Saturday, April 26, 2014

Public Service Announcement

I don't often talk about my personal life on my book blog, but with the way I've neglected this blog, I feel an explanation is needed. Even though I'm 95% sure no one really followed/follows my blog avidly. But anyway...

My life has changed a lot in the last year and a half or so, to which I attribute my lack of blogging.

In August 2012, I moved from Canada to Australia to gain some experience teaching and to travel and see more of the world. I started doing substitute teaching right away and worked most days until the end of November when I was offered a full time position, starting in January 2013. (Reminder that the school year here goes from February to December.)

It was my first time having my own class. My first contract teaching job. And it was in a special needs school, something in which I didn't have much experience. Needless to say, the job enveloped my life. It was my first year teaching and I had a lot of learning and work to do to really set myself up as a teacher with my own class. I didn't have any time for blogging anymore. Heck, I hardly had any time for reading. I read half the amount of books I'd usually read in a year. It became a reality that book blogging was in the past for me.

Fast-forward a year. I'm not in my second year of teaching at the same school. I have some experience teaching. I know (more-or-less) what I'm doing and what's expected of me. I don't need to stress as much about doing my job right, because I know I can do it right.

That being said, I'm making a bigger effort to take time to read for pleasure. I don't know if this will lead me back to book blogging, but I hope so. I love reading. I love the book community. I had such an awesome time when I was book blogging and part of that community. The fact alone that I'm taking the time to write this tells me I'm already on the track back. Even if it will be less frequent than it once was.

I hope I can find my way back.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Judging a Book by Its Cover (16)

I do Judging a Book by Its Cover randomly, when I collect several book covers that I think are worthy of being judged as awesome! You can see all my Judging a Book by Its Cover posts here.

Have I got a haul here for you today! Enjoy!

Links will direct you to the corresponding Goodreads pages.

Control by Lydia Kang | December 26, 2013
Teardrop by Lauren Kate | October 22, 2013

Be sure to click on the covers to see them bigger!

What do you think of these covers? Which ones are you anticipating the most? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Judging a Book by Its Cover (15)

I do Judging a Book by Its Cover randomly, when I collect several book covers that I think are worthy of being judged as awesome! You can see all my Judging a Book by Its Cover posts here.

Links will direct you to the corresponding Goodreads pages.

ACID by Emma Pass | April 25, 2013
Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell | February 4, 2014

Coda by Emma Trevayne | May 7, 2013
Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory | October 15, 2013

Proxy by Alex London | June 18, 2013
After Eden by Helen Douglas | July 4, 2013

Be sure to click on the covers to see them bigger!

What do you think of these covers? Which ones are you anticipating the most? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (68)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that showcases upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

This week I'm waiting on a few sequels! So remember, beware of spoilers!

Shadows in the Silence
(Angelfire #3)

by Courtney Allison Moulton
Publication date: January 29, 2013


Your strength in heart and hand will fall...
Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

She must fight for humanity.
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

And Ellie must save herself.
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.

Why I want it: I can't wait to see how this action-packed series ends. I love Courtney's writing, she writes the best fight scenes I've seen.

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)
by Tahereh Mafi
Publication date: February 5, 2013


tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

Why I want it: I absolutely fell in love with Tahereh's writing when I read Shatter Me. I can't wait to read more of it, and see Juliette get even stronger than she already has.

Sever (Chemical Garden #3)
by Lauren DeStefano
Publication date: February 12, 2013


Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

Why I want it: After the way Fever ended, I can't get my hands on this book soon enough. It breaks my heart that Rhine and Gabriel are still separated, and that bombshell with Rowan at the end was crazy! I need this book!

What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: To Wed the Fae Prince by V. Vervain

Title: To Wed the Fae Prince
Author: V. Vervain
Publisher: self-published
Publication date: August 4, 2012
Genre: Adult, paranormal
Pages: 87 (ebook)
Source: From author for review

Etta Cooper has been promised to marry the Prince of the Faeries since before she was born. A move from her mundane life and family take her into the enchanted Faeryland where she is promised to the handsome Bronn, eldest prince of the Fae King, but when Bronn decides he doesn't want her she is betrothed to his elegant, introspective, and... sullen younger brother Farron. Farron is a human hater. Trapped in this lush, beautiful world of faery Etta longs to escape until she begins to spend time with Farron, and their conversations slowly chip away at the frosty, superior mask he wears. Perhaps, just perhaps Farron is exactly the challenge she's been looking for...

I was definitely not expecting what was in this book. Readers have listed it as YA on Goodreads, but it is not a YA book. The age of the main character alone does not dictate how you should categorize a book, people. The content dictates that much more than anything.

Obviously the plot of the story intrigued me enough to accept the book for review. And I still think it’s a great story. But I was caught off-guard when I thought I was reading a YA paranormal romance and then things got pretty sexually explicit. Once the sexual aspect of the story became the focus, the plot fell apart a bit. I think less emphasis should have been put on erotica and more on the plot.

In Faeryland, time moves different for Etta, and I thought that was a really neat concept. Many stories talk about how eating Fae foods and dancing with them can confuse human minds, and Vervain put that idea into her story quite well. The writing was good, smooth, and quick. I read it in one sitting. There were few spelling and grammar errors, and it’s great to see that from indie/self-published novels.

Although I was a bit upset over the unexpected sexual encounters in the book, I still really enjoyed it. It was a quick read, but I also would have liked for it to be longer. That way more of the interesting plot-lines could have been explored. If you’re going to pick this one up, just be aware of explicit sex scenes. But I would recommend it if you like Fae stories.

Thanks to the author for the ebook review copy!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Review: Proximity by M.A. George

Title: Proximity
Author: M.A. George
Publisher: self-published
Publication date: September 23, 2012
Genre: Adult, sci-fi
Pages: 166 (ebook)
Source: From author for review
Series: Proximity #1
1. Proximity
2. Untitled
Dr. Palta Capal would be a typical American career woman...if only she were human.

She has found her calling in this world as a physician. It’s an ideal outlet for her compassionate spirit...and unearthly healing powers.

Palta may spend her nights rereading Jane Austen novels, but she deliberately avoids pursuing her own love story. Human men—attractive as they may be—inevitably grow old and wither, leaving her to grieve in solitude. Frankly, no one has seemed worth the torment.

Enter Eric Moran, the intensely attractive and enigmatic new coworker on the scene. With his quiet confidence and warm smile, he manages to draw Palta’s attention. Little does she know that he, too, holds a that will propel them both into an escalating collision of two worlds.

Although I seldom accept adult books for review, this one seemed like a quick, fun read. I had read a bit of it on Amazon and I enjoyed the narrator, so I decided to take it on. I like the premise of this story: an alien who is born and living on Earth. The whole plot line was really great and interesting, but things moved way too fast for me.

The pace of the story is good up until Palta and Eric officially meet. I’m alright with love at first sight, but with these two it was really unbelievable. They’d seen each other around work a bit, but within a day of actually meeting (and not much interacting, actually) they’re all “Oh I love you and I can’t live without you.” It was too farfetched. The rest of the storyline was better, but there were a couple other things that just magically happened (see: antidote) without much story surrounding them.

I did like Palta as a character. Although she’s not human, she was brought up in a human world and so she’s relatable, very like many human women. She has a good job, loves her friends and family, watches an attractive man from afar, and loves everything Jane Austen. She was a good narrator. The other characters were alright as well. I liked Palta’s sister, Sabela. And Eric’s sister. Individually the characters were good, but the relationships were a bit rocky.

Overall, I liked the premise and the characters, but the pace was really messed up and made it less enjoyable. I kept reading, but I was internally rolling my eyes at Palta and Eric’s relationship and their solutions to some problems that were too quick and unrealistic. There will be more book(s) in the series, but I haven’t decided if I’ll read them. I’m not feeling much about this book right now, I’m just a bit indifferent.

Thanks to the author herself for the ebook review copy!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Judging a Book by Its Cover (14)

I do Judging a Book by Its Cover randomly, when I collect several book covers that I think are worthy of being judged as awesome! You can see all my Judging a Book by Its Cover posts here.

Links will direct you to the corresponding Goodreads pages.

Be sure to click on the covers to see them bigger!

What do you think of these covers? Which ones are you anticipating the most? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (5)

Sculpture: Home by Miler Lagos

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that gives bloggers a chance to share what books they received in the last week. Find more information about it here.

In the past couple weeks, here's what I've added to my shelf:

For Review from NetGalley
Splintered by A.G. Howard {Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon}
Diverse Energies compiled by Tobias S. Buckell {Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon}
Slated by Teri Terry {Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon}
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ebook review copies!

For Review from author
Devil Ash Days by Mitchell Olson {Goodreads | Smashwords (free!)}
Luminaire (Florence Waverley #2) by Ciye Cho {Goodreads | Amazon}
Thanks to the authors for the ebook review copies!

Bought from Kobo
The Glimpse by Claire Merle {Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon}

What did you add to your shelves this week?