Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Finds #2

 Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

[My to-read list on Amazon is over 800 currently so I've probably already added everything and just might be able to keep these lists to a minimum.]
Here are the books I'm showcasing for this week!

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Surface by Tiffany Daune
Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto
Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead

I don't personally own an e-reader other than the Kindle PC that I downloaded to my desktop about a month or two ago. I've only read a small handful of books on it so far, mostly e-books that I borrowed from my local library, but I'm constantly searching for intriguing new books to download. I figured that I might as well share them with you guys when I find something really interesting.

Angelfire by Hannah Peach
The God King by James A. West
Preordained (#1) by Kelly Libsack
Predestined (#2) by Kelly Libsack
Avowed (#3) by Kelly Libsack

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Booking Through Thursday #3

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Booking Through Thursday.


My ideal reading experience is in a completely silent home (no people playing loud game systems, no chatter, no barking) except for maybe some peaceful classical, chillwave, electronic, or indie music on low that I will eventually block out but will forever associate with the book I'm reading.
I like to be laying down when I'm reading or at least in a half-reclined position so bed, the couch, armchair, or a hammock is the best place for me. I enjoy reading outside if it is a peaceful day and if I don't live near a road or noisy neighbors. It's nice to hear the birds chirping and the wind blowing through the trees while I read.
If I have a snack, it won't be some messy, greasy food that will leave marks on my pages. Instead I will eat almonds, dried fruit, granola bars, or other similarly unmessy foods.
Also, if my cat wouldn't lay on my chest every time I lay down to read, that would be great! :)

How about you? What is your ideal reading experience?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WWW Wednesday #1

 Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
What did you recently finish reading?
Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
What do you think you'll read next?
I Am Mordred by Nancy Springer

Book Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

 Young Adult
March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen
borrowed from library
My Rating:
When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.
 Nadia Caldani is a witch but she never learned all of the craft because her parents divorced and her mother took off in the middle of her training. Her dad, her little brother, Cole, and she move to Captive's Sound for a fresh start. But she quickly realizes that there is something strange about the town and some of it's inhabitants. She can feel an ancient evil deep beneath her chemistry class, she befriends a girl with gray hair, and learns that a boy in town is rumored to be cursed. What is going on in Captive's Sound and can Nadia stop it before something terrible happens?

I'm a big fan of books about witches; particularly about the Salem Witch Trials, but modern 'witch' stories have some ties and often have at least a little bit of backstory about ancestors that had something to do with the trials. Overall, it's just a theme I enjoy reading about. I like that 'the craft' can be construed as many different types of things, from 'magic' to 'herbalism' or 'midwifery'. You can read a story about a witch that casts an outrageously fictional spell or you can read about someone who has a particular bond with nature and has the ability to manipulate the elements. The possibilities are nearly endless and are all tons of fun.

This particular 'witchcraft' novel was not the historical fiction that I tend to love. It was a very modern take on witchcraft which I feel that I need to read more of. I enjoyed the new spin (to me at least) on the craft with the 'steadfast' and ability to see magic and curses. There were a lot of interesting things going on in this book.

There were a few things that I found to be a bit off, though. It seemed like a big deal was made about Verlaine, the girl with grey hair, and it was like they were on the brink of discovery about her hair more than once, but then the story ended without any resolution about it. I now understand that 'Spellcaster' is possibly the first in a series but why bring it up multiple times if you aren't going to follow through? It was like the author just forgot to finish writing. I was also a little iffy about the insta-love but liked how it took a long time to become anything. There were a few other kind of outrageous unexplained moments but I don't want to give too much away.

Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable read with a predictable premise but was still pretty surprising.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #5


Every Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish hosts a meme called 'Top Ten Tuesday'

 Top Ten Tuesday Freebie (Anything you want! Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Creatures! Top Ten Books Set in Paris! Top Ten Books I Wish I Never Read! etc. etc.)

In that case, I'm going to do one that I was planning to do already.


The Mortal Instruments Series
by Cassandra Clare
Need to read:
The Infernal Devices Trilogy
by Cassandra Clare

need to read:
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series
by Michael Scott
need to read:
The Vampire Chronicles
by Anne Rice
need to read:
A Song of Ice and Fire Series
by George R.R. Martin
need to read:
The Lost Continent Series
by Catherine Asaro
need to read:
Lorien Legacies series
by Pittacus Lore
need to read:
 The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy
by Maggie Stiefvater
need to read:

Graceling Realm Trilogy

by Kristin Cashore
need to read:
Bright Young Things Trilogy
by Anna Godbersen
need to read:
Have you read any of these series? What series do you need to finish?