling really creative lately, not too sure why. 

Anyway that's enough babbling from my end. Time to go read! 

Much love and Happy Reading!