Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian

August 20, 2013 § 5 Comments

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Cobweb Bride, the first in a new trilogy, is a book unlike anything I’ve read in a long while. This book is nothing less than a seriously interesting mix of historical fiction, fantasy, and mythology. Cobweb Bride follows several characters as they try to navigate a world where all death has stopped. Death himself is refusing to take anymore of the worlds souls until he finds his Cobweb Bride, meaning all of the sick and injured must suffer until he gets what he wants.

This book fell into my lap at the perfect time because I’ve been wanting to read more books with Death as an actual character and it doesn’t get much more real than death completely stopping by his hand. The story itself had such an interesting premise and it kept me engaged. The writing was beautiful, flowed extremely well, and was easy to read. In fact, I flew through this book very quickly.

All of the characters this book follows have their own quirks and motivations and such and it was interesting to read about them as they try to cope with this new reality, especially when they have no idea how long it will last. Persephone though, is one of the more interesting characters because while she is introduced as a very plain, unnoticeable sort of person, she’s actually quite formidable and important to the story and I honestly can’t wait to see where the future books take her.

All in all, Cobweb Bride was a fun, interesting, quick read and I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review as a part of Fiction Addiction Book Tours.

Monthly Rundown: July 2013

August 7, 2013 § 2 Comments

So, can someone please tell me where July went? For that matter, where is 2013 going? I feel like the year is flying by.

Anywho, on a bookish note, my reading wasn’t all that impressive for July. I had planned to read about a dozen books for the month and ended up reading only half that. So.. yeah. I had gorged myself on a few Pride and Prejudice variations in June and for some reason, after finishing one in the beginning of July I found myself not really reading for a while. Then, out of nowhere I had a burning desire to finally get caught up with a series that I had started back in 2011, so I bought the first ten books in the series and have been reading those non-stop since.

That being said, my reads for July are:

1. Memory, Volume 2 by Linda Wells
2. Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) by Lara Adrian
3. Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2) by Lara Adrian
4. Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed #3) by Lara Adrian
5. Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4) by Lara Adrian
6. Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed #5) by Lara Adrian

Those first five books of the Midnight Breed series were all re-reads for me, but well… vampires. What can I say? I’ve been reading the rest of the books non-stop since. I’m actually about to start the tenth book in the series and have ordered the eleventh so I can be instantly caught up when I finish. Then I just have to wait until NEXT YEAR for the newest release. I hate waiting, but again… vampires. Gotta love ‘em.

My reading plans for August are pretty straightforward. I’ve read 5 books so far this month, and the other definite reads are the last two books of the series I mentioned above. I’d also like to finish reading A Game of Thrones. I’ve barely scratched the surface since starting it in July, but what I’ve read thus far I have loved. Cannot wait to see what happens there.

I have a few other books I started back in June, but put down for some reason so I’m planning to finish those as well. Bloodlines among them which, considering my love for the Vampire Academy series I can’t believe I haven’t finished yet. I also have a HUGE pile of new books to dig into since, even though I haven’t really been reading a whole lot, my ability to spend tons of money on books hasn’t decreased on iota. So many books, so little time.

Until next time, Happy Reading!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Best & Worst Book-to-movie Adaptations

July 9, 2013 § 7 Comments

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With it being Tuesday that means it’s Top Ten Tuesday and this week the topic is the best and worst book to movie adaptations.

Best Movie Adaptations:

1. Pride and Prejudice: Both the mini-series from the 90’s and the early 2000’s adaptation are amazing, that 2004 adaptation though. I could watch it all day, there’s an amazing cast, the movie was so well done, and don’t even get me started on Matthew MacFayden as Mr. Darcy…

2. The Reader: This book was amazing and Kate Winslet, I don’t think a that a movie that she’s in can possibly be bad.

3. Generation Kill: So, this is a mini-series which might be cheating, but oh well because it is so well done it’s not even funny. Definitely not for the faint of heart though.

4. Speak: Even though I’m hardly Kirsten Stewart’s biggest fan, Speak is a book that deals with tough situations and the movie just blew me away when I watched it.

5. A Walk to Remember: So good. I cry every time.

6. Choke: Another one that’s definitely not for the faint of heart, courtesy of Chuck Palahniuk. Choke is a crazy book and I was pleasantly surprised at how well this adaptation came together.

Worst Movie Adaptations:

1. Dear John: I love, love, loved this book so naturally I had to see the movie when it came out. The ending completely destroyed it for me. I was fuming coming out of the theater.

2. Starship Troopers: This book was my first science fiction novel so I was hoping I could sit down watch the movie and enjoy it… Nope. It was terrible.

3. The Da Vinci Code: Suffice it to say I was so disappointed in Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon. It saddens me to this day.

4. Twilight: Yes, I went there. So, this movie didn’t have the best starting place to begin, but the first movie could have been so much more. I mean really. Even comparing the second and third movies to the first, you can see the difference.

So those are 6 of the best and 4 of the worst movie adaptations I can think of. Agree? Disagree? Have some others? Please share!

Top Ten Tuesday: Intimidation

July 2, 2013 § 6 Comments

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and this weeks topic is books that intimidate us. 

I’ve definitely accumulated a few books that I’m intimidated by, either for sheer size or the fact that there’s A LOT of information within… so without further adieu, the top ten books that intimidate me. 

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: This book is just plain big. I’ve been staring at it on my shelf for probably 5 years now. It’s so big. 

2. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: I’m so excited to read this series, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be intimidated by the fact that the font is tiny as hell and its like 900 pages long or whatever. I’ll actually be overcoming that this month though since I’m reading it with a friend of mine. 

3. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: I really, really, really want to read this, but it’s another case of this book has a lot of pages with really tiny font, lol. 

4. History of Madness by Michel Foucault: This is a big book with a whole lot of information in it, so as interested as I am to dig in, there’s definitely an intimidation factor involved. 

5. Hunger’s Brides by Paul Anderson: This is a book I recently found during a trip to the bookstore and I was completely drawn in by the cover and synopsis… it’s over 1200 pages though and I bet if I put it on the scale it would weigh 15 pounds. This book is a beast. 

6. The Iliad by Homer: Part of the intimidation of this book for me is the size and part of it is that I love, love, LOVED The Odyssey and I really want to love this one too!

7. The Boundaries of Her Body by Debran Rowland: This is a book that looks at the history of women’s rights in America. It’s huge and covers a lot of time and topics so there is a ton of information, a lot of it legal stuff. 

8. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: I read an excerpt of this in one of my high school English classes and ever since I’ve wanted to read it in its entirety, but I’m totally intimidated by the whole Middle English thing. 

9. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham: When I first heard about this book I was intrigued and ended up ordering it right away. Then I saw it and realized its a fairly long book with really small print… so yeah. 

10. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: Need I say more? This book is just daunting to look at, but it’s sitting on my shelf so I’ll get to it someday.

Those are my top ten books I’m intimidated by. Do any of these get you? What are some books that you’re intimidated by? Feel free to share! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2013 (So Far)

June 25, 2013 § 5 Comments

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With it being Tuesday, I figure no better way to get back in my blogging saddle than to do a Top Ten Tuesday!

This week it’s my top ten books I’ve read so far this year.

 

1. One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick… This book was just so good because it was so real, honest, and in your face. Regardless of the sometimes heavy subject matter, it’s such a good book.

2. Silver by Rhiannon Held… I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I started reading it, but I was very happy to have really enjoyed it when I did finally read it. There were so many different aspects that caught my attention that I can’t wait to read the next book.

3. Containment by Christian Cantrell… Even with the issues that I had with the ending of this book, I really enjoyed this part of my sci-fi exploration.

4. The Original Sinners books by Tiffany Reisz… So this is kind of cheating, putting three books together, but that’s okay. These books were so disturbing and shocking and I couldn’t get enough. These books are definitely not for everyone, but I loved them. Only one more month until book 4 too! Weeeee!

5. Shades of Gray by Maya Banks… I adore Banks’s books and her KGI series is no exception. Shades of Gray though… this book was gritty on a whole new level. So frickin’ good!

6. A Watershed Year by Susan Schoenberger… this might be cheating too since it’s a re-read, but I absolutely love this book. The story and writing just get me every time.

7. Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione… It’s always sad to see a series go, but this last book was just so epic. Loved it.

8. The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis… The founding of Narnia? How can you not love that?

9. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski… This was the first New Adult book I read when I was extremely hesitant about the genre. I was pleasantly surprised to love this story.

10. Mr. Darcy’s Refuge by Abigail Reynolds… I’ve been on a bit of a Pride & Prejudice variation kick recently and this book is by far one of my favorites that I’ve read so far.

So, that concludes my list of favorites so far in 2013. Have you read any of these? Feel the same or different? What are your tops reads so far this year? Feel free to share!

The Sunday Post: May 26th

May 26, 2013 § 7 Comments

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Hi all! So this is going to be a bit of a two week wrap-up. Woot!

In the past two weeks: 

I participated in the Bout of Books read-a-thon. Unfortunately my performance was much less than I would have liked it to be, but sometimes my reading just isn’t what it could be. I’m sure most readers have times like that though. I think in the end I finished up with 2 books read, 1 novella read, and 2 other books started. I read a total of somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 pages during that week.

I also posted three book reviews this week…

Silver and One Bullet Away were major wins while Beautiful Bastard was in that not bad, but not great category.

Recent reads:

I’ve been really touch and go with reading in the last week. Unfortunately work has been kicking my ass so I’ve pretty much been coming home and doing nothing… except buying books… lots of books. As for what I’ve been reading, I’ve been tackling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. Both books are good thus far.

Coming up:

I’m really hoping to improve my reading this week. I have two whole days off this week right next to each other! It’s almost like an actual weekend! That should be good recuperation and reading time right there. I’d like to finish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Bloodlines and dig into some of these new books I’ve gotten. So much awesomeness waiting to be had!

The book haul:

My favorite part! I love book hauls. Even though my reading may have recently suffered, my book buying certainly hasn’t! Shocker, I know. So in the past two weeks I’ve bought (and I apologize ahead of time for bad pictures)…

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-Sucker’s Portfolio by Kurt Vonnegut
– Junior by Macaulay Culkin: I had no clue Macaulay Culkin wrote a book. None. When I saw it, I had to have it. Say what you want about him, but the 90s kid in me will never hate him. =]
– This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin: OMFG – so psyched for this. I can’t wait!
– The Mongoliad: Book One by Various Authors: This is  trilogy that’s a compilation from like seven or eight different Sci-fi/fantasy authors. It looks really interesting and for just a few bucks I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a go.
– Ettiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger: Pretty sure this requires no words.
– Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton: We discussed this book in one of my classes this semester and I kept thinking about it so I bought it.
– The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind: I’ve seen Goodkind’s name a lot, but never checked out his work. I got this hardback for two bucks, so why not give it a whirl?

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- How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran: I’ve heard lots of great things about this book so it was past time for me to get a copy.
– Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell: The premise of this book sounds frickin’ awesomesauce! Simple as that.
– Numbers by Rachel Ward: I actually got a free copy of the second book in this series from Scholastic completely by surprise (thanks Scholastic!) so I finally got the first book so I can read them.
– Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
– Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith: I went on a Seth Grahame-Smith binge this week. No lie.
– Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith: Forgot to include this one in the picture… lols.
– Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith: Told you so. So yes, I already have this book, but this new one? It’s a gorgeous hardback edition with new paintings in it and stuffs… and I paid less than two bucks for it… so yeah.
– Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls: I haven’t read this one yet, so that was another one that I figured it was past time.
– The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
– Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker
– The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny: I read most of this but had to return it to the library, but I loved what I read so much that I willingly forked over the dough for a new hardback copy. Oh yeah.
– Unwind by Neal Schusterman: This book sounds so good. I don’t even care that it’s not my usual genre.
– And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: I fangirled so hard. So. hard. When I found out he had a new book coming out. Sadly I didn’t get to go meet him this past week when he was in my state, but I did get a pre-ordered signed copy so I’ll content myself with that. So psyched for this book! Bring on the feels.

That’s everything so, Happy Reading!

One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick

May 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Nathaniel Fick decided while he was in college that he was going to join the Marines. He served as an Infantry Officer and later as a Recon Marine. During that time, he saw a good chunk of what the world had to offer, both good and bad. One Bullet Away is Fick’s account of the things he faced during those years.

I first became aware of Nathaniel Fick’s story when I read Generation Kill by Evan Wright a few years back. While I enjoyed Wright’s book, I have a different appreciation for One Bullet Away because of the different perspective. To read the account of someone who actually trained and served and couldn’t just go home after spending a while in a war zone is rather humbling.

One of the major pluses for One Bullet Away is the amount of ground that Fick covers. By that I mean that it’s not just a story about the gruesome aspects of war. Fick talks a lot about how he made the decision to join the Marines, what he went through in order to join, and the training he had to go through once he did get in and how that helped him to become the person he is. In addition, he mentions coming home from war and what it’s like adapting to civilian life again. He also discusses his decision to leave the Corps – how he went from believing the Corps would be his career to realizing that he needed to get out. He talks about all of this, and war, in such an honest and personal manner that it’s hard not to be captivated by his story.

In One Bullet Away Fick isn’t afraid to be candid about all things. He talks about himself, his feelings, his feelings about others and how things were done in a very straightforward manner. One Bullet Away is well written and easy to read. I didn’t want to put it down when I read it because I was so hooked by his story.

Bottom line, I honestly don’t have a bad thing to say about this book. People who serve in the armed forces endure a lot of things and that holds true for Nathaniel Fick and the men and women he served with. Definitely a great read.

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