Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read’.

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This is in no particular order.

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1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin: The whole concept of this trilogy is mind blowing. You don’t know if Mara is just crazy or if what’s going on is really what’s happening. Things are very crazy in this trilogy! Definitely one of my all time favorites!

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go/Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness: This is such an interesting take for a dystopian world in which women are basically eradicated (well at least that’s how it seems). Everyone can hear each others’ thoughts.. Yes, that includes bugs and animals as well!

3. Control by Lydia Kang: I really like this dystopian take on the science world! I found this story and the world so interesting! I had a lot of fun reading it. It wasn’t my favorite though, but I HIGHLY enjoyed it very much!

4. White Hot Kiss/Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Do I need to explain myself?! :) JLA is definitely a auto-buy author and my 2nd all time favorite author, so it was bound to happen that one of her books would be on this list! White Hot Kiss is definitely on this! Seriously.. GARGOYLES!!!!

5. These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I love this Titanic/star-crossed lovers feel and the sci-fi aspect! I ABSOLUTELY love this book VERY much! Definitely a must read! The story has so many unexpectable plot twists!

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6. Angelfall/Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee: I have never come across this kind of angel story so far… Usually angels have “good” stories… Think again. This one is extremely creepy and somewhat scary! I LOVED IT!

7. The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken: I LOVE this trilogy so much! The whole concept on this dystopian world! :D (Sense a trend? .. Dystopian is my 2nd favorite genre) I love the colors that these kids are “assigned” to and what they are capable of doing.. It’s interesting.

8. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth: I’ve only read Divergent.. But oh well. Maybe because I recently saw the movie that I’m still obsessing over this world.. Who knows, but this is definitely on it! People being split into factions based on their personality.. It’s an interesting world!

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Quite honestly I was running out of ideas for this week’s so these last 2 are just kind of added. :) But I loved Fangirl, I have never come across a contemporary yet that deals with girls/guys that are just like us! Yes, that sounds stupid. But I mean like actual fangirls!! :)

10. The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger: I just loved this story… I don’t really know how to explain my feelings for this book. I read this quite a while back (sometime last year) and even now in April, I can remember everything that happened. Those that have read this, probably know what I’m talking about. I absolutely loved this story!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014’.

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This is in no particular order.

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1. Mara Dyer from the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin- Do I need to explain? Her best friend, boyfriend, and friend are dead and she can’t remember why. She thinks she’s involved.. Do I need any further explanation!?

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins- Seriously… I don’t need to explain this one. Everyone and their family has read this trilogy and knows why I’m choosing Katniss.

3. Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi- Once your touched by Juliette, your dead. No questions asked, your dead. So no, I don’t want to trade places. I’m sorry Juliette, I love your character, but your life kind of stinks.

4. Ruby from The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken- I wouldn’t actually mind trading places because *cough* Liam *cough. But whereas the world, HECK NO. I’m sorry, but to live in that world, nope.

5. Zoey Redbird from the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast- Okay, it’s been 11 books and I feel sorry for the girl… Everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.

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6. Tris from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth- Okay, I’ve only read Divergent so I can’t really say anything. But, I have a very short list of books I can choose from. Tris doesn’t have the world’s best life that’s for sure. I definitely WOULD NOT want to trade places with her!

7. Penryn from Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee- Okay, a world that has been taken over by angels and is completely gory?! COUNT ME OUT!!

8. Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries series (and show) by L.J. Smith- Okay, I’ve read at least the first 4 books in this series and literally anything that could go wrong, goes wrong. The ONLY reason I’d want to live Elena’s life is for Mr. Stefan Salvatore. Only reason.

9. Dee Black from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I feel so bad for Dee especially after what happens in Onyx. I just want to crawl into a corner and cry with her. I’d definitely not want to be in her place.

10. Alison Dilaurentis from the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard- Okay, anyone that has ever heard of this series knows what I’m talking about. Alison is dead. –not a spoiler– This is probably not the best choice, but as I’ve said previously, I have a very short list of books I can choose from.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In 2013

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013’.

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This is in no particular order.

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1. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

2. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

3. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

4. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

5. Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

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6. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

7. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

9. Web of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #3) by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber

10. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013’.

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This is in no particular order, just selected from when the pictures were uploaded to my blog. :)

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1. Rainbow Rowell– I’ve only read Fangirl so far by her. But, I do plan on reading Attachments and Eleanor and Park as well as Landline when it comes out in 2014. :)

2. Tahereh Mafi– Okay, I love her… This series is definitely one of my favorites. I’ve never been so torn between two guys before.. Wow..

3. Wendy Higgins– I just love the Sweet Evil series for so many reasons.. My biggest reason is Kaidan.. <3

4. Ransom Riggs– I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! I’m so excited for Hollow City!

5. Susan Ee– I don’t think I’ve read any or many angel books before, but I LOVE what Susan Ee has done with these angels!

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6. L.P. Dover– I LOVED Love’s Second Chances so much! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I definitely had a lot of tears while reading this!

7. Alexandra Bracken– This series…. Wow. LOVE it.

8. Kiera Cass– I’ve only read The Selection so far, but I did really enjoy it and I’m super excited to read The Elite and The One when it comes out.

9. Cassandra Clare– I can’t believe I waited this long to start The Mortal Instruments and that I have STILL yet to read The Infernal Devices… What is wrong with me!?

10. Jennifer L. Armentrout– Wow… I’ve only read Obsidian so far in the Lux series. I own all 4 including her contemporary, Wait For You. She’s definitely a favorite author of mine for sure.

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Sequels We Can’t Wait To Get Our Hands On’.

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Sorry that I didn’t post my Top Ten last week. I completely forgot that it was Tuesday and that I needed to do a post. By the time I realized that I forgot it, it was too late to do it.

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Considering that I’m so far behind in reading, I’m going to post books that have already been released, but I haven’t read yet. There is a couple that aren’t released yet though.

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1. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee– I LOVED Angelfall! It was soo creepy and I COULD NOT put the book down!

2. Hollow City (Miss Pereguine #2) by Ransom Riggs– If there weren’t pictures in Miss Pereguine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m so beyond excited to see what happens next!

3. Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken– I just finished In Time (which is the novella) yesterday and I’m DYING to know what happened. There’s a major cliff hanger in both The Darkest Minds and In Time. I’m absolutely OBSESSED with this series.

4. Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins– Okay, I can not stress how much I am in love with this series… Anna– the main character– is my clone. Not joking! I’m DYING to find out what happens and I’m surprised I haven’t already read it yet!

5. Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout– I read Obsidian a few weeks ago and I’m still obsessing over this series… Enough said!

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6. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth– I’m so late in this series! Everyone has already finished Allegiant and I still haven’t even opened Insurgent yet…

7. Trusting You (Second Chances #2) by L.P. Dover– I LOVED Love’s Second Chances and I’m really excited to read this story!

8. Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard– I’m obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. I’ve been watching the show ever since it premiered and I finally started the series. I read the first book back in July I believe but just haven’t gotten around to the second one yet.

9. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass– I LOVED The Selection. Such a great book! I read it back in July I believe but never got around to picking up The Elite yet. I’m really hoping to pick it up soon though.

10. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi– This series is just.. WOW. I can’t even process how I feel about this series! It’s amazing!

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

angelfallAngelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by: Feral Dream on May 21st, 2011 (first published)
Genre: Paranormal, Angels, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 254
Source: Bought- Paperback
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My Rating: 5 stars2

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Our main character, Penryn who is 17 years old has a younger sister, Paige–who is disabled– and a mom who is insanely crazy. No, I’m not kidding, her mom is seriously crazy… Anyhow, within a six week period, angels of the apocalypse have come down to destroy the world. It’s survival of the fittest. You are scrounging for food–some will even eat pet food!– and fighting for survival. During the day, street gangs rule the streets and during the night the angels rule. It has become a “game” that of who can find an angel, they will be rewarded for it.

One day while changing their locations, Penryn, Paige and their mother witness something they weren’t supposed to see. This ultimately ends with Paige being taken away and an angel called, Raffe having his wings–graphically– cut off. Penryn realizes Raffe is the only “person” that can help find Paige. She then realizes her mom has disappeared and Penryn is left with Raffe. Penryn and Raffe travel through Northern California searching for answers for both Paige and Raffe. Their answers are in San Francisco, but it isn’t that simple.  They are both tested upon what they believe and what they are willing to risk to get what they want.

My Thoughts:

WOW! Just… WOW! I COULD NOT put this book down! I kept studying for about 15 minutes, then picking the book up for about 30-45 minutes, study again, read again… I can not get over how much I LOVED this book! I finished this book–technically– within 24 hours, it was THAT good.

Penryn is an amazing bad ass character. She doesn’t let guys drag her down, which was refreshing to read. Her focus throughout the story was finding Paige and her mom. Of course she finds guys attractive and everything, but she doesn’t let that bring her guard down from finding them.

Raffe and the other Angels are so interesting to read about! There wasn’t a boring part in this book, there was always something going on that made you want to keep reading. The chapters are fairly short and each chapter leaves off with you wanting more.

Susan Ee’s world and writing was so breath-taking! Penryn, as well as other characters are ones that you instantly fall for and love.

Favorite Quotes:

“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

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“It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss.”

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“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”

Waiting on Wednesday (#7): World After

New WoWWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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world afterWorld After by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2
Publishing by: Skyscape on November 19th, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Angels, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 442
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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Okay, I don’t necessarily know if this is “cheating”, but I’m currently reading Angelfall. Is that cheating? Oh well.

I’m over 70 pages in and I’m loving it! This is such an interesting story! It’s definitely not your normal YA book. It’s definitely got a lot of “creepiness” that’s for sure! I already know I’m gonna love the rest of the book and want to purchase/read World After.

If you have not picked up Angelfall, I’d consider it. If you don’t like gory or violent situations, I wouldn’t recommend it though.