Friday, November 9, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday Update (3)

I haven't seen if anyone likes this series yet, really, but I've got a bunch of these posts written because I got carried away, and I don't have an interesting answer to the BBH question this week, so let's do this!

I probably need a real intro for these. Let's see. This is a series where I look at my old Waiting on Wednesday posts and talk about if I actually ever did read the book, if I liked it if I did, and if I haven't, would I or not. That kind of thing. I think it's an interesting idea, and I hope you do, too.

WoWed June 17th, 2009:

The Mark by Jen Nadol

Release date: February 1st, 2009

Summary (from goodreads): Sixteen year old Cassandra Renfield has seen the mark since forever: a glow around certain people as if a candle were held behind their back.

The one time she mentioned it to someone else, the mark was dismissed as a trick of the light. So Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until the day she watches a man die. Mining her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person's imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Cassie searches her past, her philosophy lessons, even her new boyfriend for answers, answers, always careful to hide her secret. How does the mark work? Why her?

Most importantly: if you know today is someone's last, should you tell them?

Update: I haven't read this, but I own it and I probably will. Eventually. Still sounds good!

WoWed June 24th, 2009:

Dragonfly by Julia Golding

Release date: October 20th, 2009

Summary (from goodreads): Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal. And he's not too pleased, either. She is used to a life of discipline, ritual, and splendor. He is used to hunting and carousing. They hate each other on sight. But both of their countries are under threat from a fearsome warlord, and the only chance of peace is to form an alliance.

When Tashi and Ram are kidnapped, they fear there's no escape--from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing, and imprisonment? And will the people they meet on their adventure--including a circus strongman, a daring rebel leader, a sinister master of spies, and the best female fighter they have ever seen--help them or betray them to the enemy?

Update: I never read this one, and it doesn't sound too much like my kind of thing. Me thing, not a book thing. I'm just more aware of what I do and don't like these days.

Time of the Witches by Anna Myers

Release date: September 15th, 2009

Summary (from goodreads): Orphaned at the age of four, Drucilla finally has a place she can call home with her new family, the Putnams, of Salem Village. But when a new reverend and his family move into town with their servant Tituba, life takes a strange and dangerous turn as accusations of witchcraft swirl.

Dru is overwhelmed by the fervor of lies and the power of groupthink among the other girls in town; reluctant to turn her back on the Putnams, she utters her own accusations.

Only her best friend Gabe sees through the deceit, but it may be too late for Dru to protect the truth, and innocent people will pay the ultimate price.

Update: Never read this one either. I would probably buy this if I saw it at a sale or something for cheap, but I probably wouldn't seek it out. The cover is really pretty though.

WoWed July 1st, 2009:

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Release date: February 9th, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback.

Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the beautiful girl ever notice him? (Okay, so Will’s interested in more than just murder . . .)

Those who prefer their heroes to be not-so-usual and with a side of wiseguy will gobble up this witty, geeks-rule debut.

Update: I have not read this, but I own it! I got it somewhat recently, in fact. I do want to eventually read it.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Release date: September 1st, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. When Kate's village falls on hard times - crops fail, and even Kate's father falls victim to a deadly fever - the townspeople look for someone to blame, and their eyes fall on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he'll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what's more, he'll grant her heart's wish. It's a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can't live shadowless forever -- and that Linay's designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

Update: I really liked Erin Bow's Swan Riders series, and I'd like to read more, but I believe this has some racial stereotyping about Romani people that I would not like to support. So, I'd probably pass on this one, but would be interested in other books from the author.

WoWed July 8th, 2009:

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Release date: March 23rd, 2018

Summary (from goodreads): The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness....

Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country - and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home.

But North has secrets - about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey. What does he want from her? And why does North's sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself?

Update: I never read this one, but I totally would if it made its way to me. Still a gorgeous cover, too.

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Release date: August 1st, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she's inherited her mother's magical talents, and despite Stepmama's stern objections, she's determined to learn how to use them.

But with her eldest sister Elissa's intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat's magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat's reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost.

If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love?

Update: Interesting fact, this actually got a new title from when I WoWed it. It used to be much longer. I never read this, but I totally would. It looks really cute. The cover art also reminds me of Coraline a little.

Interesting fact #2, I had two different Waiting on Wednesday posts numbered "13". Because of course I did. I mean, 13 is a lucky number for me, and I cannot count.

WoWed July 15th, 2009:

The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas

Release date: January 4th, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Griffin Penshine is always making wishes. But when a sinister old woman tricks her into accepting a box of eleven shiny Indian Head pennies from 1897, Griffin soon learns these are no ordinary pennies, but stolen wishes.

This box of labeled pennies comes with a horrible curse: People in possession of the stolen coins are Wish Stealers, who will never have their wishes granted.... In fact, the opposite of what they've wished for will happen. Griffin must find a way to return these stolen wishes and undo the curse if her own wishes are to come true.

But how can Griffin return wishes to strangers who might not even be alive? Her journey leads her to ancient alchemists, Macbeth's witches, and a chance to help people in ways she never imagined, but the temptation of the Wish Stealers' dark and compelling power is growing stronger. Can Griffin reverse the curse in time to save herself and the people she loves?

Update: I'm realizing I'm a sucker for middle grade. Didn't read this, but I'd grab it at a yard sale.

I Kissed A Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Release date: January 26th, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews...

Update: Is this supposed to be a parody or serious? Just not so much my thing anymore, I think.

WoWed August 14th, 2009:

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Release date: December 8th, 2009

Summary (from goodreads): What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall...

Update: Okay I've never read this one. But.

Luci has.

And there was a movie made based on the book. And I'm not gonna lie, it looks terrible. So I'm gonna make them watch it with me eventually! It's gonna be fun :D

I probably won't read it though.

So I own two of these, but haven't read any of these. Huh! Interesting grouping in this post. What are you all thinking of this series?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (32)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels

Release date: December 10, 2018
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Twin brothers Ty and Cory Bic are on the run. When they encounter a dying deer in the middle of a remote mountain road with fresh tire tracks swerving down into a ravine, they know they have to help. But when they reach the wrecked car the vehicle appears empty, with signs that the driver escaped.

Until they hear a sound coming from the trunk.

Ty and Cory are escaping demons of their own. But what they discover in the trunk puts them in the crosshairs of something darker and more sinister than their wildest nightmares.

Told through a gripping, lightning-fast narrative that alternates between present and past, this unputdownable survival thriller unravels the tangled circumstances that led Ty and Cory to the deer in the road and set them on a perilous course through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

The part where I talk: I'm really into thrillers, and this definitely has an interesting premise. Also I think the cover is really neat.

Have you ever been on a roadtrip? If you have, what was your favourite part?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Friday, November 2, 2018

Book Blogger Hop (17)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books and is now hosted by Billy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week's question is: Do you do collaborations with brands or other bloggers? Which collaboration was your favorite and why?

My answer: I have guest bloggers during Queer Summer Reading, but I don't do a lot of that kind of thing. Occasionally I do a blog post, but I also find them a lot of pressure so I don't do them very often, lol.

I did have a post sponsered by a company once (just a post I had already written, and included a link to them, not something I wrote for them), and there used to be a company that gave a lot of bloggers random stuff to review, and I got my 2 bookcases and a set of cookware from that, all of which I still use constantly.

I'm not against collaborating with brands or companies at all. They just need to fit well on here. Although, honestly, if Shop Miss A ever wanted to have me do a haul, we'd make it fit. I love that site.

So if anyone wants to collaborate/pay me, hit the thing that says contact up below my header. I'm friendly, I swear ;)

Thanks for reading!

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (31)

Okay, I'm sorry, but how cool is it that the 31st post in this series is on October 31st? I am a happy Halloween girl right now.

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson

Release date: November 13th, 2018
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.

The part where I talk: I know this isn't horror, but it does sound like it has a creepy twist! And I really like the cover. I'm kind of hoping this one is light on the romance or doesn't have it at all, because that'd be super cool.

Okay, so. Are you excited for Halloween? Are you dressing up, or staying in and handing out candy, or watching scary movies, or what? Are you reading something scary? Talk to me!


Peace and pumpkin seeds,
Laina

Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Blogger Hop (16)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books and is now hosted by Billy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week's question is: Recommend one horror novel for non-horror readers.

My answer: *I'm* not a horror reader! Not really, lol. Most of the horror I read is middle grade. I recently read an anthology of MG horror, but I wasn't a big fan, and the vast majority of horror I read is like. Goosebumps.

I guess a couple YA horror-ish books I liked are:

Shadow Girl by Liana Liu

Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): The house on Arrow Island is full of mystery.

Yet when Mei arrives, she can’t help feeling relieved. She’s happy to spend the summer in an actual mansion tutoring a rich man’s daughter if it means a break from her normal life—her needy mother, her delinquent brother, their tiny apartment in the city. And Ella Morison seems like an easy charge, sweet and well behaved.

What Mei doesn’t know is that something is very wrong in the Morison household.

Though she tries to focus on her duties, Mei becomes increasingly distracted by the family’s problems and her own complicated feelings for Ella’s brother, Henry. But most disturbing of all are the unexplained noises she hears at night—the howling and thumping and cries.

Mei is a sensible girl. She isn’t superstitious; she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Yet she can’t shake her fear that there is danger lurking in the shadows of this beautiful house, a darkness that could destroy the family inside and out… and Mei along with them.

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Published: January 26th, 2016 by Katherine Tegan Books. The paperback comes out Septeber 5th, 2017
Genre: YA Paranormal
Binding: Hardcover
Page Count: 358 plus acknowledgements and such.
Part of a series? I WISH.
Got via: The library.
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.

Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. She doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past.

Haunted by happy memories from her life, Breezy sets out to find answers in the gritty, threatening world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she discovers is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

The part where I keep talking to finish this post: These were both pretty creepy, and I liked them both.

Good Halloween reads, for sure!

Peace and pumpkin cookies,
Laina

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (30)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

Release date: November 13th, 2018
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie--was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

On the eve of Kyle's sentencing a year after Jamie's death, all the other "chosen ones" are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.

Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie's boyfriend--knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?

The part where I talk: I requested this on Edelweiss and I got rejected hard XD But this sounds amazing, so I'm still excited about it, of course.

This one does not lend itself well to a question to ask you all. Um. Oh! If you like scented candles, what's your favourite candle scent?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Friday, October 19, 2018

Book Blogger Hop (15)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books and is now hosted by Billy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week's question is: If you were to dress up as a literary figure (author or character) for Halloween, who would it be?

My answer: I would be Coraline. 100%

Probably movie Coraline, because then I could have blue hair, but definitely Coraline. Maybe I should be Coraline for Halloween 2019. The only problem is, the thing I dress up for, if I wore her raincoat, I would completely and utterly melt, plus I'm not really sure where I'd get a yellow raincoat. Would this be an iconic/recognizable enough Coraline outfit?



Oh, wait wait wait, what about her star sweater? I have black leggings, I always wear boots, though they're not blue, and you could probably DIY a version of that pretty easily.

You'd just need a basica long sleeve blue shirt or sweater, and some silver stars which you could probably find at a craft store.

Okay, I'm getting carried away. I'm being a mermaid this year anyways, lol, so it doesn't matter. But I can't say I won't be keeping my eyes open for star shirts for the next year.

That was a fun one! What about you all?

Peace and pumpkin cookies,
Laina