Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#29]

"Red," the woman whispered crookedly, her eyes bright with madness. "All red."
Kelsea looked down again and saw that the woman was holding not a sheaf of wheat but the broken, bleeding body of a small girl. The child's eyes were torn out, the sockets filled with blood.

Page 103

The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen

Yeah...sorry for that imagery,,, <,< >.>

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog to Blog: Lisa Loves Literature

Hi all, today I am featuring Blog to Blog, in which I feature and interview other lovely book bloggers! If you would like to be featured on my blog, please email me at amber.dulivre AT gmail DOT com.  The first one up is the lovely and fabulous Lisa from Lisa Loves Literature

Active Since: August 2009

What was your First Book Review? Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Favorite Bookish moment of the year? It has to be going to BEA this past summer.

What has been  your favorite read this year? Why?

It's hard to pick just one, so I've got a few: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, because I just really loved the concept; Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman because I loved the look at Hitler before World War II, something we don't often talk about, and it made me really curious about that time, so I was excited when the History Channel did a special that talked about the similar time period; The Swap by Megan Shull because I thought it was so cute, and it was so nice to really have a happy ending that was just perfect without being too cheesy, imho; and Starry Night by Isabel Gillies because I want to defend this book against all the haters. I enjoyed it so much, it seemed so realistic to me, even the bad choices she made are really more true to life than people might think, and I also loved all the NYC references.

If you could go back to when you first started your blog, what would you tell your younger self? 
I think I would want to be more organized. I've recently started working on being more consistent with how I name my blog posts, and also I try to keep a calendar, although that is something I'm currently working on perfecting, I also wish I'd done more networking with publishers so that when I did go to BEA I'd have been invited to the parties that happened outside the actual convention hours.

What shows are you watching right now? 
I watch so much tv, but I'll try to narrow it down to the main ones at the moment. I'm addicted to The Big Bang Theory, so much that I will often watch re-runs while brand new shows are recording. I record and watch The Young and the Restless every day, but I more watch it as I'm blogging or doing something else. I just started this season watching Wahlburgers, and I'm really loving the family. Other favorite shows include Teen Wolf which just finished up its season. Some upcoming shows I'm looking forward to are: The Walking Dead, The Amazing Race, Survivor, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Bones, and Supernatural. See, I told you, I watch a LOT of tv! :-)
What helps you decide what book you’ll read next? 
Well, because I get a lot of e-galleys, I look at what the publishing date is because I know that most publishers prefer you wait until within 30 days of that date to post your actual review, so I work around that. I try to read a physical book, then an e-galley, every other book that way most of the time. I also arrange what I'm reading around Challenges. Like during September I do my Sequels Challenge, so I try to save some of my sequels for that time period.

Do you have any pets? I have two miniature dachshunds. A 3 1/2 year old girl named Dora, her name came from the fact that she was immediately exploring everything in my house when I first brought her home. And an almost 2 year old boy named Argyle. His name came from the breeder and it just kind of stuck. Hopefully some day the breeder is going to breed him, because I want to have grand-puppies.

Favorite movie of 2014 so far?

That's another hard one as I am a big movie lover as well, so I'll give you another list.

Best book adaptation: Divergent, If I Stay, The Fault in Our Stars.
Best comedies: That Awkward Moment, Bad Words, Neighbors, 22 Jump Street, Let's Be Cops
Best biography: Get On Up
Best Science Fiction: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I'm sure there will be more coming out, for instance The Maze Runner as well as several horror movies coming up.

I think Dora is very properly named! Haha. Thanks for stopping by Lisa and I hope you enjoyed The Maze Runner! :) Can you relate to Lisa's organization problems? Jealous about BEA? Leave her a comment below! And then hop over to Lisa Loves Literature and follow her! :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up: Sept 21-Sept 27, 2014

Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday



 Blood of my Blood by Barry Lyga [GoodReads]
Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas [GoodReads]


This week has been...interesting to say the least. I started my new teaching gig and I don't think I was prepared! Haha. I've taught before, no big deal, but I've never taught for five hours to the same group of students. At night. From 5-10PM. It's wrecking havoc on my body! 

The hubs and I observed of 5 year dating anniversary. Yes yes I know when you get married the other anniversaries disappear, but I thought it was a milestone. He was my first boyfriend (what can I say, I'm a latebloomer) so I get to be all sentimental about it. It's weird, five years sounds like a long time but at the same time, not long at all. To celebrate we saw Maze Runners which he DESPERATELY wanted to see. I wanted to wait until I read the book first, but he peer-pressured me into it. I think he enjoyed it more than I did. I enjoyed it, but I had a lot of questions. A LOT. And since I hadn't read the books, I felt a bit lost (meaning I was mad that I didn't know what was going to happen next). This led him to wikipedia all the books in the series. Haha, I don't think he was too satisfied with whatever ending wiki told him. I refused to let him spoil it for me. Did anyone else see Maze Runner? What did you think? 

I started reading Wallbanger today and I'm already a hundred pages. I think I've been reading too many serious reads (I started reading Tearling but it was all just so heavy, I had to step away). I needed this for its lightness and sexiness. I think that's all I have to say for this week. I leave you a picture of my cat, Bugs. Look at how angelic he looks. Bwahaha.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review: After the End

Title: After the End (After the End #1)
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult // Adventures // Romance
Format: Audio Book
Source: Audible.com (Purchased)

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past (goodreads)

Years of lies and an a mysterious abduction takes Juneau halfway across the US in an attempt to find out what happened to her clan. And we're ALL in for a surprise. 

Plot: After the End opens by transporting the reader to a different world. World War III has destroyed most of the US, only Juneau and her clan are able to continue to survive because they are closest to the Earth's life force. From there, the book quickly goes through an abduction of her clan, and her quest to find out what happened to them. Even though the pacing was slow, I felt like a LOT of things were happening. I would have liked to have learned more about Juneau's upbringing and also more time on her trying to make sense of modern cities. Nonetheless, the overall mystery was intriguing enough to keep me listening to the end. Unfortunately, the ending left me with more questions than I had answers. 

Characters: The novel is told through the view point of the two main characters, Miles and Juneau. I preferred Juneau's POV mostly because I enjoyed her as a character. I liked that she was strong but also vulnerable. Plus, she could gut a rabbit without blinking an eye - I want her on my team in a post-apocalyptic world! Miles, on the other hand, I wasn't sold on. In the beginning chapters, Miles is presented as a punk kid who brings weed to school and cheats on tests. Maybe it was due to the narrator, but I didn't get the "punk kid" vibe from him, he actually sounded really mature for an 18 year old. Clearly there HAS to be some sort of romance between our two teenagers, but it was really light, and when "the kiss" finally happened, it sort of seemed out of nowhere. The novel focused so much on the mystery of Juneau's people, that it was difficult to squeeze a proper romance in as well. There are some secondary characters that are in and out of After the End who I found to be interesting and I hope that they make more appearances in the upcoming novels.

Audio Book Performance: One of my favorite aspects of audio books is that they usually have two narrators which makes the experience more enjoyable. Both narrators did a really nice job, Emily Rankin conveyed all of the stress and emotions that Juneau well, and Graham Hamilton was very pleasant to listen to. 

Short N Sweet: After the End was an exciting adventure that would have made me a more invested reader if the characters were developed just as much as the mystery was. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review: Secrets

Title: Secrets (The Ivy #2)
Author: Lauren Kunze

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: New Adult // Drama // Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Reputation, Reputation, Reputation.
You're a student at the most prestigious university in the country, and you've been tapped for the most elite social club. You've made it
Now Don't Blow It
Callie Andrews triumphed during her first semester at Harvard: she made incomparable friends, found the perfect boyfriend, and received invitations to the most exclusive secret societies. But she may have ruined every-thing with one ill-fated night. Now she's keeping secrets from everyone, including--
Clintthe upperclassman who's too good to be true
Vanessathe best friend turned backstabber
Gregorythe guy who's a total(ly hot) mistake
and Lexithe social queen who wants to bring Callie down.
But Callie didn't get into Harvard by giving up, and she isn't about to now. Besides, she's not the only one with something to hide. . . .(goodreads)

In this sequel to The Ivy, the laughs don't stop and the drama gets juicier! And with a cliffhanger at the end, you'll need to read book 3 ASAP.  

Plot: The last book ended in an (evil) cliffhanger and Secrets picks up a few day after The Ivy. I was kind of expecting to see Callie and Co's reactions regarding The Spoiler Secret but....not really. And when it was resolved, it wasn't as big as a deal as all the characters had made it out to be. Nonetheless, Kunze solves one problem and throws in about three more, so the entertainment is endless. 

Characters: A few more characters are introduced in Secrets but the novel still focuses on the same lovable gang. And I will admit, this novel has a pretty strong love triangle (something I usually hate) but I think it was done well. It was the question of passion v stability, "what I want" v "what I need" and I thought that it was well thought out. Regardless, I am Team Gregory, but there were times where I questioned which was best for Callie. 

Setting: Not much has changed, we are in Harvard, they go to class and they drink. It's still a beautiful campus that I love reading about!

Short N Sweet: Secrets is a strong follow up to The Ivy with more drama and more characters that you wish were your friends in real life! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#43]

Title: Stitching Snow
Author: R.C Lewis
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Expected Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Princess Snow is missing.
Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.
Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.
When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival (goodreads).

I love fairy tale retellings, add a survival aspect and I'm there!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#28]

A faint glow emanates from that dark, foul-smelling earthen tomb. Yes, something moves again in the shadows. A harbinger of greater evil to come. Naughty John has come home. And he has work to do. 

Pg. 9

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Monday, September 22, 2014

Authors Winning: Rae Carson and metaphors

The internet is full of authors being dramatic and damaging their good name, I htink it's time we highlight the authors who are just plain awesome!

About a week ago, Rae Carson (author of the Thorn and Fire series) took to twitter to express her distaste for using certain genitalia to refer to a person's character. Now I already loved Rae Carson because I adored The Girl of Fire and Thorn (here is my review if you've been living under a rock and haven't read this fabulous piece of literature), but she outdid herself by bringing up a subject that has bothered me for quite some time now.


Here are Ms. Carson's tweets: 


I'm sure Rae got a lot of crap for her post, but I, for one, love that she took the time to say what a lot of of were thinking. So I applaud you Rae. Keep being fabulous.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up: Sept 14-20, 2014

Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday

[click images for a link back to GoodReads]


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! ):